We always enjoy walking around the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds when the Southeast Mini Truckin' Nationals rolls into town. The Festival Grounds are a great place to have any show. Parking for spectators can be a bit tight but we arrived early and found a spot. Mini truckers from all over drove Fords, Chevys, Toyotas, and many other truck makes. Many of these laid-out trucks had wild paint jobs, which always makes me smile.
We finally were able to catch the wisteria in bloom at the Biltmore Estate. The azaleas and various other flowers and shrubs in bloom during late April made for a pleasant morning stroll through the gardens.
We saw a sign near the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) for an Observation Area so we thought we would check it out. If you follow Wright Brothers Way, towards the end on the right-hand side you will see a little pavilion on top of a hill. There is a graveled parking area with a picnic table, a bench, and a trash can. It isn't a clear line of sight to the runways because of trees but you can watch the planes coming and going.
The Depot Street Parking Lot in Asheville, North Carolina is a nice free public lot where you can sit and watch trains at the far end of the Norfolk Southern Asheville West yard limit.
I'm a baker. I can cook but I do much better at baking. Each year I try to make it to the Asheville Bread Festival for inspiration and to try the fantastic assortment of breads that the local bakeries have to offer. We absolutely LOVE this festival, which is now held at the New Belgium Brewery. Go hungry and come home happy!