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.

 

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Sandy McLeod

NC Mountain State Fair starts Sept 5th!!!

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Aug
28

 

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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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Aug
28

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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OrganicFest 2104

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.

Sandy McLeod

September….The Best Month for Summer Vacations

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Aug
18

According to a CBS News poll, September is the best month for a summer vacation. If you’re planning a September vacation, consider coming to Western North Carolina:

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  • The weather in the mountains is still warm, with comfortable, cool evenings
  • The crowds are much lighter at our popular venues
  • More adults populate the tourist spots, since kids are back in school

 

At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, our summer premium rates don’t apply in September, so you get the same comfort of a vacation cabin in the mountains for less. Our wooded grounds are still in full bloom, especially with our double knockout roses and crepe myrtles. September is also the best month to hike the Mountains-to-Sea trail — which runs right by our property.

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If you need more convincing, consider all the area festivals and special events you’ll discover in Asheville during the month of September, such as:

 

Rides, concerts, games, fair food and livestock provide the backdrop for a fun day a whole month before the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh begins. Beat the crowds and the high prices at the Mountain State Fair, which is held at the WNC Agriculture Center across from the Asheville airport, just 20 minutes from your cabin front door.

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The maze has earned a reputation as one of the best in the state; it covers 12 acres! It’s a fun trip for a good cause, open Thursdays through Sundays. If you’re bringing your kids on your vacation, you shouldn’t miss it. The maze is located within Asheville city limits, so it’s only minutes from your mountain cabin.

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Catch national bluegrass acts like the Steep Canyon Rangers at this two-day festival. The renowned Brevard Music Center’s open-air auditorium is covered in case of rain. Besides the music, the fair features local artisans and plenty of local food and drink. Take a beautiful hour drive to attend this cultural event.

 

Dance your heart out to the rhythm of the drums! This free music-and-food event in downtown Asheville celebrates the West African roots in North Carolina. Experience a little of the diversity and exotic culture Asheville is known for.

 

Venture onto the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 382 for the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s 34th Annual Heritage Weekend. The event features traditional mountain crafts, dancing and music. The World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday will give you something to write home about. The drive is a gorgeous 20 minutes or so.

 

Whether you attend the events or prefer the solitude and beauty of our grounds at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you’ll feel at home in your luxury cabin. Our property is within the Asheville city limits,

Sandy McLeod

Labor Day Getaway

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Aug
15

Labor Day Getaway

 

When making your Labor Day vacation plans, there are a few things you might look for, if you’re like most people:

 

  • A destination that’s not too difficult (or expensive) to reach
  • A place that’s not too crowded but not too deserted
  • A location that offers a variety of activities
  • A Labor Day celebration that provides a mix of events for the whole family
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It’s a good thing you’re not asking for too much! Fortunately, Asheville, North Carolina, provides just the right combination of events and options, and if you book your weekend at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you’ll be exactly in the right place at the right time.

 

Asheville Events

There is so much going on in Asheville over Labor Day weekend, we can’t list every single one. The events below have nothing to do with the Labor Day celebration, but everything to do with the celebration of life in the Appalachians, Asheville-style. You’ll find food festivals, music festivals and more. For instance:

 

  • Baconfest Asheville
  • Beech Mountain Kite Festival
  • RiverLink/RiverMusic Concert Series
  • Asheville’s Ultimate Foodie Tour
  • Shindig on the Green
  • Bend and Brew Yoga at Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Boston (the band) at the Biltmore Estate
  • Asheville Wellness Tour at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave and Salt Spa
  • Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour in Black Mountain
  • Rock Fest at Emerald Village
  • High Country Half-Marathon

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In addition to these special events, there are the usual (and unusual) offerings around town, such as the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour, ziplining adventures, the Friday night drum circle, farmer’s markets, art exhibits, rafting and tubing, fine dining, bars and nightlife, theater productions, contra dancing and Latin dancing. Furthermore, Asheville serves up more fresh local beer than most cities twice its size.

 

Labor Day Events Around Asheville

While Asheville doesn’t have a water park, we do have Splashville, a playground of water fountains for the kids. Here are several more special festivals going on just for Labor Day weekend:

 

  • Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF)
  • Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park
  • North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville
  • Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show

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No matter what your preferences and regardless what your family likes to do, you will find activities to please in and around Asheville. There’s so much going on that you may want to extend your stay. You can; just plan ahead of time, as the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds tend to fill up at this time of year.

