Friday, July 18, 2008

Off the Beaten Track

I was able to get away from our Asheville Bed and Breakfast for a short hike while Ginger took care of some inn business. My friend Ric and I were looking at a forest map for nearby trails and found a trail to the Little Snowball Mountain fire tower site. The hike starts at the intersection of FR63 and the road to the Craggy Gardens picnic area, a half an hour away off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail appears to be lightly used, crosses several ridges and has a few steep sections. Along the way wildflowers were in bloom and the long range views are fantastic...a great reminder of why I left a bigger city to come to Asheville with my wife for a complete lifestyle change. Blueberries were growing wild and ripe for the picking, so I helped myself-bush to mouth. Ric and I took advantage of this almost forgotten trail and did some exploring. It was a great day and a much needed break.

We worked up such a ravenous appetite hiking that we made a beeline for 12 Bones BBQ in Asheville’s River Arts District. One of my favorites for good down home cookin’! In my opinion, as well many others; 12 Bones is the best BBQ in all of Western North Carolina. They have great pulled pork, ribs, brisket and terrific sides of collard greens, succotash, corn pudding…I could go on and on. They also have local brew on tap. Nothing like a refreshing cold brew after working up such a sweat…Mmmm just thinking about it makes me want to go back right now…

When you come stay with us here at Asheville Seasons Bed & Breakfast for your mini get away to Asheville, NC, be sure to give 12 Bones a try and venture off the beaten path…
Oh, for you weekenders, 12 Bones is only open M-F and serves until 4pm.

1 comment:

Marc Zee said...

This to me sounds like a great day. A hearty hike followed by a hearty BBQ chow down. Where do I sign up?