Archive for September, 2009

Check the weather forecast for your Asheville visit

With the shift into autumn last week and the weather changes it will bring, it’s a good time to note that our Lovers’ Loop Retreat Web site has a weather link on the home page that you can click to get a five-day forecast.

Whatever time of year you visit Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville vacation rental, you can get a glimpse of what to expect in terms of weather during your stay.

Some of our guests enjoy relaxing on the porch that’s available only to guests. Autumn is a great time to sit outside with the squirrels and birds and the insects that fill the night sky with their own symphony.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat October Muse-letter

Lovers’ Loop Retreat October Muse-letter

           October is one of the peak months for activities in Asheville, N.C., each year. And one of the peak activities is leaf-peeking. Our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, offers easy access to the multi-hued trees that await your eyes. With the Blue Ridge Parkway within two minutes of Lovers’ Loop Retreat, you can be on that non-commercial, scenic road in no time and head north or south to catch some color. The parkway is popular for hiking, biking and cruising by car, and in the fall you’ll find many beautiful photo opportunities for miles and miles. You can be a leaf-peeper for FREE! There’s no charge to use the parkway, so come and treat yourself to some eye candy.

           It’s not just the trees that explode here in autumn. The Asheville area explodes with activities in October, including two of the year’s biggest events, both Oct. 15-18: the Lake Eden Arts Festival, or LEAF, and the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. You can find information about these and other happy happenings in October, through December and in 2010 on our Web site, Use the Web site to check out what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rentals. You can link to our blog,, on the home page.

           Some of the events in October are FREE. There’s bonsai (miniature trees), Bonnie Raitt and locally-made beer. You’ll find art fairs, apples and an animal fiber fair. There’s a nontraditional circus, nationally-known comedians and the annual LGBTQ festival. The fun goes on: a chili cook-off, lyric opera, Marianne Faithfull and a chrysanthemum show. Take your pick, or mix and match, but don’t miss out.

           The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is a premier arts event that’s held twice a year in downtown Asheville. The fair offers an amazing variety of arts and crafts by members of the Asheville-based Southern Highland Craft Guild, which represents craft artists from multiple states. You’ll be dazzled.

           The LEAF event in Black Mountain, an easy 15-minute drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, also is offered twice a year. LEAF features an array of performing and healing arts from around the world. In addition to live music, dance, poetry and visual art, LEAF has meditation, massage, yoga, tai chi, even hula hooping. Go whoop it up!

           Check our Web site for a peek into November, which brings Leonard Cohen in concert Nov. 1 in Asheville, the Asheville Film Festival Nov. 5-8, Christmas at Biltmore Estate starting Nov. 6, Jackson Browne on Nov. 12, Nanci Griffith on Nov. 14 and George Winston on Nov. 21. Dig it!

           All of these events and activities and more are listed on our Web site. Please pass along our muse-letter to your friends. And join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. See you in Asheville!

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Great Day at Asheville’s Heritage Festival

We enjoyed the Heritage Festival on Saturday. It was a great day to be on the Blue Ridge Parkway – felt like fall was definitely on the way. We watched the cloggers who danced to an all-woman old-time musical group called the Blue-Eyed Girls. They played mandolin, fiddle and old-time banjo – and they sang some beautiful harmony. And all this was free!

The crafts included some wonderful bark carvings. There’s a kind of tree that produces very thick and fissured bark, which the carver used to sculpt little cabins and tree ornaments. I could imagine tiny people living in them.

Another craft I found interesting was unique rocking chairs made with unusual tree trunks, branches and molted (discarded) antlers attached as part of the structure. I sat in one and it was really hard to get up. Sorry I didn’t get a photo! Next time… In the meantime, we hope to see you at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville vacation rental!

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FREE fall foliage viewing in Asheville

Once you get to Asheville, you don’t have to pay anything for the mountain views and leaf-peeping you can enjoy in the autumn season. Our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, one of the Asheville vacation rentals, is a great base for your road tripping, hiking, biking, kayaking and photography excursions in the fall.

Fall at Lovers' Loop Retreat

Fall at Lovers' Loop Retreat

There’s a reason people flock to Asheville in autumn: it’s beautiful. From late September into November, you can find pretty foliage somewhere in the area, depending on elevation and weather. There’s no guarantee about how the colors will play out this fall because it depends on rainfall and temperatures, but you’re sure to find some lovely red, yellow and orange leaves somewhere in the area.

