Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • Mar
    7
    Ginny takes a break on her winter hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking the French Broad River in Asheville NC.  During the summer months the scenery will be lush and wildlife abundant!

    Ginny takes a break on her winter hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking the French Broad River in Asheville NC. During the summer months the scenery will be lush and wildlife abundant!

    The stunningly beautiful FRENCH BROAD RIVER flows through the heart of Asheville, North Carolina as well as the picturesque Biltmore Estate.  You can see why this free-flowing wide river attracted the establishment of such a unique mountain city on its banks.  Today it provides fabulous recreation including fishing (small mouth bass & catfish), rafting, kayaking, canoeing or just the pleasure of watching the amazing river as it flows by.  It is only one of two rivers that flows toward the north in the U.S. and is the third oldest river in the world.  Beginning at Rosman NC, it flows 210 miles northwest through the Appalachian Mountains into the Tennessee River, then into the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico.  Take a gentle ride or experience a rapids raft adventure down the French Broad River for an experience of a life time.

     

    RECREATION ON THE RIVER: 

    • Check out the local in town Asheville Outdoor Center for a gentle French Broad River trip by canoe, raft or kayak.  It’s a great way for kids and families to experience the natural beauty, wildlife and history of this mountain area. You can even see the Biltmore Estate grounds as you float through its property.  The Asheville Outdoor Center now has added mining for fossils, minerals and precious stones along the river as part of your mountain experience.  You can call them at 800-849-1970 or 828-232-1970 or go their website for more details: www.paddlewithus.com.
    • For a white water rafting adventure on the French Broad River and only 24 miles out of Asheville, check out the French Broad Rafting Expeditions with various river tours from 9 miles to 5 miles and from class I to class IV rapids.  It promises to be a memorable adventure!  They are open 7 days a week from March through October. Their number is 800-570-7238 and their website is:  www.frenchbroadrafting.com/whitewater.htm.
    • If you are visiting The Biltmore Estate, for a fee additional to entrance admission price, you can enjoy their French Broad River float trips by raft or kayak either with a guide or on your own.  Available April through October.  See below on how to buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore Estate entry tickets.

    WHERE TO STAY:  You are invited to stay at our luxurious Asheville vacation rental cabins, cottages and chalets while in the area.  Visit our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for your choice of a quality home with all the amenities to pamper you….hot tubs, massage chairs, king beds & sumptuous bedding, beautiful settings, high speed wireless Internet, gas log fireplaces and so much more!  Call us at 828-274-9777 for your reservation.

     

    We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors.  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore tickets from us to save on gate entry price, avoid waiting in ticket lines, tickets upgradeable to season passes, free wine tasting tickets and best of all, tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day!  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or email us at Joyah@aol.com or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

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  • Mar
    4

    A top recommendation on our list of casual lunch eateries for our Asheville/Arden vacation rental home guests (www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com) to experience is the 12 Bones Smokehouse with the absolute best, most yummy, most excellent BBQ meats in the world!  12 Bones (the number of ribs in a full rack of ribs) specializes in slow-smoked, cooked-to-perfection babyback ribs with amazing sauces, pulled pork and chicken….as well as scrumptious unusual side dishes that would please any vegetarian….no kidding!  It’s the only place in town to get melt-in-your mouth REAL BBQ with very generous portions!  No longer a local secret, their incredible blueberry-chipotle ribs won the 2008 “Best Bites Challenge” on ABC’s Good Morning America and they’ve been featured in Southern Living magazine as well. 

     

    The food is soooo fabulous and affordable that there most always is a line….so come early….strike up a conversation with the friendly customers waiting in line with you!  It won’t take long to reach the order counter. With two locations (listed below) our vacation homes are closest to the new Arden (South Asheville) location on Sweeten Creek (Hwy 25A) housed in a reclaimed garage/gas station.  It is casual, funky and nothing pretentious….just good food in a Spartan setting….sit outside on the picnic benches or inside the “garage.”  (There’s plenty of parking behind the building.) A down side are their short hours….from 11 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Friday and open Saturdays only at the South Asheville location. 

     

    Unlike Robert who loves the pulled pork, my passion happens to be their mouth-watering turkey sandwich….I’ve never knew turkey could be this flavorful, tender…and addicting!  Their smoked portabella sandwich with fried green tomatoes is quite orgasmic as well.  For their sides, the collard greens are a “must” to experience as well as their delectable corn pudding.  Go to their website for all the menu details.  All their menu items are made from scratch.  If you have a large event, they will cater the yummiest food your guests are sure to appreciate.

