Dining with Dogs in Asheville

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Hans and Hazel are my dogs and definitely my best friends.  I try to take them just about everywhere that I go.  When they were babies, I could actually take them to restaurants and breweries.  But now that they are full-grown labrador retrievers, I am embarrassed to say that they are not well-trained enough for many of these dog-friendly venues.

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The above picture is of Corky whose master is the owner of Battery Park Book Exchange.  If you haven’t yet been to this book store, grab your canine and check it out…great champagne, wine, coffee, desserts, and appetizers in a superb atmosphere!

According to the Citizen-Times, these are great places to eat and very dog friendly:

  • Posana Restaurant even has a dog menu!
  • The Hop Ice Creamery makes a dog-friendly flavor.
  • Ultimate Ice Cream also makes ice cream for dogs.
  • Twisted Laurel has a great patio for dogs and people-watching.
  • Avenue M has locally baked dog treats.
  • Upcountry Brewing allows dogs throughout the brewery and are going to be adding a fenced area for them in back.

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Hans & Hazel are allowed to come dine out if I have extra sets of hands to control them.  We have been to Hickory Tavern and The Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park.  Most restaurants with outside seating are very accommodating to dogs with fresh water and places to hook their leashes.

I will say our best dining out together is to picnic while on a hike.  They must carry their own lunch box though!

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Let’s expand on the dining and explore pet-friendly places to stay.  According to Trip Advisor, Hilton Garden Inn, The Indigo Hotel, Four Points Hotel, and The Haywood Park Hotel are all very pet friendly and are in downtown Asheville!

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There are also many VRBO’s and Air BnB’s that are pet friendly because who wants to come to Asheville without their dogs to hike with?

I am building a house in a planned VRBO community that I’m designing for dogs (no carpet, indestructible materials, porch with gate, etc.)  For more information please send me a message.  Check out the website with floor plans and the layout of the community below:

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Woof Woof and have a great day!

 

Let’s Do Brunch!

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Wow!  Check out Maddie’s Bloody Mary at Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville!  It is practically a whole meal with the delicious vegetables and crispy bacon.  They create their own mix and hot sauce.  Maddie likes it extra spicy! For breakfast, my favorites are the four egg wild mushroom omelette and the daily special, fired avocado scramble.

Sunny Point Cafe

The drawbacks are parking and wait time.  But, you can walk through the gardens as you wait and drink the complimentary hot coffee.

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Also in West Asheville is Isis Music Hall and yes, they do brunch!  The wait time is reasonable, food is great, but parking also tends to be a challenge.

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Isis Music Hall Brunch

If you are staying downtown and can walk, try Early Girl Eatery and Tupelo Honey Cafe. (Are you seeing a theme here with parking issues?)

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I am partial toward the Early Girl Bennie.

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And I love Tupelo Honey’s Honey and the fried green tomatoes can’t be beat.

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If you absolutely detest driving around for parking and waiting forever, try Tupelo Honey Cafe in South Asheville.  The Roux in the Hilton at Biltmore Park also serves an amazing brunch.  Parking and wait time are rarely an issue.

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Less Brunchy-type places, but also very good are City Bakery and Biscuit Head which have several locations in and around Asheville.  I love anything with avocado at City Bakery.  You will stand in line at these places, order your food, and hopefully find a place to sit.

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City Bakery

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Try to get to these early for shorter wait times.  However, if you do have to wait, it is worth it.  Farm to table, homemade and unbelievably delicious food!

Don’t forget that I have links at the bottom of each page on this website for restaurants and other things to do in Asheville.  Enjoy!

 

 

Valentine’s Day is Just around the Corner

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And…Love is in the Air…

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Guys, if you haven’t yet made reservations, you better get on it quick!

Knowing Asheville the way I do, these are the things that I would like my honey to reserve…

Grove Park Inn Spa Treatments.  Since Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday we have lots of leeway.  If you don’t yet have a reservation, try for the weekend before or after.   Many other massage places are very nice as well such as Sensibilities, Spa Theology, and Sparrow Spa.

