We made it up for a quick tour of the Swannanoa grounds this afternoon. Sadly, much of Swannanoa has fallen into disrepair and there's not much actually growing in the gardens. But it still gives off a sense of grandeur with its marble and its terraces and its views. I mean, a classic Italian garden (its structures, at least) tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains is definitely nothing to sniff at.
Here's a peek at some of our discoveries. (Pssst. Paid tours of the house continue until tomorrow, but if you just want to walk around outside - it is free!)