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Green Thinking Takes Center Stage in Today's Interior Design

Asheville Green Home Design

Planning your dream home in Asheville? Whether you’re starting fresh in a new space, or seeking to update your current home’s decor, trends in interior design are coming into focus this year, with an emphasis on “green” – in more ways than one.

With environmentally conscious construction gaining ground in Asheville, home interior designs are reflecting the movement, incorporating recycled, reclaimed and found materials into the design. Drawing inspiration from Asheville’s naturally stunning surroundings, interior designers are bringing green, airy elements of the outdoors in. Of course, the kitchen continues to be a design focal point, especially in this food-centric city. Following, a few ways to take advantage of today’s trends and give your home’s interior a fresh face:

Home Design Trends AshevilleEnvironmentally Green Design

Sustainability is an across-the-board trend that doesn’t stop at the front door. Finding furnishings that boast durable or recycled materials means less waste: Think a coffee table crafted from reclaimed wood, or a set of eco-chic chairs made from recycled materials. Peruse one of Asheville’s many flea and antique markets for just the right found-object-turned-focal-point. Bare wood surfaces favoring oak trees are a popular choice, and the area’s plentiful growth makes such wood easy to source locally to create a custom countertop.

Naturally Inclined

Bringing the outdoors in has become one of the best interior design trends for 2019. In Asheville, it’s particularly popular for a home’s interior to reflect the city’s airy, Blue Ridge backdrop. This trend can take the form of natural wood and stone materials incorporated into bathrooms, kitchens, even walls.

Also finding fans in 2019 is the color green, with such elements as cabinetry, furnishings and walls taking on the tint. Go for a hunter shade for a fresh take on kitchen cabinets, or accent a living room wall with emerald. For a less dramatic take on the trend, incorporate moss-hued throw pillows or a pine-colored shag rug to make your living space pop.

A nod to nature can be as simple as adding a little living greenery – in the form of easy-care succulents, fast-growing vines and statement potted trees that supply earthy texture. Another plant perk: Those leaves help to purify the air, for fresher, healthier breathing.

Home Design Trends in AshevilleThe Communal Kitchen

The kitchen continues to be the epicenter of the home, fueled not only by Asheville’s food-centric mentality, but by the supply of and ease with which fresh, locally grown produce and meat can be obtained. However, kitchens go beyond cooking: Trends toward making the kitchen a multipurpose yet open area mean communal elements are a must. Consider a kitchen island, or a peninsula, lined with low-profile stools and enough openness to allow family and guests the option to perch or to circulate. Another trend in line with the more relaxed, communal kitchen space: built-in benches, banquettes and booths. Such arrangements allow for better use of space, and more comfortable seating for lounging.

After a day of enjoying the beautiful, invigorating environs of Asheville, it’s nice to come home to a space that continues the theme. Incorporating these natural, airy design trends will make the transition from the great outdoors to the great indoors a seamless and inviting one.

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Tea Takes Hold in Asheville

Asheville NC Teahouses

Craft beer may be the beverage that’s put Asheville on the map, but a different brew has found a foothold in the region: tea. From traditional tea houses to regional blends to tea-centric events, here are all the ways to enjoy the leaf-based brew in Asheville.

Asheville Tea Company

This operation, started in 2015, sells a range of locally sourced brews online, at local tailgate markets, and in Asheville shops and cafes such as. Among the offerings are herbal, black, green, seasonal and yaupon (see below) blends. Flavors include such varied blends as Echinacea Elderflower, Hibiscus Mojito and Chocolate Habanero Chai. In addition, the company offers Tea CSA boxes, which include three monthly select loose leaf teas from its main or seasonal tea line and a tea infuser with the first box. http://www.ashevilleteacompany.com

Asheville Tea and CoffeeAfternoon Tea at the Biltmore

Offered daily from 1-2:30 p.m., afternoon tea at The Inn on Biltmore Estate is inspired by the Vanderbilt tradition of sharing afternoon tea with guests. Along with a sampling of fine cheeses, artfully prepared sweet and savory canapés, a selection of Newby Teas is offered in an opulent setting. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/afternoon-tea

Tea Events at Ivory Café & Kitchen

This Arden café, housed in a 1930s stone cottage, offers a number of tea-centric events and tastings. Every Saturday at 2 p.m., there’s an afternoon tea, a laid-back approach to the traditional English-style service. One Sunday a month, the café holds a Sunday Afternoon Tea Tasting in partnership with Asheville Tea Company.  The Sunday Tea includes live classical guitar music, as well as a seasonal tea tasting flight and a brief informative talk by Jessie Dean, owner of Asheville Tea Company. https://ivoryroadavl.com

