Recently returned from nine days in Seattle/Friday Harbor/Port Angeles WA, I'm in the vacation-begets-thoughts-of-future-vacations mode right now -- macro-planning for 2010. My husband and I have hopes of exploring Asheville (including Biltmore) and Blue Ridge Parkway in mid-May. Even though I think we'd prefer Asheville in the spring and BRP in fall, it makes sense to combine the two, doesn't it? We are not interested in areas like Gatlinburg. Any feedback on a plan for a week in the area?
Generally when I'm planning our vacations, I like to gather advice about things to do, places to eat and stay and how to organize this in a way that's not a crammed-full schedule but rather a relaxing time to appreciate the area. We're in our 60s; regularly see art exhibitions in the cities we visit or catch some live music; prefer distinctive, though not necessarily lavish, lodging (already considering three nights at 1889 WhiteGate Inn near Asheville) and dining; particularly appreciated the natural splendor of CA (Oct. 2008) and WA (July 2009).