Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Flowers

peach blossomAn abundance of flora and fauna herald the arrival of spring to the Asheville area. Among the first to bloom are cherries, dogwoods, and common daffodils closely followed by wild irises, and native trillium. Hiking in the Western North Carolina mountains is always a treat, and this time of year promises to infuse the body, mind and spirit with the fragrance of abundant life unfolding. Even in the city, find the Asheville Botanical Gardens on W.T.Weaver Blvd. near UNCA to be filled with carefully maintained native plant guilds. This time of year you might find 3 or 4 different kinds of trillium in bloom.

After a full day of hiking and seeing spring sights, you might want to sample some truly local fare. Many local restaurants feature the products of our local farms. Map out your Asheville culinary experience with the 'Farm to Table Dining' search on Explore Asheville. Local products sure to stimulate your appetite range from local tempeh at Rosetta's Kitchen to the yummy local chorizo sausage to be found in the breakfast burrito at Sunny Point Cafe on Haywood rd. in West Asheville. Check out the website at Hickory Nut Gap Farm to find out which local restaraunts carry their grass fed beef. For the vegetarians in the group, we have many eateries that cater specifically to your preferences, but in our fair city,
even more traditional fare is offered with options to delight the diner with specific requirements.

Hunger satisfied, you may want to catch a movie or a show. For alternatives to the commonly available current movie theater releases, check out the Fine Arts Theater in lovely downtown
Asheville. For a more theatrical experience, The Montford Park Players whose season begins April 12th with "As You Like It". Of course Asheville has venues where you can satisfy your social, culinary and entertainment goals in one stop.
Many of our local pubs and eateries feature live music on select evenings. Catch a movie with locally brewed beer and pizza at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, or catch "Singers, Songwriters in the Round" on Tuesday April 3rd from 7-9pm. at Jack of the Wood. They feature some of the areas most famous micro-brews plus some of the best bar food you will find anywhere. Check out their schedule for more showtimes.

At Asheville Connections we specialize in helping people to have a truly memorable vacation in the Western North Carolina mountains.

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