Sandy McLeod

The Best Vacation Starts with a Fully Stocked Cabin

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Oct
22

When you stay at a hotel on your vacation, you know up front that you will be eating all your meals in a restaurant, diner, fast food joint, café or food truck. In other words, you’ll be eating out for every meal. Most hotel rooms don’t have even a hot plate.

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At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you get a lot more than a hot plate: you get a full kitchen with all the conveniences of home. So if you rent one of the Asheville vacation cabins on our property, you have three options when it comes to eating during your stay:

 

  1. Choose a restaurant for a special dining experience or a hassle-free meal.

 

  1. Bring your food with you (if you drive) or shop for provisions on your way from the airport.

 

  1. Let us stock your kitchen for you so your Asheville vacation cabin is ready for you when you arrive.

 

Dining Out

Asheville boasts many fine dining restaurants. The city’s foodie scene has been written up in national publications such as Food & Wine magazine. The Omni Grove Park Inn features several, and the Corner Kitchen, Chestnut, Posana Café and the Red Stag Grill come highly recommended.

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If you want something in a more casual setting, there’s Juicy Lucy’s Burger Bar and Grill, 12 Bones BBQ and Homegrown, among many, many more. Asheville also has great cafés for breakfast at any hour, like the Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey Café and Sunny Point Café, to name just three. All are within a 15-minute drive from your Asheville vacation cabin.

 

Brown-Bagging

The term “brown-bagging” comes from kids (or adults) who bring their own lunch to school (or work), usually in a brown-paper bag. But when you go on vacation and you know you’ll have the use of a full kitchen and an outdoor grill, it’s a smart choice to bring your food with you. First of all, you can plan certain meals to share in your Asheville vacation cabin. Second of all, you won’t have to spend vacation time food shopping.

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Arrive Fully Stocked

The best vacation, however, starts with a fully stocked cabin. Imagine the sometimes grueling drive (or flight) to get to Asheville, which admittedly is off the beaten path somewhat. You finally pull up to your cabin and drag your suitcases inside…

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This can be your experience at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Call or write ahead — or when you make your reservation — and ask about our Willow Winds Grocery Shopping Service. If you give us a list and a budget, we can do the grocery shopping for you. Do you want organic food? We can get it for you? Vegetarian? Not a problem. Gluten free? Whatever you want, we can do it. Our job is to make you happy; your only job while you’re here with us is to be happy.

 

 

Sandy McLeod

Vacation in Asheville

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Oct
16

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Visitors to Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds often marvel at how amazing it is that they could be nearly in the center of the city and still feel like they are mountain adventurers. Asheville vacation cabins aren’t rustic in the sense that you feel you’re “roughing it,” but they are situated in the mountain woods just below the Blue Ridge Parkway. You don’t ever have to leave the city limits to return home with stories fit for a mountain explorer.

Making the Lists

Asheville has been making “Best of” lists around the country due to its rather eclectic culture that seems to thrive in the midst of its natural beauty. Asheville was named Best Craft Beer City in America in 2009 and continues to build craft breweries available for tours and tastings all year round.   As Southern Living’s Best of the South Travel Awards winner in 2010, the town made it to the big time. The Huffington Post pegged Asheville in its Top 10 Undiscovered Local Food Cities. Chefs flock to Asheville to be a part of the bursting foodie scene. There are so many dining treasures in the city now that you won’t be able to taste them all in just one visit.   Many people visit Asheville vacation cabins only to return later to live here. And it’s no wonder, when the city made MSN’s Top Five Best Places to Retire list, AARP The Magazine’s list of Top 15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life and number 21 on Forbes’ Best Places for Business and Careers list.

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Culture in Every Corner

For a city with a population of only 85,000, it’s surprising that so many cultural experiences abound on a weekly basis. From art galleries and museums to theaters and live music, the city offers expanded entertainment options every week — so many that you have to choose between the “can’t miss” and “must see” events.   Right downtown, you’ll find exciting top-notch performances at the 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre, world-class performers in the black-box Altamont Theatre Company, superb comedies, musicals and dramas at the Asheville Community Theatre and professional theater, local performers and dance at NC Stage.   Music comes in all varieties too. While bluegrass plays everywhere, the Asheville Symphony and touring groups provide a jam-packed schedule at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Asheville Lyric Opera plays at the Diana Wortham Theatre, just blocks away from rock and roll at the Orange Peel. Listen to a range of musical styles in Asheville at places such as the Asheville Music Hall, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, the Grey Eagle and the Odditorium.