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For dinner reservations, my favorite “cozy” places are:

 

corner kitchenThe Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village.  Because the restaurant is in an historic house built in 1895, the rooms are small and offer a lot of intimacy at your personal table.  Plus, the food is fantastic!

Jerusalem Garden has cushions with surrounding curtains to sit on.  You can cozy up to your sweetheart and not feel uncomfortable in a public place.

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Most downtown AVL restaurants are crowded  and the tables are sandwiched in.  If you book a downtown restaurant ask for a booth in the back like these shown at Modesto…

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After dinner, chocolate and coffee…Chocolate Fetish, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Kilwins, Chocolate Gems are all divine!

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If you are making a weekend of it, breakfast at Tupelo Honey, Sunny Point Cafe, Isis, or Early Girl…  Yes, ISIS is a music venue, but has an amazing brunch as well.  And you can make a reservation which most others will not allow.

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Followed by a long winter hike.  Winter views are amazing, and the weather is typically not too cold.  Wear layers!

Bearwallow Mountain…

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For more suggestions see.

romanticasheville.com

Cheers!

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Fun Things to do in January

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Happy 2018 to my followers!  Thank you for sticking with me for another year of Asheville and Western North Carolina news and events.  Check out this picture!  A colleague of mine took this of the French Broad River and claimed that in his 25 years of living here has never seen this.  Wow!  We are having extremely cold and unusual weather.

But, being the optimist that I am, I will encourage you to enjoy these winter months just as much as the summer months.

Beverly-Hanks marketing department has made a very comprehensive list of great things to do, so I won’t reinvent the wheel.  Please see the link below:

Fun things to do in the winter

I will add some indoor faves in the winter…

Bookstores with coffee (and champagne)…

Cozy up at Malaprops and Battery Park Book Exchange.

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Sit by the many outdoor heating sources for a drink and enjoy the winter views:

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The Grove Park Inn

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AC Marriott Bar

Attend a play or two:

Asheville Community Theatre

Bundle up and shop:

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Biltmore Village

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Asheville Outlets

 

 

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas Readers!  I want to share with you some of my favorite photos of Asheville.  Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!

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River Arts District

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Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest

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Barley’s Taproom featuring all of the local brews

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Grove Park Inn

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Blue Ridge Parkway

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LaZOOM comedy tours

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Pack Square

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Looking Glass Falls

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Happy Holidays from Asheville!

 

 

Asheville Local Gift Guide

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Holidays are here and shopping is in full swing!  Cyber shopping is convenient, but somehow the browsing…feeling…tasting…and finding a hidden gem for someone special cannot be done online.

Buying local is so important to me!  So, if you are fortunate enough to visit Asheville during the holiday season, please buy, buy, buy!

Mast General Store is a good place to start.  There are gifts for everyone from the outdoorsy person who hikes, bikes, camps…you know the type.  They have everything the outdoorsman..woman could possibly need.  And what about the sweet tooth…there are old-fashioned candies galore.  And finally, please don’t forget the kids and the “classic” toys that can be found here that no matter what generation or decade you live in can be enjoyed.

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Please cruise Lexington Avenue and Haywood Street for the many unique shops and boutiques. You will be able to find gifts for the very hard-to-buy for person. Use your imagination.

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Chocolate…Need I say more?  Asheville has more chocolate shops per square block than breweries…I’m guessing.  Two of my faves…

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The Chocolate Fetish

How well do you know your gift receiver?  Well enough to purchase art?  If so, visit the River Arts District and the Folk Art Center right off the Blue Ridge Parkway:

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For the special someone… The best gifts may not be tangible.  How about some amazing gift certificates…

Massages:

If you want to enjoy all the Grove Park has to offer for an entire day, book a massage and you can enjoy the spa and then shower, walk around and enjoy the Gingerbread House Display.

