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  • Nov
    12

    In the heart of historic downtown Hendersonville’s Main Street you’ll find the decadently delightful candy and ice cream shop called Kilwin’s.  It’s fun to spend part of a day shopping at all the Main Street shops, galleries and antique stores….and when it’s time to take a break, we recommend stopping at Kilwin’s to partake of their rich and delicious ice cream cones or sample their huge selection of rich, handmade fudges (made on site) and amazing chocolates.  They even have our famous local apples dipped in their homemade caramel.  There are little tables in the back where you can relax and indulge in your favorite treats and watch the fudge being paddled to smooth creaminess.  They also have lovely gift baskets they can fill with their treats when you need something for that special occasion.  They also ship.

    Address:  506 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC  28792

    Phone:  828-698-9794

    Hours:  Open 7 days a week year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Open evenings.  Call them for specific hours as they will change depending on the time of year. 

    Website:  www.Kilwins.com

     

    Ginny is at her favorite sweet shop and is eyeing all the decadent fudges & chocolates & ice creams.  Hummmm....which shall she choose.... Photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny is at her favorite sweet shop and is eyeing all the decadent fudges & chocolates & ice creams. Hummmm....which shall she choose.... Photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny studies the listing of the favorful ice cream selections at Kilwin's.  Yum!!!  Photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny studies the listing of the favorful ice cream selections at Kilwin's. Yum!!! Photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.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!!! BILTMORE ESTATE: Purchase your tickets from us and enjoy two full days at Biltmore for the price of a one day admission ticket!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Nov
    8

    The NEVER BLUE restaurant is always a dining delight where every meal is made to order.  No matter if we’ve come in for lunch or dinner, it’s challenging to decide which of their fabulous dishes to order.  Fortunately, they offer many of their selections “tapas” style….meaning smaller portions at a smaller price so you can sample a variety of their flavorful offerings.  Or if you have a favorite, you can order it as an entrée.  The setting is relaxed, beautiful and brightly colored.  If nothing else, you have to see their exquisitely tiled bar. 

    Ginny loves downtown Hendersonville's Main Street Bistros!  Today she's dining at her favorite Never Blue Restaurant.  photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny loves downtown Hendersonville's Main Street Bistros! Today she's dining at her favorite Never Blue Restaurant. photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Some of our APPETIZER favorites are:  Sauteed Wild Mushrooms: chipotle-herb butter with garlic toast or the Giant Ravioli:  stuffed with five cheeses, smothered in organic spinach chipotle-parmesan cream sauce.  For SALADS try their Caesar with organic romaine, toasted pumpkin seeds, herb-butter croutons, manchego cheese, classic Caesar dressing or the Spinach Salad made with organic spinach, cranberries, gorgonzola, candied pecans, applewood bacon, Lusty Monk Mustard-Honey Emulsion.  We love their COCAS (made-to-order Spanish style flatbreads) such as Majorca: chilean pebre salsa, goat cheese, fresh basil, olive oil; or Eve’s Delight:  fig preserves, shiitake mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, baby arugula.  ENTREES:  Very creative & yummy Chicken, Seafood & Meat dishes – see their on-line menu for  mouth-watering descriptions. 

    Ginny is fascinated by the tiled bar at the Never Blue Restaurant - truly a work of art!  photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny is fascinated by the tiled bar at the Never Blue Restaurant - truly a work of art! photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

     

    For a fun experience, try their Tapa & Wine Tuesdays, Music & Margarita Wednesdays, and Thirsty Thursdays celebrating the art of the martini with their exclusive unique concoctions.  See their website for more details.

    ADDRESS of Never Blue: 119 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC

    PHONE:  828-693-4646

    HOURS:  Tue – Thu 11 – 9;  Fri & Sat 11 – 10;  Sun & Mon – Closed
    WEBSITE: 
    www.TheNeverBlue.com    

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation rental cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  You will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! BILTMORE ESTATE TICKETS: Purchase your tickets from us and enjoy two full days at Biltmore for the price of a one day admission ticket!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

    Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.  Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.

    Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain. Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.

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  • Jul
    13

    Ginny anticipates her scrumptuous meal at Carrabbas Italian Restaurant!

    Ginny anticipates her scrumptuous meal at Carrabbas Italian Restaurant!

    Although CARRABBAS ITALIAN GRILL is a chain restaurant, it has consistently wonderful, mouth-watering Italian food that makes us return again and again!  The menu features a variety of delicious appetizers, soups, salads, brick oven pizza made on a wood burning grill, pasta specialties, and family classics.  For a change of pace, it’s entertaining to eat at the open kitchen bar….they may even slip you samples of food as they are being prepared.

     

    There are two fabulous restaurants in Asheville and we highly recommend just about everything on the menu!  We often choose several entrees to share just to extend the flavorful taste experiences.  This last meal we ordered the CHICKEN BRYAN a grilled chicken breast with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and a basil lemon butter sauce, and the INSALATA FIORUCCI mixed field greens salad with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and grilled eggplant in vinaigrette, topped with a hazelnut goat cheese medallion.  We always order their TIRAMISU, the most heavenly Italian dessert on earth and Carrabbas makes the best by far!   

    Ginny is deciding which meal to eat first...the Chicken Bryan or the Insalata Fiorucci....

    Ginny is deciding which meal to eat first...the Chicken Bryan or the Insalata Fiorucci....

     

     

    Ginny  selects from BACINO  “Little Kisses,” mini-desserts….small, guilt-free versions of their favorite desserts, made fresh daily.

    Ginny selects from BACINO “Little Kisses,” mini-desserts….small, guilt-free versions of their favorite desserts, made fresh daily.

    RESERVATIONS:  Although they do not take reservations, you can call when you are on the way and they will put you on the waiting list.

     

    WEBSITE for menus & locations:  www.carrabbas.com

    LOCATIONS:

    10 Buckstone Place, Asheville, NC 28805   Phone:  (828) 281-2300

    Directions:  I-240 to Asheville. Exit south on Tunnel Rd. Located on left behind the Hampton Inn (not visible from road).  This is near the Asheville Mall in East Asheville.

     

    332 Rockwood Road, Arden, NC 28704   Phone: (828) 654-8411
    Directions:  Highway 26 to Asheville Airport exit #40. Head East and take a left at the second light signal.

     

    HOURS: 

    Sun: 11:30am-10pm
    Mon-Thur: 4-10pm
    Fri: 4-11pm
    Sat: 12-11pm

    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 ESTATE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO FULL CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Jun
    5

    Ginny is enthralled with the wood-fired oven and just loves the beautiful colors!  She knows her pizza is in the oven and anticipates how delicious it will be!

    Ginny is enthralled with the wood-fired oven and just loves the beautiful colors! She knows her pizza is in the oven and anticipates how delicious it will be!

    When you are enjoying a day of exploring all the delightful shops, galleries, boutiques and antiques stores on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, be sure to eat at WEST FIRST WOOD-FIRED restaurant located a half block off of Main Street on 1st  Avenue West.  All their dishes are thoughtfully prepared with quality ingredients cheerfully served in an artistically dramatic setting.

     

    Whatever the wood fired oven does in the cooking process of the pizza and other dishes, it adds a distinct delicious flavor that we love!  Their pizzas are hand-made with organic wheat crest and are topped with freshly-grated Romano cheese.  The pizza we order this week was their Goat Cheese Pizza with fresh basil pesto with spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and, of course, goat cheese….yummmmm!  Robert and Ginny shared their made-from-scratch tasty bean soup and for dessert, we all shared in their chocolate hazelnut tiramisu….creamy, rich and so very decadent!

     

    Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday:  Lunch 11am – 2pm;   Dinner 5pm – 10pm

    Address:  101 1st Avenue, West, Hendersonville NC  28792

    Phone:  828-693-1080

    Website is coming soon

    Email:  westfirstwoodfired@yahoo.com

     

    What a beautiful atmosphere with the stained glass windows and artwork.

