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Lovers’ Loop Retreat May muse-letter

Azaleas bursting like proud parents, dogwoods at their peak, rhododendrons starting to dazzle and some blooming plants that we, ahem, don’t know the identity of, sorry to say. This is a more vibrant spring than we’ve had in several years here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative. That’s partly due to the end of the drought in western North Carolina .

There’s never a drought of activities and big fun in Asheville , and when you catch some rest and relaxation at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, you’re practically an eye-blink away from a multitude of festivities. The outdoors is its own draw, with mountains, rivers and scenic roads to explore by foot, kayak or canoe, bike and car, right outside the door of Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

Just ask Michelle and Barack Obama. They spent the weekend of April 23-25 in Asheville . They liked the area so much during the campaign in 2008 that they returned for a vacation. They surprised diners at restaurants and played golf. They toured Asheville ’s Biltmore estate, just 10 minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and they hiked along the Blue Ridge Parkway , almost literally a stone’s throw from our guest suite.

Come see what brought the Obamas back to Asheville , and make our Asheville vacation rental your peaceful, convenient base.

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!

May’s mix of magic includes puppetry, a comic book convention, annual sports and poetry festivals, Shakespeare under the stars, concerts from pop icon Norah Jones to Irish folk music and Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and the wildly popular Lake Eden Arts Festival. May also is the start of Downtown After 5, the seasonal, FREE outdoor music series in downtown Asheville . And the festival of flowers at the Biltmore estate continues through May 16.

Get your bloom on!

Catch some nature at the annual rhododendron show May 1-2 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville . May 4-9 is Asheville Wordfest, a FREE poetry festival that features a variety of established and emerging poets.

The Lake Eden Arts Festival, or LEAF, May 6-9 is a semiannual, multicultural, multi-arts event in Black Mountain , about 15 minutes east of Lovers’ Loop Retreat. (The next LEAF will be in October.)

Norah Jones will perform May 11 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville . Also downtown on May 11, Jorma Kaukonen will appear with David Bromberg at the Orange Peel.

A bright new event is Fanaticon, a FREE convention for fans of comic books, fantasy and science fiction on May 15 at the Asheville Art Museum downtown. If you like open-air Shakespeare, check out the Montford Park Players’ production, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” May 20-30. This Shakespeare troupe starts its season now and will perform into the fall. Most of its productions are FREE.

Get your groove on at Downtown After 5 on May 21, and keep the groove going on May 22 at the annual Montford Music and Art Festival, a FREE street festival just outside downtown Asheville .

The annual Mountain Sports Festival, May 28-30 in Asheville, packs in participants and spectators for inspiring feats of rock climbing, cycling, running, disc golf, paddling, skateboarding and other activities.

Early June brings the start of Biltmore estate’s summer concert series, the inaugural Beer City Bash in Asheville and lots more great stuff.

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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Asheville’s got herb appeal

The annual Asheville Herb Festival, which starts this today, April 30 and lasts through the weekend, draws vendors, growers and assorted herb fans to a weekend of sensory delight at the WNC Farmers Markets. And there’s no admission – it’s FREE!

In addition to herbs for sale, festival-goers will find information on herbal shampoos and soaps, cooking herbs, organic gardening, holistic use of herbs, herbal medicine, cookbooks and more galore. Experts, products, festivity and lots of clean green. This time of year, Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative, is immersed in green now that the trees are in leaf and flowers are blooming. We even have echinacea growing in our yard.

So come visit, smell the roses and the herbs, and plant yourself in this gorgeous area for a great springtime Asheville getaway.

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The Obamas play in Asheville

It’s been an interesting weekend here in Asheville. Michelle and Barack Obama chose Asheville for a weekend vacation. They arrived Friday and left today, Sunday. The newspaper has been filled with photos and stories about the couple’s activities.

Parts of Interstate 26 and other roads were closed, police and emergency crews parked on highways, and people lined streets and camped out at the Asheville airport to catch sight of the Obamas. While they didn’t stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville B&B alternative, the couple hiked on a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway just a stone’s throw from our vacation rental.

Newspaper reports indicated the president played golf at the Grove Park resort, and the couple visited the Biltmore estate, an easy drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and ate at a couple of restaurants in the city.

Just another affirmation of the Asheville area’s appeal as a vacation destination. Come stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville lodging place, and see for yourself.

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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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