Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • 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
    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

    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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  • Feb
    5

    Our most favorite pizza in the whole wide world is served at this funky North Asheville NC restaurant & movie house that has been voted “Best Pizza In WNC” for 7 years in a row. Here you can watch $3 first run movies that are ready to leave the big screen.  Theater times are 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM and 10 PM.  This theater only seats 150 people, so with these prices it’s best to go way early, especially for the evening shows….better yet, buy your tickets the day before.

     

    In case you want to try our favorite highly recommended pizza, it’s the “Shear Delight” with a pesto base, portabella mushrooms, walnuts & gorgonzola cheese….be sure to request it on the poppy seed crust!  What can be better than to watch a big screen movie in comfortable chairs and eat a great meal–there’s a big selection to choose from, especially the pizza!   However, if you’re not in the mood for pizza, there is a large menu selection of unique & yummy appetizers, salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, pastas, and more!   If you want to experience their tasty food, but not quite up for a movie, they have a full restaurant and pub there as well.  Yes, a pub…I should mention this is also a micro-brewery serving 8 of their own specialty beers, from their most popular pale ale “Shiva” to the dark ales.  See ya at the movies!Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville  NC 28803.  828-254-1281.  Click on a picture to visit their website for more details. 

     

    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!!!  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 got here plenty early to make sure she got in!  The pizza is ordered and will soon be ready!

    Ginny got here plenty early to make sure she got in! The pizza is ordered and will soon be ready!

    Funky place with the best pizza anywhere...and $3 movies!

    Funky place with the best pizza anywhere...and $3 movies!

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  • Jan
    31

    Restaurant Review:  P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Biltmore Park Town Square, 26 Schneck Parkway, Asheville NC 28803, (828) 681-2975, www.pfchangs.com

    Recommended by Stephanie Joy Johnson for our www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com guests of our vacation rental cabins, cottages and chalets.  You’ll find this restaurant just off Interstate 26, Exit 37 heading east, left at first light signal on Schenck Parkway and it’s down about a block on the left….just follow the signs. 

     

    I first noticed PF Chang’s because of the magnificent eleven foot tall horse statue at the entrance.  Newly built in Biltmore Park Town Square, this restaurant is a blend of upscale bistro with 12th century China.  Even though it was 4:00 in the afternoon mid-week, this elegant restaurant had a number of tables already filled.  As I was led to my table, I discreetly peeked at what people were eating as I passed by.  The portions looked generous and the food was colorful and well presented….I was hoping tasty as well! 

     

    I was pleased to be told that each dish is prepared to order with very fresh, quality ingredients and there is even a special gluten free menu available on request.  It was a challenge to decide what to order from the many items, but with a friend’s recommendation I made my selection.  My appetizer was a little slow in arriving so when the entry arrived before I was ready for it, my waitress immediately apologized and ordered a new entry prepared that would be fresh when it was served 10 minutes later.  Now I call that attention to freshness!  I ordered the Sweet Ginger Peach Tea (as good as it sounds), Chang’s Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap (firm iceberg lettuce shells with the very delicious filling that you roll up in the shell) and Ma Po Tofu (delicious sauce, tender flavorful tofu, and broccoli).  The generous portions were enough for two people.  The dessert tray looked tantalizing but I was way too full to order more!  Next time, I think I’ll order dessert first!  I want to try the Great Wall of Chocolate….an extremely rich slab of chocolate cake which from the size of it looks big enough to serve 4 people!  I’m definitely coming back!

    Elegant ,comfortable dining

    Elegant ,comfortable dining

    Ginny spots the attractive horse at the entrance....

    Ginny spots the attractive horse at the entrance....

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  • Jan
    30

    To our Asheville NC cabin vacation rental guests who are particular about the quality of foods you cook with and eat, I highly recommend shopping for your groceries at the beautiful new Earth Fare in South Asheville.  This is a full service grocery store and café devoted to the health conscious.  If you are gourmet cook, you’ll enjoy all the fine ingredients you can find here.  I especially appreciate that the store is well laid out and the friendly staff is extremely helpful whenever I’ve needed assistance. 

