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  • Mar
    12

    NORTH CAROLINA DUPONT STATE FOREST FOR HIKING, BIKING, FISHING, HORSEBACK RIDING AND HUNTING

    The 10,400 acre North Carolina DuPont State Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Hendersonville and Brevard NC is famous for its astounding waterfalls on the Little River and Grassy Creek including the High Falls (150′), Triple Falls (120′), Bridal Veil Falls (you can walk behind the falls) and Hooker Falls (a popular swimming hole).  This was the location for some of the waterfall scenes in the movie, The Last of the Mohicans.  In addition, the park is a leading mountain bike destination with nearly 100 miles of beautiful trails (some with challenges and many with gentle grades) used for bicycling, hiking and for horseback riding.  Enjoy fishing in the five lakes, warm water streams and cold water streams.  Hunting is allowed in specified areas during season.  No camping is allowed.  Please see their website for specific times, licenses, rules and driving directions for your desired activities:  www.dupontforest.com   

    Whatever your reason for visiting the DuPont State Forest, you will be awe-struck by the astonishing scenery of the area.  We highly recommend visiting this state forest to our vacation rental guests staying at our nearby Hendersonville and Asheville cabins, cottages, chalets and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Call 828-274-9777 or email Joyah@aol.com if you wish to make reservations to stay with us. 

    Photos by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury 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 one day price!

    Email:  Joyah@aol.com

    Phone:  828-274-9777

    The astonishing Triple Falls in NC DuPont State Forest Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The astonishing Triple Falls in NC DuPont State Forest Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The beautiful Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    The beautiful Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Hooker Falls in NC DuPont State Forest - Photo by Stephanie Joy Johnson for www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

    The awesome High Falls in the NC DuPont State Forest

    The awesome High Falls in the NC DuPont State Forest

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  • Mar
    7

    The lovely 60 acre Fletcher Community Park bordered by Cane Creek River is conveniently located between the Blue Ridge Mountain towns of Asheville and Hendersonville NC and open year round.  The small town of Fletcher, encompassing 5 square miles incorporated in 1989 with a population of about 5000, is a growing family-oriented community dedicated to enhanced quality of life for its residents and visitors. 

     

    Our Dream Chalet and Joy Chalet vacation rental homes located in Fletcher NC (www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com) are only a few miles from the recreational Fletcher Community Park.  Our guests often take advantage of the pretty nature walking trail by the Cane Creek, eat at the tree-shaded picnic tables or play horse-shoes.  In addition, there are a total of 5 walking trails from the longest Outer Loop of 1.4 miles to the shortest .2 mile Cane Creek trail.  Enjoy the disc (frisbee) golf, fishing, youth and adult softball fields, soccer fields, playgrounds, bicycle trails, large grill, concession stand and restrooms.  Dogs are welcome as long as you keep them on a leash and clean up after them. 

     

    Directions:  On Hendersonville Road in the town of Fletcher turn at the light signal on Howard Gap (just opposite the Blue Sky Café – yummmm! – and the Go Grocery & Dollar Stores).  After you turn on Howard Gap, the park is less than a mile on your left.  

    Address:  85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher NC 28732

    Phone:  828-687-0751  Fax:  828-687-7133

    Website Info:  www.FletcherParks.org

    Hours:  6:30 AM to Dusk

    Admission:  FREE

     

    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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  • Feb
    25

    What a delight to find the newly opened Picasso’s Café in the heart of Hendersonville’s Historic Main Street shopping district!  As best stated on their website:  “Picasso’s patisserie & coffee bar offers a variety of delicious made-from-scratch European pastries, whole or by the slice, to enjoy with our wonderful gourmet coffees, espresso, lattes and cappuccino, all in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by beautiful European art and music that soothes the soul.”  Not only that, their luncheon menu has a tasty selection of sandwiches, paninis (Italian grilled sandwiches), quiches, salads and soups you’re sure to enjoy.  Try the tuna sandwich made with albacore tuna, artichoke & kalamata olive Tapenade, lettuce, tomato & mayo served on kalamata rosemary bread!  If you are out and about early (they open at 8 AM), stop by for your breakfast coffee and pastries.

