Blog :: 09-2019

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.

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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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. 

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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Asheville Community Centers Offer Outlets for Entertainment, Information and Social Support

Asheville Community Centers

Community centers form the heart of a neighborhood, and Asheville is brimming with a variety of them. From spaces where folks can gather for games, camaraderie and social support, to meeting places equipped to handle a crowd, Asheville offers a range of community centers for young and old.

Asheville Jewish Community Center

The Asheville JCC celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs open to all regardless of background, religion, belief or age. An annual membership affords access to childcare, summer camps, most aquatics programs and other activities. 236 Charlotte St. https://www.jcc-asheville.org

West Asheville Community CenterKairos West Community Center

Kairos West, located in West Asheville, is a space for community building and empowerment through art and social service. The space is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and available for groups to use free of charge for community-building events and meetings. Also located in the building is 12 Baskets Café, offering free meals and community building to everyone. 610 Haywood Road. https://kairoswest.wordpress.com

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center

Located in central Asheville and named for a prominent leader in Asheville’s African American community during the time of the Civil Rights movement and the period of Asheville’s urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s, the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is home to a variety of creative programs for all ages. The center features classrooms and an auditorium with a stage, and uses a geothermal HVAC system, and sports skylights and a living roof. 285 Livingston Street Park. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-grant-SR-southside-center/129319413837629

Asheville Community Yoga

Asheville Community Yoga is a nonprofit center for individual and community transformation offering donation-based yoga, Qigong, mindfulness-based programs, meditation, workshops, introductory immersions, teacher trainings, continuing education, yoga in Spanish, and yoga for seniors and kids. All classes, workshops and events at the center are free for people who cannot afford to pay. For people who are able to pay, the suggested “Love Offering” amount is $5 to $15 for regular classes and $15+ for special events and workshops. 8 Brookdale Road. https://ashevillecommunityyoga.com

Community Centers Asheville NCWoodfin Community Center

The Woodfin Community Center, located in quiet Woodfin, contains a full kitchen, a small stage, seating and tables for more than 200 guests as well as restroom facilities. The center is available for rent by the day. 23 Community St. https://www.woodfin-nc.gov

Burton Street Community Center

The Burton Street Community Center features an auditorium, game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a weight room and a kitchen. The park surrounding the center features two basketball courts, a playground and a play field. 134 Burton St.

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Asheville Activities Deliver Big Fun for Little Ones

Asheville NC Kids Activities

Asheville’s popularity as a kid-friendly town has made it the go-to spot for families to visit, and to live. Even the youngest set can get in on the Asheville action, with a variety of activities available for year-round fun. Here are a few favorites.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville’s free interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park delights children with its 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/find-a-pool-or-splashville-information/

Asheville Children's ActivitiesBiltmore Estate

A visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau, gardens and farm offers many fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Guided tours of the house specially suited to children are available. In addition, the gardens – with expansive stretches of lawns to run through – often incorporate displays to wow even the youngest visitors. Antler Hill Village & Winery offers a playground, live music, a Creamery, and kid-friendly dining options. The Farm in Antler Hill Village gives children the opportunity to interact with farmyard animals including chickens, goats, horses and sheep. Kids can also explore and climb on antique tractors and wagons, play with toys and games from the 1800s, participate in fun daily crafts like churning butter or making a basket, and see demonstrations by a blacksmith, woodworker, beekeeper, and others. Children 9 and under are free with a paying adult. Visit https://www.biltmore.com for hours and admission.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden adjacent to UNC-Asheville. The garden, which is free to visit, offers children ages 4 to 10 five “Investigation Passports,” which focus on animals, birds, insects, nature words, and plants. Each free Investigation Passport encourages kids to use their observation skills and senses while exploring the Gardens. The passports include investigation tips, pre-investigation and observation activities, and a fun take-home activity. Upon completion of the garden activities, kids can get their passports stamped at the visitor’s center. https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

Cradle of Forestry and Forest Discovery Center

The 6,500-acre Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site in Pisgah National Forest was home to the first forestry school in the country, the Biltmore Forest School, founded in 1898. Highlights include the 1.3-mile Forest Festival Trail, which features an ozone garden, antique portable sawmill, and 1914 Climax locomotive (which kids can climb aboard); and the 1-mile Biltmore Campus Trail, which winds through the Biltmore Forest School’s rustic campus. A one-room schoolhouse, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop, and garden provide opportunities to glimpse the lives of the first American forestry students and the families who lived there. The Forest Discovery Center features educational films, 15 hands-on exhibits, children’s games, a fire-fighting helicopter simulator, an “underground” forest floor tunnel, nature-based scavenger hunts, a gift shop and café. The Cradle of Forestry also offers The Adventure Zone, a collective of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world. Visit https://cradleofforestry.com for hours and admission.

The Asheville Museum of Science 

Western North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery and exploration, AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity. Among its features are the Colburn Hall of Minerals, the STEM lab, an interactive panorama screen, Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton and fossil dig, Southern Appalachian Forest tree climb, Terrabox elevation simulator, Toddler Nest, fun temporary exhibits, and a museum store. The museum’s newest addition is its French Broad River water table, which teaches children how human actions affect the health of the area’s river ecosystem. Visit https://ashevillescience.org for hours and admission.

Asheville NC Kids ActivitiesThe WNC Nature Center

This 42-acre zoological park aims to foster stewardship among both young and old of Western North Carolina’s native wildlife and habitats. The center is home to more than 60 species of wild and domestic animals – including otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar – and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of the Southern Appalachians. The center also hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year. Visit https://wildwnc.org for hours and admission.

KidZip

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park features KidZip, a zipline destination geared to children ages 4-10. KidZip – either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids – includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. Visit https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip to reserve tickets.

Mountain Play Lodge

This indoor play and party center – perfect for a rainy day – offers play equipment for even the tiniest tots, including a miniature “Asheville” to explore, a giant three-part jungle gym, soft play items to climb on, over and under, all on padded flooring and within the safety of play floor gating. https://www.mountainplaylodge.com

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