     

    12 Bone Smokehouse Locations:

    • 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden NC 28704    Phone: 828-687-1395 
    • 5 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC  28801 (a bit difficult to find in the River Arts District so look at their online map)   Phone:  828-253-4499
    • Catering:  828-606-7880
    • Website:  www.12bones.com 

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for our guests at our Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors. Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one at their higher price!

     

    George (still a bit camera shy) has arrived quite early at the 12 Bones best BBQ in the world....soon there will be a line of loyal, addicted customers for lunch.  Located in a funky, converted garage on Sweeten Creek (Hwy25A), the food is sensational!

    George (still a bit camera shy) has arrived quite early at the 12 Bones best BBQ in the world....soon there will be a line of loyal, addicted customers for lunch. Located in a funky, converted garage on Sweeten Creek (Hwy25A), the food is sensational!

    The former garage/gas station is now a casual, funky home to the best BBQ ribs and smoked pulled pork around!

    The former garage/gas station is now a casual, funky home to the best BBQ ribs and smoked pulled pork around!

     

     

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  • Mar
    3

    Ginny is exhausted before she even starts up this strenuous but gorgeous trail leading up to Mount Pisgah!  Hike this trail in sections unless you are ready to do some serious hiking!

    Ginny is exhausted before she even starts up this strenuous but gorgeous trail leading up to Mount Pisgah! Hike this trail in sections unless you are ready to do some serious hiking!

    The famous Shut-In Trail, which parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway up to the 5721’ Mount Pisgah (about 30 – 40 minutes by car from Asheville), was originally part of a trail built by George Vanderbilt for his family and friends staying at his Biltmore Estate leading to his hunting retreat at Mount Pisgah.  Hiking this trail is definitely NOT for the faint of heart….or body!  It’s a long, steep, up and down ridge trail….and incredibly beautiful.  If you were part of the Biltmore Estate guests visiting during its era, you would have been provided horses from the Biltmore Estate Stables and have ridden up to their Mt Pisgah lodge. Much of the original trail that was graded is no longer in existence and it now follows the ridge line.  (Of course, the Estate servants would have been sent in advance to prepare for the guests’ comfort!)  The 900+ mile long Mountain-To-Sea Trail (marked with a white circular blaze) also shares this route for part of the distance.  We like to enter the Shut-In Trail just off the Blue Ridge Parkway by Hwy 191 before the entrance to the WNC Arboretum (a sign marks the spot – see Ginny’s photo).

     

     

    While visiting our Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville areas, you are invited to stay at one of our deliciously luxurious vacation rental homes complete with hot tubs, massage chairs, king beds with sumptuous bedding, delightful surroundings and so much more!  After a long day on the trail, you’ll appreciate these important amenities!  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS:  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors.  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore tickets from us to save on gate entry price, avoid waiting in ticket lines, tickets upgradeable to season passes, free wine tasting tickets  and best of all, tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day at their higher price!  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or email us at Joyah@aol.com or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

     

    Shut In Trail is a lush forest trail just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Shut In Trail is a lush forest trail just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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  • Feb
    24

    The 434 acre botanically diverse North Carolina Arboretum, located near Asheville, NC, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 393, is a beautiful nature center where relaxing with nature has never been so easy.  Flowers and butterflies soothe the mind as you follow the Arboretum trails with the musical sound of Bent Creek stream keeping time with your steps.  Mountain biking, quilting, birding, bonsai viewing, segway touring, and much more are available in this portion of the Pisgah National Forest.  Part of the University of North Carolina, it is focused on education, research, conservation and economic development with a wide variety of educational programs for all ages. The Arboretum is a “must-see” for visitors!  

     

    The Arboretum has numerous trails open to hikers and bicyclists.  Details:  http://www.ncarboretum.org/Horticulture/trails.htm.  Plants, flowers and trees are marked with informational signs throughout the park.  The Mountain-to-Sea Trail runs through a portion of the Arboretum site, and is easily accessed from outside the gate, on the road leading to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  You can park off the pavement in the graveled areas.  The trail heading south will put you at Mt. Pisgah, the former site of George W. Vanderbilt’s hunting lodge.  Vanderbilt, who built the Biltmore House, could see Mt. Pisgah from his home, and would send his servants up a day before he and his guests would make the trip, via horseback.  They’d signal from the top of the mountain to let him know of their progress and any unforeseen needs.

