Asheville Lifestyles

Unique, Locally Crafted Holiday Gifts Abound in Asheville

Asheville Local Gifts

Holiday shopping’s in full swing, and Asheville offers an amazing range of locally made gift ideas to please just about everyone on your list, from foodies to art aficionados to fashion-forward friends and family. Below, a small sampling of the many Western N.C.-crafted wares sure to wow.

Local Asheville Cookbooks

For a gift with some local flavor – quite literally – look no further than the array of cookbooks offered by the area’s popular eateries. Featuring signature dishes to replicate at home, these cookbooks cover a range of cuisines: Among them, “12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook,” “Biscuit Head: New Southern Biscuits, Breakfasts, and Brunch” , Sunny Point Café’s “Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food From Dawn to Dark”, and “Curate: Authentic Spanish Food From an American Kitchen”.

An Asheville Art Form

Asheville Local GiftsCapture the creative spirit of the region with a piece crafted by one of myriad artisans who live and work in Western N.C. From paintings and pottery to jewelry and apparel, there’s no shortage of gift ideas that perfectly encapsulate Asheville. Places to peruse local art include the Kress Emporium, the Woolworth Walk, the Folk Arts Center, the Westside Artist Co-op, and of course the River Arts District.

Think Outside the (Gift) Box

Asheville offers a number of gift ideas for that hard-to-impress friend. If you’re looking for a standout surprise this holiday, you won’t be disappointed: think Firecracker Hot Honey at Asheville Bee Charmer, a custom-made bamboo/organic cotton nightgown from On the Inside Lingerie, or Chocolate Sip! Dark Chocolate at French Broad Chocolates.

Asheville Local GiftsFor the budding folk musician on your list, a handcrafted stringed Woodrow Rambler, with a mandolin-like tone, makes the perfect first instrument (complete with an instructional songbook). Funny, cheeky handmade t-shirts for adults and kids – think standout stocking stuffers – are aplenty at Moonlight Makers. Custom-made leather sandals (along with belts and other leather goods) created to perfectly suit the recipient can be had at Paul Taylor Sandals.

A Local Asheville Gift for Liquid Lovers

Locally brewed beer is plentiful in Asheville, and most breweries have limited-edition holiday beers perfectly packaged for gift-giving. For a unique holiday party gift, bestow a pack of locally crafted Holiday Kombucha from Buchi. Or consider a growler of Appalachian Ginger beer from Ginger’s Revenge. For cider lovers, Noble Cider’s Friar Fig complements the season with flavors hinting of the holidays.

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

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Asheville's CompostNow Service Makes it Easy for You to Go Greener

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Ever wish you could cut down on the food waste your family adds to landfills every year, but stymied by the logistics of composting? Maybe you live in an apartment, have a small backyard, or simply want an easy way to turn your food scraps into food for the Earth. If you live in the Asheville area, there’s a simple solution: CompostNow is a service that allows anyone to compost without the hassle and maintenance of a compost bin. Members receive bins that they can fill with compostable items; the bins are collected on a weekly basis and returned with earned compost, either to you or to a local community garden of your choosing.

The Benefits of Composting

There are many reasons why composting is a great idea. Garden soil thrives best on compost; it helps loosen clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. And unlike commercial fertilizers, it has no petroleum-based compounds. Compost curbs plant diseases and pests, and helps your garden to produce much higher yields of healthy fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Then there’s the benefit to the Earth: Composting keeps food-related waste out of landfills, easing the environmental burdens that weigh on our planet. In fact, CompostNow members divert over a third of their waste from landfills — that’s more than 500 pounds per household.

How CompostNow Works

Compost Now AshevilleAnyone in the Asheville area (or the Triangle area, CompostNow’s other service point) – be it a household, business, restaurant or even an event – can sign up to be a CompostNow member. For a household, once you sign up, you will receive up to two bins. Just put your food scraps and other compostable materials (CompostNow provides you with a list, which includes even bones, meat, dairy and pizza boxes) in the bin; every week, the service comes to collect your food-related scraps, replacing your bin with a clean one. CompostNow partners locally with Danny’s Dumpsters, which takes the collected scraps to its facility in East Asheville for composting.

You start earning compost immediately, and it’ll be dropped off whenever you indicate you’d like it. The service also offers the option to support the local food movement by sharing earned compost with a local community garden of your choosing.

For more information on CompostNow, and how you can easily get in on the composting movement, visit www.compostnow.org.

