Asheville NC Vacation The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • Mar
    4

    A top recommendation on our list of casual lunch eateries for our Asheville/Arden vacation rental home guests (www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com) to experience is the 12 Bones Smokehouse with the absolute best, most yummy, most excellent BBQ meats in the world!  12 Bones (the number of ribs in a full rack of ribs) specializes in slow-smoked, cooked-to-perfection babyback ribs with amazing sauces, pulled pork and chicken….as well as scrumptious unusual side dishes that would please any vegetarian….no kidding!  It’s the only place in town to get melt-in-your mouth REAL BBQ with very generous portions!  No longer a local secret, their incredible blueberry-chipotle ribs won the 2008 “Best Bites Challenge” on ABC’s Good Morning America and they’ve been featured in Southern Living magazine as well. 

     

    The food is soooo fabulous and affordable that there most always is a line….so come early….strike up a conversation with the friendly customers waiting in line with you!  It won’t take long to reach the order counter. With two locations (listed below) our vacation homes are closest to the new Arden (South Asheville) location on Sweeten Creek (Hwy 25A) housed in a reclaimed garage/gas station.  It is casual, funky and nothing pretentious….just good food in a Spartan setting….sit outside on the picnic benches or inside the “garage.”  (There’s plenty of parking behind the building.) A down side are their short hours….from 11 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Friday and open Saturdays only at the South Asheville location. 

     

    Unlike Robert who loves the pulled pork, my passion happens to be their mouth-watering turkey sandwich….I’ve never knew turkey could be this flavorful, tender…and addicting!  Their smoked portabella sandwich with fried green tomatoes is quite orgasmic as well.  For their sides, the collard greens are a “must” to experience as well as their delectable corn pudding.  Go to their website for all the menu details.  All their menu items are made from scratch.  If you have a large event, they will cater the yummiest food your guests are sure to appreciate.

     

    12 Bone Smokehouse Locations:

    • 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden NC 28704    Phone: 828-687-1395 
    • 5 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC  28801 (a bit difficult to find in the River Arts District so look at their online map)   Phone:  828-253-4499
    • Catering:  828-606-7880
    • Website:  www.12bones.com 

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for our guests at our 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!

     

    George (still a bit camera shy) has arrived quite early at the 12 Bones best BBQ in the world....soon there will be a line of loyal, addicted customers for lunch.  Located in a funky, converted garage on Sweeten Creek (Hwy25A), the food is sensational!

    George (still a bit camera shy) has arrived quite early at the 12 Bones best BBQ in the world....soon there will be a line of loyal, addicted customers for lunch. Located in a funky, converted garage on Sweeten Creek (Hwy25A), the food is sensational!

    The former garage/gas station is now a casual, funky home to the best BBQ ribs and smoked pulled pork around!

    The former garage/gas station is now a casual, funky home to the best BBQ ribs and smoked pulled pork around!

     

     

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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
    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
    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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