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Lovers’ Loop Retreat June muse-letter

            We love the summer solstice. Here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, we’ll celebrate the solstice June 21 and relish the day with the most daylight of the year. That means the cardinals, Carolina wrens, mourning doves, chickadees, finches, nuthatches, blue jays and the rest in our circus of resident birds will offer their chorus for a little bit longer on the solstice.

As the season explodes in nature’s noises and flora, we’re amazed at all the activities and events the Asheville area offers in June and throughout the summer. Of course, Asheville never hibernates, so any time of year is a great time to be here, and each season –  and month –  has its advantages. In June, advantages abound, and some are free.

One advantage of staying at Lovers’ Loop Retreat is that we’re a quick, easy drive to lively downtown Asheville, the Biltmore estate in Asheville, the River Arts District and other attractions. And for outdoor recreation, the Blue Ridge Parkway is at the end of our street with FREE opportunities for hiking, biking and other activities.

Free things to do in Asheville in June

Asheville has lots of free and nearly-free activities. Check out some free things to do in Asheville in June. The next Asheville Gallery Walk will be June 3, and it gives an opportunity to stay later, talk with artists and enjoy refreshments at the many diverse art galleries downtown. Pickin’ on the Porch also will be June 3 at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial downtown. It’s a new music series noon to 2 p.m. on the first Friday of each month through October. Art in the Park, an open-air art market, will be June 11, June 18 and June 25 downtown, in addition to three dates in October. The Montford Park Players, a longtime Shakespeare troupe, will perform “Double Falsehood/Comedy of Errors” June 3-26 at the park’s amphitheater, just outside downtown Asheville.

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

More free Asheville events and activities in June

Stroll along Asheville’s self-guided urban trail downtown, and get a FREE lesson in history and architecture. The city has many varied, fascinating and rare architectural gems that really add to the downtown aura. While you’re downtown, visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s Second Saturdays event June 11. This is the first in the museum’s FREE annual series (on the second Saturday in June, July and August) that features local arts, crafts and demonstrations. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial itself is a must-see destination for literature and history buffs. For the admission of only $1, you’ll get a great tour of the house where the novelist grew up and spent time when he visited Asheville as an adult.

Asheville’s River Arts District Studio Stroll

The River Arts District Studio Stroll will be June 11-12. It’s a FREE event that allows you to walk through artists’ galleries, talk with artists and purchase art, and it’s in the trendy, up-and-coming River Arts District just outside downtown Asheville.

Free music in Asheville

The next concert in the FREE outdoor music series Downtown After Five in Asheville will be June 17. The band will be the Blue Dogs, a Charleston, S.C.-based group that plays Americana/country-rock. The street festival runs the third Friday of each month from May through September. Food and locally made beer are available, and sales benefit charities. Shops on Lexington Avenue stay open longer, too.    

Malaprops bookstore events

            The city’s most happening bookstore, Malaprops, is downtown and features several readings related to Eastern culture in June. On June 21, Irmansyah Effendi will read from and sign his book about meditation. June 22, the store will host Rameshwar Das, co-author with Ram Dass of “Be Love Now.” Ram Dass will participate through Skype. On June 29, Master Zhongxian Wu will talk about classical Chinese wisdom.     

Asheville events in June

Check out these other events in Asheville in June: Asheville Tourists baseball throughout the month, “The Glass Menagerie” June 1-19 at the N.C. Stage Co., the Blue Ridge Roller Girls roller derby June 4, the Found Footage Festival with screenings of rare and discovered videos June 9 at the Grey Eagle, the daylily show and sale June 18 at the North Carolina Arboretum, Chris Isaak at the Orange Peel on June 21 and more.

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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Free and Fun and Outdoors in Asheville

Asheville has some great outdoor entertainment events each year, and many of them are FREE things to do in Asheville. Movies, live music, live theater — there’s a lot to choose from while you’re in town.

Asheville breweries              

When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, you’re an easy drive from the Wedge brewery in the River Arts District just outside downtown. The Wedge offers a FREE outdoor film series every Saturday night from May through September. The first movie in this year’s series will be “Harold and Maude,” which will be shown today, May 7. Most of the movies are classics, from the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin and Hitchcock to Walt Disney, Woody Allen and the Talking Heads. Throw in some James Bond, Monty Python and Mel Brooks among others, of course. Bring a chair, and enjoy a beverage or picnic.

