June 30, 2011

5 Fantastic Locations to Watch Fireworks this 4th of July

As you explore the great outdoors, comfortably lounge around your vacation rental cabin, grill with friends and family, and party the night away this Independence weekend, here at Carolina Mornings, we want to make sure you don’t forget everyone’s favorite part of the night… FIREWORKS! All over the region, from Downtown Asheville to the heart of charming Black Mountain, you’ll find luminously banging displays that will make this 3 day weekend vacation one to remember. Check out our 5 recommended locations:

1. Downtown Asheville: Held at Memorial Stadium on July 3rd, have fun with family-friendly activities and events all day. Fireworks at 9:30 pm

2. Brevard: From day-long musical entertainment to automobile shows, you’ll find plenty to do before the fireworks start at 9:30 pm on July 4th.

3. Black Mountain: On July 4th, find street dancing, food and fun downtown! Fireworks start after dark.

4. Hendersonville: After ice cream socials, family entertainment, a kids parade and much more, enjoy fireworks on July 4th at Lake Julian after dark.

5. Cherokee: In beautiful Cherokee, enjoy fireworks that start after dark on July 4th.

June 24, 2011

A Family Adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is perfect for a day of fun activities during your family vacation in Asheville, NC. Come to the Blue Ridge Parkway Family Outdoor Adventure Day, and be ready to enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest! This safe and exciting family event is designed for children and their families to appreciate their environment and the outdoors, while learning about the Blue Ridge Parkway.

You’ll find plenty of games, activities, hands-on displays, and demonstrations from rangers and local outdoor partners. From 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow, June 25th, all activities will be located at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (MP 384) and Julian Price Park (MP 296), close to many of Carolina Mornings vacation rental cabins. You won’t resist stopping by!

Summer is in the air…. with Bele Chere!

Bele Chere, Asheville’s one-of-a-kind summer music festival, is almost a month away! From July 29th to the 31st, enjoy great music, food, beer and arts & crafts in a celebration of summer and the artsy wonderfulness of downtown Asheville. Over 300,000 people attend this premier summer affair every year, and we hope you’ll be one of them! Be sure to buy your tickets fast and reserve vacation rental accommodations early - with Carolina Mornings, you can choose from a number of extra-comfortable and spacious lodgings. Whether you stay in the heart of downtown or up in a secluded mountain cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll be sure to have a great festival experience to remember for many years to come. Call us today to make your reservation!

June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice Celebration

Happy Summer Solstice! If you can’t be in Stonehenge to watch the sunrise, what better way to celebrate than a vacation getaway in Asheville, NC? If you love brilliant daytime sunshine, starry nights, and the occasional warm summer rain to cool you off, leave the hot and stressful city craziness behind and come on up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll love waking up early to watch the sunrise from your cabin rental porch. If you’d rather sleep in, however, the sunsets over the mountains are just as spectacular in the evening. You’ll love this beautiful and relaxing place, a great opportunity to spend with friends and family. Make your reservation today!

June 20, 2011

Film Spotlight: Midnight in Paris

Our beloved Asheville, NC, also known as ‘the Paris of the South’ to those who visit, is the best setting to watch Woody Allen’s newest movie, Midnight in Paris, at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville.

See Owen Wilson star as a young man disillusioned with his current life and love, finding magic and mystery in the midnight happenings of a secret Paris still alive with the parties and vivacious energy of famous American novelists and artists.

Catch a show at 1, 4 and 7 pm daily, or 9:15 on Friday and Saturday this week. It’s the perfect beginning to a night on the town in the South’s most beautiful vacation getaway location.

June 17, 2011

Downtown after Five

Downtown after Five is a once-a-month summer event you can’t miss (a true tourist and local favorite). The 2nd show of the season starts today! Stop by Lexington Ave. after 5 for a FREE outdoor concert, where The Blue Dogs and The New Familiars will play their hearts out. You’ll find local food vendors of all flavors and styles for a tasty evening meal, and plenty of local beer to sample. Proceeds from each beer sale go towards local non-profits, so drink freely and be ready to have a good time. After the show, explore downtown and all the attractions Asheville has to offer. It’s the perfect start to a great weekend getaway in beautiful Western NC!

June 15, 2011

Summer Vacations for the Whole Family

Because Asheville is the #1 beer capital in the world, it might be tempting to leave the kids at home this summer vacation... but never fear. Asheville’s ‘happening’ downtown and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain areas are plenty of fun for everyone. Plan your next family retreat in North Carolina today and try one of these 5 great activities guaranteed to entertain:

1. Horseback riding at Sandy Bottoms: Irresistible to any child and available for all ages and skill levels.

2. Western North Carolina Nature Center: Nothing better than quality time with Southern Appalachian flora and fauna.

3. Ghost Hunters of Asheville: Tours for your bravest children only (Get a free adult ticket with our Mountain Discovery Pass!)

4. Linville Caverns: Explore North Carolina’s mountains from the inside, like you've never seen them before.

5. Lake Lure Swimming: Lounge at the beach, rush down a waterslide, and swim in the lake. Plenty of family fun!

June 13, 2011

10 Reasons to Celebrate the Beginning of Summer in the Asheville Mountains!

  1. Waking up every morning to stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside your window.
  2. Delighting in the whimsical sounds of nature, where congested city noise is worlds away.
  3. Waterfalls always warm enough to swim in.
  4. The exhilaration of white water dancing around you as you raft down the French Broad River.
  5. The freedom to walk in the sunshine or relax in the grass as you enjoy the music of an outdoor festival.
  6. Cold, local brewed beer in America's #1 Beer City. Enough said.
  7. Trendy downtown entertainment only minutes away to suit all your interests, from baseball games and bar-hopping, to art gallery tours and film festivals.
  8. World-famous, presidential-quality, North Carolina Barbecue.
  9. True Southern comfort, as simple as watching a breath-taking sunset with friends and family as you recount the day's adventures.
  10. You'll love it so much we know you'll never want to leave. Call us today to start your summer in Asheville!

June 10, 2011

River Arts District Studio Strolling

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the River Arts District Studio Stroll! Local artists are opening their studios June 11th-12th, from 10 am to 6 pm, letting you see and buy the results of their creative imagination. With demonstrations from artists, hands on activities, great restaurants and breweries to explore, and much more, a trip to the River Arts District can be a whole day event. With its unique and artsy vibe, you won’t want to miss stopping by one of Asheville’s most interesting neighborhoods during your next vacation getaway, only minutes from downtown Asheville!

June 8, 2011

Property Spotlight: Flying Fish Hill

The owners of this beautiful vacation getaway home have a charming story about how the place got its name. As the family was relaxing on the front porch one afternoon, a hummingbird came up to them and hovered right in front of their faces for a moment that seemed to last forever. After it flew away, the husband and father of the family was so excited, his words got mixed up and he exclaimed, “Did you see the flying fish?” Their intimate and hilarious family moment gave this beautiful place its quirky yet appropriate name.

When you stay in this huge hilltop home, wake up to a different sunrise every morning. Later in the day, watch the sun come down and change the colors of the mountain – the rest of the world just melts away. Call us today to reserve a vacation rental experience at Flying Fish Hill you’ll never forget!

June 7, 2011

Downtown Theater Entertainment

If you’re looking for some family-friendly evening entertainment in the heart of downtown Asheville during your vacation getaway, why not attend one of NC Stage Company’s quality stage productions? From June 1st to June 19th, get your tickets to see The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, a compelling story about a family in St. Louis, Missouri at the end of the Great Depression.

Come tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8th, for a NC Stage Special Event! Stop by the lobby before the beginning of the show to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Tennessee Williams' birth with a slice of birthday cake! (and dressed in costume, if you wish).

June 6, 2011

Father’s Day in Asheville

Attention to anyone with a father, stepfather, grandfather or godfather – Father’s Day is fast approaching! And what better way to celebrate this special day than a family vacation in Asheville? Spend time with dear Dad and all your loved ones in the most beautiful of settings, and with the space, comfort and other fantastic benefits of a vacation rental with Carolina Mornings.

Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains offer many kinds of attractions to treat your father like royalty. Whether your Dad prefers golfing or the opera, rafting or touring art galleries, fine dining or good old barbecue, there is always something exciting to do. Don’t forget to visit the Biltmore Estate, which has a ‘Bring your Father for Free’ special on Father’s Day. Combined with Carolina Mornings’ special packages, any excursion is affordable. Call us to set up a reservation today!

June 3, 2011

Start Planning a Moogfest Vacation!

Moogfest is back this October!! Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Tangerine Dreams, and many more headliners will make an appearance in honor of Bob Moog, inventor of the famous Moog Synthesizer. This 2nd annual weekend festival is the perfect opportunity to explore all of Asheville’s concert venues and witness the up and coming music scene. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, June 4th) at 12 am – be sure to buy one before they sell out!

With Carolina Mornings, turn a weekend festival filled with fantastic music into an Asheville vacation. Reserve a home with us today to have the best accommodations (before they are all booked!) Stay anywhere near all the action, or choose a place further away for better privacy and a chance to relax after a series of great shows.

June 2, 2011

Vacation Rentals for the College Life

Summertime… the season for graduations, orientation sessions, campus tours, or visits to college-attending relatives. For all school related trips this summer in the Western North Carolina area, why not stay in a vacation rental? One of our guests described her rental experience as “Cheaper, nicer and bigger than a hotel!!!” At Carolina Mornings, we provide a comfortable and convenient option for you and your family for all your academic times of need. Stay at any of our vacation homes near Warren Wilson, UNC Asheville and Brevard College, and be close to waterfalls, hiking trails, and plenty of other outdoor activities and attractions to enjoy in your time off. Call us to reserve a vacation rental today!

June 1, 2011

Cabin Spotlight: Mountain Sunshine

Introducing…. Mountain Sunshine! This beautiful mountain home is one of our newest listings and the perfect spot for your next mountain vacation. Elegant design, stunning décor and sophisticated layout in an upscale community are what make this cabin unique and comfortable. Near Chimney Rock and with easy access to Asheville, use it as a home base for any excursions and outdoor activities. Relax on the outside decks, spend peaceful time with family and friends, and enjoy all the entertainment and amenities this cabin has to offer. Call us today to reserve this amazing vacation house rental!