Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • 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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  • Apr
    15

    The BROADMOOR GOLF LINKS golf course is situated in the picturesque French Broad Valley River Basin of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It is a certified Audubon Society golf course with an award winning 18-hole Par 72 golf course known for its bent grass greens, practice facility and clubhouse.  Designed by Karl Litten in 1993, the course is flat with no houses and no out of bounds and is strikingly beautiful with the many ponds, streams, views and abundant wildlife. 

     

    This upscale golf course looks very exclusive but it is open to the public and at very reasonable rates.  Book their gorgeous clubhouse with large dining area, grill room, bar and meeting rooms for weddings, family gatherings, seminars, etc.  Please see their website for full course details. 

     

    Ø  ADDRESS:  101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher NC  28732  

    Ø  DIRECTIONS:  Just off Interstate 26 Exit 40 near the Asheville Airport and the WNC Agricultural center. 

    Ø  PHONE:  828-687-1500  or toll free:  1-866-578-5847

    Ø  GOLF COURSE WEBSITE:  http://www.broadmoorlinks.com

    Ø  THE ORCHARDS WEBSITE:  www.theorchardatbroadmoor.com

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville Vacation Luxury Rental Homes.  Stay at our Joy Chalet and our Dream Chalet just 1 mile away!  See our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com   Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

     

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  • Mar
    14

    WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL CENTER & FAIRGROUNDS (locals refer to as the “Ag Center”) is one of the premier facilities in the U.S. praised for its design and multi-use functions!  Not only is it home to the famous 10-day N.C. Mountain State Fair, almost every weekend there are horse shows, rodeos, motorcycle rallies, dog shows, children clothing sales, RV shows, truck shows, fiber arts shows, and even a weekly cowboy church.  Buildings can be rented for reunions, weddings, business meetings and almost anything you can imagine. 

     

    The Ag Center is under constant upgrade and improvement.  Currently under construction, a beautiful 4,615 SF log Arts & Crafts Building is due to be completed by the September 2009 Fair.  It’s also in the plans to build a new Expo Building for the ever-expanding livestock shows and events held here.  Most of the buildings are slated for major renovations and minor face-lifts to make this a world class facility. 

     

    A brief overview of some of the facilities offered are:

    • McGough Arena:  65,000 SF enclosed indoor show facility with a 3000 seating capacity and a 120’ x 240’ show ring.
    • J. Clayton Davis Arena: 45,000 SF covered facility with a 120’ x 240’ ring with a 150’ x 50’ to corral cattle.
    • Three outdoor Warm-Up Rings.
    • Livestock Facility with 500 seating and a 50’ x 250’ attached barn.
    • 603 well-ventilated permanent and 271 portable Stall Barns under roof.
    • Private Meeting Facility with 99 Seating, air conditioned.

     

    DATES:  for the 2009 NC Mountain State Fair is September 11 – 20, 2009.  Check their website for upcoming events or to arrange a rental for your own event. 

    LOCATION:  1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher NC 28732 (across the street from the Asheville Airport.)

    PHONE:  828-687-1414

    WEBSITE:  www.agr.state.nc.us/markets/facilities/agcenters/western/

    NEAR-BY LODGING:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  for vacation rental homes in walking distance to the Ag Center. 

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

     

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  • Feb
    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
    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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  • 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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