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Asheville Trails That Aren't a Hike to Get To

Hikes Near Asheville NC

Western North Carolina is renowned for world-class hikes to suit all tastes and experience levels. Living in Asheville affords easy day trips to every manner of mountain trail. But what if you just want a quick lunchtime loop or an easy afternoon jaunt without going far? Asheville and the immediate area around it are replete with spontaneous options sure to stimulate the senses and pump the blood. Below, a few favorites.

NC Arboretum Explorer Loop

For a nearby hike you can do in just a few hours, head to the North Carolina Arboretum in southwest Asheville, near the banks of the French Broad River. The 4.4-mile loop offers beautifully maintained and gently grade trails that are perfect for young hikers and those looking for a less arduous route. The trail traces the perimeter of the Arboretum, beginning at Hardtimes Road and culminating at the beautiful gardens and sculptures surrounding the Visitor Education Center.

Destination Center Track Trail

The Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center at milepost 384 near Asheville offers an easy, 1.4-mile loop trail that starts at the far end of the visitor center parking lot. The trail allows visitors to enjoy the Parkway’s nature without venturing too far from the road, and also connects to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Stop into the center before the hike to get a map, talk to a ranger, pick up some merchandise, learn about other area offerings, watch the park film, and explore Parkway-themed exhibits.

Bent Creek North Loop

Bent Creek Experimental Forest AshevilleThis southwest Asheville trail nestled in Bent Creek Experimental Forest offers views of Enka, Candler and Biltmore Lake along its 8-mile loop. The hike starts at Rice Pinnacle Trailhead and runs along Deer Lake Lodge Trail, up the slopes of Little Hickory Top. The payoff of the moderately difficult climb along the trail is reaching Ingles Field Gap and tracing Stradley Ridge to take in long-range views of west Asheville and Enka.

Haw Creek Valley Overlook

From the Folk Art Center just east of Asheville to the Haw Creek Overlook runs a 5-mile, out-and-back trail featuring a moderate course overflowing with wildflowers and wild mushrooms in season. The gradually uphill hike follows the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway north from the Folk Art Center at milepost 382 to the mountain just above Haw Creek Valley Overlook, which offers picturesque mountain and valley views. When you’re done hiking, you can stop into the center to view a variety of Appalachian arts and crafts and, in season, enjoy daily craft demonstrations and talk to the craftspeople as they work.

For a personally guided tour of neighborhoods near local hiking trails, or for more information on real estate anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Town Mountain takes Asheville Living to New Heights

Cyclist Blue Ridge Parkway

If you’re looking for unparalleled mountain and city views in Asheville, Town Mountain is the place to be. The central neighborhood clusters along its main artery of Town Mountain Road, a meandering route of hairpin turns and switchbacks that winds up Beaucatcher Mountain from downtown toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dotting the hills are remarkable homes in a wide variety of styles – from gated communities to mountain estates to luxury condos – perched perfectly to maximize mountain enjoyment.

What sets Town Mountain apart is the fact that it feels luxuriously remote, while at the same time affording amazing proximity to Asheville’s twinkling city center. This means that Town Mountain residents are mere minutes from hiking trails and road cycling routes along the Blue Ridge Parkway in one direction, and all the urban amenities Downtown Asheville has on tap in the other.

Immersed in the Mountains of Asheville

Hiking on Blue Ridge ParkwayTaking in all the Blue Ridge has to offer is easy from Town Mountain neighborhood. Take in cloud-kissed mountaintop views as you enjoy a morning coffee from your deck. Catch the fresh mountain breezes that the higher elevation of the neighborhood affords. You can even ride your road bike right out your door and up Town Mountain Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway for an all-day adventure.

For a delightful and easy hike minutes from Town Mountain, there’s Craven Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenic hike goes along part of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs across the state of North Carolina. It’s mostly flat as it leads up from the parking area through hardwood forest (with a few creek crossings) to the Tanbark Ridge Overlook off the Parkway.

