Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adventure Center of Asheville Spring Break and Spring Hours

The Adventure Cent of Asheville, 1 Resort Dr in Asheville NC, is now open Tuesdays through Sunday, ready to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

The Adventure Center of Asheville offers numerous opportunities for a wide range of team building experiences. From the Treetops Adventure Park, designed to provide a fun and competitive experience, to the ground programs, designed to instill confidence, cooperation, communication, and connection between group members, the Center offers numerous options to meet your group’s needs.

The team building programs are custom planned to reflect your goals, level of challenge and the time you are available. These programs have been popular with corporate groups, students, teachers, athletic teams, boards, and associations. Prices and activities vary depending upon event schedule, group size and support required.

Adventure Center of Asheville KidZipKidZip opened last summer.  It is one of America's first zipline adventures designed for kids 4-10 years old and includes 9 Ziplines and 4 fun climbing elements. It is a self-guided tour with the exception of an adult escort. The ziplines range from 50 feet to 250 feet long. They range from 25 feet high to ground level. ages 4-10 (4-6 with adult escort) 2 hours of adventure

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter in Asheville: Easter on the Green

April 4, 2015    Easter on the Green    An annual FREE family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Asheville NC. Traditional activities include age-specific Easter egg hunts, races, giant inflatables, Bounce house,  music, entertainment, giveaways and more. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and receive a golden egg filled with a prize. A professional photographer will take a family photo that can be downloaded for free.

This Easter event is held at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park from 2 PM to 5 PM. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk thi Friday Night

April 3, 2015   Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  

Visit 20+ downtown venues participating with a complete Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any member downtown gallery, the Asheville Visitors' Center or Pack Place. The Walks take place each first Friday from 5-8PM, April through December. 

Get links for Ashevile lodging and dining on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter on the Green Needs Volunteers

The Asheville Downtown Association is calling for volunteers from its Membership or others for the annual Easter on the Green event. No special skills needed - just helping hands (long ears optional). It's time to bring smiles to children's faces, share the beauty of spring and listen to the squeals of sheer joy as the little ones play in the bounce house or run to gather eggs in the Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter on the Green takes place April 4 from 2 PM (volunteers needed at 1:30) to 5 PM at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park One East Pack Square in Asheville NC.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Soul Shakedown by the River

April 30, 2015 at The Boat House,318 Riverside Dr in Asheville NC - The Soul Shakedown. Boogie down by the river to soul music while enjoying yummy eats, craft beer and wine. All proceeds will benefit Green Opportunities. Hosted by the Asheville Affiliates.

Founded in 1999, the Asheville Affiliates is an organization of community-minded professionals who partner with nonprofits to plan and execute  “parties with a purpose” – that is, fun networking events that help raise funds (and friends) for area nonprofits. To ensure that those selected to benefit from an Affiliates event make a meaningful impact in the community, nonprofits must participate in an extensive application process. Four organizations are selected each year and participate in all aspects of producing the fundraiser with Affiliates members.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FREE Wine Tasting at Hops and Vines

March 28, 3 PM - 6 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd, Ste 100 in Asheville NC - FREE Rose' Wine Tasting:

Bieler Pere et Fils, Provence, France: Driven by delicate Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle aromas and flavors with the Syrah bringing body and Cabernet Sauvignon adding spice. The wine is quite aromatic and jumps out of your glass with the classic Provence tug of war between wild red fruit berries as if you just picked them along a path to the beach, floral notes of lavender and rose petal and underlying savory herbs de Provence. The color is paler than last year and the acidity at the finish more assertive. Much to love $11.99

Barnard Griffin, Sangiovese, Washington: A luscious array of strawberry, melon and cranberry notes are backed up by crisp, palate-cleansing acidity. These flavors are expansive, persisting through the long, satisfying finish. Exciting and fragrant! A serious, dry, food-friendly Rose that can accompany a broad range of cuisine choices or is equally outstanding as a stand-alone sipper. $13.99

Sleight of Hand, Renegade Co., Washington: It's fresh. It's lively! Produced in the style of a Southern Rhone with a blend of Syrah, Mouvedre, and Cinsault. Flavors of pomegranate, citrus, cherries and strawberry-rhubarb pie. A great wine to pair with your renegade gatherings, especially a backyard BBQ. $12.99

10% off all featured bottles on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Special Friday Beer Tasting at Brusin' Ales

March 27, 2015 from 5 PM - 7 PM at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC: Lagunitas Brewing Company beer tasting. Join Lagunitas' Don Chartier who always brings fun along with the great beer.

A Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin': "A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A filtered pale wheat ale that is great for both IPA and wheat beer fans." [7.5% abv]

Lagunitas IPA: "This is our unique version of an ancient style. A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice enroute, nor as old as the 10,000 or so miles of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentloid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again, now stop. Think again, and stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you're on." [6.2% abv]

Lagunitas Sucks: "This beer is a 'Cereal Medley' of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats. Full of complexish-ness from the four grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor." [7.8% abv]

Maximus: "At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!" [8.5% abv]

Imperial Stout with Coffee: This special release is draft-only in WNC! The big, hoppy Lagunitas Imperial Stout infused with coffee. Zing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Asheville Cabin Rentals Rated Among the Top Vacation Experiences

Asheville NC has been highly regarded for decades by its million+ annual visitors for many of the unique attractions, dining, arts and outdoor adventures that have made it one of the most well-know small cities in the country. Now it can add a TripAdvisor top rating from visitor reviews of mountain view cabins to its long list of accolades.

