Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • 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
    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
    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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  • 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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