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Asheville Over the Holidays- It’s not just the Biltmore!

November 25th, 2013 by abedofroses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

There’s a chill in the air and Asheville just held their Holiday Parade and Jinglefest to kick off the holiday season. I’m a purist and refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving, but guess what? Thanksgiving is here! And Christmas is my favorite time of year. The Biltmore Candlelight Evenings are just magical and we will be going again this year as well as arranging for lots of tours for our guests. But there is so much more to do in Asheville around the holidays than just The Biltmore, as gorgeous as it is all dressed up for Christmas.

The Grove Park Inn is hosting the 21st National Gingerbread Competition with entries on display now through January 2nd. These are not your everyday Gingerbread Houses! The rules require that the entries be made of completely edible materials with 75% gingerbread, but you would never know it! Seeing is believing in this video from RomanticAsheville.com. Even without the Gingerbread, the Grove Park Inn is worth visiting while you are in Asheville. Built in 1912 using granite boulders hauled from Sunset Mountain, the original Inn is stunning architecturally and has hosted 10 presidents as well as numerous celebrities, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Thomas Edison and Harry Houdini.

The Historic Grove Park Inn in a vintage photograph

The Historic Grove Park Inn in a vintage photograph

The hotel was originally furnished with pieces from the Roycrofters of East Aurora, New York, one of the most important designers and manufacturers of Arts and Crafts furniture and many pieces remain. A little known attraction on the grounds, away from the main hotel and spa, is an antique car museum and The Grovewood Studios, Gallery and Sculpture Garden with it’s own interesting history, revitalizing the Homespun Shops that once housed Biltmore Industries.

You can find more holiday spirit at the Smith-McDowell House, where they decorate Asheville’s first mansion and oldest structure with period Victorian decorations, fresh trees and garlands, and displays of holiday traditions. Built 20 years before the Civil War, the antebellum mansion, built on a plantation just south of downtown Asheville is now a museum. The museum grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1900.

Our own Montford Historic District will be showing off our Christmas Décor on the  Montford Holiday House Tour December 14th. The historic district includes Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival and Dutch Colonial homes built during the 1890s to the 1920s. Tickets for the self guided tour can be purchased at the Visitor Center Gift shop after December 1st. A Bed of Roses is on the tour this year and we’re looking forward to all the holiday festivities!

Festive Participants in the Asheville Holiday Parade

Festive Participants in the Asheville Holiday Parade

Check back here for updates on more Asheville Holiday events including concerts and holiday performances.

The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

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