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.

December 16, 2012

The Five Most Romantic Ways to Celebrate New Year's in Asheville, North Carolina

Ring in the new year by planning a day that will delight your loved one! Here's a few ideas that will reignite the magic of love and set sparks flying:

1. Downtown Celebrations
Asheville comes alive on New Year's Eve! From The Orange Peel at one end of town to The Grey Eagle in the River Arts District, taking your loved one out on the town for the night promises to be a bundle of fun! Share a romantic dinner at one of Asheville's fabulous independent restaurants, many of which will be serving late night meals, then twirl your partner round with live music and champagne cheers!

2. Dance the Night Away
Celebrating in support of the pooches is a cause to applaud! The New Years Eve Masquerade Furball is a fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter for homeless animals. The gala ball, featuring an open bar and silent auction, takes place downtown on Broadway Street and runs well past midnight. Puppy love is sure to follow!

3. Log Cabin Love

What could possibly be more romantic than a night spent together by the fireplace in a cozy log cabin? How about adding a gourmet home-cooked meal prepared in one of the fully equipped kitchens at a Carolina Mornings cabin in Asheville, NC. Snuggle up and cherish the last night of 2012 together, count the stars, then slip into slumber in the peaceful silence of the mountain countryside. Greet 2013 with a tremendous Blue Ridge Mountain view at Scenic Wolf Resort ~ the Mountain Majesty cabin (pictured here) even has a luxurious Master Suite with a Jacuzzi tub!

4. Unwind with a Massage
Set a relaxing tone for the new year by sharing the pleasure of massage with your loved one. A Touch of Love Couple's Massage at Relax and Rejuvinate of Asheville is the perfect way to show your partner how much you care about their wellbeing. Add chocolate-covered strawberries to enhance the sensational experience. The on-staff concierge at Carolina Mornings will gladly make reservations for you to accompany your stay at a luxury mountain vacation cabin.

5. Get Away to Brevard for a Brouhaha
Spend the last day of the year hiking together through Brevard's beautiful DuPont State Forest, the now famous site of the Hunger Games film, then wash away your worries at the Grand Opening of the Oskar Blues microbrewery with their New Year's Eve Hootenany. Or, skip the waterfalls and ride the party trolley from Asheville to Brevard - it returns downtown after midnight. Live mountain music and special release beers will make this a night to remember!

The Carolina Mornings Team wishes you and yours a Happy New Year! Thanks to all of our guests and friends for making our 15th Anniversary Year a huge success!

Call a Carolina Mornings' Vacation Planner to book your North Carolina cabin rental ~ availability for New Year's is going fast, Call Today!

Where Tranquility Awaits You

Tucked snugly on a hill overlooking mountains, streams, and wildlife, you'll be completely refreshed after a getaway at this mountainside retreat we call Red Barn. Surrounded by mountains and forest, you'll enjoy the gurgling stream from your front porch rockers. This cabin is fresh and new and filled with everything to make you feel you're home-away-from-home.

Red Barn includes a comfortable living-dining area, bedroom with queen size bed, bath, and fully equipped kitchen. Being only minutes from downtown Asheville and within an hour of numerous Western NC mountain attractions and activities, you'll enjoy days full of fun and adventure then nights of tranquility back at the cabin.

"We couldn't have chosen a more peaceful and relaxing spot.
The Red Barn was perfect for us. Thank you for all the personal touches that make your guests feel right at home. We're huge porch fans and loved the peace and tranquility we found rocking our hearts out and watching the birds make a nest in the rafters - heaven! We'll be back!" - Previous guest from North Carolina

Located in Asheville, this convenient vacation rental is approximately 20 minutes from downtown and minutes from the Biltmore Estate. What a way to start the new year off with a peaceful and relaxing stay at Red Barn.

Call Carolina Mornings today and let our helpful Vacation Planners reserve a tranquil stay for you and your guests!

December 9, 2012

Top Ten Festive Things to Do in Asheville this December

Discover the best of Asheville, North Carolina, this holiday season with a little help from your friends at Carolina Mornings. Here's a few helpful hints that will help you and yours make the most of time spent in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

1. Shop Local 'Til You Drop
Whether it's antiques, art, technology, or fashion that jingles your bells, Asheville, North Carolina, is home to hundreds of independent stores eager to help you find the perfect gifts. Take a stroll through downtown, inside the Grove Arcade (which is beautifully decorated for the holidays!), down West Asheville's Haywood Street, or through the River Arts District to get your dose of the warm and cozy local spirit.

2. LaZoom Special Holiday Tour
The big purple LaZoom bus is a moving Asheville landmark, cruising through downtown with full loads of laughing participants. The LaZoom crew will certainly help you get your holiday jollies on! Carolina Mornings wants to give you a hand in getting on the bus: the Mountain Discovery Pass, which comes complimentary with any vacation rental, includes one free LaZoom ticket per day of stay.

3. Look at All the Pretty Lights!
This holiday season, millions of tiny lights will be twinkling all around Asheville! To delight your eyes with visions of Christmas, take a drive through Montford, a walk around Biltmore Village, or a visit to Lake Julian Park's Festival of Lights.

4. Support Local Theater
Nothing like a little theater action, and maybe some mistletoe, to get you in the mood. The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville is putting on The Nutcracker, Asheville Community Theater performs The Santaland Diaries, and the Montford Park Players presents the classic A Christmas Carol. Pick up a copy of the Mountain Xpress for showtimes and ticket info.

5. Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
Witness the splendor of a Victorian Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy a Candlelight Evening Tour where grandiose rooms come together with a cozy fire and passageways are lit by flickering candlelight. This is a family-friendly splendor not to be missed! Discount Biltmore Estate tickets and special deals such as the Romantic Biltmore Package are available through Carolina Mornings. Our on-staff concierge will even book your Candlelight Evening Tour reservations for you!

6. Buy Handmade Arts and Crafts
Say "I Love You" to that special someone with a handcrafted gift made by an Asheville artisan. You'll find plenty of arts and crafts to choose from at any one of the local holiday craft fairs taking place in Asheville this December. Check out the popular Holiday Bazaar at UNC-A, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Holiday Market, or the Grow Down Home Market, all taking place right up until Christmas.

7. Discover Your Home Away from Home
After you load up the family and make your way to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the holidays, you'll need a comfortable spot to call home. Carolina Mornings, the area's premiere provider of vacation rental cabins in Asheville, NC, welcomes you to your very own mountain retreat. Call one of our professional Vacation Planners today to book your getaway in one of our luxury Asheville cabins - check out the huge selection offered by Carolina Mornings!

8. Sit Back, Relax, and Take in the Mountain Skyline
You work hard all year: now is your time to take it easy! What could be more relaxing than soaking in the sunshine while you gaze out at the rolling skyline surrounding Asheville. Claim a rocking chair on the deck of one of the cabins at Scenic Wolf Resort. The view from 4,300 feet is truly tremendous! Carolina Mornings also offers dozens of mountain vacation rentals all around the Asheville area, as well as numerous convenient, in-town locations.

9. Spend Quality Time with Your Family
During the hectic hustle and bustle, we sometimes overlook the most important part of holiday time: making memories with the ones you love. A Carolina Mornings mountain cabin provides you with many conveniences that will make your vacation a breeze, including a fully equipped kitchen, private amenities, fireside hearths, and plenty of space under one roof for everyone to gather together. Even the family dog is welcome: Carolina Mornings offers dozens of pet-friendly vacation cabins!

10. Plan a Spring Ski Trip
Just past the holidays comes another exciting time of year: ski season! Book your cabin now at Scenic Wolf Resort to be sure you get a prime weekend or week-long spot - reservations are pouring in already. The Mountain Discovery Pass, complimentary with any Carolina Mornings' vacation rental, includes one free ski lift ticket per day of your stay. Hit the slopes on Scenic Wolf Resorts' 22 runs covering 72 acres. Call Carolina Mornings today to secure your spring ski plans!

