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Write On, Asheville


The world of words comes alive in the mountains! Most people know that Asheville is a beer town and a music town. It's a place for outdoorsy types and a place for creative types. Asheville is also a literary town. You can step into the story lines and sometimes the lives of authors themselves by exploring this rich part of Western North Carolina's literature and history.


Asheville's Famous Authors

Thomas Wolfe MemorialArguably the most famous author from the area is Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel and You Can't Go Home Again. He was born in downtown Asheville at 92 Woodfin Street (about where the YMCA is now located). The Thomas Wolfe Memorialis actually the Old Kentucky Home Boarding House that his mother ran when he was growing up and which he used as the basis for Dixieland in Look Homeward, Angel. This beautiful, timeless Victorian is open to visitors and offers tours. A wonderful Carolina Mornings vacation rental that is a short walk away is Studio Lex. Studio Lex is a bright, modern, spacious, and beautiful loft. It sits on the second floor and has a nice view of downtown buildings, providing ample inspiration for those who are looking to pen their own works of art.

Thirty miles south of Asheville, Flat Rock is the home of Poet Carl Sandburg. The author moved to Flat Rock in 1945 to find a tranquility that would be perfect for writing. On their 30 acres, his wife started Connemara Farms - a champion dairy goats farm. Tours of the National Historic Site are available year round. If you are looking for your own piece of tranquility, check out Living Waters, a vacation rental cabin set in the ideal location for relaxation and creative endeavors. Living Waters is a pond-side oasis on a 10-acre cove farm and is truly an inspiring place.


Asheville has made its literary mark in the lives of many writers, past and present. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald never called Asheville home, but he stayed at the Grove Park Inn for two summers while his wife Zelda convalesced at a hospital in the Asheville neighborhood of Montford. Zelda died in a devastating arson fire at the hospital in 1948. Beat poet Charles Olson taught and served as rector at Black Mountain College from 1951-1956. Guest lectures at the influential institution were given by such greats as Thornton Wilder, William Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound. The short story author O. Henry spent time in Asheville and is buried in Riverside Cemetery alongside Thomas Wolfe. John Ehle, author of The Road, was born and raised in Asheville. Writer Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, also lives in the area.


Pisgah National Forest's Literary Legacy

Local contemporary writer, Ron Rash, has recently sold movie rights to his novels Serena and The World Made Straight. Before you see these wonderful mountains on the big screen, you can explore the area for yourself. Ron Rash writes primarily about the areas in and around Western North Carolina. In Serena, he weaves a tale set in the 1920s that provides a valuable background in the history of the Smoky Mountain Wilderness. The main characters are loggers in and around the Pisgah National Forest and they visit the Vanderbilt family at the Biltmore Estate. When you stay in a Carolina Mornings vacation rental cabin, you'll experience the Biltmore Estate at no extra charge! Carolina Mornings gives each of our guests our Mountain Discovery Pass which includes one free ticket to the Biltmore Estate for every night of your stay.


Pisgah National Forest is also the location of Charles Frazier's historical novel, Cold Mountain, written about the American Civil War. Cold Mountain remains in its natural state as it is protected by the surrounding National Forest. It is a 10-mile strenuous hike to the summit, with a 2,300-foot elevation gain, but there are two nearby hikes starting on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mileposts 412 and 407 that are shorter and offer wonderful views of Cold Mountain.

Stay in a luxury home on the edge of Pisgah National Forest at one of Carolina Mornings' Dreams of Pisgahnewest properties, Dreams of Pisgah. This 5000-square-foot home sits on 18 acres with private river access and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Mount Pisgah. Sitting on the deck at Dreams of Pisgah will feel as though you've been transported to a place far, far away, but the home is conveniently only 20 minutes away from Downtown Asheville.

Find Inspiration in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Maybe you're writing the next great American Novel and need a serene place to create. Carolina Mornings has a myriad of beautiful options that are sure to inspire magic. One of our favorites for finding a small piece of peace and quiet is Rivertime. This cabin offers absolute privacy and sits on the banks of the Ivy River. Another great option is Amethyst Creek Cottage. It has an office where you can sit and create or, if you are more inclined to sit outside, take in the the lovely views as inspiration from the outdoor sitting area. This cottage is set in a wooded area and has a secluded feel yet is only 30 minutes from downtown Asheville.


Perhaps you want to grab your favorite novel and find a quiet place to read, or maybe you want to grab your laptop (or typewriter) and find an inspiring place to write. Whatever literary journey you want to take, Carolina Mornings can help you find your quiet oasis to relax and create to your heart's content.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve your Asheville mountain cabin. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and golf (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).


By: Carmen Ybarra