When you live in a state that has vacation destinations like Hilton Head, Charleston and Myrtle Beach (and wonderful small beaches in between) and you are even closer to the North Carolina mountains and the wonderful city of Asheville, it is easy to forget that other parts of the country can be great vacation destinations. But we found beautiful places here, too.
Our visit to see family just happened to coincide with the largest craft fair in the midwest. People were arriving by the busloads to shop at the NINE craft fairs going on this one weekend. We just made a quick visit to the biggest of the nine, which is held on the grounds of an old gristmill.
It is hard to explain how many people were there. And we went on the first day just as it opened. There were even people tailgating in the parking area. I think they were expecting 200,000 visitors.
Our purchases were food---kettle corn (the best ever) and fudge. If you wanted it, there was also Indian food and Greek food along with the more expected corn dogs and lemonade and fried Oreos.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is also a tourist favorite. It opened less than a year ago. We didn't have time to explore the walking trails that surround the museum. Next time...
Baby Sister enjoyed her ride through the museum.
But she may have loved the outdoor areas more where
she had a chance to run and jump and climb.
I was excited to see paintings of Mary Cassatt and Norman Rockwell and Whistler and Jackson Pollock and so many others I had only seen in books.
More adventures to come.....