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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Quick Trip to Asheville, NC

Map of Asheville, NC - about 3 hours from Atlanta
Last weekend, my husband and I delivered four lovely pieces to a new client living in Asheville, NC. We decided to make a weekend trip out of the delivery plans and booked a room for Saturday night.  The weather was wonderful (first weekend with no rain scheduled for three months according to the locals which seems about right for us as well in soggy Atlanta).

My client and her husband were charming and gracious and their home absolutely stunning. I love it when my pieces go to such wonderful homes! They live in a stately home and neighborhood abutting the fabulous Biltmore Estate - the largest private home in America.
There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains. link to official site
We had dinner at the famous Grove Park Inn - in their Terrace Restaurant overlooking the mountains - a great meal and view. The historic property has recently been bought by the Omni Hotel chain. It is a popular venue for weddings and, in fact, one was happening near our seating area.

We have been to the fabulous Biltmore Estates and Gardens three times before - most recently in the fall several years back. This was the nicest visit and weather we have experienced. We arrived early on Sunday (open 365 days a year starting at 9:00 a.m.). We toured the house (no photos allowed) and lingered in the gardens and walking paths before traveling to the winery for some taste testing and wine purchasing.
Views of the Biltmore House - link to website and history.
The gardens are in full bloom. 
Biltmore Villlage area of Asheville
Near the gates to the Biltmore House is a neighborhood called Biltmore Village. An arts and crafts fair was scheduled and set up for the weekend. We strolled the area and ate lunch at acclaimed restaurant - The Corner Kitchen.

This was a great visit. My client is purchasing some more pieces - wish our calendar would allow for a return trip in the near future but it doesn't look likely!

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