     

    The Arboretum staff and volunteers are loaded with information, and classes of all types are available.  See their website for details.   http://www.ncarboretum.org/  So, make a day of it, and enjoy nature as much as the bees do on Rhododendron flowers!  Tuesdays have free entry and other days there is a nominal charge of $6 per car. 

      

    Article & Photos by Robert Bowles for our guests staying at our Asheville & Hendersonville vacation rental homes, cabins, chalets & cottages.  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore Estate Tickets from us good for 2 Consecutive Days instead of just 1! 

    Arboretum Rhodendron attracts bee visitor

    Arboretum Rhodendron attracts bee visitor

     

     

     

    Wandering through the many Arboretum trails, you'll notice carefully marked foliage signs identifying the diverse plant life.

    Wandering through the many Arboretum trails, you'll notice carefully marked foliage signs identifying the diverse plant life.

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  • Feb
    21

    The Romantic JOY CHALET will spoil you with outrageous amenities & warm inviting comfort:  Romantic Hot Tub on a Screened Covered Deck, Plush King Bed & Sumptuous Bedding, Miraculous Massage Chair, Jetted Bath Tub, Gas Log Fireplace with Remote Control, High Speed Wireless Internet, HDTV/DVD with Big Movie Library, Full Kitchen with Quality Cookware, Gorgeous Furnishings, Central Heat/Air….all in a woodlands setting that’s right in-town close to area attractions.  Follow the winding trail out your back door to a creek stream with a bench swing suspended from the trees.  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!!!

     

    PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR 40+ PHOTOS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com/JOYCHALET.html

    Or call us at 828-274-9777 from 9 AM to 10 PM ET

     

    THE JOY CHALET:

    • LOCATION:  Located in a quiet residential neighborhood of chalets and backing up to a 33 acre woodlands, the Joy Chalet is at the south edge of Asheville just off Interstate 26, Exit 40 (Airport/Fletcher Exit).  It is near shopping, restaurants & grocery stores.  It’s about 15 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Historic Hendersonville, Brevard, and Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. (Let us know if you need Biltmore Tickets….we have DISCOUNTED tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1!)
    • LIVING ROOM:  The elegant comfortable couches and rich marble top tables give a quiet luxury to the room’s 20 foot cathedral ceiling with a gorgeous stone gas log fireplace (with easy use remote control) and beautiful original artwork.  Enjoy the flat screen 37” HDTV/DVD and a large movie library.  There are fun board games and paperback books for your entertainment. 
    • POWDER ROOM:  Just off the Living Room & Kitchen is a lovely half bath for first floor convenience.
    • FULLY EQUIPPED EAT-IN KITCHEN:  Everything you need for cooking & eating at home is here! You’ll find sharp knives, a multitude of quality pots, pans, bake dishes, cookie sheets, cake pans, pizza pan, muffin pans, hand mixer, toaster, blender, waffle iron, crock pot, coffeemaker and even a coffee grinder for your freshly brewed coffee.  You’ll find a selection of spices and a few other goodies as well. You have full size appliances including refrigerator with ice/water in the door, ceramic glass cooktop with self-cleaning oven, dishwasher, microwave, and disposal.  Enhance your meals by serving them on our festive hand painted dinnerware, heavy glasses and quality silverware.  Tucked away in a closet off the kitchen, you’ll find a full size washer and dryer for your convenience. 
    • KING MASTER SUITE WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM:  Upstairs is your romantic bedroom with a sumptuous Simmons King bed, 400 count sheets, butter-soft blanket and elegant comforter.  Lay in luxury while you watch your flat screen TV/DVD/VCR. A handsome dresser, chest of drawers and walk-in closet offer plenty of space for your clothes. And, best of all, an amazing Human Touch Technology Massage Chair will send you to heaven!  A tasteful bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub/shower and sumptuously thick cotton towels complete the master suite. 
    • BACK PORCH AND BACK YARD:  The back door leads to a delightful screened, covered porch with roll down shades for added privacy.  Relax in an intimate two-person lounger hot tub and view the woods and wildlife in your back yard.  Drink a morning cup of coffee in the deck chairs or venture out into the yard to enjoy the picnic area and have a BBQ.  Follow the woodlands winding path to the creek and the bench swing suspended from the trees.  Ah, the romance of it all! 
    • YOU ARE INVITED to experience this romantic home!  Throughout are sophisticated wall colors, delightful paintings, plush throws and decorator touches of elegance.  It feels like a warm inviting home rather than a vacation rental cabin.  It is dog friendly with prior approval. 

    PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR 40+ PHOTOS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com/JOYCHALET.html

    Or call us at 828-274-9777 from 9 AM to 10 PM ET

    BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS:  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore tickets from us to save on gate entry price, avoid waiting in ticket lines, tickets upgradeable to season passes, free wine tasting tickets  and best of all, tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day!

    Joy Chalet Living Room with 20 foot cathedral ceiling, gas log fireplace with remote, elegant furnishings, 2 comfy sofas, 37" HDTV with movie library, original artwork.

    Joy Chalet Living Room with 20 foot cathedral ceiling, gas log fireplace with remote, elegant furnishings, 2 comfy sofas, 37" HDTV with movie library, original artwork.

    JOY CHALET Charming and Romantic King Bedroom Suite with plush king mattress & sumptuous bedding, elegant furniture, walk-in closet, amazing massage chair and private bathroom with jetted tub/shower & thick towels

    JOY CHALET Charming and Romantic King Bedroom Suite with plush king mattress & sumptuous bedding, elegant furniture, walk-in closet, amazing massage chair and private bathroom with jetted tub/shower & thick towels

    Joy Chalet Eat-In Kitchen is compete with quality cookware, hand-painted dishes, full size refrigerator with ice/water in door, oven, dishwasher & microwave.

    Joy Chalet Eat-In Kitchen is compete with quality cookware, hand-painted dishes, full size refrigerator with ice/water in door, oven, dishwasher & microwave.

    JOY CHALET back yard joins a luch 33 acre woodlands.  Follow the winding path to the creek with a bench swing suspended from the trees.

    JOY CHALET back yard joins a luch 33 acre woodlands. Follow the winding path to the creek with a bench swing suspended from the trees.

    Be outrageously spoiled by the awesome amenities of the woodlands JOY CHALET! Hot Tub, Massage Chair, King Bed, Gas Log Fireplace, Full Kitchen, Exquisitely Furnished, High Speed Wireless Internet and more!

    Be outrageously spoiled by the awesome amenities of the woodlands JOY CHALET! Hot Tub, Massage Chair, King Bed, Gas Log Fireplace, Full Kitchen, Exquisitely Furnished, High Speed Wireless Internet and more!

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  • Feb
    19

    Stunning 50 MILE VIEWS will take your breath away at this secluded luxury home in a fairy tale setting right in-town!  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED by our Large Hot Tub with Views, Amazing Massage Chair, Ultra-Plush Kings & Queen Beds with Sumptuous Bedding, Gas Log Fireplace with Remote, 5 TV’s including a 52” HDTV with Surround Sound & Premium Channels, High Speed Wireless Internet, Exquisite Furnishings & Artwork, Central Heat & Air, 2 Large Patio Decks with Plenty of Seating & VIEWS!  Kids have a Special Indoor Playroom with a Walk-In Playhouse, Stuffed Animals, Toys & Books, plus there is an awesome Outdoor Playground with Fort, Slide, Swings, Climbing Wall, Rope Ladder & Picnic Table!

     

    VIEW CHALET:  3 Story, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2400 SF of Total Luxury!  Enjoy the spectacular 50 mile views from the home and the two large decks.  Very Child Friendly with Indoor Playroom and Outside Play Ground with Fort, Swings & Slide. Sleeps 11 Guests.

    VIEW CHALET: 3 Story, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2400 SF of Total Luxury! Enjoy the spectacular 50 mile views from the home and the two large decks. Very Child Friendly with Indoor Playroom and Outside Play Ground with Fort, Swings & Slide. Sleeps 11 Guests.

    Relax in your hot tub or the near-by hammock for two and gaze at the mountain views before you.  This amazing vacation rental cabin has everything you could possibly need for your pampered comfort!  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!!!

    Relax in your hot tub or the near-by hammock for two and gaze at the mountain views before you. This amazing vacation rental cabin has everything you could possibly need for your pampered comfort! YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!!!

