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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.

Cheers!

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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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Let your stomach be your guide in Asheville

So many great restaurants in Asheville! If it’s hard to select from the menu of tantalizing options, a culinary tour can be a satisfying appetizer. Asheville Food Tours operates year-round except in January and offers tours of restaurants downtown and at Biltmore Village, near the Biltmore estate, south of downtown. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, have an easy drive to both tour sites.

Asheville restaurants

The downtown tour takes visitors to different Asheville restaurants — about 20 in the mix — depending on which day you take the tour. Either tour will leave you eager to explore Asheville’s lively culinary scene. You’ll visit places upscale, laid-back and organic for entrée and appetizer samples, dessert and gourmet chocolate and foods that may include German, Italian, French, Indian and other influences.

Asheville walking tours

Asheville Food Tours is one of Asheville’s diverse walking tours, which include tours of historic Asheville, haunted Asheville, women’s history in the city and breweries downtown. On Asheville Food Tours, you’ll learn some history about the downtown as you move blissfully from table to table. The culinary tour lasts two to three hours and is offered rain or shine.

Tours of Asheville

In case you want a second helping of the restaurants you’ll visit on Asheville Food Tours, you’ll get discount tickets for the eateries you visit.

Asheville’s motorized tours include the LaZoom comedy bus tour, Asheville Trolley Tours, Grayline tours and Asheville Brews Cruise.

Whatever tours you take, Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental, is a convenient place to stay, just 10 minutes from tour starting points.

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

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Lovers’ Loop Retreat November Muse-letter

our mountain view

our mountain view

In November, we regain our mountain view at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville vacation rental. The oaks, sourwoods and tulip poplars were busy in October shedding their leaves, but there’s still nice foliage color into November here in western North Carolina.

November events in Asheville

In addition to Thanksgiving in Asheville, November offers lots of varied events here. And if you’re thinking about holiday gifts, holiday shopping in Asheville features many galleries and stores with creative artwork, unusual clothing and other wares.

Mast General Store downtown is a fun and popular place to browse. Mast sells clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, books, candy and general merchandise. The famous Biltmore mansion in Asheville begins its annual Christmas candlelight activities in November, and other holiday events take place in November in the city. Entertainment at various venues downtown ranges from Cyndi Lauper and moe to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and a musical about menopause.

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.

Free things to do in Asheville in November

You can’t go wrong with these FREE things.

  • The Asheville art museum is open to the public for free Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m.
  • There’s free, public tai chi instruction in Asheville on Saturday morning at Pack Square Park downtown Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
  • Nov. 13-14 is the free and popular River Arts District Studio Stroll, in which you can wander among artists’ studios, talk with artists, enjoy refreshments and view and buy artwork.
  • Nov. 15-21 is the Asheville Art Museum’s annual Holiday Market, at which many of the talented artists in the area will have their work for sale — but it’s free to just look.
  • And on Nov. 21, there’s free admission to the art museum all afternoon.
  • The annual Asheville holiday parade will be Nov. 20 downtown. The Steep Canyon Rangers will provide music, and you’ll see results of the window decoration contest at stores downtown.
  • Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed Nov. 22-Dec. 3 at Pack Place downtown.

Christmas at the Biltmore

Some guests at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, love to visit the Biltmore estate, an easy 10-minute drive from our vacation rental. The Biltmore is quite a scene at holiday time, with elaborately decorated trees, hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias, mistletoe, evergreens and thousands of ornaments. The holiday decorations are up Nov. 5-Jan. 2, 2011. The Biltmore also offers seminars on creating your own holiday décor. The estate’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings start Nov. 12 and run through Jan. 1, 2011. In addition to interior candlelight, trees outside will be decorated with lights.

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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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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Lovers’ Loop Retreat September Muse-Letter

We love the months that start with a big holiday. September offers Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6 this year. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, and those of us lucky to live in Asheville, NC, have plenty of fun and FREE things to do in Asheville Labor Day weekend and throughout September.

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.

Free things to do in Asheville in September

September is bulging with events and activities, too many to mention here, but they’re listed on our website. For starters, read our Aug. 20 blog about free things to do in Asheville Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss the free LAAFF (the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) on Sept. 5. It’s a blast, and we’ll be there.

Also during Labor Day weekend, there’s the North Carolina Apple Festival in nearby Hendersonville Sept. 3-6 and the season’s last Shindig on the Green music concert in Asheville on Sept. 4, both free events.

Asheville’s Montford Park Players present free Shakespeare under the stars with “Twelfth Night” from Sept. 10 through Oct. 3. The plays are performed in a pleasant park setting, and you’ll see mountains and sunsets beyond the stage. The last Downtown After Five of the season is Sept. 17, and people love this event, one of the free street festivals in Asheville.

Heritage Weekend Sept. 18-19 at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway is just a few minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. As the biggest event of the year at the Folk Art Center, this free festival showcases crafts and other traditions of the Appalachians. It’s laid-back and entertaining, and we go every year. Where else can you watch the Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition, a contest based on a simple toy carved from wood? You’ll find experts in beekeeping, canning and preserving, coopering, heritage toy making, blacksmithing, natural dyeing, spinning, quilting, whittling, basket weaving and folk pottery.

The annual Asheville Greek Festival will be Sept. 24-26, a must-do event with wonderful ethnic edibles as well as lively music and dance.

Asheville beer and food

One of the popular beer events in Asheville, a true microbrew city, is the Brewgrass Festival on Sept. 18, where music is the mixer for the homegrown beverages offered.

The inaugural Asheville Food and Environmental Film Festival will be Sept. 22-25 and promotes healthy food and a healthy planet.

Then there’s the organic food option, a popular and growing movement in the Asheville area. The True Nature Country Fair, just north of Asheville in Barnardsville, is Sept. 26-26. You can groove to foods and all other things organic.

More Asheville fun…

…will happen when Asheville’s homegrown roller derby divas, the Blue Ridge Roller Girls, will rule the ring at a bout Sept. 18 at the Asheville Civic Center downtown. These bouts are romping, stomping fascinating; trust us!

Heritage Craft Weekend Sept. 25-26 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville offers another opportunity to explore the area’s rich culture and traditions.

October’s coming fast!

Fasten your seatbelts for October in Asheville. A peak into the month’s fun and festivities includes the last art gallery walk of the season Oct. 1 in downtown Asheville, the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in nearby Black Mountain Oct. 1-3, the annual Asheville Pride Festival on Oct. 2, Asheville’s Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 2 and the Fiesta Latina in Asheville on Oct. 2. So much fun! Get yourself here!

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!

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Try a triathlon in Asheville this summer

Whether you like to compete or watch, triathlon season in the Asheville area is coming up. Here’s to the power of the pedal, the legs and the lungs as participants bike, run and swim in these popular contests. Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville affordable bed and breakfast alternative, is the perfect place to get a breather before or after these events.

            Starting June 12

            The Enka Triathlon at Biltmore Lake in Asheville will be June 12, and this event usually hits the maximum number of 350 competitors. It features the first lake-swim event of the season in the area.

            The Asheville Triathlon will be on July 18, based at Rec Park Pool.

            Three triathlons in August

            Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, an easy 15-minute drive from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville vacation rental, will host triathlons Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. These events are part of the Lake Logan Multi-Sport Festival.

            On Aug. 28, the Lake Lure Triathlon will lure those hungry for a good race. Lake Lure is a beautiful spot just east of Lovers’ Loop Retreat, and it’s a great location for Asheville biking and other outdoor activities. The triathlon is part of the Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad.

            Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat your base whether you’re eager for the winner’s circle or planning to cheer on your favorite athletes.         

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