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Walkin’ and Shoppin’

You don’t have to drive up to the Parkway to get in a good day’s worth of hiking. Start downtown at the foot of Broadway and work your way up to Patton Avenue, then up and down Lexington, Haywood Street and Wall Street. Start early because you’ll want to stop in every local shop — that’s right, Asheville has exactly one chain store in its downtown — selling everything from local crafts and woodworking to clothing, jewelry and games. Find hundreds of local artists under one roof at Woolworths and the Kress Emporium.   And eat all along the way as you walk and shop — it’s one of the more popular activities to include in your Asheville vacation. You can expect to be entertained in more ways than one as you hike the urban trails too. Musicians of every ilk, ranging from old-timey banjo pickers to new-age pan drummers, perform on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville.

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View the Architecture Too

While you explore the insides of the shops and restaurants, don’t forget to look up as you walk, shop and eat. Asheville prides itself on its heritage and diversity, but the city also boasts beautifully restored art-deco buildings. In the early 1900s, Asheville became known as the “Paris of the South” because of its architectural styles and the level of talent attracted to the city.   If you’re visiting Asheville for the first time, no doubt you’ll spend a day at the Biltmore House, which lies a short drive from downtown. If you are into grand old buildings, the Biltmore Estate has competition in the Grove Arcade. Notice the building’s designs and playful sculptures dotting the exterior. As you walk the streets of downtown, make sure you see the City-County buildings at Pack Square and the Battery Park Hotel.   Is Asheville worth a trip? It will take your breath away.

Sandy McLeod

The Best Asheville Events in October

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Oct
8

October means Halloween to most people, but to Ashevillians, it means more, much more. The town swells with tourists eager to view the autumn leaves, and for good reason: this is the month that usually brings out the best colors.

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Forest Festival Day

This event on October 4 at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard, NC, features the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet. For a paltry $6 entrance fee, you get to see a blacksmith ply his trade, an archery demonstration, weavers and wood carvers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and the Woodsmen’s Meet, which is a lumberjack competition. Plus all the fresh mountain air you can carry! Learn more about Forest Festival Day.

 

Asheville Barnaroo 2014

On October 4–5, Barnaroo returns to nearby Leicester, but it’s still an Asheville event since it’s just seven miles from downtown. This music fest — supporting the growth and development of our local youth music — features two stages, as well as local food and beverages. It promises to be a family friendly event. Get the fest details. 

 

Asheville Art in the Park

For the first three Saturdays in October, Pack Square Park in the center of downtown Asheville will be invaded by ceramicists, jewelers, woodworkers, glass blowers, potters and more. You can be there too. Take a leisurely stroll through the booths or go on a serious shopping spree. Learn more about this Asheville event.

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Hey Day Fall Family Festival

October 11 marks the 38th year for this festival at the WNC Nature Center. You can expect pumpkin painting, live music, local food vendors, games, arts and crafts, educational programs and lots of animals. Regular admission prices apply. Get more info from the WNC Nature Center. 

 

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October 11 is also the date for this year’s downtown Oktoberfest. Asheville has become known as Beer City USA, with more breweries per capita than almost anywhere else. So it’s not a question of if the city would have an Oktoberfest celebration, only when and where. This year’s event promises to be grand. We recommend that you order tickets in advance because it will sell out. 

 

Asheville Zombiewalk 2014

What can you do after attending Oktoberfest? You’re hung over, you can barely see and you’re walking with a limp from banging into so many people. Perfect! Go as you are to the Asheville Zombiewalk. It takes place on Sunday, October 12, starting at 4:00 pm, so you have time to sleep it off. If you thought Asheville was weird before, you are in for a surprise. Asheville is home to a legion of zombie fans, and they are all very creative. Get the latest zombie news.

 

Craft Fair of The Southern Highlands

This paid-admission fair is the real deal. On October 16–19, professional artists and craftspeople show off (and sell!) their latest and best work. The exhibitors have been hand-picked by jurors from the Southern Highlands Crafts Guild, and the diversity and talent on display will astound you. Learn more about the Craft Fair. 

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The Eliada Corn Maze

Open Thursday to Sunday every week until October 26, this is one of the best in North Carolina. This fun family destination offers four miles of trails, but don’t worry, they’ll give you a map with your paid admission (which goes to charity). Find out more about the maze. 

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Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2014

In a city that boasts MoogFest and many music venues, it seems only natural that another electronic music festival would come along. From October 30 to November 2, this Asheville event takes over stages throughout downtown with almost 50 bands (headlined by Nine Inch Nails). Learn more about the summit and buy tickets. 

