Blog :: 10-2018

Proximity Makes Asheville Tops in Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Much of the beauty of living in Asheville is the city’s amazing accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the famed Virginia-to-North Carolina scenic highway – America’s longest linear park at 469 miles – winding along mere minutes from Asheville’s city center, it’s easy to jump on the parkway – whether it’s an impromptu afternoon hike you’re after, or an all-day trek – and still be able to cap the day with dinner downtown. Following, a few favorites to check out:

Mount Mitchell Summit and Balsam Nature Trail

This short hike is 31 miles from Asheville along the parkway. A shady balsam-fir forest shrouds the paths to the top of Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.

Black Balsam Hike Near AshevilleMount Pisgah Trail

You can be to this moderately challenging trail from Asheville in 40 minutes. Hike through lush green forest to reach the tower-capped summit, which offers 360-degree long-range views.

Craggy Gardens Trail

In season, blooming rhododendron and blueberries line the trail to the grassy mountaintop of Craggy Gardens, 19 miles from Asheville along the parkway. Even when not in bloom, the trail, framed in ghostly gnarled branches, still draws hikers to its surreal beauty.

Graveyard Fields Trail

One of the parkway’s most popular hikes, Graveyard Fields offers waterfalls, gorgeous views, and wild blueberries and blackberries for picking – all just 34 miles from Asheville.

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

A 5-mile loop takes you over two summits, affording amazing views from trails that cut through the grassy balds of Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleRattlesnake Lodge

This trail – a mere 21 minutes from Asheville – winds through the remains of an early 1900s estate, with parts of a barn foundation, lodge, spring house, pool and outbuildings still standing for hikers to explore.

Visitor Center Loop

An easy, smooth hike, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center loop offers the perfect terrain for youngsters or those not wanting to venture too far into the woods or too far away from the parking area.

And when the parkway is closed…

Craven Gap

This trail, accessible at the end of Town Mountain Road in Craven Gap, is 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, but feels worlds away. It’s proximity to the city, easy hiking, and beautiful backdrop make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – including President Obama and wife Michelle, who hiked the trail during a 2010 visit to the area.

Folk Art Center Trail to Bull Mountain

A popular, well-maintained spot located just outside the city limits, the Folk Art Center Trail winds along the Mountains to Sea Trail, a rolling path interspersed with short steep climbs. Begin or end your hike with a stop into the Folk Art Center.

For more information about Asheville or about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Coffee Scene's Brewing in Asheville

Asheville Coffee

Asheville has gained nationwide attention for all it has to offer – from its scenic Blue Ridge vistas to its world-class cuisine to its craft-beer boom. And now you can add coffee capital to the list: More and more roasters and cafes dot the city, offering the perfect pick-me-up for your morning run, or a comforting cup for your afternoon break. Following, some favorite spots for a java stop.

South Asheville Coffee Shops

10th Muse Coffee

Specialty coffee drinks include Nutella, cookie butter, dulce de leche, and even horchata. Open, comfy seating and board games make for an entertaining experience. https://www.facebook.com/10thmusecoffee/

Biltmore Coffee Roasters

A rotating selection of freshly roasted single origin hot and cold brews are available each day, along with unique signature drinks like Super Coffee (a take on bulletproof coffee). Each roast is slightly different, exhibiting the nuances of the roasting climate and the bean’s distinctive terroir. https://www.biltmorecoffeeroasters.com

Central Asheville Cafés

Cafe AshevilleSummit Coffee Co.

This Certified Organic roaster and retailer focuses on small-lot coffees sourced intentionally from around the world. Housed in the River Arts District, Summit’s space encourages community and collaboration. https://www.summitcoffee.com/asheville/

PennyCup Coffee Co.

With locations in RAD, downtown, and North and East Asheville, this small-batch roaster sources sustainable, green coffee, roasted to exacting standards. The rotating menu features everything from Ethiopia Kochere fair trade organic to Locomotive Blend to Mexico FTO. https://pennycupcoffeeco.com

Double D’s Coffee

Housed in a double-decker stationary bus, this downtown destination features quality beans and syrups in a range of specialty staples, from macchiatos to espressos to Americanos. http://doubledscoffee.com

High Five Coffee

High Five, with downtown, Five Points and Woodfin locations, partners with Counter Culture Coffee to source and roast its coffee. The coffee house offers classically prepared espresso drinks as well as house-made syrups for its creative concoctions. http://highfivecoffee.com

Izzy’s

This downtown fixture, along with its newer West Asheville location, serves Counter Culture, Mountain Air, Blanchards and Stumptown roasts. http://izzyscoffee.com

