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Hosting This Season? Take a Holiday From the Stress With These Helpful Tips

Holiday Hosting Tips

Hosting for the holidays can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be! With a little forethought and some pre-planning, your next home gathering can leave your spirit full, not frazzled.

Curtail kitchen labor

No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen while their guests are partying. Having a menu that can be prepped in advance eliminates a lot of the stress surrounding feeding a crowd. Think casseroles, soups, slow-cooker dishes, no-bake desserts and the like that can be assembled ahead of time, and popped in the oven, on the stove, or plugged in on the day of the festivities. Set up a self-serve drink bar, where guests can do their own mixing and pouring. For snacking, most grocers stock pre-cut cheese and meat trays, so all you have to add are crackers for an easy party appetizer, or an afternoon bite for houseguests. Breakfast casseroles that can be made ahead of time and simply baked in the morning mean you’ll be able to ease into the day with your guests.

Hosting and the HolidaysStock up

Load your pantry with kid- and adult-friendly snacks, fill your fruit bowl with healthy grab-and-go items to tide guests over until the next meal, and keep a supply of drinks on hand (depending on how cold it is outside, you can store overflow in a cooler on the back porch). Also, keep kitchen essentials well-stocked: Think baking products, eggs, milk, half and half, coffee and the like. Having such items in healthy supply will eliminate stressful last-minute runs to the store. And don’t forget extra toilet paper, soaps and shampoos for the guest bathroom.

De-clutter

Ahead of your guests’ arrival, move your coats, shoes and bags out of entryway spaces, empty under-bathroom-sink cabinets and closets in guest areas, and clean out the fridge. De-cluttering offers a welcoming space for your guests, one where they can feel relaxed and at home. It can also help them keep track of all the items they’ve brought from home when it comes time to pack up and leave.

Hosting Tips HolidaysSpread the holiday mood

Elegant decorations, festive background music and scented candles can provide a feast for the senses to greet guests upon their arrival. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to suit up your space; doing so not only gives you a chance to thoughtfully plan, but also allows you a moment to soak in the sumptuous surroundings before guests arrive. 

Delegate tasks and take time for yourself

If you’re feeling overwhelmed ahead of hosting a party, don’t be shy about asking family and friends to help. Chances are, you’ve got one or two guests who would be more than happy to arrive a bit early to set out appetizers, or stay after the party to help clean up. Taking a moment before guests arrive to enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a short nap will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to join in the fun.

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YouTube LogoDid you know that we have a YouTube channel?! Our YouTube channel is chock-full of useful videos from Tours of Asheville Neighborhoods to Testimonials from people we’ve worked within the past. YouTube is the second largest search engine, just behind Google. We are using that to our advantage to help sell homes. Real estate is visual, so what better way to show off homes than with high-quality videos?! By posting listing videos for properties we are getting in front of thousands of people - which is good news for our sellers. We update our YouTube regularly, so make sure you subscribe to stay in the loop!

Craggy Park Partners With Asheville City to Provide Trail System Access

Trails Near Craggy Park

The Craggy Park community in West Asheville offers the ideal combination of urban and natural amenities, and now the neighborhood will have a hand in connecting the entire Asheville community to a valuable nature preserve. 

Asheville city officials and non-profit organization MountainTrue are working within the 8-acre Falconhurst Nature Preserve to create a looping trail system. Craggy Park will work with the project to provide public access and a greenway entrance to the trail.

Craggy Park Walking Trails and BridgeThe preserve, deeded to the city in 2012 as a conservation easement from the Conservation Trust for N.C., allows for natural surface trails, but very little other development. The trails will be built and maintained at no cost to the city; neighborhood volunteers plan to prepare the trails this winter in time for use in the spring.

"Craggy Park is proud to have partnered with the City of Asheville and Mountain True to provide access and a greenway entrance to this exciting new trail system,” said Mike Figura, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty owner and real estate broker for Craggy Park. “By providing a public easement and building a trail through our urban nature preserve, we can link the community with a piece of city-owned property that was previously landlocked, and provide our residents access to a fantastic urban forest."

A sustainable urban community featuring streamside trails and organic gardens against a park-like backdrop, Craggy Park is situated within easy walking distance of West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor. Its 45 phase I green-built homes, featuring modern, clean lines and bright, open designs, are responsibly constructed for low environmental impact and Craggy Park Entrancesustainable 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.

