Archive for December, 2010

Ring in the New Year in Asheville

There’s no better place to end the 21st century’s first decade than in Asheville, always a lively place for a celebration of any sort and for any occasion. Here, we do fun right. Visitors at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, are well-positioned to take advantage of all the happenings around New Year’s Eve in Asheville.

New Year’s Eve events in Asheville

The popular Asheville-based Toubab Krewe band will perform at the Orange Peel this Thursday, Dec. 30 to get a start on New Year’s Eve festivities.

The Avett Brothers will play at the Asheville Civic Center downtown Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

Also on New Year’s Eve, clubs will be hopping and happening. The Orange Peel will host Clutch, the Grey Eagle will present the Reigning Sound and the Legendary Singing Stars plus DJ sets, and you can hear more live music at the Westville Pub, Stella Blue, Jack of the Wood, Mo Daddy’s, Magnolia’s, Get Down and elsewhere.

Tressa’s will have its annual New Year’s Eve Bash with the Charles Walker Band, a buffet and complimentary champagne at midnight. Pack’s Tavern will have DJs, party favors, champagne at midnight and a buffet.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Asheville’s Grove House

If you want a lot of bang for your party buck, check out the Grove House downtown, which offers three clubs for one admission price. You can choose from DJs, electronic and video productions and drag performers.

Stick around for balloon drops and champagne at midnight, and enjoy party favors and snacks. Prizes and cash giveaways, too. Such a deal.

Free things to do New Year’s Eve in Asheville

Simply strolling through downtown Asheville on New Year’s Eve should provide its own entertainment with the people-watching that’s so engaging in Asheville. If it’s warm enough, look for street musicians and other performers. And you’ll enjoy the random, costumed curiosities who will roam the streets looking for fun.

The Lexington Avenue Brewery downtown will offer live music with no cover charge.

Walk or drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop

Retreat, and welcome the last moon of 2010 — or the first of 2011.

Feast your eyes on the gingerbread house display at the Grove Park Inn. The creations are imaginative and amazing.

Stick around until Sunday, Jan. 2, and check out the Poetrio event at Malaprop’s bookstore downtown. You’ll hear three poets reading their work.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Visions of Gingerbread in Asheville

When you’re in Asheville for the holidays, you don’t want to miss the National Gingerbread House Competition and Display at the Grove Park Inn. The annual exhibit is available for public viewing — including non-guests at the inn — through Jan. 2, 2011. When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re an easy drive to the gingerbread house display.

Free things to do in Asheville for Christmas

The exhibit is a FREE thing to do in Asheville during the holidays. Gingerbread houses? Yes, we know. Who knew this could be an exciting art form of its own? The competition draws plenty of participants from multiple states, and it generates a lot of buzz during the holidays. You may be surprised at the creativity reflected in the entries. Children and adults enter their imaginative houses in the competition, and the entire entry must be edible.

Asheville’s Grove Park Inn

If the gingerbread houses stir your taste buds, consider dining at one of the Grove Park Inn’s restaurants, all open to non-guests at the inn. It’s a historic building, too, and well worth visiting. You can sit by the enormous fireplaces in rocking chairs.

President Obama in Asheville

Many luminaries have stayed at the inn over the years. And yes, the president slept there. Barack and Michelle Obama stayed at the inn this past spring on their vacation in Asheville.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Let your stomach be your guide in Asheville

So many great restaurants in Asheville! If it’s hard to select from the menu of tantalizing options, a culinary tour can be a satisfying appetizer. Asheville Food Tours operates year-round except in January and offers tours of restaurants downtown and at Biltmore Village, near the Biltmore estate, south of downtown. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, have an easy drive to both tour sites.

Asheville restaurants

The downtown tour takes visitors to different Asheville restaurants — about 20 in the mix — depending on which day you take the tour. Either tour will leave you eager to explore Asheville’s lively culinary scene. You’ll visit places upscale, laid-back and organic for entrée and appetizer samples, dessert and gourmet chocolate and foods that may include German, Italian, French, Indian and other influences.

Asheville walking tours

Asheville Food Tours is one of Asheville’s diverse walking tours, which include tours of historic Asheville, haunted Asheville, women’s history in the city and breweries downtown. On Asheville Food Tours, you’ll learn some history about the downtown as you move blissfully from table to table. The culinary tour lasts two to three hours and is offered rain or shine.

Tours of Asheville

In case you want a second helping of the restaurants you’ll visit on Asheville Food Tours, you’ll get discount tickets for the eateries you visit.

Asheville’s motorized tours include the LaZoom comedy bus tour, Asheville Trolley Tours, Grayline tours and Asheville Brews Cruise.

Whatever tours you take, Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, is a convenient place to stay, just 10 minutes from tour starting points.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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