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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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Have some free Labor Day fun in Asheville!

This coming Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 3-6, leave your labors behind at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative.

Have loads of laughs at LAAFF, an Asheville festival

One of our favorite annual events is LAAFF (Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) on Sunday, Sept. 5. Yes, every Labor Day weekend, you can people-watch, eat some groovy grub, enjoy multicultural music and dance and check out a great variety of artists and other vendors at this gem of a FREE street festival. Boredom doesn’t happen at this circus.

It’s Asheville’s funkiest festival, with a dose of the eye-opening, a touch of Halloween, a huge helping of community spirit and a heap of heart and soul. The event, which raises money for a local arts organization, is laid-back and frenzied at the same time. Wear a creative costume if you wish; many people do. Go and be as odd as you want! Think comedy acts and fire dancers, belly dancing and hula hoops, tattoos and tutus, green hair and pink hair, the zany comedy tour bus LaZoom, street performers and a little wackiness. Did we say it’s unpredictable, too?

Free things to do in Asheville on Labor Day weekend

LAAFF is just one of the free activities in Asheville for Labor Day. On Saturday, Sept. 4, there’s Shindig on the Green, a free, summertime music event in Asheville. Shindig, at a park downtown, serves up bluegrass, mountain music and dancing. Take a blanket and a picnic, and relax and enjoy the communal spirit. If you’re a musician, take your own instrument and join in on an improvised jam session. Or you might be moved to dance spontaneously!

In the morning on Saturday, Sept. 4, you can hear Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch, a storytelling series. The free downtown event offers an opportunity to hear talented storytellers, some of whom are nationally known.

Another free event is the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, just south of Asheville, Sept. 3-6. Go munch some fruit in the biggest apple-producing area of North Carolina.

Here are some other FREE things to do in Asheville on your happy holiday weekend:

* Watch the sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a famous, scenic road with mountain views that’s a minute from Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

* Stop by the weekly drum circle at Pritchard Park downtown on Friday, Sept. 3. You’ll find it hard to leave. Take your own drum and pound along, dance as your body moves you, or just watch and wonder.

* Bring a kayak or canoe – which you can store at Lovers’ Loop Retreat— and put out on the French Broad River, one of the world’s oldest waterways.

* Take your own walking tour of downtown Asheville’s art galleries. Some of our favorite galleries downtown are Blue Spiral, Minerva and Haen. We have brochures at Lovers’ Loop Retreat that list galleries.

* Visit Malaprop’s, an independent bookstore that’s the pulse of the downtown literary scene. They have a café and frequent readings and other events, too.

Get your grin on in Asheville this Labor Day weekend!

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat August Muse-letter

August in the Asheville, N.C., area explodes in activities. We’re talking the nation’s longest-running folk festival Aug. 5-7, the annual antiques fair, an annual quilt show, one of the bigger crafts fairs in the area, dance concerts, dulcimer workshops, a carpet of flowers, an Olympiad, an Afro-Caribbean fest and more! What bounty for a small city! Come and indulge yourself. 

Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed & breakfast alternative here in western North Carolina, pursue with gusto these opportunities, some of which are FREE things to do in Asheville. For more free activities in Asheville, check out our June 21 blog (at www.loversloopretreat.com).

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 Web site features a link where you can contact us for a list of many FREE things to do in Asheville.

You’ll find some awe in August in Asheville, starting with the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Aug. 5-7 at Diana Wortham Theatre downtown. The festival, in its eighty-third year, features bluegrass and old-time music, clogging and other mountain dancing and ballad singers.

Speaking of longevity, one of the oldest antiques fairs in the Southeast is the Asheville Antiques Fair Aug. 6-8, a busy weekend that also brings the annual quilt show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville Aug. 6-8, and the Village Art and Craft Fair Aug. 7-8, one of the most popular, and free, such fairs in the area.    

The Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance will perform in downtown Asheville Aug. 12-14. That same weekend, Aug. 13-15, will be the Asheville Wine and Food Festival. You can perfect your dulcimer-playing at workshops Aug. 14 at Chimney Rock Park just east of Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and it’s a lovely drive to the park from our guest suite.  

Water lovers should check out the River Fest Aug. 14 in Asheville on the French Broad River, which winds through Asheville on its determined way to Tennessee. Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28 offer Shindig on the Green, a laid-back evening gathering outdoors with free music in Asheville.

Here’s a carpet you can’t walk on, but it will dazzle you. The Flower Carpet at the Biltmore estate will be on display Aug. 20-Sept. 12. The design this year is a stained-glass window. The carpet will be on display during the day and illuminated at night.

