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Archive for March, 2008

Another Million for Performing Arts Center

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The proposed Asheville Performing Arts Center has received another grant — this time for $1 million from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation.

The Center’s estimated cost is between $65 million and $85 million, depending on the place of construction. This grant will more than likely be used for further planning.

At this time, the Performing Arts Center has more than 200 contributors who have pledged up to three million dollars. The Center would replace the older Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the current main venue for large concerts and events.

EPA declares Asheville’s drinking water safe

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Asheville released its yearly report on drinking water safety. The report is required of the City by the Environmental Protection Agency. Water samples that were provided to the EPA were analyzed, and the agency found that Asheville’s water is well above quality standards for municipal drinking water. The report is available on the water department website.

The report highlights details about the drinking water that comes out of Asheville Residents’ taps as well as the city’s water treatment programs and water sources. Locals will be getting a copy of the report with their next water bill. To get extra copies, you can call the city’s customer service department at (828) 251-1122.

New Hotels On the Way for Downtown Asheville?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Despite the recent downturn in the economy (or recession, depending on who you ask), real estate and hotel developers are turning a keen eye to downtown Asheville and are very eager to start putting up new hotels.

A plan was presented to City Council at the end of March that proposed the building of a luxury hotel with approximately 140 different rooms along with a parking garage. The plan also called for substantial space for offices and retail stores. If approved, the building would be constructed across from the Asheville Civic Center, on land owned by the city.

At last count, there were a total of five plans submitted to city council in the past several years. Other developers have submitted plans to renovate additional existing hotels.

With the recent uproar about downtown condos, these newly proposed hotels will surely meet with staunch opposition. One thing is certainly working on the side of the developers; even though Asheville is becoming evermore popular with tourists, the amount of available rooms in downtown hotels has been stagnant for the past two decades.

Local leaders will review the plans for the hotel across from the Civic Center this coming Spring.

Top Five Places to Stay While Visiting Asheville

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
  1. Haywood Park Hotel: This former department store was renovated and is now one of Asheville’s premier hotels. It has a great location downtown and its 33 suites are individually hand-decorated. They offer valet parking, bell service, turndown service and free truffles from Asheville’s Chocolate Fetish.
  2. Inn on Biltmore Estate

    The Inn on Biltmore Estate: At this luxurious lodging, you can stay on the grounds of the number one tourist attraction in Western North Carolina. The prompt service, plush, comfortable rooms and fine dining all make this inn a spectacular experience. The Inn on Biltmore Estate also has a pool, concierge service and transportation all around the 8,000 acre estate.

  3. 1889 White Gate Inn

    The White Gate Inn: This historic bed and breakfast has all the charm and amenities of the finest hotels. The Inn has hot-tubs, beautiful rooms and lovely gardens. It is also closer to Asheville’s historic downtown than any other Bed and Breakfast in the city.

  4. Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat: For those who want the peace and quiet of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this lakeside retreat is for you. It offers modern amenities with rustic mountain charm. Most cabins offer wireless Internet access and hot tubs as well as beautiful views and a lake stocked with a variety of fish. Located just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, you can see everything the city has to offer; then relax in seclusion.
  5. Renaissance Asheville Hotel: Located in the heart of downtown with scenic views of the Smoky Mountains, the Renaissance is well within walking distance of Asheville’s eclectic shops and galleries. Mere moments away from the airport, fine restaurants, popular nightlife, the Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Parkway a stay at the Renaissance is truly an experience to remember.