Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • May
    12

    Ginny eyes her favorite ice cream parlor anticipating the best ice cream cone anywhere!

    Ginny eyes her favorite ice cream parlor anticipating the best ice cream cone anywhere!

     

     

    For the freshest, creamiest, homemade ice cream you’ll probably ever taste, you’ve got to experience the Marble Slab Creamery in Asheville NC!  Every batch of ice cream is homemade and their hand-rolled and dipped waffle cones are baked right there.  You can select from an astonishing selection of ice cream flavors made of the finest and freshest ingredients (never processed or preserved).  Once you’ve made your ice cream selection, it is then scooped onto a frozen marble slab where it will be blended with your choice of additional ingredients such as nuts, candies, cookies, fruits, etc.  It will then be piled high on your waffle cone of choice.  This is way beyond just ice cream in a tub plopped on a cone….this is an experience….a really yummy experience!  For a special celebration, order an ice cream cake or pie, or custom make your own ice cream in pints or quarts to go.  They will even bring along a marble slab and cater an ice cream event.

    LOCATIONS: 

    In Downtown Asheville: 14 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801 Phone: 828-225-5579

    In Historic Downtown Hendersonville: 421 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792  Phone: (828) 697-0480

    WEBSITE:  www.marbleslab.com

    We at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com happily recommend the Marble Slab Creamery to our guests staying at our nearby-by vacation rental homes and cottages.  Call us if you would like to reserve a home for your stay in Asheville.  828-274-9777 or email us at joyah@aol.com 

    Ginny approaches the counter to decide from the huge selection of ice cream choices....

    Ginny approaches the counter to decide from the huge selection of ice cream choices....

     

     

    Ginny and her Chocolate Swiss Ice Cream Cone....yummmmm.....

    Ginny and her Chocolate Swiss Ice Cream Cone....yummmmm.....

     

     

     
     
     
     

     

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  • May
    5

    Featuring 2,139 yards of golf from the longest tee, the Orchard Trace Golf Club opened in 1993 has a course rating of 54 and a slope rating of 113.  It’s perfect for a quick 18 hole game where you get a lot of value for the very reasonable green fees.  Night golf is a great treat! 

     

    Ø  Location:  3389 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville NC 28792

    Ø  Directions:  From Interstate 26, take Exit 49A (toward Bat Cave). Go 0.6 miles and turn right on Sugarloaf Road for 3.3 miles.

    Ø  Phone:  828-685-1006

    Ø  Fees:  $10 to walk and $17 to ride (electric cart) 

    Ø  Open: 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed on Christmas)

    Ø  Hours:  7 AM until whenever  (If they have players, they’ll turn on the lights for night golf)

    Ø  Note:  No Credit Cards accepted.  First come, first serve….no reserved tee times.

    Ø  Putting green available.  No driving range.

    Ø  Website:  none

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson from www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    Enjoy renting a luxury vacation rental home, cottage, chalet or cabin while you visit Hendersonville or Asheville NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We promise you’ll be delighted with all the luxurious amenities of our homes!  828-274-9777

     

     

     

     

     

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  • May
    5

    Be sure to experience the gorgeous long-range vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this nearly 3,000 foot elevation golf course.  Only 8 miles west of Hendersonville and 15 minutes south of the Asheville Airport, it feels that you are miles from civilization in pristine forests, lakes and streams.  The 650-acre gated residential community of Cummings Cove offers residents and public an exquisite 18 hole, par 71, golf course.  Each of the 18 holes offer a different challenge for all skill levels with fairways lined with trees, lakes, streams, waterfalls, and of course, the spectacular mountain views!  From the longest tee, there are 6,415 yards of golf.  The course rating is 70.1 with a slope rating of 129 on Bermuda grass.  Built in 1985, designed by Robert E Cupp, the course was awarded the prestigious “Best Renovation of the Year” award in 2006.  Be sure to have lunch at the Golf House Grill & Lounge or at the Lake Ridge Restaurant (dinners available on weekends). 