December 8, 2012

Gather & Celebrate in Asheville's Great Escape

Overlooking the vast and gorgeous Appalachian Mountains, Great Escape, a retro-style mountain retreat with modern amenities, offers a unique escape from the daily grind. You and your guests will be awed by the beautiful décor and world-inspired accents in every room.

Start the celebration out on the large deck and porch area and take in incredible views of the mountainous skyline that Asheville is known for.

From indoor indulgence like WiFi and satellite TV to outdoor adventures like wildlife sighting and quick trips to artsy downtown Asheville, you and your family and friends will not run out of fun! Spend your nights in front of the large stone fireplace with great conversation and a delicious snack made with ease in the gourmet kitchen.

Convenient to both Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway, you and your guests can venture out to enjoy local winter-time activities like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and hiking or a day at the grand Biltmore Estate or shopping, dining and taking in an Asheville show. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that you'll be back to relax in minutes at Great Escape.

Gather with friends and celebrate this beautiful season at Great Escape. Call Carolina Mornings today to reserve your own escape to this magical mountain retreat!

December 3, 2012

Sweet Treats and Global Rhythms Take Center Stage at the Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival

Whether you're looking for indulgent holiday gifts or just looking to indulge, the Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival will satisfy your cravings on December 8th, 2012. Taking place at the US Cellular Center from noon until 7:00 p.m., the event features world music, dance, arts, and pounds upon pounds of chocolate made by over a dozen local chocolatiers.

Chocolate, Chocolate, and So Much More
The cost of admission to the Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival includes free chocolate samples, plus the opportunity to purchase sweet treats from local chocolatiers. The confectionary line-up includes all of your Asheville favorites, like the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Raw Shakti, and True Confections Bakery, and a few new industry names too, such as Raw Herbal Chocolates and Silver Moon Chocolates. And, there's plenty of additional ways to get your chocolate fix: World's Best Carrot Cake makes a delightful baked good, Nourish & Flourish will be serving up chocolate chai tea, and Choffy presents a tasty beverage that is brewed from roasted cacao beans.

Celebrate Diversity through Music and Dance

Performers, musicians, and dancers will bring a world of culture to the stage at the Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival. Featuring a bold range of sound and movement, including Tango, West African dance, bellydancing, Aztec dance, Reggae Afro-beat music, and Native Cherokee dance, the event has a worthy mission of bringing people together to celebrate diversity this holiday season. Kids will love Juan Holladay and the Secret B-Sides, and the whole family can get in the groove with Eternity Hip Hop Dance Troupe with Michael Hayes. Additional performances include Bollywood-style Indian dance by Gayatri, the Tried Stone Gospel Choir, and Middle Eastern Drumming by River Guerguerian. And, if you want the full experience, dance workshops will be offered throughout the day.

Shopping to Support Local Education
The international artisans market at the Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival will feature plenty of gift buying opportunities, including handmade goods from local artisans, baskets and basket weaving demonstrations by Gullah artisans, Buddhist gifts and books from Urban Dharma, paintings by a Haitian artist from Atlanta, and clothing and accessories from Cooperativa Mujeres Tejedoras, a Guatemalan women’s cooperative. There will also be a live fashion show featuring stylish threads from local designers and independent shops, including Honeypot, Royal Peasantry, The Costume Shoppe, and Vintage Moon. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Urban Arts Institute and Odyessy School to fund multicultural arts education for Asheville youth.

The Perfect Place to Stay in Asheville
Carolina Mornings, the area's premiere provider of mountain rental cabins in North Carolina, wants to help you plan the vacation of a lifetime. With dozens of luxury cabins in asheville NC to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect spot for you and yours to relax and enjoy the mountain air! (Pictured: a winter wonderland at Bear Wallow.) Many of our asheville cabins are pet-friendly, and locations range from offering in-town convenience to spectacular mountaintop views. Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to book your reservation!

