It’s summer at Trinity View! There are four seasons here, one for everyone’s favorite. Wrapping up the last days of spring, there were two excursions to local lakes, one of them where my wife and I spent honeymoon time. Unfortunately, we missed those. But on the other hand, we were on an overnight bus trip to Atlanta arranged by Trinity View and our sister home Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. We went for a baseball game with the Braves against the Cardinals. It was a great time, good pitching, good hitting, brats and beer at the stadium, and Atlanta won.
This is a wonderful time of the year. I love this area, but I must tell you it is home. My father’s birth certificate says he made his first appearance in a town less than a mile from here. Born in D.C., I first came to the Buncombe County where we now reside when my father was leaving to join the Navy in 1943. We were gone off and on until the family made permanent residence in 1951 in Asheville, N.C., the hub of Western North Carolina.
For almost two centuries, the rich and famous have come to this area for luxurious summer living. The pleasant summer temperatures were a great escape from Charleston, S.C., and New York City. You probably know about the Vanderbilt heir who built the largest privately owned home in America, the Biltmore Estate, in 1896. More recently, Barack Obama took summer vacations from the White House, for some golf and a taste of the famous Twelve Bones Barbecue, now located two minutes from Trinity View.
The area is known for excellent cuisine (like we have here), exceptional art, and great live music.
When it was time to retire after more than 30 years wandering, mainly for employment, but including some worldwide travel, we knew there was nowhere else to retire. It took us a few more years to find Trinity View.
There are four seasons here. Spring and fall may be the most beautiful. These bring more tourists now than the summers. Beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas fill the mountains sides. While we have a few of these lovely flowers on our grounds, Trinity View always provides bus trips into the hills, even up toward Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Rockies. Likewise in the fall when the beauty of the changing colors is breathtaking. The leaf-peepers, as we locals call them, arrive in droves. If you live with us, you don’t have to fight the crowds. Our tour bus takes us to the best sights.
If you insist on winter, we have one of those too, short, and always lovely. Maybe one or two brief snows a year, just enough for a snowball fight, but it melts in a day or two and the world is back to normal. Every season, if you share my eastern view, you will have beautiful sunrises coming over the mountain.
But back to summer which is starting as I write this, we will have outdoor picnics in our front yard usually with live music and meats grilled on site. There will be other picnics at other outdoor venues, and there’s a group who like to hike and locate the waterfalls that are within a short distance.
There is no point in being anywhere else.