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Lovers’ Loop Retreat November Muse-letter

our mountain view

our mountain view

In November, we regain our mountain view at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental. The oaks, sourwoods and tulip poplars were busy in October shedding their leaves, but there’s still nice foliage color into November here in western North Carolina.

November events in Asheville

In addition to Thanksgiving in Asheville, November offers lots of varied events here. And if you’re thinking about holiday gifts, holiday shopping in Asheville features many galleries and stores with creative artwork, unusual clothing and other wares.

Mast General Store downtown is a fun and popular place to browse. Mast sells clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, books, candy and general merchandise. The famous Biltmore mansion in Asheville begins its annual Christmas candlelight activities in November, and other holiday events take place in November in the city. Entertainment at various venues downtown ranges from Cyndi Lauper and moe to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and a musical about menopause.

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. You can link to our blog, https://loversloopretreat.wordpress.com, 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.

Free things to do in Asheville in November

You can’t go wrong with these FREE things.

  • The Asheville art museum is open to the public for free Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m.
  • There’s free, public tai chi instruction in Asheville on Saturday morning at Pack Square Park downtown Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
  • Nov. 13-14 is the free and popular River Arts District Studio Stroll, in which you can wander among artists’ studios, talk with artists, enjoy refreshments and view and buy artwork.
  • Nov. 15-21 is the Asheville Art Museum’s annual Holiday Market, at which many of the talented artists in the area will have their work for sale — but it’s free to just look.
  • And on Nov. 21, there’s free admission to the art museum all afternoon.
  • The annual Asheville holiday parade will be Nov. 20 downtown. The Steep Canyon Rangers will provide music, and you’ll see results of the window decoration contest at stores downtown.
  • Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed Nov. 22-Dec. 3 at Pack Place downtown.

Christmas at the Biltmore

Some guests at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, love to visit the Biltmore estate, an easy 10-minute drive from our vacation rental. The Biltmore is quite a scene at holiday time, with elaborately decorated trees, hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias, mistletoe, evergreens and thousands of ornaments. The holiday decorations are up Nov. 5-Jan. 2, 2011. The Biltmore also offers seminars on creating your own holiday décor. The estate’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings start Nov. 12 and run through Jan. 1, 2011. In addition to interior candlelight, trees outside will be decorated with lights.

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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Asheville rated as top fall foliage leaf-peeping spot

It’s official, more or less. The best place in the country to see the really big show of autumn foliage is the Asheville area. That’s according to travelers surveyed by the travel site TripAdvisor.com, part of Expedia.com. Travelers ranked Asheville first in the U.S. among fall foliage destinations, partly for views along roadways including the Blue Ridge Parkway.

That’s perfect for guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative. We’re located one minute from the parkway, which offers thrills to motorists, hikers, cyclists, photographers and others who use the road to catch autumn’s fever.

Fall foliage in Asheville

There’s a significant elevation difference in the Asheville area. Lovers’ Loop Retreat is at about a 2,000-foot elevation, and if you travel 30 minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll reach Mount Mitchell, at about 6,700 feet, the highest peak in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. That means that foliage changes occur at different times around Asheville. No guarantees with Mother Nature, but usually there’s pretty fall color to see as late as mid-November.

And after that, it’s still great at Lovers’ Loop Retreat because when the leaves are off the trees, we regain our mountain views until April.

Free things to do in Asheville

One of the best things about leaf-peeping is that it’s free if you use the Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic roads around Asheville.

Visit us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat this fall, and enjoy a cheap thrill. Don’t miss the splendor of these beautiful mountains!

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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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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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat November muse-letter

Lovers’ Loop Retreat November muse-letter

The view from Lovers’ Loop Retreat here in Asheville, N.C., is looking like lollipops, with the trees doing the orange, yellow and red foliage dance, and our mountain views re-emerging as the leaves in the distance drop from their tethers. For the next few weeks, there should be nice color around our Asheville vacation rental and in the surrounding mountains, so it’s a great time to come and embrace Asheville’s autumn.

            The foliage, of course, is FREE to view, and Lovers’ Loop Retreat is within a minute of one of the very best viewing routes, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Treat yourself with a stay at our guest suite, and experience the splendor! We have events posted through December and into 2010 on our Web site, www.loversloopretreat.com. Use the Web site to check out what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative. You can link to our blog, https://loversloopretreat.wordpress.com, on the home page.

            In addition to the foliage and the Halloween happenings listed on our home page’s events calendar, November brings a cool mix of music to downtown Asheville. The Asheville Civic Center (and its Thomas Wolfe Auditorium) and the Diana Wortham Theatre host troubadours Leonard Cohen on Nov. 1, Jackson Browne on Nov. 12, Nanci Griffith on Nov. 14 and George Winston on Nov. 21.

            If film is your fancy, the Asheville Film Festival will be Nov. 5-8 with its diversity of films political and dramatic, quirky and comedic, weird and wonderful. This festival is growing and gaining acclaim, so come and enjoy the range of entertainment.

            Catch the holiday spirit at the “Christmas at Biltmore Estate” extravaganza, which runs Nov. 6- Jan. 3, 2010. This annual transformation of what claims to be America’s largest home draws lots of people who find magic in the setting and the decorations.

            For art lovers, the River Arts District Studio Stroll just outside downtown Asheville on Nov. 14-15 is a must-see, and it’s FREE. Dozens of artists open their studio doors to visitors, who can watch art being created and get some good deals sometimes, too. 

            If you’re ready for more Christmas events, the Asheville Lyric Opera’s annual Christmas concert will be Nov. 20 downtown. Asheville’s Montford Park Players perform “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 10-13, and there’s a Christmas festival Dec. 4-6 in the historic Biltmore Village outside downtown Asheville.   

            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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Ten things to do in Asheville this weekend, October 9-11

Spend your big, fat holiday weekend in Asheville.

OK. You’re one of the lucky ones with a lovely holiday on Monday, Oct. 12. There are lots of fun things to do in Asheville when you make our cozy and convenient Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, your base.

1) Check out Fiesta Latina on Saturday, Oct. 10. This annual event has tons of energy with dancing, food, music and all other things Latin. You’ll love it.

2) Catch Travis Tritt at the Asheville Civic Center downtown on Friday, Oct. 9. Lots of people dig him.

3) Play hooky on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and be blissed at the Bonnie Raitt concert at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville.

4) Relive your younger years and feel like a table tennis legend by playing pingpong at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, where we have all the equipment you need to do your best.

5) Do yourself a big autumn favor and take a car ride, a hike, a bike trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is practically right outside the door at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. This scenic highway is off limits to commercial vehicles, and it’s one of the most visited segments of the National Park Service, especially in the fall leaf season.

6) See a flick at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co., which offers movies for $3 and beers made in Asheville.

7) Listen to someone sing your heart out at the Asheville Lyric Opera’s season opener, “Marriage of Figaro,” Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10.

8) Bring your own kayak or canoe, which can be stored safely at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, or rent a vessel at one of the outfitters in town, and take a cruise down the French Broad or Swannanoa rivers, which cut their mighty way through Asheville.

9) Be one of the happy people at Asheville’s first Oktoberfest, a downtown event on Saturday, Oct. 10 that will feature five Asheville breweries with their best beers and some good music, too.

10) Stretch your legs and maybe your mind at the North Carolina Arboretum, which will host its annual exhibit of bonsai (miniature plants and trees) on Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11. Get small at this fascinating display of miniatures and while you’re there, walk or bike the nice trails at the arboretum.

When you visit Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, you’re within minutes of all of these pleasures. Say yes!

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Check the weather forecast for your Asheville visit

With the shift into autumn last week and the weather changes it will bring, it’s a good time to note that our Lovers’ Loop Retreat Web site has a weather link on the home page that you can click to get a five-day forecast.

Whatever time of year you visit Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville vacation rental, you can get a glimpse of what to expect in terms of weather during your stay.

Some of our guests enjoy relaxing on the porch that’s available only to guests. Autumn is a great time to sit outside with the squirrels and birds and the insects that fill the night sky with their own symphony.

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