Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • Oct
    23

    Always changing with the seasons, the famous Biltmore House and grounds take great pride in presenting the most fabulous works of art….including their own ever changing artistic creations in landscaping.  Just off the Biltmore House library is a large area often used for summer outdoor concerts, which is transformed at the end of summer into a “CARPET OF FLOWERS.”  As seen in the photo, the beauty sculpted in a floral carpet design is displayed against the backdrop of the awesome Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. 

    Ginny is delighted to be back at the Biltmore Estate to visit the awesome "Carpet of Flowers" on display in August.

    Ginny is delighted to be back at the Biltmore Estate to visit the awesome "Carpet of Flowers" on display in August.

    During your stay in our area, you are invited to stay at one of our luxury vacation rental homes where you will be spoiled with fabulous amenities including hot tubs, massage chairs, king beds, gas log fireplaces, beautiful settings, gorgeous furnishings and so much more!  Purchase your Biltmore Estate tickets from us and enjoy two full days at the Biltmore for the price of a one day admission ticket!  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or email us at joyah@aol.com. 

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  • Oct
    18

    Asheville & Hendersonville NC is famous for many things, and in the Fall, a main attraction is the “Changing of the Leaves.”  The Blue Ridge Parkway gives “leaf peepers” a show throughout the entire Fall season.  The leaves begin changing to awesome colors at the higher elevations first and then sweep down the mountains as the days and weeks pass.  This year (2009) at the end of September and early October, the colorful leaf pallets began at Mount Mitchell (over 6500 feet) and at Mount Pisgah (over 5500 feet).  The truly spectacular colors have now begun spreading down the mountains towards Asheville & Hendersonville, and as of October 16, 2009, they are just beginning their transformation into breathtaking huge splashes of colors at these lower elevations.  As you can see in the photos, the forests surrounding the Biltmore Estate are just beginning to brighten. 

    Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in mid-October 2009.  Fall colors are just beginning to show.  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in mid-October 2009. Fall colors are just beginning to show. www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

    You still have time to come experience it for yourself.  One of the best ways to really “feel” the changing of the leaves is to hike one of our many trails.  You can witness the changing forests as you walk through the fallen leaves underfoot, see the sun dancing through the leaves above, and see them drop and swirl around you.  It is a simple, heart-felt joy to be here at this time of the year!  You are invited to stay at our luxury vacation rental homes where you will be spoiled with fabulous amenities including hot tubs, massage chairs, king beds, gas log fireplaces, beautiful settings, gorgeous furnishings and so much more!  Purchase your Biltmore Estate tickets from us and enjoy two full days at the Biltmore for the price of a one day admission ticket!  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Contact us at 828-274-9777 or email us at joyah@aol.com. 

    Here's a view from the Blue Ridge Parkway taken in mid-October 2009 of downtown Asheville, with the Biltmore Estate Sheep Barn in the foreground. www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Here's a view from the Blue Ridge Parkway taken in mid-October 2009 of downtown Asheville, with the Biltmore Estate Sheep Barn in the foreground. www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     
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  • May
    27

    Yes, it’s the BILTMORE WINERY located on the Biltmore Estate in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.  Your entry ticket to the world-famous Biltmore Estate includes much more than just a tour of the George W. Vanderbilt’s spectacular 250-room home (the largest in the U.S.), it also is the passport to visit the incredible grounds, restaurants, outdoor activities….and the Biltmore Winery. 

     

    Ginny begins her self-guided tour at the beautiful Biltmore Winery building designed by the Biltmore Estate architect, Richard Morris Hunt, originally used as the Biltmore Dairy

    Ginny begins her self-guided tour at the beautiful Biltmore Winery building designed by the Biltmore Estate architect, Richard Morris Hunt, originally used as the Biltmore Dairy

    Sheltered in the mountain valley of the French Broad River, the 94 acre vineyard is in a perfect climate for grape cultivation producing award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  The hand-picked grapes produce an annual harvest averaging 250 tons of grapes. 