 

Labor Day Weather in Asheville

If you choose Asheville for your Labor Day vacation, you can be assured of beautiful weather. Rain or shine, the city is nestled in a valley, surrounded by protective mountains that give Asheville a climate unparalleled in the South. It’s cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and just lovely come Labor Day.

 

So this year, avoid the overstuffed parades and come to Asheville, where you can find all kinds of activities, from craft shopping to museum-hopping, from whitewater rafting to craft beer drafting. Listen to live music and visit with live animals. It’s a vacation you’ll never forget.

 

Sandy McLeod

Top 10 Asheville Events in August

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Aug
8

Top 10 Asheville Events in August

 

If you’re traveling to Asheville in August, you’re in luck. There’s so much going on in Western North Carolina, that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Here are the top 10 August events in and around Asheville:

 

The Taming of the Shrew

Asheville prides itself on its arts, and we have a successful Shakespeare troupe in the Montford Park Players. They perform this play on their outdoor stage at 7:30 pm every Friday to Sunday from August 1 to 23. Go early and bring a picnic. Learn more. 

 

Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party

Forest conservation began here. On August 2, the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Smokey’s 69th birthday with songs, games, firefighting equipment and cake! Join the fun from 11:00 to 2:30. Pack a lunch and come out to meet Smokey and his live animals friends. Learn more. 

 

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

On August 3, one of the largest craft brewers in the country, Sierra Nevada — which is also building a plant near Asheville — is hosting a monumental beer tasting featuring as many regional craft breweries as possible. Learn more. 

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Asheville Tourists Baseball

The Asheville Tourists, a class A minor league team, start their home schedule this month on August 7 with its popular Thirsty Thursday. If you’ve never experienced minor league baseball, do it in Asheville. There are special events all month. For ticket prices and a schedule, visit the Tourists website. 

 

Shindig on the Green

Starting on August 9, the Shindig takes place every Saturday evening in the heart of downtown Asheville. Free mountain music and dancing. Bring a chair and settle in for great entertainment. Learn more.

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WNC Battle of the Burger

From 3:00 to 7:00 on August 10, this inaugural competition pits 15 local restaurants against each other in a battle to determine once and for all who makes the region’s best burger. Occurring at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, this event lets you be the judge. Eat and drink your way to burger heaven! Buy tickets. 

 

Laugh Your Asheville Off

Our 8th annual comedy festival provides a lineup of comics headlined by Comedy Central’s Chris Porter. From August 13–16, you can see six shows featuring nearly 60 different comics. Catch one show or catch them all. Get details. 

 

Downtown After 5

Come downtown on August 15 to hear The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker at the city’s free monthly music concert. The Dynamites play powerful soul music, as does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, who opens the show. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more. 

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Asheville Wine & Food Festival

August 21–23, this foodie event brings together the best food and wine of the region in a series of celebrations, all happening around downtown. The festival culminates in a Grand Tasting at the US Cellular Center. Tickets for all the events are on sale now. Learn more. 

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Start from Seed Garden Party

National known restaurant Sunny Point hosts a benefit in their on-site garden on August 28. The soirée offers small bites from the restaurant, beer samples and local small talk. This summer evening event lasts from 6:00 to 9:00. Learn more. 

 

This list represents just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events in Asheville. Please stop by the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds office to ask about other happenings you may enjoy!

 

Sandy McLeod

Sourwood Festival offers singing contest, arts and crafts, children’s activities

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Jul
31

 

Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain

Some folks say sourwood honey is among the most rare and delectable of all types of honey, so if you are staying in Asheville luxury cabins on the weekend of Aug. 9-10, you’d better get over to Black Mountain early for the 37th annual Sourwood Festival.

Fortunately, Willow Winds’ Asheville resort is less than 20 minutes away from this scenic small town.

Nature is fickle, so beekeepers never know how much of the sweet treat they will have for sale in a given season.

One thing you can depend on, however, is a good time at the Sourwood Festival. One part small town party, one part art fair and another part chamber-of-commerce showcase, this three-day festival will be held Saturday through Sunday.

Some of the fun — face painting — at the festival

The festivities begin on Friday with Sourwood Idol, a singing contest that has begun to attract participants from around the region. Anyone can sign up for this free competition and qualify for a cash prize.

More than 200 vendors will be selling food, arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday. The little ones can be rewarded at the children’s area with face painting, rides and games. And live music will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and last through 5 p.m. Sunday, offering everything from square dancing and clogging to country rock and 1950s-style vocal harmonies.

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In addition to the event, Black Mountain also boasts great shopping and restaurants, nearby hiking at Montreat and local history at the Swannanoa Valley.