    Named for its spectacular year-round panoramic vistas, the View Chalet is a charming 3 Story, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2400 SF chalet-style home only ten minutes to the Biltmore House, the Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Asheville, restaurants and shopping.  It is a warm, inviting home filled with thoughtful comforts not ordinarily experienced in a vacation rental.

     

    For pricing, availability and 60+ photos of the View Chalet, go to: http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/VIEWChalet.html                    For reservations call us at 828-274-9777 

     

     

     

    On the MAIN LEVEL (2nd floor) you’ll find:

    • LIVING ROOM: Enjoy the picture window’s 50 mile views while you relax in elegant comfort of this room’s gas log fireplace, quality couches (1 is a queen sleeper), chairs & oversized floor pillows on the Italian Terra Cotta tile floors.  When you’re not watching the view, the 52” HDTV with surround sound & premium stations will entertain you!  There are over 200 movie titles in our movie library. 
    • KITCHEN:  Enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen complete with quality Kitchen Aid cookware, fun hand-painted dishes, quality flatware, sharp cooking knives, coffee maker, coffee grinder, crock pot, plentiful pots, pans, baking dishes & plenty of kitchen accessories & gadgets to please any cook. And, yes, you can cook with gas! There is a second full refrigerator downstairs for packing away food for an entire week!
    • DINING ROOM & OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS:  The gracious dining room looks out on astounding views in several directions.  Dine inside on the beautiful table or go out the sliding glass doors to the deck beyond to eat alfresco.  This front patio area feels like a second living room for relaxing & visiting while you take in the fresh air & mountain views.  For a change of setting, you can also enjoy the large back deck off the kitchen where there is another eating area & views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Wherever you sit, you can watch the scenes unfold from early morning mists, crisp clear view after a rain or the hues of the sunset sky.
    • QUEEN BEDROOM: You’ll sleep well in this very pretty bedroom with an extra plush queen bed and TV/DVD/VCR.
    • BATHROOM: Stocked with plush towels, you’ll appreciate the decor even in this bathroom complete with a full shower. 

     

    On the THIRD LEVEL you’ll find:

    • VIEW KING BEDROOM has a very thick plush king mattress (in fact, we have a foot stool for climbing in!) that everyone raves that they’ve never slept better!  You have a private balcony out the glass doors overlooking the spectacular mountain views.  A love seat, elegant chest of drawers, two closets and a TV/DVD/VHS complete the room.  It is tastefully decorated and, of course, sumptuous bedding with butter soft blanket, gorgeous comforter and 400+ count sheets!
    • TUSCANY KING BEDROOM has an equally thick plush king mattress also with a foot stool for climbing in!  With the sumptuous bedding, you’re sure to feel like a king sleeping here.  This room has a comfy love seat for visiting and two closets.
    • BATHROOM: This is a large bathroom with an ample supply of plush towels, full bathtub with shower and pretty window view to the lush gardens below. 

     

    On the FIRST LEVEL you’ll find:

    • FAMILY ROOM:  Located on the first level, this room embraces you in warm comfort with several large sofas (1 is a queen sleeper), a pretty writing desk, a 36 inch TV with a huge movie library, a small wet bar, elegant chest of drawers and wardrobe closet.  There are lots of board games and well as a Play Station with games.  Curtains pull across the room for added sleeping privacy. 
    • CHILD’S BEDROOM/PLAYROOM:  This small twin bedroom is a child’s fantasy bedroom with a cheerful jungle mural of happy animals, sky ceiling, an adorable walk-in playhouse with tons of stuffed animals, toys and books!
    • BATHROOM complete with a full shower is charmingly decorated and has plenty of plush towels.
    • LAUNDRY ROOM: For your added convenience, there is a new full size high-tech front loading washer and dryer set in the laundry room for your use. Nothing but the best for our guests! Try it out to see if you want one for your own home!  Also there is a full size refrigerator and here is where we store all the baby items:  high chair, pack N plays, stroller, baby bath tub and child gates. 

     

    For pricing, availability and 60+ photos of the View Chalet, go to: http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/VIEWChalet.html                    For reservations call us at 828-274-9777  Contact us for DISCOUNTED Biltmore Estate Tickets good for TWO consecutive days instead of just one!