A signature event in the area for the adventurous and those who like to watch them is the Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad Aug. 26-29. This takes place just east of Asheville, and it’s an easy, beautiful drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. It’s one of the biggest such happenings in the Southeast.     

Aug. 27-29 is Goombay!, one of the FREE street festivals in Asheville. Enjoy music, vendors and food that represent Afro-Caribbean cultures. It’s a hopping, joyful gig.

Early September brings one of our favorite events. The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest (LAAFF) will be Sept. 5, so you can attend the festival during the big, fat Labor Day holiday weekend. Check out the funkier side of Asheville. It’s one of the free things to do in Asheville on Labor Day.    

All of these events and activities and more are listed on our Web site. Please pass along our muse-letter to your friends. Want to receive our full color monthly museletter with photos? Just let us know and we’ll add you to the list. loversloop@gmail.com And join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. See you in Asheville!

Cheers!           

Lovers’ Loop Retreat  

 828-545-2950

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat July muse-letter

 Bring the summer on! Fireflies, flowers, long days and evenings, lingering sunsets over the mountains and lots more in a rejuvenating body-and-soul experience for guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville B&B alternative here in western North Carolina.

Right now at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, blue and pink hydrangeas and lavender hostas are bursting in bloom. And each night, our resident fireflies put on an incredible, pulsating, green and yellow light show that’s hard to stop watching. The lightning bugs are just one form of free entertainment in the Asheville area. For more free things to do in Asheville, check out our June 21 blog (at http://www.loversloopretreat.com), which lists many free activities around July 4, but most of the items mentioned are relevant after the 4th, too.

Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, your place to stay when you explore Asheville, NC recreation, arts, restaurants and summer festivals. Events are posted and updated through the year on http://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 Web site now features a link where you can contact us for a list of many FREE things to do in Asheville.

July features some of Asheville’s biggest annual events: the Bele Chere street festival, Folkmoot, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Shindig on the Green. Don’t miss out! One of the free summer events in Asheville is Shindig on the Green, a series of outdoor concerts downtown that kicks off July 3 and runs into September. There’s a great community spirit at Shindig, which features mountain music and dance, some rehearsed and played on stage, some spontaneously created in the crowd. We’ve had guests who’ve built their Asheville trip around Shindig on the Green. Bring your stringed instrument, your voice and your dancing shoes, or just listen, tap your feet and grin.

OK, we’ll say it: July begins with a bang. Asheville’s Fourth of July fireworks will rock the sky downtown, preceded by other July 4th activities downtown.

The Carolina Mountain Ribfest in Asheville July 9-11 serves up all the barbecue, (with music and art), you could want. Move from barbecue to bamboo with the Bamboo Festival July 10-11 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. The Bamboo Festival truly is a cool event, where you might even find bicycles made of bamboo. The Big Crafty on July 11 downtown is a free fair with some funky crafters.

For chuckles and outright belly laughs, don’t miss the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival July 15-17 downtown. The same weekend, you can catch the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands July 15-18 downtown, one of the major arts events of the year, with a repeat fair Oct. 21-24. The juried event, which represents artists throughout the Southeast, is well worth attending.

One of the most diverse performing arts events of the year in the Asheville area is Folkmoot, an international dance festival that starts July 22 and runs through Aug. 1, with performances in Asheville and other localities. It’s dazzling.

Bele Chere, the free and freewheeling festival with music and food in downtown Asheville, will be July 23-25. That’s followed by Christine Lavin’s 25th anniversary concert in Asheville on July 30 and a women’s roller derby bout with Asheville’s Blue Ridge Roller Girls on July 31.

August brings antiques, crafts, a river festival, an African-American/Caribbean festival and lots more.

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! Email us at loversloop@gmail.com to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat June muse-letter

What a great month June is. We love that the days are lighter later — and earlier — and we look forward each year to observing the summer solstice in late June in whatever personal ritual we create to celebrate the new season. Our rose bush will spring alive in June, and one or two blooms already are announcing their luscious, red birth. The roses greet our visitors here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative. And lots of greenery, blooms and activities greet those who come for the bounty that western North Carolina offers.

            The outdoors beckons, whether it’s kayaking on the French Broad River; biking, hiking and wildflower hunting along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway beside our guest suite; golfing; rock climbing in the surrounding mountains; taking photos or other activities that get your pulse pumping from the inspiration and fresh air.