Downtown After Five lowdown 

One of the more popular events is Downtown After Five, a FREE street festival on Lexington Avenue the third Friday evening of each month. Live music, happy people, food and beer, and some of the funky shops stay open late. The first concert this year will be May 20 featuring the Asheville Horns and Bayou Diesel, and a mix of music follows during the series. Beer sales help local nonprofits. Other concerts will be June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.

Theater in Asheville

You don’t have to be a drama queen to dig the Montford Park Players, Asheville’s longtime Shakespeare troupe that performs for FREE from June through August in an amphitheater just outside downtown. The stage under the stars is a peaceful setting as sunset creeps in. The Players’ take on Shakespeare is lively, inventive and casual, no stuffy stuff. Their free performances of comedies, tragedies, romances and everything in between start June 3.

Shindig on the Green

Everyone loves Shindig, an Asheville tradition since 1967. The FREE music series, held at a downtown park, starts July 2 and continues most Saturday nights through Sept. 3. It’s a mix of bluegrass, mountain and old-time music and dance. Expect string bands, clogging, ballads, storytelling. Bring your own instrument — you may not be able to resist some jamming. Add a blanket or chair, a picnic and you’re there.

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re close to all of these freebies. Contact us at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat May muse-letter

This is one of the prettiest springs we can remember here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative. Our azaleas are bursting in red, pink and white; our rhododendrons are blushing in pink; the dogwoods are blooming snow-white; the serviceberry had popcorn-like blooms; the forsythia and redbud rocked.

It’s a healthy spring throughout the Asheville area. Asheville is buzzing right along with nature now with an abundance of activities and events that await you. Lovers’ Loop Retreat is a quick, easy drive to lively downtown Asheville, the Biltmore estate in Asheville, the River Arts District and other attractions. And the Blue Ridge Parkway is at the end of our street for outdoor recreation fans and scenic-roadway cruisers.

Free things to do in Asheville in May

Asheville has plenty of free and nearly-free activities. Enjoy some free things to do in Asheville in May. The Big Love Fest on May 1 at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville will feature live music, arts and crafts and locally-brewed beers. It’s new and FREE. Asheville Wordfest, an annual poetry festival, will be May 3-8 and will include a diverse slate of poets, some nationally known, as well as opportunities for open-mic readings for others. Poetry events are held downtown, and they’re FREE. The Wedge brewery in the River Arts District starts its FREE outdoor movie series May 7 with “Harold and Maude.” The series continues each Saturday night through Sept. 24.

More Free Asheville Events in May

The Weaverville Art Safari just north of Asheville, a self-guided tour of artists’ studios, will be May 7-8. The Montford Arts and Music Festival on May 21 is an outdoor street festival with two stages for music, theater and dance, plus lots of vendors. Nearly free is the Feral Chihuahuas, a local comedy troupe, which performs the second Saturday of each month for free at Broadways downtown; Broadways charges a $5 fee for an annual membership. Another nearly free option is the Asheville Cinebarre movie theater, where a flick costs $3 and just $1 on Sunday.

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.

Asheville’s Downtown After Five

A fun way to get down downtown in Asheville is the Downtown After Five FREE outdoor music series. The first concert will be May 20 with the Asheville Horns and Bayou Diesel. The street festival runs the third Friday of each month from May through September. Food and locally made beer are available, and sales benefit charities. Shops stay open longer, too.

Fanaticon in Asheville

Fans of comic book and pop culture will love this FREE annual event, held May 21 at the Asheville Art Museum downtown. It’s preceded by the Fanaticon Rave party May 20. It’s a tribute to heroes and villains with a costume masquerade, live music, panel discussions, comic book artists and more. Freak out!

Mountain Sports Festival

The Mountain Sports Festival May 27-29 is one of the biggest recreational events in Asheville each year. It’s FREE to attend. The festival offers competitions for professionals and amateurs in a range of activities, from climbing, cycling and paddling to disc golf, running and dodgeball. There’s free live music all weekend, too.