 

And of course, Asheville is again the place to be for Halloween. But that’s a story for another time. Check back with us and consider the beauty of the woods on our property at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds when you plan your next Asheville vacation. Within the city limits and minutes from downtown, our cabins offer amenities you can’t find elsewhere.

 

Sandy McLeod

All Treats: Halloween Events in Asheville

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Sep
30

Don’t be afraid; Halloween in Asheville is all in the name of good fun, especially for the kids. Asheville is a safe haven for children when it comes to this time of year. The whole city makes it a point to treat children well and not to trick them.

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Then again, if you’re an adult, maybe you should be a tad afraid as you venture out of the safety of your cabin at Asheville Cabins of Willow Wind. There are creatures and features in Asheville that just might stick on you and make you move here — permanently. It must be true because it happens so often around this hallowed time of year.

 

Families fortunate enough to schedule the October 31 holiday in Asheville will enjoy the true spirit of the occasion in a variety of local events:

 

Neighborhood Treats

Parents and children who enjoy the spooky side of Halloween in Asheville head to the neighborhoods known for really going all out for the occasion. One of the more popular destinations is Kenilworth, where homeowners outdo each other every year with extensive decorations and costumed candy-givers. Kenilworth lies just south of downtown, stretching from Biltmore Avenue all the way to Tunnel Road.

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Residents in the historic Montford district of the city also take their Halloween décor seriously. In the homes that participate, you’ll see scary lighting while ghouls and goblins shriek from inside. The holiday draws hundreds of trick-or-treaters every year. And the Montford Neighborhood Association provides security to ensure everyone has a safe time going door to door. Montford lies just northwest of downtown, starting at the Asheville Visitor’s Center.

 

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, head over to the Asheville Mall for indoor fun for the whole family. Stores participate in the holiday too — they take care of everyone wearing a costume with snacks and goodies.

 

Haunted Haunts

Asheville will not be outdone when it comes to memorable haunted houses, either. Just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, get your socks knocked off in the 8,000-square feet of terror known as the Haunted Farm on Townsend Road in Hendersonville. Prepare to be scared — you have been warned — as you spend 50 minutes walking through one of the spookiest experiences of your life.

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If you have small children, another option is Howl-o-Ween at the WNC Nature Center (although on October 25). They’ll have snacks, games, spooky crafts, hot chocolate, a hay maze, and of course, animals! It’s perfect for little ones, as you can attend anytime throughout the day.

 

Nationally renowned occultist Joshua P. Warren leads Haunted Asheville tours all around the city. Learn about the city’s mysterious past occurrences and visit the Asheville Mystery Museum as part of the package. It’s guaranteed to raise goosebumps. Schedule your tour here.

 

Your Halloween experience will not be complete without a trip to Pinhead’s Graveyard, a must-see for fans of blood and gore. On October 16–19, you can even meet the original Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie franchise: R.A. Mihailoff.

 

Party Adult-Style

Halloween in Asheville is not just for kids; adults get into dressing up and trick-or-treating every bit as much as the younger set. (Sometimes even more.) Asheville has a thriving zombie culture, believe it or not. And Halloween in Asheville wouldn’t be complete without an all-out haunted pub crawl that you can join at most downtown venues. Dress up and join costumed partiers at the Grey Eagle, the Grove House or Tessa’s. Prizes are handed out for the scariest and most original costumes.

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Top off your Halloween fun with a ride on the LaZoom Haunted Comedy Bus Tour. You’ll join a rowdy crowd to explore Asheville’s darker side, driving through neighborhoods while the tour guide thrills you with tales of ghosts, scandals and mysteries that abound in this mysterious mountain town. Tour guides guarantee you’ll see a ghost on this hilarious (and adult-only) ride through Asheville. Book early because it’s one of the most popular trips in town.

Sandy McLeod

Where to Find the Best Leaf-Viewing

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Sep
25

So far, 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for leaf viewing. The Asheville leaf season should prove abundant in color because of the ample moisture over the summer and the subsequent sunny early autumn days and cool nights — sans freezing. These are ideal conditions that make a colorful autumn nearly a sure thing. You’ll be able to get in a grand tour of the autumn colors all along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or you can take in the foliage from the porch of your cabin at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.