Dobra Tea - Two Asheville Locations

This tea house, with locations in West Asheville and Downtown, goes to great distances to source all of its teas directly from their regions of origin. Dobra features an incredibly extensive tea menu, with teas arranged by country, and complements its teas with desserts, tea snacks and savory spreads (Downtown), as well as raw and macrobiotic dishes, salads and pho (West Asheville). The tea house also holds events throughout the year: Everything from The History of Tea to Oolong Tea Class and to Pu’er Tea Tasting are offered. http://dobrateanc.com

Teahouses in AshevilleAlchemy

This tearoom, apothecary and acupuncture practice is committed to nourishing the individual and the community while supporting environmental well-being. It honors the practice of Chinese medicine by offering classical formulas and seasonal specialties. Flavors as varied as White Peony, Nettles, Holy Basil and Roasted Barley fill the menu, alongside mainstays like Earl Grey, Oolong and Chamomile. http://www.alchemyasheville.com

Yaupon

This wild, regional evergreen shrub – believed to be the only native North American plant to contain caffeine – is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. The dried leaves were once used by Native Americans to make a ceremonial tea; today, yaupon – a close cousin to the more popular yerba mate – is gaining a new generation of fans with its mellow flavor, energizing buzz, and high concentration of antioxidants and theobromine. Yaupon is on the menu at Green Sage Café and Asheville Tea Company.

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Asheville's Unique Indoor Activities Take the Edge Off Winter

Asheville NC Indoor Activities

The Asheville area is blessed with weather that can be mild even in the dead of winter. But when those inevitable cold, wet days do hit, warm up to these unique indoor activities.

Retrocade

Scores of video games, pinball machines, billiards, Skee-Ball and Foosball populate this two-level arcade in West Asheville. A flat fee of $10 gains you all-day unlimited play, and a bar offers local craft beers, wine and soda to sip while you enjoy the retro atmosphere. https://www.ashevilleretrocade.com

Better Than Unicorns

This virtual reality arena and immersive studio gives you the opportunity to experience computer-generated games that simulate realistic experiences. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, the public is invited to open play, where for a flat fee of $15 ($10 for students), players can participate in studio-selected games. https://www.betterthanunicorns.com

Indoor Winter Activities AshevilleRAD Skatepark

This skater-owned and -operated indoor park offers open skate every day of the week. Private lessons by the hour and holiday skate camp for kids are also available. Combine a visit to the River Arts District park with a pre- or post-skate stop at neighbors 12 Bones Smokehouse or Wedge Brewing at Foundation. http://www.radskateparkavl.com

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

This state historic site, boardinghouse and museum in downtown Asheville was the boyhood home of renowned American novelist Thomas Wolfe, and is immortalized as “Dixieland” in Wolfe’s 1929 novel “Look Homeward, Angel.” A visitor center features exhibits about Wolfe and his family, as well as an audio-visual presentation about the writer’s life and works. The house also holds special seasonal activities and exhibitions. Guided house tours are offered at half past each hour, Tuesday through Saturday. http://wolfememorial.com

Asheville’s Fun Depot

This family entertainment center features over 65,000 square feet of indoor activities, including go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, arcade games and more. Burgers, pizza, chicken sandwiches and salads are available in the on-site restaurant. http://ashevillesfundepot.com/home/

Asheville Indoor ActivitiesAsheville Pinball Museum

This all-you-can-play arcade ($15 for adults, $12 for kids 10 and under) features more than 80 pinball machines – some dating back decades and boasting fascinating histories – as well as classic video games. Beer and soda are available at the bar. Cold, rainy days can mean a waitlist, but the museum’s close proximity to the Grove Arcade means you can enjoy the indoor shopping corridor while you wait.http://ashevillepinball.com

Folk Art Center

Home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center showcases traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library, and the Guild’s oldest craft shop. From March through December, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the center’s lobby. https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/folk-art-center/

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Asheville Area Offers Flurry of Fun Activities This Winter

Skiing in Western North Carolina

As Western North Carolina gears up for winter, the Asheville area comes alive with snow-centric activities. From skiing to snow tubing to wintry hikes, a range of outdoor adventures makes the flakes all the more fun, for young and old alike. Following, a few favorites to try out this season:

