Blog :: 10-2017

Asheville Trails That Aren't a Hike to Get To

Hikes Near Asheville NC

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

NC Arboretum Explorer Loop

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

Destination Center Track Trail

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

Bent Creek North Loop

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

Haw Creek Valley Overlook

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

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

 

Town Mountain takes Asheville Living to New Heights

Cyclist Blue Ridge Parkway

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

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

Immersed in the Mountains of Asheville

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

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

Town Mountain Leads You Downtown in a Heartbeat

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

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

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

Dog-Friendly Asheville

Dog Friendly Asheville

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

Eating Out with Your Pup in Asheville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asheville Kennels and Day Care

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

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

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

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

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

Shopping for Your Pet

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

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

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

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

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

Parks and Hikes

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

French Broad River Park and Dog Park

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

Azalea Dog Park

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

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