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

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Asheville Cideries Snag the Spotlight

Cider Asheville

Asheville is nationally renowned as a craft beer mecca, but craft hard ciders are also gaining a firm foothold in the region. With its proximity to numerous popular and prolific apple orchards, the Asheville area is a natural spot for cideries to set up shop. Below, a few to check out:

Urban Orchard Cidery

Asheville Apples and CiderA local, family-owned hard cider production company and tasting room located in West Asheville, Urban Orchard is one of only a few “True Cider Bars” in the country. The cidery offers craft hard apple cider, local beer, wine and snacks to enjoy with your cider, like meat & cheese plates, bruschetta and a variety of dips and locally baked goods. There are three flagship hard apple ciders on tap, with rotating “Series” options. 210 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

Black Mountain Ciderworks

Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, just east of Asheville, crafts genuine cider and mead from local apples and honey. The cidery ferments its cider in small batches blended from heirloom apples throughout the harvest and pressed in house. Their ciders, never filtered or pasteurized, have no added sugars, concentrates or manufactured flavors. The tasting room has four ciders on tap, made from Henderson County apples. 100 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain.

Noble Cider Taproom

Local Cider AshevilleThe Noble Cider Taproom gives visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the cider-making process. Watch raw apples arrive for pressing, then see the apple juice being pumped into tanks for fermentation. You can also see the finished product being put into kegs and bottles. Noble offers a full range of Traditional and New American ciders and meads; their taproom boasts 20 taps of crisp hard ciders. Noble can also be found on tap and in bottles in select cities throughout the Southeast. 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville.

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider, the largest craft cider maker in the Carolinas, opened its cidery and tasting room in Mills River in 2015. Visitors to the cidery, 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, can enjoy expansive views of the production floor and bottling line as they learn about the process of creating cider from Henderson County apples. The cidery offers daily tours and hard cider tastings as well as pints, flights and local craft beer. An onsite food trailer sells barbecue and sides, and a cider garden provides an open space for visitors to relax. 72 School House Road, Mills River.

Flat Rock Ciderworks

Started as a humble cider operation, Flat Rock Ciderworks is committed to maintaining its original core values as the company grows. Locally picked and pressed fruit goes into every production line. Favorite flavors Wicked Peel – with just a hint of sweetness – and Blackberry Gold – with mountain-grown blackberries lending subtle flavor to a Golden Delicious cider – are available at Flat Rock Ciderworks’ tasting room as well as locations across North and South Carolina. 305 North Main St., Hendersonville.

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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.

Asheville Communities That Keep Up With Active Adults

Retirement

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. Following, a few to explore:

Crowfields

Situated in South Asheville, Crowfields is a 55 and older community set on 72 acres of woodlands, where Dingle Creek winds its way to the French Broad River. The property includes varied ecosystems, a sweeping meadow and two ponds.

Crowfields’ 192 units are arranged in groupings ranging from four to eight residences, with one-, two-, and three-level floor plans. Amenities include community garden plots, a heated outdoor pool, and a clubhouse where residents can enjoy community social activities, including bookclub, crafts, First Friday Socials, Men’s Coffee & Conversation, bocce and water aerobics.

Convenient to restaurants, grocers, retail and movie theaters, Crowfields is two minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 minutes to Asheville Regional Airport, and 20 minutes to downtown Asheville.

Creekside Village

Asheville Retirement CommunityLocated north of Asheville in Weaverville, Creekside Village features unique living spaces with modern amenities and high-quality materials. Mere minutes from the idyllic charm of downtown Weaverville, Creekside Village offers residents breathtaking views, a beautiful recreational park featuring Lake Louise, walking trails and playgrounds. With plenty of nearby shopping available, this community offers a great location for retirees who love the mountain experience but don’t want to live right in Asheville. Floor plans include low-maintenance patio homes (3 bedroom, 2 bath and office), townhomes (3 bedroom, 2.5 bath), and 3- and 4-bedroom single- and two-level Craftsman-style homes. Home features include: front covered porches, open rear decks, all wood cabinetry with dovetail constructed soft-close drawers, granite kitchen countertops, and cultured marble vanity tops and ceramic tile floors in bathrooms.

The Hills at Avery’s Creek

This well-established, gated 55+ community in Arden features 71 attached homes on quiet, tree-lined streets. The Hills is incorporated as a Planned Unit Development, with each of the homeowners being an equal shareholder. The attached homes typically range from 900 to 1,367 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. The community center is home to Breakfast Club and Dinner Club gatherings, card games and other active-adult activities. Wildlife populates the walking and biking trails that meander through the grounds and offer scenic views of the community lake. Retail, grocery and antique shops, the N.C. Arboretum, the Biltmore House and the Grove Park Inn are all nearby.

Beaverdam Run

Active Adults AshevilleBeaverdam Run is a gated mountainside community of 136 condominiums located on 115 wooded acres in North Asheville. Five different styles of homes are available, each with unique views of mountains, ponds, streams and lush landscaping. Though not officially designated a 55 and older community, Beaverdam Run offers a range of amenities geared toward the active adult, including a clubhouse with kitchen, outdoor patio, fitness room, heated indoor swimming pool and saunas. A historic log cabin, used for meetings and social events, contains a card room, a pool table, and a ping-pong table, and has a fenced side yard where dogs are permitted to exercise. There are several ponds – three of which are stocked with fish for “catch-and-release” recreational fishing – two tennis courts and a pickleball court, a community garden, and walking trails with guard rails and benches. All of this is located a short drive to shops, restaurants, grocery, banks, the library and the Country Club of Asheville.