November 25, 2012

Where Memories Are Made

Whether it's a private, romantic getaway you're looking for or a fun-filled holiday vacation with family and friends, Mountain Aerie is ready to accommodate! This beautifully crafted cabin, centrally located in the heart of Scenic Wolf Ski Resort, offers endless amenities and magnificent views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mountain Aerie allows you and your guest(s) everything you deserve and can expect from a luxury mountain cabin. Enjoy spending lots of quality time out on the wrap-around deck where relaxing rocking chairs and a bubbly hot tub await. The panoramic vistas alone will keep you captivated for hours.

"This was the best Christmas ever with my husband and my 3 wonderful girls. The cabin really made us feel like we were at home. Such a wonderful place to be. Even though it didn't snow when we were there the view was beautiful. We drove about an hour and 20 mins. to go to the snow but still well worth the trip. I will come back to this resort and get this same cabin. I loved everything about it. I wouldn't change anything about this cabin. When we needed something in the cabin and called the front desk. Someone was right there (in no time at all)." - Previous guest from Florida

Inside, the cabin invites you to unwind in its spacious, open floor plan where you can warm up in front of the massive stone fireplace while gazing out at gorgeous mountain scenery. Let loved ones plan vacation activities as you prepare a home-cooked dish with ease in the fully-equipped modern kitchen.

When some friendly competition is in order, head to the cabin's “Wolves Den Game Room" and challenge everyone to pool, darts, or one of the latest TV game systems. The game room is also perfect for stretching out and watching a great movie on the big screen while sipping a cocktail made at the wet bar.

Just steps away from Mountain Aerie, the ultimate ski resort adventures are calling. From skiing and snow tubing to zip-lining and hiking, Scenic Wolf has it all! And if you're looking for more Western North Carolina outdoor fun, the resort is only minutes away from nearby horseback riding, golfing, mountain biking and so much more!

Mountain Aerie is the cabin where memories are made. Carolina Mornings would like to help you make those unforgettable moments with your loved ones. Give us a call today and one of Vacation Planners will be happy to reserve this special cabin just for you!

November 18, 2012

An Asheville Holiday Event: Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn takes edible art out of the kitchen and to the extreme! Entries to the 20th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition bring plenty of holiday cheer in these sugar-and-spice (and everything nice!) creations. The gingerbread houses will be on display from November 20, 2012 through January 2, 2013, with public viewing open Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The winning entries will travel to New York City for an appearance on Good Morning America; this is your chance to see the imaginative architectural wonders in person.

Triumphs from Christmas Past
Last year's winner was an Old-Lady-Who-Lived-in-a-Shoe-style Victorian boot with three levels of indoor scenes and a weathervane on top. In 2010, the Grand Prize went to a cast of Christmas characters including Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty. An ornate bird cage, a castle, and a carousel have also taken the Grand Prize spot in years past. What do they all have in common? Except for the base, all entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials.

A Jolly Sleigh-full of Prizes
Contestants from all over the country will bring their culinary gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a professional panel of experts at The Grove Park Inn this holiday season. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the artistry of the entries, and by how many there are! Categories include Adult, Teen, Youth, Child, and new award of $1,000 will go to the competitor who traveled the farthest distance. Chosen from over 200 entries, the Grand Prize Winner will receive over $7,500 dollars in cash and prizes. All total, The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes!

The Legendary Grove Park Inn Is an Asheville Landmark
Grove Park Inn has been hosting the The National Gingerbread House Competition for twenty years, and has stood as one of Asheville's treasured historical monuments for a century. The 2013 milestone 100-year anniversary of the resort's opening kicks off this holiday season, evident in the gorgeous decorations that adorn the grand lobby and giant fireplaces. A visit to the Grove Park Inn is a fine way to spend an afternoon during your holiday getaway in Asheville, North Carolina.

