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Get your Celtic on at Asheville’s Jack of the Wood

We ate supper Sunday at the popular Asheville downtown pub, Jack of the Wood. You’ll find some of the best free music in the city there. (And to get there, you’ll probably pass, as we did, many street musicians playing for free, too.)

At Jack of the Wood, you can enjoy a Green Man beer (the pub’s own beer), brewed at the Green Man brewery downtown, while you listen to the Sunday evening (5-8 p.m.) Celtic jam session. Musicians come and go during the jam, and although most are probably amateur musicians, they sound as if they’ve been playing together forever. On the Sunday we went, the group included violins, flutes, a harp, penny whistles, a banjo and mandolin. It’s a random, improvised Irish orchestra, and there’s no cover charge.

Jack of the Wood offers traditional Irish pub fare, much of it made with locally-produced ingredients. The menu includes such trademark Irish dishes as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and Irish beef and Guinness stew.

More Celtic music in Asheville

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, you’re an easy 10-minute drive to Jack of the Wood and all of downtown Asheville, where the Diana Wortham Theatre is located. Diana Wortham has a Celtic music series each year with internationally-known bands.

De Danann is coming up in the series on May 27.

For your Celtic thrills, contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Elvis comes to Asheville

Well, not that Elvis. But British rocker Elvis Costello will perform for the first time in Asheville on July 19 at the civic center downtown, and tickets are on sale starting Friday, March 25.

Costello will perform with his band the Imposters, and this brings back memories for us of his rise to stardom many years ago. We still enjoy listening occasionally to a Costello album or two.


Cold Mountain Song

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re an easy 10-minute drive to Asheville’s civic center and all the rest that downtown Asheville offers. Costello was nominated for an Oscar for the song “The Scarlet Tide” from the movie “Cold Mountain,” based on a book by Asheville resident and best-selling novelist Charles Frazier.

Elvis Presley in Asheville

Elvis Costello isn’t the first Elvis to rock Asheville. Elvis Presley performed at a sell-out show at the civic center in 1975.

If you have tickets to a great show or if you come to Asheville for any other event or reason, stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental. Contact us at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat March Muse-letter

We love March. It’s full of surprises. March can be winter or spring at various times, but here in Asheville, NC, eventually March gives way to signs of springtime. Maybe emerging crocuses, daffodils, forsythia, flowering trees. It’s a bursting-forth month, and the Asheville area bursts forth with it. Lots of people downtown, lots of events—music, comedy, organic happenings this month. Here at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, we can’t wait for March to get started and spread the energy and vibrancy of this fun and funky place. When you visit Asheville, take advantage of the welcome mat at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, a peaceful place beside the Blue Ridge Parkway where you can enjoy our mountain views with convenient access to downtown and other attractions.

Free things to do in Asheville in March

Asheville always has free and nearly-free activities. Enjoy some free things to do in Asheville in March. Check out the Asheville Ukulele Jam the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Laurey’s Catering downtown. All levels of experience are welcome. March 1 is the monthly free-admission day at the North Carolina Arboretum, with hundreds of acres of forest and landscaped gardens for walking and biking, plus exhibits. The Asheville Art Museum’s monthly free-admission day is March 2. The museum’s 60th-anniversary exhibit includes a painting by Zelda Fitzgerald, who died in Asheville and was married to novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Curator’s Bazaar at the art museum March 12-13 will offer deals on frames, books and artwork, but there’s no charge for browsing.

Jack of the Wood, a nightclub downtown, hosts a free, unplugged Irish jam session each Sunday evening. The Synergy Story Slam at the new Magnetic Theatre is an open-mic storytelling competition. The theater, in Asheville’s River Arts District, asks for a donation of $5-$10, but no one is turned away. For another nearly-free activity, watch a movie at Asheville Pizza and Brewing, where all films are $3.

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.

Organic in Asheville

The annual Organic Growers School conference will be March 5-6 at UNC-Asheville. Learn everything you want to know about organic growing: gardening, livestock, permaculture, cooking, herbs, food preservation, landscaping and more.

