Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina!
For a brief introduction to Asheville, brought to us by
the "Weekend Window" of
Good Morning America
With an annual average high of 67 degrees and an annual average low
of 46 degrees, Asheville, North Carolina, offers a mild climate in
all four seasons. Protected by the surrounding mountains,
Asheville has less precipitation than any city east of the
Mississippi River. This is very good news for us because the
Asheville area boasts more than 2,000 miles of trails, some of the
Southeast's finest whitewater, nine of the state's major
waterfalls, and America's largest private residence. Less
than twenty minutes away is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is
recognized as the nation's most popular scenic highway. Its
470 miles link the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Along
the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can wind your way around North
America's oldest mountain--Grandfather Mountain--and climb to the
highest point east of the Mississippi River--which is Mount
Mitchell at 6, 684 feet.
If an urban hike is more your style, Asheville has that, too!
The downtown area's urban trail system is well marked and has
become a very popular activity for those who want to see the sights
while getting some exercise. There is probably more art deco
architecture built in the late 1920s and early 1930s that can be
found in downtown Asheville than in any other southeastern city
outside Miami. Asheville was once called the Paris of the
South. More recently,
US Airways Magazine
designated Asheville the SoHo of the
Blue Ridge because of its vibrant arts community--an eclectic
variety of sophisticated urban galleries and homespun Appalachian
handicrafts, rare and used book shops, elegant symphonies, funky
fusions of drums and jazz, and blue grass in the streets.
Along the urban trail, you will have multiple opportunities to
tempt your taste buds at any one of Asheville's seventy locally
owned cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries.
You will not go hungry in Asheville--a community known for its good
food. Watch for the "The SCSECS Food-Lover's Guide to Eating
in Asheville." Coming soon to this website and be sure to
sign up for SCSECS's first-ever "POSTER SESSION" lunch
Check for details at the SCSECS
registration desk when you arrive at the conference. In the
meantime, what's a good meal without a fine beverage?
Well, Charlie Papazian, founder of the Association of Brewers and
the American Homebrewers Association, recently recognized Asheville
as the Brew Capital, USA (
). Boasting nine microbreweries in the
downtown area, alone, this is another good reason to bring your
walking shoes to Asheville. Additionally, on Wednesday
evening before the conference officially begins, attendees can
elect to participate in a SCSECS Brews Cruise to three of
Asheville's favorite microbreweries. This is a tasty,
pre-conference treat you will not want to miss! Space is
limited, so be sure to sign up early.
In Asheville, our eyes are drawn upward to blue mountain vistas in
every direction. I look forward to welcoming you in person to
the Appalachian mountain south and to exploring the multitudinous
panoramas and prospects of the long eighteenth century at the
See you in Asheville!
Phyllis Thompson, President
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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