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Lovers’ Loop Retreat April muse-letter

 The forsythia is about to burst with its proud yellow, the daffodils are nearly popping out, and the birds are busy as bees tending to their nests in the trees here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative. We’re springing into April!

            There’s no prettier place to come for the greening than western North Carolina, where the mountains are inspiring all year, the Blue Ridge Parkway just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop Retreat will start flowering any time now, and downtown Asheville becomes an even more hopping and happening place.         

            April boasts Asheville’s typical variety of musical entertainment and the start of the Biltmore estate’s Festival of Flowers, a spectacular array of colors that lasts into May. April also brings the Asheville HATCHfest, David Sedaris, the first Actionfest film festival, Asheville’s zany and tough roller derby divas, the annual herb festival and more.   

Lovers’ Loop Retreat is close to all of these goings on, so make our Asheville vacation rental your convenient and homey base when you sample Asheville activities.

            Events are posted through the year on our Web site, http://www.loversloopretreat.com/, and we update the site regularly. Use the Web site to check out what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat. We’re also on Twitter!

            The first gallery walk of the season is April 2, when the many Asheville art galleries downtown stay open longer and offer refreshments in a casual but festive atmosphere as people gallery-hop. Think fun!

            The Festival of Flowers opens April 3 and lasts through May 16 at the Biltmore, an estate with beautiful gardens and grounds open to the public. The festival features stunning tulips and live music, too.

On April 10, several members of the monthly poetry group we host, the Lovers’ Loop Poetry Forum, including a Lovers’ Loop Retreat co-owner, will read original poems publicly at Posana Cafe in downtown Asheville. 

            On April 15, the Irish band Lunasa will play Celtic music at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, and Allan Toussaint will rock at the Orange Peel downtown.

            Also on April 15 in Asheville, HATCHfest comes around again, and Actionfest makes its debut. Both events will run April 15-18. HATCHfest brings big names in arts and entertainment to mentor participants with emerging talent in workshops, panels and exhibits. Actionfest calls itself the world’s first festival focused on action films. Chuck Norris will appear at the festival, which will offer screenings of world premieres and classics, demonstrations by a stunt man and other eye-opening entertainment.    

            Humorist David Sedaris will appear April 16 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. This popular and funny dude has appeared in Asheville before enthusiastic audiences. 

            Chimney Rock Park, North Carolina’s newest state park, has amazing biodiversity, and the park starts to rock in spring. The park, a lovely, scenic drive just east of Lovers’ Loop Retreat, has an Earth Day celebration April 17 and a guided bird walk April 18 and many other guided walks throughout the year.

            The Blue Ridge Roller Girls stomp and strut around the roller derby ring on April 24 in downtown Asheville. And on April 30, the Asheville Herb Festival begins and runs through May 2.

            Early May brings the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), the Asheville Wordfest poetry event, Norah Jones and Fanaticon, a convention for fans of comic books, science fiction and fantasy.     

            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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat March Muse-letter

With March about to explode into life, we say, bring it on! March is one of our very favorite months here in North Carolina at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative. In March, Daylight Saving Time starts, so we have more daylight at the end of the day; spring begins and the hammock beckons; we can still see the mountains from our property; and Lovers’ Loop Retreat is decorated with the yellow of forsythia and daffodils dotted around. What treats!

             Asheville is a treat to visit year-round, and there are lots of activities to check out in March, from the Harlem Globetrotters and women’s roller derby to the Jewish film festival and the organic growers’ conference to the Moody Blues, Arlo Guthrie and Ani DiFranco (not in concert together!). Add some contemporary ballet, a little vaudeville and a fascinating orchid show, and there’s a lot to choose from. Just about any time is a great time to hike, bike, bird watch, wildflower hunt, kayak and otherwise wander along the Blue Ridge Parkway and elsewhere in the mountains and rivers around Asheville. Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat your convenient and homey base when you sample Asheville’s sights and sounds.

