Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend Wanderings

Flat Iron Building downtown Aheville

Sculpture of flat iron

Sky Bar on the Flat Iron Building
Since Mom has closed our other blog, moving it to Facebook and some of the followers are not on Facebook, she wanted to share some posts about life in the mountains.  So hopefully we will post weekly (maybe) about what the beans have done during the week.

8th floor

Looking down to the 7th

7th floor

This week our post is about the Sky Bar on the 6th, 7th and 8th floor fire escape of the Flat Iron Building downtown Asheville.  The building was modeled after similar buildings in other cities and built around 1920-30.  The Sky Bar is on the fire escape and Pop is known far and wide for his fear of heights so this was a hard sell to him.  He loved it once there. After all the 8th floor s hard a skyscraper!

It is all very mysteriuos - you have to know where the bar is.  There is only a sign next to the old fashioned elevator expalining about the bar - but then it makes it sound like it is a private club so most still won't think they can go up.  The elevator is run by a young man who asks for an ID and then explains the bar - they even have one of those old metal gates on the elevator that he has to close before you go up or down. 
Lounge on 7th floor

Once up, there are more signs to tell you where to go and what to do.  There is an indoor lounge on the 7th floor but otherwise it is all outdoors.  Waitresses appear out of no where to take your order and disappear again.  We opted for the 8th floor for a better view facing north. Marble surfaces offer a place to set your drinks and the floor is plated steel sheets so you can't see down below.  No food is served - just cocktails, beer and wine. You can bring your own food and dine at the bistro tables on 7th floor. 

Mom said it was breezy and  cool and fun.  This is for sure the second best place to view the sunset downtown altho they had to leave before that - Pop was worried about all the people coming for sunset that he didn't want to be on the fire escape.  Oh well - some other day and without him!

Grove Arcade

Wall Street restaurants

One of many Art Deco buildings

The lovely Smoky Mountains

Almost sunset

Hope you enjoyed this and we will see you next week for more of the Carolina Mountains!  Have a super weekend!


Old Kitty said...

What a great place!! I love that it's "hidden" and you have to know to find it! And then are rewarded by such ambiance and amazing views!!

Pop did very well - yay!!

Thanks for a most fascinating post! Take care

Catherine said...

Some nice sites!
xo Catherine

Brian's Home Blog said...

That is very, very pretty! Y Dad says he has never seen it from way up high like that!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, what a great post! Thank you for showing some of Ashville's sights. It looks like a place we'd like to visit someday! :)

Marg said...

What a fun place for a bar. Better not have too much up there. Take care.

Hannah and Lucy said...

That looks a great place to spend some time - the views must be great and so different from hour to hour.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Florida Furkids said...

That looks like a spectacular place!!
The Florida Furkids

Annie Bear said...

What an awesome building! You did a great job capturing it in that first picture. I also love all the shots from the building and learning about the bar. Fun!

My Mind's Eye said...

We don't do FB but will look forward to visiting your blog to see lovely mountain pictures. Any picture with a mountain makes mom daydream.
My peeps are heading west next week for a few days to visit friends. They have been trying to get up there since Oct 2011 kept having to postpone the trip. Hopefully the 3rd time is a charm.
Hugs madi and Mom

Unknown said...

That looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures.

SandyCarlson said...

Asheville's flat iron building is a gem. Talk about luxury! The art deco buildings are gorgeous.

A Tonk's Tail said...

Wow, we'd never seen Ashville - beautiful photos!

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful! We go past the Flat Iron building often but have never gone to the lounge. We'll have to give it a try.

Ellen Whyte said...

That last picture of the clouds is magnificent!

Just Mags said...

Those are some great pictures I enjoyed viewing them. That is one huge iron. :) You all have a great week. Hugs



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