Cabin styles vary from modern and luxurious timber frame mountain estates to family-friendly retreats to historical rustic log cabins. Whatever your taste or budget, there's a cabin rental perched on a mountaintop waiting for your next vacation.

In addition to customer reviews on cabin rentals, you can find descriptions and reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions and a forum. Why not plan your next Asheville vacation with the knowledge of those who have "been there, done that"?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Annual WNC Orchid Society Show at Asheville's North Carolina Arboretum

March 28 - 29    WNC Orchid Society Show     The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show at The North Carolina Arboretum. The popular juried plant show will also feature award-winning orchid vendors, many of whom are nationally recognized growers and hybridizers. Rare and unusual plants, specialty lighting and orchid supplies will be available for purchase.&nbsp

This year’s theme, “Orchid Shangri-La,” will be interpreted in carefully crafted displays by world-class orchid growers and regional orchid societies. Admission: Free with parking fee admission ($8 per vehicle).

Find links for lodging and other Asheville events and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Abraham.In.Motion Performs at the Diana Wortham Theatre

March 24 - 25, 2015   When the Wolves Came In,  performed by Kyle Abraham’s New York-based dance company, Abraham.In.Motion at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Timely and relevant to the current national spotlight on race and equality, Abraham.In.Motion’s When the Wolves Came In takes its inspiration from jazz legend Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album, We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suit

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Diana Wortham Theatre Presents Lunasa

March 26, 2015   LĂșnasa performs at Diana Wortham Theatre   Named Performers of the Decade (2010) by liveireland.com, LĂșnasa, the most sought-after band on the international Irish music scene, mesmerizes with superb musicianship, intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion. 8 PM - purchase tickets HERE.

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC

Monday, March 16, 2015

Asheville Amadeus Festival 2015 Begins Tomorrow

March 17 - 22, 2015   Asheville Amadeus Festival 2015  Enjoy a week-long festival celebrating and exploring the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will be joined by world renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, the Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, the Asheville Lyric Opera and more extraordinary musicians and performers for this remarkable week of Mozart. 

Concerts and events include: Opening night with the Brentano Quartet; Deconstructing Mozart combining a plated lunch inspired by Mozart’s home country of Austria and prepared by Isa’s executive chef with Mozart’s iconic Serenade No. 13 and exploration of Asheville Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill collection of music letters; Mozart’s The Impresario performed by the Asheville Lyric Opera (debut); Pianoforte: Homages to Mozart; Emanuel Ax in Recital; Mozart Family Concert featuring the Blue Ridge Orchestra; "Amadeus" performed by NC Stage and Asheville Community Theatre;Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert with the Asheville Symphony.

Festival events are performed at a variety of venues and times. Check the website for details. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Annual Comic Classic Weekend at the Grove Park Omni Inn

March 13 - 15, 2015    26th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend at the Grove Park Inn   Join the Grove Park Inn for two days and nights full of laughter as they celebrate this 26th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend. Package holders get access to all of the weekend's laugh-out-loud events including preferred seating for Friday and Saturday comedy shows. 

Friday's headliner will be comedian Gary Gulman and Saturday's headliner will be comedian John Heffron. 

Check Grove Park Inn availability and current rates HERE

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Asheville's Graove Arcade Hosts the SoCon OverTime Party

March 6, 2015 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at The Grove Arcade, One Page Avenue, Suite 270 in Asheville NC: SOCON Overtime Party.  This event is free and open to the public. Vendors include: Twisted Laurel, Chestnut, Oskar Blues, Luella’s, Poppy’s, Sante Wine Bar + Tap Room, Highland Brewery, Ambrosia, Ultimate Ice Cream, Mama Citas, Pisgah Brewing and Packs Tavern. 

Tokens will be available for purchase in $4.00 increments for food and beverages. Music is being organized by Folk Heritage Committee and includes: The Stoney Creek Boys, Haywood Gap, Carol Rifkin and Friends, Midnight Plowboys, Peg Twisters, The Buckner Family and Crooked Pine.

Learn more about the Grove Arcade on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Asheville's Downtown Dribble a part of SOCON Events

March 7, 2015   Downtown Dribble   500 kids have been invited to the Vance Monument with free t-shirts and basketballs to participate in a dribble parade to the US Cellular Center. Participants will also get in free to the men’s Southern Conference Tournament basketball session at the US Cellular Center that starts at noon. 

Get complete local information on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

SOCON Begins this Week in Asheville

March 5 - 9, 2015   2015 Southern Conference Basketball Tournament   Downtown will be filled with 50,000+ basketball fans, all enjoying Asheville's shopping, dining and drinking during the course of the tournament. Men and women's games will be played at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena and Kimmel Arena on the UNCA campus. Visit website or call for game days and times. 

Need lodging in Asheville for this event? Visit the Asheville NC Visitor Guide