     I never thought I’d go into a grocery store just to admire how beautiful it is, but Earth Fare on Hendersonville Road changed my outlook forever (I love the floors)!  The elegant and sophisticated ambiance is a perfect setting for the vibrantly colored (and, of course, organic) fruits and vegetables, immense cheese and wine selection, countless isles (well, maybe you can count them, but this IS a large store!) of packaged foods, frozen foods, chemical-free meats, teas and coffees, bulk foods and spices, herbal remedies and supplements, chemical-free cosmetics, deli counter with delicious already prepared foods, decadent dessert counter (including the “World’s Best Carrot Cake” by our good friend Avi at www.WorldsBestCarrotCake.com) ….and not to forget the salad/hot foods bar where you can load up your plate (priced by the pound) and have it to go or eat it in their dining area.  As with all organic stores, the prices will be a bit higher than the conventional grocery store…and well worth it!

    Ginny wheels her cart to the cheese deli and huge wine selection
    Ginny wheels her cart to the cheese deli and huge wine selection

    Visit the Earth Fare website for more details: http://www.earthfare.com/storeinfo/1200/details/3111  Their address is 1856 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone:  828-210-010

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s premier luxury vacation homes, cabins, cottages and chalets.  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

     

    Beautifully Presented Organic Produce, Earth Fare, Asheville NC

    Beautifully Presented Organic Produce, Earth Fare, Asheville NC

    Earth Fare on Hendersonville Road for Healthy Groceries & Cafe

    Earth Fare on Hendersonville Road for Healthy Groceries & Cafe

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  • Jan
    26

    Wearable Art Store is highly recommended to our Asheville & Hendersonville NC vacation cabin rental guests.  It will make you smile!  “Mona! The Cottages”, 308 Davis St, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739, (828) 693-1611, www.monapaints.com, Open 11 AM to 5 PM Tues – Sat. 

    Darling Mona! Cottage in Hendersonville, North Carolina

    Darling Mona! Cottage in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     Kooky, Funky, Fun, Unexpected are the words that some to mind when I first visited Mona! wearable art (and more) store.  As soon as you see the cheerful wildly painted exterior of Mona’s Cottages, not to mention the brightly painted vintage car outside, you’ll know the whimsical, colorful and eccentric treasures that await you inside!  Everything you can wear on your body…clothes, jewelry, shoes, handbags, accessories….is full of bright color and whimsy.  What you find here is original wearable art….I mean VERY original art! Bring home one-of-a-kind gifts or indulge in something totally unique for yourself!

    One of the cheerful rooms in the cottage

    One of the cheerful rooms in the cottage

     Mona, creating another master piece in a small area at the back of the store, greeted us with an offer of fresh popcorn and chatted away about her creative work.  She pointed out the unusual sweaters she stylishly created from recycled clothing.  There is a huge wall of distinctive hand-painted shoes and more wearable art that can be seen in one stroll around the cottage. 

    So, wander around again from room to room to take it all in!   You might call ahead for directions or check a map.  Although the cottages are close to downtown, they are in a vintage neighborhood a few blocks back from Hwy 25 at the south edge of downtown Hendersonville…just past the Fresh Market.  It’s worth finding this out-of-the-way treasure.  It will make you smile!

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson from www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com where you will be deliciously spoiled with all the luxurious amenities at our cabins, cottages, chalets and homes. 

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  • Jan
    26

    We have successfully designed vacation cabins and cottages in Asheville, Fletcher and Hendersonville, North Carolina that are extremely child friendly and we would love to share our ideas on how to set up one of your own.  There is nothing more exciting to children on vacation than to be in a home with areas especially designed for their pleasure!  And it’s a big bonus to parents for their children to be thoroughly entertained during their week stay at one of our kid friendly homes. 

