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Gear Up to Get Down for New Year's Eve 2018 in Asheville

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations

Asheville abounds in celebrations small and large to welcome in the New Year. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner, an uplifting musical performance, or an energetic dance party, you’ll find an array of options to fete the final moments of 2017!

Eat Your Heart Out, Asheville

New Year's Eve Dinner in AshevilleRestaurants around Asheville, already brimming year-round with inventive dishes, take things up a notch on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants including Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Jargon, Pack’s Tavern, Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, just to name a few, have special dinner menus for the occasion. Offerings range from prix fixe to buffet-style to meal-and-entertainment packages. Even if you’re skipping the meal, you can still make an evening of it at the many lively restaurant bars around town.

Room for Fun

Why not extend the celebration with an overnight package at one of Asheville’s picturesque inns? The Omni Grove Park has a two-night package for two offering luxurious accommodations, tickets to a Classic NY Style Dinner & Show in Heritage Ballroom with Crossroads, a tribute to music legend Eric Clapton, tickets to its NYE Times Square Party featuring Oh No Stereo, plus two tickets to its Saturday Comedy Show.

The Inn on Biltmore’s annual black tie celebration includes pre- and post-VIP party receptions, a five-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment, party favors, an open bar, and a toast at midnight accompanied by fireworks.

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations of Note

Asheville Live Music New Year's EveIf you’re looking for a concert to round out 2017, Asheville’s got your ticket. Lounges and entertainment venues around town have a range of acts on tap. Just a sampling: Langhorne Slim and special guests perform at the Orange Peel; New Year’s Eve Celebration With Sirius.B at Jack of the Wood; Jeff Austin and Fireside Collective at Oskar Blues; New Year’s Eve With Eric Gales and Marvelous Funkshun at the Grey Eagle; and Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Orff’s “Carmina Burana” concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Wind it Up (or Down)

Step into the new year with a blood-pumping dance party. Salvage Station will feature a New Year’s Eve dance party with live music by Lyric. The Grove House will hold its 36th New Year’s Eve Bash with dancing on three floors (Club Eleven, Scandals & Boiler Room) for one price. The Mothlight is hosting its 12th New Year’s Freak Out Dance Party with ZenSoFly and DJs Abu Disarray, Bridal Parti Burcardi and Debbie Fred.

If you’re looking for a more spiritual transition into 2018, join Sangita Devi’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Odyssey Community School. Experience a kirtan, a meditative sound healing bath, and an intention-setting ceremony and peace prayer, culminating in an ecstatic dance wave.

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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Enjoy an Embellished Asheville This Holiday Season

Biltmore Holiday Lights Asheville

Do you light up at the thought of the holidays? So does Asheville – quite literally! Every year, festive displays of glittering, glorious decorations adorn Asheville and the surrounding areas and make already breathtaking vistas even more dazzling. Following, a few favorites:

Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Open evenings from mid November through Dec. 31, Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout The North Carolina Arboretum’s gardens. Visitors can walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance.

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village Lights

Beginning in early November, and running through early January, the Biltmore Estate takes on a magical glow. Across the estate, dozens of Christmas trees, thousands of lights and poinsettias, and miles of garland set the holiday scene. With a 35-foot live Fraser fir towering over the Banquet Hall, elegant decorations in platinum, gold, silver, and jewel tones adorn the grand spaces. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy Candlelight Christmas Evenings, replete with live music, candlelight and firelight. After visiting the estate, make a stop at Biltmore Village for a stroll through the shopping district’s dazzling display of lights for a truly wondrous Old-World holiday experience.

National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn

Biltmore Asheville Holiday ActivitiesFor a quarter of a century, this highly anticipated gingerbread house competition has wowed thousands of visitors to the Omni Grove Park Inn. Held annually in late November, the competition features houses from all over the country. The winning creations are on display through early January, interspersed with glowing, elaborately decorated Christmas trees. Enjoy a commemorative cup of whipped-cream-topped hot cocoa as you take in the amazing array of gingerbread creations.

Buncombe County Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park

Beginning the first of December and running until right before Christmas, this annual drive-through event transforms Lake Julian Park into a winter wonderland. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and more than 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights. Advance tickets can be purchased online.