            Events are posted through the year on our Web site, http://www.loversloopretreat.com/, and we update the site regularly. We’ve just added a bunch of events to the site. Use the Web site to check out what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat. 

            For starters, timeless troubadour Arlo Guthrie and his family will perform March 3-4 at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. March 6-7 brings the return of the Organic Growers’ School Spring Conference, which claims to be the Southeast’s biggest sustainable-living conference. The conference, in Asheville, offers tons of workshops and classes on a huge range of sustainable issues: small-scale wind energy; growing truffles, shiitake mushrooms, hops and grapes; making compost toilet systems and solar food dehydrators.

            March 12 will bring Bela Fleck back to Asheville at the Orange Peel. He’ll be followed by Ani DiFranco at the Orange Peel March 13-14. The annual comedy weekend at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn will be March 12-13.

            For more laughs and eye-opening entertainment, check out the Blue Ridge Roller Girls, Asheville’s roller derby team, March 13 as they open their season at the Asheville Civic Center. The Harlem Globetrotters will swoosh and strut at the Asheville Civic Center on March 14.

            The annual Asheville Jewish Film Festival will run March 13-18.

            March 21 will bring the Moody Blues to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center.

            An event we really dig is the annual orchid show at the North Carolina Arboretum, held March 27-28 this year. Go and get an eyeful of these amazing plants.

            There’s a variety of other musical and dance entertainment in March at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown and other venues.

            April in Asheville kicks off with the Biltmore estate’s enchanting Festival of Flowers, which begins April 3 and lasts into May. Also in April are humorist David Sedaris, herbs, birds, an art safari and the opera “Carmen.”                  

            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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat February Muse-letter

Here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, February is a heart month with Valentine’s Day smack in the middle. It’s a great time to plan a getaway with your favorite companion. We’re happy to note that as of last fall, we’re in our fifth year of business at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville, N.C., bed and breakfast alternative. We look forward to five more years of hosting guests from all corners.

Wintertime really is hopping in this fun city, as a busy January winds down. There are lots of events going on in February, too, so read on. The range is wide in live music offerings alone: Elvis, opera, women’s music, Celtic, bluegrass, Grateful Dead, folk. February also brings vaudeville, a symphony orchestra, Shakespeare, ballet and contemporary dance.

Whether you come to shake a leg or sing along, be sure to put Asheville on your itinerary this season. Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, is within 10 minutes of nearly all of the festivities, so we’re convenient but also quiet and private when that’s what you want. Winter is a wonderful time to be in the mountains here, with great, clear views and a freshness to the air. This time of year, we enjoy sharing our mountain views at Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

Events are posted for 2010 on our Web site, http://www.loversloopretreat.com, and we update the site regularly. Use the Web site to check out 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.

February starts off with fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at Diana Wortham Theatre downtown Feb. 1-2. The Ultimate Elvis Tour follows on Feb. 3 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown. The Asheville Vaudeville Show is Feb. 4 with a Celtic bash Feb. 5. And why not Shakespeare? “As You Like It” will be staged Feb. 5-6 at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Indigo Girls fans will want to check out singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile on Feb. 9 with the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray at the Orange Peel club downtown. Or, you can truck to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown Feb. 9 to catch the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.

Put some pluck and strum into your Valentine’s Day weekend with the 15th annual Bluegrass First Class concert in Asheville Feb. 12-14. This gig includes some great acts. Also Valentine’s Day weekend is an evening of love songs on Feb. 13: the Magnetic Fields album’s “69 Love Songs” performed by nine bands at The Grey Eagle club in Asheville.

On Feb. 20, there’s a different kind of culture with “Swan Lake,” presented by the Moscow Festival Ballet at the Asheville Civic Center downtown. If you dig dance, check out the Nicholas Leichter dance group Feb. 26-27, a little African, a little Latin and who knows what else – at Diana Wortham Theatre downtown.

To end the month, give yourself a treat Feb. 26-28 by attending the 48-Hour Dance Project, a swirl of creative impulses and movements at the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, one of the city’s arts organizations that values diversity in its shows. The show features dances created collaboratively in just 48 hours.

