I have been reading Thomas Wolfe’s novel, Look Homeward Angel, in which he calls Asheville Altamont. Here he is embracing his native town.

On Monday we drove an hour around the mountain and down to check it out. We took the trolley tour. First we saw the grand houses on the hill.

We got off downtown at the Grove Arcade, an early shopping mall.

I do love shopping arcades with skylights.

We went around the corner for dim sum for lunch.

We barely had time to scratch the surface of the town. We were planning to go back today to tour the Biltmore mansion but are waiting for the rain to stop. Nice to relax in a comfortable place.