February 10, 2013

Foodie Alert! Asheville Small Plate Crawl Features 25 Locally Owned Restaurants

Discover why Asheville has been called one of the 10 Most Surprisingly Vibrant Food Cities in America by Livability.com by taking part in Asheville's Small Plate Crawl. From February 26-28, 2013, chefs at 25 restaurants will be showing off their talent by serving $3 to $8 portions of their best gourmet cuisine. This is a great opportunity to get involved with Asheville's thriving local food movement - all of the restaurants are locally owned and many feature food from local farms.

Here's a step-by-step guide to making the most of Asheville's Small Plate Crawl:

1. Surprise family and friends with the announcement that a vacation is in order, Destination: Asheville, NC!

2. Call Carolina Mornings and speak with a Vacation Planner to reserve an Asheville cabin that will be perfectly suited to your group's needs.

3. Visit Asheville Independent Restaurant's Small Plate Crawl website to print the AIRpass, which you'll need to qualify for post-event prizes.

4. Spend Tuesday, February 26th through Thursday, February 28th participating in the Small Plate Crawl by eating at the following restaurants:

The Bier Garden, Biltmore Estate Bistro (shown at left) & Cedric's Tavern, Bistro 1896, The Blackbird, Chai Pani, Carmel's Kitchen & Bar, Creperie Bouchon, Curate, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Karen Donatelli Cafe, Laughing Seed, The Lobster Trap, The Market Place, MG Road, Neo Cantina, Plant, Pomodoros (Arden location only), Sazerac, Strada Italiano, Tupelo Honey Cafe (both locations), Vincenzo's, Zambra, Sunny Point Cafe, Posana Cafe.

5. When your group is visiting any of the above establishments, feel free to share a small plate - if anyone in a group purchases a plate, everyone in the group gets their AIRpass validated.

6. Leave your AIRpass at the last restaurant you visit and it will be entered into the AIR raffle. Winners are notified by email.

7. Explore Asheville! The Small Plate Crawl gives participants an ideal reason to visit different parts of Asheville. The majority of the restaurants are located downtown, enough to dedicate an entire day or two to browsing art galleries and shopping the city's many boutique stores between small plates. Other restaurants, such as Sunny Point Cafe (West Asheville), Plant (North Asheville), and Pomodoros (South Asheville) are worth a short drive to get a taste of their fare.

8. Note that three of the participating restaurants are well situated for planning a Biltmore Estate day: Neo Cantina, which is in Biltmore Village, as well as Bistro and Cedric's Tavern, both of which are part of the Biltmore Estate grounds. When making arrangements for your vacation rental cabin with Carolina Mornings, ask your Vacation Planner about adding Biltmore Tickets to your reservation - you can even arrange to have the tickets waiting for you at your cabin when you arrive in Asheville!

9. After filling up on delectable food, retreat to your luxury rental home for some much deserved R&R. What could be a better treat than a long soak in a private hot tub at the end of the day? Then luxuriate in a good night's sleep before making the restaurant rounds again the next day! Staying at one of Carolina Mornings' North Carolina cabin rentals gives you a comfortable space where your whole group can stay under one roof. Make memories by the fireplace, shoot a game of pool, or just kick back and watch a funny movie together. Everyone will be asking if you can make the Small Plate Crawl a family tradition!

Featuring monthly specials, pet-friendly options, and discount vacation packages, Carolina Mornings is the premiere provider of Asheville mountain cabin rentals. Call Carolina Mornings today to reserve your North Carolina cabin rental!

February 7, 2013

The Retreat That Has It All

What is your idea of the perfect Asheville retreat?  If you said a spacious, serene place with endless amenities that's just minutes from downtown and surrounded with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then you've just described Asheville Mountain Views!
Perfectly named, this amazing country home invites you, your family and friends to spend a long vacation relaxing and exploring in the beautiful Western North Carolina landscape.

Once everyone has settled in, plan for plenty of time out on the wrap-around deck that gives you incredible views in every direction. You'll want to grill up a feast out here while guests are catching up and enjoying each others company with a majestic mountainous backdrop.

Step out the door and get set for a day of hiking the trails conveniently within walking distance on this home's three private rolling acres. Don't forget the camera! You will be in awe Mt. Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding you right outside.

