Blog :: 05-2019

Western N.C.'s Varied Yet Temperate Climate Lets Seasons Shine

Asheville NC Climate

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Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, boasts an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer – but traveling just a short distance outside of the city can reveal a greater fluctuation in temperature and precipitation.

Because the area boasts a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes.

Higher Elevations in Western North Carolina, Greater Differences

While the city is quite temperate – Asheville sits in a relatively dry and protected spot along the French Broad River Valley – traveling higher into the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains promises greater weather variations. It’s not uncommon to encounter sudden clouds and fog, snow on the ground, a rain shower, or a 20-degree temperature drop in a single drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s windier in the higher elevations, and nighttime temperatures can still dip into the 30s during springtime.

While Asheville experiences the seasons to the fullest, weather extremes rarely occur. When they do, they’re not sustained. Snowfalls in the city are sporadic, and the snow melts quickly, with an average annual accumulation of 10 inches. Higher elevations, however, see heavier snowfalls, along with icing that can close roads for extended periods. The cold season in Asheville is from late November to late February, with an average daily high in the mid-50s. During the coldest point of the year, night temperatures can dip into single digits, but generally, they hover in the 30s.

The warm season in Asheville lasts from late May to mid-September, and even though temperatures can hit the upper 80s to 90s during the hottest periods, the average daily high is 76 degrees. While summers can be humid in town, higher elevations offer cooler forests, streams and waterfalls for respite.

Climate of Western North CarolinaA Range of Rainfall Amounts Around Asheville

Rainfall varies widely across the region: Asheville gets an average of 44 inches of rain per year, but surrounding areas like Brevard and its forests can get around 67 inches. Spring, which begins relatively early in Western North Carolina, is usually the wettest season of the year. Tropical systems can affect the region in late summer and early fall, resulting in heavy rainfall and forceful winds.

The driest time of year in Western North Carolina is autumn. Cooler temperatures (60s to low 70s) and crisper, clearer air create the perfect conditions for producing brilliant, sustained fall foliage. The best colors come forth from late September at the higher elevations to late October and early November in the valleys.

Eager to experience Asheville’s climate year-round? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190 to learn about available real estate options in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

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This Summer, Swim Spots Make a Splash in Asheville

Recreation Park Pool Asheville

Hot weather is almost here, and the Asheville area’s many water destinations – both man-made and natural – are sure to help your summer go swimmingly. Following is a list of the best spots to cool off when temperatures heat up.

City of Asheville Pools

Malvern Hills Pool AshevilleThree public outdoor pools – Malvern Hills, Recreation Park and Walton Street – provide safe and affordable outdoor summer fun for children and adults. The pools have varied schedules, but generally are open early June through early September. General admission is $3, a 15-visit pass is $40, an individual season pass is $100, and a family season pass is $150. All three pools also offer two sessions of free swim lessons for school-age children (registration required).

In addition, there are swimming pool events throughout the summer, including $1 Dip Days at Malvern Hills and Rec Park, Float Days (all pools), and the Sixth Annual Doggie Dip day at Rec Park. For more information, and to register for swim lessons, visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm. Malvern Hills is located at 75 Rumbough Place, in West Asheville; Recreation Park at 65 Gashes Creek Road, by the Nature Center; and Walton Street at 570 Walton Street, near the River Arts District.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville's interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park features 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations for hours of fun. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm

Buncombe County Recreation Services Pools

Asheville Public Pools and FountainsBuncombe County boasts five outdoor public pools that will open for the season May 25. Cost to swim is $3 per day for Buncombe County residents. Discounted multi-visit passes are also available at each pool. Bonus: The pools are set against stunning mountain backdrops, so you can drink in the view while you enjoy the water. Cane Creek Pool is located at 590 Lower Brush Creek Road in Fletcher, Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville; Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler; North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville; and Owen Pool, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/parks/facilities/pools/default.aspx

In-Town Swimming Hole

For a more natural water experience, nothing beats a dip in a swimming hole. But if you don’t have time to drive out to a waterfall in Dupont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal in-town alternative. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. The park is located at 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

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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Small-Business Support Makes Asheville Work for Entrepreneurs

Asheville Small Business Resources

“Go Local” – it’s a mantra Asheville truly takes to heart. The passionate support and strong nurturing of small businesses and the self-employed make the area fertile ground for those looking to bring an entrepreneurial idea to fruition. Asheville offers those who want to start a business or grow their at-home operation the tools necessary to do so successfully. Whether its loans, classes or coaching, if you’re seeking small-business support, Asheville is the ideal place to be.

Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks envisions a thriving Western North Carolina in which small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to make their dreams a reality.

A U.S. Treasury-certified non-profit community development financial institution, Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources. All loan decisions and relationships are managed locally, with customized, peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners. This innovative blend of lending and learning helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

Asheville NC Small BusinessMountain BizWorks also offers a platform of three flagship courses to support aspiring and existing small-business owners on their journey from startup to sustainable growth. The courses are led by experienced small-business owners and use a participatory, supportive learning environment to deliver relevant, actionable skills and tools to further business goals. Each program is also designed to create a network of peers from which to gain ideas, support and feedback along the way. https://www.mountainbizworks.org

A-B Tech Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network, a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship and small-business and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises.  

The Small Business Center provides a variety of training, including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on many business topics including basic bookkeeping, software training, Web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business-management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more.  Most of the business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee.

Asheville New BusinessesThe center also provides free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small-business and startup ventures, in the areas of business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem-solving, and cash flow management. The center also offers access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals. https://www.abtech.edu/small-business-center/services-and-resources

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce pools many tools together to assist small-business owners, creating a curated set of resources specifically geared toward helping businesses in all stages of growth succeed. Included is a directory of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses such as banks, legal firms, real-estate agents, and business counselors and consultants that can assist with the needs of small businesses.

The chamber’s research department can provide data necessary to make impactful business decisions, as well as information helpful to location selection, industry competitors and much more. The chamber’s business startup and counseling service helps hundreds of companies every year make key connections and plan next steps on the path to entrepreneurship.

For information about living in Asheville and Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. We can also help find you some commercial real estate to locate your small business. 

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N.C. Arboretum Blossoms with “Covered in Color” Celebration

NC Arboretum Compositions of Color

From May 25 to Sept. 2, the North Carolina Arboretum will be blanketed in a canvas of color and creativity as it presents its 2019 Covered in Color summer celebration. Visitors to the 434-acre public garden, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just minutes from downtown Asheville, will find themselves fully immersed in the broad spectrum of color found in flowers and foliage while learning about color theory and design through floral displays, art, creative landscapes, guided programs and more. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a proud sponsor of the event.

“From plants to animals to the sky, color plays a significant role in our natural environment,” said George Briggs, executive director of the Arboretum. “Through our Covered in Color celebration, we hope to educate visitors about the power of color in the landscape and how it impacts the way we see, experience and enjoy nature.”

Art intertwined with nature

Covered in Color NC Arboretum ExhibitIn conjunction with the Covered in Color celebration, the Arboretum will present Compositions of Color, an exhibit by renowned Asheville-based artist Leo Monahan. Showcasing the complex composition of art and music through various representations of paper-made guitars and other images, the presentation will be on display in the Baker Exhibit Center. In the Arboretum’s Exhibit Greenhouse, color-themed plantings will accompany a special student photography exhibit, Nature’s Palette, which will feature images of colors found in nature captured by K-8 students participating in the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE citizen-science program.

Asheville’s vibrancy on display

As part of the Covered in Color celebration, visitors can join in a special Colorful Asheville tour. On Thursdays and Saturdays from June through August, the tour will offer an inside look into the vibrant creations that make Asheville the unique art destination that it is. Included in the package are a guided color-themed tour of the Arboretum, lunch at Bent Creek Bistro, and a personalized dye workshop at WAXON Studios. Tickets for the half-day experience are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.leapfrogtours.com.

To learn 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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