Archive for April, 2010

The Obamas play in Asheville

It’s been an interesting weekend here in Asheville. Michelle and Barack Obama chose Asheville for a weekend vacation. They arrived Friday and left today, Sunday. The newspaper has been filled with photos and stories about the couple’s activities.

Parts of Interstate 26 and other roads were closed, police and emergency crews parked on highways, and people lined streets and camped out at the Asheville airport to catch sight of the Obamas. While they didn’t stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative, the couple hiked on a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway just a stone’s throw from our vacation rental.

Newspaper reports indicated the president played golf at the Grove Park resort, and the couple visited the Biltmore estate, an easy drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and ate at a couple of restaurants in the city.

Just another affirmation of the Asheville area’s appeal as a vacation destination. Come stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville lodging place, and see for yourself.

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Open-air eating in Asheville

If you enjoy eating outside, you’ve got a lot of choices in Asheville. And the season is upon us, so for much of the rest of the year in our mostly temperate climate, you can catch some air while you dine. If you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast, you have the option of preparing meals in the guest suite, as many of our visitors have. But if you want to venture into the world of Asheville restaurants, you’ll find many eateries that have tables in the great and gorgeous mountainous outdoors.

The Grove Arcade shopping center in downtown Asheville has several restaurants and cafes with street dining: Thai, Cuban, a wine bar, coffee shop/bakery, Italian, hotdogs and fried fish. Pack Square downtown has another cluster of restaurants with open-air options, including Chinese and organic/gluten-free. Other sections of Asheville have their own outdoor dining opportunities.

You can also eat outside at Lovers’ Loop Retreat on your private porch, amid the birds’ banter, the squirrels’ chatter, the chipmunks’ chittering and whatever may be flowering during your visit.

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Cycle and recycle yourself through Asheville

One of the best ways to see the Asheville area is on a bike, and Asheville is a huge draw for people who enjoy using pedal power to have fun. Whether you’re into competitive events or leisurely recreational biking, there are lots of opportunities in and around Asheville.

            When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’ve got the famous Blue Ridge Parkway at the end of the street. The parkway, a beautiful scenic road through North Carolina and Virginia with headquarters just up the road from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, is extremely popular among cyclists nearly year-round. The parkway is a great choice for Asheville cycling.

            A handful of annual cycling events attract cyclists from far and wide. The Town Mountain Hill Climb on May 21 in Asheville is a five-mile ride that’s been offered for 28 years.

            Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, also is a great base for other cycling events, including the springtime Tour de Lure, Lake Junaluska Duathlon and Assault on Mount Mitchell – the highest peak in the eastern U.S.

            Get your wheels on in Asheville at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, where we safely store bikes for our guests.

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Spring into action at Asheville ActionFest

If you want to kick-start your spring, check out Asheville’s inaugural ActionFest, a salute to action films, April 15-18.

Chuck Norris will add some punch to the festival, which will feature 25 movies and outdoor stunts by the people who fill the films with thrills. Organizers claim the event will be the world’s first festival devoted to action films. The festival will include world and national premieres of the movies that don’t stop moving.

When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you can take advantage of the great film scene in the area, which includes the independent Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville and new multiplex cinemas that offer local food and beer in a luxury setting. The annual Asheville Film Festival will be Nov. 11-14 this year.

Check our Web site for all the cinematic action you need in Asheville.

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