A sneak preview shows that March in Asheville is no slouch either. The month starts with Arlo Guthrie and his family March 3-4 at Diana Wortham Theatre. And stay tuned for Bela Fleck, the Moody Blues, Ani DiFranco, a comedy weekend 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!

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat January muse-letter

In the brand new year that’s approaching, January is a good example of life’s quirky and festive mix here in Asheville, N.C. Really no dull moments for those with an active sense of wonder and a healthy curiosity. At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, we try to keep our wonder, curiosity and humor handy.

            January starts with Asheville’s brand of vaudeville and lots of gingerbread castles and ends with Willie Nelson and light opera. January also is the month for one of Asheville’s signature testaments to funkiness, the annual fringe arts festival. In January and beyond in 2010, there’s a great variety of entertainment already lined up at venues downtown and elsewhere in the city: fiddler Natalie MacMaster and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile in early February; Arlo Guthrie, the Moody Blues, bagpipes and ballet in March; Celtic music and lyric opera in April; singer Norah Jones in May. Also in May, the inaugural Spring Beer Festival debuts in Asheville, a city that now claims about 10 micro-breweries as it collects accolades for its beers nationally.

            All of this fun stuff is within an easy 10-minute drive when you stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental. We have events posted into 2010 on our Web site, http://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.

            Before 2009 ends, there’s the New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown in Asheville, and a lively downtown will be even livelier with year-end celebrations.    Through Jan. 3, there’s still time to see the gingerbread house display at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Also through Jan. 3, the Christmas at Biltmore estate extravaganza in Asheville is open.    

            The new year brings the Asheville Vaudeville Show Jan. 7 at the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre downtown. That’s also the location for the Asheville FringeArts Festival Jan, 21-24; expect a circus.

            The annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival on Jan. 23 in downtown Asheville is a popular event among the many people who enjoy the creatively-concocted brews that the Asheville area is known for. Actor Jeff Daniels is also a singer-songwriter, and he takes his tunes to the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville on Jan. 23. Asheville Lyric Opera’s “Don Pasquale” will be staged Jan. 29-30, and Willie Nelson plays the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown Jan. 30.

            Taking a glimpse into February, fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will have their own pep rally at the Diana Wortham Theater on Feb. 1-2, the Asheville Vaudeville Show roars again on Feb. 4, and singer Brandi Carlile will perform at the recently expanded and hopping Orange Peel nightclub downtown.   

            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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat December muse-letter

            This is the month when we’re usually startled at how quickly the year seems to have passed. Is 2009 really nearly gone? In addition to December’s other notable days, it’s the winter solstice month, and that’s a date (Dec. 21, according to our calendar) we always observe here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat in Asheville, N.C. We like that the solstice marks not only the beginning of winter but the beginning of more daylight, even though very gradually. One aspect of winter that we appreciate is the visibility it gives us and our guests to enjoy the mountain views at our Asheville vacation rental and elsewhere around Asheville.

            For those who are captivated by Christmas and the various aspects of the year-end holidays, there are fun things to do in Asheville in this busy month. Some of the activities are free, which makes them all the nicer, and they’re all within easy range of Lovers’ Loop Retreat. We have events posted through December and into 2010 on our Web site, http://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/, from the home page.

            If you enjoy some bang for your buck, downtown Asheville is the place to be for the annual Asheville Seasonal Sizzle, the fireworks display on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Why wait until July 4? The show makes a lively downtown all the livelier.

            For a different kind of splendor, visit Asheville’s Biltmore estate, the mansion that’s transformed with lights, trees and other festive décor through Jan. 3. The estate — one of America’s most visited homes — is a year-round destination that many people make a point to see at Christmastime.  

            Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, performed by the Asheville Shakespeare troupe Montford Park Players, runs Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 10-13. Keeping with the Dickens theme, Biltmore Village outside downtown Asheville will host a Dickens-inspired Christmas fest Dec. 4-6.

