In January, Kathy and I traveled to Asheville, NC to spend two days at the famous Grove Park Inn to celebrate her birthday
(which was actually in December).  This resort hotel, which was already famous when I was a child living 72 miles away in
Spartanburg, SC, is picured above. The left image shows the hotel pretty much as it was when I was a child, while the right
image shows the exterior of the relatively new spa where we got massages and whirlpool baths. Below is the huge fireplace
which kept us warm during the chilly evenings as we sipped our drinks:



Kathy and I spent a morning touring the Thomas Wolfe Museum in downtown Asheville. It is located in the boarding house his
mother ran until 1945 (so it was there while I was living in Spartanburg). She called it "Old Kentucky Home" but it became
"Dixieland" in Wolfe's novels, in which he also referred to Asheville as "Altamont." The rest of the pictures on this page are of
the exterior and interior of the boarding house, set up today pretty much as it looked then. As an aside, Wolfe who graduated from
UNC in 1920 died prematurely in 1938. When I was a graduate student at Duke (1949-1953) the memory of Wolfe was still very much
alive in Durham and Chapel Hill. Led by some knowledgeable graduate students in the English department, some of us woold
go on expeditions to find the places mentioned by Wolfe in his first novel Look Homeward Angel and we also tried to find people
who actually knew Wolfe--after all, only 29 years passed between his graduation from UNC and my matriculation at Duke.
One location mentioned in his book that we found was still active was a brothel in Durham named "Katie Mae's." I can't recall
what it was called in the book. (He also mentioned one in "Altamont" known as Eagle Terrrace.) Anway, enjoy the pictures of
"Dixieland" and if you are ever near Asheville be sure to visit it (closed Mondays).



As near as I could tell, there were two pianos and an organ in the house.