Asheville events in May

Check out these other events in Asheville in May: Asheville Tourists baseball May 5-12 and May 17-23, the FREE East of Asheville Studio Tour of artists’ studios May 14-15, Tret Fure in concert May 20, Little Feat in concert May 24 and a rose show at the North Carolina Arboretum May 28-29.

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.

Cheers!

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Asheville’s All Go West Festival

The second annual All Go West Festival is coming up soon, this Saturday, April 23. It’s a diverse, daylong celebration of music and arts that makes for a great and funky day. Did we mention that it’s FREE? Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, is close to the festivities.

The event, in West Asheville outside downtown, will feature lots of music and arts. You’ll also find refreshments in locally-brewed beer and barbecue (not free). The festival will include exhibits related to green and sustainable living. The music medley will include the genres of folk, pop, rock, Americana, acoustic, electronic/dance and more. Two stages will feature music from noon to 10 p.m. There’s no way you won’t be dancing!

Earth Day in Asheville

All Go West is in the early lineup of Asheville’s seasonal festivals, which represent lots of opportunities for fun. Last weekend, we went to the annual Earth Day event downtown, and it was huge, with music all day and night and a variety of vendors, from a food cooperative and Transition-Town group to a green moving company and a tree-planting nonprofit.

Asheville Festivals

We can keep track of the seasons by the festivals. Biltmore estate’s dazzling Festival of Flowers in April and May, Actionfest movie extravaganza and Hatch creative arts festival in April, Artisan Bread Bakers Festival in April, the herb festival in April and May, the Jewish film festival in April, Edible Book Festival in April, Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in nearby Black Mountain in May and October, Asheville Wordfest in May, Mountain Sports Festival and Montford Music and Arts Festival in May, Beer City Festival in June, Bele Chere street festival in July, Goombay African and Caribbean fest and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in August.

There’s also the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) and Organicfest in September, gay pride and Latino festivals in October, Hard Lox Jewish festival in October, and other beer festivals in October and January. Whew! We’re dizzy, and we haven’t mentioned all of them. All of these events are on our website during the year, so we’ll keep you updated.

Contact your festival clearinghouse, Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Fodor’s ranks Asheville in top 21 destinations

Asheville makes so many national and international best-of lists, it’s head-spinning. The area has garnered praise as a place to retire, a place for cycling and other outdoor recreation, a groovy food and microbrewery scene, a good spot for organic and vegetarian fare, a great place to start an independent business, a top location for visual arts and other accolades.

Fodor’s travel guide destinations include Asheville

This year, the travel guidebook publisher Fodor’s lists Asheville in the top 21 destinations in the world for 2011! Asheville beat Morocco and other exotic locales to be ranked equally with the coast of Italy, Hawaii, Mozambique, Tokyo, Toronto, New York City and other destinations. Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, is right here in the middle of the action.

Asheville, NC, attractions

We’ve hosted many guests over the years who are wowed by Asheville. Our guests come for music concerts, for visual arts, for the lively and diverse dance scene, for hiking and biking, for motorcycling, for the Biltmore estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway, for the Bele Chere street festival, for free bluegrass jams, for creative beers and a tantalizing diversity of restaurants, for workshops —the list of attractions in and around Asheville is long and delicious.

Asheville, NC, microbreweries

A Fodor spokeswoman told the local newspaper that Asheville and the other 20 destinations listed for 2011 always are great places to visit. We knew that. She said one reason Asheville came to Fodor’s attention is its recent designation as Beer City USA, a tribute to the hopping—yeah, we said it—microbrewery scene here. The city has about a dozen microbreweries.

Asheville, NC, vacation

Asheville has received other travel-related acclaim. The New York Times travel section featured Asheville in October 2010. And travel guidebook publisher Frommer’s listed Asheville in its top 12 destinations in 2007.

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, we’re happy to host guests for whatever reasons they come to Asheville. Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Explore the fine fringe arts in Asheville

Asheville’s annual Fringe Arts Festival offers a different spin on the arts. The festival this weekend features performances and classes that relate to dance, theater, puppetry and other performing arts.

Asheville arts events

The festival reflects the fresh creativity that abounds here in Asheville, where unique forms of expression are encouraged and appreciated. Various venues in and near downtown host the festival’s classes and performances, which include a spoof of reality TV by clothing designers.