Town Mountain Leads You Downtown in a Heartbeat

Downtown AhevilleThere’s no trade-off between town and country when you live in Town Mountain. The urban oasis of Downtown Asheville offers dining options galore – everything from brunch hotspots (Over Easy Café , Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey) to bustling brew pubs (Wicked Weed Brewery, LAB, Bhramari Brewing Co.) to dessert destinations (French Broad Chocolates, Karen Donatelli), just to name a few.

Culturally rich programs and entertainment are only minutes away from Town Mountain: Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science, or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

For a personally guided tour of the Town Mountain neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Dog-Friendly Asheville

Dog Friendly Asheville

Asheville is an enjoyable place for every member of your family – including the four-legged ones. Dog-friendly restaurants, hikes and parks abound in and around town, promising that your furry pals can join in on all the non-stop fun Asheville has to offer.

Eating Out with Your Pup in Asheville

Asheville Dog ParkMany restaurants around town allow well-behaved canine companions to come along for the ride. Your best bets are eateries with outdoor and patio seating. Another enjoyable option are the myriad dog-friendly breweries around town, many with open areas for you and your furry friend to mingle and make new ones. From Downtown to River Arts District, check out these pooch-perfect spots:

12 Bones Smokehouse – Outdoor seating makes for a perfect spot for your dog to dine with you.

Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar – This Grove Arcade restaurant has an outdoor covered dining patio.

Posana Café – Along with its eclectic menu, Posana serves dishes specifically designed for dogs, so you and your pooch can park for a meal on the patio, entertained by the buskers that frequently set up nearby.

Laughing Seed Café – This vegetarian restaurant offers a laid-back vantage point from its Wall St. patio.

West End Bakery – Stop in on your Haywood Street stroll to enjoy this West Asheville eatery’s shaded outdoor deck.

Edna’s of Asheville – The west location offers the perfect place to stop in for a pastry and cup of coffee after a stroll with your pup along the French Broad River Park.

Highland Brewing Co. – A wide open field for performances doubles as the perfect place to relax with your pup and a beer. The brewery’s rooftop is also dog-friendly.

Asheville Kennels and Day Care

Dog Kennel AshevilleFor those times when your dog needs day or overnight care, there are many options from which to choose:

Soapy Dog – This RAD facility offers full-service grooming, dog boarding and daycare, and Asheville’s first do-it-yourself dog wash.

Pet Vet on Patton – In addition to an array of veterinary services, this centrally located office offers boarding, grooming and doggie daycare.

Happy Tails Country Club – This Fairview facility is crate-free: Boarders instead have “suites” with full walls.

Pampered Pets Inn and Spa – Play care, a spa, training and boarding are all offered at this location.

Shopping for Your Pet

In addition to national chains, Asheville has many locally owned pet stores.

Three Dog Bakery – The world's first full-functioning bakery for dogs uses only 100% human quality ingredients to create fresh-baked, all-natural treats and food.

The Tailgate Market – Stocking a range of food options for dogs (and cats), this market also carries lots of holistic, natural pet accessories.

Asheville Pet Supply – Premium foods and treats, grooming supplies, beds, vitamins and supplements are all available at this local favorite in North Asheville.

Patton Ave Pet Company – A knowledgeable staff and store blog cover everything from nutrition to health and training of your pooch. Patton Ave Pet routinely holds seminars, workshops and classes on a range of companion animal topics. With Downtown, West and South Asheville locations.

Parks and Hikes

Asheville Dog ParkYour dog has plenty of exercise options around the area. In addition to the myriad hiking trails in Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in national forests, there are city parks where (leashed) pooches can play, and fenced dog parks where they can run with abandon:

French Broad River Park and Dog Park

The meandering paths of this West Asheville gem wind along the French Broad River and lead to a large, fenced-in dog park (with an area set off for small dogs), complete with water and poop bags.

Azalea Dog Park

Just beyond the John B. Lewis Soccer complex in East Asheville is the Azalea Dog Park. With large fenced areas for small and big dogs, and plenty of seating and shady spots for their owners, this is a favorite place to mingle with fellow dog lovers.

For more information on our area or Real Estate in Asheville, contact broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828.337.8190.