A Place to Call Home for the Holidays
This holiday season, Carolina Mornings wants to give you the gift of a home-away-from-home for spending time with your loved ones. The area's premiere provider of luxury mountain cabins, Carolina Mornings offers a delightful array of services that are designed to make your vacation perfect, including personalized concierge service, Christmas tree delivery and decoration, and discount packages for area attractions. Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to reserve the mountain cabin of your dreams and make this a holiday that everyone will treasure!

November 11, 2012

Christmas Cheer at Biltmore Estate: Candlelight Memories and a Carolina Mornings Special

Christmastime at Biltmore Estate delights all the senses during the holiday season.

During the day, explore the expansive Biltmore Estate grounds, featuring gardens, specialty shops, the winery, and tremendous views, all accented by classic holiday decor.

In the evening, America's largest home lights up like a twinkling dream! Reserve your Candlelight Evening Tour, and see the Biltmore Estate come to life in a warm, romantic glow.

Feast your eyes on the 35-foot Christmas tree, glittering with festive ornaments and what looks like it must be a million lights.

Feel the warmth emanating from crackling fireplaces topped by magnificent mantles laden with evergreen and holly.

Hear the joy of holiday music as sounds of the grand organ fill the Banquet Hall.

Delight in the different vibrant color themes of each room, especially the bright reds and greens of the poinsettia-filled Conservatory.

Taste the spirit of Christmas with a fine vintage during a complimentary tour of Biltmore Estate's world-class winery.

Get your jolly on with good ol' Santa Claus, visiting on weekends at Antler Hill Village ~ Ho, ho, ho!


Enjoy a all the splendor of Christmastime at Biltmore Estate with Carolina Mornings' November Special!

Two adult Biltmore Estate tickets and two Candlelight Evening upgrades are yours for free with any NEW rental reservation made for a stay during November 2012 (excluding stays that include November 22 - 24). For more details on this extraordinary special, call a Carolina Mornings' Vacation Planner today!

Carolina Mornings is the Asheville area's premiere provider of luxury vacation homes. Offering pet-friendly cabins with private amenities in a wide variety of mountain settings ~ check out these top-notch rental properties!

November 10, 2012

The Cheerful Epitome of Cozy Comfort

Surrounded by towering oak trees,  Mimi’s Cottage is an intimate, eco-friendly guest cottage making for a perfect romantic retreat or small family getaway. This modern, life-size dollhouse is filled with quaint décor and cozy furnishings that has all the right personal and "green" touches in place. Outside, you will find yourself spending lots of quality time on the wrap-around porch enjoying peaceful nature and warming up around the outdoor fire pit. You and your loved-one(s) will not want to leave this thoughtful, humble abode.

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, Mimi's Cottage is an ideal vacation home-base being centrally located just minutes from the Biltmore Estate and exciting downtown Asheville. Plan a day visiting the Biltmore which is now celebrating its always spectacular holiday festivities and events like the Candlelight Christmas Evenings. And being that the cottage is centrally located, you and your guests will enjoy the selection of area outdoor adventures like skiing, zip-lining and hiking just to name a few!

"The location is perfect for the surrounding sightseeing in Asheville, Black Mountain, and the Biltmore. I certainly enjoyed the lovely bottle of wine that you left in the fridge. I look forward to returning soon. I very much needed a mental and physical break from my hectic life, and I found that and more while staying here!" ~ Guest from Cayce, SC

Carolina Mornings would like to reserve Mimi’s Cottage just for you to enjoy and take advantage of all the great attractions and activities that Asheville and Western North Carolina has to offer!
Now thru November 15th, book 3 nights and get your 4th night for ONLY $11! At only $154 per night, you will enjoy a great rate anytime.

Call our Vacation Specialists today to reserve your special Mimi's Cottage vacation!

