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Experience Deep Sea Exploration at the NC Arboretum

July 17th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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The NC Arboretum is known for its natural flora and fauna and family friendly trails. Among its many glorious features are landscaped gardens, a bonsai garden, over 400 acres of natural woods and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. Not only do they offer an amazing place to explore the great outdoors, the Arboretum also hosts engaging indoor exhibits throughout the year. If you’re visiting this September you won’t want to miss the upcoming exhibit EXTREME DEEP.

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The exhibit highlights the adventure of deep-sea exploration and discovery. EXTREME DEEP depicts the mysteries of the ocean featuring close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic. The interactive display is part art, part hands on science museum. EXTREME DEEP puts the technology of deep-sea exploration in the hands of guests. Fly a remotely operated vehicle over a model of the Titanic’s deck or test our skills at picking up lava rocks from the sea floor.

EXTREME DEEP brings the sea floor to the surface in an amazing display that illustrates the magnificent engineering feats of Mother Nature. The exhibit allows museum visitors the opportunity to walk along a dramatically recreated ocean environment, something that is impossible to do in the real ocean because of the crushing pressure of the water.

While you’re there, have lunch at The Savory Thyme Café featuring natural, local, and organic ingredients. You won’t be disappointed. Try the Moroccan Carrot Salad or the Apricot-Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich. Admission to the Arboretum is just $12 per personal vehicle. The exhibit center is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the arboretum’s website for more details http://www.ncarboretum.org/.

For help booking your itinerary, ask your Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers for assistance. Janna and Stacy are always available to help you plan your day and recommend great places to eat and play! For reservations at our historic Asheville Inn call 828-281-4275.

 

Botanical Gardens in Asheville Highlights over 600 Native Plant Species

June 25th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

abgThe Botanical Gardens in Asheville is located in the Southern Appalachian  Mountains, one of the most diverse and temperate ecosystems in the world. The Gardens consist of a ten acre piece of property with over 600 species of plants native to the local region. Tucked among the many conifers, birch and magnolias are more than fifty rare plant species, various types of ferns and wildflowers. The park even gets an occasional visit from bobcats, coyote, bears and red shouldered hawks.

Once you enter the Gardens, you can follow the half-mile trail that crosses a bridge then loops around leading visitors by a stream, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. An authentic “dog trot” cabin and a spring house demonstrate how our ancestors lived, and a lovely gazebo provides shelter in the midst of the Sunshine Meadow. Along the way, you’ll find benches and tables where you can stop with a picnic lunch or just take in a quiet rest. Just don’t forget to leave pets, radios, and sports equipment at home. Things that disturb the parks serene environment are frowned upon. Mid-summer months like July and August are a great time to see some of the mid-season blooming plants like Joe-pye Weed, Blazing-star, Green-headed Coneflower and Goldenrod.

The gardens offers a host of educational opportunities for adults and children, and a peaceful sojourn for others abg2who prefer to just wander the lovely grounds and take in the natural beauty. Sign up for a bird walk or a wild flower walk and take an early morning guided tour through the gardens. Just don’t forget your binoculars! The ABG is open year round from sunrise to sunset for the enjoyment of the community. No admission is charged for entrance, but donations are gladly accepted. The Visitor Center and most of the trails are wheelchair accessible.  For more information visit http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/.

Our historic Asheville Bed & Breakfast is a short walk or a couple minutes drive to the Botanical Gardens. We often suggest to our guests who enjoy an early morning run or walk that they head over to the gardens. It’s a lovely way to start your morning.  To book reservations at Pinecrest Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 828-281-4275.

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