     

    Address:  20 Cummings Cove Parkway,  Hendersonville NC  28739

    Website:  www.cummingscove.com

    Phone:  800-958-2905

     

    For your golf vacation, be sure to book your stay at one of our luxury vacation homes in Asheville, Fletcher, Arden and Hendersonville.  We promise you will be outrageously spoiled with fabulous amenities!  See our website at:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or call us at 828-274-9777

     

     

     

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  • May
    3

    Ginny anticipates a delicious luncheon at her favorite Cajun resaturant in Hendersonville NC - the Cypress Cellar

    Ginny anticipates a delicious luncheon at her favorite Cajun restaurant in Hendersonville NC - the Cypress Cellar

    Cypress Cellar Restaurant and Bar in historic downtown Hendersonville NC Main Street is the very best Cajun/Creole food around!  Halfway down the exterior stairway to the “Cellar” outdoor patio, restaurant and full bar below, you’ll be greeted by a cheerful New Orleans jester with a sign indicating the day’s specials.  Whether you choose to eat alfresco in the patio or inside in the colorful & casual café setting or relax in the elegant pub-style bar, you’ll be delighted with the atmosphere and food! Guests at our nearby vacation rental cottages frequently write in our guest books that this was a culinary highlight for them!  You will find the New Orleans atmosphere friendly and relaxed with great service and the food choice is varied and delicious!  See their website for menu selections and weekend music offerings. 

    Ø  Address:  321 N Main St # C, Hendersonville, NC 28792
    Phone:  (828) 698-1005

    Ø  Website:  www.cypresscellar.com 

    Ø  Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM Monday – Thursday,

    11 AM – 10 PM. Friday and Saturday (later if live music)

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson from www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com, 828-284-9777, email:  joyah@aol.com.  Call us if need a vacation rental and want to be outrageously spoiled!  You are invited to stay at one of our darling cottages, cabins or luxury homes!

    Ginny has a brief chat with the New Orleans Jester about the daily specials

    Ginny has a brief chat with the New Orleans Jester about the daily specials

    Ginny considers the outdoor below street level "Cellar" patio area for alfresco dining.

    Ginny considers the outdoor below street level "Cellar" patio area for alfresco dining.

    One one side of the Cypress Cellar is a well stocked full service bar.

    One one side of the Cypress Cellar is a well stocked full service bar.

    Ginny is served a delicious spinach & artichoke dip with tasty garlic bread crisps....yummmm!

    Ginny is served a delicious spinach & artichoke dip with tasty garlic bread crisps....yummmm!

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  • Apr
    20

    Ginny is ready to savor her order of delicious Pad Thai....she loves the subtle peanut flavor of the Pad Thai sauce.  The next time you are in Downtown Historic Hendersonville, be sure to stop by the Thai Spice Restaurant and Bar for an upscale environment and delicious food!

    Ginny is ready to savor her order of delicious Pad Thai....she loves the subtle peanut flavor of the Pad Thai sauce. The next time you are in Downtown Historic Hendersonville, be sure to stop by the Thai Spice Restaurant and Bar for an upscale environment and delicious food!

    Ginny & I arrived just before closing at lunch time and has the Thai Spice Restaurant all to ourselves.  We felt quite sophisticated in the upscale atmosphere and love the Thai food at the Thai Spice Restaurant & Bar!
    Ginny & I arrived just before closing at lunch time and had the Thai Spice Restaurant all to ourselves. We felt quite sophisticated in the upscale atmosphere and love the Thai food at the Thai Spice Restaurant & Bar!

     

    For fabulous Thai food with gorgeous presentation in an upscale atmosphere, we highly recommend Thai Spice Restaurant where the food is from the freshest ingredients with only natural herbs and spices….and no MSG.  Our most recent visit was just at the closing of their lunch time, so we had the place to ourselves.  The service was gracious and food was very tasty.  Ginny and I shared their Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, scallions and ground peanut in delicious Pad Thai sauce).  See their website for a complete listing of their huge menu selection. 

     

    Ø  Address:  220 South King Street, Hendersonville NC

    Ø  Phone:  828-693-7323

    Ø  Directions:  At the south end of Historic Downtown Hendersonville Main Street.  Just one block east of Main Street at the corner of E Barnwell St and S King Street. 

