The next day we arrive around noon for our bus tour. The hour and half tour takes us through all the historic sites in Ashville. This place is awesome; much too much to see and do in one week. We make mental notes to return to a few sites, but run out of time to do so, Thomas Wolfe house included.
Our tour director
Included in our tour ticket, we never made it through the house
Fabulous Laughing Seed RestaurantAfter our tour, we go right over to the Laughing Seed for a fantastic lunch. Per the visitor center, this restaurant is considered one of the top award winning vegetarian restaurants in the country. We are only too happy to indulge.
A peek inside
Lunch bar for fast service
Honey sporting her tour badge on sweater
Bob's yummy lunch
Most elaborate McDonalds in the U.S.
After lunch, we drive over to Biltmore Village. Here we find outstanding shops, galleries, a Mickey D’s unlike you have ever seen, and a great ice cream – latte shop, Biltmore Village Coffee & Creamery, where we meet the owner, Woods McKibbeys and his best girl Virignia, a student of law at the University.
Typical village street
View inside a shop window
Typical shop sign
Example of gallery offering
Village street scene
Biltmore Village Coffee & Creamery
Owner Woods McKibbeys & Virginia
We also visit the Cathedral of All Souls, but after 3 attempts, still fail to see the interior. Our tour director said it was really beautiful inside.
Cathedral & Village built by Vanderbilt Family
Spacious entry into Cathedral
Front view of Cathedral & Tower
After another full day, we head back to Popeye to get ready for tomorrow – a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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