Back at the beautiful Asheville Mountain Views home, you and your guests will enjoy hours of entertaining before planning what to do next tomorrow. Downstairs is where the kids will be playing basketball and air hockey while you whip up a quick treat in the modern kitchen. The adults will enjoy the evening lounging in the living area with some great conversation in front of the cozy fireplace. Before calling it a day, everyone will enjoy watching a thrilling movie on the big TV's surround sound.

If you decide to venture out for some fine dining and shopping, then downtown Asheville is just a quick drive away. Asheville Mountain Views offers the best in comfort and activities for your next North Carolina mountain getaway!

Call Carolina Mornings today and let our Vacation Planners reserve this incredible retreat just for you!

February 3, 2013

Winery Tours, Woodland Walks & The Conservatory: Romance Awaits at Biltmore Estate this Winter

The Biltmore Estate during the winter season embodies romance at its finest. In addition to the forever fascinating tours of America's largest home, the estate offers a world-class winery and irresistibly lush greenery inside the garden conservatory. Carolina Mornings wants to hook you up with a romantic excursion at Biltmore Estate: surprise your Valentine with a winter getaway!

~ This February, Stay Two Nights and Get Your Third Night Free ~

Sip the Day Away at Antler Hill Winery
Partake in a tasting of Biltmore wine, compliments of the house. Explore the winery on a guided tour. Learn about the history of Biltmore's vineyards and the finer points of winemaking. Whether you prefer crisp whites, robust reds, refreshing ros├ęs, or sparkling refreshment, you'll find your favorite flavor at the Antler Hill Winery. The experience begins with a walk through the historic underground cellars and ends in the Wine Shop, where you can stock up on gourmet goodies, hard-to-find wine accessories, and, of course, all of the Biltmore Wines. A guided visit of the Winery and complimentary wine tasting is included in estate admission.

A Brisk Walk Along Biltmore's Woodland Trails
Leave the modern world behind and take a walk into the wonderland that is Biltmore Estate's 8,000-acre property. The meticulously groomed trails offer perfect settings for romance. Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of American landscape architecture, spent years designing Biltmore’s grounds, and his genius is evident around every turn in the way he honored the indigenous beauty of the Blue Ridge forests. A waterfall cascades near a wooden bridge, stone ledges covered in green moss, bamboo and rhododendron hedges that stretch up the hillsides. Emerge from the trail at the Estate Terrace and take in an unbelievable view. Delight the senses with outdoor exploration!

Escape to a Warmer World inside the Conservatory
Filled with thousands of tropical plants, the Biltmore Conservatory is a welcome relief from mid-winter chill. A stroll through the conservatory with your loved one will take you back to a time of opulence and romance. This striking 7,500-square-foot structure was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and houses an impressive horticultural display of species from around the world. February and March are peak months to catch the orchids in full bloom, plus there's towering palms, bromeliads, bulb flowers, and a cactus room full of prickly oddities. The conservatory's lower level invites you to dream of warmer days with A Gardener’s Place, where garden enthusiasts can stock up for spring with supplies and seeds.

Find Your Own Slice of Heaven in an Asheville Cabin
Through February 28th, Carolina Mornings has an unbeatable deal that will delight your Valentine: book a stay at any Carolina Mornings property and you'll get a third night completely free. Surprise your loved one this Valentine's Day with a private hot tub and a romantic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the premiere provider of luxury cabins in Asheville, NC, Carolina Mornings has dozens of mountain vacation rentals in a variety of locations, all convenient to the Biltmore Estate. Discount vacation packages are available for guests: Check out our sweet specials and tickets!

~ This February, Stay Two Nights and Get Your Third Night Free ~

Call Carolina Mornings Today to Reserve Your North Carolina Cabin Rental!

January 27, 2013

Ski the Wolf this Winter in Asheville, NC

NEWS FLASH: Wolf Ridge Ski Resort Is Under New Management!
Carolina Mornings is excited to see what the future holds for the enjoyment of our guests as we move forward with this prosperous partnership!

Cold weather has hit the Blue Ridge Mountains and skiing conditions are perfect right now near Asheville, NC. Experience fresh-blown snow with blue skies above at Scenic Wolf Resort, a mountaintop luxury log cabin community with ski-in and ski-out access and upper lodge dining. Ski the Wolf just 30 miles north of scenic Asheville, NC!