March comedy in Asheville

March is a funny month in Asheville. Billy D. Washington, a stand-up comedian and musician, performs at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown March 11. March 11-13 is the annual Comedy Classic Weekend at the Grove Park Inn north of downtown, with nationally-known comedians. For home-grown comedy that pokes fun at all things Asheville, catch the Asheville-based, all-women’s group LYLAS (Love Ya Like A Sis) March 17-26 at the North Carolina Stage Co. downtown.

Asheville events in March

Remember the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band? They’re playing at the Orange Peel downtown March 11. Lucinda Williams will play the Orange Peel on March 16. For fans of traditional Irish music, there’s Dervish at the Diana Wortham Theatre on March 24. The Magnetic Theatre’s storytelling nights are March 7 and March 21. The annual orchid show at the North Carolina Arboretum March 26-27 is amazing. And the Taste of Home Cooking School will bring its food and fun to Asheville on March 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.

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Ring in the New Year in Asheville

There’s no better place to end the 21st century’s first decade than in Asheville, always a lively place for a celebration of any sort and for any occasion. Here, we do fun right. Visitors at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, are well-positioned to take advantage of all the happenings around New Year’s Eve in Asheville.

New Year’s Eve events in Asheville

The popular Asheville-based Toubab Krewe band will perform at the Orange Peel this Thursday, Dec. 30 to get a start on New Year’s Eve festivities.

The Avett Brothers will play at the Asheville Civic Center downtown Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

Also on New Year’s Eve, clubs will be hopping and happening. The Orange Peel will host Clutch, the Grey Eagle will present the Reigning Sound and the Legendary Singing Stars plus DJ sets, and you can hear more live music at the Westville Pub, Stella Blue, Jack of the Wood, Mo Daddy’s, Magnolia’s, Get Down and elsewhere.

Tressa’s will have its annual New Year’s Eve Bash with the Charles Walker Band, a buffet and complimentary champagne at midnight. Pack’s Tavern will have DJs, party favors, champagne at midnight and a buffet.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Asheville’s Grove House

If you want a lot of bang for your party buck, check out the Grove House downtown, which offers three clubs for one admission price. You can choose from DJs, electronic and video productions and drag performers.

Stick around for balloon drops and champagne at midnight, and enjoy party favors and snacks. Prizes and cash giveaways, too. Such a deal.

Free things to do New Year’s Eve in Asheville

Simply strolling through downtown Asheville on New Year’s Eve should provide its own entertainment with the people-watching that’s so engaging in Asheville. If it’s warm enough, look for street musicians and other performers. And you’ll enjoy the random, costumed curiosities who will roam the streets looking for fun.

The Lexington Avenue Brewery downtown will offer live music with no cover charge.

Walk or drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop

Retreat, and welcome the last moon of 2010 — or the first of 2011.

Feast your eyes on the gingerbread house display at the Grove Park Inn. The creations are imaginative and amazing.

Stick around until Sunday, Jan. 2, and check out the Poetrio event at Malaprop’s bookstore downtown. You’ll hear three poets reading their work.

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

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat December muse-letter

Asheville doesn’t hibernate in December!

As we look eagerly toward the winter solstice in December and the gradual return to more daylight, we’re primed for plenty of fun in these beautiful mountains. We love the mountains in their bareness. On our hike at the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thanksgiving, it was great to have so much visibility through the woods, combined with the many colorful evergreens. Winter is a good time to hike in western North Carolina, and at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, our guests are only a minute from the parkway, which also affords fine birding opportunities.

December events in Asheville

Asheville offers lots of Christmas and Hanukkah events, from theater, dance and musical productions to shows and sales that feature the wide range of artists around here. For many people, the Biltmore mansion in Asheville is a must-see for its Christmas decorations that are up through New Year’s weekend. There’s also a spectrum of music, from the rock and pop of the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and the Avett Brothers to the African-American expression of old-time music provided by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as seasonal symphonic and choral concerts.

Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, 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.

