Blog :: 07-2019

Beer Festivals Celebrate Asheville's Booming Brew Movement

Asheville NC Beer Festival

In Asheville, a variety of beer festivals held throughout the year not only highlight the wide range of brew offerings available in the area, but also offer an exciting backdrop of music, food trucks, games, performers and lots of other entertaining activities. Here are a few of the unique ways to celebrate beer around the area:

Burning Can Festival

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Burning Can Beer Festival, a weekend-long lawn jam that happens in late summer, features live music, more than 70 craft-canning breweries, camping, food trucks and lots of mountain sports, all based at the foot of DuPont State Forest. https://www.oskarblues.com/burning-can-festival/

Asheville NC Beer CityTour de Fat

New Belgium Brewery’s annual Tour de Fat, which happens in early fall, offers a day packed full of free festivities celebrating beer, bikes and bemusement. The Tour de Fat has raised nearly $6 million dollars for local bike nonprofits since it began two decades ago. The fest features touring ensembles of comedians, cirque performers, live musicians and New Belgium beer. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume. https://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/

Brewgrass

This fall fest, founded in 1996, is Western North Carolina’s original craft beer event. Showcasing more than 120 different beers from 40+ regional breweries as well as national and regional bluegrass musicians, Brewgrass has garnered national attention and remains a local favorite. https://www.brewgrassfestival.com

Asheville Beer FestivalsAsheville Oktoberfest

This afternoon of local beer sampling in downtown Asheville features live traditional German music, food and festivities marking a fall celebration. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/asheville-oktoberfest-1

CiderFest NC

Since it began in 2013, CiderFest has become North Carolina’s premier hard cider tasting event. CiderFest has something for everyone: Sample sips from some of the nation’s best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy family-friendly fall activities, and learn more about sustainability, all in a scenic setting.https://www.ciderfestnc.com

Asheville Beer Week and Beer City Festival

The largest annual celebration of craft beer in Asheville and Western North Carolina, which is held in the spring, offers nine days of beer-related events including releases and tastings paired with music, food and great settings. Learn directly from brewers and chefs with workshops and demos. Events are held at restaurants, farms, concert venues and other locations around the area. https://avlbeerweek.com

The week culminates in the day-long Beer City Festival in downtown’s Pack Square, where you can sample beers from 30+ breweries. In addition to tastings, enjoy live music from regional bands and food from local vendors. http://www.beercityfestival.com

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

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An Active, Entertaining Retirement Awaits in Asheville

Asheville Retirement Resources

Asheville has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to retire, but as the city has grown, so have the reasons for retiring here. From a vibrant food scene to exciting cultural offerings to ongoing learning opportunities, Asheville offers everything to make your retirement anything but boring.

Asheville's Temperate Climate

Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, claims an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer. Because the area features 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. 

Asheville NC EntertainmentCultural Offerings

Looking for an exciting and enriching entertainment experience in Asheville? The city brims with performing arts events grand and intimate. With an ever-changing roster of shows across Asheville, you’ll have plenty of inspiring options to choose from all year long. Among the offerings are the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (http://ashevillesymphony.org), Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (http://www.acdt.org), Asheville Ballet (https://www.ashevilleballet.com), Asheville Community Theatre (http://ashevilletheatre.org), The Magnetic Theatre (http://www.themagnetictheatre.org), and NC Stage Company (http://www.ncstage.org).

Ongoing Learning in Asheville

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research, with the goal of enabling its members to thrive in life’s second half. Members pay a $25 annual fee for access to 20-plus special interest groups, as well as the opportunity to attend classes and lectures. They also can take advantage of special events including programs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Astronomy Club. https://olliasheville.com

Retiring in Asheville NCMany 55+ Communities

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

Food and Drink Scene

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville have long-established the city’s reputation as a mountain lover’s mecca. But in recent years, Asheville has reached the pinnacle of another scene: food and drink. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivalled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other. 