     

    Ginny gazes at the long row of Wine Vats.  The sign on each vat reads:  "Bottling Termenter and storage.  Capacity 3190 gallons. 17.6 gallons/inch"

    Ginny gazes at the long row of Wine Vats. The sign on each vat reads: "Bottling Termenter and storage. Capacity 3190 gallons. 17.6 gallons/inch"

    1971 saw the first plantings of grapes by George W. Vanderbilt’s grandson, William A. V. Cecil, who felt this would be a natural extension of the self-sustaining economy of the Biltmore Estate.  Indeed, this has proven to be a huge success with the ever-expanding vineyard and a 90,000 square foot wine-producing and bottling facility opened in 1985.  This beautiful facility, converted from the dairy barn with underground tunnels with perfect temperatures for wine making, was designed by the Biltmore’s architect, Richard Morris Hunt. 

     

    Experience it for yourself on your self-guided tour of the winery operation that ends in the Tasting Room where you can sample (and purchase!) the wide range of award-winning Biltmore Wines now available.  For a full listing of the wine offerings, the many awards and details on the winery, visit their website at: http://www.biltmore.com/our_wine/

     

    Ginny views the Wine Cellar.  During the days of the Biltmore Dairy, this was a service area.  The 8 tunnels were used to dispose of waste from the milking rooms.  It is an ideal place with natural temperatures of 54 degrees to 60 degrees, for aging and storing sparkling wines.

    Ginny views the Wine Cellar. During the days of the Biltmore Dairy, this was a service area. The 8 tunnels were used to dispose of waste from the milking rooms. It is an ideal place with natural temperatures of 54 degrees to 60 degrees, for aging and storing sparkling wines.

    If you need discount tickets to the Biltmore Estate good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS, feel free to contact us at 828-274-9777 or joyah@aol.com or http://www.ashevillevacationhomes.com/BILTMOREESTATETICKETS.html

    While visiting in the area, you are invited to stay at our romantic & luxurious vacation rentals:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

     

    Ginny is entralled with the multitude of wine barrels!

    Ginny is entralled with the multitude of wine barrels!

    Ginny "hangs out" admiring the dusty bottles of vintage wines on the other side of the locked gates.

    Ginny "hangs out" admiring the dusty bottles of vintage wines on the other side of the locked gates.

    At the end of the tour, Ginny finds herself in a huge tasting room and is invited to sample the wide variety of wines made here.

    At the end of the tour, Ginny finds herself in a huge tasting room and is invited to sample the wide variety of wines made here.

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  • May
    27

    White Squirrel is plays in the tree at the Story Book Cottage romantic vacation rental home in Hendersonville NC.

    White Squirrel is plays in the tree at the Story Book Cottage romantic vacation rental home in Hendersonville NC.

    White squirrels roam an area in North Carolina near Asheville in the towns of Hendersonville and Brevard.  The area starts around Cashiers and continues through Brevard to Hendersonville, and beyond, about a 60 mile stretch.  Locals say the squirrels came to Brevard from Hawaii, via Florida.  In 1949 an overturned carnival truck in Florida eventually resulted in the beginnings of the white squirrel population here in Henderson and Transylvania Counties.  Read details at http://www.whitesquirrelinstitute.whitesquirrelfestival.com/ and http://whitesquirrels.com/cart/

     

    Our now famous white squirrels actually belong to the Eastern Gray Squirrel family.  They are not albino, their coats are naturally white and their eye color is dark like gray squirrels.   Most have a dark patch on the head that leads down their backs in a thin dark line. 

     

    Although most white squirrels have some gray markings, this white squirrel is entirely white!  Photo was taken at the Rose Cottage vacation rental home sitting on the lawn of the volleyball play area.

    Although most white squirrels have some gray markings, this white squirrel is entirely white! Photo was taken at the Rose Cottage vacation rental home sitting on the lawn of the volleyball play area.