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Asheville leaf season starts in early October at the highest elevations. Ironically, that’s when most of the popular spots are less crowded. Peak colors start at 2,000 to 4,000-feet elevations in the second through fourth weeks of October. To help you plan your visit, here are a few of the best places for optimum leaf viewing on the Parkway near Asheville:

 

At Milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a short ride from Asheville, leaf season may be at its best. The 1,243-foot concrete bridge is the last segment of the Parkway to be completed and stands as an internationally-recognized engineering marvel as it hugs Grandfather Mountain. Walking trails start at the Linn Cove Visitor Center, which also hosts a museum dedicated to the bridge.

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Tanawha is Cherokee for fabulous eagle or hawk. It’s a fitting name for the hike on Grandfather Mountain where you increase the odds of sighting one of the great birds as you take in one of the most unobstructed and amazing views of the changing leaves. The 13.5-mile hike takes you from Beacon Heights to Julian Prince Park over diverse terrain and walkways. Not up to the trek? Just stop by the Beacon Heights overlook for a magnificent view at Milepost 305.

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Save the strenuous hiking for shopping in downtown Asheville; instead, visit Devil’s Courthouse with its 360-degree panoramic view of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Stop at Milepost 422.4 to walk a half-mile paved path from the Parkway to the summit at 5,720 feet. The rock formation you’ll stand on is quite sinister looking, which may be why the spot got its name. Cherokee legend has it that the giant, Judaculla, used the caves under the ledge as a private dancing chamber.

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Milepost 320 boasts a really small sign for Chestoa, which means rabbit in Cherokee, but keep your eyes open for it if you want to experience one of the best leaf-viewing spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway in October. At 4,090 feet elevation, the view is spectacular in mid-October. There’s a rock-walled viewing area just one-third of a mile from the parking lot that affords amazing views of the Linville Gorge. Bring a picnic — picnic tables are available — and enjoy the view of Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock, highlights of the Pisgah National Forest that serves as a holy canvas for the gods in the fall Asheville leaf season.

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Make reservations early for accommodations to ensure you have a place to stay; when the hoards flock to the mountains, the hotels fill up quickly. Better yet, stay with us at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Instead of viewing the leaves from the Parkway, you’ll be surrounded by them.

 

 

 

Sandy McLeod

Fall Events Even Kids Will Love

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Sep
16

Small children can play for hours with an empty box, a pot and a spoon. They don’t appreciate the lengths you go to plan your family vacations. But you still want them to have fun wherever you go, so you try to find appropriate activities for the whole family while you enjoy your vacation in Asheville. In addition to the games and playgrounds on the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds grounds, the little ones will enjoy these fall events — right along with the rest of the family.

 

  • Hey Day Fall Family Festival

October 11, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Western North Carolina Nature Center presents a family festival with live animals, local food, educational games, live music, clogging and free crafts. The WNC Nature Center’s regular admission rates of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for kids 3–15 apply. Little ones 2 and under are free. Get the details about the day.
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  • Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

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It’s worth the hour drive to Bryson City, Tennessee, to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, where all month long, you’ll hear a narration of Charles Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Once you get there, you can have a photo op with Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. Entertainment at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides and campfire marshmallows. Each child gets to take home a pumpkin.

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Coach class is $55 for adults and $31 for kids age 2 to 12. Crown class, which includes a refillable souvenir mug, is $67 for adults and $38 for kids. Learn more about the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express. 

 

 

  • Take a Child Outside Week

September 24–30, 2014: Daily Programs and Hikes

Turn your kids into leaf aficionados with games, trails and activities at Chimney Rock State Park. They even have a talking groundhog! Enjoy hikes and nature education programs that introduce children and families to the wonders of the outdoors during Take a Child Outside Week. All the activities are free with park admission, which is $15 for adults, $7 for youth 5–15 and free for kids under 4. Find out more about the programs.

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  • Cherokee Indian Fair

October 7–11, 2014

You’ll find something for everyone at this 100-year-old carnival and agriculture show. Enjoy the food, music and rides with a unique Cherokee touch that includes stickball, a Ferris wheel and fireworks. It’s great fair entertainment with a Cherokee twist. While you’re in Cherokee, learn about the culture of North Carolina’s natives at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and take a tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village Tour. Tickets are $18.40 for adults and $10.40 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. Discover what’s going on. 

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All the events are within an hour’s drive of your cabin in Asheville, giving you plenty of time to get the little ones back home to bed, while you sip coffee or cocktails on your private patio and prepare for the next day’s adventures.

