Archive for September, 2010

Lovers’ Loop Retreat October Muse-letter

It’s nearly October, and that means the hunt is on in the Asheville, N.C., area. Red leaves, gold leaves, orange and russet leaves. Come see what the oaks, maples, poplars, sourwoods and other trees are serving up for eye candy this autumn as the fall foliage season gets underway in western North Carolina. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, love that we’re located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic road that’s part of the National Park Service. The parkway is the best place to enjoy all that autumn offers in color changes and mountain peaks. The leaf-peeping here usually lasts until around mid-November.

Spending time on the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the popular and FREE things to do in Asheville during autumn and year-round.

Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, your place to stay when you explore Asheville, NC recreation, arts, restaurants and festivals. Events are posted and updated through the year on www.loversloopretreat.com. Visit the site to see what’s going on whenever you plan your trip. Contact us for a list of many FREE things to do in Asheville.

Free things to do in Asheville in October

In October, you’ll find a fun and wide-ranging mix of freebies in Asheville. Oct. 1 is the Asheville gallery walk, when the many downtown galleries stay open later so visitors may check out the art and enjoy refreshments. Asheville’s pride festival is Oct. 2.

There’s also the Asheville Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 2, and Fiesta Latina, the vibrant and colorful annual Latino heritage event, also is Oct. 2.

The North Carolina Arboretum’s regularly scheduled free day is the first Tuesday of each month, Oct. 5. The Asheville Art Museum offers free admission in the afternoon on the first Wednesday of each month, Oct. 6.

If you’re ready to walk the walk, participate in the Asheville Zombie Walk on Oct. 10. It’s an annual gig downtown: fake blood, funky costumes, scary stares. To lighten up, attend the Asheville Ukulele Jam on Oct. 12 at Laurey’s Catering downtown. This new event will be the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

On Oct. 17, the annual HardLox Jewish Festival will fill your tummy with yummy food and please your ears with klezmer tunes, along with Israeli folk dancing.

Asheville arts events

Two of the most-anticipated arts events in the Asheville area are in October. The Lake Eden Arts Festival, or LEAF, will be Oct. 14-17 in Black Mountain just minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. LEAF features multicultural dancing, poetry, healing and culinary arts and handcrafts. The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will be Oct. 21-24 in downtown Asheville.

Halloween in Asheville

Asheville is a happening place to spread your Halloween wings. LaZoom, the comedy tour bus that roams downtown, offers lively Halloween tours. Asheville Trolley Tours and other companies offer ghost tours by foot and bus. And the play “Dracula” will be performed Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30 at the recently restored Masonic Temple downtown. We’ll update our website as we learn of other Halloween gigs.

It’s not scary, but the Asheville MoogFest will be Oct. 29-31 and celebrates the vision and music of the late Robert Moog (based in Asheville), who invented the Moog synthesizer that revolutionized rock music starting in the 1960s.

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

Call or email us – 828.545.2950, loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Explore some frightful findings in Asheville

Visitors to Asheville will find a number of walking, motor and Segway tours available. Among these are several haunted tours that give a peek into the mysterious, scary and unsavory side of Asheville history.

We haven’t encountered ghosts at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville vacation rental, but our guest suite is a great place to prepare yourself for the scary stuff on the tours. The various tours leave from the downtown area, just 10 minutes from our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

Asheville ghost tours

We recently took Asheville Trolley Tours’ ghost tour, a popular ride that informs passengers about some of the city’s spirits. The tour, which operates March through November, tells visitors about the Lady in Pink at the upscale Grove Park Inn and about the ghost that paces on the roof of the Jackson building downtown.

Asheville history

On the tour, you’ll hear about spirits at the Whitegate Inn and the murder of a young woman at the Battery Park hotel, now an apartment building. Another piece of phantom history shared on the Asheville ghost tour regards a minister of the Methodist church on Church Street who is alleged to have killed a nun with whom he had an affair in the 1890s. The trolley also makes its way along a narrow, steep, curvy road to Helen’s Bridge, where a girl is said to have hung herself in 1889. She reportedly appears in a purple mist from time to time.

Halloween in Asheville

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than taking a ghost tour. The tour guide told our group that passengers who’ve taken photos of tour sites have reported capturing orbs, faces, auras and streaks in their images. Grab your camera, and get on the bus. Enjoy a good boo in Asheville when you stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat!

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Get your leaf-peeping eyes on in Asheville

Good news! The early fall foliage forecast in the Asheville area is for a colorful leaf harvest in these beautiful mountains. Experts are predicting a great show this autumn. Although it’s impossible to know exactly when the peak in color will be, it’s always sometime in mid- to late October.

Pretty hues usually last until sometime in November, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the eye candy when you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the best road to cruise for foliage changes around Asheville, is a one-minute drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. The parkway offers lots of opportunities for hiking, biking and driving – not to mention photography — to follow the trail of  tulip poplars, maples, oaks, sourwoods, dogwoods and other trees that perform their color magic for fascinated eyes each autumn.

We can’t wait for the show! Join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

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Go on and scream for some Asheville ice cream

What a sweet dream! People who love the frozen stuff can find a place to chill out year-round at Asheville ice cream parlors. Luckily for visitors at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast, we’re located near one of our favorite ice cream shops, Ultimate Ice Cream.

Whether you crave shakes, floats or splits, cones, sundaes or smoothies, you’ll find an enticing variety. Custard, soy, vegan, non-dairy, beer-flavored, Asheville has your temptation covered.

Ultimate Ice Cream

Ultimate Ice Cream offers a creative menu of flavors to tease the tongue and cool the taste buds, including Black Mocha Stout ice cream, made with beer crafted at Asheville’s Highland Brewing Company. Ultimate also sells soy cream, sugar-free and gelato varieties. If you’re here at the time of year when they make gingerbread ice cream, you’re in for a real treat!

Desserts in Asheville

Asheville’s Woolworth Walk downtown has an old-time soda foundation where you can be cool on a stool as you eat your frozen fare. Kilwin’s is just a block west – so yummy and great variety, with lots of other sweets, too.  Kamm’s Custard Shop is also downtown, and it offers sugar-free and low-carb ice cream as well as Italian ice.

Head over to West Asheville just outside downtown, and you’ll find Two Spoons, which offers ice cream flavors that include Green Tea, Maple Bacon, Double Ginger, Toasted Coconut and Dark Espresso Bean. They also sell scoops of Black Porter Cream, made with beer from Asheville’s Wedge Brewery.

The Hop features non-dairy ice cream made with rice, soy and almond milk – and how does its carrot cake ice cream sound? There’s also the Marble Slab Creamery, the Cold Stone Creamery and Dippin’ Dots.

Indulge in some sweet stuff when you’re in Asheville!

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