Interested in retiring in Asheville and experiencing everything the city has to offer on a daily basis?  Find your perfect home by contacting Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or calling him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Get Your Disc Golf Game On at Asheville's Many Courses

Disc Golf Courses in Asheville

Disc golf is taking off in Asheville, and for good reason. Occasionally called Frisbee golf or frolf, the popular game involves throwing a flying disc at a target, and follows rules similar to golf – but without all the equipment or expense of that sport. 

Disc golf is often played on a course of 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, tossing again from the landing position of the disc until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target is tallied, and players seek to complete each hole, and the course, in the lowest number of total throws.

If you want to try your hand at disc golf, Asheville has many courses from which to choose. Following are just a few:

Richmond Hill

One of two public championship caliber courses around Asheville (Mars Hill is the other), Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course boasts dense pine and daunting elevation, making it an extremely popular but challenging spot. The 18-hole course, just north of downtown Asheville in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Dr.), has one set of tee pads with multiple basket placements. Watch out for poison ivy and poison oak, which are common around the course.

Asheville NC Disc Golf CourseSandhill

Sandhill Disc Golf Course is part of Buncombe County Sports Park and hosts a full 18 holes that make their way through a hilly and wooded area. Parking and accessibility are easy, making this a popular course.

58 Apac Dr., Candler

UNC Asheville

UNCA Disc Golf Course is a 6-hole disc golf course open to both students and the community. The course is mostly hilly and wooded, and boasts easy access and efficient play.

2500 University Heights, Asheville

Lake Julian

Lake Julian Disc Golf Course lies along the shores of South Asheville’s Lake Julian and was expanded to 18 holes in 2017. The mostly flat terrain features everything from waterfront holes to forested ones.

406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden

Disc Golf Courses WNCOwen High Nature Trail

This disc golf course is minimally wooded, relying more on elevation to keep things interesting. The interpretive tee-signs help players connect with the natural resources found on, and around, the school’s campus; and, since the scorecards double as field guides, you can identify common trees and bird species as you play your round. 

99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain

Pisgah Brewing Company

This brewery’s 9-hold disc golf course is located behind the outdoor stage area. It is mostly open and flat, with some trees and a creek in play on a few holes. It is open as long as there are no live on-stage shows happening. And bonus: You can grab a beer or food-truck snack post-game!

150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain

Black Mountain Disc Golf

This course is in a small park near a winding creek and scenic area. The front 9 holes are relatively short but have some challenge. The back 9 holes more long and open. 

10 Veterans Park Dr., Black Mountain

If you are interested in learning more about living in Asheville or about Real Estate in Asheville, call Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at 828-337-8190, or email him at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com

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Idyllic Small Towns Surrounding Asheville Offer Best of Both Worlds

Small Towns Near Asheville NC

Asheville is a mecca for amenities typically found in much bigger cities – think delectable dining and drinking options, world-class entertainment, and a progressive, eclectic art scene. For those who may want easy access to all these things, but with the option to return home to a quieter setting, the small towns surrounding Asheville are the best of both worlds.

Arden

Located in southern Buncombe County, about 10 miles south of downtown Asheville, Arden is an unincorporated community considered part of the city of Asheville. It spans more than 37 square miles and encompasses several smaller communities, including Royal Pines, Oak Park and Avery Creek. This area is characterized by its wonderful school district, family-friendly feel and convenience to shopping and restaurants.

Buncombe CountyBiltmore Forest

Biltmore Forest is an idyllic suburb of luxury homes located in a stately hardwood forest just south of Asheville. This town, popular among families, consists primarily of quiet residential neighborhoods. Biltmore Forest has an estimated population of about 1,400 and is convenient to Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville.

Black Mountain

About 16 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain is known as the front porch of Western North Carolina because of its quaint charm and stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Black Mountain is an amazing place to live year-round, it is especially popular among second-home owners and vacationers. Downtown Black Mountain has a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and breweries, and the hiking and mountain biking is abundant.