Explore Holiday Lights in Downtown Asheville

Asheville Holiday LightsEnjoy a post-dinner feast for the eyes in downtown Asheville, where a lights display weaves through the trees in Pack Square and the surrounding streets. Historic buildings take on a festive veneer (don’t miss the fun façade of the Grove House) that adds even more magic to downtown’s architecture. Make a stop inside the Grove Arcade, where the grand hall becomes even more spectacular with added holiday sparkle and garlands.

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

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.

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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.

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Recreation Rules at Asheville's Biltmore Lake

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood Asheville

Luxurious lakeside living in the heart of the Western North Carolina mountains is the hallmark of Biltmore Lake, a master-planned community of more than 650 homes just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Asheville. The beauty of living at Biltmore Lake is that you can feel like you’re on a mountain vacation every day, without even leaving your neighborhood: Lake and Blue Ridge views abound, as do outdoor activities along Biltmore Lake’s trail system and in and around its lake. The neighborhoods – which feature everything from town homes to cottages to estate homes – seamlessly connect via sidewalk-lined streets, nature trails and idyllic common areas.

Biltmore Lake is Overflowing with Outdoor Amenities

Biltmore Lake Neighborhood AshevilleResidents of Biltmore Lake enjoy a range of onsite activities and amenities, maintained by the Biltmore Lake Community Association. Four miles of hardwood forest and rhododendron-enveloped trails offer plenty of opportunity for biking, running, walking or just enjoying the surrounding nature. There are four campsites alongside the trail system, two adjacent to the lake’s shoreline, and two on Scott’s Ridge’s higher elevation.

The lake offers an outlet for all manner of nonmotorized water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to paddleboating and sunfish sailing, all available for use from the Biltmore Lake boathouse. Fishing is also a popular pastime on Biltmore Lake. A sandy beach provides the perfect spot for sunning with a good book.

Sense of Community at Biltmore Lake

Walking Trails at Biltmore LakeBiltmore Lake also boasts playgrounds, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a clubhouse. The community association hosts a monthly fourth Friday social for neighbors to meet and mingle. In addition, the association coordinates a wide variety of activities for residents throughout the year, from clubs and lectures to live concerts.

Outside of Biltmore Lake, outdoor adventures are only a short drive away. One can take a hike through Pisgah National Forest; enjoy a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway; or enjoy water activities on the French Broad River.

Shopping and Dining, Minutes Away in Asheville

Biltmore Lake residents enjoy amazing proximity to a range of commercial amenities. Just minutes away is Biltmore Park Town Square in South Asheville, a mixed-use center featuring an array of stores, restaurants and other amenities, including Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, REI, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Oven, the Reuter YMCA, Barnes & Noble and more.

Well-regarded public and private schools, including Hominy Valley Elementary School, Enka Middle and High schools, and Carolina Day School, serve the community.

For a personally guided tour of Biltmore Lake, 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.

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Malvern Walk Weaves West Asheville's Past Into Modern Living

Malvern Walk West Asheville

In the heart of West Asheville sits a true rarity: Malvern Walk, a new, modern community offering generously proportioned lots, all within one of Asheville’s original historic neighborhoods, Malvern Hills. Adjacent to the site of the historic Sulphur Springs Hotel, and home to what was once the last stop on Asheville’s first electric trolley, Malvern Hills is steeped in history, natural beauty and mountain vistas. Living in Malvern Walk puts you in the midst of this history, but also affords residents amazing proximity to a wide range of amenities.

Build your Dream Home at Malvern Walk

Malvern Walk Asheville LotsBoasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk offers the opportunity to build a dream home in West Asheville’s original historic large-lot subdivision. Malvern Walk has 30 lots, all a quarter acre or larger, two of them with existing homes. All utilities are installed to the lots, including water, sewer, cable, fiber optics and natural gas. The lots are graded, and the driveway entrances have been installed, making planning and construction easy.

Malvern Walk’s design promotes walking and biking as a means of relaxation as well as a mode of transportation. An interior mulched path ties seamlessly to the Malvern Hills neighborhood, where sidewalks and quiet streets provide the perfect setting for a morning jog or an evening stroll.

Perfect Proximity, But in a Quiet West Asheville Location

Malvern Hills Park West AshevilleResidents can take advantage of the neighborhood’s short distance to multiple parks, the local library, coffee shops, restaurants, live music and more in West Asheville’s own “downtown,” the dynamic Haywood Road commercial corridor. Along this lively thoroughfare, mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood.

