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Biltmore Summer Vacations Offer Something for Everyone in the Family

Monday, May 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Sixty-six percent of families say ‘togetherness’ is the essential element for a memorable family vacation (PGAV Destinations study, “The Art of the Family Vacation,” 2012). Addressing the need for a balance of itinerary options that families can truly enjoy together, Biltmore’s summer vacation experience has been designed to be active, fun and educational (don’t tell the kids!) for all. Adults and children are entertained with a slate of activities in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre backyard, while imaginations stay engaged with tours and historic exhibitions.

Summer travel deals

Travelers can plan a great summer day or getaway while stretching vacation dollars with deals at Biltmore. Kids 16 and younger receive FREE admission Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dad receives FREE admission on Father’s Day, June 16. Families can also purchase a ‘Summer Family Value Package that includes admission for two adults, two children and a family dining voucher, all for $140. Regular tickets purchased at least seven days in advance receive $15 off the price of admission.

Top eight Biltmore to-dos this summer
A destination for rejuvenation since the 1800s, George W. Vanderbilt chose the outdoor playground of Asheville to build his family estate. In the century that has lapsed since family and friends of the Vanderbilts came for long stays at Biltmore, time has seemingly stood still. Travelers today enjoy the slower pace of summer’s backyard season in Biltmore’s 8,000-acre landscape, a space that has been preserved and perfected over time for future generations.

1. Take the family time travelling.
Visit the 250-room Biltmore House, George Vanderbilt’s dream home that he lived in more than 100 years ago. Kids stay engaged with a NEW treasure hunt through Biltmore House. Kids marvel at the sheer size of Biltmore House, the bowling alley and pool in the basement, and the massive front lawn and backyard for playing.

2. Have a unique adventure.
Try your luck at outdoor sports like fly fishing or sporting clays, or go off-road behind the wheel of a Land Rover (our Land Rover Driving School offers courses for adults AND kids!). Go to an awe-inspiring location: the rooftop of Biltmore House. The guided Architect’s Tour takes families to the massive roof of America’s largest home for a look at architectural details, to count gargoyles, and for expansive mountain views of a spectacular backyard.

3. Reconnect with nature.

Set out on foot on a network of nearly 22 round-trip miles of hiking trails. Or, take in views from a bike, on the back of a horse, while floating down a river, on a Segway, or a carriage ride. Go rock-skipping at the lagoon or play hide and seek among rare and native trees.

4. Stop to smell the roses.
Biltmore’s renowned summer gardens are perfect for leisurely strolls and picnicking spots near tropical palms, roses, giant sunflowers, and colorful lily pads and koi in Italian Garden pools.

5. Set the kids free at Antler Hill Village.
Get lost together in a maze comprised of 500 trees. Kids run and climb in the NEW Pisgah Playground. At the barn, explore farming life at the turn of the century and antique farm equipment. Ask inquisitive questions to our staff and play with chickens, roosters, goats, horses and sheep in the farmyard. Demos, crafts and period games available select days.

6. Embark on a tasty tour.Taste wines at the most visited winery in America (complimentary grape juice for the kids). Restaurants offer a range of options from barbeque to fine dining. Pick up a family-themed picnic from the Creamery. And save room for the Creamery’s Winky Bar Sundae, a sweet treat for a summer day based on the Winky Bar produced by the former Biltmore Dairy.

7. Rock out!

Dance under the stars select summer nights during the concert series kicking off July 25. The 2013 line-up includes Heart, Sheryl Crow, Christian group Casting Crowns, the Four Tops and Temptations, the Beach Boys and comedian Bill Engvall. Local bands provide FREE entertainment Fridays June through August at the Antler Hill Village Green and Bandstand.

8. Make Biltmore your home away from home.

Extend your visit with an overnight stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate or with our local accommodations partners and take advantage of packages on select dates this summer.

Tailgate Tents Going Up: Area Farmers Markets Open Outdoors this April

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with the confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season. At spring tailgates, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm items like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. Last winter was also much warmer, so early April markets won’t have the exact same offerings as they did in 2012.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. Markets listed are all members of the Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA), a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only area markets. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgates in the region, including their season start dates (a new feature for 2013!), visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2013 print guide hits stands in late April.

