Culture & Musuems


I’m sitting on my favorite rocking chair on the large covered porch ~ looking down the grass hill, past the herb garden to the lovely fish and fountain pond, surrounded by thick trees of every description including two of my favorite ~ Weeping Willows.

The grill is heating; waiting for the lamb chops I bought at the Farmers Market this morning.

I enter the living room with the high ceiling, stone fireplace, leather couches and rocking chairs; which many years ago was a one room cabin.

Sunlight filters through one of the long glass sliding doors which through the other I see my hammock waiting for me.

I’m home again; “Pat’s Place” is mine.

Anonymous

Asheville Art Museum

2 South Pack Square at Pack Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28802
828-253-3227
www.ashevilleart.org

The Asheville Art Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located in the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center. When it comes to cabin rental, North Carolina offers few better locations than Willow Winds if you want to include an art museum in your vacation plans.

Asheville Area Arts Council/The Artery

346 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-258-0710
www.ashevillearts.com

The Artery is a multipurpose exhibition and event facility and headquarters for the Asheville Area Arts Council. It includes a visitor center, classroom for workshops and programs, display space for fine arts and crafts, and more. The organization’s website features extensive information on Asheville area arts happenings.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731
828-693-4178
www.nps.gov/carl/

This National Park Service site is approximately 30 miles south of Asheville and honors the accomplishments of Carl Sandburg. Explore the historic home, and visit the farm and trails. Open daily 9am-5pm (closed December 25).

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Colburn Earth Science Museum2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-7162
www.colburnmuseum.org

The Colburn Earth Science Museum is located on level one of the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center and features expansive exhibits of minerals, stones, gems, fossils, the history of mining in North Carolina and more. The museum is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm Sunday.

Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum

111 Grovewood Road
Asheville, NC 28804
828-253-7651
www.grovewood.com/about-us/estes-winn-antique-car-museum/

For car buffs in our cabin rentals, North Carolina doesn’t have many collections to rival this set of rare and vintage automobiles (along with some original horse-drawn carriages and a 1922 American La France fire engine). The museum is open April through December from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 5pm Sunday. Free admission (donations welcome).

Folk Art Center

Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway
East Asheville, NC
828-298-7928
www.southernhighlandguild.org/pages/folk-art-center/general-info.php

Home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, The Folk Art Center showcases traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. It includes a bookstore, three galleries, a library and the Allanstand Craft Shop. The center is open daily 9am to 5pm January through March and 9am to 6pm April through December (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Folk Art Center Entrance

Smith-McDowell House Museum

283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-9231
www.wnchistory.org

The Smith-McDowell House was built approximately 20 years before the Civil War by one of the period’s most influential citizens. It is Asheville’s oldest surviving dwelling and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This heritage center gives visitors an intriguing look at 19th Century life in Asheville.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

52 N. Market St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801
828-253-8304
http://wolfememorial.com/

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is the novelist’s boyhood home and setting for Look Homeward, Angel. This National Historic Landmark has been fully restored and is open for tours 9am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5pm Sunday. Cost is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Exterior

YMI Cultural Center

39 South Market Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-257-4541
http://www.ymiculturalcenter.org/

The YMI Cultural Center (Young Men’s Institute) is an historic landmark and one of the foremost African-American cultural centers in the United States. The center features numerous exhibits and produces many special events throughout the year, including the annual three-day Goombay African-Caribbean street festival.


I’m sitting on my favorite rocking chair on the large covered porch ~ looking down the grass hill, past the herb garden to the lovely fish and fountain pond, surrounded by thick trees of every description including two of my favorite ~ Weeping Willows.

The grill is heating; waiting for the lamb chops I bought at the Farmers Market this morning.

I enter the living room with the high ceiling, stone fireplace, leather couches and rocking chairs; which many years ago was a one room cabin.

Sunlight filters through one of the long glass sliding doors which through the other I see my hammock waiting for me.

I’m home again; “Pat’s Place” is mine.

Anonymous

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