September 25, 2009

Take Fido On Vacation! Or Not!

Corgi in the leavesImage by Aine D via Flickr

If your dogs are like my dogs, they never give up an opportunity to jump into the car and go for a ride.
Take this a step further and take a pet friendly vacation.
Traveling with your pooch is fun, but it also takes more thought and consideration. Making sure Fido is a happy camper at your vacation rental cabin or hiking together in the mountain of Asheville can be extremely satisfying for both pet owner and pet.
However, if your 4 legged family member hates new spaces, freaks when left alone in a new environment, than traveling with your furry friend may not be the best choice.
What is totally amazing is how business' have catered to dog friendly families and providing services never heard of 5 years ago... Would love to hear about what made your pet friendly travels positive! Please share!

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September 23, 2009

Southern Highlands Craft Fair Is Around The Corner

folk art building brpImage by zen via Flickr

62nd Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - Sunday, October 18th, 2009

And, better than this is Carolina Mornings is giving away free tickets to this awesome event! Yes, the catch is you need to be a guest at one of our mountain vacation rentals. A small price to pay to get to see over 200 local artisans, craft demos and live music at this well known event!
Where else can you see original and local artists and art in one beautiful location! Very good energy abound. For more info on this event check out:

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September 2, 2009

Ok So Asheville Did Not Make The List, BUT......

FlipKey Announces the Best Vacation Spots to Take the Family This Fall

Ok, I am not surprised Asheville did not make the list of the most Family Friendly Vacation Spot. We do not have the bells and whistles geared for kids. We cannot swim with the dolphins or become one with the mice residents of Disney World, or go to an overpriced doll store where folks pay real money to get the doll's hair styled and buy outfits to match their doll's.

However we do have many kid and family friendly attractions that other towns do not, nor could they replicate, even if they wanted to.
Asheville boasts many cool attractions only to mention a few:
Gorgeous Smoky Mountain ranges to explore
Family white water rafting
The Biltmore Estate
Kid and dog friendly restaurants
Lake Lure boat cruises
Unto These Hills- the outdoor drama that
chronicles the history of the Cherokee Indians
AND, this year marks the 75 th Birthday of one of America's greatest achievements: The Blue Ridge Parkway! The
469-mile scenic byway connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

This is only a handful of amazing things to do in Asheville with or without kids. Being in the Hospitality business for the last 13 years, here in Asheville, there is definitely a void in families coming to town in tow with their kids. I am not sure why, but I am hoping others will start noticing the jewels we can share with our fellow youngins. Perhaps FlipKey will take a look at the not so flashy yet family friendly town of Asheville and consider it one of the top contenders for a kid friendly destination.