MTMA Opening Dates

Asheville City Market: April 6, Saturdays

8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 25, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 17, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: May 2, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 20, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: early spring TBA, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 14, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 30, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 6, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 4, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 13, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 9, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 20, Saturdays 8 am-12:30 pm

Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 15, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 10, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 9, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 20, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

The Nutcracker Mouse King at Diana Wortham Theatre

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Expect the brilliantly unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre‘s second annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm at Asheville‘s Diana Wortham Theatre. ACDT shocked and surprised audiences last year with their original version of The Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is something you haven’t seen before. This version couldn’t be further from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the original and much darker story written in 1816 by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

This year’s performance features special guest artist Roger Henry Pech of Merida, Mexico, as well as the ACDT adult company, White Dog ProjectX International, and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful Christmas story full of adventure, courage and loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.

Tickets: Adults $25 • Children, Students & Seniors $20

Find out more about Asheville events, Asheville restaurants for a wonderful dinner before the show, and Asheville accommodations for an evening in town.

2011 Garden Tour – Look and Learn in Our Gardens – June 25

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Don’t miss this self-guided tour on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

This award winning event only happens every other year. Five private gardens will be opening their gates to the public for this one day. All gardens are within Asheville.

They include:

  • a lush cottage style perennial garden
  • a beautiful garden designed around the needs of the maturing gardener
  • planting ideas for vegetables and herbs that maximize the potential of compact spaces and water thrifty design
  • a private oasis of conifers and groundcovers that create low maintenance and year round interest
  • a garden site that highlights the challenges of gardening on a hillside.

The tour begins at Vance Elementary School Peace Garden in West Asheville at 98 Sulfur Springs Road. There, you will pick up your information bag which includes a booklet with descriptive information on each garden.

All gardens will be staffed by Master Gardener volunteer docents who will be able to point out garden features and answer questions about many of the plants. Get more information and directions to Vance School at buncombemastergardener.org.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at buncombemastergardener.org or on June 25 at Vance school for $20, if tickets remain. Ticket sales will be limited to 500. You may also purchase advance tickets with cash or a check at the Cooperative Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville.

All proceeds benefit the Master Gardeners’ School Garden Grant program. In the 2009 and 2010 school years, these grants provided approximately $5,000 to 16 schools. These gardening programs impacted nearly 4,000 students, 273 teachers, 438 parents, and 100 community volunteers who were able to experience the outdoor classrooms supported by these grants.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Scarecrow Contest Winners Announced

Monday, October 11th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 6th annual Scarecrow Festival at Lake Julian Park was held on Saturday, October 2.

The highlight of the Festival was the judging of the handmade Scarecrows. Competition was fierce! Entrants were divided into two divisions, Individuals and Families/Groups.

Winning scarecrows were chosen by popular vote. There were cash prizes of $100 each for 1st Place winner and prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place Scarecrows in each division. The Grand Prize was a cash award of $500 for the Best of Show entry.

This year’s winners were:

  • Best In Show: Art Space Charter School ($500 Grand Prize)
  • 1st Place Individual: Virginia Hefner ($100 Prize)
  • 1st Place Family/Group: Jesse James Wright ($100 Prize)
  • 2nd Place Individual: Patricia Henson (Pool Party at the Zeugner Center)
  • 2nd Place Family/Group: Art Space Charter School (Pool Party at the Zeugner Center)
  • 3rd Place Individual: David Fine (Gift Certificate for Fun Depot)
  • 3rd Place Family/Group: Dawson Family (Gift Certificate for Fun Depot)

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services congratulate all the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Festival Competition.

Asheville Art in the Park to Take Place Saturday

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come out for a Saturday afternoon of art in Pack Square. For the month of October, local artists from the area will be featured at an art market in downtown Asheville every Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. 10% of proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations. Come and see talented glass workers, potters, designers, metalsmiths, and other artists.

To find out more information, please visit: http://www.ashevilleartinthepark.com/

Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services Lot at 59 Woodfin Place (at the Interchange Building) for only $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Park in the Graybar parking lot on Hilliard Street near the Support Special Olympics! The Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

Hours for both locations are:

– Friday, July 23 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

– Saturday, July 24 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

– Sunday, July 25 (12:30 – 3 p.m.)

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected]