Biltmore Village

Top 8 Asheville Holiday Experiences

 

Asheville ChristmasToday, is December 1st, and the beginning of the season of holiday lights, family traditions, celebrations, yummy food, and many toasts in honor of friends, family, and loved ones. Asheville has much to offer during this merrymaking month. Take a peek at our top 8 holiday things to do. 

1- Christmas at Biltmore - The nostalgic decor and Christmas tree are a special sight, and will inspire fond memories of when you felt that special feeling of Christmas.  

2- Polar Express Train - Sip hot cocoa and watch the kids’ faces light up with the magic of the North Pole and Santa Claus. It’s a short drive to get to the Smoky Mountains Railroad, yet worth the memory in the making.

3- Beech Mountain Ski Resort - 15 slopes and 95 acres of skiable terrain make this a perfect day or weekend getaway to enjoy snow covered ground and racing family and friends down the mountain – the perfect December experience.

4- Visit Biltmore Village - The lighted Christmas tree and shops are filled with the spirit of Christmas. It’s quaint and charming. Visit the Christmas store, taste a cookie from Well-Bred, or enjoy some traditional Mexican food at The Cantina. 

5- The Omni Grove Park Inn - Pure magic. The live fire in the extra-large fireplace, photos next to Santa’s sleigh on the porch overlooking the endless mountain peaks, and holiday drinks to delight. Consider viewing the annual Gingerbread house competition entries, or visit to relax and enjoy the holiday decor. 

6- Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum - Take a stroll through the NC Arboretum to view lights which complement the plants and trees. 

7- Rappelling Santa at Chimney Rock - Each Saturday in December, Santa can be seen practicing for his Christmas Eve rappel down this 535-million-year-old rock! We hear he does this to make up for all the milk and cookies he eats on Christmas Day!

8- ZipLine - Take the family out for a zipline adventure at the Crowne Plaza® Resort Asheville. The kid-friendly zip-line is perfect for kids and adults, and is located a mile from downtown Asheville. We dare you to wear a Santa hat or reindeer antlers and take a selfie!

 

From all of us at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, we wish you and yours a happy Holiday season! 

 

Walkable Biltmore Village Gives Asheville of Old a Modern Twist

Biltmore Village Asheville

Asheville’s Biltmore Village recalls an old-world European hamlet: High-pitched roofs, heavy stone foundations and pebbledash post-and-beam walls, inspired by Biltmore House architect Richard Sharp Smith, bring together the eclectic architecture of the neighborhood. Bordered by businesses lining Lodge and Brook streets to the north, All Souls Crescent to the west, and Lula and Reed streets to the southwest, Biltmore Village affords residents an easy walk to award-winning restaurants, boutiques and galleries. From this neighborhood, you can follow quaint tree-lined streets to the renowned Biltmore Estate directly to the west, or take a short drive to the French Broad River or Blue Ridge Parkway.  

The Rich History of Biltmore Village

In building the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt aimed to create a home in the mountains of Western North Carolina that emulated the working estates of Europe, including a self-sustaining community. He commissioned accomplished architects Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted to create the community, now known as Biltmore Village. One of the earliest examples of a planned, mixed-use community, there were grocery and hardware stores, schools and a train station. The tree-lined streets of the village emanated from the village’s centerpiece, All Souls Episcopal Church (today the Cathedral of All Souls). The village’s original cottages were designed, as was the church façade, with brick, stucco pebbledash and wood timbers; some buildings featured gambrel roofs and dormers while others showcased hip roofs.

Vibrant Commercial Hub

Biltmore Village Asheville RestaurantsEven though Biltmore Village retains its old-world charm, today it’s well-known as an exciting commercial hub. National chains like Williams-Sonoma and J. Crew mingle with specialty gift and antique shops, clothing boutiques and local jewelry makers – all within walking distance for the Village’s residents. Galleries featuring a range of artwork, and an eclectic mix of furniture shops make it easy to outfit and decorate your home.

When you want to take a break from shopping, Biltmore Village offers everything from formal dining to pub fare, famous chains to local eateries. The Corner Kitchen and Well-Bred Bakery & Café are popular brunch destinations; enjoy a relaxed lunch at Moe’s Original Bar B Que or Cantina Biltmore; and experience fine-dining at Red Stag and Fig. Hillman Beer serves up craft brews and house-made sandwiches and bites.

An Array of Housing Choices

Residential roads with historical single-family homes alongside new, modern builds dot Biltmore Village. Low-maintenance condominiums are another popular choice for those wanting to live in the walkable neighborhood. Not only are the homes within easy distance of Biltmore Village’s retail and restaurant hub, they’re a short drive to South Asheville’s commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road, as well as to Downtown Asheville and Mission Hospital.

For a personally guided tour of the Biltmore Village neighborhood, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.