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Don't keep us in suspense too long!
Nonetheless, I'm looking eagerly forward to this year's first annual Blog Cottage. ^_^
(For the record, Mr. Cooper has said that he will not inherit his mother's $200 million fortune, but he needn't worry about living expenses considering he earns around $11 million a year from his CNN program and owns a 1906 firehouse converted into a cool and luxe residence in Greenwich Village as well as a Hamptons estate in Quogue.)
...And, I'll have to find out if he has a favorite "brewed in Asheville" craft beer.
Another question: since he has such historical family ties to Asheville, will he be submitting his own daily entries to win the Urban Oasis?
The Travel Channel 'Insider's Guide' web post is packed with great insights into all the coolest places to eat, stay and play in this charming Smoky Mountains community. You'll even learn how to forage for food and be treated to the source of Asheville's Hogzilla! All perfect to pair with a glass of fine craft beer.
Come day two, I think I'd break away for some kayaking, hiking a nature trail and even taking to the skies with a tour of the lake by seaplane and then skim the waves by boat.
I'd visit a brewery or several, then saddle up for a visit to the Alpaca Ranch. (And maybe make a purchase to warm up with in winter weather.)
Nothing could keep me from digging around the various antique shops, browsing the boutiques or cruising through a few art galleries.
When it comes to art, I'd seek out the perfect spot for a striking work by Coeur d'Alene artist Terry Lee. (I might retitle it 'Elk in Summer'...) http://www.terryleeart.com/
I''ll definitely have this carved relief by talented local artist Jeff May hung by the front door along with the following words of advice: Welcome to Coop's Lakeside Lodge, but Please Wipe Your Paws! http://jeffmay.com/workszoom/693308
Through it all, I'd stop to try some Idaho wines and downtown's casual to fine dining venues, always keeping my eye out for that winning huckleberry cobbler.
Day three? Just hang around the Blog Cabin soaking up the beauty of the home and the inspired views.
After that, I'll take it day by day -- mix and match as the mood strikes!
PS: I may need help putting a Bloggers' Party together. How many happy folks do you think the Blog Cabin would hold for a full day's fiesta?
According to the article, 'He will share his keen insight and fascinating ideas on 'facades and landscapes'."
Do you think we might even get some additional insight into a specific Dream Home river landscape? (A simple name will do...)
Which would you choose?
Smart car: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5...
2015 Mercedes E350 sedan: http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/4...
After all, if I have the chance to vie for a really smart Austin spread, I may as well take the advice of seasoned professionals at their word and get out there and break an egg.