A neighborhood park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by Fox Creek, a “little free library,” a treehouse, 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 personally guided tour of Craggy Park, or for more information on the trail system partnership, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville's Historic Bed and Breakfasts Envelop Visitors in the Past

Reynolds Mansion Asheville B and B

Historic bed and breakfasts abound in Asheville, adding a uniquely enjoyable element to any visit. Immerse yourself in yesteryear with a stay at one of these picturesque Asheville inns.

Reynolds Mansion

Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places, this 1847 inn is one of the area’s few remaining pre-Civil War-era homes. The mansion sits on 4 acres in North Asheville and offers spectacular views near the foot of Reynolds Mountain. Porches and fireplaces abound, offering the ideal environment for relaxation. https://thereynoldsmansion.com

Chestnut Street Inn

This B&B, located within walking distance of downtown, features fine bath amenities, televisions with HBO and Showtime, Wi-Fi access, and high quality linens. Some of the rooms feature hot tubs, comfortable sitting areas, or gas fireplaces with original mantles and hearths. Enjoy afternoon tea and cookies on a beautiful porch. https://www.chestnutstreetinn.com

Asheville Bed and BreakfastsSweet Biscuit Inn

This grand 1915 Colonial Revival home in Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood offers seven elegant rooms mixing history with urban sophistication. The inn’s central location means you can be to downtown’s shops, galleries and restaurants, or the Biltmore Estate, in a matter of minutes. https://sweetbiscuitinn.com

Princess Anne Hotel

This historic inn offers the charm of a bed and breakfast with the privacy of a hotel. Stay in one of the hotels 16 rooms, and enjoy afternoon wine & hor d’oeuvres hour, as well as made-to-order breakfasts. The inn offers ticketed specialty dinners throughout the month with local farmers, purveyors and small shop owners, as well as YMCA guest passes, concierge and eucalyptus stress-relieving bath products. https://princessannehotel.com

The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast

This beautifully restored 1898 Queen Anne located in the historic Montford district, just three blocks from downtown Asheville, features five guest rooms – four queen and one king – uniquely furnished with antiques and period appointments. All rooms include a private bath, two course gourmet breakfast, TV/DVD player, luxury soaps and linens, custom robes and free WiFi. https://www.lion-rose.com

Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn 

This magnificent 1899 inn, renovated to retain the home’s historical details, offers eight rooms (including a pet-friendly cottage with kitchenette) with amenities such as hot tubs, fireplaces, wine and afternoon tea, three-course gourmet breakfast, and Koi ponds and gardens. It’s walking distance to downtown, with off-street parking available. https://blackwalnut.com

Asheville Historic Beds and BreakfastBeaufort House Inn

Built in 1894, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Queen Anne Victorian is surrounded by large, beautifully landscaped gardens, and within walking distance of downtown Asheville. Guests enjoy a two-course gourmet breakfast, wine social each evening, Godiva chocolates, and Aveda bath products. https://www.beauforthouse.com

Albermarle Inn

This stunning 1909 Greek Revival mansion in the Grove Park District features nine rooms and two suites brimming with unique and luxurious décor. There are nearly two acres of expansive lawn and gardens surrounding the inn, which is mere minutes to downtown restaurants, galleries and the Biltmore Estate. https://www.albemarleinn.com

Biltmore Village Inn

This Queen Anne Victorian is the closest B&B to the Biltmore Estate and features seven rooms with such amenities as fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, as well as two-course breakfast, evening social hour, and mountain views from its grand porch and pergola. https://www.biltmorevillageinn.com

1889 Whitegate Inn & Cottage

A short distance from downtown, this property features lush gardens, cascading streams and Koi ponds, and a greenhouse conservatory that is home to 1,500 orchids and tropicals. The 11 distinctive guest rooms in the Inn, Carriage House and Bungalow honor distinguished poets. Each guest room is uniquely decorated and features a flat screen TV, DVD player and WiFi. Guests enjoy a three-course breakfast every morning. https://www.whitegate.net

Hill House

This 1885 residence, with an eclectic mix of antique, traditional and unusual furnishings, offers 10 rooms, many with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. An expansive wrap-around porch overlooking the gardens is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring downtown Asheville, less than a mile away. https://www.hillhousebb.com

For information 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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Halloween in Asheville

Family Dressed Up for Halloween

The leaves have changed and the pumpkins have been picked, which means Halloween isn’t too far away! Have a costume and nowhere to go? Below you will find some fun activities to enjoy this Halloween in Asheville. 
 

