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Snag Your Moogfest Travel Package Now!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Moogfest announces: CID Entertainment is excited to offer travel packages for Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, NC. The travel packages include your choice of GA or VIP Moogfest passes, two nights at the Marriott Renaissance Asheville Hotel (only a couple of minutes from all of the Moogfest venues), Moogfest t-shirts, and Moogfest posters. CID event staff will be onsite for any questions or assistance you may need.

GA Travel Packages are $1,009 and VIP Travel Packages are $1,209. Both travel packages can be purchased on CIDʼs website by clicking here.

Let us simplify your Moogfest planning with a Travel Package!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Adventures Arrive at The Grove Park Inn

Monday, April 11th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Nantahala Outdoor Center and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa unveiled plans today for a groundbreaking experiential retail and outdoor activity concept shop called NOC’s Basecamp Asheville, solidifying a strategic relationship between two classic Southern travel destinations. It will also be the first LEED-certified retail project in downtown Asheville and one of the first nationally in a historic hotel.

Recognized as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and Good Morning America’s “#1 Vacation with a Splash,” NOC’s Basecamp Asheville will not only provide an on-site activity concierge for hotel guests, but it will also serve as Asheville’s definitive local resource for outdoor trip planning and expert advice for exploring the mountains. The shop’s retail offerings will include men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories from leading outdoor brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, and Keen.

“A legendary mountain escape meets authentic outdoor adventure, creating a unique vacation experience,” says J. Craig Madison, President & CEO of The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. “Our guests will enjoy the ultimate in accommodations and service coupled with a family-friendly outdoor experience, resulting in a premier mountain vacation.”

Grove Park Inn guests will be able to book guided outdoor adventures prior to arrival and on site via NOC’s Basecamp Asheville, located immediately off of the Grove Park Inn’s Great Hall. Other elements of the alliance also include convenient buttons on all in-room telephones, multi-day adventure packages, and numerous on-premise experiences such as workshops, clinics, and outdoor activities.

Some off-site activities will include:

• Guided rafting trips on seven Southeastern rivers
• Guided hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains
• Guided fly-fishing and kayak fishing
• Ziplines and canopy tours
• Information on local hiking, biking and paddling
• Kayaking lessons and tours
• Mountain bike rentals
• “do-it-yourself” fun

Charles Conner, NOC’s marketing director, comments, “Asheville’s visitors seek relaxation and recreation in the mountains. Our new relationship unites the area’s experts in both, providing a balanced, surefire vacation option. Conner adds, “Sometimes planning a vacation in advance only adds stress to the daily tasks visitors are trying to escape. Now The Grove Park Inn’s guests can wait and let our on-premise experts work out the logistics.”

In keeping with The Grove Park Inn’s sustainability efforts and NOC’s green culture, NOC’s Basecamp Asheville has applied for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading and most comprehensive third-party designation for green building. Upon completion, it will become downtown Asheville’s first LEED retail project and one of the nation’s first LEED renovations within a historic hotel.

NOC’s Basecamp Asheville is expected to celebrate its grand opening in early summer 2011. For more information, visit www.noc.com and www.groveparkinn.com.

Aloft Hotel and City Parking Garage to Begin Construction

Monday, March 14th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Construction for the Aloft Hotel and City Parking Garage located at 51 Biltmore Avenue is scheduled to begin on March 21.

A community drop-in meeting is scheduled from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 to meet the general contractor for the Aloft Hotel and City Parking Garage to be constructed at 51 Biltmore Avenue.  The meeting will be held at the City of Asheville Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street, Room A109.

Questions about the projects such as work schedule, interim parking, street closures, construction staging and storage will be answered and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend.  City staff will be available to answer questions specific to the City Parking Garage.

Information regarding the progress of the project may be found at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/news/default.aspx?id=26178.  This page will be updated throughout the project.

