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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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Asheville Spring Events

Lovers’ Loop Retreat April ’09 muse-letter

            In April here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our alternative bed and breakfast in Asheville, N.C., the serviceberry tree explodes into white blooms that resemble popcorn before the petals fall to the ground. There’s more to come with dogwoods and rhododendrons.

            And when you leave our Asheville vacation rental, signs of spring abound elsewhere, in nature—redbud, pear and cherry trees, hyacinths and daffodils—and in activities. Visit our Web site at www.loversloopretreat.com to see a list of events we update regularly.

            In April we’ll host some first-time visitors to Lovers’ Loop Retreat and more repeat guests, which always is a treat for us. They—and you— have a lot of entertainment options this month, in addition to the ever-present Blue Ridge Parkway with its hiking and biking opportunities a stone’s throw from our vacation rental and other outdoor recreational fun, including rock climbing and kayaking.

            April 2-25 is Eve-Olution, a play about motherhood, at the Asheville Community Theatre downtown. April 3 is the first art gallery walk of the season in downtown Asheville. The many diverse galleries stay open later and offer refreshments to encourage browsers. You’ll see all types of art peepers at this lively and happening event. Art walks also will occur the first Friday in June, August and October.   

            April 4 starts the season for Asheville’s Blue Ridge Roller Girls, a roller derby team that elbows its way around the fast track at the civic center downtown. These whizzing warriors on skates are great competitors and hardy souls—if not a bit crazy—and they provide some drama and flashy outfits for the audience, too. Their bouts, which run from now until late fall, are way fun. Check our Web site for more information.

            April also means the beginning of Biltmore estate’s annual Festival of Flowers, listed on our Web site, which lasts through May 17. There are tulips and other flowers galore at this beautiful estate, an easy 10-minute drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat and the most popular historic attraction in North Carolina. Biltmore has just opened several more rooms to the public at the George Vanderbilt mansion that managers call America’s largest house.

            April brings a new festival to Asheville, HATCHfest, April 15-19, an event that features films, performances, workshops, speakers and art exhibits around downtown on themes of architecture, fashion, visual art, music, design and technology and more. There’s a link on our Web site.

            Comedian Kate Clinton will perform at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown April 23. We’ve seen Kate more than once, and she’s still funny.

            Peeking into early May, Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women perform May 1 in Asheville, apparently part of their final tour. The spring herb festival is May 1-3 at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville, and the annual rhododendron show is May 2-3 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. A popular event is the twice-a-year Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) of visual and healing arts, dance and music in Black Mountain just east of Asheville May 8-10.  

            All these events and more are listed on our Web site. Join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat! Please pass along our muse-letter to your friends. See you in Asheville!

          

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The Lover’s Loop Retreat March Muse-Letter

 

Lovers’ Loop Retreat March ’09 muse-letter

            Hurray and yeeeeeoooowwww! March is our favorite month. And why not? It boasts the first day of spring and the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, when the days start to become longer.   

            By now, we don’t have to look far to see signs of spring at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat vacation rental here in Asheville, N.C. The forsythia in the backyard has started to sprout, and that’s one of our most treasured blooms: we love how it shouts out its yellowness, happy to be what it is. Daffodils are blooming down the street, and soon we’ll see them scattered sunny side up around our yard.

            Though Asheville is hopping all year long, activities start to crank into a different gear in March. Be sure to visit our Web site, www.loversloopretreat.com, which contains lots of information, including a growing list of events in the area, photos of our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative and our contact information. Our home page has a YouTube link to videos about Asheville.              

            Food is big here. And there’s a new Foodtopian Society, which capitalizes on the area’s many farmers’ markets, independent restaurants, breweries, cooking classes, forest-to-table adventures, specialty food items, handcrafted kitchen wares and foodie souvenirs. That said, we’re happy to offer an affordable bed and breakfast alternative that gives our visitors the option of preparing meals in the guest suite.

            Part of the ongoing food affair in Asheville is the first National Truffle Fest—who knew?— with cooking demonstrations, a cook-off and dinners at the Biltmore estate March 5-8. The Organic Growers School’s annual spring conference, which includes cooking workshops, is March 21-22 just south of Asheville. March also offers a variety of musical events, from the Asheville Symphony March 14 to Ani DiFranco March 13-14 and John Prine March 28, all in downtown Asheville. This is the month of the Grove Park Inn’s annual comedy classic weekend March 13-15. And for orchid lovers, the annual orchid show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is March 27-28; it’s worth a visit to see those fascinating flowers! There’s a new festival on the block here, too. The first annual Asheville Jewish Film Festival is March 21-26. See more about all of these events on our Web site.

            On a personal note, four members of the women’s poetry group we facilitate —including one of your hosts at Lovers’ Loop Retreat—will read their work at Holy Ground in Asheville on March 22.     

             Indigo Girls fans will appreciate a heads-up that the duo plans an appearance in Asheville on April 8. That’s on our Web site, too. The word is that one of the Indigo Girls has a sister who lives in Asheville, so they play here with some regularity.      

            Join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat! Please pass along our muse-letter to your friends. And visit our Web site to check out upcoming events. See you in Asheville!

 

           

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Asheville’s Transforming Landscape

Wow! We’ve had some incredible days! I know we need rain, but I still have to say I love it when the forecast is for clouds and rain all day and we get some great sunshine. Everywhere you look there’s that light, yellow-green of spring. Trees are either proudly displaying their flowers – pink, white, yellow – or they’re pushing out new baby leaves – spring green, yellow, orange. We have more than ten dogwoods on our property in bloom right now. Most are white but one is red. And the redbud trees are peaking, too. The serviceberry trees are about done with their blossoms and the little leaves are taking over.

And the flowers! You should see the Lovers’ Loop Retreat neighborhood. In and around our yard we have every spring flower imaginable. The daffodils and forsythia are fading away, but our azaleas are out in various colors and shades. And our rhododendrons have just begun to burst open their pink buds. There are tulips of all colors and a whole variety of little purple flowers that include violets and flox.

But one thing that really transforms our outdoor environment at this time of year is going from the bare trees to the filled out jungle of green. We love our winter mountain view, but soon we’ll be enclosed in green, which isn’t a bad thing either!

We hope you’ll come visit Asheville soon to get in on the spring transformation and stay with us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat! Be sure to check our Web site to find out what’s happening in Asheville.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat’s first blog!

Lovers’ Loop Retreat, a guest suite in Asheville, NC, has had an active website for several years where we try to keep people aware of various places to go and things to do in the Asheville area. But, it’s time we got going with a blog!

We used to come to Asheville for vacations and always wished there was an affordable, private, homey-kind-of-place where we could stay that had what we needed to cook for ourselves if we didn’t want to eat in restaurants all the time – or eat more than granola bars and rice cakes and peanut butter!

So, when we moved here and realized we had a bit more room in our house then we needed, we decided to make it available to visitors. It’s been a great way to meet people from all over the world!

We just have the one guest suite, so it’s very private and very spacious. You have your own entrance with off-street parking. Besides the bedroom with one double bed, there’s a single bed in the large living room. The cooking area includes a fridge, microwave, hot plate and coffee maker. There’s a spacious, full private bath. If you like, you can set up the Ping Pong table.

We’re just 10 minutes from downtown, a mile from I-240, I-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit our site or email us for more information.

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