     

     

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  • Feb
    19

    Indulge in Luxury! Awesome Massage Chair, Powerful 6 Person Hot Tub, Sunroom, Plush King & Queens, Gas Log FP, High Speed Wireless Internet, Full Kitchen, Quality Furnishings, 5 TV/DVD’s, Central Heat & Air, Kid Friendly, Dog Friendly, Woodlands Setting Right In-Town, Sleeps 8.  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!!!

     

    Indulge in Luxury!  3 Story, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bedroom, 1900 SF Chalet in a woodlands setting.  Hot Tub, Massage Chair, King & Queen Beds, Quality Furnishings & Many Thoughtful Touches to Make You Feel At Home.

    Indulge in Luxury! 3 Story, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bedroom, 1900 SF Chalet in a woodlands setting. Hot Tub, Massage Chair, King & Queen Beds, Quality Furnishings & Many Thoughtful Touches to Make You Feel At Home.

     

     Be pampered in sumptuous luxury!  The woodlands Dream Chalet is a 3 story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, 1900 SF exquisite cedar chalet located at the south border of Asheville just 20 minutes to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway or to Historic Downtown Hendersonville’s Main Street quaint shopping district.  We take great pleasure in spoiling our guests with fabulous amenities!  With all our special touches, it will feel like a warm, inviting home rather than a vacation rental house.  

    See full details and 50 photos on our website at: http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/DREAMCHALET.html

    On the MAIN LEVEL (2nd floor) you’ll find:

    • LIVING ROOM features 20 foot cathedral ceilings, a gas log fireplace, beautiful artwork, quality comfortable couches, wood floors, elegant furnishings and a flat screen TV with built-in DVD/VCR for easy use.  Enjoy over 200 movies from our video library.  You’re sure to appreciate your awesome massage in your high-tech “hands on technology” iJoy Massage Chair!
    • SUNROOM with two walls of glass, Italian tile floors and skylights, overlooks the BACK DECK with the powerful 6 person hot tub, patio furniture, gas grill and the enchanted forest beyond.  Be sure to follow the winding path behind the house to the creek where there is a swing hanging from a tree!  Dining in the delightful sunroom or relaxing on the couch (queen sleeper), you’ll appreciate the peace and quiet of this woodlands setting.
    • KITCHEN will spoil any chef!  It is well-equipped with a multitude of quality cookware, gas stove top, sharp cooking knives, coffee maker and coffee grinder, hand-painted dishes and quality silverware, a selection of spices and everything you need for preparing meals at home. 
    • HALF BATH & LAUNDRY:  Just off the kitchen is a full size washer and dryer for your use. 

    On the THIRD LEVEL you’ll find:

    • MASTER BEDROOM SUITE with an elegant King bed with a quality plush King mattress and sumptuous bedding….fit for a king!  Watch your TV/DVD/VCR from bed.  There’s plenty of closet space with a large walk-in closet, and if you have a baby, there’s even a full size crib tucked away in a tiny room.  Pull the wall of curtains if you want to block the room’s skylights’ sunshine.
    • MASTER BATH is private with a shower/Jacuzzi tub combination with a skylight overhead.  There are plenty of thick towels for your use. 

    On the ENTRY LEVEL you’ll find:

    • ENTRY HALL with delightful furnishings & artwork, coat rack with umbrellas, and a staircase leading upstairs.
    • TWO BEDROOMS each with a quality plush Queen Bed & luxurious bedding, TV/DVD/VCR and plenty of closet space.  One of the bedrooms has a colorful mural and lots of books, toys and stuffed animals for kids. 
    • FULL BATHROOM with a tub/shower combination and plenty of thick towels.

    You deserved to be spoiled! Feel free to call 828-274-9777 anytime between 9 AM and 10 PM ET to book your stay.  We’d love for you to stay with us and experience this wonderful home.

    Stephanie Joy Johnson     828-274-9777
    www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    You’ll be outrageously spoiled staying at our luxury vacation homes.

     BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS:  Buy your DISCOUNTED Biltmore tickets from us to save on gate entry price, avoid waiting in ticket lines, tickets upgradeable to season passes, free wine tasting tickets  and best of all, tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day!

    See full details and 50 photos on our website at: http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/DREAMCHALET.html

    Dream Chalet Living Room with Gas Log Fireplace, Awesome Massage Chair, 2 Comfy Quality Couches, TV/DVD/VCR & 200+ Movie Library.