Sandy McLeod

Hiking In Western North Carolina

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Jul
25

 

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Walk out of your door for a hiker’s paradise– We have trails that are in the top ten in the US for hiking. People drive from great distances to hike the Appalachian Trail and the Mountains-to-the -Sea Trail. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s premier hiking trail. It stretches 1000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks stopping at beautiful places like Asheville along the way.  For our guests at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds it is not necessary to drive anywhere. They need only walk less than 100 feet from our property to be on one of the best hiking trails on the east coast.

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Only a short drive takes you to many other outstanding trails of varying difficulty nearby. For example Craggy Gardens is only a 24 mile drive on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. It is only about 1.4 miles long and is a very easy hike. With a change in elevation only being 200 ft with a moderate climb as you go.

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For the more ambitious hikers, a hike to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi is only a little more than an hour’s drive on the scenic Parkway. This hike is about 11.4 miles long and is not for the beginner hiker. The total change in elevation being 3689 feet this hike gets quite intense with the steep climb. For the best description of the options available in the Asheville area, check out this link on Romantic Asheville.

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For a hike that is some what challenging but not to rigorous Graveyard Fields is a nice hike to go on. With a trail that leads you to the most photographed waterfall in the state you can not go wrong. Total length is about 3.2 miles with some obstacles but overall a moderate hike. The total change in elevation is only 450 feet with hilly ground that is not hard to maneuver through.

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Sunset at Craggy Gardens

Best of all, there are all the comforts of home waiting for you when you return to our Asheville resort cabins in the evening. You may soak in the hot tub on the covered deck of your cabin. Then many guests dine in any of a number of fine restaurants nearby or order  takeout. There is a full kitchen and outdoor grill for those who like to cook their own dinners.

Sandy McLeod

5 Tips to Improve Your Stay

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Jul
14

Vacations are limited. Since you have a finite number of days to enjoy yourself, you don’t want to leave your Asheville cabin with any regrets. While relaxing in a luxury cabin can be a vacation in itself, here are five simple things you can do to give yourself a more memorable adventure.

1. Order Groceries Before You Arrive

Grocery shopping, like laundry, is one of those mundane chores you don’t want to do on your vacation. So let the staff at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds do the shopping for you. Contact us in advance to place your grocery order — seasonal fruit for your morning power shakes, fresh meat and veggies for a barbecue or breakfast staples like milk, eggs, bread and butter. When you arrive, you won’t need to do anything but soak in the hot tub and have a snack.

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2. Pack Casual Layers

Like many locations around the U.S., Asheville’s weather can be unpredictable. The days can be cool or really hot, dry or pouring rain. At night, you shouldn’t need anything more than a shawl, light jacket or sweater. And leave your tux at home. In Asheville, you can fit in anywhere with a casual wardrobe. Ashevillians dress up when they want to and dress down when it suits them. Comfort is the only guide. For example, if your plans take you shopping downtown, followed by dinner at a five-star restaurant, you’ll feel accepted at both places in a simple skirt and T-shirt or walking shorts and a polo shirt.

3. Reserve Special Trips in Advance

Asheville and Western North Carolina offer many fun day trips. As the area becomes more and more popular (thanks to the national press we keep getting), many tours get booked up in advance. If white water rafting is on your bucket list, please call a guide company well in advance of your stay to make a reservation. If your tastes run to the more sublime, call to reserve a spot on the wacky LaZoom bus that tours downtown. Call the office for advance tickets or order directly from the vendors.

Photo courtesy of LaZoom

Photo courtesy of LaZoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Prepare for Physical Challenges

The City of Asheville sits smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Downtown may be nicely nestled in a valley, but its streets can be really steep. We’re used to our “little hills,” but if you’re accustomed to flat ground, a downtown stroll can be challenging. Even a day at Biltmore House may push your body to the limits, climbing up and down the storied staircases. Bring some muscle-rub ointment to soothe your aching calves at the end of each day’s adventure. Safe pain relievers, hot water bottles or heating pads may help when your body says “no,” but your mind says “more.”

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5. Book Your Next Stay Before You Leave

With so many things to do and sites to see in Asheville, Hendersonville, Cherokee, Black Mountain and Hot Springs, to name just a few, you’d have to stay with us for months to experience everything. If you know when you’re coming back, you won’t have to rush to do it all in one visit. Browse through the unique boutiques on Lexington Avenue on this trip, knowing you can return to explore the River Arts District. Enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway south to Cherokee this time, knowing you’ll be back again to drive north to Linville Falls. When you leave the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, it won’t be “goodbye,” but “see ya later.”