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    Great Beer! Belly up to the Bar!

    by charlenemixa Written May 11, 2014

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    We had been in Asheville and been to several breweries. So many restaurants featured the Highland brews, we knew a visit to the taste room was a must. Stopping in on a Saturday afternoon we found a huge tasting room with lots of community tables and a great tasting choices. Today we opted to just go with a pint of their St. Theresa Ale and the Oatmeal Stout. Both were excellent. They have a variety of beer for tasting and also a tour. Plus on some nights/days they have entertainment inside this huge tasting room. The food cart outside has a few sandwiches to enjoy with your beers. We opted for chili dogs. There is also a large outside venue with activities. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy the Highland Brewery.

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    Grove Park Inn Spa! Amazing! Treat Yourself!

    by charlenemixa Written May 11, 2014

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    The Spa at the Grove Park Inn is AWESOME! We easily spent 4 hours one afternoon after golf and the time slipped by. Even though we opted to not have spa services we found it easy to spend a relaxing afternoon in the Spa. It has all the features of whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, eucalyptus rooms, private outdoor patios for men, women, and couples. Private indoor cozy spaces with comfy leather chairs in both the women’s lounge as well as the men’s lounge, plus a cozy couple’s area. The couple’s pools include a great lap pool, a wading pool, and a great outdoor whirlpool with scenic views of the property and the mountains. Waterfall pools are fun! Sitting under the waterfall we let the water loosen any tight shoulder, neck and back muscles. A unique feature is the “cold plunge”. After sitting in the whirlpool at about 116 degrees, you can plunge (or slowly slip) into a pool at 67 degrees. Invigorating but it takes a lot of courage to make a real plunge. We truly had a fun afternoon at the Spa. My husband touts it as “The Best!” We recommend an afternoon or evening at the Spa for a unique individual or couples experience while in Asheville. Treat yourself!

    Waterfall and view of Grove Park Inn from the Spa
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    Exciting Shows at this Community Theatre

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    We had the pleasure of attending the production of "Kiss Me, Kate" on this recent visit to Asheville. The show was terrific! The theatre did a fantastic job in producing this exciting show. We can easily see how locals would be regulars at the Asheville Community Theatre. We will definitely check to see what is playing whenever we are in Asheville.

    One suggestion for those going to a production at the Theatre is to take advantage of the Public Parking Lot. We attempted to find street parking and it was basically impossible. The Public Park is only two blocks from the theatre and well worth the $5 to not be driving around searching for a space. Plus there are several restaurants nearby for dinner before the show or drinks afterwards.

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    The Magnificent Basilica of St. Lawrence

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    We attended Sunday, noon mass, and stayed afterward for the free tour of the Basilica. A most amazing design and structure with no steel or wood to support its huge dome. Totally made of tiles and bricks. We learned a lot on the tour of both the architectural style, its uniqueness as well as the other features and the various artwork, stained glass windows, and sculptures of the Basilica. Truly a beautiful and most unique church!

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    Terrific Theatre in Asheville

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    We had a wonderful visit to the Theatre to see the Asheville Lyric Opera's production of "Carousel". It was fantastic. The theatre is extremely well done, just a little hard to find for any newcomers. We happened to enter off Pack Place and you actually enter through the Art Museum. There is also an entrance off of Biltmore Avenue. Be sure to go early as parking can be a challenge. The parking lot adjacent to the theatre was full when we arrived. Luckily we knew there was another lot close by. The theatre offers a variety of shows and activities. Be sure to check their calendar when visiting Asheville.

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    Eating Asheville - UMMM Delicious!

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    Ummm Good! Eating Asheville is absolutely fantastic and scrumptious. We took the Saturday “High Rollers” tour and so glad we did. Cicily, our guide took us on a gastronomical visit through Asheville visiting 7 restaurants/eateries. While the schedule might change our walking tour started at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar. Starting with a champagne toast and appetizers our excursion of some of Asheville’s “farm to table” restaurants began. Our culinary expedition continued to top notch restaurants with delicious appetizers and wines/drinks. Featured restaurants on this tour were Cucina 24, The Lobster Trap, Limones, and Chestnut’s. As a finale we stopped in for some smooth homemade gelato at the Chocolate Gem. The tour continued from there with a savory dish at the Social Lounge & Tapas Bar and a specialty cocktail. Our grand finale was sipping our cocktail on the rooftop of the Social Lounge with truffles from the Chocolate Gem while taking in scenic views of Asheville. The Tour is “awesome”. A fantastic experience and great way to learn about the Asheville restaurants. Afterwards we used this opportunity to decide our future dining options on our visit. At each restaurant we learned of its specialty, uniqueness and dining vision. In our mind this is a “must do” on a visit to Asheville and a “True Gem”.