With quick access to interstates and downtown Asheville, Malvern Walk offers the best in proximity without being in the middle of the hustle of Asheville’s urban center. Living in Malvern Walk means being able to hop on the Hominy Creek greenway and connect to Asheville’s river parks with ease. In addition, it’s only a short drive to hiking in Pisgah Forest or biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Closer to home are the Malvern Hills swimming pool, tennis court and playground. A number of well-regarded schools within a short distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Malvern Walk ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Malvern Walk, 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.

West Asheville's Craggy Park Combines Community and Nature

Craggy Park Streetscape

Imagine a sustainable urban community featuring streamside trails and organic gardens against a park-like backdrop. Now imagine this idyllic setting within easy walking distance of West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor. The distinctive neighborhood of Craggy Park has all of this, and more. Its 45 green-built homes, featuring modern, clean lines and bright, open designs, are responsibly constructed for low environmental impact and sustainable living. Ditching the car in favor of biking or walking to restaurants, grocery, schools, the library and other amenities along Haywood Road and Patton Avenue is easy for Craggy Park residents, making this neighborhood the ultimate in green living.

Connecting to Nature at Craggy Park

Amenities at Craggy ParkCraggy Park’s design philosophy of clustering homes around ample common space means residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood’s park on Fox Creek and adjacent urban woodland conservation area make it easy to stay connected to nature. The park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by the stream, two “little free libraries,” a tree house, an oversized double swing, organic gardens, a fire pit, a picnic area with a community grill and herb spiral gardens. Native, drought-tolerant and edible landscaping throughout the neighborhood provides a habitat for local flora and fauna.

For a more immersive experience in nature, residents have a range of nearby options. The neighborhood is an easy drive to hiking and biking trails in Bent Creek, water recreation on the French Broad River, and camping in Pisgah National Forest.

Connecting to Community at Craggy Park

Easy Access to Haywood RoadCraggy Park is linked to the Haywood Road business district via a greenway trail and a short stroll or bike ride up Dunwell Ave. Slicing through West Asheville, the vibrant commercial corridor has been the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of Craggy Park can, in mere minutes, be at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

A number of well-regarded schools within walking or biking distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Craggy Park ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Craggy Park, 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.

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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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Asheville's Oakley Mixes Laid-Back Living with Close Conveniences

Oakley Neighborhood Asheville

Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Historic Biltmore Village, and just minutes from downtown Asheville, sits the welcoming neighborhood of Oakley. A seamless blend of remodeled bungalows and newly constructed craftsman-style homes gives Oakley a distinct, close-knit feel. Residents can walk to the Oakley Library, spend an afternoon working in the community garden, or enjoy the area’s easy proximity to shopping, recreation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Folk Art Center.

Activities for Everyone in Oakley

Oakley Neighborhood AshevilleBeing close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is a major advantage to calling Oakley 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). Historic Biltmore Village – with its many shops and restaurants – and the Biltmore Estate are just down the road, offering Oakley residents lots to experience in their own backyard. The 42-acre Western North Carolina Nature Center, mere minutes away, provides plenty of family fun with more than 60 species of animals to see.

Oakley families enjoy many educational and enrichment options. The well-regarded Oakley Elementary School serves the immediate neighborhood; other options are nearby charter schools Evergreen Community Charter School and ArtSpace Charter School. The popular Roots & Wings School of Art and Design sits in the heart of Oakley, and offers enrichment opportunities for every age, from preschool for tiny tots, to after-school community design lab for big kids, to adult studio classes.

An Asheville Neighborhood with Shops Galore

Oakley Neighborhood AshevilleA long list of stores a short drive away means Oakley residents never have to travel far to find what they need. Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter are nearby, as are the River Ridge Market Place (featuring such stores as AC Moore, Hamrick’s and Dollar General) and Oakley Plaza (featuring Babies R Us and Golds Gym). For a fun-filled evening of music and mingling, residents can head to the nearby Highland Brewing Company.

With the close-by commercial corridor of Tunnel Road, Oakley offers an amazing array of shopping and entertainment outlets within a few minutes’ drive. 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 10-minute drive west, via I-240, puts you in the heart of Downtown Asheville, with its vibrant restaurant, retail and arts scene.

For a personally guided tour of Oakley, 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.

 

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.