     

    We felt like we were eating in a small Italian café with the charming tables and chairs (each a little different), and the gorgeous hand-painted Italian style oil paintings in beautiful carved frames–for sale if you see one you must take home!  The amiable owner was present to help with our selection and make sure we were pleased with our meal.  As long as you are there, be sure to wander through the other half of the store which is a wonderful boutique filled with unique treasures. 

    ·        Address:  240 North Main Street, Hendersonville NC 28792

    ·        Phone:  828-694-0907

    ·        Website:  www.picassospatisserie.com

    ·        Hours:  8 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday  (Lunch starts at 11 AM)

    This cafe is recommended to our guests at our Asheville & Hendersonville Vacation Rental Cabins, Cottages & Homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  828-274-9777

    Biltmore Estate Tickets available at a DISCOUNT and are good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1 day!  828-274-9777  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    Ginny is just about to be seated at one of the chaming tables and is entralled with all the gorgeous handpainted oil paintings on the wall.

    Ginny is just about to be seated at one of the chaming tables and is entralled with all the gorgeous handpainted oil paintings on the wall.

    Ginny discovers the newly opened Picasso's cafe in the charming downtown historic Hendersonville Main Street Shopping District.

    Ginny discovers the newly opened Picasso's cafe in the charming downtown historic Hendersonville Main Street Shopping District.

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  • Feb
    24

    The WHITE STONE LAKE MANOR is an elegant 4000 SF, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home on 2 acres with its own private wildlife stream-fed lake & awesome amenities!  Perfect for large groups, reunions, & families with children, it sleeps up to 20 guests.  PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR 70+ PHOTOS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com/DARLINGDUPLEX.html

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

    ·        AMENITIES TO SPOIL YOU:  Everything for your relaxed comfort is here:  an awesome massage chair, powerful hot tub, quality furnishings & décor, jetted Kohler bath tubs, gas log fireplaces, many comfortable sitting areas, 2 master suites with king beds,  2 fully equipped kitchens with quality cookware, 2 laundry rooms, plush mattresses & sumptuous bedding, high speed wireless Internet, thick towels, 8 TV’s including a 57” HDTV with HDMI, surround sound & premium stations, 400+ movie library, Play Station 2 game player & games, children’s playroom with walk-in playhouse & toys, professional foosball table, outdoor playground with swings/slides/rope ladder/fort!  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!

    ·        LOCATION:  White Stone Lake Manor in Hendersonville NC, just 5 minutes from Historic Hendersonville’s famous downtown Main Street boutique shops & restaurants, and Patton Park’s swimming, playground, tennis courts, racquet ball, basketball courts and picnic area.   It’s a short 25 minute drive to downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.  (Let us know if you need Biltmore Tickets….we have DISCOUNTED tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1!)  You are just a short distance to endless activities….sightsee along the awesome Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoy the area’s wonderful golfing, hiking, white water rafting, skiing, horseback riding, local festivals, galleries, antique stores and fantastic restaurants.

    ·        5 BEDROOMS:  Of the five well-appointed bedrooms, two are spacious master suites with ultra luxury king beds, sitting areas, private elegant bathrooms, and one even has its own deck overlooking the pond.  The three additional bedrooms (2 with plush queen beds and 1 with 2 twins) are delightfully decorated and of ample size for relaxing.  For expanded sleeping, there are queen sleeper sofas in each of the three large family rooms.  There are also 1 queen and 4 twin air beds that inflate/deflate in just seconds. We have sleeping bags for kids who love to sleep outside in the kids fort. 

    ·        2 FULL KITCHENS:  There are full kitchens on each level including new appliances, Jenn-Air ranges, complete quality cookware, fine silverware, hand painted dishes, sharp chef knives, coffee maker, coffee grinder, waffle iron, toasters, pots, pans, bowls, and so much more!  There is special children’s dishware as well. You’ll find everything to please any chef for preparing delicious meals at home. 

    ·        GATHERING AREAS:  You’ll appreciate the tasteful décor and thoughtful care this home reflects.  There’s enough space for a large group to gather without feeling crowded. There are cozy areas for conversations as well as groupings of couches for larger gatherings.  Enjoy a large living room, spacious family room, incredible media room, two dining rooms, outdoor living room/deck areas and seating around the pond.   The generous size decks overlook the wildlife lake and is a place to spend hours just watching all the delightful antics and interplay of the fish, duck families, turtles, blue herons, king fishers, muskrats, and more.  What a perfect setting to unwind and enjoy life! 

    ·        CHILDREN:  This is kid heaven!  There is a large playroom including a walk-in playhouse, hundreds of stuffed animals, children’s books, toys and games.  There is an extensive outdoor playground with swings, slides, ladder, climbing wall, fort and more!  For babies we have a full size crib & bedding, play pen and playard, infant bath tub, high chair, stroller and soft blankies.

    ·        YOU ARE INVITED to experience this fabulous lake home!  Throughout are sophisticated wall colors, delightful artwork, 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 70+ PHOTOS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com/DARLINGDUPLEX.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!

    White Stone Lake Manor with private lake on 2 acres has 4000 SF with 5/BR & 4/BA, Huge Hot Tub, Massage Chair, 2 Fully-Equipped Kitchens, 2 Dining Rooms, 8 TV's including Media Room w/57" HDTV/Surround Sound/Premium Channels/Very Child Friendly,

    White Stone Lake Manor with private lake on 2 acres has 4000 SF with 5/BR & 4/BA, Huge Hot Tub, Massage Chair, 2 Fully-Equipped Kitchens, 2 Dining Rooms, 8 TV's including Media Room w/57" HDTV/Surround Sound/Premium Channels/Very Child Friendly,

     

     

     

     

     

    Awesome Media Room with 57 inch HDTV with Surround Sound and Premiums Stations as well as a 400 Title Movie Library.  There are 3 Comfortable Sofas & Reclincer Chair.

    Awesome Media Room with 57 inch HDTV with Surround Sound and Premiums Stations as well as a 400 Title Movie Library. There are 3 Comfortable Sofas & Reclincer Chair.

    Comfortable Sofa, TV/DVD/VHS with Play Station 2 Game Player and Professional Quality Foos Ball Table

    Comfortable Sofa, TV/DVD/VHS with Play Station 2 Game Player and Professional Quality Foos Ball Table

    Extensive Play Ground with Forts, Swings, Slides, Climbing Wall, Clatter Bridge, Picnic Bench and Tire Swing.  Kids never get bored here!!!  Sleep in the fort in our sleeping bags!

    Extensive Play Ground with Forts, Swings, Slides, Climbing Wall, Clatter Bridge, Picnic Bench and Tire Swing. Kids never get bored here!!! Sleep in the fort in our sleeping bags!

    Kids Adore the Walk-in Playhouse, Hundreds of Stuffed Animals, Toys, Games, Soft Blankies and So Much More!

    Kids Adore the Walk-in Playhouse, Hundreds of Stuffed Animals, Toys, Games, Soft Blankies and So Much More!

    The 6 Person Hot Tub with 2 Loungers, 4 Motors and a Multitude of Jets overlooks the White Stone Lake.

    The 6 Person Hot Tub with 2 Loungers, 4 Motors and a Multitude of Jets overlooks the White Stone Lake.

     

     

    Rest and Relax under a Shade Tree of the White Stone Lake

    Rest and Relax under a Shade Tree of the White Stone Lake

     

     

    3 Comfy Sofas and Gas Log Fireplace with remote for comfortable visiting or watch the TV/DVD/VCR with 400 Movie Library.  Enjoy the Awesome Massage Chair!

    3 Comfy Sofas and Gas Log Fireplace with remote for comfortable visiting or watch the TV/DVD/VCR with 400 Movie Library. Enjoy the Awesome Massage Chair!

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  • Feb
    20

    The romantic woodlands Story Book Cottage will embrace you in charming warmth & lavish comfort:  Hot Tub, Massage Chair, Plush King & Queen Beds with Sumptuous Bedding, Gas Log Fireplace with Remote, Secluded Setting with 11 Acres of Trails, High Speed Wireless Internet, HDTV’s with Premium Stations, Central Heat/Air, Beautiful Furnishings, New Quality Kitchen, New Bathroom with Jetted Tub, One Level Living (no stairs!).  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED!!!

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

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

     The romantic Story Book Cottage is a one level, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin set in the woods that will capture your heart with its charm and elegance.  All the luxurious amenities of king bed, hot tub, massage chair, gas log fireplace, jetted bath tub and so much more await you!

