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Major Bear to Host Holiday Party at the Grove Park Inn

Monday, November 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Share some holiday cheer with friends and family as The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa’s cuddly mascot, Major Bear, hosts his annual, fun-filled party! Guests of Major Bear will have an opportunity to create an ornament for their tree, get their faces painted and enjoy time with Santa and the big, adorable bear himself. And don’t forget about the food! Holiday stations will provide seasonal themed treats which are sure to satisfy both kids and adults.

Major Bear’s Holiday Party at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday Dec. 6. Tickets are $22 for children and $25 for adults. To reserve a spot for Major Bear’s Holiday Party call 828-252-2711.

Moda Opens at Biltmore Park in Time for the Holidays

Monday, November 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – From bangles and bags to classic tops and chic denim, the fashionistas among us understand the thrill of discovering the perfect addition to our closets. The search can oftentimes be exhausting, so when we find a gem of a dress or an inspired pair of shoes, we know how to appreciate them. And if we are the admirers of all things stylish, then Moda, the newest locally-owned boutique to open in Biltmore Park Town Square, is the artist that brings our favorite pieces together in a collage of sophisticated and modern apparel and accessories.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Moda, located on Town Square Boulevard next to children’s boutique Bon Bébé, opened on Friday, November 20th much to the delight of Asheville’s fashion-forward women. Whether dining downtown or working at the office, anyone can see that the region is brimming with unique styles, and Moda promises to be a great place for discovering your new favorite article of clothing to warm up with during winter.

Of course, we don’t want to leave the men out as there are plenty of options for holiday gifts that the women in your life will love. From jewelry and perfume to elegant outfits that are sure to flatter, Moda ensures that there isn’t room for error when selecting the perfect present. So, consider Town Square for your holiday excursions, and say “Thank You” to Asheville this Thanksgiving by supporting local retailers.

Other gift ideas include gift certificates to Sparrow Spa or Sensibilities, new furnishings for your home from Dwellings, handcrafted art from Echo Gallery, and more. Visit Moda Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteer for “A Winter’s Tale” at the WNC Nature Center

Friday, November 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Nature Center is looking for volunteers to help with their “A Winter’s Tale”: Holiday Happenings at the WNC Nature Center on Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Volunteers will help with food sales, crafts, games and work as Santa’s helpers. Volunteers will work outdoors a total of 4 hours each evening and should wear warm clothing.

To help spread the holiday cheer – contact the Nature Center at 298-5600 ext. 305 for more information and to sign up to volunteer!

Fiore’s Restaurante Toscana Announces Thanksgiving Menu

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Fiores Restarante Toscana, located at 122 College Street in downtown Asheville, is pleased to announce the creation of their annual Thanksgiving menu.

Open from 11am to 9pm on Thanksgiving day, Fiores will be serving up traditional turkey as well as apple stuffed pork loin, prime rib of beef, pumpkin bisque with devonshire cream, sweet potato casserole and other delectable Thanksgiving delights.

Fiores will also be offering all regular menu items with the exception of saute and grill. As always, vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

To view the full Fiores Thanksgiving menu, click the following link, menu, or visit www.fioresasheville.com.

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association Presents Main Course Dining

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Main Course Dining is Back!

A $50 donation saves you over $600. What a deal!

Asheville Independent Restaurant Associate (AIR)’s Main Course Dining is back for 2010 with buy-one get-one free specials all over town!

AIR is proud to bring you buy one get one free deals at over 18 local independent restaurants in Asheville.

Main Course Dining Kickoff with A Taste of Asheville

Thursday, November 19 ~ 7 – 9 p.m.
The Venue, Market St. Asheville

We are so excited that Main Course Dining is back, we are throwing a party. Of course, this will not be any average party, it will be a culinary feast.

Tickets for the evening are $50 and come with a free Main Course Dining booklet, additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The evening includes food from each of the 18 restaurants participating in the Main Course Dining program and complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar for liquor drinks will also be available.

Participating Restaurants

The participating restaurants in the 2010 Main Course Dining Guide are:

  • Blue Ridge Dining Room
  • Bouchon
  • Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap
  • City Bakery
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que
  • fig
  • Fiores Ristorante Toscana
  • Frankie Bones
  • Grovewood Cafe
  • Horizons
  • Laughing Seed
  • Mela Indian Restaurant
  • Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe
  • Savoy
  • Sunset Terrace
  • Vincenzo’s
  • Westville Pub

Moda’s Grand Opening Event at Biltmore Park

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


Moda, a unique women’s clothing and accessories boutique, has relocated. Their new grand opening will be held Friday, November 20, 2009, from 5pm – until.