‘Carolina Connect’ Happening May 5th

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Carolina Connect is Western North Carolina’s signature event for entrepreneurs and investors, started by AdvantageWest in 2002 as part of its entrepreneurial development program.  This event continues to be the hallmark networking event for connecting entrepreneurs with their peers and potential investors on trending topics relevant to today’s global economy.

The 2011 edition, produced in partnership with Mountain BizWorks, is sure to be the best attended Carolina Connect conference in history.  This year’s keynote speaker is Peter Shankman, a globally recognized PR and social media entrepreneur, consultant and author.  Shankman has appeared in countless national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press and Reuters.

The winner of the VERVE-aciously BIG Idea Business Plan Competition, a contest for women entrepreneurs sponsored by Verve Magazine and AdvantageWest, will also be announced during Carolina Connect.  Learn more about the business plan compeition here.

Carolina Connect will kick-off with a continental breakfast and registration from 7:30-8:30am at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. An opening panel session will begin at 8:30am. Throughout the morning and afternoon, breakout educational sessions will provide key concepts and ideas for entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, as well as investors.  Following the day’s events, a closing networking reception will be held on the hotel terrace where you can mingle with new contacts and reconnect with acquaintances.

Early Bird Registration will be available for $110/person through April 15th.  After this date, General Registration will be $125/person.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, Register Today!

Chabad House Asheville Celebrates Chanukah Tonight

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Chabad House Asheville invites you to celebrates Chanukah “Bigger and Better” than ever before. Chabad House offers programs and services to celebrate and share Judaism with Asheville and beyond. Experience the holidays this year with Chabad house as they celebrate Chanukah.

Celebrate the first night of Chanukah Wednesday December 1st with a Grand Menorah Lighting at 6pm at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. Mayor Terry Bellamy will be do the honors! Holiday crafts, games, gourmet Kosher dinner, dancing and singing, and a raffle to win an iPad. There wre also be an adult wine bar, a shopping boutique, and fun for people of every age. Cost is $5 per person or $18 for the entire family. 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Visit http://www.chabadasheville.org/ for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive at the Haywood Park Hotel Scheduled for November 24th

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The American Red Cross which assists in humanitarians efforts all over the world is hosting a blood drive for Western North Carolina on Wednesday, November 24th from 10 am to 3.30 pm. The event will have food, music, and prizes. Though it’s a very busy day for many  people in the area right before Thanksgiving, it’s  a wonderful way to give back to the community this holiday season.

The drive will go towards saving hundreds of lives for people this year. According to the Red Cross, there is a critical need for donors right now.  Stop in the Haywood Park Hotel on One Battery Park Avenue to help in the effort this holiday season. Call 828.777.3364 for more information about the drive.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Art Gallery Now on Display

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grand Bohemian Hotel located in Biltmore Village invites you to tour their original gallery – The Grand Bohemian Art Gallery.  Located within the luxury hotel and resorts of the Kessler Collection, the art gallery features international and locally renowned artists. Now until November 22, come out see work by Jean Claude Roy, which includes over 100 new original paintings by this French Expressionist-colorist.

Also on display New Reflections an art exhibition by local artists Vadim Bora, Linda Mccane, Colleen Webster, Lee Monahan. In addition, work by sculptor Eric Serritella is exhibited until November 30th. Art gallery is open to the public every day, visit http://www.grandbohemiangallery.com for more information, hours, and upcoming artists exhibits.

Hilton Asheville Recieves First City of Asheville Rebate for LEED Certification

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A green and sustainable Asheville is a core strategy in the City of Asheville Strategic Plan adopted by City Council for fiscal year 2010-2011.  One goal Council identified to achieve a positive impact in this area is the development of a plan for implementing a community energy reduction goal.  In support of that goal, the city of Asheville building safety department provides a 50% rebate for plan review fees once a developer obtains LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building safety department processed the first rebate, in the amount of $5,350, to Biltmore Farms LLC on October 18th for the Hilton Asheville.  The hotel achieved LEED Silver Certification for incorporating a variety of sustainable strategies with the largest factor being a solar hot water system.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.  The Hilton Asheville, for example, will eliminate 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year through its solar hot water heating system.  A 25-ton reduction is the equivalent of planting 7,000 trees.

Robert Griffin, building safety director, states, “the rebate for LEED and other sustainable building certifications and methods has been very well received with the Asheville building community and Biltmore Farms LLC should be congratulated on achieving this distinguished certification for the Hilton in Biltmore Park.  We hope to see more developers take advantage of the rebate.”

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% gross domestic profit per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.  Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

For more information about the development services center, visit:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/business/development_services/default.aspx?id=384.

Information about rebate programs for sustainable building certifications is available in the fee schedule: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/uploadedFiles/Departments/Buidling_Safety/Permit%20Fees%20for%202010-2011.pdf.

The city of Asheville is committed to lowering the city’s overall carbon footprint.  For information about sustainability initiatives visit:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/green.

Inn on Biltmore Estate named to Travel and Leisure’s Top 50

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Inn on Biltmore Estate has been named one of the Top 50 Resorts in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine, as determined by a readers’ poll.

The inn ranked # 20, and has made the rankings in Travel + Leisure’s poll several times during recent years. The inn shares a spot on the rankings list with several hotels and resorts around the Southeast.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and readers of Travel + Leisure as one of the top hotels in the country,” said Douglas Hustad, the inn’s vice president and general manager. “Our mission is to continue the legendary world class hospitality and service that George Vanderbilt was renowned for.”

Biltmore’s founder, George Washington Vanderbilt, was the consummate host, and to this day, Biltmore strives to carry on the tradition. The inn opened in 2001, and extends Vanderbilt’s vision, offering an inviting and gracious experience, much like that enjoyed by his guests when they visited the estate and stayed at Biltmore House.
Guests arriving at the inn are met with 165,000 square feet of amenities, including a variety of guest rooms and suites; fine dining in The Dining Room; the Spa at Biltmore; the library with a view of Biltmore House; lobby bar; exterior swimming pool; and fitness center. Guests may also enjoy activities reminiscent of Vanderbilt’s day – walking and hiking trails, carriage rides, horseback riding, fly-fishing, boating and biking.

In addition, the inn has received Forbes Travel Guide’s Four-Star rating, Four Diamonds from AAA and a spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List for several years running.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Leads off 2010 Biltmore Concert Series

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore kicks off its 2010 Concert Series on June 4 with an expanded lineup and second estate venue.

Up first is legendary country-rock group the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performing June 4 at Diana at Biltmore, a new outdoor concert setting on the Vista overlooking Biltmore House.

The 10-concert series, which this year stretches into fall, includes “American Idol” favorites Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Grammy-winning artists Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kathy Mattea, and some of the best from R&B, Motown and contemporary Christian music.

The concerts are set against the backdrop of Biltmore, America’s largest home and gardens, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets are on sale now. All concerts start at 8 p.m.

The Biltmore Concert Series line-up is:

– Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing June 4 at Diana at Biltmore.

– The Original Drifters, performing June 11 at Diana at Biltmore.

– Brandon Heath, performing July 16 at Diana at Biltmore as part of the Faith Renewed Celebration Weekend.

– Gaither Vocal Band, performing July 17 on the South Terrace as part of the Faith Renewed Celebration Weekend.

– An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter, July 22 on the South Terrace.

– Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, performing July 23 on the South Terrace.

– An Evening with Steve Miller Band, July 29 on the South Terrace.

– The Legendary Temptations, performing July 30 on the South Terrace.

– Christopher Cross, performing Sept. 24 at Diana at Biltmore.

– Kathy Mattea, performing Oct. 1 at Diana at Biltmore.

A variety of ticket, dining and accommodations packages are available for all of the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change. Biltmore Twelve-Month Passholders receive a discount on general admission and reserved seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.biltmoreconcerts.com or call 866-336-1255.