    THE STORY BOOK COTTAGE:

    • LOCATION:  Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in a quiet woodlands setting with 11 acres of trails, the Story Book Cottage is right in-town just a mile from downtown Hendersonville Historic Main Street unique shopping & restaurants and Patton Park’s swimming, playground, tennis courts, racquet ball, basketball courts and picnic area.   It’s a short 25 minute drive to downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.  (Let us know if you need Biltmore Tickets….we have DISCOUNTED tickets good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1!) 
    • LIVING/DINING ROOM:  Lovingly restored original heart-of-pine floors, a wall of windows, lovely furnishings, open beam archways and elegant fireplace mantle with gas logs and remote control,  set the mood for romance!  Watch the HDTV/DVR/VHS with premium stations from the comfort of the sofas or from the awesome massage chair.  There’s a large movie library and board games for entertainment.  The graceful dining table is perfect for eating or playing games. 
    • FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN:  Open to the living room with a large counter/breakfast bar, the cheerful kitchen has been remodeled from top to bottom with all new maple cabinets, counter tops, stainless steel appliances and flooring.  You have quality KitchenAid cookware and accessories, sharp cooking knives, delightful hand-painted dinnerware, coffee maker and coffee grinder and more!  There’s even a front loading washer & dryer for your convenience. 
    • KING & QUEEN BEDROOMS:  Tastefully furnished and decorated, each room has double French doors that lead to the very private back deck, hot tub and peaceful woodlands.  Indulge in the sumptuous bedding and quality plush mattresses (King and Queen) that will insure a great night’s sleep! 
    • BATHROOM:  All new remodeled bath features a deep Kohler jetted tub, elegant furniture vanity sink, marble-like tile floor and tub-surround and lovely lighting.  Dry off with our thick plush towels.
    • WHAT ELSE YOU’LL FIND:  Throughout this comfortable, charming home are sophisticated wall colors, delightful paintings, plush throws, and decorator touches of elegance.  CHILD FRIENDLY:  You’ll find a high chair, stroller, infant Pack N Play, stuffed animals, kids toys & books for your little ones.  DOG FRIENDLY:  Dogs will be permitted with prior approval.  The thoughtful little extras we’ve provided will make you feel that you’re staying at a best friend’s home rather than a rental house.  You may never want to leave! 

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

     

    Just outside the double French doors from each bedroom, is the lovely back deck facing into the 11 acres of woodlands.  Enjoy preparing meals on your gas grill and eat in the peaceful setting.

    Just outside the double French doors from each bedroom, is the lovely back deck facing into the 11 acres of woodlands. Enjoy preparing meals on your gas grill and eat in the peaceful setting.

    Story Book Cottage Living Room with elegant fireplace & easy to operate gas logs, 2 comfy couches and HDTV w/premium stations

    Story Book Cottage Living Room with elegant fireplace & easy to operate gas logs, 2 comfy couches and HDTV w/premium stations

    Just beyond the living room's couches is the sunny dining area with movie library and massage chair (not in view).

    Just beyond the living room's couches is the sunny dining area with movie library and massage chair (not in view).

    The famous & awesome iJoy Turbo 2 Massage Chair is a special treat for our guests!

    The famous & awesome iJoy Turbo 2 Massage Chair is a special treat for our guests!

    The all new kitchen is well equipped to please any chef!

    The all new kitchen is well equipped to please any chef!

    The Elegant King Bedroom with ultra plush mattress & sumptuous bedding, looks out through the double French doors to the back deck, hot tub and peaceful woodlands.

    The Elegant King Bedroom with ultra plush mattress & sumptuous bedding, looks out through the double French doors to the back deck, hot tub and peaceful woodlands.

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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
    14

    We are often asked by our vacationing guests where we find our unusual and delightful home décor for our Asheville & Hendersonville luxury vacation rental homes.  (To see photos of our home furnishings at our various vacation cabins, chalets & cottages, go to www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com )  The answer is we find out-of-the-way home decorator stores such as “The Outlet on Kanuaga Bend,” where there are wonderful new and used decorator furniture and accessories such as unusual decorator pillows.  The mix of what is available is always changing and always a delight.  I often stop by to see what charming treasures I can find….and I always do find something to please me!  I think the reason we keep adding more vacation rental homes is so I can have a place to house all the enchanting furniture, artwork and decorator items I can’t resist buying!

