Now is the best time to visit Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The photos below are from our garden, except for the first one from the Biltmore. The crocus, daffodil, quince, and forsythia are blooming now and should continue for a few more weeks. Also, some of the fruit trees are beginning to bud out.
The Biltmore Estate is celebrating "Biltmore Blooms" from now until the end of May. At the estate you can visit the conservatory, the walled garden, and walk through acres of garden trails with over 100 types of flowering shrubs.
The North Carolina Arboretum is also here in Asheville - just 10 minutes from our bed and breakfast. The Arboretum has hundreds of acres of hiking and biking trails as well as beautifully landscaped gardens interspersed with garden art. Its bonsai collection is one of the largest and most unique in the U.S.
Then there are all of the natural and wild places to visit just outside the city. The hike to Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best. See our blog and photos about it from a few years back.
After living in Florida for so long, we are still awed by the change of season in spring with perfect new growth coming out of the cold, barren ground. Regardless of all the tourism ads about fall leaf color, spring is our favorite time of year.
And, if you live in the North, you can visit here for an early spring and experience it again when you return home.
Anywhere you walk or drive in the area will be gorgeous for the next few months. Get your cameras ready!