Enka and Candler

Neighboring communities of Enka and Candler are situated southwest of Asheville. Enka is the eastern of the two, near the intersection of I-40, I-26 and I-240, while Candler is further west along Route 23. These communities share public schools – Enka Middle School and Enka High School, which are part of the well-respected Buncombe County School District. These neighborhoods offer a quieter, more pastoral feel but with all of the conveniences of a nearby city.

Candler_EnkaFairview

Located about 10 miles southeast of Asheville, Fairview is a historic town with a lovely and involved community of locals. The population of Fairview is just under 3,000, which gives residents plenty of privacy to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Long an agricultural community, quaint neighborhoods and historic farmhouses are situated among the farmlands in this stunning valley.

Leicester

A community about 10 miles northwest of Asheville, Leicester offers residents gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains in quiet seclusion. Leicester Elementary School serves local school children and is part of the Buncombe County School District. There are also numerous private schools located in nearby Asheville.

Swannanoa

Swannanoa is a quaint community located along I-40, east of Asheville in the breathtaking Swannanoa River Valley. The town boasts a great location, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Black Mountain. Characterized by quiet neighborhoods, rolling farmland, and mom-and-pop businesses, this community offers a slower-paced life.

Asheville NC Surrounding TownsWeaverville

Weaverville, located north of Asheville in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, boasts outstanding local shops and restaurants, and the cultural attractions of downtown Asheville are only a short drive away. Weaverville is a family-oriented town with dozens of community events and activities throughout the year.

Woodfin

A bustling town on the eastern shore of the French Broad River, just north of Asheville, Woodfin has a population of about 6,000 year-round residents and a growing number of visitors as the River Arts District of Asheville spreads down river toward it. Many residents of Woodfin enjoy spending time rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River and frequenting the growing number of businesses along the river.

For more information on real estate in these towns, or anywhere in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville Events Inspire Creativity and Ingenuity

Networking Groups in Asheville NC

Asheville is a city brimming with vibrant creativity and exciting entrepreneurial energy. A number of recurring events throughout the year aim to capture and nurture that spirit, inspiring participants to find creativity and new ideas by sharing experiences.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs and creatives to meet and present their startups to Asheville’s thriving peer network. The event, based on the notion that great ideas are discussed over a million cups of coffee, takes place Wednesday mornings in Asheville (as well as in cities all across the country). 

During each event, which is free and open to everyone, entrepreneurs have six minutes to present their company or business idea (from newly formed up to five years old) to a room full of community members. For the next 20 minutes, the audience asks questions, provides helpful feedback, and shares similar experiences or support.

Creative Networking in Asheville NCEvery 1 Million Cups event concludes with a question posed to the entrepreneur: “What can we as a community do to help you?” This cultivates the intention that 1 Million Cups chapters are created by the community, for the community.

Go to www.1millioncups.com/asheville for more information.

PechaKucha Nights

PechaKucha Nights, which occur quarterly in Asheville, feature a simple presentation format where the speaker shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically, and the presenter speaks along to each of the images. The informal and fun evening gatherings – which are held worldwide – draw people from all walks of life to share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, just about anything, in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

Anyone can present at PechaKucha Nights; the key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Nights to present their latest creative projects or work, share a passion, or simply showcase a unique hobby.

Asheville Networking GroupsDeeming the event a “real” social network, the organizers aim to provide a creatively nurturing and inspiring environment. For more information or to buy tickets for the next PechaKucha Nights, visit www.pechakucha.com/cities/asheville.

CreativeMornings

Invoking the mantra “Everyone is welcome. Everyone is creative,” CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series that spotlights a local contributor to Asheville’s creative community. Each event includes a 20-minute talk, plus the opportunity to mingle over coffee with others in Asheville’s creative community.

Started in 2008 in New York City out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for the creative community, the concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Since then, the event has caught on in cities around the world, including Asheville.

Every month, attendees gather in downtown Asheville to enjoy a rotation of inspiring local speakers from a range of backgrounds. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected each month based on a global theme. Registration is required, and the event fills up fast. Visit www.creativemornings.com/cities/avl to find out when the next CreativeMornings will be held, and when registration opens.

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