Walkable Biltmore Village Gives Asheville of Old a Modern Twist

Biltmore Village Asheville

Asheville’s Biltmore Village recalls an old-world European hamlet: High-pitched roofs, heavy stone foundations and pebbledash post-and-beam walls, inspired by Biltmore House architect Richard Sharp Smith, bring together the eclectic architecture of the neighborhood. Bordered by businesses lining Lodge and Brook streets to the north, All Souls Crescent to the west, and Lula and Reed streets to the southwest, Biltmore Village affords residents an easy walk to award-winning restaurants, boutiques and galleries. From this neighborhood, you can follow quaint tree-lined streets to the renowned Biltmore Estate directly to the west, or take a short drive to the French Broad River or Blue Ridge Parkway.  

The Rich History of Biltmore Village

In building the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt aimed to create a home in the mountains of Western North Carolina that emulated the working estates of Europe, including a self-sustaining community. He commissioned accomplished architects Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted to create the community, now known as Biltmore Village. One of the earliest examples of a planned, mixed-use community, there were grocery and hardware stores, schools and a train station. The tree-lined streets of the village emanated from the village’s centerpiece, All Souls Episcopal Church (today the Cathedral of All Souls). The village’s original cottages were designed, as was the church façade, with brick, stucco pebbledash and wood timbers; some buildings featured gambrel roofs and dormers while others showcased hip roofs.

Vibrant Commercial Hub

Biltmore Village Asheville RestaurantsEven though Biltmore Village retains its old-world charm, today it’s well-known as an exciting commercial hub. National chains like Williams-Sonoma and J. Crew mingle with specialty gift and antique shops, clothing boutiques and local jewelry makers – all within walking distance for the Village’s residents. Galleries featuring a range of artwork, and an eclectic mix of furniture shops make it easy to outfit and decorate your home.

When you want to take a break from shopping, Biltmore Village offers everything from formal dining to pub fare, famous chains to local eateries. The Corner Kitchen and Well-Bred Bakery & Café are popular brunch destinations; enjoy a relaxed lunch at Moe’s Original Bar B Que or Cantina Biltmore; and experience fine-dining at Red Stag and Fig. Hillman Beer serves up craft brews and house-made sandwiches and bites.

An Array of Housing Choices

Residential roads with historical single-family homes alongside new, modern builds dot Biltmore Village. Low-maintenance condominiums are another popular choice for those wanting to live in the walkable neighborhood. Not only are the homes within easy distance of Biltmore Village’s retail and restaurant hub, they’re a short drive to South Asheville’s commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road, as well as to Downtown Asheville and Mission Hospital.

For a personally guided tour of the Biltmore Village neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Get a Taste of Fall Fun at Asheville's Fifth Annual CiderFest NC

Local Apples in Asheville for Cider Fest

It’s time once again for the country’s best ciders and meads to make their way to Western North Carolina for the fifth annual CiderFest NC. The popular event takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive in Asheville.

CiderFest, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council, has something for everyone: Sample sips from the nation's best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy small bites from popular local food producers, and enjoy kid-friendly fall activities along the French Broad River.

Tastings and Tunes

CiderFest will feature local bands and buskers throughout the riverside venue as well as an eclectic mix of local arts-and-crafts vendors. There will be an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational activities and eco-friendly crafts. The festival will also offer the opportunity to learn all about hard ciders: Tasting and Festival Guides will be available to highlight differences in cider, ingredients and origins.

New to CiderFest this year will be a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets, which offer early entry to the event beginning at noon to enjoy exclusive access to cider, mead and artisanal food tastings before the crowds arrive. VITs will also receive free parking on-site at the Salvage Station, as well as a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.

Growing Over the Years

Cider Fest NC AshevilleCiderFest NC, which has more than tripled in size since it began four years ago, is a carbon-neutral event and will be offsetting the event's footprint for each ticket holder through contributions to the Appalachian Offsets program, which is currently fundraising to install a solar system on the roof of Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, a sponsor of CiderFest, has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council and an ardent advocate for green building in Asheville. Started in 2013 as a fall fundraiser for the WNC Green Building Council, CiderFest expected to serve about 60 people locally produced apples, cheeses and hard cider. Instead, the festival sold out with 400 attendees and has since come to be regarded as the premier cider festival in the state.

