Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner in Asheville Restaurants

Grove Park Inn Restaurants:
The Blackbird Restaurant   47 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC

Carmel's Kitchen and Bar   The Grove Arcade, One Page Avenue, Asheville NC

Frankie Bones Restaurant Lounge 2 Gerber Road #101 Asheville NC

Pack's Tavern   20 South Spruce Street, Asheville NC

Red Stag Grill - The Bohemian Hotel   11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC

STORM Rhum Bar & Bistro   125 S Lexington Ave #103a, Asheville NC

Grovewood Cafe    111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville NC  

Roux - Dining in the Hilton Asheville   43 Town Square Blvd, Asheville NC

Luella's Bar-B-Que   501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville NC

Ruth's Chris Steak House    26 All Souls Crescent, Asheville NC

The Bier Garden   46 Haywood Street, Asheville NC  

Biltmore Estate Restaurants:
Deerpark 11 AM-4 PM: Special Thanksgiving buffet, reservations required (and books up fast). $42/person. Phone: 828-225-6260.
Bistro (at Winery) 11 AM-9 PM: Elaborate four-course prix fixe menu, plus limited a la carte. Phone: 828-225-6230. Reservations highly recommended.
Stable Café (by House) 11 AM-4 PM: A la carte menu with blend of most popular lunch menu items, plus a number of holiday offerings. Best option if you tour Biltmore on Thanksgiving and don’t have a reservation.
Cedric’s Tavern (Antler Village) 11 AM-11 PM: Regular lunch and dinner menus, plus three-course menu. Phone: 828-225-1320
For more Asheville Restaurants visit the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Curtis Wright Outfitters now offering Online Shopping

Curtis Wright Outfitters has announced the opening of their new online store. You can now find many of the amazing fly fishing items typically offered in the Asheville and Weaverville shops available for purchase online.

Curtis Wright will continue to add new products, and offer products you might not find anywhere else. For those customers and guests who don't live close by, this can become a convenience that will keep you fishing and comfortable for years to come.

Curtis Wright Outfitters is located at 24 N. Main Street in Weaverville NC and 5 All Souls Crescent in Asheville NC

Monday, November 25, 2013

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Grove Park Inn

November 26 - December 28   Thanksgiving Celebration at the Grove Park Inn   Enjoy elegant and lavish buffets in addition to The Macy's Day parade and football games on the big screen, plus live music throughout the resort.

Other weekend activities include The National Gingerbread House Competition™ display, the traditional tree-lighting ceremony and even a visit from Santa.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy a truly classic holiday weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

The Omni Grove Park Inn includes a renowned spa, scenic golf course, sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training. Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with some original Inn antiques.  See current BEST rates with lowest rate guarantee or book online now  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Asheville Holiday and Christmas Parade this Weekend

November 23    Asheville Holiday Parade The 67th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, rolls through downtown Asheville beginning at 11 AM. The parade starts on Biltmore Avenue near South Charlotte Street, makes a left on Patton Avenue, and ends at French Broad Avenue.

This year's theme, "A Star is born" is the largest to date with 101 entries and the "Stars" from The Asheville Ballet, Star 104.3, Mix 96.5, Asheville Lyric Opera, and actors from “The Best Christmas Pageant” at Asheville Community Theatre.

Giant balloons will soar above the parade to add to the day’s excitement, along with eight marching bands, a variety of dance and holiday cheer groups, dueling pianos, a skip rope team,  llamas, horses and unicycles to entertain the crowd. All the fun and exciting participants and entries lead up to the big finish, the arrival of Santa Claus, sponsored by The Grove Arcade.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter Wonderland and Gingerbread House Display at The Grove Arcade

November 20 - January 2   Winter Wonderland at The Grove Arcade   Asheville's historic downtown arcade displays all the trimmings of the holiday season along with the annual National Gingerbread House Competition display, co-hosted with The Grove Park Inn.

Santa will be visiting the Arcade on Saturdays from noon – 4 PM, November 30-December 21. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase. In addition to the Arcade’s restaurants regular evening hours, many shops will be open until 8:00 PM on Fridays, starting November 29 until December 21.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

National Gingerbread House Competition and Display at the Grove Park Inn

November 20 - January 2   The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display   Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Omni Grove Park Inn  for display over the holidays. You will delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations. A stroll through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.

There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, enjoy the beautiful holiday displays throughout The Grove Park Inn and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Maps are available in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa- Renowned spa, scenic golf course, sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training. Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with some original Inn antiques. Facilities can accommodate business conventions, family reunions or just a quiet romantic getaway.   Book online for the lowest rates and Best Price Guarantee .


Friday, November 15, 2013

RiverLink Holds Meeting for Proposed Housing Project

December 10, 6 PM at  RiverLink's Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street, in the heart of Asheville's River Art District - Join RiverLink and developer Jay Fiano for a neighborhood and community meeting to view and review plans for a new proposed housing project on Amboy Road directly across from the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay greenway.

