"The mountains are calling
and I must go."
I truly believe there is no more beautiful place to live on Earth than among the majesty of the Appalachian Mountains. To live here is reminiscent of a simpler time when neighbors knew each other's names, community was important, and life was abundant.
My father grew up in Asheville in the 1950s but headed north after college in search of an area with more jobs to offer. Landing a job with the federal government, he and my Mom settled down in Rockville, Maryland, which is where I ended up being raised. Yet, every year we returned to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains so my Dad could see his family and the mountains he missed so much. This area has always been a magical place to me, which is why I am so thankful that God has given me the opportunity to live here as an adult.
Who could have foreseen Asheville as the trendy place to live that it is now? I think it has taken many long-time residents and visitors by surprise at just how many people are eager to move here. And it shouldn't surprise us, really. It's been an amazing place all along. The progressive downtown scene has enchanting nightlife, craft breweries, and eclectic people that take pride in epitomizing the "Keep Asheville Weird" slogan. The outskirts of the city have a more familial feel with quiet neighborhoods, good schools, and a plethora of outdoor activities to participate in. Even farther out there is a country feel with generational farms, mountain homes, and sleepy little towns. It just doesn't get any better than this!