    Dream Chalet Living Room with Gas Log Fireplace, Awesome Massage Chair, 2 Comfy Quality Couches, TV/DVD/VCR & 200+ Movie Library.

    Sunroom overlooks woodlands, hot tub, deck with powerful 6 person hot tub, patio furniture & gas grill.  The Sunroom serves as a dining room with delightful table & chairs.  Relax on the sofa (queen sleeper) to enjoy the woodlands view or sleep there at night to see the stars from the skylights.

    Sunroom overlooks woodlands, hot tub, deck with powerful 6 person hot tub, patio furniture & gas grill. The Sunroom serves as a dining room with delightful table & chairs. Relax on the sofa (queen sleeper) to enjoy the woodlands view or sleep there at night to see the stars from the skylights.

    Follow the winding woodlands path to the creek and enjoy the swing hanging from a tree.  See our website for 50+ photos of this luxury home!  http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/DREAMCHALET.html

    Follow the winding woodlands path to the creek and enjoy the swing hanging from a tree. See our website for 50+ photos of this luxury home! http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/DREAMCHALET.html

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  • Feb
    16

    Ginny is ready to enjoy a bit of history and delicious food!

    Ginny is ready to enjoy a bit of history and delicious food!

    Adjacent to the entrance of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC is the charming Biltmore Village with original 1890’s cottages now home to unique galleries, shops, boutiques and delicious places to eat.  One of my favorite restaurants is the delightful Corner Kitchen where the home is rich in history and the food is scrumptious!  Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served here, so come most any time to enjoy their tasty menu!   The breakfast and lunches have a small but varied selection at average prices, and their dinner menu is quite wonderful and a bit more pricey.

     

     As the name suggests, the Corner Kitchen is on the corner of 3 Boston Way and All Soul’s Cresent.  There are a variety of rooms in this two story century old home to enjoy your meals: the romantic “Parlor” with its welcoming fireplace, the “Porch” which is an all glass sunroom where you have a street view, or follow the staircase to several upstairs rooms.  The day we most recently dined there, we were seated on the Porch.  For lunch I ordered their Roasted Portobello Sandwich Sliced which was served open faced with warm Goat Cheese, Field Greens, Fresh Basil leaves and Pickled onions on a Griddled Ciabatta.  This is the best Portobello sandwich I’ve ever had!  Instead of a big hunk of mushroom, there were tiny slivers piled high of wonderfully seasoned portabellos.  Yummmm! 

    You will find the Corner Kitchen at 3 Boston Way in Biltmore Village, Asheville NC 28803. Phone:  828-274-2439  See their website for menus and more details:  www.thecornerkitchen.com 

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!

    Ginny seated in the "Porch" room, ponders over her lunch menu choices....

    Ginny seated in the "Porch" room, ponders over her lunch menu choices....

     

     

     

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  • Feb
    16
    Our famous White Squirrels found in Hendersonville & Brevard NC

    Our famous White Squirrels found in Hendersonville & Brevard NC

     Recommendations by Robert Bowles of www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com   

    The wildlife being so accessible in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and especially at the unique and wonderful natural habitats found at our Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental homes & cabins locations, has led me to explore digital photography.  We often see falcons, white squirrels, wild turkeys, deer, bear, muskrats, kingfishers, raccoons and more.  I’ve done a great deal of research about taking wildlife photographs, and creating digital movies, and have been experimenting with several types and makes of cameras and camcorders.  The choices of features are huge, and the types of photography formats can be confusing.

    I suggest choosing an actual optical zoom feature, not digital zoom, on both picture taking and movie making.  I find combining the use of the digital zoom function when using the optical zoom is a waste of time and energy.  The resultant pictures and movies are much more blurred, and do not take advantage of the high resolution the cameras are capable of.

    Choose the highest resolution you can afford for both pictures and movies.  Higher resolution means larger files, but a simple USB plug in hard drive for your computer will take anything your photography may produce.  They are available with large capacities, and cost between $80 and $160.  Look for the deals in Sunday ads.