Deerwood

Located just off Hendersonville Road in South Asheville, Deerwood features 100 two- and three-bedroom condos and townhouses in a range of sizes and floor plans. Most units offer an attached garage, gas fireplace and a covered deck in the back. The community features a beautiful green space and creek-fed lake with charming wildlife and waterfalls. Amenities include a pool, clubhouse and two tennis courts. Once a month, residents gather for a cocktail hour, where wine and light hors d’oeuvres are served, and every Saturday morning for a casual and relaxed coffee hour. Deerwood is close to shops, groceries, dining and recreation, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For a personally guided tour of 55 and older communities, or for more information on any real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com

Asheville: A Musical Destination of Note

Asheville Music Venues

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Asheville’s music scene boasts a diversity usually only found in much bigger cities – everything from small, intimate clubs drawing local and up-and-coming artists to large venues featuring world-class acts. Whether you’re headed downtown, visiting the River Arts District, or hanging in West Asheville, there’s a venue nearby to entertain nearly every musical taste. Following, a few of the most popular:

The Orange Peel

Orange Peel AshevilleHoused in a historic building in downtown Asheville, The Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers. It features 1,100-standing capacity, as well as a new 75-person private club on the lower level called PULP. Once a skating rink, then a series of R&B and soul clubs, the Orange Peel has welcomed a range of acts over the years, from Bob Dylan and Joan Jett to Ice Cube, Macklemore and the Beastie Boys.

Salvage Station

Founded in 2016, Salvage Station is located in the River Arts District along the French Broad River. Large sweeping open areas of grass for group outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun into one great destination. Salvage Station features live music most nights, and a family-friendly atmosphere that has made it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Indoor and outdoor dining options are both available; the restaurant features eclectic Southern and Appalachian inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare.

Isis Music Hall

Isis Music Hall AshevilleA concert venue with an accompanying bar and restaurant, Isis Music Hall showcases many recognized national and regional acts, as well as fresh new artists. The main stage features two styles of shows, from seated dinner cabaret-style with a capacity of 150 people to standing-room shows with a 450-person capacity. The hall features a balcony and intimate upstairs lounge. The lounge has a capacity of 50 for entirely seated shows, which are typically more acoustic-driven acts.

Grey Eagle

The Grey Eagle is Asheville’s longest-running all-ages venue and has hosted over 10,000 different bands and artists, including Ralph Stanley, Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Richie Havens, Frank Black, Deen Ween, Lake Street Dive, Slick Rick and many more. The Grey Eagle features a large dance floor, patio area, and intimate stage with options for seated shows, two flat-screen TVs and projector. Concert-goers can enjoy an in-house taqueria featuring original and creative meals and an ever-expanding beer selection.

The Mothlight at Mr. Freds

As home to local and traveling musicians alike, The Mothlight features acts that value creative artistic expression and intellectual freedom. The intimate venue boasts a high-quality sound and light system, and features at least three shows a week. The Mothlight is a private club, which means patrons sign in as members or guests.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. The theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, offers attendees convenient off-street parking; numerous nearby downtown restaurants make it easy to take in a pre-show dinner.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumThe U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. With a history dating back over one hundred years, the facilities have played host to a variety of concerts and other events. Recent acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld. 

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

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Industry Abounds in Asheville

Asheville Beer Jobs

Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. The population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top 10 Major Asheville Employers

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

Asheville Employer BiltmoreThe top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Big Support for Small Business in Asheville

Small Business AshevilleThanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed.

In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. For a guided tour of all the Asheville real estate market has to offer, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

From Raging to Restful: River Adventures Near Asheville

River Adventures Near Asheville

Looking for a summer river adventure to keep the body cool and the blood pumping? Asheville’s awash in them! Thanks to the city’s proximity to the region’s major rivers, there are plenty of ways to get your water sport on.

Tubing Near Asheville

River Tubing Near AshevilleDeep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Bryson City, is a popular spot for river tubing. The upper section beginning near Indian Creek Falls has bigger rapids. The lower section is more shallow and easy-going, perfect for all ages. Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground and Deep Creek Lodge & Creekside Tubing are located creekside and are ready with a large supply of tubes and shuttle service.

You can’t get closer or more convenient to Asheville than the French Broad River, where tubers can float right through the middle of town. Tubing the slow-moving waterway can take three hours, and is dependent on water levels of the river, so check for current conditions. For a quieter spot on the river, head south of Asheville, for a relaxed 4-mile float.  French Broad Outfitters and Lazy Otter Outfitters can get you set up in no time!