Pristine Slopes at Wolf Ridge
Stay at Scenic Wolf Resort and you'll enjoy 22 ski runs for all levels, five ski lifts, and a Terrain Park. And the kids love tubing! Cabin rentals from Carolina Mornings come with a complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, providing guests with one free ski lift ticket per day of their stay. Wolf Ridge also offers daily specials, such as Military Discounts and Women's Wednesday. The snow is blowing on the mountain, come hit the slopes!

The Asheville Cabins at Scenic Wolf Resort
Scenic Wolf Resort offers over forty luxurious log cabins lining the 4,300-foot elevation mountain ridge. All of the cabins are managed by Carolina Mornings, a highly-reputable vacation rental company based in nearby Asheville, NC. Guests enjoy awesome private amenities in the comfort of their cabin such as long-range views, hot tubs, gas fireplaces, cable TV, pool tables, and fully-equipped kitchens. Plus, the Mountaintop Grill at the Upper Lodge is open seven days each week for lunch and dinner, serving fresh, delicious meals to warm your bones!

Asheville is a Vacation Destination
The cabins at Scenic Wolf Resort are an easy interstate drive away from Asheville. This scenic mountain town is home to the world-famous Biltmore Estate - and Carolina Mornings sells discount estate tickets for the winter months! Asheville also has dozens of renowned independent restaurants and is known as Beer City USA for its lively population of microbreweries! Plenty of entertainment options are available, including theater, jazz and wine bars, and live music at the local venues. After a day navigating the slopes, Asheville welcomes you!

Make Your Reservations Today
The Vacation Planners at Carolina Mornings are ready to help you plan the winter vacation of a lifetime!

Stay & Save at ANY Carolina Mornings property thru February 28th:

$50 Off when you reserve 2 Nights!
$75 Off when you reserve 3 Nights!

Get 1 FREE Ski Lift Pass to Wolf Ridge Ski Area each night of your stay.

Reserve your Asheville cabin rental today - weekend spots are super popular, so don't delay!

January 26, 2013

A Modern Mountain Paradise

Escape to Whispering Wind, a gorgeous, eco-friendly log cabin home tucked away on two secluded acres surrounded by the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. This modern mountain paradise showcases beautifully appointed features with a spacious floor plan perfect for a large family or friends gathering. And don't forget your best furry friend as dogs are welcome here to play around in the large, grassy yard!

Looking to live it up a little while on vacation? If so, then entertaining is a breeze when you stay at Whispering Wind. Endless mountain views await you and your guests on the massive wrap-around deck where there's lots of room to kick back and relax. Plus, fire up the charcoal grill and cook a delicious meal everyone will enjoy out here. And if outdoor cooking is not your style, the modern fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need.

Bring the party back inside where more entertaining continues with plenty of room on the comfortable sectional sofa and cozy fireplace. A fun-filled recreational area on the main level offers some friendly competition with game tables. And you'll enjoy catching the big game on the extra-large flat screen TV with satellite service and DVD player.

Wind down the day at Whispering Wind by building a roaring bonfire on the outdoor fire pit - a perfect way to end the evening with family and friends. When you're ready to call it a day, slip into the Jacuzzi tub in the master bath and get ready for an awesome night's slumber. With three private bedrooms, this Asheville vacation rental offers plenty of space for friends and family to get their much needed beauty sleep after a full day of nonstop fun.

Make sure to plan a trip into Asheville to enjoy some live entertainment, great shopping and dining too! Located in Canton, Whispering Wind is only a short 25-minute drive to downtown Asheville.

Call Carolina Mornings today to reserve your escape to this modern mountain vacation paradise we call Whispering Wind!

January 20, 2013

Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Mountains: A Family Friendly Event in Asheville, NC

Banish the mid-winter blahs with Mardi Gras super sparkle and flair! On February 10, 2013, a lavish parade of costumed krewes will wind through the streets of downtown Asheville, NC to celebrate Mardi Gras, mountain-style. This family friendly event will feature entertainers, roller skaters, dancers, floats, and, of course, beads!

French Broads and Odd Fellows
This year's parade, themed "French Broads and Odd Fellows," will be lead by King Matt Intrnet Evanoff and Queen Sheila Ann Thibodeaux. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10th, Asheville Mardi Gras revives the ancient tradition celebrating before entering a time of atonement. The streets of downtown Asheville will be closed for this PG-rated parade. No nudity or public drunkenness are permitted, but political satire, oddball-ness, and populist art is encouraged.

Pre- and Post-Parade Parties
If you're downtown on the Saturday night before Mardi Gras Sunday, keep an eye out for the mobile decorating party. As if you'll be able to miss them! Bands, dancers, and circus performers will be out and about raising a little pre-parade ruckus. On Sunday night after the parade, The Queen’s Ball will rock Pack's Tavern, centrally located in Asheville's Pack Square. Snake Oil Medicine Show will perform their unique brand of live bluegrass-funk, perfect for shaking your frozen bones!

Join in the Revelry
If you feel so inclined to participate in the parade, form a krewe, pick a captain, and show off your stuff! Everyone is invited to get creative - groups such a church gatherings and community organizations are encouraged. Your krewe can put their imagination into overdrive with an art car or a homemade float. Imagine throwing out beads as you pass by the roaring crowds! Register to participate by visiting ashevillemardigras.org.

Support Asheville Arts
The Asheville Mardi Gras parade is presented by the Mystic Mountain Krewe, a non-profit, all-volunteer arts and culture organization that strives to promote community creativity. You can offer your support to the Mystic Mountain Krewe by becoming a member, which has numerous benefits, including free admission to the Cajun Cook-off and the Queen’s Ball, a invitation to the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Member Picnic, and a handcrafted souvenir Mardi Gras pin. Three zany levels of membership are available - the top is a Golden Coconut!

Experience the Luxury of the Mountains
Keep the party rollin' at a Carolina Mornings cabin rental - dozens of pet-friendly Asheville cabins are available in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains! Spend a few days soaking in the extended views of winter, hit the slopes at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort (with a complimentary ski lift pass for every day of your stay), and enjoy the unique vibes of Asheville.

Contact a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to plan your winter getaway!

January 17, 2013

The Southeast Skier's Resource


For all of you skiers and snowboarders out there - SkiSoutheast.com is your valuable online resource for the latest ski conditions, snow reports, news and activities on the slopes! Live webcams and current videos keep you up-to-date on what's going on in many of the southeast ski areas. Check them out today!

With 6-10" of beautiful snow headed for Western North Carolina today through Saturday, it's not a guess that this MLK weekend will be perfect for hitting the slopes! And with our slope side Scenic Wolf cabins still available, you won't want to go anywhere else than Wolf Ridge Ski Resort.

After an exhilarating day out in the snow, you and your friends and family will warm up quickly in front of the cabin's stone fireplace with a nice mug of cocoa or cider made from the fully-equipped kitchen. Then before calling it a day, soothe yourself even more in the bubbly hot tub on the deck while taking in the majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These spacious yet cozy cabins are just what you need to relax and rejuvenate yourself for another fun-filled day gliding down the ridges.

Check out some of our slope side cabins and reserve your weekend ski getaway today! Now thru the end of January, get $100 Off PER NIGHT! Plus ~ Enjoy a FREE Ski Lift Pass for Wolf Ridge Ski Resort for each night of your stay! Give us a call today or click here for more information!

January 13, 2013

Sweet Opportunities in Romantic Asheville this Valentine's Day

Romantic notions are natural to beautiful, peaceful places like Asheville, NC, an ideal destination for a Valentine's Day getaway. It's no wonder that Asheville has been featured as one of the Most Romantic Places in USA/Canada in the About.com Romantic Readers' Choice Awards; unique entertainment, dining, and shopping experiences are plentiful, and outdoor enthusiasts revel in the plethora of nearby activities. Here's a few terrific reasons to make Asheville your romantic destination this February.

Mountain Vistas
Sweep your loved one off their feet: nothing sets the mood like a long range view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset. Show your special someone how much they mean to you by booking a luxury log cabin at Scenic Wolf Resort. Talk about a view! At 4,300 feet, the 40+ log cabins on top of the mountain offer private hot tubs and stone hearths, plus, if February weather turns cold, there's 72-acres of ski runs right outside your door!

You're in for a treat: Asheville is home to a handful of local chocolatiers who are making the delightful yummies your tummy desires. Chocolate Gems is turning homemade gelato into Asheville's obsession, serving new creative flavors everyday. The Chocolate Fetish serves amazing truffles, and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge will keep you coming back - the liquid truffle is positively addictive. Ask a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner about our Chocolate Gems gift certificates!

Spa Treatment
Loosen up this Valentine's Day with a couple's massage at Relax and Rejuvinate. You'll both enjoy a luxurious Touch of Love Massage with aromatherapy and chocolate-covered strawberries. On request, the on-staff concierge at Carolina Mornings will make the appointment for you, all you have to do is show up and start relaxing!

Something about the sound of falling water... Explore the thousands of forested acres surrounding Asheville with a tour of local waterfalls! No matter which way you head out, there's a gorgeous scene waiting for your discovery, and most are easy to access even in winter. Check out these cascading wonders: Sliding Rock (Pisgah National Forest), Hooker, Triple and High Falls (DuPont State Forest), Looking Glass Falls (near Brevard), Rainbow Falls (Nantahala National Forest), Linville Falls (just up the Blue Ridge Parkway), Hickory Nut Falls (Chimney Rock Park), and Bridal Veil Falls (Highlands).

Independent Restaurants
One of Asheville's greatest attractions is the seemingly endless supply of amazing restaurants! Asheville has a thriving independent restaurant scene with many establishments focusing on local farm-fresh ingredients, and specialized twists on traditional dishes. Carolina Mornings proudly supports Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), which just announced that Asheville has been recognized as a Green Dining Destination!

Local Music and Theater
After your most romantic day spent wining and dining, catch some entertainment! Asheville's annual Bluegrass First Class will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort beginning on February 15th. And don't miss Dolly Parton on the Flat Rock Theater stage this Valentine's Day! The North Carolina Stage Company will be putting on a Broadway expose called "The Understudy," and Asheville Community Theater will be feeling frisky by performing "Bark!" Also check out the schedules at Diana Wortham Theater and the Cellular One Center, and peruse the local music guide in the Mountain Xpress. Asheville abounds with opportunities to dance the night away!

Asheville Cabins
Carolina Mornings is the premiere provider of luxury cabins in Asheville, NC, specializing in affordable vacation packages. Check out our sweet specials and discount tickets! Stay at one of our North Carolina cabin rentals at Scenic Wolf Resort, or retreat to a luxury cabin like Pie in the Sky; there's a wood stove full of complimentary firewood and a bubbly hot tub on the deck (shown at left). Now that sounds delightful!

Call one of our expert Vacation Planners today to book your Valentine's Day getaway with Carolina Mornings: Experience the Luxury of the Mountains!

January 5, 2013

Skiing Near Asheville at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Ski Season 2013 is off to a promising start with freezing nights and sunny days! Scenic Wolf Resort puts you at the top of the mountain in luxury log cabins with ski-in and ski-out access and upper lodge dining, all within 30 miles of beautiful Asheville, NC. Experience winter from the slopes - Ski Wolf Ridge!

Hit the Slopes at Wolf Ridge
They're blowing snow up at Wolf Ridge and the daily Ski Report reads that there's a 44-inch base depth ready for your adventure! Stay at Scenic Wolf Resort and you'll enjoy 22 ski runs for all levels, five ski lifts, and a Terrain Park. Plus there's tubing for the kids! Each cabin rental from Carolina Mornings comes with a complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, giving you one free ski lift ticket per day of your stay. Wolf Ridge offers additional daily specials, such as Military Discounts and Women's Wednesday.

Scenic Wolf Resort's Asheville Cabins
Over forty luxurious log cabins line the ridge at Scenic Wolf Resort, which is managed by Carolina Mornings, a vacation rental company based in Asheville, NC. Each cabin, like Hibernation, pictured below, features incredible views, a private hot tub, gas fireplaces, cable TV, game tables, and a fully-equipped kitchen, plus convenient access to the ski lifts. The cabins at Scenic Wolf Resort are just north of Asheville, where you'll find a ton of independent restaurants, breweries, and entertainment options - skiing near Asheville gives you the best of both worlds!

Mountaintop Grill at the Upper Lodge
Doesn't a hot bowl of chili and a Juicy Lucy burger sound delicious? After a day of snowboarding or skiing, dine just steps from your cabin door at the Mountaintop Grill. Nothing completes a winter vacation like fried mushrooms and pulled pork enjoyed with friends and family while taking in a million-dollar mountain view. The grill, which is located in the Upper Lodge adjacent to the Scenic Wolf Resort cabins, is open seven days each week for lunch and dinner.

Make Your Reservations Today
The Vacation Planners at Carolina Mornings are ready to help you plan the winter vacation of a lifetime!

Stay & Save at ANY Carolina Mornings property thru February 28th:

$50 Off when you reserve 2 Nights!
$75 Off when you reserve 3 Nights!

Get 1 FREE Ski Lift Pass to Wolf Ridge Ski Area each night of your stay.

Call today to reserve an Asheville cabin rental - weekend spots are going fast, so don't delay!

December 30, 2012

Wet Your Whistle at Asheville, NC's Winter Warmer Beer Festival

Shake off the cold weather blues with the 6th Annual Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival. With over 30 microbreweries participating, a dozen of them Western North Carolina locals, your cup (a keeper souvenir) will overflow with plentiful libation. The event, which includes unlimited beer samples and catered snacks from 3 until 7 p.m., takes place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Asheville's US Cellular Center.

Winter Warmer Local Line-up
Beer City USA does not disappoint when it comes to frothy flavor. All of your local favorites will be serving at the Winter Warmer festival, including Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Highland Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Thirsty Monk, and Oysterhouse Brewing. A few Asheville newcomers will also be in attendance, including Altamont Brewing and Wicked Weed Brewing, which just this past week celebrated their grand opening downtown.
Visiting from surrounding WNC towns are Southern Appalachian Brewing, Tipping Point Brewing, Frog Level, Oskar Blues, and Catawba Valley Brewing. Plus, Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters (MALT) Homebrew Club will be on hand to answer all of your home brewing questions. Asheville is also eagerly anticipating the opening of two new big time breweries in 2014, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, both of which will be in attendance at the festival to give you a sample of what's to come.

The More the Merrier
Winter Warmer Beer Festival 2013's special guest breweries are Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, Florida, and Founders Brewing Company from Grand Rapids, Michigan, the town with which Asheville shares the Beer City USA title. Additional out-of-towners that fare from in-state include Olde Hickory Brewery, Foothills Brewing, Triangle Brewing Company, Duck Rabbit Brewery, Lonerider Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, Aviator Brewing, and Natty Greene's. Microbrews visiting from Georgia are Terrapin Brewery and SweetWater Brewing Company, serving from South Carolina roots will be Thomas Creek Brewery, Holy City Brewing, and RJ Rockers, and over the hills from Tennessee comes Yazoo Brewing. Finally, 7venth Sun Brewing hails from Florida.

Beer Enthusiasm Will Ensue
This year's Winter Warmer Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event is moving up a floor from past events to occupy the arena level of the former Asheville Civic Center. In addition to room for more vendors, there will also be more tickets available and increased space for mingling and drinking! This year's partner non-profit is the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA), an organization that supports the local environmental grassroots movement. Get your tickets soon - past years have all sold out quickly.

A Sweet Spot to Rest and Relax
Once you've decided which beers are your favorites, you'll want to grab a couple growlers and head to your North Carolina cabin rental. Carolina Mornings offers dozens of luxury cabins in Asheville, NC, many of them pet-friendly and offering panoramic mountain views. Warn up by the fire at a secluded wooded retreat like El Oso, shown here. As an added bonus, Carolina Mornings' guests receive a complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, giving you free access to snow skiing, LaZoom city bus tours, and much more.

Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to book your winter getaway!

December 23, 2012

Stretch Your Legs with A Handful of Winter Hikes Near Asheville, NC

Have the holidays got you feeling antsy? Bundle up and wear your wool socks for a jaunt through the snowy woods. Winter hikes have numerous advantages over summer hikes: the views are wide open, the trails are quiet and uncrowded, and most days the sun is shining. Here's a few trails that will lead you right to winter wonderland.

