About Melanie F
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
Since Jul 2010
I took my first plane ride at a mere two weeks of age and have been passionate about travel ever since. A published poet and working journalist, when not traveling I'm obsessing about where to go next, or writing about where I've been.
Flea & Street Markets
Art Galleries, Neighbourhoods
Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Hiking & Camping Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ghost & Vampire Tours
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Observation Decks & Towers, Geologic Formations, Parks, Hiking Trails
Lovers of scenic drives will absolutely fall in love with the Blue Ridge Parkway and its dazzling views of the Appalachian Highlands. With almost 500 miles to explore, the roads are open year-round, and offer an intimate look at nature in all four seasons.
Bike riders and thrill seekers alike, check out the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures for half-day, day-long, and muti-day bike trips through the Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest. There are even night rides on offer!
Located near downtown Asheville, the Western North Carolina Farmers Market offers fruits and vegetables, jams, baked breads, mountain crafts, sandwiches and more, from local farms and vendors.
Art enthusiasts will love the River Arts District, which features over 180 working studios with items in the paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, and paper mediums. Take in some of the city's eclectic culture with a walk along the French Broad River while browsing unique art and its artists.
For a bit more of an intimate history lesson, literature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial home and museum, the boyhood home of American author Thomas Wolfe. An important factor in the history of not only Wolfe, but the city of Asheville, the memorial will bring you closer to this great writer, his life, and his family.
These are some great tours for thrill-seekers on foot through the Blue Ridge Hiking Company. Offering both private and group hikes as well as day and multi-day trips, Blue Ridge Hiking Company will guide you through the Pisgah National Forest for a fascinating and unforgettable experience.
In the heart of downtown Asheville, come out between Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends to experience some of the Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. From drum circles to dancing to live music performances, there's something great going on all summer long at Pritchard Park.
Joining a Haunted Asheville Ghost Tour is a great way to learn a little about the history of Asheville and the spookier side of the city, which is known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Come experience the things going bump in an Asheville night.
For one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of Asheville, visit the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Come walk through this flowering wonderland blooming across a historic bridge and crossing the Rocky Bridge River.
Nature is an artist, and Chimney Rock State Park is one of its masterpieces. A day in the park can include hiking, rock climbing, bird- and critter watching, photography, or simply finding a peaceful place to sit and sketch the afternoon away before this mountainous landscape.