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Asheville, NC 28801

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Welcome Spring With The Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers!

March 6th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers 2017

What better way to celebrate spring than with a visit to Asheville for the 2017 Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers?

The 32nd annual Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers begins March 18th, 2017 and runs through May 25th. The festival follows and celebrates the blossoming schedule of the estate’s immense and wonderful gardens.

Visitors come to bathe in the gardens as they come to life with hundreds of thousands of bright and beautiful flowers. Biltmore’s gardens produce upwards of 100,000 tulips each spring, not to mention the orchids, daffodils, hyacinths, azaleas, roses and so much more!

Many of the flowers get their start in the Biltmore’s conservatory and winter garden. The flood of color typically begins in late March with the orchids. The early weeks of April then see daffodils and forsythia, followed by tulips a week or so after. By May, the Biltmore Estate is absolutely awash in bright flowers. The slow procession of color is a truly stunning sight.

It is not uncommon for visitors to plan their visit to coincide with the opening of the blossoms they hold most dear. To that end, the Biltmore website provides a bloom schedule guide as well as a bloom report to help you make your plans.

The most popular time to visit seems to be late April, when the explosion of color takes serious root. At this time, wandering the estate’s extensive walking trails can be an almost surreal experience. The combination of native and exotic flowers is truly an amazing spectacle to behold.

The Festival of Flowers continues inside the main house of the Biltmore Estate, as well. The Châteauesque-style mansion is accented throughout with tasteful arrangements of tropical plants and flowers.

Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers celebrates both spring and architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who masterminded the estate’s horticultural plans. Without his incredible attention to detail and far-sighted planning, the estate’s gardens would not be the magnificent example of horticulture that they are today.

Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers

March 18th through May 25th, 2017
For more information, please visit: www.biltmore.com

Lodging Near Biltmore Estate
North Lodge on Oakland is just a mile from the historic Biltmore Estate. Our Asheville B&B is a restored, 1904 stone home is located on a quiet residential street with six comfortable bedrooms to choose from. Our own peaceful and manicured gardens will also be in bloom. Come and soak up the beauty of the Asheville area with a stay at North Lodge on Oakland!

Come To Asheville For The 2017 Southern Conference Basketball Tournament!

February 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Southern Conference Basketball TournamentThe Southern Conference Basketball Tournament will be in Asheville from March 3rd through the March 6th, 2017! Where will you be?

Every year, the UNCA campus resounds with the excitement the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament brings. The excitement surrounding the SoCon Tournament is not restricted to the UNCA campus, either! All of Asheville gets involved with special events and activities all around town and throughout the weekend.

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Take A Walk In Asheville’s Winter Waterfall Wonderland!

January 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Asheville's Winter Waterfall WonderlandLooking for something fun to do during your Asheville getaway? How about a tour of the Asheville’s winter waterfall wonderland?

It sometimes seems like there is an endless supply of waterfalls to visit in the Asheville area. Some are near and some are far, some are big and some are small. The one thing they have in common is their beauty to the human eye.

Why we love falling water is anyone’s guess but waterfalls tend to entrance and attract us all. This can be particularly true during the colder months when the water freezes, leaving strange and incredible sculptures of ice.

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Take The 2017 Lake Lure Polar Plunge On New Years Day!

December 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lake Lure Polar Plunge 2017!On New Year’s Day, you could have brunch with your family, work on your resolutions, or come to Asheville and throw yourself into frigid water at the Lake Lure Polar Plunge!

The annual New Year’s Day Lake Lure Polar Plunge has become quite the tradition around these parts and why not? What better way to start the New Year than with a dousing in ice-cold lake water?

In fact, it’s become such a tradition that, even when Lake Lure has had its water drawn down, the show goes on! They just move it to the pool at the Lake Lure Inn! Such is the case for this year – but fear not! We’ve seen this before and it actually turned into one of the better Polar Plunges!

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Step Back In Time at the Biltmore Village Christmas Festival!

November 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Biltmore Village Christmas Festival 2016 - Dickens in the VillageYou don’t need the Ghost of Christmas Past to visit the holiday season of yesteryear. The Biltmore Village Christmas Festival, Dickens in the Village, will transport you there December 2nd and 3rd, 2016!

A visit to Biltmore Village is always a pleasant experience but during the Dickens In The Village Christmas festival, it turns downright magical. There will even be chestnuts roasting over an open fire – but let’s all hope Jack Frost misses his invite …

The annual Biltmore Village Christmas Festival is a musical, magical weekend full of merriment, twinkling lights, and lots of seasonal entertainment. Performers are scheduled to take turns on the main stage, with concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Get Fired Up Over Clay at the WNC Pottery Festival!

