Archive for January, 2010

Lovers’ Loop Retreat February Muse-letter

Here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, February is a heart month with Valentine’s Day smack in the middle. It’s a great time to plan a getaway with your favorite companion. We’re happy to note that as of last fall, we’re in our fifth year of business at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville, N.C., bed and breakfast alternative. We look forward to five more years of hosting guests from all corners.

Wintertime really is hopping in this fun city, as a busy January winds down. There are lots of events going on in February, too, so read on. The range is wide in live music offerings alone: Elvis, opera, women’s music, Celtic, bluegrass, Grateful Dead, folk. February also brings vaudeville, a symphony orchestra, Shakespeare, ballet and contemporary dance.

Whether you come to shake a leg or sing along, be sure to put Asheville on your itinerary this season. Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, is within 10 minutes of nearly all of the festivities, so we’re convenient but also quiet and private when that’s what you want. Winter is a wonderful time to be in the mountains here, with great, clear views and a freshness to the air. This time of year, we enjoy sharing our mountain views at Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

Events are posted for 2010 on our Web site,, and we update the site regularly. Use the Web site to check out what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat. You can link to our blog,, on the home page.

February starts off with fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at Diana Wortham Theatre downtown Feb. 1-2. The Ultimate Elvis Tour follows on Feb. 3 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown. The Asheville Vaudeville Show is Feb. 4 with a Celtic bash Feb. 5. And why not Shakespeare? “As You Like It” will be staged Feb. 5-6 at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Indigo Girls fans will want to check out singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile on Feb. 9 with the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray at the Orange Peel club downtown. Or, you can truck to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown Feb. 9 to catch the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.

Put some pluck and strum into your Valentine’s Day weekend with the 15th annual Bluegrass First Class concert in Asheville Feb. 12-14. This gig includes some great acts. Also Valentine’s Day weekend is an evening of love songs on Feb. 13: the Magnetic Fields album’s “69 Love Songs” performed by nine bands at The Grey Eagle club in Asheville.

On Feb. 20, there’s a different kind of culture with “Swan Lake,” presented by the Moscow Festival Ballet at the Asheville Civic Center downtown. If you dig dance, check out the Nicholas Leichter dance group Feb. 26-27, a little African, a little Latin and who knows what else – at Diana Wortham Theatre downtown.

To end the month, give yourself a treat Feb. 26-28 by attending the 48-Hour Dance Project, a swirl of creative impulses and movements at the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, one of the city’s arts organizations that values diversity in its shows. The show features dances created collaboratively in just 48 hours.

A sneak preview shows that March in Asheville is no slouch either. The month starts with Arlo Guthrie and his family March 3-4 at Diana Wortham Theatre. And stay tuned for Bela Fleck, the Moody Blues, Ani DiFranco, a comedy weekend and lots more.

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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Cheers to our fifth year providing lodging in Asheville, NC!

            Last October, Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, entered its fifth year in business. It’s hard for us to believe!

            In that time, we’ve greatly enhanced our lodging space with comfortable furniture and a queen-size pillow-top mattress, piles of much-appreciated information about places to go and things to do, funky books, wireless Internet and such features as a Ping-Pong table that many guests have loved to use.

            Over the years, we’ve hosted guests from around the United States – from Oregon, California and Montana to Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to Maine, Florida and nearly every state between Maine and Florida. We’ve had repeat guests and a visitor from Vancouver, Canada. Some guests have stayed for a week and longer.

            One aspect of Lovers’ Loop Retreat that many people have thanked us for is the Web site we’ve developed with a calendar of events and a list of resources. We let you know what’s happening. We post blogs regularly on the Web site to personalize the area for visitors. And we’re now on Twitter, too, so accessing our blogs is just a sweet tweet away.

            Some of our guests have never visited Asheville, and others come as often as they can. Some visitors have come to Asheville for specific events – concerts, conferences, poetry readings, their own anniversaries, the Bele Chere street festival downtown, the Shindig on the Green free traditional music series, holidays including Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. They’ve enjoyed exploring the fantastic and always-entertaining downtown Asheville, experiencing the vast Biltmore estate, biking and hiking the beautiful mountain terrain here, dancing at the many and varied dance venues, swaying to the drum circle downtown, checking out the area’s extensive and amazing arts and crafts heritage at galleries and studios, satisfying their taste buds at the growing and renowned diversity of restaurants, wetting their whistles at Asheville’s 10 breweries.

            So many reasons to come to Asheville, and we at Lovers’ Loop Retreat are happy to host you for any reason you decide to visit. We love to greet the world through our guests. Visitors appreciate that we take time to answer questions and acclimate them to the area, suggesting restaurants, dance halls and clubs, hiking spots and attractions.

            When you plan your trip to Asheville, put us in your plans. See you at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville vacation rental.

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New Brew Pub in downtown Asheville

The much-awaited Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) in downtown Asheville has just opened, and it’s a fun place to be. We checked it out last week, and the place was packed. When you visit our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, you’re 10 minutes from LAB, the 10th brewery in Asheville. That’s a lot of breweries in a small city, and residents and visitors alike cherish Asheville’s growing brewery diversity.

The Lexington Avenue Brewery offers a full menu with some locally-grown foods and ingredients, and it soon will feature live music. It’s the biggest brewery in town that also has a full-scale restaurant. There’s a nice variety of beers on tap – from pale ales to chocolate stout and Belgian.

The building, which dates to the early 1900s, has a serpentine bar with colored lights. Lunch and dinner are served, with brunch to be offered soon.

Raise a toast at LAB when you stay at our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

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Get a taste of Asheville all year with a new food tour

Asheville Food Tours is a tummy tour of downtown that will delight your taste buds. Asheville’s reputation as a food destination is well-earned. New restaurants have opened downtown recently to delicious success to add to the blend of ethnic, vegetarian-organic-gluten-free, Southern and funky favorites that distinguish downtown as a place to go when you’re hungry.

Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, a vacation rental in Asheville, are within an easy 10-minute drive of many mouthwatering options.

Asheville Food Tours offers a year-round, two-hour guided stroll in which participants meet chefs and owners and try signature dishes and specialties at restaurants, gourmet shops and microbreweries. What could be better?

Enjoy this great city for foodies when you stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

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Shake a leg at Asheville’s contra dance, dance, dance

            What’s good for the winter’s cold, the summertime heat and everything in between is the weekly contra dance at The Grey Eagle near downtown Asheville. There, you can warm up, chill out and groove on the big energy that fills the comfortable, no-frills dance hall. Some of our guests at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, have had a blast exploring the active, diverse dance scene here.

            The Grey Eagle dance is a longtime, year-round event that attracts locals and people from several other states, from college students and younger to elderly people. You’ll see tennis shoes, high heels and boots on the floor. Everyone dances together and shares the joy. The popular music hall is an easy drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and it’s worth a visit. Inside the hall, the cozy Twin Cousins Kitchen offers a creative menu of Louisiana-style food – including vegetarian fare — and locally brewed beers.

            Check out the contra dance when you stay with us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental.

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