For attendees 21 and older, admission is $33 in advance and $45 the day of (space permitting), and includes a CiderFest NC tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $15, and guests 20 and younger are free. Limited-quantity VIT tickets are available for $50. On-site parking fees are based on the number of people in the car: $10 for one, $5 for two, and free for three or more. Salvage Station is located at 466 Riverside Dr. in Asheville, N.C., next to the French Broad River just off I-26.

For more information about the Asheville area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Explore Malvern Walk, West Asheville's Newest Large-Lot Community

Malvern Walk, West Asheville

Mosaic Realty Invites You to a Kick-Off Event at Malvern Walk

Explore West Asheville's New Large Lot Community: Visit MalvernWalk.com

Malvern Walk, in beautiful West Asheville, North Carolina, is a new community set within Malvern Hills, one of the city’s original neighborhoods. Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a large-lot subdivision with broad sky views, sidewalks and great access to nearby amenities. Enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, Malvern Walk is just a short stroll to West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor, Hominy Creek Greenway and Malvern Hills Park and Pool.

With underground utilities, graded building sites, hand-selected builders and thoughtful design guidelines, building your dream home has never been easier. Malvern Walk also offers two existing homes for sale, including the original Far Acres stone house.

Where Modern Living Meets Old World Charm

Historic Stone Manor at Malvern WalkMalvern Walk is a community for those who want to blend the new with the old. Our architectural guidelines foster designs that are inspired by both modern and timeless building styles. Luxuriously proportioned lots offer the opportunity for generous homes and yards. With quick access to interstates, greenways and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in location without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center; it’s a quieter West Asheville way of life.

Malvern Walk Kick-Off Event

We invite you to our kick-off event for Malvern Walk on Saturday, September 30th, and Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5pm. At this event, we will be releasing the first fourteen lots for sale as well as the two existing homes. Explore this unique West Asheville community and begin to envision your forever home!

Learn more at MalvernWalk.com!

Directions to Malvern Walk

If using GPS, you can get to Malvern Walk by using 239 Bear Creek Road, Asheville 28806. Our roads are not yet recognized by Google.

From Haywood Road, turn onto Sand Hill Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left into Malvern Walk.

From I-240, I-40 or I-26, take the exit for Highway 191. Turn onto Bear Creek Road. Turn right when it ends to stay on Bear Creek Road. Go through the intersection and up the hill, then left into Malvern Walk.

Contact us about Malvern Walk

For more information about Malvern Walk, available lots and homes, and design guidelines, contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Asheville's Chunns Cove Combines Country and Convenience

Chunns Cove East Asheville

If you’re in search of an Asheville neighborhood that perfectly encapsulates country and convenience, look no further than Chunns Cove. Enveloped by Town Mountain/Downtown Asheville to the west, Haw Creek/Sondley Estates to the east, and the Tunnel Road shopping corridor to the south, Chunns Cove is well-known for pastoral scenes and spacious residences. Dotting its hillsides are a variety of homes, ranging from 1960s ranch-style to custom-built residences. Travel higher up through the neighborhood’s rolling terrain to find landscaped mountain spreads offering fabulous Blue Ridge views.

Amenities abound Near Chunns Cove

Whole Foods AshevilleWith the commercial corridor of Tunnel Road bordering the neighborhood, Chunns Cove residents enjoy an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive of their homes. The Asheville Mall, as well as big-name chains like Best Buy, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods, mingle with smaller boutiques and specialty stores to offer the ultimate retail mix. Movie theaters and a bowling alley provide rainy afternoon entertainment for the entire family. And just a five-minute drive west, via Tunnel Road or I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

Chunns Cove boasts close proximity to excellent schools, including standouts Haw Creek Elementary and Evergreen Community Charter. The East Asheville Public Library is a popular spot to spend an hour or two with a good book, and a playground and basketball court bordering the library give little ones the opportunity to enjoy outdoor time. And the 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, only 2.5 miles away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Nestled in nature

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleAs you wind your way up the hills through Chunns Cove, it’s easy to forget you’re so close to the commercial conveniences below. Mature, abundant trees and greenery spill from yards and line the streets. Generous lots mean plenty of room for kids’ play or glorious gardens. Residents can enjoy watching all manner of wildlife in the wooded pockets dotting the neighborhood.