Family-Friendly Halloween Fun
 

Annual Eliada Corn Maze

Pack up the whole family and head over to Eliada’s Corn Maze conveniently located just five minutes from downtown Asheville. Eliada’s 2019 Annual Corn Maze will be open from Saturday, September 14 through Sunday, October 27. Tickets are $10, children under 3 may enter the event for free. 100% of proceeds benefit the children at Eliada. 

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Howl-O-Ween

Head to the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville on October 26 from 10 am to 4 pm to enjoy the annual Halloween family festival. Participate in spooky arts and crafts, games and face painting, a hay maze, education animal encounters, and more! Wear your best costume and enter the costume contest. Members of the WNC enter the event for free, otherwise tickets are the regular cost of admission. 

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Halloween Fun for Adults
 

LaZOOM Haunted Comedy Tours

LaZoom’s Haunted Comedy Tours promise to show you Asheville’s strange, sometimes sordid past with a little bit of humor mixed in. Haunted Tours run approximately 60 minutes. Passengers must be at least 17 years old to ride! 

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Haunted Asheville

Experience the spookiest sites of downtown Asheville while you enjoy hair-raising tales and dark history. Tours take participants into the Asheville Mystery Museum in the basement of hte Asheville Masonic Temple.

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Illanthropy & Friends: An Immersive Halloween Experience

Get your tickets for Illanthropy & Friends: An Immersive Halloween Experience at the Asheville Music Hall on Friday, October 25 from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am for a night full of fun featuring art installations, live performances, and an extended Illanthropy set. 

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Into the Abyss: Halloween and 6th Anniversary Party

On October 26 from Noon to 1 am, dawn your best underwater garb and come celebrate Halloween at the Urban Orchard Cider Co. South Slope Tap Room. Enjoy the infamous spicy fire flights and there will be AVLFM DJs lined up all day! FREE ADMISSION and FREE Shuttle from our West Avl Taproom to South Slope from 9pm - 1:30am.

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Pack’s 10th Annual Halloween Bash

Stop by Pack’s on October 26-27 starting at 8:00 pm to have some Halloween fun. Live music starts at 9:30, $5 entry fee at the door. Wear your best costume to win cash prizes. 

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Asheville Sets the Stage for Exciting, Engaging Theater

Theater in Asheville NC

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If you’re a theater lover, Asheville is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining evening performance. From grand-scale, world-renowned productions to intimate, locally sprung work, there’s an engaging show to suit all manner of tastes and interests.

Asheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices. http://ashevilletheatre.org

Diana Wortham Theater AshevilleDiana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. http://www.dwtheatre.com

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theater in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District. http://www.themagnetictheatre.org

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster. http://www.ncstage.org

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Asheville NC TheaterAsheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As Western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world.Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre. http://www.acdt.org

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Flat Rock Playhouse

This theater, located 30 minutes south of Asheville, hosts a range of professional Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The 500-seat mainstage auditorium is group friendly, and offers such productions as “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and fan favorite “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.” https://flatrockplayhouse.org

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A Multitude of Benefits Are Built Into Asheville's New Construction Homes

New Construction Homes in Asheville

There are many benefits to buying a newly constructed home in Asheville. From energy efficiency to low-cost maintenance to modern design and floor plans, new builds allow you a move-in-ready option so you can settle quickly and start enjoying your life in the mountains!

Minimal maintenance

One obvious benefit to owning a brand-new build is little need for maintenance. Everything – plumbing, appliances, HVAC – is modern and should require little of your attention in the first few years. And if they do, warranties will be in effect for a year or two (depending on the coverage) to handle any initial repair costs.

New homes are also built to require less maintenance in the long run. Long-lasting, engineered countertops can withstand much more than the laminated material of yesteryear; hardwood floors popular in most new builds are more durable, and there’s no carpet to replace; and modern exterior finishes utilize materials that can weather the elements for years longer.

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With modern construction and advanced appliances and other technologies, new builds easily integrate the kind of energy efficiency that will protect the environment and save you money on monthly utility bills.

Many builders in Asheville participate in Green Built Homes, a voluntary green building certification program administered by the Green Built Alliance. This program offers a certificate for meeting green-building guidelines, with multiple levels of certification available for a range of price points. With such certification, you can be assured of owning an energy-efficient, environmentally sound home.

Modern design

Most new homes embrace the open-floor design popular with modern lifestyles; think kitchens that blend seamlessly into dining and living spaces, large windows that allow for plenty of natural light, master-on-main designs, and the like.

