Sweet Caroline – Virginia + North Carolina

Last week, I talked about West Virginia and primarily focused on the Mothman statue. I’m still in awe of how beautiful West Virginia was. For my second recap post about our road trip, I’m going to focus on Virginia and Asheville, North Carolina.

Barter Theatre

Starting in Charleston, West Virginia, me and my husband began our drive the following day. When I reviewed our route, I found a small town in Virginia I wanted to stop in. Abingdon, Virginia is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western Virginia. I looked at pictures online and it looked stunning. Abingdon was on the way to Asheville, North Carolina and I knew we needed to make a few stops along the way, so the drive didn’t feel long.

As we drove through Abingdon, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I needed my sunglasses because I couldn’t escape the sun. It was the best feeling. As we pulled into Abingdon, I was amazed. One of the highlights of Abingdon is the Barter Theatre. It’s a historic theatre that’s been historically preserved. There are classic plays along with various festivals happening throughout the year. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see a play, so we could only walk around and take pictures. There’s a small park right across the street from the theatre that we walked through. After stopping for lunch, we got back into the car to head to Asheville.

The picture doesn’t do North Carolina justice. It was beautiful and had lots of mountains and hills.

Asheville is on the Western half of North Carolina. Asheville is known for being in the mountains and for being an artsy town. As I was looking online at what we had time to do, I saw numerous art museums, galleries, and hiking trails. As we approached Asheville, it was busy! There were people walking everywhere. We thought that there was some event happening the day we stopped in Asheville. We ended up settling on an outdoor brewery where we had a pint and could enjoy the sun.

Asheville was another city we stopped in where we wouldn’t hesitate to come back. It’s one of the negative parts of a road trip where we weren’t able to spend as much time as we wanted in some of the cities we stopped in. On a positive note, I know that if I was able to make it back to Asheville, I know I would love it.

After Asheville, it was another few hours of drive time before we made it to Charleston, South Carolina. In next week’s post, I’m going to finish up my road trip blog posts with a detailed rundown of Charleston and Savannah, GA.

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