Waterfalls become works of art in the winter season. Parts of the falls freeze as though they are still flowing and icicles stretch to the water's surface. Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls are both near Brevard, NC, about an hour south of Asheville.

Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest
Easy accessibility makes Looking Glass Falls a good outing for the whole family. The 60-foot tall waterfall can be seen from the parking area or explored in depth with a walk down the stairs to the river. Looking Glass Falls is a six miles drive north from Brevard on US 276 (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway).

Moore Cove Falls in Pisgah National Forest
A 1.5 mile roundtrip hike makes for a beautiful wintery walk to Moore Cove Falls. This 50-foot waterfall is known for making fabulous frozen sculptures during cold spells. Just one mile north of Looking Glass Falls on US 276, Moore Cove Falls isn't marked by any road signs, but can be found by keeping an eye out for a small parking area just before a stone bridge. A wooden pedestrian bridge takes you to the trail; follow the yellow blazes to the waterfall.

If you're a Carolina Mornings guest who's staying at Scenic Wolf Resort, both Sams Gap and Roan Mountain are nearby Appalachian Trail hikes that will reward you with spectacular views.

Sams Gap, near Mars Hill, NC
A moderate two-mile hike south on the Appalachian Trail from Sam's Gap to High Rock offers a great mountain view. For a little more leg stretching and a 360 degree view, head north 6.5 miles on the AT to Big Bald Mountain at a 5,516-foot elevation.

Directions: From Asheville, head west on I-26 to Exit 3 and take a left on Highway 23A. If you're staying at Scenic Wolf Resort, go back to Highway 23A and drive north. Three miles north of the I-26 exit, and just before an I-26 overpass, there's a parking area on the left side of the road. To hike south to High Rock, walk under the overpass to the trailhead on the left side of the road; signs mark the trail. To hike north to Big Bald Mountain, cross the road from the parking area and you'll see a gate at the AT trail entrance.

Carver's Gap at Roan Mountain
Roan Mountain is frequently blanketed by snow in the winter, even when the cityscape is clear. An easy climb up the Appalachian Trail from the Carver's Gap parking area (open year-round) to Round Bald reveals gorgeous long range views of white, snow-capped mountains. Venture a little further to pass over Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge. It's a bit of a drive to reach Roan Mountain (about an hour and a half north of Asheville), but well worth the journey.

Directions: Take I-26 West toward Tennessee, exit for Highway 173/107 and stay on 173 to TN 37S/US 19E. Turn right on Tennessee State Road 143, following the signs for Roan Mountain State Park and proceed up the mountain to the Carver's Gap parking area. Cross the road to the AT and you're on your way.

Carolina Mornings, the Asheville area's premiere provider of luxury mountain cabins, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers. We invite you to experience a winter getaway in a North Carolina cabin rental.

Ski season is here and they're blowing snow up at Scenic Wolf Resort - get a free lift pass for every day of your stay with our complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass. Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to book your Asheville cabin!

December 22, 2012

An Authentic Countryside Setting

For a vacation experience unlike any other, the luxurious accommodations of The Barn House at Horseshoe Farm will delight everyone in your party! Occupying the upper level of a high-end equestrian facility, the Barn House stretches from a great room at one end, past four spacious bedrooms, to a grand master suite with a private kitchenette at the other end. Take in gorgeous views of the horse farm, pond, and Blue Ridge Mountains beyond from the great room balcony. In the evening, cozy up by the massive stone fireplace before retiring to one of six king size beds.

Conveniently situated only seven miles from downtown Hendersonville, Horseshoe Farm provides guests with an easy drive to fine dining, art galleries, shopping, and entertainment. Nearby Lake Lure and Chimney Rock offer the opportunity to discover nature and relaxation in gorgeous Hickory Nut Gorge. Plus, Horseshoe Farm is pet-friendly! This Asheville vacation rental is located in Hendersonville and is approximately 30 minutes driving distance to downtown Asheville.

If your group requires more space, there are four additional properties available at Horseshoe Farm: Apple Cottage, Cowboy Cottage, Grannie's Cottage, and The Carolina. Expand your invitation list and rent two or more properties together.

Horseshoe Farm is the perfect location for events and large groups. Event facilities are available for rent on the premises, including a game room, dining center, and dance floor. Please call Carolina Mornings for more details.