Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Looking North from Mama Gertie's
Looking North from Mama Gertie’s
Looking Down at Our Van From the Top of the Mountain
Looking Down at Our Van From the Top of the Mountain

Mama Gertie’s doesn’t have a pool or a bounce house but is has to be the cleanest and best laid out campground on a mountainside we have ever seen. We’re not talking hillside here. We’re talking several hundred feet from the office to the top of the mountain. Everything is well maintained, sites are separated by plantings and each has a picnic table and fire ring. Bathrooms and laundry were impeccably clean and showers were as hot as you wanted. Roads were paved but very steep and the climb to the top offered amazing views. Definitely the best campground in the Asheville area. Easy access to groceries and other necessities as well as I-40, US-70 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hunt Scenes and Tapistries at the Biltmore
Hunt Scenes and Tapistries at the Biltmore
Fireplace in the Dining Room at the Biltmore
Fireplace in the Dining Room at the Biltmore
Tulips and Other Early Bloomers in the Gardens
Tulips and Other Early Bloomers in the Gardens

This was our third visit to the Biltmore and by far the busiest. After our house tour we headed to out to the gardens and the conservatory. There weren’t too many things in bloom so the garden walk was rather short. Next on the agenda was Antler Village and the winery. We are happy to report that the wine has improved and we were forced to relieve them of some of their stock.

Another repeat visit was the Folk Art Center, home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Our last stop was the eclectic Stony Knob Cafe in Weaverville for some delicious Greek food. Still top notch after all these years.

I Never Knew the Caped Crusaders Lived in Asheville
I Never Knew the Caped Crusaders Lived in Asheville

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