            The Big Crafty on Dec. 6 is a popular happening, with about 100 crafters represented and live music in downtown Asheville. It’s free!

            One cool gig is the annual gingerbread house display through Jan. 3 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The competition draws many entries that make for an imaginative and artistic exhibit. This, too, is free!  

            For a nontraditional kind of holiday experience, the annual Swannanoa Solstice on Dec. 20 will feature varied entertainment, including Celtic and mountain music, bagpipers, dancers and storytellers. It’s at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.

            And to wrap up the month – and the year — there’s the New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown in Asheville. In addition to that event, bars and restaurants downtown and elsewhere in the city are geared up to host their own countdowns.

            Looking into 2010, get a funky start to the year with the annual Asheville FringeArts Festival, which broadens minds and opens eyes each January. It will be Jan. 21-24.

            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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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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Get organic for FREE in Asheville

Asheville’s annual Organicfest is this coming Sunday, Sept. 13. This is a fun, FREE event downtown with many interesting vendors, music, arts and crafts and, of course, organic food.

Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, is an easy 10-minute drive from downtown.

The festival offers organic beer and coffee and other organic goods, information on organic farming and gardening and cooking demonstrations. You’ll find booths on green and organic artists, home builders, skin care, alternative medicine, food and nutrition, clothing and much more.

There also will be a great lineup of live music.

Check it out! We plan to be there.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat September Muse-letter

September rocks in Asheville, N.C. Great stuff going on all month long. Concerts, craft festivals, bluegrass and beer, organic and apple fests, a fair that celebrates farming and gardening, sustainable energy and healthy living and more. And yes, with the start of autumn in September, you may feel that nip in the air here, too.

            At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, we’ve made some enhancements this summer. In addition to exploring all that the Asheville area offers, some of our guests enjoy hanging out at our vacation rental, playing pingpong or just relaxing in a private, peaceful place. In addition to Wireless, our guest suite has lots of information about attractions, restaurants and events to help visitors sort through all of the possibilities.

            Many of the activities in September are FREE. Visit our Web site at http://www.loversloopretreat.com/ to see a list of events we update regularly. We’ve posted events through December and into 2010, so you can see what’s going on whenever you plan your trip to Asheville and Lovers’ Loop Retreat. 

            One of our favorite annual events is LAAFF, the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, on Sept. 6 in downtown Asheville. This is a free, funky street fair that really gives a flavor of Asheville’s brand of quirkiness. Many locals, including us, turn out for this fair. You’ll find a great diversity of live music, belly dancing and other dance performances, poetry, sketch comedy, drumming groups, bicycle jousting, unusual vendors. It’s a real circus.

            The annual North Carolina Apple Festival is Sept. 4-7. The Asheville area is the state’s largest apple-producing region, and this popular festival is just south of Asheville.

            Another fun, free fair is the annual Organicfest in downtown Asheville on Sept. 13. Live music, unusual vendors and crafts, good food. A great opportunity to expand your organic mind in a very organic-minded city.

            One of our favorite bands, the Indigo Girls, will play Sept. 17 at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. This area loves the Indigos, whom we’ve seen perform several times here in recent years. They always give Asheville a good show. The Orange Peel is a great, intimate venue for them.

            The Brewgrass Festival on Sept. 19 in Asheville mixes bluegrass with beers from the area’s many local microbreweries. Beer is big business in Asheville, and at the festival you’ll understand why.

            Heritage Weekend Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 is a big deal at the Folk Art Center on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway – and the center – are just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and we go to this free event every year. It’s sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild with traditional mountain music, dance, storytelling and crafts. You’ll also see demonstrations about beekeeping, canning and preserving, whittling, toy-making and other things. The highlight is the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition, (the whimmy diddle is an old-timey mountain toy) which you’ve got to see to understand.

            On Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, the very popular and entertaining Womansong, an Asheville choral group, will perform in the area. People come from out of town to see this group, which gives polished, high-energy concerts with humor mixed in.

