Lovers’ Loop Retreat June muse-letter

What a great month June is. We love that the days are lighter later — and earlier — and we look forward each year to observing the summer solstice in late June in whatever personal ritual we create to celebrate the new season. Our rose bush will spring alive in June, and one or two blooms already are announcing their luscious, red birth. The roses greet our visitors here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative. And lots of greenery, blooms and activities greet those who come for the bounty that western North Carolina offers.

            The outdoors beckons, whether it’s kayaking on the French Broad River; biking, hiking and wildflower hunting along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway beside our guest suite; golfing; rock climbing in the surrounding mountains; taking photos or other activities that get your pulse pumping from the inspiration and fresh air.

            June also signals the season of outdoor artistic events, including some that are FREE: UNC-Asheville has FREE outdoor concerts in June and July; the Wedge brewery shows FREE movies outside its tasting room in Asheville’s River Arts District; the Montford Park Players, a Shakespeare troupe, performs under the stars, with most shows FREE; Downtown After Five is a FREE outdoor music series in Asheville with locally crafted beer and other refreshments; and Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville is the setting for a wild variety of FREE events, from drum circles and belly dancing to hula-hooping and live music.         

            Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville lodging place, is a convenient home base where you can stay to indulge in all the free things to do in Asheville. Make our welcome mat yours on your visit.

            Events are posted and updated through the year on our Web site, Visit the site to see 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, and we’re also on Twitter!

            Our Web site now features a link where you can contact us for a list of many money-saving and FREE things in Asheville.

            One free thing is Asheville’s downtown gallery walk June 4, a fun way to explore the scores of art galleries here that stay open later and offer refreshments. June 4 also brings Loretta Lynn to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will start the Biltmore estate’s summer concert series in Asheville on June 4.

            The Blue Ridge Roller Girls, Asheville’s roller derby divas, will strut their tough stuff downtown June 5. Also on June 5, Asheville’s Beer City Festival downtown will thrill those who appreciate locally-brewed suds from our nine breweries here.       

            The Original Drifters will perform at the Biltmore estate June 11, and the River Arts District Studio Stroll June 12-13 is a FREE event to meet artists and see their work near downtown Asheville. The Asheville-based Keowee Chamber Music Festival will offer performances in Asheville on June 13 and June 17.    

            You can chill out June 18 at the FREE Downtown After Five music festival. The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival June 18-19 will feature some great music in Black Mountain, an easy drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. The day lily show June 19 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will dazzle you.

            Early July brings the first concert in the FREE summertime outdoor music series, Shindig on the Green, downtown. And plan to be in Asheville for July 4th to enjoy the celebration downtown with many bands, food and fireworks.

            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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