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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.


Holiday Lights in Asheville

No visit to Asheville this time of year would be complete without a walk/ride through a canopy of lights or perhaps a coordinated music and lights show. Get a dose of holiday spirit with a visit to one of Asheville’s light shows, and save some moolah at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds while you are here!

Shadracks Christmas Wonderland

November 23rd – December 28th 2016

Located near the Agricultural Center by the Asheville Airport is an intereactive Christmas experience. The Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has become a holiday staple for visitors and locals alike, with a truly immersive music and light show. Tens of thousands of LED lights flicker on and off, race across strands and twinkle in synchronization with music playing through your car radio. This is a two mile drive through the Ag Center property. Costs are $25 per car or family van, $40 for an activity van. The light show is “open” everyday 6 – 10PM.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

December 1st – December 23rd 2016

Only a short drive from our cabins, located off Long Shoal’s Rd is Lake Julian. Every year around this time, the sunbathers are replaced with families cuddled up in their vehicles, admiring the animated light displays. This drive thru light show offers over 50 light displays on 300 acres, utilizing motion in the displays and the natural beauty of the park. Admission is only $5 per car, and the show is open 6 – 9PM.

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

November 18th – January 1st 2017

Last, but certainly not least is the Winter Lights, an annual celebration of holiday glitz in one of North Carolina’s most beautiful natural space. The NC Arboretum is beautiful year round, but only this time of year can you be mesmerized by glittering lights and holiday music, with a couple of special perks. This is a walking tour that takes you along the gorgeous grounds of the Arboretum, decked out in lights. There is hot chocolate, a smores station, a new projection show call “Plantasia” and much more. Advanced ticket sales only, $18/adult ticket, $16 for kids 5 – 11 years of age. Open every night 6 – 10PM.

After an evening of walking in a winter wonderland, come back to warm up at your luxury cabin at Willow Winds. If you stay with us during the weekdays in November or December, you will receive 10% off your reservation! Stay must be for a minimum two-day reservation, Sunday through Thursday in November or December 2016 (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks). Willow Winders receive 20% off!

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We spent our honeymoon here; this place has made for the best honeymoon ever!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The grounds here are gorgeous! Biltmore is a must to see, Chocolate Fetish truffles were amazing…worth the money. Also Luella’s BBQ was amazing ~ get the sweet potato appetizer…yummy!

We will be back!

Chris & Shanna (Kingsland, GA)


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