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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! 

 

Light up the Holidays in Asheville at the NC Arboretum

Winter Lights Asheville

The holiday season is not complete without a trip to scout out the best winter light displays in the area. Here, we would like to highlight one display that is created and hosted by one of our favorite Asheville area organizations, the North Carolina Arboretum.

The North Carolina Arboretum, located on the southwest side of town off of Highway 191, is a favorite destination in warmer months due to its stunning landscape displays and fantastic exhibits.  In the past few years, they have extended their viewing season by offering up an incredible winter light display, and many area residents are beginning to claim it as a family holiday tradition.

Arboretum Winter LightsThe 3rd Annual Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit opens on Friday, November 18th and runs through Sunday, January 1st, from 6 to 10 pm every night.  Visitors walk through a self-guided tour of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights arranged to highlight the natural beauty and landscapes of the Arboretum.

Highlights of the exhibit include a projection show and educational program about animal hibernation during winter. Other attractions include a 50 foot animated tree, Rocky Cove G-Scale model train and lighted Quilt Garden.  You can purchase festive food and beverage at the cafe, including hot cocoa, s’mores, wine and beer.

Attending this event not only allows you to meander through a winter wonderland, but proceeds from the Winter Lights fundraiser will help the Arboretum to expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.

Arboretum Winter LightsWinter Lights tickets are available for purchase online at www.ncwinterlights.com. All tickets must be purchased in advance and are date-specific. Pricing is $18 for adults and $16 for children (ages 5 to 11), not including handling fees and required sales tax. Children age four and under are free.

Mosaic Realty is a huge supporter of the North Carolina Arboretum because we believe in its mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.  For more information on our fantastic community or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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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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