With a new build, you will be assured that space is used efficiently, and aesthetically pleasing designs dominate. Modern floor-plan flow can be much improved over older homes, allowing for flexibility in furnishings, and supplying a more open, airy feel.

Asheville New Construction Home SearchMosaic’s “New Construction” search

Ready to begin your hunt for a newly constructed home in Asheville? Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has made the process easy with its “New Construction” Web site search. Simply go to mymosaicrealty.com, click on the “Interests & Lifestyles” tab, then scroll down to “New Construction.” Here, you will find homes in Asheville and the surrounding areas that have been built in the last three years. 

For more information on new construction homes or any other homes or properties in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Moving to Asheville? Here's How to Set Up Utilities

Asheville NC Utilities

As a new resident of Asheville, one of the first matters of business is getting your utilities set up. From gas to water to cable to green resources, here’s what you need to know to get started.

Natural Gas

Dominion Energy – Servicing residential, commercial and industrial customers in the north central, piedmont and western parts of North Carolina. https://www.psncenergy.com

Asheville NC Utilities ElectricElectricity

Duke Energy Progress – Providing power to 7.7 million retail customers in six states, including customers in Western N.C. https://www.duke-energy.com/home

Internet, Cable and Telephone

Spectrum – Provides television, Internet and telephone set-up and service. https://www.spectrum.com/services/north-carolina/asheville

AT&T – Provides telephone, Internet and television services. https://www.att.com/local/north-carolina/asheville

DIRECTV – Provides satellite television, as well as Internet and telephone bundles. https://www.directv.com/city/asheville-nc/index.html

DISH Network – Provides satellite television. https://www.dish.com/availability/nc/asheville

Water, Sewer and Sanitation

One account with the City of Asheville will supply you with water, sewer and sanitation services. The city will provide you with a trash bin and a recycling bin when you open an account.

Asheville Water Resource Department – Maintains Asheville’s three water treatment plants, 30 pumping stations and 27 storage reservoirs. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/

The Metropolitan Sewerage District – Provides sewer services to Asheville city residents as well as other subdivisions within Buncombe County. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/services/water-utilities/

Asheville Water UtilitiesMunicipal Waste Services – Asheville City manages trash, recycling and brush collection, including bulky items and white goods. It provides special services for residents unable to manage their trash and recycling carts, and provides sanitation-related code enforcement. Garbage pickup is weekly, and recycling pickup is bi-weekly. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/sanitation/

Landfill – The Buncombe County landfill is located at 85 Panther Branch Road. The Transfer Station, which accepts residential trash only, is at 490 Brevard Road. Both facilities are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Both facilities also handle recycling. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/landfill.aspx, https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/solid-waste/transfer-station.aspx

Green Resources

Danny's Dumpster – This waste disposal alternative specializes in waste reduction while striving to make environmentally responsible decisions both affordable and convenient. From set-up to pick-up for both commercial and residential customers, the service encourages responsible disposal through composting and recycling. It includes washing containers and using compostable bags, streamlining pick-ups, educating customers and brainstorming solutions to unique waste problems. http://www.dannysdumpster.com

Blue Ridge Biofuels – This company provides Bioheat, made with biodiesel as a sustainable alternative to standard home heating oil. Bioheat provides cleaner air and a healthier home environment and is made from local, renewable resources. http://blueridgebiofuels.com/bioheat/

Solar and other renewable energy – Using renewable energy saves money on heating and cooling bills, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, and is better for the environment. If you’d like to look into local solar or other renewable energy resources for powering your new home in Asheville, a good place to start is with the GreenBuilt Alliance’s Directory of Renewable Energy.  All businesses listed must meet minimum criteria to be included in the directory. https://www.greenbuilt.org/directory/renewable-energy/ 

For more information about moving to Asheville and 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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Urban Adventures Abound in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville Indoor Rock Climbing

The mountains surrounding Asheville are overflowing with opportunities for outdoor adventures, from hiking to cycling to camping to whitewater rafting. But did you know you don’t have to leave Asheville’s city limits to enjoy an afternoon of outdoor thrills? Urban adventures abound; here are a few favorites to try next time you’re looking for a little local excitement.