    It is quite entertaining to watch them.  They play, eat and climb with their gray squirrel families, yet their every movement is magnified so much that no matter how many of their gray cousins are with them, all you see is the white one(s).  They are a delight to watch, you must come see!  My explanations and descriptions cannot match the actually visual treat in store for you. 

     

    A frequent visitor at the Rose Cottage vacation rental home in Hendersonville NC, this white squirrel has found the children's fort/swing/slide playground a fun place to hang out!

    A frequent visitor at the Rose Cottage vacation rental home in Hendersonville NC, this white squirrel has found the children's fort/swing/slide playground a fun place to hang out!

     

     

    Our guests at the White Stone Lake Manor in Hendersonville NC are delighted when they spot our resident white squirrel that visits our private lake.

    Our guests at the White Stone Lake Manor in Hendersonville NC are delighted when they spot our resident white squirrel that visits our private lake.

    Photos and article by Robert Bowles  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  Come see the white squirrels while you stay at one of our cottage, chalet, cabin & home vacation rentals.  Call us at 828-274-9777 or email us at www.Joyah@aol.com for your reservations. 

     

     

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  • May
    22

    For 73 years this renowned music institute hosting 400 extremely talented students ages 14 to post-college, 75 world-renowned visiting guest artists & artist faculty, and a full contingent of support staff gathers from mid-June to early August.  During an intensive 7 week program, students partake in a demanding and rewarding program of music instruction. 

     

    The huge benefit to all the communities in Western North Carolina is that there are over 80 concerts given by students and the artist faculty during this 7 week festival at this incredibly beautiful wooded 150 acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains!  Evenings are beautiful in the mountains especially when accompanied by an open air concert (covered building but open sided).  Go early to enjoy patio fine dining or order a picnic to eat on the lawns.  Go to their website to decide what of their multitude of offerings will please you the most and buy your advance tickets. 

     

    WEBSITE:  http://www.brevardmusic.org/

    ADDRESS (PHYSICAL):  Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

    ADDRESS (MAILING):  Brevard Music Center,  P.O. Box 312,  Brevard, NC 28712

    PHONE (BOX OFFICE):  (828) 862-2105 or Toll Free (888) 384-8682
    PHONE (MAIN OFFICE):  (828) 862-2100
    DIRECTIONS:

    From Asheville, NC

    Take I-26 E to the Asheville Airport exit, #40. Turn right off the exit onto Highway 280 and drive 16 miles into Brevard. As you approach downtown Brevard, you will see directional signs to the Music Center. Travel time: 45 minutes from downtown Asheville.

    From Hendersonville, NC

    Take Highway 64 W to Brevard. At the intersection of Highways 280 and 64, turn left toward Brevard. As you approach Brevard, you will see directional signs to the Music Center. Travel time: 30 minutes.

     

    If you plan to be in the area, we invite you to stay at one of our luxury vacation rental homes where we promise you will be outrageously spoiled by all our wonderful amenities!  See our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or call us at 828-274-9777 or email us at joyah@aol.com 

     

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  • May
    8

    Situated at the base of Chestnut Mountain in Western North Carolina, this scenic mountain valley 18-hole championship golf course, with its spectacular 360 degree views and variety of challenging terrain, is a golfer’s paradise!  Located in Arden/Mills River, halfway between Asheville and Hendersonville NC in the private gated community of High Vista, this lush course is open to the public.  Just be sure to have a tee time reservation to be allowed in at the main gate. 

     

    Designed by Tom Jackson in 1978, this 18 hole, par 72 golf course has 6,935 yards of golf from the longest tee.  There are 4 sets of tee boxes to accommodate all skill levels.  The course rating is 74.5 with a slope rating of 142 on grass. 

