Blog :: 12-2017

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.

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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