     

    You’ll find the store just south of Historic Hendersonville downtown Main Street.  Follow Church Street and turn right on Kanuga.  The store is just down a block where Kanuga takes a 90 degree turn left. “The Outlet on Kanuga Bend” store is straight ahead “at the bend.”  The address is 401 Kanuga Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739  (828) 693-3343.

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com   828-274-9777.  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! 

    Don't let the rather plain exterior fool you....inside has wonderful decorator treasures!

    Don't let the rather plain exterior fool you....inside has wonderful decorator treasures!

    Ginny likes to shop here!

    Ginny likes to shop here!

     

     

    Fun New & Consigned Furniture and Accessories - Always Something New!

    Fun New & Consigned Furniture and Accessories - Always Something New!

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  • Feb
    14

    Restaurant Recommendation for our guests at our vacation rental homes in Asheville & Hendersonville:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

     

    You would never know passing by this bright blue little building on Highway 25 (3987 Hendersonville Rd) in Fletcher (half way between Asheville and Hendersonville NC) that the some of the tastiest food around is served here!  Let the full parking lot clue you in that locals know where to find really great food!  You immediately feel welcomed in the fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Sit inside with the blue sky ceiling filled with stars and planes or in the patio out back where there’s even a full size playhouse for your kids (they also have a great kid’s menu).

     

    It’s not your ordinary fare of burgers or country food….the menu is filled with delightful food combinations that will have you coming back again and again!  We often order the “Trio Salad Plate” for a sampling of their dill chicken salad, pesto penne and hummus with pita & veggies.  Another of our favorites is their Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette & hot Grilled Chicken. There’s a selection of about 20 wonderful wraps made with sun dried tomato flour tortillas and tofu can be substituted for meats in you prefer.  Try their Blackened Chicken wrap or their Sesame Veggie wrap. They have Super-duper Sandwiches and “Bodacious Burgers” and delicious “Cosmic Chicken” choices.  Vegetarians will find a huge selection!  Of their delightful side dishes, served as part of your menu selection, their Sweet Potato Fries are the best we’ve ever, ever tasted! 

     

    The Blue Sky Café is open for lunch and dinner from 11 AM – 8 PM and is closed on Sundays.  You can also order your meals “to go.”  Their phone number is 828-684-1247.  Located at 3987 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC.  The full menu is on their website at www.ILoveBlueSkyCafe.com 

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson and Robert Bowles, owners of Asheville & Hendersonville luxury vacation rental cabins, chalets, cottages and homes where you deserve to be spoiled!  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com   We have Discounted Biltmore Estate tickets that are good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1 day.  No waiting in lines!

     

    Ginny eyes her sweet potato fries....the best anywhere around! Robert & I are sharing the Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette & Grilled Chicken

    Ginny eyes her sweet potato fries....the best anywhere around! Robert & I are sharing the Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette & Grilled Chicken

    Ginny decides where to sit....always enchanted by the playful atmosphere.

    Ginny decides where to sit....always enchanted by the playful atmosphere.

    Ginny spots her favorite Blue Sky Cafe where she dines on a regular basis!

    Ginny spots her favorite Blue Sky Cafe where she dines on a regular basis!

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  • Feb
    8

     

    One of the most fun aspects of having vacation cabins, chalets and cottages in Asheville and Hendersonville NC is equipping them with the latest HDTV and wireless computer technology.  In our six Asheville vacation rental homes with televisions in every bedroom and gathering rooms, we have a total of 27 TV’s!  We have at least one HDTV in each home, and surround sound in the three largest homes, so we’ve gained lots of information on shopping for home theater components.

    We have found the perfect combination of quality and price by buying mostly over the Internet from factory refurbished outlets like www.savinglots.com, www.refurbdepot.com, www.amazon.com, and others.  We buy factory refurbished units, which arrive in factory boxes, with full manufacturer warranties.  We do buy the extended warranties in most cases since they are being used in vacation rental homes.  Our favorite supplier is Toshiba, and the best quality picture we’ve seen is the DLP Rear Projection models.  If you have room for a few inches more in depth than LCD and Plasma, you’ll find the picture out shines both, and it still weighs a third of the weight of the old style CRT tube TVs we’ve all used for years.