Being close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Chunns Cove home. Take a short drive east, and you’re assured quick access to such popular parkway spots as the hiking destination of Haw Creek Valley Overlook (milepost 380) and the Folk Art Center (milepost 382).

For a personally guided tour of Chunns Cove, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit Returns to The N.C. Arboretum

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC Arboretum

Plants: They can be beautiful. They can be beneficial. But did you know they can also be deadly?

After five years of traveling around the U.S., the dangerous world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind experience designed and created by The North Carolina Arboretum, returns to Asheville. The fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora will be on display at the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center from Sept. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

See Plants in a Whole New Light

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumThe Wicked Plants exhibit provides a comprehensive overview that teaches about botany, health care and wellness in an entertaining, unique setting. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” Wicked Plants features interactive displays in a Victorian-era “home,” where visitors can travel from room to room to learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in the most unexpected places: their homes and backyards.

The Wicked Plants exhibit – sponsored in part by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty – touches on a side of vegetation that’s rarely revealed. Visitors can feel like they’re part of a crime scene investigation in the potions laboratory; they can experience sniffing stations in the bathroom; and they can take a walk through a simulated graveyard featuring some of the most common deadly and toxic plants around.

Creepy but Cool

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumSince the exhibit first opened at the Arboretum in 2012, it has gained fans beyond the Asheville area, traveling to museums and science centers across the country including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas. Designed to feel a bit creepy, Wicked Plants creates an environment particularly engaging to children, making it easy for families to learn about bloodcurdling botany together.

Beyond its standard daytime exhibit hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wicked Plants will offer special extended hours during the Arboretum’s fourth annual Winter Lights nightly holiday light show (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) for all Winter Lights ticket holders. For more information on Wicked Plants, please visit www.ncarboretum.org. Exhibit admission to Wicked Plants is free; standard Arboretum parking fees ($14 per standard vehicle for non-members) apply.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by Amy Stewart on Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Arboretum’s Education Center. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at ncarboretum.org. Parking is included in the ticket price.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for 2 miles to the entrance ramp.

For more information on living in our area or on Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

Asheville Will Go Indigo for Arts Council's 2017 Color Ball

Asheville Arts Council Color Ball

Asheville, this is truly a party to dye for!

On Sept. 9, from 6 p.m to midnight, downtown Asheville will be awash in indigo as the Asheville Area Arts Council hosts its annual Color Ball fundraiser, a lively hue-themed evening of art and entertainment that draws more than 500 revelers every year.

Since the Color Ball first began in 2002, a different shade is chosen annually – this year it’s indigo – and the Asheville Area Arts Council is taking the evening’s five parties to the indigo extreme, from the decor to the cocktails to the monochromatic-clad guests. Beginning with its Out of the Blue Patron Party, and culminating in the Indigo Ball, Asheville’s most talked-about arts event will be brimming with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes and amazing art and music.

Asheville Arts Council Color BallThe Color Ball encompasses five parties: the patron party, three pre-parties at various locations, and the grand finale Indigo Ball. A $75 general admission ticket gets the holder entry into a pre-party of their choice and the Indigo Ball; a $125 patron ticket grants the holder entry to all the parties and the Indigo Ball. Local food and beverages are included in the ticket price. The evening will feature musical and dance performances, acrobatics and face-painting, as well as a silent art auction.

A major source of funding for the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Color Ball – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor – brings in revenue that directly supports the Council’s year-round programming. The Council is the collective voice for the arts, providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community.

Below, a rundown of the evening’s events:

Out of the Blue Patron Party & Run of the Ball

•   Location: The Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Ave.

•   Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

•   Food provided by Jargon

•   Signature cocktail provided by Oak and Grist Distillery

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Justin Ray Trio

•   Dance performance by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Under the Sea Pre-Party

•   Location: Lexington Glassworks, 81 S. Lexington Ave.

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Chef Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano and Social Lounge

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Sierra Nevada

•   O’Henry’s House Cast will present a one-time-only performance

Asheville Arts Council Color BallFlamenco Nights Pre-Party

•   Location: AC Hotel, 10 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Capella on 9

•   Signature cocktail provided by Absolut Vodka

•   Beer provided by Oskar Blues

•   Entertainment by The Juan Benavides Quartet and a special performance by Tim Doyle

Tokyo Twilight Pre-Party

•   Location: RISC Networks building, 81 Broadway

•   Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

•   Food Provided by Margeaux’s Catering

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing

•   Sake provided by Ben’s Tune Up

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Entertainment by DJ Phantom Pantone, Asheville Aerial Arts, and award-winning body painter Ren Allen

Indigo Ball

•   Location: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

•   Time: 9:30 pm – midnight

•   Desserts provided by Marijane Bowman and French Broad Chocolates

•   Beer provided by Hi-Wire Brewing, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada

•   Projection art by Asheville Darkroom

•   Aerialists will suspend from the ceiling as the main stage sees performances by Nimbus, DJ M.P. Pride, an acro yoga duo, and a collaborative performance by Stephanie Morgan and Marley Carroll.  Local artists Lara Nguyen and Kimi Leger will be painting live. Their work and other items will be offered as part of the Silent Auction.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://ashevillearts.com/recurring-event/color-ball/.

And for more information about our area or living in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at 828-337-8190, or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

Spotlight on: Grace neighborhood in North Asheville

Grace Neighborhood Asheville

In search of a welcoming neighborhood replete with tree-lined streets, eclectic architecture, and an array of urban conveniences? Look no further than Grace neighborhood, just south of the North Asheville community. With the shopping corridor of Merrimon Avenue slicing through the center of Grace, a range of stores, restaurants and other services are within a short walk or drive of the neighborhood’s residences. At the same time, picturesque spots like the hilltop Grace Episcopal Church mingle with the neighborhood’s warmth and easy pace to make Grace feel worlds away from the commercial hustle.

Mid-Century Mixes with Modern

Edna's Grace Neighborhood AshevilleGrace is bordered roughly by Kimberly Avenue to the east, Osborne Road to the north, Fenner Avenue and Edgewood Road to the south, and Horizon Hill Road to the west. A mix of home designs defines the neighborhood, including stately structures from the 1930s, rambling mid-century ranches, and sleek new construction. Sidewalks line many of Grace’s streets, making this neighborhood one of the most walkable in Asheville.

Starting the morning with a quick stroll to the local coffee shop is a pleasure in Grace neighborhood, which boasts popular spots Geraldine’s Bakery and Edna’s Coffee House and Café on Merrimon. For lunch and dinner, neighborhood residents have a slew of options, including Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Avenue M, MOD Pizza and Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian. Dessert’s covered too, with Whit’s Frozen Custard and Frostbite soft serve ice cream nearby.

Quick Conveniences in Grace Neighborhood

A quick drive down Merrimon brings residents to a range of grocery stores, including Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s and Greenlife (Whole Foods), and beyond that, downtown Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is readily accessible from Grace, as is UNC-Asheville, which sponsors a wide mix of cultural and academic events, concerts, lectures, movie screenings and the like year-round.

The nearby North Asheville Tailgate Market (which runs from spring to fall) sets up shop on the UNCA campus every Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon. Since 1980, the market has provided visitors with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. With more than 40 vendors and over 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of Asheville.

Neighboring Nature

Jones Playground North AshevilleFor Grace residents, getting a good dose of nature is easy as well, with Beaver Lake and the Blue Ridge Parkway close by. The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical gardens dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, are a few minutes’ drive from Grace.

The nearby Grove Park Country Club and the Country Club of Asheville provide area residents with world-class golf, tennis and gym facilities. Families with children have several school choices in or near Grace, including Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Claxton Elementary School, Asheville Catholic School, Hanger Hall School for Girls and Odyssey School.

For a personally guided tour of the Grace neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.