Archive for January, 2011

Climb the walls in Asheville

Rock climbing Asheville

There’s no reason to climb the walls while you’re visiting Asheville. Too much to see and do here. But if you want to practice your rock climbing inside during the winter, the Montford Recreation Center near downtown offers the opportunity with its indoor climbing wall.

The center, part of the city’s parks and recreation department, hosts open climbing sessions for adults 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each Thursday in January and February. It’s cheap — $5 for nonresidents. That includes belaying when available and harness rental.

Many climbers consider some areas outside Asheville to offer among the country’s best rock climbing opportunities. When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, you’re close to lots of midair thrills. And there’s plenty of room to store your ropes, chalk bags and other climbing gear safely in our guest suite.

North Carolina rock climbing walls and gyms

ClimbMax Climbing downtown offers year-round indoor climbing, instruction and guided outdoor climbing for people of all abilities. Check out the women-only climbing night the first and third Monday of each month.

Asheville’s Fun Depot also offers climbing opportunities, with a 24-foot indoor wall.

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, we’ll cheer you on — from the ground.

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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Explore the fine fringe arts in Asheville

Asheville’s annual Fringe Arts Festival offers a different spin on the arts. The festival this weekend features performances and classes that relate to dance, theater, puppetry and other performing arts.

Asheville arts events

The festival reflects the fresh creativity that abounds here in Asheville, where unique forms of expression are encouraged and appreciated. Various venues in and near downtown host the festival’s classes and performances, which include a spoof of reality TV by clothing designers.

Some events include audience participation. Multimedia, circus, comedy, sound artistry, visual images — all of the senses are engaged.

The arts scene in Asheville is thriving and lively year-round. Stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, to be close to all the fun.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Make a resolution to visit Highland Brewery’s new tasting room in Asheville

Asheville’s oldest brewery now has the biggest tasting room of breweries in the area. Highland Brewery, with its towering, silver tanks that are used to make its beers, is the largest craft brewer in North Carolina and among the biggest in the Southeast. The brewery is right around the corner from our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

The tasting room, which debuted last fall, is open every Friday. While you choose among Gaelic Ale, Kashmir IPA, Black Mocha Stout and other Highland taps, you can tap your toes to free live music in the tasting room each week. Local food vendors set up tables, too, for those who want dinner.

Highland Brewery tasting room expands hours

It’s such a popular spot, the brewery will expand its tasting room hours to Thursday through Saturday starting Feb. 3. As you sip the suds, you can watch brewers at work in an adjoining room.

Oteil Brubridge and the Lee Boys concert

Although most music has no cover charge at Highland Brewing, the brewery’s grand opening for the tasting room will feature Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Brubridge and the Lee Boys on Jan. 29. Tickets are $10 in advance. Should be a good show.

Brewery tours in Asheville

When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, consider taking a free tour of Highland Brewing. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. You can taste grains they use for their beers, hear how the beer is made and see large bags of malt, the automated bottling line and cases of beer stacked in a cold-storage room. And, of course, the tour includes beer samples.

The brewery, which opened in 1994, distributes its beers in multiple states. The brewery claims there are more taps with its Gaelic Ale than Budweiser taps at bars and restaurants in Asheville.

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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat January muse-letter

Happy new year! After the recent snow, we had a blast cross-country skiing on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which is at the end of our street here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative. Cross-country skiing is one of our favorite activities, and there are other fun things for our guests to do outdoors in winter. Use our guest suite as a base if you want to downhill ski at any of the several skiing areas nearby. The North Carolina Arboretum, Beaver Lake and the UNC-Asheville arboretum, all in Asheville, and other areas are great for bird-watching at this time of year, too. Not to mention the property at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. On our peaceful acre, you can watch interesting wildlife dramas with our resident ravens, squirrels, chipmunks, chickadees and other characters.

January events in Asheville

Apart from the natural world, January offers fun and funky events in Asheville. Five-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill will perform Jan. 9 at The Orange Peel downtown. The annual Asheville FringeArts Festival will be Jan. 20-23. At the festival, expect some circus, some dance, some video, some music — keep your mind open, and be blown away. Enjoy contemporary dance with the Pilobolus dance troupe at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown Jan. 21-22. If opera makes your heart sing, check out Asheville Lyric Opera’s “Brundibar” on Jan. 28-29 at Diana Wortham Theatre.

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 Visit the site to see what’s going on whenever you plan your trip. You can link to our blog,, on the home page, and we’re also on Twitter! Our website features a link where you can contact us for a list of many FREE things to do in Asheville.

Asheville dancing at the Grove Park Inn

The historic Grove Park Inn hosts several annual, ticketed dance events in the winter that are open to non-guests of the inn. The Big Band Swing Dance Weekend will be Jan. 20-22, and the All That Jazz Weekend will be Jan. 28-29. (The inn’s Celtic Adventure Weekend will be Feb. 4-5.) Get your groove on, and dance the cold away!

Asheville beer city

Here’s one for the many beer lovers who visit the many microbreweries in Asheville’s growing and renowned beer scene. The annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival will be Jan. 22. Fifteen to 20 breweries will be represented, and the event will feature live music, too. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Asheville nonprofit RiverLink, which works to keep area rivers clean.

Bill Cosby in Asheville

Yes, the funny man will perform in Asheville on Jan. 23 at the civic center. It won’t be Cosby’s first appearance in Asheville, but it might be his best! Get laughing already!

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!

Reach us at loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com or (828) 545-2950.


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