Archive for March, 2011

Elvis comes to Asheville

Well, not that Elvis. But British rocker Elvis Costello will perform for the first time in Asheville on July 19 at the civic center downtown, and tickets are on sale starting Friday, March 25.

Costello will perform with his band the Imposters, and this brings back memories for us of his rise to stardom many years ago. We still enjoy listening occasionally to a Costello album or two.


Cold Mountain Song

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re an easy 10-minute drive to Asheville’s civic center and all the rest that downtown Asheville offers. Costello was nominated for an Oscar for the song “The Scarlet Tide” from the movie “Cold Mountain,” based on a book by Asheville resident and best-selling novelist Charles Frazier.

Elvis Presley in Asheville

Elvis Costello isn’t the first Elvis to rock Asheville. Elvis Presley performed at a sell-out show at the civic center in 1975.

If you have tickets to a great show or if you come to Asheville for any other event or reason, stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental. Contact us at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Asheville’s Fun Enough for a U.S. President

When the Democratic Party announced recently that Charlotte, N.C., will host the nominating convention in 2012, Asheville got a plug from first lady Michelle Obama.

Obamas Visited Asheville

She mentioned that their family has vacationed in Asheville twice, once in 2009 with the whole family and the second time, in spring 2010, just the president and first lady. The president had campaigned at Asheville High School previously. Maybe Asheville influenced the selection of Charlotte for the convention. Charlotte, the state’s biggest city, is about two hours from Asheville.

Visit our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, and you’ll be right beside the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the president and first lady hiked on their vacation last year. The parkway is a great place to hike, drive, bike, motorcycle, take photographs, picnic, search for wildflowers and enjoy other activities.

The Obamas visited Asheville’s Biltmore estate on their trip last year, played golf and tennis and ate at city restaurants in historic Biltmore Village and elsewhere. One of their favorite restaurants is a casual barbecue eatery, Twelve Bones, in the River Arts District outside downtown.

These are among the many fun activities and great restaurants that draw our guests at Lovers’ Loop Retreat to this area. Come play in Asheville! See what attracts the president, hippies, 20-somethings, baby boomers, retirees and others.

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

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Find the luck of the Irish in Asheville

St. Patrick’s Day in Asheville

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Asheville, you have some choices. Plenty of pubs and restaurants around the city will host revelers and offer live music, Irish food and special suds. And you’ll probably see some funky sights if you stroll around downtown, maybe people in costume for the occasion, street musicians and other free entertainment.

Irish pubs in Asheville

Jack of the Wood downtown is one of the city’s most popular hangouts year-round and especially on St. Patrick’s Day. The pub will serve such Irish specialties as bangers and mash, Guinness stew, and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Live music, too. Hannah Flanagan’s downtown will feature a bagpipe player with a special Irish menu. In West Asheville just outside downtown, Tolliver’s Crossing will offer live music, Irish drafts and outdoor seating. When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re close to all the action on St. Patrick’s Day and for any occasion.

Asheville St. Patrick’s Day parties

The taprooms in town will be ready with special beers, holiday glassware and music to mark the day. Pack’s Tavern downtown will have a new stout available. The newest of the breweries in Asheville, Altamont Brewing, will be hopping. Asheville’s oldest and biggest brewery, Highland Brewing, will offer a new ale with food and live music. Craggie Brewing downtown will have two bands that evening.

Irish music in Asheville

It’s not hard to find Irish music in Asheville year-round. Jack of the Wood hosts an Irish jam session every Sunday afternoon and night. Anyone may join in with an instrument. It’s a lively scene. The Diana Wortham Theatre downtown has a Celtic music series each year. Next up in the series is Dervish, playing traditional Irish music, on March 24. Stay tuned to our website for entertainment listings.

Come to Asheville for some green — Irish style, that is. Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Have a Laugh in Asheville

Asheville’s a funny place. Bill Cosby performed at the Asheville Civic Center in January. Billy D. Washington, a former Houston police officer, does his stand-up strut on stage March 11 at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown. And the 23rd annual Comedy Classic at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn will be March 11-12.

Grove Park Inn Comedy Classic

The Comedy Classic is so popular that organizers turn people away each year. Syndicated radio hosts John Boy & Billy will host the festival this year. The headline act March 11 is Jon Reep, a stand-up comedian and actor who does television commercials. Reep was the winner of the fifth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, you’ve got an easy drive to the Comedy Classic.

On March 12, Tommy Johnagin and Reno Collier, both with television credits, will create the belly laughs.

Come to Asheville for a good laugh. 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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