    What a beautiful atmosphere with the stained glass windows and artwork.

    Article is written by Stephanie Joy Johnson for our guests staying at our luxury vacation rental homes nearby.  For information on vacation rental homes in the Hendersonville to Asheville areas, please see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  or call us at 828-274-9777. 

    Ginny and Robert share a bowl of tasty home-made bean soup.

    Ginny and Robert share a bowl of tasty home-made bean soup.

    Ah yes, the pizza is served!

    Ah yes, the pizza is served!

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  • May
    25

    Ginny feels she just stepped into an Italian Restaurant with the open kitchen on the left where she can see the fresh food being prepared.

    Ginny feels she just stepped into an Italian Restaurant with the open kitchen on the left where she can see the fresh food being prepared.

    Even though you are in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, as soon as you enter the doors of the Bistro Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate, you’ll feel that you’ve been transported to a beautiful Tuscany café. At the center of the restaurant is a large open kitchen where you can see the delicious meals being grilled, sautéed and prepared with the utmost care with the freshest foods (vegetables, herbs, greens and beef) from the estates own fields and farms. 

    Lunches are a treat with delectable wood-fired pizzas, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.  Dinners are to be savored with the extraordinary meals prepared with care.  We’ve always experienced great service the many times we’ve eaten here.  Be sure to have a reservation for dinners so they will have your name at the entry gate to be allowed on the estate after hours. 

    As with all restaurants on the Biltmore Estate, you will need an estate admission ticket.  If you have yet to purchase your ticket, just give us a call at Asheville Vacation Homes to purchase your discounted ticket good for two consecutive days!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com .

    Phone:  828-225-6230 for reservations

    Hours for Lunch:  Noon – 5 PM

    Hours for Dinner:  5 PM – 8:30 PM

    Website for Menu:  www.biltmore.com/visit/dining/bistro/

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  You are invited to experience the luxury of our Asheville and Hendersonville Vacation Rental Homes where we promise you will be outrageously spoiled!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or email at Joyah@aol.com 

    Ginny can hardly wait to be seated because she knows how delicious the food is here!

    Ginny can hardly wait to be seated because she knows how delicious the food is here!

    Ginny is just outside the Bistro Restaurant that is just across from the Winery where she just completed the awesome tour!

    Ginny is just outside the Bistro Restaurant that is just across from the Winery where she just completed the awesome tour!

     

     

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  • May
    22

    Ginny quickly decides she like the relaxed garden feel of the Arbor Grill located near the Winery...and she's hungry for lunch after the long stroll she's taken around the Biltmore Estate grounds!

    Ginny quickly decides she like the relaxed garden feel of the Arbor Grill located near the Winery...and she's hungry for lunch after the long stroll she's taken around the Biltmore Estate grounds!

    During your visit to the world famous Biltmore House in Asheville NC, be sure to dine at their absolutely wonderful eateries & restaurants!  During our visit in May, we had lunch at the outdoor ARBOR GRILL by the Winery (be sure to take a tour of the Winery!). As you can see by the photos, it’s a divine space to enjoy a relaxed meal. Their delicious selections include a special tapas menu as well as salads and sandwiches.  For this visit, we ordered the Balsamic Marinated Chicken Sandwich with cilantro-artichoke pesto and the Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla with smoked provolone, pickled carrots, pico de gallo and sour cream….yummmy!!!  You can also enjoy great local beer and Biltmore wine, and even listen to live music later in the afternoon on special occasions.  Arbor Grill is open from noon until 8pm.

     

    If you plan to stay in the Asheville NC area, you are invited to stay with us at one of our near-by romantic vacation rental homes.  You will be outrageously spoiled with all our sumptuous amenities!  We can even provide you with discounted Biltmore Estate tickets good for TWO consecutive days!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or email at Joyah@aol.com or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    Ginny now sees the Arbor Grill's posted menu and decides this is the perfect place for lunch!

    Ginny now sees the Arbor Grill's posted menu and decides this is the perfect place for lunch!

     

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  • 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

    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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