Trade and Lore

Trade and Lore, featuring Mountain Air Roasting brews, offers experimental coffee while working to fuel and empower the community. The cafe works with local purveyors, and hosts pop-up events and educational classes. https://www.tradeandlore.com

North Asheville Cafés

Asheville Coffee HouseMountain City Coffee Roasters

Mountain City moved from its longstanding Candler facility to Charlotte Street, and joined forces with High Noon Coffee Roasters. The joint venture’s rotating roster of roasts includes single-origin coffees from Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra and Honduras.

https://www.mountaincity.com

Asheville Coffee Roasters

For more than 15 years, this artisan Woodfin roaster has worked with small batches of the best varietals from around the world, cooling and packing specialty roasts daily in foil-gusseted packages with de-gassing valves to preserve freshness. http://ashevillecoffeeroasters.com

West Asheville Coffee Houses

Odd’s Cafe

Odd’s, which features a cozy space along bustling Haywood Road, specializes in high-quality, all-natural products including Summit Coffee Co. freshly roasted coffee. http://www.oddscafe.com

Bean Werks Coffee & Tea

For more than 20 years, this roaster has produced quality artisan roasted small-batch coffee and tea. Naturally Grown, Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Rain Forest Alliance, Bird Friendly, Shade Grown and Organic are many of the supplier-certified offerings available. https://beanwerks.com

BattleCat Coffee Bar

This coffee bar offers PennyCup coffees, along with blended beverages in a laid-back setting, with outdoor garden seating perfect for people-watching. http://battlecatcoffeebar.com

East Asheville Cafés

Peaberry Press

A locally owned coffee and smoothie shop in River Ridge Business Center, Peaberry’s beans are locally roasted, organic and fair trade. Offerings include everything from espressos to red eyes to breves. https://www.peaberrypress.com

Filo

This cozy café offers traditional coffee beverages as well as specialty drinks like their flavored Filo lattes and Filo cappuccinos. https://filopastries.com

For more information about Asheville and about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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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.

For more information about Asheville, or about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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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.

For more information about Asheville or about Real Estate in Asheville, email Mosaic Realty owner, Mike Figura, at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Asheville's 2018 Parade of Homes to Feature Malvern Walk Stunner

Malvern Walk Asheville New Homes

Asheville’s 2018 Parade of Homes to Feature Malvern Walk Stunner

For two weekends in October, the Asheville area’s world-class custom-home market will be on display, with more than 35 newly constructed projects open to the public.  Free self-guided tours will be available during the Asheville Home Builders Association Parade of Homes held Oct. 13-14 and 20-21, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. each day.  The event showcases a variety of craftsmanship styles available for your next building or remodeling project, from modern to rustic to farmhouse.

Malvern Walk Parade of Homes AshevilleAmong the homes featured will be JAG & Associates Construction’s meticulously crafted custom green build in West Asheville’s “newest old neighborhood,” Malvern Walk. High-quality features woven throughout the 4-bed, 4-bath, 2,752 sq. ft. home, coupled with thoughtful design, make this build a must-see. Highlights include high-efficiency HVAC, water heating and lighting; Photovoltaic Solar System; unique garage plan featuring bike-centric space; open concept floor plan for kitchen, living and dining rooms; and large doors to connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

Where History and Modern Meet

And of course, a major allure of the home comes in its surroundings. Situated within one of the city's original historic neighborhoods, the new community of Malvern Walk is 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. The neighborhood is steeped in the past, yet thoroughly modern, an area enveloped in natural beauty and mountain vistas, with amazing proximity to a wide range of amenities. Boasting broad sky views and an accessible community to delight walkers, cyclists and gardeners alike, Malvern Walk provides the rare opportunity to build a new home in a historic large-lot subdivision.

JAG Construction Malvern Walk AshevilleWhether you find building inspiration in this year’s Parade of Homes, or already have your dream home plans in hand, Malvern Walk offers the perfect starting point. Act fast to choose from one of the only 17 remaining lots, all approximately a quarter acre or larger.  With all of the groundwork for building already in place- including underground utilities, graded building sites and thoughtful design guidelines- you can start your new construction home quickly by bringing your own builder or choosing from one of Malvern Walk’s preferred green builders.

For more information on Malvern Walk, visit https://www.malvernwalk.com, email Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190

For more information on JAG’s building options, visit http://jaggreenbuilders.com.

And to learn more about the Parade of Homes, visit https://paradeofhomesasheville.com.