River getaway

Pack: a large cooler of all your favorite foods to grill and eat outside. (Cost: depends on your taste buds and stomach size)

Drift: down one, two or more miles of the French Broad River, through the Biltmore Estate (with a view of the house), or past downtown. Be sure to put on sunscreen, paddle slowly and don’t flip the boat!  (Cost: up to $38 per adult)

Rest: on a bench in Carrier Park, allowing your sore arms to regain some strength. Be sure to look at the natural marshland at the end furthest away from the bike velodrome — there are all types of natural wildflowers. (Cost:Free)

Enjoy: the frolicking dogs as they chase their tails and each other through the French Broad River Dog Park. Nothing says carefree and summer as watching dogs dance in the sunlight until pure exhaustion takes over. (Cost: Free)

Walk: through the River Arts District, and grab a snack at the Clingman Café. They have a new patio that increases their seating, so order the Thunderbird sandwich and a Wedge brew and replenish your body. (Cost: $11.45 plus tax)

Throw: your Frisbee at a park or through the Richmond Hills Disc Golf Course. Designed by the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club, this 18-hole course will challenge both novice and expert. (Cost: Free)

Eat:  what you packed in your cooler earlier in the morning once you end up at the Bywater or at one of the local riverside parks with picnic tables and grills.

Total cost: Varies.


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