We live in the technological age where everything is cutting edge and fast paced. Everything we do seems to be a part of some virtual quilt, with squares made of software, chips, and other small metal things I don’t understand. Sometimes I long for a purity, a breath in of a simpler time. I want to go to a place that still smells like the sweat on a farmers brow, or fresh dust from a hand saw. I want to be part of nature…kind of. Who am I kidding? I’m a generation X-er. Where can I get just a small taste?
My husband actually found that place for me in one his best romantic gestures yet…a horse and carriage ride through downtown Asheville. I was in awe when I saw the quaint carriage pull up beside me, led by the beautiful horse, Gypsy Gold. They’d just put the Christmas lights out downtown, and the air was just crisp enough to be comfortably cozy. I could hear the faint heartbeat of the drum circle in the distance, but was more romanticized by the sax player on the corner cranking out his bluesy rendition of “Winter Wonderland.”
When the horseman helped me on board, my husband handed me a rose and wrapped me in a blanket. I felt like Cinderella being swept away for a romantic evening, and could feel the other women on the street looking my way. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it.
As we took off, I took note of the antiquated clip-clop of Gypsy’s shoes against the pavement. This only grew more charming when he pranced over the cobblestone on Wall Street. I could smell his horsey musk, but not too much, and could hear the gentle creaking of the wooden carriage. However, the mixed aromas of Asheville restaurants permeating into the evening air reminded me I was still in our artsy civilization. I was viewing these 19th and early 20th century buildings from the transportation they were first seen from, getting a taste of what once was. However, I noted the modern hustle and bustle they were now pregnant with…oh what a yummy juxtaposition our Asheville is.
The three quarters of an hour spent on the horse was perfect. It was cozy, romantic, historical, and yet the perfect ambassador of modern-day Asheville. It’s a must-see attraction for locals and tourists alike. Sometimes experiencing old and new together is the best way to do it. This tour is a home-run, and reflective of the adorable horse’s name. This tour is simply gold…nice, slow, easy, gold.
For more information on this tour visit http://www.ashevillehorseandcarriagetours.com