Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Asheville and Penland with a few waterfalls thrown in.
Mark and I headed to Asheville for a much needed break.
Our first stop was to see Brain and Gail McCarthy of Highwater Clays in Asheville.
several years ago, about 6, Gail bought a house which was falling down and full of critters of all kinds.
Through a lot of pure will and determination Gail turned the house into a sweet B&B.
We stayed on the first floor in the Potters room.
The whole house is full of potters works and it was a pleasure to see the pots and a great place to base while we took in Asheville and took a day off to see waterfalls.
We had a great lunch with Brian and Gail at the Clingman's Cafe when we first got into town which is just down at the end of the block from Odyssey.
Great food, simple, but very good!
That evening we meet with Brian over at the Wedge for beers.
The Wedge is a brew pub across the street from Odyssey off Clingman Drive.
You can grab a beer and a bowl of peanuts and sit outside among the steel art.
Since the last time we were in Asheville the area called River Arts District has turned into a large art community with the area full of studios of all types. There is just about anything you would like to see there and the studio's seem to be open at all hours.
The Wedge is a great place to for the artist to take a break, grab a beer and just wind down at the end of the day.
While we were sitting talking and having a beer Michael Sherrill walked over to say hello.
He was in Asheville picking up some supplies with his youngest child and stopped in at the Wedge.
A dinner at Salsas Downtown and we were ready to call it a day and get up early for waterfalls.
Tomorrow- Waterfalls and backroads.