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Here is some more information about the sights and experiences featured on Monday's road show in Asheville, North Carolina.

Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade began as the dream of E.W. Grove, the founder of the Grove Park Inn, to build an elegant new kind of retail center designed to enliven downtown Asheville.

Completed in 1929, two years after Grove's death, the Arcade thrived as the country's leading public market until World War II. The government took over the building at that time and continued to use it for the next several decades.

The Grove Arcade reopened to the public in 2002 as a boutique shopping and dining destination.

To learn more about the shops and the retail center's unique history, visit the Grove Arcade's website.

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Asheville Urban Trail

The Asheville Urban Trail is often referred to as Asheville's "museum without walls."

The trail was started by a group of residents as a way to help revitalize the downtown area.

It features 30 stations of bronze sculptures set up around downtown Asheville.

Each station has a plaque that tells some of the history of downtown Asheville's development and notable people who once called the city home.

The tour is a 1.7 mile walk that begins and ends at Pack Place. It takes about 2 hours to complete it.

For more information or to view a map of the trail, visit the Asheville Urban Trail Walking Tour's website.

Biltmore Estate

Asheville is home to one of the most popular and largest homes in the U.S.

George Vanderbilt completed the 250-room Biltmore Estate in 1895.

More than 100 years later, the home is still treasured as a piece of architectural wonder and history.

Admission to the 8,000-acre estate includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the Antler Hill Village, which includes the Winery, shopping, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green and Farm. An in-depth audio guide and special guided tours are available at additional costs.

Antler Hill Village also includes an outdoor adventure center with activities such as biking, carriage rides, fly fishing, guided Segway tours and guided horseback rides.

The Festival of Flowers runs through May 20 in Biltmore's intricately designed gardens.

For more information, visit the Biltmore Estate website.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

The scenic drive is headquartered in Asheville with a visitors' center located at mile post 384.

Mount Pisgah, Looking Glass Rock, Folk Art Center and Craggy Gardens are some of the interesting stops along the parkway in the Asheville area.

Blue Ridge also boasts plenty of picnic areas and hiking trails.

For more information on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit their website.

Western North Carolina Nature Center

The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center allows visitors to connect with animals and plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountain region and learn more about them.

The exhibits include the Appalachian Station, Otter Falls, World Underground, Small Mammals, Appalachian Predators, Red Wolf Run, Black Bear Ridge, Western North Carolina Farm and the Trillium Nature Trail.

The nature center is open everyday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 65 and older and $4 for youth ages 3-15. Children ages 2 and under may enter for free.

For more information, visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center's website.

The Cove

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is a 1,200-acre getaway in Asheville where Christian leaders, teachers and speakers guide people in studying God's Word.

The Cove is located on Cedar Mountain and includes a 70,000 square-foot trainingcenter building, two inns and the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, which houses The Cove Visitor Center.

For more information, visit The Cove's website.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

The original Tupelo Honey Cafe opened in downtown Asheville in 2000.

The restaurant offers creative Southern cuisine made from scratch.

Tupelo Honey Cafe opened a second Asheville location in 2010. They are working on a third location in Knoxville's Market Square that is currently estimated to open in September.

For more information about Tupelo Honey, visit their website.

Ultimate Ice Cream

Ultimate Ice Cream offers gourmet ice cream made from local and organic ingredients, whenever possible.

For more information, visit Ultimate Ice Cream's website.

Early Girl Eatery

Early Girl Eatery offers a farm-to-table Southern cuisine experience in the heart of Asheville.

The menu relies heavily on local produce grown by family farms and community-supported agriculture in the Asheville area.

For more information about the restaurant and its hours, visit the Early Girl Eatery's website.

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