Vail Daily travel: Health and wealth in Asheville, with decadent mansions and healing salt caves

By Kimberly Nicoletti

George W. Vanderbilt had traveled the world by the time he cherry-picked Asheville, North Carolina, as his country respite from Manhattan life. As the grandson of one of the wealthiest Americans of the 19th century, his choice speaks to Asheville’s natural allure, filled with rivers undulating through forested valleys and mountain peaks defined by bluish layers traced upon the horizon.Many people consider Asheville the South’s version of Boulder, and in terms of its general atmosphere, they’re spot on. You’ll find Buddhist tea houses and meditation sanctuaries, young hippies and old folk musicians playing on downtown street corners, trendy cafes, healing …

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