Archive for November, 2009

Lovers’ Loop Retreat December muse-letter

            This is the month when we’re usually startled at how quickly the year seems to have passed. Is 2009 really nearly gone? In addition to December’s other notable days, it’s the winter solstice month, and that’s a date (Dec. 21, according to our calendar) we always observe here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat in Asheville, N.C. We like that the solstice marks not only the beginning of winter but the beginning of more daylight, even though very gradually. One aspect of winter that we appreciate is the visibility it gives us and our guests to enjoy the mountain views at our Asheville vacation rental and elsewhere around Asheville.

            For those who are captivated by Christmas and the various aspects of the year-end holidays, there are fun things to do in Asheville in this busy month. Some of the activities are free, which makes them all the nicer, and they’re all within easy range of Lovers’ Loop Retreat. We have events posted through December and into 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 bed and breakfast alternative. You can link to our blog,, from the home page.

            If you enjoy some bang for your buck, downtown Asheville is the place to be for the annual Asheville Seasonal Sizzle, the fireworks display on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Why wait until July 4? The show makes a lively downtown all the livelier.

            For a different kind of splendor, visit Asheville’s Biltmore estate, the mansion that’s transformed with lights, trees and other festive décor through Jan. 3. The estate — one of America’s most visited homes — is a year-round destination that many people make a point to see at Christmastime.  

            Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, performed by the Asheville Shakespeare troupe Montford Park Players, runs Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 10-13. Keeping with the Dickens theme, Biltmore Village outside downtown Asheville will host a Dickens-inspired Christmas fest Dec. 4-6.

            The Big Crafty on Dec. 6 is a popular happening, with about 100 crafters represented and live music in downtown Asheville. It’s free!

            One cool gig is the annual gingerbread house display through Jan. 3 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The competition draws many entries that make for an imaginative and artistic exhibit. This, too, is free!  

            For a nontraditional kind of holiday experience, the annual Swannanoa Solstice on Dec. 20 will feature varied entertainment, including Celtic and mountain music, bagpipers, dancers and storytellers. It’s at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.

            And to wrap up the month – and the year — there’s the New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown in Asheville. In addition to that event, bars and restaurants downtown and elsewhere in the city are geared up to host their own countdowns.

            Looking into 2010, get a funky start to the year with the annual Asheville FringeArts Festival, which broadens minds and opens eyes each January. It will be Jan. 21-24.

            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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Watch fireworks in December for FREE in Asheville

            Asheville puts some jazz into the holiday season with its annual Seasonal Sizzle at Seven fireworks series in December. This year, the fireworks will be conducted Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 downtown, 7-8 p.m. each night. Just look up, and you can’t miss the show!

            When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, you’re a quick 10-minute drive from downtown and all its glitter and spice. The fireworks are part of a festive atmosphere downtown during the holidays. There are Seasonal Sizzle at Seven after-parties, and it’s a lot of fun just to stroll around downtown at night in a happening city.

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Feast your eyes: Gingerbread house display in Asheville

Here’s a sweet treat, and it’s FREE! The Grove Park Inn in Asheville has an annual gingerbread house contest that draws entries from around the United States. Making gingerbread houses evidently requires considerable artistic skills and imagination, and people create amazing structures. Who knew?

The houses will be displayed at the inn Nov. 18-Jan. 3, and you can check it out for FREE. The inn is an easy drive from our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

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Christmas at Biltmore Estate in Asheville Starts in November

            The Biltmore’s annual Christmas decoration extravaganza starts Nov. 6 and runs through Jan. 3, 2010. The nightly candlelight tours of the estate captivate visitors with decorations inside, lights on the front lawn and live music. A decorated Fraser fir is an eye-opener inside the mansion. Visitors to our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, are about a 10-minute drive to the Biltmore, which is dubbed America’s largest house.

            Four newly-opened rooms in the house will be decorated for the first time this year. Also new will be costumed ballroom dancers who will perform in vintage attire.

            The Biltmore, with its beautiful grounds and gardens, amazing mountain views and trails, winery, restaurants and fascinating mansion, wows everyone who visits. Treat yourself when you stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

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Take in the big screen at the Asheville Film Festival

The 7th annual Asheville Film Festival will be Nov. 12-15, and if you like the silver screen, you’ll enjoy the quirky, cutting-edge, kinky, comedic and otherwise entertaining movies in the lineup. The films are screened at various locations downtown, which is an easy 10-minute drive from our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

            The films are in the following categories: features, animation, short films, documentaries and student films. The festival offers workshops and free educational sessions in addition to film screenings.

            This has become a known and noticed event in the industry, so check it out and see what the buzz is about.

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