    Ø  Hours:  Open 7 Days/Week:  11:30 AM – 3 PM and 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Ø  Website:  www.ThaiSpiceNC.com

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of 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 by our awesome amenities!!! 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!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Apr
    15

    The BROADMOOR GOLF LINKS golf course is situated in the picturesque French Broad Valley River Basin of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It is a certified Audubon Society golf course with an award winning 18-hole Par 72 golf course known for its bent grass greens, practice facility and clubhouse.  Designed by Karl Litten in 1993, the course is flat with no houses and no out of bounds and is strikingly beautiful with the many ponds, streams, views and abundant wildlife. 

     

    This upscale golf course looks very exclusive but it is open to the public and at very reasonable rates.  Book their gorgeous clubhouse with large dining area, grill room, bar and meeting rooms for weddings, family gatherings, seminars, etc.  Please see their website for full course details. 

     

    Ø  ADDRESS:  101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher NC  28732  

    Ø  DIRECTIONS:  Just off Interstate 26 Exit 40 near the Asheville Airport and the WNC Agricultural center. 

    Ø  PHONE:  828-687-1500  or toll free:  1-866-578-5847

    Ø  GOLF COURSE WEBSITE:  http://www.broadmoorlinks.com

    Ø  THE ORCHARDS WEBSITE:  www.theorchardatbroadmoor.com

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville Vacation Luxury Rental Homes.  Stay at our Joy Chalet and our Dream Chalet just 1 mile away!  See our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com   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!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

     

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  • Apr
    15

    Experience what prospecting may have been like in the 1800’s. The whole family will have a fun (and educational) time prospecting for gems prominently found in the mountains of North Carolina….rubies, emeralds, sapphires, quartz crystals, citrine, amethyst, garnets and more!  Only 5 minutes from downtown Hendersonville and about 30 minutes from Asheville NC, you’ll find the ELIJAH MOUNTAIN GEM MINE.  The flumes are covered to provide protection from the rain or hot sun.  Choose the size bucket and type of gems you wish to mine for….prices range from $9 for 1 gallon of dirt all the way up to $125 for a family size “whopper” 15 gallons worth of dirt….not just ordinary dirt, but dirt that holds the promise of gems!  Their website claims that valuable gems are found every day.  Visit the 3000 SF antique and collectable shop.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy eating by the creek. 

     

    Website:  www.elijahmountain.com

    Location: 2120 Brevard Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739
    Directions: 

         From downtown Hendersonville: go West on Highway 64 about 2.5 miles.

         From Asheville: I-26 E to Exit 49B. Go 5 miles on Hwy 64 West. 

         Mine is on the left.  Look for signs

    Hours:  11 AM to 4 PM Daily

    Phone:  828-693-3123

    Where to stay:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  has delightful cottages and large homes in Hendersonville and nearby Fletcher. 

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of 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 by our awesome amenities!!!

    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!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Apr
    3

    Founded in 1952 and officially designated “The State Theatre of NC” in 1961, the FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE is host to 90,000 patrons annually. The delightful variety of musicals, dramas, comedies and classics has wide appeal to the entire family.  Considered one of the “Top Ten Theaters in the Country,” the Flat Rock Playhouse offers quality professional entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway.  You will be thoroughly entertained by the live theater, open mid-April through mid-December, presenting matinee and evening performances, Wednesday through Sunday.  See their website for a schedule of performances:  www.flatrockplayhouse.org

    Not only is the Flat Rock Playhouse a fabulous place to enjoy live theater, it is an educational venue as well.  Youtheater works with local youth from pre-K to adult for performing arts workshops and classes as well as summer camps.  Apprentice Theater is for those aspiring to expand into a career in professional theater.

    Location:  2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731

    Phone:  828-693-0731

    Directions:  From Interstate 26 take exit 53:  from I-26 east, turn right onto Upward Road OR from I-26 west, turn left onto Upward Road. At intersection with light (176/Spartanburg Hwy) continue straight. Upward Road turns into Highland Lake Road. Road dead-ends at Hwy 225/Greenville Hwy & turn left.  Go .5 mile to Theater on the right.  (Look for Flat Rock Playhouse signs along the way.)