October 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

WNC Pottery Festival 2016The 12th annual WNC Pottery Festival, planned for November 5th, 2016, brings 40 master potters and more to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

If you’re a fan of handmade ceramics, then you do not want to miss the WNC Pottery Festival! Thousands of folks come from all over the country to view this juried event.

40 master potters from 13 states will showcase their masterpieces in fired clay. Hand-built, hand-thrown, raku, wood-fired, and other clay work techniques, finishes, and forms will be on display.

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Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center

September 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian CenterVisit Tryon International Equestrian Center for their Saturday Night Lights event for food, fun, live music, and an evening of highest level of competitive horse jumping!

Tryon International Equestrian Center opened in 2014 and has been bringing the country’s most talented riders and horses to the Asheville area ever since. A 6,000-seat outdoor stadium, stables, arenas, restaurants and shops have helped make the center a world-class equestrian destination.

The best part is that it gives visitors the opportunity to watch Olympic caliber riders and horses compete for international titles at various events, such as the popular Saturday Night Lights.

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Attend Asheville’s 20th Annual Brewgrass Festival

August 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Asheville's 20th annual Brewgrass Festival 2016It’s been 20 years since Asheville hosted the first Brewgrass Festival – and it doesn’t look like they plan to stop any time soon. Come celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary with great music and delicious craft beers. Saturday, September 17th, 2016!

Asheville’s Brewgrass Festival, founded in 1996, is Western North Carolina’s original craft beer festival. A lot has changed since those early days. Not only has the number of microbreweries in the US more than quadrupled since then, Brewgrass has grown, too!

North Carolina is now home to over 100 breweries and brewpubs. No wonder Brewgrass 2016 is set to include over 55 different breweries and cideries! You’ll see – and taste! – a diverse assortment of local, regional, and national craft beers and ciders.

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Get Down Downtown at Asheville’s LEAF Downtown 2016!

July 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

LEAF Downtown 2016
The 2nd annual LEAF Downtown is almost here! Scheduled for July 30th and 31st, 2016 this year’s theme is “Come Get Down for SoulTown,” with soul, funk, R&B, and world beat music on the menu!

LEAF Downtown AVL is a free, summertime extension of the annual LEAF Festival at Lake Eden, brought to downtown Asheville. LEAF Downtown AVL brings three stages of live music by local, regional, and national musicians.

The three stages will be located at Asheville City Hall, the Buncombe County Courthouse, and one at the Vance Monument on Pack Square. A fourth stage, presenting youth-oriented entertainment, will be on Market Street.

This year’s lineup is headlined by WAR. Famously fronted by British rocker Eric Burdon, WAR is now led by Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, an original member of he group. The band is known for its hits “Spill the Wine,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “Low Rider”, and “Summer”.

– 2016 LEAF Downtown AVL Lineup –
War
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Bill Myers & The Monitors
The LEAF SoulTown Review
The Broadcast
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
John Stickley Trio
A.J. Ghent Band
Les Amis with members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa
The John Stickley Trio
The Juan Benavides Group
Laura Blackley and Wildflowers
Welcome to Mars Presents: HoveyKraft
Matt Townsend
The Sol Rhythm Band
The Blue Dragons
Old Landmark Spiritual Revival
Dave Desmelik
Unifire Theater
Faerie Kin
Clan Destiny Circus
Asheville Buskers Collective
Old Tim Jam in the Round

LEAF Downtown AVL also features more than 80 food and arts & crafts vendors for unique gifts and great food. Local craft beer brewers Highland Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Pisgah Brewing, and Hi-Wire Brewing will be on hand, as well. You’ll also see roaming performers, lots of family activities, and the second annual LEAF Art Dash 5K.

Be there or be square!

2016 LEAF Downtown AVL

“Come Get Down for SoulTown“
Downtown Asheville, NC
July 30th and 31st – Saturday noon to 10pm and Sunday noon to 6pm
www.theleaf.org

Lodging for LEAF Downtown
Last year’s LEAF Downtown AVL festival brought more than 15,000 visitors to Asheville’s downtown. If you’re planning to attend, I would suggest acquiring your accommodations now before it is too late! North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast offers 6 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath. We also provide flat screen TVs, three-course plated breakfasts, comfy cotton bathrobes, fresh baked goods each afternoon, and much more. Book your room, now at North Lodge on Oakland!

The 2016 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

June 10th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

 2016 Grandfather Mountain Highland GamesOf Scottish descent or just a fan? Then the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are for you! Scheduled for July 7th through the 10th, 2016, the 61st annual return of The Grandfather Games promises three days of tartan plaids, food, music, and athletic prowess!

The annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans has been held on Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC, since 1956. Modeled after the several hundred year old tradition of the Braemar Games in Scotland, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games have been called “the American Braemar.”

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