Lovers’ Loop Retreat is a stone’s throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the best places to enjoy leaf season in Western North Carolina. You can take the scenic parkway south and north to find inspiring vistas that will take your breath.

We usually have some pretty coloration here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat every fall, too, with the dogwoods, oaks, serviceberries, sourwoods, tulip poplars and other trees changing color whenever their time comes. And guests who visit Lovers’ Loop Retreat after about mid-November have mountain views to enjoy once the leaves have fallen.

Stay at our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative this fall to color your world!

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A FREE taste of mountain culture in Asheville

            To get a flavor of the wonderful mountain culture in the Asheville area, there’s no better event than the annual Heritage Weekend Sept. 19-20 at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The center is just a few minutes from our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, which is a stone’s throw from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Music group at the Heritage Fest

Music group at the Heritage Fest

            Heritage Weekend is FREE, and it’s sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, one of the oldest craft guilds in the country. The event features live, traditional mountain music and dance and exhibits on beekeeping, canning and preserving, toy-making, spinning, quilting, basket weaving, pottery, whittling, blacksmithing and other traditions worthy of preserving.

            You’ll also see carving, chair-making and broom-making, natural dyeing, an apple cider press at work and, one of our favorite things, sheep shearing. We love to watch the shearing each year!

waiting to be sheared

waiting to be sheared

            Among the most popular events at Heritage Weekend is a competition with the whimmy diddle, an Appalachian wooden toy.

            Don’t miss this fun weekend that’s so close to our Asheville vacation rental!

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Get organic for FREE in Asheville

Asheville’s annual Organicfest is this coming Sunday, Sept. 13. This is a fun, FREE event downtown with many interesting vendors, music, arts and crafts and, of course, organic food.

Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, is an easy 10-minute drive from downtown.

The festival offers organic beer and coffee and other organic goods, information on organic farming and gardening and cooking demonstrations. You’ll find booths on green and organic artists, home builders, skin care, alternative medicine, food and nutrition, clothing and much more.

There also will be a great lineup of live music.

Check it out! We plan to be there.

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Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre packs plenty of talent into its new season

The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville has announced its mainstage season for 2009-2010. Tickets went on sale this week for the diverse music, theater, dance and other performances. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, have an easy 10-minute drive to the theater.

            The new lineup includes an imaginative type of circus from Finland, acoustic musicians including film actor Jeff Daniels, a Celtic music series, piano soloist George Winston, modern dance and contemporary ballet, Shakespeare and “The War of the Worlds” theater production. There also will be master fiddler Natalie McMaster, the fiddles and bagpipes of the Battlefield Band and multiple Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt and the Lightning Bolts. Holt is from Asheville, by the way.

            Arlo Guthrie fans will want to know about his scheduled appearances March 3-4, 2010 in the Guthrie Family Rides Again Tour.  

            In addition to these nationally touring events, the theater offers a mix of entertainment year-round with comedy acts, puppetry shows and other performances. The Diana Wortham Theatre is a great place to see a show. It’s located in the heart of downtown, surrounded by restaurants and bars, if you want to enjoy refreshments before or after a show.

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Have a FREE, labor-free Labor Day weekend in Asheville, N.C.

            With Labor Day coming up this weekend, we’re taking stock of a few fun, free things to do in Asheville, N.C. We love holidays!

            Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, are close to all things free in the Asheville area. One of our favorite events, the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), happens this Sunday, Sept. 6 downtown. It’s a blast, a circus that’s not really a circus, a zoo without animals. It’s the best people-watching opportunity in the city each year, and it has a terrific mix of live music and dance – and it’s all FREE! It’s all local, too—planned by local people with local vendors and local performers, so it offers the best authentic taste of Asheville’s heart-felt funkiness that there is.

            Another free annual event is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, just south of Asheville, this coming weekend, starting Friday, Sept. 4 through Sept. 7. Hendersonville is North Carolina’s biggest apple-producing area in a state that’s among the top apple producers in the U.S. Live music, a parade, crafts. Check it out with the apple of your eye!

            Another great, free activity for the holiday weekend is hitting the Blue Ridge Parkway, the beautiful scenic road just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, one of the Asheville vacation rentals. The parkway is the perfect place for hiking, biking, taking photographs and just cruising on a fabulous holiday weekend. You’ll be in nature, and you’ll see some great mountain views. The parkway leads to Mount Mitchell State Park, not far from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, where you’ll find the highest peak in the eastern U.S. Shouldn’t miss it!

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