     

    Ø  Phone:  828-891-1986   Extension 100

    Ø  Address:  88 Country Club Road, Mills River, NC  28759-2603

    Ø  Directions:  From Interstate-26, take exit #40 (Asheville Airport Exit) and turn towards the airport on Highway 280. Follow 280 towards Mills River for a few miles and turn right at Highway 191(Old Haywood Road). After turning onto 191, the entrance to High Vista Country Club is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

    Ø  Golf Course Website:  http://www.highvistagolf.com/

    Ø  Open:  7 days a week

    Ø  Hours:  8 AM – 5 PM (last tee time)

    Ø  Cost:  $30 to $50 depending of day and time of play

    Ø  Driving Range:  Yes

    Ø  Dining:  Robinson Pub

     

    This fabulous golf course is located near our Fletcher, Arden and Hendersonville NC vacation home rental cabins, chalets and cottages.  You are invited to experience being pampered with all the delightful amenities at our vacation rentals:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com or phone us at 828-274-9777.

     

     

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  • May
    5

    Considered one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina, the Asheville Municipal Golf Course was designed by the famous golf architect, Donald Ross, in 1927.  This beautiful 18 hole, par 72, 6356 yard golf course is both demanding and fun (slope varies from 122/Championship to 110/Senior).  The par 36 front nine is level and open while the par 36 back nine is narrow, wooded and hilly requiring more accuracy and skill. 

     

    Ø  Address:  226 Fairway Drive, Asheville NC  28805

    Ø  Directions:  Take Interstate 40 exit 53B.  Take Interstate 240 to Exit 8.  Turn Right on to Fairview Road and travel .7 mile to light signal.  Turn left on to Highway NC81 (Swannanoa River Road) and go .2 mile.  Turn right on to Fairway Drive and travel .4 mile to clubhouse.

    Ø  Phone:  828-298-1867   Call for tee times (required)

    Ø  Website:  Although this is not the municipal website, this site will give you plenty of information:  www.golfholes.com/nc/buncombe-golf.htm

    Ø  Times/Hours:  March through October 7 AM to 8 PM; November through February 7 AM to 6 PM

    While visiting in the area, you are invited to stay at our www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxurious amenities that will pamper you outrageously!  Phone us for a reservation at one of our vacation rental cottages, chalets, cabins or homes:  828-274-9777

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  • May
    5

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

     

    Ø  Location:  3389 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville NC 28792

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

    Ø  Phone:  828-685-1006

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

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

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

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

    Ø  Putting green available.  No driving range.

    Ø  Website:  none

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson from www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

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

     

     

     

     

     

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  • May
    5

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

     

    Address:  20 Cummings Cove Parkway,  Hendersonville NC  28739

    Website:  www.cummingscove.com

    Phone:  800-958-2905

     

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

     

     

     

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  • Apr
    24

    The SOUTHERN TEE Public Golf Course is a fun 18 hole, par 3 course that is good for the golfing ego with wide fairways and approach shots that are fairly easy. The back 9 is considered an “Executive Course” with longer shots (although called a par 3, some are really par 4). The course rating is 70.0 with a slope rating of 113 with 2573 yards of golfing.  Play a quick round of golf or just practice at the driving range or putting green. 

     

    Located in Fletcher NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the Southern Tee Golf Course built in 2001 is mid-way between Asheville and Hendersonville near Asheville Vacation Homes’ rental chalets and cottages.  From Hendersonville Road, turn at the light signal at Howard Gap Road and it is less than a mile on the left (just past Fletcher Community Park). 

     

    Ø  Address:  111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher NC  28732

    Ø  Phone:  828-687-7273

    Ø  Prices:  $22 to ride and $15 to walk

    Ø  Open:  Monday through Friday and Sunday  (closed Saturdays)

    Ø  Hours:  9 AM – Dusk  (may open at 8:30 AM later in the season)

    Ø  Website:  The course does not have a website

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  We are authorized Biltmore Estate ticket distributors. Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one at their higher price one day price!

    Email:  Joyah@aol.com

    Phone:  828-274-9777

    Website:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

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