    The warranties come with in-home repair.  We did have one set that kept shutting down on its own after a few hours of being on.  The factory service truck came to the home it was in, and fixed it on the spot, at no charge!  We didn’t have to carry it into a big box store, we didn’t have to send it to the manufacturer, the technicians were both polite and knowledgeable, and quick.

    One big thing to make sure any HDTV you purchase has:  the ability to show a standard 4:3 ratio screen size, without stretching it out and distorting everything on the screen.  16:9 is the HDTV standard screen size, and 4:3 is the size we’ve been used to for decades.  Many broadcasts still come into our homes in the older 4:3 style.  Having the option of showing an undistorted 4:3 picture on the bigger screen will be important for your total enjoyment of your new HDTV.  The 4:3 picture is centered on the new screen, with black bars on each side blanking out the unused portion of the screen.

    A few more tips:  720p resolution is excellent from about 51 inches on down.  Above, get at least the 1080i, and if you can afford to, get the 1080p.  Most cable and satellite companies broadcast in 1080i, but Blue Ray HD does the 1080p, as will most cable and satellite companies in the future.  You can find all sorts of articles on what those numbers mean, but if you follow my advice, you’ll be happy with the results.

    Finally, what screen size should you get?  Generally choose a HDTV screen size equal to the average distance you’ll be sitting from the TV divided by 2.5.  So if you sit somewhere around 9 feet from the screen, you’ll want a 42-45” HDTV.  When in doubt, get the bigger selection.  You will not regret it!  Here’s a good explanation from Forbes.com:  http://www.forbes.com/2008/02/01/hdtv-fix-problems-tech-personal-cx_mb_0204hdtv.html

    If you are replacing a standard TV, and are satisfied with the screen size, do not simply replace it with a HDTV using the same screen size in inches.  You’ll end up with a much smaller vertical viewing dimension.   35” 4:3 older style screen needs to be replaced with a 42” HDTV 16:9 screen TV.  If you order a 35” 16:9 HDTV, you’ll be looking at a picture equal to a 29” tube TV.  Confused?  See this calculator:  http://www.cnet.com/1990-7874_1-6307377-1.html

    Written by Robert Bowles from Asheville Vacation Homes with cabins, chalets, cottages and homes in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    52" HDTV with Surround Sound At View Chalet - www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    52" HDTV with Surround Sound At View Chalet - www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    50" HDTV & Surround Sound at Rose Cottage, Hendersonville NC - http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/ROSECOTTAGE.html

    50" HDTV & Surround Sound at Rose Cottage, Hendersonville NC - http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/ROSECOTTAGE.html

    57" HDTV with surround sound in Media Room at White Stone Lake Manor. www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    57" HDTV with surround sound in Media Room at White Stone Lake Manor. www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

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    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

    Recommendation to guests at our Asheville and Hendersonville NC vacation rental cabins and cottages:  If you happen to be in the town of Hendersonville, NC and would like to visit a wonderful used home furnishings store, I think you’ll be pleased with the many and varied items found at the Old Towne Market.  Thirty (30) different dealers have set up shop in the 16,000 SF building displaying an immense inventory of gorgeous furniture, lamps, rugs, decorator pillows, pottery, Fiesta dinnerware and just about anything you would put in a home.  There’s an assortment of pretty jewelry, unique gift cards, and other delights.  Most items are quality used (along with new and some antiques) but not the dusty antiques that dominate so many antique stores.  I often find here very distinctive and reasonably priced items I use in our Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental homes.  I am often complimented on the unique items in my vacation cabins and it’s because I’ve been blessed with having such wonderful stores such as the Old Towne Market to shop. 

     

    Old Towne Market with 16,000 SF of unique used & new home furnishings

    Old Towne Market with 16,000 SF of unique used & new home furnishings

    30 Dealers offer an assortment of delightful home furnishings

    30 Dealers offer an assortment of delightful home furnishings

    Be sure to stop by when you’re in the area.  You’ll find the Old Towne Market located at 822 Locust Street, Hendersonville NC 28792, 828-693-0855.  It’s just a block parallel to Asheville Highway (Hwy 25) and a few blocks north of downtown Main Street.  Where North Main Street turns east at Five Points, Locust Street will be the first street on the right.  Go down several blocks and the building is on the left.

     

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