            June also signals the season of outdoor artistic events, including some that are FREE: UNC-Asheville has FREE outdoor concerts in June and July; the Wedge brewery shows FREE movies outside its tasting room in Asheville’s River Arts District; the Montford Park Players, a Shakespeare troupe, performs under the stars, with most shows FREE; Downtown After Five is a FREE outdoor music series in Asheville with locally crafted beer and other refreshments; and Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville is the setting for a wild variety of FREE events, from drum circles and belly dancing to hula-hooping and live music.         

            Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville lodging place, is a convenient home base where you can stay to indulge in all the free things to do in Asheville. Make our welcome mat yours on your visit.

            Events are posted and updated through the year on our Web site, www.loversloopretreat.com. Visit the site to see what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat. You can link to our blog, https://loversloopretreat.wordpress.com, on the home page, and we’re also on Twitter!

            Our Web site now features a link where you can contact us for a list of many money-saving and FREE things in Asheville.

            One free thing is Asheville’s downtown gallery walk June 4, a fun way to explore the scores of art galleries here that stay open later and offer refreshments. June 4 also brings Loretta Lynn to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will start the Biltmore estate’s summer concert series in Asheville on June 4.

            The Blue Ridge Roller Girls, Asheville’s roller derby divas, will strut their tough stuff downtown June 5. Also on June 5, Asheville’s Beer City Festival downtown will thrill those who appreciate locally-brewed suds from our nine breweries here.       

            The Original Drifters will perform at the Biltmore estate June 11, and the River Arts District Studio Stroll June 12-13 is a FREE event to meet artists and see their work near downtown Asheville. The Asheville-based Keowee Chamber Music Festival will offer performances in Asheville on June 13 and June 17.    

            You can chill out June 18 at the FREE Downtown After Five music festival. The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival June 18-19 will feature some great music in Black Mountain, an easy drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. The day lily show June 19 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will dazzle you.

            Early July brings the first concert in the FREE summertime outdoor music series, Shindig on the Green, downtown. And plan to be in Asheville for July 4th to enjoy the celebration downtown with many bands, food and fireworks.

            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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Kick up your Memorial Day heels in Asheville for Free

           Asheville’s a great place to spend a big, fat holiday, and with so much to do culturally and recreationally, you’ll have a blast. Some of the fun is FREE!

            We at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville affordable bed and breakfast alternative, will help you get started with suggestions for FREE things to do Memorial Day weekend in Asheville.

            Enjoy these freebies:

            Take a walk at the botanical gardens at the University of North Carolina-Asheville,

            Bring your own canoe or kayak, and paddle the French Broad River.

            On Sunday, May 30, check out the Asheville Community Band performance at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center, just a few minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

             Bring your bike, and explore nature along the Blue Ridge Parkway on two wheels. There are lots of other places to ride around Asheville and off the road on trails around Bent Creek, just south of the city.

             Watch the cyclists, kayakers, climbers, runners and other competitors at the Mountain Sports Festival from Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30. The festival, based at Carrier Park, also features demonstrations and music and other entertainment.

            Catch the screening of Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” on Saturday, May 29 at the Wedge Brewery. The flick is free; the beer isn’t, but you can bring your own food.

            Attend book readings by varied authors at Malaprop’s and Accent on Books.

            Gyrate and groove along with the Baraka Mundi Live Bellydance and Music Ensemble at Pritchard Park downtown Saturday, May 29.

            A lot of beauty for a little dough

            Of course, not everything is free. If you want to open your wallet Memorial Day weekend, the Montford Players, Asheville’s outdoor Shakespeare troupe, will entertain audiences with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30.

            There’s also the annual Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. The exhibit is free, but there’s a parking fee at the arboretum. Be amazed at roses of all sizes and colors.

And if you can’t make it for Memorial Day, there are lots of fun free things to do here all the time! Call us now to make your reservation to stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. Email us loversloop at gmail.com. We’ll be happy to fill you in on the free stuff.

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Be a fan, or a fanatic, at Asheville’s Fanaticon

Whether you’re into Batman, Catwoman or some Spider-being in between, you’ll want to check out the FREE inaugural Fanaticon on May 15 at the Asheville Art Museum downtown.

            Those passionate about comic books, collectibles and pop culture in general will be intrigued by this event. Wear your favorite costume! Meet funky artists and exhibitors.

            Our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, is, as usual, positioned in an excellent location for our guests to check out all the quirky stuff in downtown Asheville.

            Contact us the next time you’re planning a trip to Asheville!

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