Ski and Snowboard Central – With a range of slopes dotting the area, a day or evening of skiing or snowboarding is an easy option when the snow starts falling – or even if it doesn’t! Barring unusually warm weather, area ski centers are equipped to make snow, so you always have the option to hit the slopes this winter. Area resorts include:

·     Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – Located 30 minutes north of Asheville in Mars Hill, this family-oriented resort provides lessons in skiing and snowboarding, as well as night skiing. The lodge overlooking the slopes boasts three fireplaces, cafeteria, gift shop and rental shop. https://skiwolfridgenc.com

Snow Tubing Near Asheville·     Cataloochee Ski Area – An hour away from Asheville in Maggie Valley, this ski and snowboard resort offers 18 slopes and trails, lessons and special rates for day and night sessions. Afterschool and School Race programs are popular options at the resort, which also has a large lodge with cafeteria, fireplace and rental shop. https://cataloochee.com

·     Beech Mountain Resort – Make a weekend of it and visit this popular resort town, about two hours from Asheville. In addition to offering 17 slopes in the highest ski area in the eastern U.S., Beech also has snowtubing and ice skating. A free youth sledding hill next to the visitor center entertains the 12-and-under set. https://www.beechmtn.com/things-to-do/winter-sports/skiing

Snow Tubing – Take to the slopes on a tube, an easy, all-ages way to enjoy the snow. Area tubing spots include:

·     Tube World – Located 4 miles from Cataloochee Ski Area, this tubing park also offers Wee Bowl Snowplay area for young children not tall enough to tube. https://cataloochee.com/planning/tube-world/

·     Zip N Slip – Just half an hour from Asheville in Mars Hill, this spot features three tubing lanes, night tubing, a solarium with fireplace and snacks. http://zipnslip.com

Frozen Waterfall·     Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing – This Hendersonville spot features the steepest tubing slope in Western N.C. There’s also a gift and snack shop, changing area and fire pit. http://www.moonshinemountain.com

·     The Tube Run – Located just outside Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, this slope has no designated lanes, allowing tubers to link up – and amp up the excitement. https://skiwolfridgenc.com/tickets/snow-tubing

Waterfall Hikes – Trekking to an icy waterfall in the winter affords a stunning adventure like no other. Partially frozen or fully iced-over falls dot popular hiking trails, making it easy to take in the wintry scenes. And with trees bare, long-range views normally shrouded by leaves open up. A few favorite frozen falls to visit include: Looking Glass Falls (aptly named for the icy “mirror” it boasts in the winter), Moore Cove Falls and Daniel Ridge Falls in Pisgah National Forest; Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest; and Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls near Highlands.

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Asheville Area's Aglow With Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights Asheville

A flurry of festive events makes Asheville the ideal destination this holiday season. From lively parades, to twinkling town light displays, to Old World celebrations, there’s a holiday affair sure to please everyone.

Annual Asheville Holiday Parade

The Asheville Downtown Association hosts this free holiday staple the Saturday before Thanksgiving beginning at 11 a.m. The parade features around 100 entries, from marching bands, floats and street performers to animals, pageant queens and, of course, Santa. The parade begins on Biltmore Avenue at Charlotte Street and concludes on Patton Avenue at S. French Broad. Don’t forget to check out the store windows decked out for the season as part of the downtown association’s annual Holiday Windows Contest. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/holidays

Christmas at Biltmore

Biltmore Holiday AshevilleFrom Nov. 3, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019, visitors to the Biltmore Estate can enjoy a rich, magical experience for the senses: holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 55 stunning Christmas trees fill the house. The celebration continues across the estate, including colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory, commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, and Antler Hill Village's evening illumination display. “Candlelight Christmas Evenings” (additional ticketed event) envelops the estate in a soft glow of candlelight, firelight and twinkle lights. Live performances of Christmas music add to the self-guided evening visit. https://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore-daytime-celebration-1

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

From Nov. 16 to Dec. 31, 2018, 6-10 nightly, visitors to the arboretum can experience an outdoor winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than 500,000 holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of holiday music favorites and enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. https://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights/

Annual National Gingerbread House Competition

Asheville HolidaysCome to the Omni Grove Park Inn Nov. 25, 2018, to Jan. 4, 2019, to take in all the amazing creations that populate this stunning event, in its 26th year.

Except for the base, the gingerbread house entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. While guests with hotel, spa or restaurant reservations may view the display at any time, others are invited to see the winners on Sundays after 3 p.m. and Monday-Thursday anytime (except Dec. 23-Jan. 1). Admission is free, but there is a $20 per car parking fee. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition

An Old-Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival at Biltmore Village

Historic Biltmore Village transforms into a quaint Victorian village on the first Friday night and Saturday of December. Enjoy concerts, refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period. At nightfall, the glowing white lights outlining the historic buildings enhance the ambiance. Shops will stay open late, with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. Free admission. Friday starts at 6 p.m. with a tree lighting, Saturday 11-5 p.m.

Asheville’s Downtown Local Lights

Holidays in AshevilleThe City of Asheville, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville Downtown Association and Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority are partnering for Downtown Local Lights, an artistic holiday light display at Pack Square, and new this year, expanded to Pritchard Park. Downtown Local Lights will kick off Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at Pack Square with free photos with Santa, hot chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge and holiday carols from The Gay Men’s Chorus. The official lighting ceremony will be at 6:30 pm. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/downtown-local-lights-ceremony-free-photos-w-santa

"Come Home for the Holidays" Hendersonville

From Nov. 23, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019, Hendersonville offers a range of festive happenings along with a magical Main Street, decked out in thousands of lights. Events include a Christmas Parade Dec. 1 and a Holiday Tour of Historic Inns Dec. 9, along with Flat Rock Playhouse productions, carriage rides, concerts and an “iceless” ice skating rink. https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/home-for-the-holidays

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Range of Exciting Activities Makes Halloween a Treat in Asheville

Haunted Asheville NC

Halloween in Asheville offers something for everyone. Many area neighborhoods have a great trick-or-treating scene. But if candy and costumes aren’t your thing, you can still find fun ways to enjoy Halloween in Asheville this year. From hair-raising comedy tours to chilling haunted trails to thrill-filled dance parties, there’s something sure to entertain you this October!

Ghost Hunters of Asheville

Looking for an interactive ghost tour complete with equipment and training on the use of spirit boxes, EVP recording, EMF meters, and other ghost-detecting equipment? Ghost Hunters offers all of this and more. Featuring ghostly walking tours Downtown Spirits, Haunted Montford and Black Mountain, Ghost Hunters recounts carefully curated stories of Asheville’s paranormal past and present. All ages are welcome for these evening tours, with tickets ranging from $13 to $20 (kids 6 and under free).

LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour

Halloween AshevilleThis year-round, adults-only comedy bus tour features a comedic guide who reveals Asheville’s bloody past and once-seedy underbelly. Along the way, hear stories of Asheville’s murders, hangings and unsolved mysteries. The hour-long tour runs nightly through October. Tickets $26, with reservations recommended.

Pinhead’s Graveyard

This top-rated outdoor haunted house runs over a ½ mile path through thick, dense woods and features a bevy of horror movie characters – think Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface, and of course Pinhead. Open to all ages, the experience offers thrills for adults, but is also toned down for small children. The tour runs on select October evenings. Tickets $20.

The Haunted Trail at Pisgah Brewing

Halloween AshevilleThis popular trail, filled with live actors, realistic props and ghostly sounds, runs in late October. The trail walk stays in family-friendly territory, without violence or gore, and actors cater the scares appropriately to each age group. After enjoying the adrenaline rush, guests can regroup at the Party at Pisgah Park, which features Halloween crafts, local food trucks, games and Pisgah beer on tap for the grown-ups. Tickets range from $9 to $13.

The Haunted Farm

Located on what many believe to be haunted grounds, this scary spot in Hendersonville features three main parts – the Woods, the Farm and the Haunted Hayride. Runs select evenings through October. Tickets $25 (cash only).

Haunted Grove House Inferno

An annual 18+ Halloween costume and dance party at the Grove House Entertainment Complex in downtown Asheville, the Haunted Inferno features three levels of themed dance halls. Come dressed to impress and enter the costume contest for a chance to win $1,000. $25 ticket allows entry to the entire complex.

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Wrap a Dash of Asheville Into Your Next Housewarming Gift

Local Gift Asheville

With so many people making Asheville their new home, you’re bound to know someone moving to the area soon. And while the region already exudes a welcoming warmth, you can make recently relocated friends or family feel even more at home by bestowing a uniquely Asheville housewarming gift. Following, a few creative and thoughtful ways to say “Welcome Home”:

Brew Basket

What better introduction to “Beer City” than a basket boasting an array of local brews? Breweries like Highland, Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Funkatorium – the list goes on and on – provide a range of options for gifting. Create your own basket stocked with seasonal offerings, variety packs, or limited releases. Or consider adding some local ciders (Urban Orchard, Noble) and alcoholic ginger beers (Ginger’s Revenge) to the mix. And for the nondrinker, a regionally crafted kombucha (Buchi) or fermented effervescent tea (Shanti Elixirs) provides the perfect punch of local flavor.

