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Ten miles south of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge, the Green River flows from just south of Hendersonville, creating Lake Adger in Polk County, and eventually joining the Broad River in it’s Journey to the Atlantic. Higher up the Blue Ridge escarpment, the Green River Gorge is famous for Class I kayaking, and the white water is considered the best in the East. That happens daily when water is release from a high mountain lake into the river.
Lower down the gorge, the river becomes much less violent, and is popular in summer for tube floating,
At the lower elevation of 900 feet, the river become a shallow, tranquil stream, meandering below 4,000 foot mountains as it enters Lake Adger.
I made this short video last week trying to capture the tranquility of the lower Green River.
When you read the post about the Black Bears of Biltmore, make sure you visit the site so you can see the short video I made of the bear family…
A warm summer afternoon cruising around Asheville’s iconic Biltmore Estate might not be as colorful as Spring or Fall, but surprises always lurk around the next bend.
But the best came when I found a Black Bear family romping along the road, oblivious of passing traffic. A mom and three very young cubs were such a treat to watch,
Five years ago I wrote this post, and it bears reblogging…
If you make a right turn onto Old Jonas Ridge Road off The Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Linville, and only a few miles south of Grandfather Mountain, the first thing you see is a giant Christmas tree farm. What I found unusual was the large number of Colorado Blue Spruce growing there. Most of these farms grow the popular Fraser Fir, and it was refreshing to see something new! After a couple of miles, you turn onto a gravel one lane forest road, and wind your way about six miles along the ridge, moving deeper into a thick forest. With the windows down, you feel the 65 degree air, cooled by a recent passing thunder storm. Your destination is a small parking area at the Trailhead…
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A recent post highlighted the Village of Cheshire in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and now my first visit there has yielded a treasure of incredible homes that captures the history and architectural beauty of these breathtaking Mountains. As you move through this neighborhood of quiet streets, walkways, and meticulously landscaped gardens, you’ll be transported to a time long ago when community meant everything, and sitting on a large front porch brought neighbors together to visit and chat about family and their daily experiences. Keep in mind that everything you see is less than fifteen years old, which makes Cheshire even more remarkable.
From the moment you enter this sanctuary of urban design, you’ll be aware that you are surrounded by high mountains and lush vegetation and large open public spaces, all carefully orchestrated to bring a sense of peace and order to daily life.
Large homes with verandas, numerous windows, and the creative use of wood and stone hark back to an America long ago. Every one is a work of building art, and cars are mostly invisible here, hidden in rear alleys and garages. The homes are close together by design, and walking trails link all parts of Cheshire to a Town Center with restaurants and specialty shops.
Streets are named for legendary authors and poets like Poe, Keats, and Wordsworth. This Tudor home lives up to the name out front.
Around every corner, evergreens and flowers excite the senses and complement the homes that they frame.
Throughout Cheshire, low fences and stone dividers invite visitation and contact.
Stone stairs connect the street with the porches, and have the appearance of being carved from the rocky hillside.
An “Eyebrow” over this porch is a common Craftsman detail, and this Grand Staircase draws neighbors to pay a visit.
This Cape Cod style house is almost lost in the woods…
Shingles were always a Craftsman trademark…
These tall and narrow houses are part of the “Treehouse” section of Cheshire Village, where the hillside is steep, and the trees large.
This tall home in the regular neighborhood is influenced by the Treehouse area…
Smaller cottages can be reserved by the night if you’re looking for a special mountain retreat… There are seven cottages in Cheshire Village.
New Townhomes are nearing completion adjacent to the Town Center. as are villa type cottages in the same area…
Strict design guidelines are followed to maintain the classic atmosphere of Cheshire Village. The entire village was a masterplan community, similar to Seaside and Watercolor on the Florida Gulf Coast, Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina, and Windsor in Boca Raton, Florida.
I’m looking forward to visit in the fall when the colors will be incredible.
Every June, along the roadsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a profusion of color blankets the normally green undergrowth. This year, an abundance of rain combined with a late spring bloom has multiplied this annual orange extravaganza. The Tiger Lily acquired that moniker because of its animal like stripes. These tubers grow mostly underground except when they burst forth in early June.
Fifteen years ago I read an article in SOUTHERN ACCENTS Magazine about a new town development for Black Mountain, North Carolina, and recall being intrigued by the prospect of living in a place like Cheshire Village. It was designed by the same team who designed SEASIDE on the Florida gulf coast.
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