    A few notes about movie resolution:  HD (high definition) is tons better than anything else.  1080P will give you excellent details on computer screens and HDTV’s.  It will also look great on a standard TV.  1080i will look good on 1080i HDTV’s, but makes for poor video on computers.   720P has less detail, but on smaller screens (17” or less on computers, 44” or less on HDTV’s) is still very good.  I haven’t tried the 720i resolution, but imagine it too would be annoyingly sparse with horizontal lines when shown on computers, like the 1080i is.  Both the 1080 and 720 resolutions are MUCH better than the 640×480 and the 320×180 movie picture formats encountered on the lesser camcorders, and in movie mode on many digital cameras.  Those are good for fun, but will be disappointing if you are looking for crisp and clear results.

    For more information, see www.cnet.com/camcorder-buying-guide.  Click around once there for information on digital cameras, TV’s, computers and more.

    Come see our natural habitat wildlife for yourself and take your own photos! See our Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com .  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes!!!  We have Discounted Biltmore Estate tickets that are good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1 day.  No waiting in lines!

    Our Guests at the Dream Chalet and the Joy Chalet often see families of wild turkeys wandering out from the woodlands into the back yard.

    Our Guests at the Dream Chalet and the Joy Chalet often see families of wild turkeys wandering out from the woodlands into the back yard.

    The White Stone Lake Manor vacation rental home is a great place to observe all the lake's wildlife in action!

    The White Stone Lake Manor vacation rental home is a great place to observe all the lake's wildlife in action!

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  • Feb
    16

    COME SEE WHY EVERY YEAR….

    THERE ARE OVER 1 MILLION VISITORS TO THE BILTMORE ESTATE IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA!  

    OUR GUESTS MAY PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS GOOD FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS INSTEAD OF JUST  THE ONE DAY GATE PRICE!!!

     

    Listed in the Top 10 of American Institute of Architects

    “America’s Favorite Architecture”

     

    The world famous Biltmore House, built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, is America’s largest home with an astounding 250 rooms.  It sits like a precious gem in the heart of 8000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Styled as a French Chateau, you can imagine as you wander through the multitude of rooms, what life must have been like in a real live American Castle! 

    Plan to spend a day….better yet 2 days….touring this exquisite home with its priceless treasures and exploring the fabulous gardens and grounds.  There are self-guided tours, audio tours as well as very special behind the scenes guided tours of the home. 

    Visit the many spectacular gardens throughout the year to experience the ever-changing seasonal display of flowers, fields and forests.  Wander the many garden paths and trails throughout the grounds, by the peaceful Bass Pond or by the French Broad River that flows past the Estate.  Take a 90-minute motor coach tour to hear stories about the history of the land and its former residents. 

    Visit the restored Conservatory of amazing exotic plants and flowers.

    Take a tour of the Biltmore Winery and visit the Tasting Room to sample the award-winning wines.   

    Enjoy fine dining at a number of special restaurants throughout the Estate…or indulge in the goodies served at the Bake Shop or the Ice Cream Parlor. 

    Shopping!  It’s always a delight see the varied and delightful selection of goodies to buy at their gift shops!

    Outdoor Experiences at the Biltmore Outdoor Center include:

    • Sporting Clays School where you learn the techniques of shooting clay targets with a Beretta shot fun
    • Biking – daily trail passes and bike rentals
    • Fly-Fishing School
    • Morning Woods Walk at River Bend Farm where you can see historic sites and structures of the beaten path.
    • Wagon Tour of River Bend Farm
    • Land Rover Offerings including Land Rover Experience Driving School or a Ride-Along Expedition

    You can see why one day may not be enough to experience all this fabulous Biltmore Estate has to offer.  WE OFFER OUR GUESTS AT www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com TICKETS GOOD FOR 2 FULL  CONSECUTIVE DAYS for the price of just a 1 day gate ticket….and AT A DISCOUNT!

    With our tickets:

    • You save money from the gate entry price,
    • We accept VISA and Master Card – NO Sales Tax charged
    • You can avoid waiting in long ticket lines,
    • There is a free wine tasting ticket included,
    • Tickets are upgradeable to season passes,
    • Children ages 9 and under are FREE,
    • And best of all, our tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one day! 

    Just give us a call to order your tickets and we’ll have them waiting for you when you arrive.  Or if you decide last minute, just give us a call and we’ll drop them by.  

    You deserved to be spoiled!

    We are authorized ticket dealers

    www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    828-274-9777

    Come visit the Biltmore House and stay in your own luxurious home.  Make your reservation at one of our Asheville NC luxury vacation rental cabins, chalets, cottages & homes.  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

     

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