    Delicious tastings.  Scrumptious Scallops!
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    Love Beer! Love Asheville Brewery Tour!

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    Asheville is a booming town despite the economy and breweries continue to open. A terrific way to really get to do some beer tasting and learn about the uniqueness of different breweries is with the Asheville Brewery Tours. It is a terrific tour where you really get to taste (generous pours) some delicious beers. Plus at each brewery we got to meet the owners and learn their special brewing processes. Josh and Critter, co-owners of the Asheville Brewery Tours are warm, gracious hosts and share a lot of insight about the various breweries in the Asheville area – over 15! We visited three totally different breweries on our tour on a Friday afternoon. We started at Wicked Weed with it’s larger operation of making 70 different beers. Only open for 6 months the beers are terrific and the restaurant serves excellent food. Their goal is to have great food to pair with great beers. They do Belgian Beer to Double IPA to Sour Beer. We sampled Lucid Blonde, Watermelon Saison, Tyrant Double Hop Red, and Day Walker (Ginger beer). Next we headed to Altamont Brewing Company a laid back smaller brewery with some great tasting beers. Our samplings were a Heffavison, ESB - Extra Special Beer, the Rye Pale Ale and a Porter. Favoring porters currently, my husband really liked the Porter! More beer to come at the newest brewery in Asheville – Burial Beer. Opened less than a month ago, this small brewery is serving up some terrific brews. In keeping with the Burial theme we sampled the Bill Hook, Rye Pale Ale Scythe, and Drawknife Double. At each brewery the owners are on sight sharing their story and vision for their breweries. We highly recommend the Asheville Brewing Tours. It is the best for visiting the Asheville breweries, learning about the beers, lots of sampling and meeting the owners. Josh and Critter make sure we have plenty of time at each brewery for sampling and getting to know all about the beers. Even better they do the planning and driving!

    Touring and Tasting from our Beer Van
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    The Grove Park Inn - Enchanting!

    by charlenemixa Written May 10, 2014

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    On our visit the hotel was booked so we just did a Day at the Resort. Starting with golf on their championship Donald Ross Course, we had a fun morning of golf with cool temperatures and sunny skies. The course challenges golfers of all levels with plenty of elevation changes. Uphill, downhill fairways, and huge greens that were almost impossible to read and putt. Afterwards we had a tasty lunch at the Cabana Grille. Then we took the handy shuttle to the hotel for a tour of the facility. Hilary, our guide, gave us so much insight into the history of this amazing historic hotel. Wow, completed in less than one year with 160 rooms and all of the amazing stones of its structure coming from Sunset Hill where it was built. Many unique accomplishments and stories of this most unique hotel. AHH! An afternoon at their unbelievable spa allows us to truly wind down. It has everything and to our surprise it was easy to spend 4 hours even without spa treatments. So much to experience at this huge spa. Lucky for us we golfed early as afternoon rains came just after lunch. A finale to our day was dinner on the Sunset Terrace. Okay, the rains continued but it was still an excellent dinner with fantastic service and delicious meals. While there was no sunset we still delighted in the beautiful mountain views among the clouds and mists. Overall a wonderful experience. Next time we look forward to staying at the resort to experience other activities and luxury that is offered.

    Room Tip: Be sure to do the Spa as it is truly elegant. This is an elegant historic resort and a must visit f...