            On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, there’s another opportunity to see cool crafts at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Also on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, the True Nature Country Fair a bit north of Asheville focuses on health and healing, social issues and politics, sustainable energy, gardening and farming.            

            All of these events 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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat August Muse-letter

            August in Asheville, N.C., is a month of quilts, crafts, comedy, outdoor music events and street performers of all stripes downtown—plus the outdoor recreation that draws hikers, cyclists, rock climbers, kayakers, photographers and other visitors to our two rivers, national forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat Asheville vacation rental are within 10 minutes or less of all of this fun.

            The best part is that most of this entertainment is FREE! One of the August headliner events in Asheville each year is Goombay, the free street festival of African-American and Caribbean cultures that features live music, dance, food and a great diversity of people. This year, Goombay will be Aug. 28-30.

            Our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative is stocked with information about restaurants and what to do when you’re here, and guests comment on how helpful our resources are. We also have wireless, so you can search the Internet and do e-mail while you’re here.

            Visit our Web site at www.loversloopretreat.com to see a list of events we update regularly. We’ve posted events through December, so you can 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.

            The Asheville Antiques Fair, one of the region’s largest and oldest, will be July 31-Aug. 2. The fair draws dealers from many states with a wealth of wares to sell. The fair, at the Asheville Civic Center downtown, has been offered for 60-some years.     

            The annual Village Art and Craft Fair, Aug. 1-2 in Asheville, is an upscale, longtime event that draws vendors from a wide area.

            Asheville’s bimonthly art gallery walk will be Aug. 7, and it’s fun to stroll among the many diverse galleries downtown and enjoy free refreshments. On the other end of town, the Asheville Quilt Guild will host its annual show Aug. 7-9 at the North Carolina Arboretum. We’ve been to this show, and it’s worth checking out, with a great array of quilts from multiple states exhibited.

            The popular and free Shindig on the Green, an outdoor music series in Asheville, continues every Saturday night in August—bluegrass and folk music and cloggers. It might be hard not to do some dancing yourself.

            Downtown After Five, another outdoor music series, continues in Asheville on Aug. 21. This is a free street festival that offers a range of music: rock, blues, jazz, world.

            And on Aug. 22, Asheville’s own Blue Ridge Roller Girls, a roller derby team, will shake things up at the civic center downtown. This is always an eye-opening event.

            If you need to get your laugh on, a late-night comedy series continues through Aug. 29 at Asheville Community Theatre downtown, and for more laughs, the Feral Chihuahuas perform in Asheville on Aug. 1, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

            The Asheville Tourists, a minor league baseball team, play through Sept. 3. And an interactive butterfly exhibit with hundreds of the winged creatures is at the WNC Nature Center, just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, through Sept. 7.

              One more note: for Indigo Girls fans, the talented duo will play at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville on Sept. 17. We’ve attended concerts at the Peel, and it’s a great venue for the Indigos.  

            All of these events 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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Don’t miss the Bele Chere festival in Asheville

The belle of the ball in Asheville in July is undoubtably Bele Chere, the annual street festival downtown that’s one of the largest such events in the Southeast. Join us July 24-26 this year for this rocking party, and for the first time, every musical event is FREE this year. When you visit our Lovers’ Loop Retreat vacation rental, we’re an easy five-minute drive to a shuttle stop, where a bus will take you downtown, so you can walk around without having to bother with parking and streets that are closed for Bele Chere.

Bele Chere is people and crafts and food and lots of energy. Locals mix with visitors. There’s a pulse in the streets and comraderie in the air. For refreshment, locally-made beers and many restaurants sell their selections at booths. Oh, there’s fresh lemonade, too. And lots of local crafters have an amazing range of goods for sale.

The live music varies, so you’re bound to hear something you like while you’re there, from bluegrass, Americana and rock to reggae, world and blues— local, regional and national bands. Come check it out and enjoy one of the best festivals in the region.

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