 

Sandy McLeod

Mountain Cabins: Perfect Inside and Out

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Sep
8

Mountain Cabins: Perfect Inside and Out

 

At the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, our luxury cabins make for a perfect getaway vacation. They are modern, clean and comfortable. Each one features a hot tub and a working fireplace. Best of all, they are all located in a popular vacation destination: Asheville, North Carolina, the gateway to outdoor adventures and home to a foodie and craft beer revelation.

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But there’s more to our cabins than that. Let us explain why we think our cabins can make your vacation perfect whether you stay inside or go out.

 

Perfect Size

If you’re escaping your regular life with just your spouse, you can rent a cozy one-bedroom cabin that perfectly matches your needs. Our single-bedroom cabins are anything but cramped. They have spacious living rooms and kitchens.

 

Suppose you’re taking your whole family on vacation. Then one of our comfortable two-bedroom cabins would be perfect. These cabins offer one bedroom for you and one for the kids. You get the privacy you want with the space you need. Everyone’s happy.

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Our three-bedroom cabins can sleep up to six people comfortably, which means you can bring your spouse, the kids and the in-laws. (And if you do, you’re a marvelous human being.) These large cabins have wide decks and multiple levels. There’s a large common area to share meals, games or conversation.

 

Perfect Amenities

All our cabins are outfitted with modern amenities. In addition to the modern kitchen, every cabin has an electronic barbecue grill for your use. You’ll find all the electronics you need — wireless Internet access, high definition cable television, thousands of movies available at our video library, washer/dryer and iPod/iPhone sound docks.

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Too hot? Turn on the air conditioning. Too cold? There’s the heat or the fireplace, if you’re in the mood. Too rainy? Snuggle on the couch to read or watch a movie. Too sunny? There is no such thing!

 

Perfect Surroundings

First of all, our cabins are nestled in the mountains below the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our grounds cover a wooded 40 acres, lined with flowers (in season), intersected by walking trails, and dotted with fountains, hammocks and game areas. Our fully stocked trout pond makes the perfect spot for a fishing lesson.

 

We offer many on-site amenities, including an exercise room, a water balloon station, the game porch, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and an outdoor chess set. A gurgling creek runs through our property, and no matter where you are, you can hear the water or the fountains.

 

Perfect Views

And when you stand or sit on the deck of your cabin, you look over forested terrain, wooded hills, or beautiful gardens. Your view depends on which of the 25 cabins you rent, but they are all designed to put you at ease.

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Everything about our property — from the delightful cabins to the exquisite surroundings — will make you wish you could stay longer. No matter how active you are during your stay with us, you will always look forward to returning to the comforts of your cabin. In fact, you won’t feel homesick … until you leave Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.

 

Sandy McLeod

Bring the entire family and enjoy the Corn Maze

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Sep
2

 

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Most folks come to our Asheville luxury cabins to get away, but some folks go to the Eliada annual corn maze to get lost.

Should you go right or should you go left? And hey, haven’t you been here before?

Don’t worry – this corn maze comes with a map and checkpoints, so you won’t be stuck there all night.

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The Eliada corn maze has become a huge draw and a major fundraiser for the Eliada Homes, a children’s residential and foster center.

To make the adventure even more fun for children, they have incorporated two story lines into the maze for children to follow, one of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and another of Ciderella.

The fun doesn’t stop with the corn maze, however.

They’ve added corn cannons – that’s right, corn cannons – with pumpkin men targets and a cornucopia of family activities, including a pumpkin patch, hayride, cow train, a corn kernel “sandbox,” a haybale maze and a children’s play area.

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Admission costs $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-11.

The maze will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Eliada corn maze is a perfect activity to add to all Asheville romantic getaways, too.

Eliada Homes’ 200-acre working farm is located just outside of town, so you can pair the trip with a shopping excursion or lunch downtown.

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If you are booking an Asheville resort cabin, put this on your list.

 

http://www.eliada.org/get-involved/eliadas-annual-corn-maze

Sandy McLeod

NC Mountain State Fair starts Sept 5th!!!

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Aug
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Take in a concert, enjoy some thrill rides and then relax in our Asheville resort cabins.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will attract people from all over the region, from families looking for fun, to couples looking for an Asheville romantic getaway.

The fair starts today and runs until  Sept. 14th.

This showcase for entertainment, agriculture and mountain arts begins on each morning with events as varied as the Heritage Crafts Demonstration, pig racing and acrobats from Kenya.

Each night, the Heritage Music Stage will host bluegrass bands and cloggers while the Bojangles Music Stage offers more of a variety, from the Vinyl Brothers Big Band to the bluesy vocals of Leigh Glass.

That kind of eclectic schedule is the hallmark of the state fair throughout its nine days.

No state fair would be complete without an agriculture competition, and mountain farmers will bring their finest livestock and produce to show off.

Many of the competitions, such as wood turning and hand weaving, reflect the historic culture of Western North Carolina.

Of course, the timeless midway offers carnival games and rides, as well as classic treats such as cotton candy.

Tickets only cost $8 per adult, and this value provides hours of entertainment. Seniors age 65 and older and children ages 6-12 only cost $4.

With so many days to choose from, you can easily plan a trip around the state fair. Get in some Asheville trout fishing, or see the sights on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So, book one of Willow Winds’ Asheville luxury cabins and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned fun.

 

 

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Sandy McLeod

Best Things to Do in Asheville in September

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September is one of the busiest festival times in Asheville, North Carolina. The weather is close to perfect, the coming autumn sparks all kinds of events, and you may even get a sneak peak of colorful foliage. The best place to stay in Asheville for your vacation is the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds because your vacation cabin is in the woods while being less then ten minutes from downtown Asheville. Here are some of the best things to do in Asheville in September:

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1st Annual Harvest Conference

On September 5–6, the Organic Growers School celebrates urban and backyard growers with more than 25 workshops at nearby Warren Wilson College. Janisse Ray (“A Field Guide to Hope”) delivers the keynote and teaches a writing seminar. Learn about the Harvest Conference.

 

Grandfather Mountain Kidfest

Looking for a full-day field trip for the kids? On September 6, Grandfather Mountain (a worthwhile experience at any time) has kid-friendly events from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. From animal Olympics to face painting and storytelling, your children will be enthralled and delighted all day long. Check out the scheduled events.

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September 7 brings the return of OrganicFest to Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, this free event highlights “everything organic, sustainable, healthy, and fun,” including cooking classes, samplings, music, arts & crafts … in short, everything that makes Asheville so weird, wacky, and wonderful. Learn about OrganicFest.

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RiverFest Concert

From 5:00 to 10:00 pm on September 12, Fruition headlines a free concert — The Fireside Collective open the show — on the banks of the French Broad River. Fruition plays bluegrass/Americana music with a host of rock influences. Food and beverages are available. Learn more about RiverLink and its concert series. 

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34th Annual GOOMBAY Cultural Arts Festival

GOOMBAY is a free outdoor weekend festival in downtown Asheville. This year’s event takes place on September 12 to 14 during regular business hours. The fest celebrates African and Caribbean culture — and its links to Asheville. Expect food, music, and more. Get the details about GOOMBAY. 

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Shining Rock RiverFest

On September 13 in nearby Canton, this concert event ($10 entrance fee) features nine bands from Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. All the bands have musical roots in Appalachian mountain music. The fun starts at noon. Get more information about Riverfest.

 

“…The Blessed Place”

Asheville is known for many things, including its hometown author Thomas Wolfe. On September 13, from the front porch of The Thomas Wolfe House, Wolfe’s words combine with Appalachian string music from 1:00 to 5:00. The program is free. Find out more from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

 

Downtown After 5

September 19 brings another free concert to downtown Asheville from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. The Asheville All-Stars — made up of members from various Asheville bands —headline the show, and students from Asheville’s Rock Academy open. Learn about the Downtown After 5 bands.

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18th Annual Brewgrass Festival

This famous Asheville fest combines excellent live bluegrass music with even better local beer. Lasting from 1:00 to 7:00 on September 20, Brewgrass gets bigger every year, yet still it sells out. This year’s event features four bands and beer from 53 different breweries. Get your tickets while they last. Get details about Brewgrass and buy your tickets. 

 

Art in Autumn

Weaverville, just north of Asheville, hosts a juried art festival on September 20. You’ll find art, crafts, food, and live music at this outdoor event, which runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Enjoy small town life on Main Street. Discover Weaverville. 

ASAP’s Farm Tour

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project puts on an annual tour of regional farms. This year’s event occurs on September 20 and 21, when 37 farms open their barns and fields to the public. It’s all part of ASAP’s goal of connecting farmers and consumers. Learn more and sign up for the farm tour. 

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Asheville Greek Festival

You don’t have to be Greek to enjoy the food, music, demonstrations, and more. On September 27–29, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Montford neighborhood comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Greek heritage from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm most days. Find out about the Greek Festival events. 

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When you vacation in Asheville, you not only get the chance to tour the Biltmore Estate and enjoy the fine dining  of our beautiful mountain city, but you get to partake of the special events. Check back with us at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds to learn the latest goings-on around town.