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We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)

Beer City Festival is Almost Here!

Here in Asheville we live, breathe, and (of course) drink beer, which is why we are so excited about the Beer City Festival! Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, 30+ local craft beer vendors from around the area bring their best brews for ticket holders to sample. The event takes place on Roger McGuire Green in Pack’s Square Park, downtown.


The spot is a beautiful green space in front of City Hall, with plenty of cool shade, as well as a perfect location to listen to live music on the outdoor stage. This year, the festival will have some great musical talents show up, with Big Chief Juan and the Golden Camanche Mardi Gras Indians, The Cheeksters, and much more.  


The centrally located park also allows for some great after-festival exploring of Asheville’s vibrant downtown scene. Short walks will take you to art studios, as well as some of the most exciting restaurants in Western North Carolina. 

Highland Brewery, Asheville's oldest brewery.

Highland Brewery, Asheville’s oldest legal brewery.This event for beer lovers 21 years of age and older, but it is understood that some attendees might need to bring very small children along. No pets are allowed, or any outside food and drink. The tickets are being sold online at the event website, and are selling fast. There will also be Designated Driver tickets sold the day of the event for a reduced rate. Since safety is of top concern, Uber will be present to help facilitate safe travels from the festival. Also, a portion of the proceeds will go to a worthy cause: The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. So you can feel good about enjoying the local craft beers that Asheville has to offer!  

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I’m sitting on my favorite rocking chair on the large covered porch ~ looking down the grass hill, past the herb garden to the lovely fish and fountain pond, surrounded by thick trees of every description including two of my favorite ~ Weeping Willows.

The grill is heating; waiting for the lamb chops I bought at the Farmers Market this morning.

I enter the living room with the high ceiling, stone fireplace, leather couches and rocking chairs; which many years ago was a one room cabin.

Sunlight filters through one of the long glass sliding doors which through the other I see my hammock waiting for me.

I’m home again; “Pat’s Place” is mine.



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