     

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    We find our one and two bedroom homes are primarily rented by couples for romantic getaways and honeymoons with less call for children’s needs.  In these homes we supply the basic Pack N Play, small stroller, high chair, toy box and soft blankies.  It is the 3+ bedroom homes rented by families with children that we refer to in this article.

     

    We love to be excessive…and impressive…in what we offer our guests!  With so many vacation homes from which to choose, we endeavor to offer the most and the best so potential guests will select one of our vacation rental homes for their stay.  With that said, here is an idea of how we attract guests with children to our Asheville vacation rental homes:

     

    OUTDOOR PLAY GROUND EQUIPMENT:

    We purchase the Playnation brand Premium Wooden Play Systems.  They are well-built, heavy & strong for years of constant use.  The largest system is at our White Stone Lake Manor, a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 4000 square foot home on several acres with a private lake.  Family reunions are often held here usually with 5 or 6 children.  This playground has a covered fort (kids love to sleep there in the sleeping bags we provide), 3 swings including a toddler swing, 2 slides (one is an enclosed spiral), climbing rope wall, tire swing, clatter bridge and picnic table.  We place benches nearby for the parents to comfortably supervise their kids. We also provide kid size crash helmets.  This elaborate Playnation system costs about $6000 and the smaller systems at our other homes are closer to $2000. 

     

     

    INDOOR PLAY ROOMS:

    These cheerful rooms are devoted to a child’s fantasy & imagination….murals, bright colors, as many exceptionally soft stuffed animals that will fit (which is several hundred at our largest home), and, if it will fit, a walk-in play house (these we purchase at Toys R Us – about $400 – $500).  The playrooms, filled with children’s toys, games, books, & soft blankies, provide countless hours of play for the kids.  We also have a variety of kid movies they can watch on our TV/DVD/VHS throughout the home.

     

    Colorful Kids Play Area at the Rose Cottage

    Colorful Kids Play Area at the Rose Cottage

     

    Note:  We suggest that you do NOT provide crayons, marker pens or paints.  Clean up after children is a major housekeeping chore when guests leave but crayons marked on walls is something you do not want to encourage.  It’s also good to avoid putting breakable decor in the home. 

     

    BABIES:

    It is a great relief for parents traveling with small infants (who seem to require a great deal of special paraphernalia) to find our homes equipped with a full size crib with bumper pad & bedding, high chair, stroller, infant bath tub, playpen, child gates, etc.  Although used for the entire household, another necessity with babies and children are a full size washer and dryer! 

     

    CHILDREN:

    In addition to the playroom and outdoor equipment, children appreciate chairs and picnic tables especially their size.  Parents also appreciate the colorful kids tableware for their children….plastic plates, cups (including sip cups) and silverware.  We provide quick inflate/deflate twin air beds since you never know where kids want to sleep.  We have plenty of twin bedding as well as children’s sleeping bags. 

     

    BIGGER KIDS:

    Teens and adults like the Play Station game player with games, foosball table, badmitten, croquet, board games, etc.  If you have plenty of spare room in your home, consider putting in a pool table.  And, everyone loves a huge big screen television!

     

    WHAT TO CHARGE:

    Cleaning is much more extensive and expensive that with only adults.  We find fingerprints in all the glass doors & windows, toys & game pieces hidden in the oddest places, baby spit-up just about anywhere that one needs to be a detective to find!  We also have a large investment in what we provide for children.  So, we consider children and infants as full fledged guests and charge accordingly. 

     

    CLICK HERE TO SEE EXAMPLES OF OUR CHILD FRENDLY HOMES:

    www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

    Stephanie Joy Johnson

    828-274-9777

    www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

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

    Cribs are greatly appreciated by traveling parents!

    Cribs are greatly appreciated by traveling parents!

    Playroom with walk in Play House at the White Stone Lake Manor

    Playroom with walk in Play House at the White Stone Lake Manor

    Playroom with Play House & Jungle Mural at the View Chalet, Asheville NC

    Playroom with Play House & Jungle Mural at the View Chalet, Asheville NC

    Kids Play Ground at Rose Cottage

    Kids Play Ground at Rose Cottage

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