Be sure to drop by and survey their fine collection of fashion, from names like Hudson, Denim of Virtue, People Like Frank, Susanne Lang and so much more.

To celebrate, light hors d’oeuvres & drinks will be served!

Gerber Village
8 Town Square Boulevard, Suite 120
Asheville, NC 28803

Visit Moda at modaluxe.net

Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Birthday

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Another major North Carolina landmark is readying to celebrate a birthday. Just as the 75th anniversary of the Great Smokies National Park is wrapping up, the 75th birthday for the Blue Ridge Parkway is getting started.

A symbolic passing of the torch, from the Smokies Superintendent to the Parkway Superintendent takes place on Friday. “We’ll have elders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and youth from the Cherokee Youth Council who will also pass the torch as a way to demonstrate everyone’s obligation to be stewards of this wonderful natural resource,” said Elizabeth Sims spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway 75.

The event will also include Cherokee tribal music and dance. The parkway winds its way through North Carolina and Virginia connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Biltmore Park Welcomes Travinia Italian Kitchen

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you made it to Biltmore Park Town Square for the Fall Fest in October, chances are you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for Travinia Italian Kitchen to open. Their crab cakes, pasta, and irresistible tiramisu samples were the perfect way to whet our appetites for what promises to be a major development in the Asheville restaurant scene. And Town Square is happy to let you know that your stomachs don’t have to growl with anticipation any longer.

On November 2nd, Travinia Italian Kitchen opened its doors, and as the temperatures continue to drop, their steaming plates of pasta and seafood could not be more welcome. With a large space that can easily accommodate special events or just daily get-togethers with friends and family, Travinia is an ideal spot for taking a break from the stress of daily routines. After all, it is a European tradition to express your joy over food, so let’s join in on the fun with some Italian cuisine.

Menu items include pappardelle with vodka sauce, small plates of seared scallops and lobster ravioli, and, of course, everyone’s favorite Italian dish–pizza. But don’t forget to complement your meal with an Italian wine or one of their specialty martinis. The choices are endless, but you simply can’t go wrong, so take some time out of your day, enjoy a culinary journey around the world, and experience Asheville’s newest restaurant in Biltmore Park.

Hotel Indigo Opens in Asheville

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The newest Hotel Indigo opened its doors today in downtown Asheville, N.C. Nestled near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 100-room new-build boutique hotel is the second of five properties planned for the state; additional deals are signed in Charlotte, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. Located at 151 Haywood Street, Hotel Indigo Asheville is within walking distance of locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Nearby attractions include Historic Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Estates, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown has been beautifully preserved and is a perfect location for Hotel Indigo,” said Barbara Kulweic, general manager of the Hotel Indigo Asheville. “Through the brand’s interpret indigo design platform, we’ve been able to truly embrace the neighborhood by incorporating the work of local artists and vendors into every corner of the hotel.”

Working with a talented team of local artists, photographers and designers, Hotel Indigo Asheville has captured the essence of the Asheville region by using locally-inspired artwork and regionally-sourced materials throughout the hotel. For example, the lobby features a Gabion wall stacked using native stones of various shapes and sizes, and locally-inspired photographic murals of outdoor scenes taken by Asheville artist Zen Southerland are featured in the hotel lobby and guest rooms. This small, yet urban town encompassed by the Blue Ridge Mountains is reflected in the hotel design with a juxtaposition of urban concrete and steel versus the warmth of materials, texture and colors found in nature. The hotel aesthetic is light and open, featuring glass tiles, stained concrete, quartz-like countertops, decorative pendants, and large graphic wall coverings.

The Hotel Indigo Asheville is owned and managed by Hospitality and Lodging Investors II, LP, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. Meeting the desires of today’s traveler, Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. From the locally-inspired murals to the renewal program where the images, music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, Hotel Indigo gives guests a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience.

“With the fall foliage season upon us and the holiday season ahead, we are thrilled to be able to offer guests a memorable and engaging experience that’s reflective of the downtown Asheville neighbourhood,” said Mary Dogan, director, Brand Delivery, Hotel Indigo, the Americas, IHG. “Keeping the guest in mind at all touch-points within the hotel experience, the Hotel Indigo model strikes a great balance by providing guests the refreshing design and intimate service synonymous with a boutique along with the consistency, reliability, and accessibility of a branded hotel.”