For gentle rapids, contact Wilderness Cove Tubing to ride the Green River through the lush forest of the Green River Gorge near Saluda. The river is dam-released, so tubing times coincide with the best water level.

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking in WNC

Whitewater Rafting Near AshevilleThe Asheville area is overflowing with water-sport accolades, thanks to amazing rivers and outfitters galore to provide equipment and guides. From whitewater rafting to inflatable and regular kayak and canoe riding, there’s something for every experience level.

The busiest and most well-known whitewater rafting river is the Nantahala, a dam-controlled river with 20 class II/III rapids and scenic sections of flat water. The 8-mile river ride takes about 2.5 hours. About an hour and a half from Asheville, it's the coldest water, perfect for the hottest days. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting and Nantahala Outdoor Center are the most prominent outfitters in the gorge.

The French Broad River offers rapids along with mountain vistas about 45 minutes north of Asheville. Blue Heron Whitewater and French Broad Rafting allow riders to experience a dozen class II and III rapids.

About 50 miles from Asheville near the Tennessee line is the Pigeon River, a dam-controlled river with easy access via I-40. The upper Pigeon River is filled with continuous waves and class III and IV rapids through a scenic gorge. The lower is a more gentle ride. Wildwater Ltd. Whitewater Rafting can equip you to explore the Pigeon River.  

The Green River offers the perfect artery for rafting, through a gorge filled with steep ravines and lush coves. Green River Adventures is your go-to outfitter in this gorge.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding: An Asheville Attraction

Paddling the French Broad RiverPicking up more and more fans along the French Broad is stand-up paddle boarding. Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours, Asheville's only outfitter offering guided (and self-guided) stand-up paddle board tours on the French Broad River, supplies stand-up paddle boards with certified instructors and all the gear needed to paddle through the Biltmore Estate and Asheville, ending within walking distance of breweries and shops in the River Arts District.

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

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It's Spring! Time to Hit Asheville's Array of Farmers' Markets

Asheville Farmer's Market

Asheville area residents count themselves lucky to call this region home for many reasons, not least of which is its easy access to high-quality local produce and regionally crafted artisanal creations. The farms surrounding Asheville and extending throughout Western North Carolina provide an eclectic offering of both seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets as well as working farm tours. Spring heralds the start of the season, so grab your shopping bags and hit these memorable markets and farms!

West Asheville Tailgate Market·      Asheville City Market (North Market St. between Woodfin St. and Walnut St.; Saturday mornings, now through Dec. 16) – Vendors feature farm-fresh produce, local eggs, meats, farm-raised trout, wild salmon, fresh baked goods, handmade pasta, gourmet cheeses, honey, preserves, salsas, flowers, natural body care products, and artisan crafts. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. For midweek shopping needs, visit Asheville City Market – South in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square. 

·      East Asheville Tailgate Market (954 Tunnel Road; Fridays 3-6 p.m. now through September) – Everything from fiber arts to herbs to hand-crafted popsicles are available against a backdrop of local music and camaraderie. 

·      North Asheville Tailgate Market (330 University Heights on UNCA’s campus; Saturday mornings now through Nov. 18) – Enjoy a full range of more than 40 vendors of local, sustainably produced meats, eggs, produce, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. 

Asheville Farmer's Market·      Oakley Farmers Market (Meadow at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy.; Thursdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. now through Sept. 28.) – This market’s mission is to provide fresh, locally produced foods to its neighbors, “regardless of differences in income, race or social status.” 

·      River Arts District Farmers Market (175 Clingman Ave.; Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.) – Flying Cloud Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery and Asheville Wild Foods are just a few of the vendors you can find here. 

·      West Asheville Tailgate Market (718 Haywood Road; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.) – Farmers’ market staples can be found alongside diverse offerings like plant starts for gardens, natural soaps and herbal products, and locally made art and crafts.

·      Western North Carolina Farmers Market (570 Brevard Road; daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April-October; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November-March) – This year-round indoor market features fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads, cookies and dozens of other farm-fresh items.

Asheville Area Farms

Asheville Area FarmsIf you’d like to go straight to the source, many working farms in the area are open to the public and offer an array of on-site activities and products for sale. Here’s a small sample of area farms to visit:

·      Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview offers Farm Dinners, HNG Kitchen Classes and Friday Night Barn Dances, just to name a few activities.

·      Franny’s Farm in Leicester hosts everything from summer camps to weddings to the annual Barnaroo Music Festival.

·      Sky Top Orchard stands out among pick-your-own apple and fruit orchards for its ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, tractor rides and lots of picnic areas.

·      For a fun way to visit sustainable family farms in Western North Carolina, check out Asheville Farm to Table Tours. The themed tours take participants to several farms in a day, providing a unique window into regional farming.

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

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