Free things to do in Asheville in December

Enjoy a variety of FREE things. An exhibit of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed through Dec. 3 at Pack Place downtown. The annual exhibit is powerful. The last art gallery walk of the year will be Dec. 3, with the opportunity to view art with refreshments as many galleries downtown stay open later. Hike, bike, bird, run — or skip if you feel like it — on trails at the North Carolina Arboretum on Dec. 7, the first Tuesday of the month, when the parking fee is waived. The parking fee also will be waived each year for the days around Christmas and New Year’s. The arboretum has exhibits, too, including a major one up through next March about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a tribe whose reservation is an hour west of Asheville.

MORE free things to do in Asheville in December

Tour two historic homes, Fernihurst and the Smith McDowell-House, on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. The Smith McDowell-House, now a museum, dates to about 1840 and is Asheville’s oldest surviving house. The new One Bazaar Holiday Music Festival will feature diverse live music on Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 18 at the Downtown Market. You can check out the market’s many booths of artists and crafters while you listen. Drool at the eye candy on display at the Grove Park Inn, which hosts an annual gingerbread house contest and exhibit. Who knew the elaborate, fun and creative designs possible with gingerbread? The exhibit, up through Jan. 2, is really something to see.

Asheville holiday shopping

Asheville is a great place for holiday shopping. And a couple of arts organizations make it easier for shoppers with annual events, among the many arts events in Asheville this holiday season. The Folk Art Center, on the Blue Ridge Parkway five minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, has its Artists’ Holiday Sale on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. The Big Crafty, another artists’ bazaar, will be Dec. 5 at the Asheville Art Museum downtown.

“Santaland Diaries” and “Nutcracker” in Asheville

Humorist David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” will be performed Dec. 16-19  at Asheville Community Theatre, and several versions of “The Nutcracker” will be offered by dance companies in December.

New Year’s Eve in Asheville

New Year’s Eve in Asheville? Yes! It’s a playground downtown. Come and enjoy the buzz on the streets and in the many clubs and bars that offer a great variety of live music and other entertainment. If the night is mild enough, you’ll walk by street musicians playing their hearts out. The Avett Brothers perform at the Asheville Civic Center on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

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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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant to play Asheville

Heads up to Led Zeppelin fans: Robert Plant, singer for the band, will perform at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown on Jan. 18, 2011. Tickets are on sale starting today, Friday, Nov. 19 through Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, will be just 10 minutes from the concert.

Robert Plant “Band of Joy” tour

Asheville is the start of Plant’s new tour to promote his latest recording, “Band of Joy.” He’ll appear with his Band of Joy in Asheville before moving to bigger cities around the country. Plant last appeared in Asheville in 2008 with bluegrass star Allison Krauss.

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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.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, a B&B alternative, at (828) 545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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See Steve Miller and Gregg Allman in Asheville

Tickets are on sale through 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 for the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam at the Asheville Civic Center. Tickets are available at www.xmasjam.tickets.musictoday.com. General ticket sales start Oct. 23 at the civic center box office and through Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.com.

Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable vacation rental in Asheville, NC, are an easy 10 minutes from downtown Asheville’s civic center, which will host the Christmas Jam on Dec. 11 this year.

Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville

In addition to the Steve Miller Band and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers band, the jam will feature John Bell and JoJo Herman of Widespread Panic, the Drive-By Truckers, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and others.

The jam benefits Habitat for Humanity each year.

Warren Haynes grew up in Asheville and is a member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat at (828) 545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Walk the Yellow Brick Road in Asheville with Elton John

Elton John will perform Nov. 16 at the Asheville Civic Center. If you’re interested, jump on it. Tickets go on sale Monday morning, Oct. 4 through Ticketmaster, and the show surely will sell out.

Our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, is a great place to stay if you’re seeing a show at the civic center or elsewhere in downtown Asheville. We’re an easy 10-minute drive from downtown, and you’ll appreciate the peace at our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative after the excitement of a fun show.

Rocket Man comes to Asheville

Elton John last performed in Asheville in 1999, so here’s your opportunity to watch the legendary pianist at a smaller venue without some of the headaches you may encounter at a huge arena.

He’s no Candle in the Wind

Elton John is one of the biggest acts to play in Asheville. Elvis Presley played at the civic center in 1975, and Bob Dylan has performed there several times, including an appearance a couple of years ago.

Come to Asheville for a serving of Crocodile Rock, and enjoy the show!

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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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