The Hotel Indigo Asheville features inviting guest rooms with oversized beds, plush bedding, hard-surface flooring for a fresh residential feel, and spa-inspired showers with Aveda products. Each guest room includes a 32-inch high-definition flat screen TV with 150 channels and iHome/MP3 alarm clock radio. The hotel also offers gourmet menu items and a full service-bar at Phi Bar and Bistro, complimentary parking, complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access, a 24-hour business center and meeting space for business functions or special events. The hotel also features a pet-friendly policy.

With the addition of Hotel Indigo Asheville, there are 34 Hotel Indigo properties open worldwide and more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. By the end of 2009, Hotel Indigo is forecasted to almost double its footprint in the Americas. The brand’s global roll-out is also going strong with the recent announcements of new deals in Liverpool, England, Glasgow, Scotland and Hong Kong.

City’s Capital Program Makes Asheville Civic Center More Sustainable

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A leaky Asheville Civic Center roof will soon be replaced by a better looking and better insulated roof, as the city’s capital improvement program will give the center energy-efficiency investments over the next five years.

The $1.5 million dollar-roof project began at the end of September and is scheduled to be completed in early January, with contractors taking breaks for heavy rains and to make way for upcoming entertainment acts, such as the Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, an annual arena sell out.

“The economic impact the center has on the city of Asheville is significant. Ninety percent of tickets for the Christmas Jam will be purchased from outside of North Carolina,” said interim Civic Center Director Dan Dover. “This past year alone we had more than a quarter of a million attendees, and that figure is on the low side considering the constant exchange of people we have for events such as Bele Chere.”

The center is the largest facility in Western North Carolina with the 7,200-person capacity Arena, the 2,431-person capacity Thomas Wolf Auditorium, the 450-person capacity Banquet Hall and 25,000 square-feet Exhibit Hall.

“The roof project is one of the largest capital investments the facility has seen since 1975 when the civic center was built and the auditorium remodeled,” said Dover, who has worked for the Civic Center for nearly 11 years.

Thus far, workers have removed most of the old roof and put down a temporary one so the upper concrete columns can be power washed and cracks sealed against further weather damage. After the structural repairs are made, insulation will be laid that is nearly double the previous amount, and the new roof will be installed over it. The fading brown cornish trim on the roof will also be removed and replaced.

These new improvements will remove mold growth, increase the facility’s energy efficiency and allow staff to remove the tarps that have been hanging from the arena ceiling and catching drips for the past three years.

In addition to the roof project, $250,000 in capital funds budgeted for the Civic Center this year will be spread out over various projects according to the most pressing facility needs. Other smaller capital projects recently completed include an upgraded fire alarm system and new smoke hatches in the stage area of the auditorium. The portable-basketball court flooring is currently being refinished and painted so it is ready for the annual Globetrotter visit and the Crossfire Ministries.

The arena is also getting an upgraded electrical system to meet the changing requirements for incoming acts. The installment of three 400-amp three-phase 208 disc connects for additional electrical power will be necessary to accommodate Disney on Ice’s Thanksgiving week show, where they will need the power to run their ice plant.

“The city is investing resources to address deferred maintenance and improve the facility so that the condition of the building matches the quality of the entertainment it attracts,” said Asheville’s Vice Mayor Jan Davis, who serves as the City Council liaison to the Civic Center Commission. “We want to enhance the patrons’ experience at the Civic Center while managing its operations within our financial means.”

While the roof replacement is the facility’s largest immediate project, the Civic Center has mapped out a five-year capital plan to help sustain the quality of services it has been offering. Meeting basic codes, improving energy efficiencies, and improving sound and lighting to meet the changing needs of entertainment acts are all part of this plan.

Once the roof is complete, work will begin on the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium fire exit, to improve egress from the building. The stage lighting controls and fixtures with 1970’s technology also need to be replaced with more efficient ones that will have an anticipated two to three year payback on energy savings.

While the Asheville Civic Center is continually making improvements, it is still very much in high demand, turning down as many acts as it books because dates requested are already booked. It offers a special service to the Asheville area, bringing groups from the community together and groups from outside the area in, positively impacting the economy of the area.

The Asheville Civic Center is a regional destination for outstanding entertainment, trade shows and events. The Civic Center offers Western North Carolina diverse entertainment from rock concerts and sporting events to family shows and performing arts. The facility is the heart of downtown Asheville’s arts and entertainment scene. For more information on facilities and events, please visit www.AshevilleCivicCenter.com