    Flat Rock Playhouse Website:  www.flatrockplayhouse.org

    Note:  Also plan to see the nearby Carl Sandburg’s Home National Historic Site while in the area.  You are invited to stay at one of our Hendersonville NC vacation rental homes just 10 minutes away:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com.  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 one day price!  Email:  Joyah@aol.com  Asheville Vacation Homes:  828-274-9777

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  • Apr
    2

    Carl Sandburg, known as the Poet of the People,” moved his family to North Carolina in 1945. Today the picturesque Sandburg “Connemara” 264 acre farm estate in Flat Rock, NC is now open year-round to the public with 5 miles of hiking trails (moderate to steep), beautiful gardens and meadows where Mrs. Sandburg raised her championship dairy goats.  It was during his 22 years here that Carl Sandburg wrote and published more than one-third of his works….poetry, biographies, newspaper articles, American fairytales….championing the spirit of the American people….even winning two Pulitzer Prizes.    

    Managed by the National Park Service to preserve the Sandburg legacy, there is NO park entrance fee and it is FREE to wander the beautiful grounds with lakes & ponds, trails and barn.  There is a small charge for the guided house tour ($5 Adults, $3 Seniors & Children 15 & under are FREE – checks & cash only).

    Open Daily: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Closed Christmas day.    

    Location:  81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock NC 28731.  The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC on Little River Road off of the Greenville Highway/Rt. 225 in Flat Rock, NC. 

    Directions:  From Interstate 26 take exit 53:  from I-26 east, turn right onto Upward Road OR from I-26 west, turn left onto Upward Road. At intersection with light (176/Spartanburg Hwy) continue straight. Upward Road turns into Highland Lake Road. At the light past the golf course, turn left onto Hwy 225/Greenville Hwy south. At next light take a right onto Little River Road. Visitor parking on left.

    Visitor Information:  828-693-4179

    Website: www.nps.gov/carl/

    While visiting our Hendersonville and Asheville areas, you are invited to stay at one of our deliciously luxurious vacation rental homes complete with hot tub, massage chairs, king beds with sumptuous bedding, delightful surroundings and so much more!  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 one day price!  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
    13

    Open year-round in the heart of historic Hendersonville, North Carolina is the public PATTON PARK offering 19 acres of recreational activities including an OLYMPIC-SIZE SWIMMING POOL with a kids pool (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day), tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, baseball fields, picnic areas, restrooms, kids’ playground and nature trails.  In 2008, the city of Hendersonville spent $300,000 in refurbishing the pool & surrounding area, the showers and restrooms.

     

    At the cost of $360,000, the latest addition to Patton Park due to open in April 2009 is a 20,000 SF SKATE PARK PLAZA.  It is styled to look like a downtown plaza with landscaping, trees, planter boxes, but with curbs, stairs and rails made for skateboarding and in-line skating. 

     

    Patton Park is a public park with no membership required.  Pool fees are reasonable.  It is located about a mile north of downtown Hendersonville just off Asheville Highway (Hwy 25).  Turn onto Clairmont Drive at the light signal by the First Citizens Bank (1700 Asheville Highway).  

    Phone Park Information at 828-697-3084

     

    YOU ARE INVITED TO STAY WITH US!  Patton Park is a half mile from our romantic woodlands Story Book Cottage (sleeps 4) and less than 2 miles from our 4000 SF, 5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, White Stone Lake Manor (sleeps 20) with its own private lake.  It’s about 4 miles from our secluded Rose Cottage (sleeps 9).  There is a wealth of things to do and see in Hendersonville NC!  We would love for you to stay with us while you explore this lovely mountain town.  All our homes are in scenic settings, with hot tubs, massage chairs, quality furnishings, central heat/air, gas log fireplaces, complete kitchens and so much more! We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributor and will provide you with discounted tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just the one day ticket purchased at a higher price!  See our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or call us at 828-274-9777.

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