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On the road again
Saturday, a week ago, we took to the road again heading to St Augustine, Florida then Charleston, South Carolina and on to Burnsville and Asheville, North Carolina, then to Charlotte, North Carolina, back to Charleston and home to West Palm Beach the following Saturday. Drive’n, Drive’n, Drive’n! I’m a westerner. We like to drive.
Along the way we did some interesting things and visited friends. The reason for our trip was business. As I mentioned last week we were heading up to Charleston, South Carolina to deliver paintings to the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery. I have a show up for the month of September. We needed to deliver the work Sunday so it could be hung and then amuse ourselves during the week and return the following Friday for the show opening. Click here to see the work.
So, after delivering the work we headed out to Burnsville to spend time with friends who have a second home in the mountains.
It’s a great place, secluded and quiet with wonderful views.
Getting there was an issue. The road to their house is the road that goes to the fire tower at the crest of the mountain. It used to be manned but now that work is done by satellite and the Forest Department no long maintains the road. They own it, but they do not keep it up. In some places it has been rutted and washed out. You need a four-wheel drive vehicle. I have a two-wheel drive van. Hmmm! At the suggestion of our friends, we left the van parked in town next to the police station. The police were OK with that and we went up in our hosts’ jeep.
The second night there we had dinner in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn. Quite a place!
The Inn was built down the mountain and the view from the dining area goes forever.
The Inn has a hundred years of history. Ten presidents have stayed there as have many other notable people. It now owned by Omni hotels.
After Burnsville we went to Charlotte and spent a day and a half with another friend, going to the Mint Museum which has an impressive exhibit of works on paper, eating out and just spending time together.
As we were coming into Charlotte we decided we would get lunch. We didn’t want to do the fast food thing so we asked Siri for nearby restaurants. One that came up was the Olde Micklenburg Brewery. Who had ever heard of that? It was in an industrial area. Nothing suggested a restaurant nearby but we decided to give it a go.
It was a great find! The menu was German and the beer was brewed locally. There were not many people there, as we were beyond the normal lunch hour, but it had the capacity for huge crowds both inside and outside. I imagine that it is a happening place in October.
German Potato Salad, Knockwurst and Dark Beer What more is there to like?
I’m beginning to feel like Anthony Bourdain. Most of the trip memories center around food.
In Charleston we ate at two good places. The city is known for its’ quality restaurants.
First was Pearlz Oyster Bar. Nothing fancy here. No white table cloths. No reservations.
But the place was jumping and they shucked the oysters at the bar.
The food was excellent.
Our second restaurant, High Cotton, was also excellent, but very different.
Take your pick.
We are home now, dieting.
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