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  • Authentic Salt Cave in Downtown Asheville

    by bappel Written Apr 29, 2013

    Upon entering this unique space you are surrounded by tons of large salt crystals, 2 waterfalls, awesome lighting, and soft music. You can relax in a zero gravity chair or on the salt covered floor that has numerous pillows. This space is so tranquil. You can fall asleep almost instantly and completely relax for 45 minutes. When you exit the cave you feel calm, relaxed, refreshed and energized. Breathing in the pure clean air filled with important trace elements for our body brings about the calm feeling. 45 minutes is like a breath of fresh air....this is a must not miss experience. SolA Therapeutic Salt Cave is located in downtown Asheville. Great way to take a break from hectic site seeing, festival or just to unwind and regroup.

    facing the salina (natural ionizer) Unique salt products at the Salt Market They even hold  special classes inside the cave
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    The Blue Ridge Parkway

    by etfromnc Written Dec 26, 2012

    I love promoting the Blue Ridge Parkway but it is hard for me to do in this context because it is spread over nearly 500 miles in two different states. In North Carolina alone it stretches over 250 gorgeous miles from southwest of Asheville to the Brinegar farm and cabin near my hometown of Mount Airy in the northwestern part of the state. At milepost 238 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Brinegar cabin and farmstead are preserved as they were in 1880. A plot containing tomatoes, squash, and flax are still cultivated there each year. Standing near the garden, peering into a seemingly endless valley below, you will not want to leave. I selected Asheville for the site of this Tip because of the new environmentally friendly Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center near Asheville – a 12,800-square-foot facility, built to the latest energy-saving standards, and containing the answers to nearly any questions you might have about the history, construction, views, and services available on this one of a kind Parkway.

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    Go Back to the 1960's

    by riorich55 Written Aug 22, 2011

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    We didn't really get to spend very much time in the actual city of Asheville itself, but during the mid point of our 2 hour La Zoom Tour we stopped for about 15 minutes at this very eclectic and funky combination book store/cafe called the Firestorm Cafe.

    If you go to their website you'll be able to get a little more background about the establishment which opened up back in 2008.

    To Sue and I it appeared to be a throw back to the late 1960's or early 1970's. The crowd inside that weren't tourist on the bus tour were very much in their late teens, early 20's and if I had closed my eyes for about 40 years and opened them again I could have sworn I had taken a trip back to my college days and into similar environs around the college campus where I went to school.

    I took a couple of pictures while Sue browsed the few book shelves and bought a small pastry. A couple of my pictures didn't really turn out because I was trying to get a couple of the people in the store quietly and didn't focus in properly.

    Entrance Inside View Everything Including Tie Dyed Shirts What's He Reading?
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    Getting high in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    by etfromnc Written Mar 21, 2011

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    For hundreds of years, that might have involved liquid moonshine. During the last half of the 20th Century, it might have meant illegal drugs. Today, it doesn't have to involve either. It might mean just a lot of hot air.
    Despite their glamorous appeal, hot air balloons were once used morstly for military purposes, as shrewd generals flew them over enemy flanks to get a leg up in battle, but today the only thing you will be battling is the urge to scream, "I'm on top of the world!" Reserve a sunrise flight over western North Carolina through Asheville's R.O. Franks Aviation Company for just about $250 per person. Let pilot Addison Brown flex his 15 years of flight experience as he points out historic landmarks and provides insight into the state's ancient topography. Join three other passengers as you meet in the early morning, taking off to reach an altitude of 500 to 2,000 feet above ground, in time to see the sun spill over the mountains. Depending on weather and available landing sites, each flight lasts 45 minutes to an hour. It'll be an unforgettable experience

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    Comedy Bus Tour - Ride the Purple Bus

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    This 90-minute tour takes you through Asheville's neighborhoods, providing some historic information along with a lot of silliness. It ended up being a lot of fun. As you go along, you meet a variety of characters ranging from a levitating swami to a ghost with a lemonade stand.

    The tour runs from May to October, Tuesday-Saturday, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $22 (on line) to $26 (by phone) Discounts for seniors and kids.

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  • Get a Best of Asheville map to find your way

    by Fletchernc53 Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    One of the first things we look into when going to a new town is a map. Who has time these days to just wing it. On a recent visit to Asheville we found several maps. The one that captured our attention the most however, was the one called "The Best of Asheville" by Resort maps. We had a great time referring back to the map every day. It highlited great Restaurants, Shopping, and points of interest. Best part was ...it was free! We saw them everywhere, so you will too. Don't miss out when you visit Asheville...look for the map.

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    grove arcade

    by doug48 Updated Jul 31, 2009

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    the grove arcade covers a city block in downtown asheville. the grove arcade was built in 1929 in the tudor gothic revival style. today the grove arcade has a collection of shops, restaurants and bars. for those interested in architecture and shopping the grove arcade is worth a stop in downtown asheville.

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