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/spa/salon-services

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Sensibilities This is a locally owned spa that has served people’s needs locally for years.  Please consider them if you just want a half-day experience:

http://www.sensibilities-spa.com/

Finally, a great gift to give is a trip to Asheville:

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Biltmore Estate

Grove Park Inn

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There are also many Bed & Breakfasts and new funky hotels.

Good luck in finding those perfect gifts for all of your loved ones!

 

 

 

 

The Holidays are Here!

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The holidays are here!  Let’s have some fun in and around Asheville!

Here are some things I’ve done…

Asheville Turkey Trot:  Race starts at 9:15 this year on Thanksgiving Day.  See the link below for registration and packet pick-up

Asheville Turkey Trot

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Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings: November 3 – January 26; Beautiful!

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Buying the Christmas Tree at the Farmer’s Market

WNC Farmer’s Market

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Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Houses:  Get some hot chocolate and explore the Grove Park Inn which is beautifully decorated, and pick your favorite Gingerbread House

Grove Park Gingerbread Information

Lake Julian Christmas Lights: Dec 2 – 29, $20/car; Nice drive through to get in the spirit!

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Biltmore Village: Walk around and hear the Dickens Christmas Carolers and Shop in the Christmas Store:

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Here are some things I want to do:

Downtown Asheville Art Walk: Dec 1, 5:00-8:00 PM

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Christmas Arboretum

NC Arboretum Light Show: You must purchase tickets in advance!

North Carolina Arboretum

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Craggy Mountain Line Train Rides: Saturdays during December it becomes the  Jingle Bell Trolley Train Ride which leaves on the hour.  At the end you can enjoy visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Call 828-808-4877 or 828-808-4630 for more information.

Please let me know if you are planning a trip here and want company!  I never get tired of these holiday adventures!

 

How’s the Market in Asheville?

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Fall is a great time of year for real estate in Asheville!  Temperatures really do not get cold until later in December, so tourism is in full swing.  And with the tourists come buyers!

First, let’s talk Real Estate in general throughout the United States.  According to The Kiplinger Letter, “A tight market is going to get tighter as demand for homes continues to grow and supply fails to keep up.”  Builders cannot build fast enough.  With the recent hurricanes and natural disasters around the country, building prices are creeping up rapidly, and laborers are in high demand.  Mortgage rates are predicted to rise meaning buyers should secure their loans now while rates are still low.

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North Carolina currently ranks #7 in price appreciation by state.  There has been an 8.49% one year increase with 2.77% over last quarter.

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We, at Beverly-Hanks, like to describe Buncombe county as a “dual market.”  It is definitely a seller’s market in the lower price points which in Buncombe county tend to be less than $500,000 especially in certain areas.  And as selling prices increase, it becomes a buyers market.  We are really encouraging homeowners that are considering moving up to do it now.  They will get top dollar for their current home and can hopefully get good deals on higher priced homes.  If you are outgrowing your current home, have an expanding family, or just need more space, definitely consider preparing your home for sale.

Please see the third quarter Marketing Report for a breakdown of each county in Western North Carolina.  Happy Reading!

WNC Market Report Q3

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Ideas for Fall Fun

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My typical blog posts contain one major theme, but today I am going to throw a bunch of ideas together for this autumn season.

Asheville gets inundated with what I call “The Leaf People” at this time of year.  No worries (other than traffic), we love our tourists and showing off our vibrant city.  So please see the links for activities, ideas, and fall real estate news:

TopTenTrails

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Too tired or sore to hike, then go for a drive and listen to this playlist from local musicians:

Autumn Playlist

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is such a lovely place to see fall color.  Our Beverly-Hanks blog has more great information:

Blue Ridge Parkway

Ready for Selfies in and around Asheville?

15 Most Instagrammable Spots

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And finally, what’s going on with Real Estate?  Our inventory keeps getting lower and lower especially in more affordable price ranges.

Beverly-Hanks Market Research Center

If you are thinking about selling, try out our “cool” new tool to get 3 estimates of your home’s worth AND to see the number of buyers in our network looking for a home just like yours!

 

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