Home Sweet Home

Local Products Asheville HoneyAsheville boasts a number of locally crafted, eclectic treats, from chocolates (French Broad Chocolate Lounge) to honey (Asheville Bee Charmer) to popcorn (Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn). Proffer a present that encapsulates a range of sweet treats for a housewarming gift sure to impress.

Focal-Point Pottery

With Asheville artisans galore, picking a piece of pottery, whether decorative or functional, for a housewarming gift is easy – and hard! The range of glassware (think a set of cocktail vessels), pottery (perfect for new dishes), even woodwork (an intricately carved fruit bowl, replete with locally grown fruit) is mind-boggling. Hit the River Arts District for one-stop shopping, or peruse the wares at permanent artist stalls (Kress and Woolworth).

Restaurant Gift Cards

Moving can be a delightful, and draining, experience. Sometimes new homeowners just need a break from the boxes begging to be unpacked; gift cards to locally owned eateries provide the perfect excuse to get away, and to also learn about all that Asheville’s amazing food scene has to offer.

Hit the Trails

Local Products AshevilleOnce they’ve settled in, your newly relocated friends will want to take advantage of Asheville’s proximity to amazing hiking trails. Get them started with the ideal gift: a small backpack containing a hiking guide (Five-Star Trails Asheville), stainless steel water bottle, compass, flashlight and small first-aid kit.

New Home Spa

Asheville is home to a range of local companies crafting naturally delightful bath and body products. Stock a gift bag with soaps (Appalachian Natural Soap), mineral salts and scrubs (Faerie Made), and perfume and body lotions (Mountains to Sea Skincare) for a special, sweetly scented housewarming gift.

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LEAF Brings Epic Celebration of Global Arts, Music and Creativity to WNC

LEAF Festival Asheville Black Mountain

Each May and October, 12,000 people descend on the Lake Eden grounds in Black Mountain for LEAF, an epic celebration of music, art, creativity and culture. Taking place at Camp Rockmont on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College amid rolling hills, lakes and mountain beauty, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) features global artists, musicians, performers and facilitators who are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and community impact.

The site of the festival, which has been running for more than two decades, is surrounded by hundreds of stunning acres featuring rustic cabins, large camping fields with mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams and lakes for canoeing and swimming, and a zipline. Included in entry is a range of fun-filled activities for the entire family:

LEAF Festival Asheville·      Entertainment Stages: With six performance stages, attendees can enjoy all manner of entertainment. A variety of musicians, dancers and other performers fills the roster and keeps the nonstop entertainment going. This fall, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG & Associates Construction are co-sponsors of The Barn stage.

·      LEAF Family Adventure Villages: There are eight adventure villages, and each is filled with interactive stations, where young and old alike can enjoy crafts, games, sports and shows.

·      Healing Arts: Free healing arts workshops are available to attendees, including yoga, dance and martial arts. Workshops on nutrition, ancient earth skills and plant walks, as well as booths offering massage, rolfing, acupuncture and chiropractic work, are also available.

·      Vendors: Over 100 of the region’s best artisans, crafters, holistic practitioners and foodies gather at every LEAF to market their wares and services.

LEAF Festival Black MountainAt any given LEAF, expect to experience more than 400 performing artists, more than 100 shows, around 50 healing arts workshops and some 20 Family Adventure workshops.

In addition, LEAF Café in Eden Hall and various culinary booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. The food is prepared on site all day and into the evening, with offerings ranging from vegan dishes to BBQ, and everything in between. Culinary Passports containing multiple meal vouchers are available for purchase.

LEAF offers daily and weekend passes. Attendees with weekend passes can also choose to spend the entire weekend on the grounds by renting tent or vehicle camping spots, or by booking an on-site cabin.

LEAF Community Arts, which spearheads the festival, is a nonprofit organization that directly supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally. For more information or to purchase tickets to LEAF, visit www.theleaf.org.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG and Associates Construction are proud co-sponsors of the Barn Stage in 2018.

