The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

A Gourmet Picnic

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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 A wonderful way to highlight a day trip into the surrounding mountains, no matter what your itinerary or destination, is to bring along a picnic lunch. This is particularly true if your exploring takes you on the Blue Ridge Parkway or deep into one of the national forests. Restaurants are few and far between, and besides, what could be better than eating a picnic lunch beside a wilderness waterfall or from a rocky overlook perched high above the green valleys below? If this idea appeals to you, then you are in luck, because not only does Western North Carolina have an unlimited supply of really great picnic spots, but there are three stores in Asheville within minutes of each other where you can purchase the ingredients for an unforgettable picnic lunch. They are located on Biltmore Avenue just as you leave Pack Square heading south. Park your car near any of the stores.  

Asheville Wine Market: Right next door. Extremely good selection of fine wines and quality beers. 65 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-0060.

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas

French Broad Food Co-op: Just down the street is an outstanding organic grocery, run by a local cooperative. Fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, crackers and more. 90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-7650

Other Asheville Gourmet & Organic Food Stores:
Earth Fare:
66 Westgate Parkway, Asheville NC 28806; 828-253-7656
Earth Fare:
1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803; 828-210-0100
Greenlife Grocery:
70 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28801; 828-254-5440
The Fresh Market:
944 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804; 828-252-9098



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