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Autumn in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains

North Carolina fall foliage

Is there anything as beautiful as the mountains in autumn? Not in my opinion. It was fall break here earlier this month and we spent some time in Asheville, North Carolina and drove along a large part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohola Skyway. The scenery was stunning, to say the least. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite snaps and a few of the souvenirs I brought home with me.

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I used my digital camera to take the first 9 photos here. The rest were taken with my phone. The leaves were at peak at some of the elevations. The yellows and oranges and reds were breathtaking and I was able to capture most of it. 

At the Buck Spring Gap overlook, there were these cool old stone steps leading to a beautiful vantage point.

Beautiful fall colors at the Buck Spring Overpass, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

This was where the steps led to. Worth the walk, don’t you think? 

On my way back down to the parking lot I picked up all of these leaves. The different shapes and colors are all so gorgeous.

Fall colors at the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Another snap from one of the overlooks. The clouds cast some amazing shadows on the mountains that afternoon.

Fall colors along the Cherohola Skyway

This walkway had perfect foliage and shadows when we stopped for a stroll along the Cherohola Skyway. That’s my youngest daughter and husband.

Scenic fall drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

I tried to snap one of those iconic fall roadway shots from the car. This was the best of the bunch.

North Carolina Arboretrum, Asheville, NC

We stopped briefly at the North Carolina Arboretum. This flower garden is designed to look like a quilt top. 

Amazing Sunset in Asheville, NC

Sunset in downtown Asheville. The reflection of the colors in the windows of the building was perfect. It really was this pretty.

Chocolate treats at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville, NC

Who loves chocolate? We had dessert one night at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. I highly recommend it. 

Tobacco Barn Antiques, Asheville, NC

We stopped at the Tobacco Barn Antique shop and were blown away by the variety of items and size of the place. It was worth the trip!

Antique sugar molds and wicker demijohn

I brought home these 2 vintage sugar molds that I’m using on the island and dinner table for candles and moss covered balls. I’ll post pictures of those soon. And I was so happy to find this vintage wicker demijohn. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. 

Old stair spindles and vintage metal ceiling tiles were abundant.

Aren’t these colorful metal letters fun? 

There were dozens of old stained glass windows as well. Now I’m trying to find a place to hang one of these beauties!

Now tell me, how has your October been?

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  1. Your photos are gorgeous! We enjoyed our drive along the Blue Ridge too, but the colors were not as vibrant where we were. We will be heading to Asheville soon for a college tour and the Tobacco Barn is on my must visit list. Have been wanting to go there for years, but we always run out of time when we are in Asheville, the place looks amazing! The chocolate shop looks fabulous too!

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