RiverLink is spearheading the economic and environmental rebirth of the French Broad River
and its watershed as a destination where everyone is invited to live, work and play. They accomplish their mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use, greenway development, adaptive reuse of historic structures, creating public no-fee no-reservation camping sites along the river, adaptive reuse of historic structures, educating 5,000 school children a year and the public-at-large about the importance of the river, and empowering 1,700 volunteers annually.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jammin’ on the Porche at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial

November 15, 12 - 2:00 PM  at the  Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site  52 North Market Street in downtown Asheville NC  -  Carol Rifkin, bluegrass and early country musician and host of “This Old Porch” on WNCW Radio, will be Jammin’ at the Memorial. Come join in with your own instrument or voice, or just your enjoyment of listening.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Asheville Community Theatre Presents Hobson's Choice

November 15-17 at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut Street in downtown Asheville NC - Hobson's Choice. This ACT performance is a lighthearted comedy set in Victorian England with a surprisely playful feminist message. A domineering father puts his three daughters to work in his shoe shop while he gallivants around town.   He dismisses his oldest daughter as an old maid without any future but she turns the tables on him to give him a real run for his money.

Written by Harold Brighouse and directed by Arnold Sgan the play is performed as a part of The Autumn Players' Readers Theatre Showcase Series. Note: Friday and Saturday performances are held in 35below at Asheville Community Theatre; Sunday performance is at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus.

Asheville Community Theatre since 1946 (ACT) has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals. 828-254-1320. Please visit the site for this season's schedule. Get a link for ACT and other Asheville entertainment on the Asheville NC Visitors Guide.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Glass Blowing Demonstration this Weekend

Novmeber 15, 11 AM - 4 PM enjoy a Glass Blowing demonstration by Jason Probstein at the Grove Acrade in downtown Asheville. Mountain Made, the Arcarde's resident WNC Gallery, presents this craft demonstration as part of a series by local artisans.

Mountain Made celebrates the artisans and entrepreneurs of Western North Carolina
by creating a viable market for regionally produced fine art and fine crafts. Featuring the work of over 80 artisans including beautiful pottery, hand painted silks, jewelry, furniture, original oils-pastels-watercolors, stained glass, textile art, blown and fused glass, iron work, gourds, hand made books.

Mountain Made is located located inside the historic Grove Arcade Public Market in downtown Asheville at 1 Page Avenue, Suite 123. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Get a link for Mountain Made, the Grove Arcade and other downtown Asheville shops and galleries on the Asheville NC Guide.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas at Biltmore - a Spectacular Holiday Event

November 2 - January 12    Christmas at Biltmore, the celebration that began on Christmas Eve in 1895 when George Vanderbilt introduced his family and friends to the newly completed Biltmore home, continues today.

This wonderful celebration allows all visitors to enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.Click below for details, photos and Biltmore tickets:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Poinsettias on Display this Weekend at Van Wingerden International

November 9  Van Wingerden International Open House   10:00AM-3:00PM you'll find acres of poinsettias in full bloom with employees on hand to share how the plants are grown using environmental friendly technology as well as answer your questions.

The greenhouses are located on Highway 191 (Haywood Road) in Mills river NC (between Asheville and Hendersonville). See the ocean of Christmas Poinsettias and other flowering plants before they are shipped to retail stores for the holidays. There will also be live music, educational displays, and refreshments.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Semi-Annual Studio Stroll this Weekend in Asheville's River Arts District

November 9 - 10   River Arts District Studio Stroll  The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There are now more than 160 Artists and crafters in the River Arts District.

There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot Street across from the Clingman Café.

Bring your Christmas list and do your holiday shopping early!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings Begin this Weekend in Asheville

 November 9 - January 4, 2014    Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart.

Your evening admission includes:
  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village and Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Asheville Cinema Festival Now in its 3rd Year

November 7 - 10   Asheville Cinema Festival   The 3rd annual festival with 40 films including a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. Downtown Asheville viewing venues are the Asheville Community Theatre and the Masonic Temple theater. Opening and closing night events are at the Biltmore Grande cinema at Biltmore Park in south Asheville.

The Asheville Cinema Festival (ACF) was founded by Tom and Sandi Anton in 2011.The founders of ACF first established the Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) in 2010 with the goal of bringing beautifully crafted independent films to the area, films that otherwise may not have been shown. As a third year festival, it is thrilled to present films that are currently receiving awards at some of the top film festivals around the country. ACF 2011 screened The Artist three months before it hit the theaters. The Artist went on to win a Best Picture Academy Award. Last year, ACF 2012 opened the festival with “Silver Linings Playbook” that went on to garner a Best Actress Academy Award for Jennifer Lawrence.