October 28, 2012

Historic Biltmore Village Comes to Life During Annual Dickens Fest

It's almost that wonderful time of year again when Biltmore Village jubilantly recreates the community spirit of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," reminding us all of the importance of holiday giving and joy. From November 30 through December 2, 2012, this popular historic district of Asheville, North Carolina, gets all decked out with nostalgic charm and traditional Victorian festivities during the 24th Annual Dickens Fest. There are delights aplenty to enjoy when visiting the Asheville area during the holidays; here are a few reasons to leave the "Bah Humbugs!" behind and make the trek to Dickens Fest:

Live Entertainment for All Ages

Dickens Fest features over 300 performers, both on stage and roaming the Village in search of playful interaction. Entertainers include musicians, choral groups, strolling vocalists, and dancers. Main stage concerts draw an audience on Friday and Saturday evenings, when Asheville's own theater group, the Montford Park Players, will act out the classic drama between Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge. And the whole event is free!

Carriage Rides and Roasting Chestnuts

During Dickens Fest, Biltmore Village is transformed into a wonderland where the sound of laughing children, holiday bells, and the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriage rides fill the air. The merriment is amplified by the more than 250,000 white lights outlining the historic buildings. The smell of chestnuts roasting over an open fire mingles with the aromas of savory meals being prepared in Biltmore Village's award-winning restaurants, including The Corner Kitchen, Fig Bistro, Neo Cantina, Red Stag Grill, and Rezaz Restaurant and Enoteca. Experience the joy and share warm smiles and hot meals with your loved ones!

Holiday Shopping & Galley Browsing Opportunities

Shopkeepers at the Biltmore Village will be joining in on the Dickens Fest celebration by dressing in Victorian-era costume and keeping their shops open until 7 p.m. Enjoy the Fraser fir holiday door wreaths as you enter into one delightful shop after another. The Olde World Christmas Shoppe and Thomas Kinkade will prove especially appropriate, plus you'll find a little something for everyone at dozens of your favorite stores, including the Once Upon a Time toy store, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma, and Lilly Pulitzer.

The Biltmore Estate's Seasonal Extravaganza

The spectacular holiday decorations at Biltmore Estate are truly breathtaking. A 35-foot Christmas tree, twinkling lights, and miles of garland cover every possible opportunity for holiday splendor. Carolina Mornings offers our guests discount tickets for the Biltmore Estate, and personal concierge service for discounted Candlelight Evening tour reservations. If you're seeking a romantic holiday vacation, the Romantic Biltmore Package is the perfect way to make cherished memories for you and a loved one!

Wintertime Mountain Magic

Carolina Mornings, Asheville's premiere provider of luxury vacation rental cabins, invites you to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains this holiday season. With dozens of locations to choose from, Carolina Mornings is sure to have the ideal vacation home for your friends and family, such as the Biltmore Villa Hideway, located right next door to the Dickens Fest, or Forest Hill, pictured here. Cozy up by a roaring fire with a hot cup of apple cider and watch the snow drift by outside. Call a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner today to book the mountain vacation of a lifetime!

A Place to Howl About

Make an escape to Western North Carolina and stay in the popular Howlin' Wolf! This beautiful and spacious cabin is an ideal home base for lots of lounging and fun at the Scenic Wolf Ski Resort. After a day on the slopes, gather the family around the massive stone fireplace to warm up while a hearty home cooked meal is being prepared in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Perfectly located at the resort for unmatched panoramic sunsets seen from its multi-story wall of windows and three levels of wrap-around decks, Howlin' Wolf will have your eyes glued to the view! Relax in the deck's bubbling hot tub and take in more of the long-range vistas. There's not a spot inside or out here that won't have you captivated by the Blue Ridge Mountains beauty.

This amazing cabin also has a lower level game room with leather couches and a second fireplace where your friends and family will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax beside a cozy fire. The game room has a variety of games including a beautiful pool table and air hockey table. Hours of fun and laughter await you in this awesome entertainment space. There's plenty of room for the whole pack at Howlin' Wolf.

At an elevation of 4,300 feet, the views and endless fun at Scenic Wolf Resort will give you, family and friends the perfect mountain vacation! Give our Vacation Planners a call to reserve your getaway at Howlin' Wolf today!

October 22, 2012

November's Taste of Asheville Event Showcases Cuisine from Over 40 Local, Independent Restaurants

On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) will host its annual Taste of Asheville at The Venue downtown. The event is a celebration of the international cuisine that has made Asheville a foodie destination, known for culinary diversity and multi-talented chefs.

Two Hours of Tasting Heaven
Where can you sample the cuisine of France, India, Italy, Israel, Nepal, and Mexico all in one place? Where can you try top-notch barbeque alongside award-winning vegetarian fare? From 7 to 9 p.m., Taste of Asheville features small plate tastings of over 40 local, independent restaurants that each host a serving station.

Participants include delicious fare ranging from the Southern food of Tupelo Honey Café and Homegrown to the sweet treat creations from Ultimate Ice Cream and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Wine will be served, as well as beer samples from local microbrews such as Lexington Avenue Brewery and Jack of the Wood.

Eating for a Good Cause
Taste of Asheville is an awesome opportunity to eat your way to community support. This annual fundraising event donates a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to benefit outreach efforts, such as Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships. The scholarships are offered by AIR and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to support culinary students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Extend the Experience with a Passport
AIR’s 2013 Taste of Asheville Passport will be available for purchase at the event, and can also be purchased through the AIR website. For just $50, you can save over $1000! The Passport is a coupon booklet that offers significant savings at participating restaurants, which include all of the restaurants at the event. The AIR Passport also gives you the unique opportunity to experience the best restaurants in Asheville while supporting a worthy organization.

Enjoy a Luxury Cabin from Carolina Mornings
After you've eaten yourself into a food coma, you'll need a place to kick back, relax, and spend a few days enjoying the company of family and friends. A vacation rental cabin from Carolina Mornings is the ideal choice for lodging during an Asheville vacation. Unlike a hotel, a vacation home provides you with private amenities, spacious common areas for gathering together, and a fully equipped kitchen where you can put your newly acquired culinary inspirations to the test.

Give Carolina Mornings a call today to reserve your luxury mountain rental cabin. Simplify ~ Experience the Luxury of the Mountains!

October 18, 2012

A Private Blue Sky of Your Own

Resting mountainside amidst five acres of forest and mountain laurel, Blue Sky Vista is a unique secluded retreat with big sky views filled with panoramic vistas. You and your guests will enjoy starting each morning with coffee out on the expansive deck watching the sun's warm rays beam across the mountain mist. The evenings are just as amazing with the Western North Carolina night sky filled with stars highlighting the mountaintops.

Inside, Blue Sky Vista is like a work of art all its own. With Mexican tile, cedar walls and exposed beams, its spaciousness with casual furnishings will allow your family and friends to feel at-home in complete comfort.
While planning the vacation's activities, everyone will enjoy gazing out at the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains seen from the many windows.

Take the conversation outside on the deck where the incredible panoramic views await. You will love entertaining and grilling a delicious meal on this expansive deck while your guests relax and take in the scenery. After dinner, grab the camera and take a stroll on the walking trail that circles up the mountainside. There you will find a bench that allows for perfect high-perch viewing.

"My family met here for the second half of a reunion/vacation. We all agreed that Asheville (and Blue Sky Vista) was the highlight! We loved your house and its magical view. It will have a special place in our memories!" - Review from a past guest of Chicago IL

With easy access to Asheville and lots of area activities and attractions, you won't need to spend too much time on planning as you will be too busy exploring. Blue Sky Vista is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. A few scenic miles down the road is where you and the family can spend a couple of days visiting Bat Cave, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure

Carolina Mornings invites you and your guests to stay at the magical Blue Sky Vista with a great special. Reserve 3 nights and your 4th is only $11! Please call a Vacation Specialist to take advantage of this amazing savings today!