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park

Featuring 60 unique climbing, flying, walking, jumping, swinging and rappelling challenges anchored to more than 30 trees and poles, this park (just minutes from downtown Asheville in the Adventure Center of Asheville) has five different trails with various obstacles and challenge levels – think a jungle gym for all ages. Challenges include a flying kayak, snowboard and swinging hula hoops. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-treetops-adventure-park

Asheville Bike ParkKolo Bike Park

Located in West Asheville, right off I-240, is Kolo Bike Park, part of the Adventure Center of Asheville. Here you’ll find four miles of mountain bike trails featuring a hand-built singletrack surrounded by wooded terrain, a machine-built flow trail with dirt berms and rollers, two pump tracks for beginners and advanced riders, wooden balance features and bridges, a dirt jump area with a range of jump levels, and a 180-degree wood berm. All the trails are designed for various rider levels, from beginner to expert. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kolo-bike-park

Rock Climbing and Bouldering

For some in-town climbing, head to Climbmax (with two locations, downtown and by the French Broad River in West Asheville). The downtown location (which is great for children as well as adults) features expansive bouldering terrain, as well as a 40-foot outdoor climbing wall. The Smoky Mountain Adventure Center location on Amboy Road features extensive top rope and lead climbing, with six auto-belays for indoor use. It also offers a 44-foot outdoor wall, MoonBoard and fitness equipment. https://www.climbmaxnc.com

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and KidZip

This convenient zipline canopy tour, amid white and red oaks on a 124-acre resort, affords views of downtown Asheville set against a majestic mountain backdrop. The full canopy tour includes 11 ziplines in nine treetop platforms and several large adventure towers, as well as three sky bridges. The express tour includes seven ziplines and one sky bridge. https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-zipline-canopy-adventure/about-asheville-zipline-canopy-adventures

In addition, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy KidZip (either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids), which includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip

River Tubing Near AshevilleFrench Broad River activities

The French Broad River flows through the heart of Asheville, which means you can enjoy a range of floating fun without leaving town. Among the offerings:

·       Stand-up paddleboarding – Wai Mauna offers paddleboard rentals, which include a free lesson (and complimentary footwear!), as well as guided tours where you can learn about Asheville’s history. https://www.waimaunaashevillesuptours.com

·       Tubing – This laidback way to see Asheville from the water involves putting in at one of the many points along the French Broad, then floating through forests and past riverside breweries, bars and restaurants. Popular starting points include Hominy Creek River Park, Carrier Park and Jean Webb River Park. Many businesses along the river encourage tubers to disembark for a drink or meal: Grab a bite at White Duck Taco or 12 Bones, or a brew from New Belgium Brewery or the Bywater. Tube rentals are plentiful (check out Asheville Outdoor Center or Zen Tubing for starters).

·       Flat-water canoeing or kayaking – To travel via canoe or kayak, there’s a popular seven-mile river trip that runs through Asheville, passing through the Biltmore Estate. Put-in is at Bent Creek River and picnic area (near the N.C. Arboretum), and take-out is at Hominy Creek River and picnic park. The Asheville Outdoor Center offers shuttles.

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Seasonal Maintenance Helps Prep Your Asheville Home for Fall

Home Maintenance Fall Asheville

Cooler evenings in the Asheville area signal a seasonal shift is on the horizon, and while you may be ready for autumn and everything it brings, your home may not be. Here are some key ways to prep your home for fall so you’re not left out in the cold. 

Exterior

With the approach of cool weather, it’s a good idea to seal any spots where heat can escape your home. Caulk and seal openings around your home’s foundation, windows and doorframes. If you have storm windows and doors, now is the time to install them. Remove window screens where necessary, and clean and repair them before storing. Replace old or damaged gutters, considering ones that have leaf guards to prevent a pile-up of falling foliage. Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition.

Home Maintenance in AutumnInsulation

With Western N.C. temperatures dipping lower, especially in the evenings, now’s the time to inspect and upgrade insulation, and consider weather stripping for added protection against the coming colder days. Doors and windows that are weather-stripped will prevent drafts and heat loss. 

Water pipes

When water inside pipes freezes, the expansion can cause pipes to crack or, worse, burst. Check your pipes in the fall, before winter’s cold sets in. Don’t forget about exterior faucets and sprinkler systems: Drain water from them, disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. Pay particular attention to piping in garages, crawl spaces and attics, where it could get colder, and consider extra insulation for these areas. 

Fall Home MaintenanceHVAC

Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners, and remove or wrap any window units. While it’s still temperate, have your furnace or boiler checked; clean or replace the furnace filter if you have a forced hot air system; if you have a working fireplace, make sure to have your chimney checked and serviced before use. As you settle into fall, have fuel tanks filled, and monitor levels throughout the season and into winter; never set your heat lower than 55 degrees, as the walls where water pipes live are colder than your home’s interior. 

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