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Smaller images courtesy of Evan Kafka, larger image courtesy of LEAF

The Pinnacle of Relaxation: Explore Asheville's Special Spa Experiences

Spa Asheville Massage

Unique spa experiences abound in Asheville. From a relaxing, rejuvenating salt cave session, to a hot spring soak against a Blue Ridge backdrop, there are plenty of unusual ways to unwind in the area, for an hour or for a weekend. Following, some singular spa destinations in and around Asheville to check out:

Wake Foot Sanctuary

Luxurious, handmade foot soaks are the signature of this downtown Asheville spa. The soaks contain a range of apothecary products, soaps, pure oils and salts – everything from lemon, fennel and clary sage to detoxifying rose salts. Massage add-ons are available.

Shoji Spa, Lodge & Wellness

Spa AshevilleA Japanese spa nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, Shoji features forest-shrouded hot tubs, cedar sauna, cold plunge pool and a range of massages for deep relaxation. The spa also offers lodging, which comes with a private spa pass to enjoy all the amenities.

Asheville Salt Cave

This therapeutic, sustainable and growing salt cave features 20 tons of pure pink salt within a microclimate saturated with negative ions, releasing scores of trace elements and minerals essential to the body’s balance. The salt spa, which also has massage rooms, offers opportunities for deep relaxation and meditation in private sessions, community sessions, couples massage and kids quiet play sessions, as well as sound healing and yoga events.

Grove Park Inn Spa

Spa Asheville Grove Park InnFor an immersive, in-town indulgence, head to the Grove Park Inn’s subterranean spa. The spa boasts 20 water features – including two therapeutic waterfall pools and a lap pool with underwater music – enveloped in cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. With skin care, body treatments, wellness pods, and foot treatments, as well as spa day passes, there’s no shortage of opportunities to sit back and relax.

Still Point Wellness

Visitors to this spa’s float lab tank can experience deep states of relaxation as they float atop 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt. The salt helps to release muscle tension, while the sensory deprivation of floatation allows the mind to unwind. Also available are sessions in Esalen massage, for deep relaxation and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Hot Springs Resort and Spa

This spa’s hot tubs, along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, are supplied with a continuous flow of natural mineral water, heated deep within the earth and famed for its healing qualities. A range of massages is also offered. Visitors to the 100-acre resort and spa, 45 minutes from Asheville, can make a weekend of their experience by staying in one of the resort’s luxury suites or camping cabins, or at its campground.

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Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage Series Entertains With Eclectic Lineup

Asheville Theater Acrobats

Asheville boasts a range of theater venues producing world-class shows to entertain everyone. From Broadway musicals to children’s productions to intimate stage theater, you’ll find an array of performing-arts options for that next special date night, or a fun family afternoon outing.

A big performing-arts draw year after year is the Mainstage Series at the Diana Wortham Theatre. An intimate 500-seat venue, the Diana Wortham Theatre is centrally located in downtown Asheville in the heart of Pack Square. Its Mainstage Series features a full season of live performances of music, theater and dance by nationally renowned touring artists. Co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG Construction, the series showcases the value of the arts in forging community connections, something close to the heart of Mosaic’s philosophy.

Theater Asheville PianoWith the 2018-19 recently announced, the lineup features everything from exotic acrobatic performances to classic Shakespeare to contemporary dance. Following, a few highlights from the coming season:

Mélange (Sept. 15, 2018) – Asking the crowd to select from a musical menu of more than 30 works in 15 different styles — from classical to jazz to baroque — the members of Mélange are completely in control of the audience, with captivating results.

Blindside (Nov. 2) – Entertaining for all ages, Blindside is one-eyed storyteller Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s account of her life as a feisty 7-year-old cancer survivor, wielding her glass eye as a superpower and using spoken word, contemporary dance and live projected video to leave a dramatic, humorous, meaningful impression.

The New Chinese Acrobats (Nov. 7) – With vibrant costumes of smooth silk, sparkling lace and brightly colored spandex, the New Chinese Acrobats awe with unbelievable physical feats.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed (Jan. 22, 2019) – Pianist, singer, composer and bandleader Damien Sneed and his curated group of performers celebrate generations of civil rights activists.

Diana Wortham Theatre AshevilleAquila Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 2) – One of  Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to life in this innovative new production. Beautiful movements, unique staging and bold physical style come together in a feast for the senses.

Piano Battle (March 28) – Piano Battle pits two musicians – Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis – against one another in a unique and interactive performance, where the audience gets to decide who emerges the winner.

Ballet Hispánico (April 9 and 10) – Fusing bold and eclectic contemporary dance with traditional Latino influences, Ballet Hispánico showcases heritage-inspired movements in a stunning display.

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

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