Some events include audience participation. Multimedia, circus, comedy, sound artistry, visual images — all of the senses are engaged.

The arts scene in Asheville is thriving and lively year-round. Stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, to be close to all the fun.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat January muse-letter

Happy new year! After the recent snow, we had a blast cross-country skiing on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which is at the end of our street here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative. Cross-country skiing is one of our favorite activities, and there are other fun things for our guests to do outdoors in winter. Use our guest suite as a base if you want to downhill ski at any of the several skiing areas nearby. The North Carolina Arboretum, Beaver Lake and the UNC-Asheville arboretum, all in Asheville, and other areas are great for bird-watching at this time of year, too. Not to mention the property at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. On our peaceful acre, you can watch interesting wildlife dramas with our resident ravens, squirrels, chipmunks, chickadees and other characters.

January events in Asheville

Apart from the natural world, January offers fun and funky events in Asheville. Five-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill will perform Jan. 9 at The Orange Peel downtown. The annual Asheville FringeArts Festival will be Jan. 20-23. At the festival, expect some circus, some dance, some video, some music — keep your mind open, and be blown away. Enjoy contemporary dance with the Pilobolus dance troupe at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown Jan. 21-22. If opera makes your heart sing, check out Asheville Lyric Opera’s “Brundibar” on Jan. 28-29 at Diana Wortham Theatre.

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.

Asheville dancing at the Grove Park Inn

The historic Grove Park Inn hosts several annual, ticketed dance events in the winter that are open to non-guests of the inn. The Big Band Swing Dance Weekend will be Jan. 20-22, and the All That Jazz Weekend will be Jan. 28-29. (The inn’s Celtic Adventure Weekend will be Feb. 4-5.) Get your groove on, and dance the cold away!

Asheville beer city

Here’s one for the many beer lovers who visit the many microbreweries in Asheville’s growing and renowned beer scene. The annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival will be Jan. 22. Fifteen to 20 breweries will be represented, and the event will feature live music, too. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Asheville nonprofit RiverLink, which works to keep area rivers clean.

Bill Cosby in Asheville

Yes, the funny man will perform in Asheville on Jan. 23 at the civic center. It won’t be Cosby’s first appearance in Asheville, but it might be his best! Get laughing already!

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.

Cheers!

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Electronic synthesizer festival starts this Friday in Asheville

Move over, Halloween. If you’ve been a fan of popular music any time since the 1960s, you’ve heard the Moog synthesizer in recordings or at concerts. Bob Moog was the electronic music pioneer who invented the Moog synthesizer in the early ‘60s and the Minimoog soon afterward. Moog lived in Asheville, where his company still makes instruments, from 1978 until his death in 2005.

Moogfest in Asheville

The Moog sound has never been silenced.  Moogfest will be this Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31 with concerts and other events at the Asheville Civic Center and the Orange Peel, both downtown, and at other venues in Asheville. Visitors at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, are only a 10-minute drive from the music.

Performers will include Devo, Big Boi, MGMT, Girl Talk, Panda Bear, Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Hot Chip and others. The festival also will feature workshops, exhibits, artwork for sale, film screenings and discussions.

Moog your hearts out.

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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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Find your rhythm at the Goombay! festival in Asheville

Rhythm is what Goombay! is all about. Goombay! is Asheville’s annual African-Caribbean street festival downtown, and it’s this week, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29 — and it’s FREE. The festival is larger this year and will feature entertainment on two stages. We’ve hosted guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast, who have made a point to go to this event.

 Asheville festivals

Goombay! is a pulsing, colorful festival with costumes and clothing that dazzle and music that beats, from reggae and gospel to jazz and soul. Enjoy the drummers, belly dancers and sky-high stilt-walkers, a parade on Saturday and the dove release on Sunday. You’ll also find vendors with wares from various countries. Goombay! includes great international food.

Goombay! comes from the word “rhythm,” and the music and dance celebration started in slave days in Bermuda. Other Goombay! celebrations are enjoyed in the Bahamas and Jamaica. Some performing dancers wear headdresses and masks.

Enjoy the mix of cultures you’ll find at Goombay! when you visit Asheville.

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