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!

October 14, 2012

History Comes Alive at the 66th Annual Asheville Antique Fair

Antiques aficionados will not want to miss the 66th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair from November 2nd through 4th in Asheville, NC. The event is held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at One Resort Drive, which is accessible from the Westgate Plaza exit off of I-240. Whether you're seeking a particular antique piece or browsing for the discovery of a lifetime, the Asheville Antiques Fair can get you looking in the right direction.

Exhibitors and experts
The participants at the Asheville Antiques Fair vary widely in their wares, from vintage sports equipment to Turkish rugs. And if you're seeking advise, with so many antique exhibitors and dealers in one place, you're sure to find the expertise you need on just about any related item. A few of the exhibitors are: Angel Wings, Chestnut Galleries, Florida Connection, McDonough Fine Art, Oriental Emporium, The Ridge Books, and Victoriana Estate.

Over 60 years of history
The Vetust Study Club organized the first Asheville Antiques Fair in 1946 in an effort to foster a better understanding and appreciation of antiques. Now the oldest antiques fair in the South, it has become a nationally-recognized fundraising occasion. The Vetust Study Club directs proceeds from the antiques fair toward area organizations and foundations, having contributed more than a half-million dollars to charitable projects benefitting the greater Asheville-Buncombe County community.

In support of historic preservation
Asheville’s unique historical and cultural landmarks owe a big thanks to the founders of the Asheville Antiques Fair, who annually select a worthy cause for restoration or renovation. Beneficiaries have included the Pack Place Education, Arts, & Science Center, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial house, and the Smith-McDowell House Museum, the oldest surviving house in Asheville and one of the earliest homes in the county. Funds from the 2012 Asheville Antiques Fair will aid with repairs for downtown's Grove Arcade, which is in need terra cotta restoration on the building's exterior.

Antiques galore in Asheville
There's dozens of antique shops in and around Asheville that are a browser's delight. The Biltmore Antique District boasts over 13 antique shops within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. Nearby Swannanoa River Road offers several enormous antiques warehouses that are chock full of goodies. When you're planning a trip to explore the Asheville antiques scene, you'll want a comfy place to relax after a full day of shopping.

Give Carolina Mornings a call to reserve your luxury vacation cabin in Asheville. We're the area's premiere provider of vacation rentals, offering a wide assortment of top-notch options, including pet-friendly homes, mountaintop retreats, and in-town condos. The Vacation Planners and on-staff concierge at Carolina Mornings are ready to help you plan the vacation of your dreams!

October 10, 2012

A New Standard for Luxury Mountain Living

With highly-appointed amenities inside and out, this beautiful mountain cabin sets a new standard for luxury living. For your next vacation, come to Appalachian House and let the pristine comforts and modern conveniences spoil you. Embraced by the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, your family and friends will find everything they need and more!

Appalachian House invites you and your loved-ones into its open and spacious floor plan where everyone has plenty of room for relaxing. Gather in the living area in front of the large stone hearth where friends and family can chat by the warm fire. This vacation has just begun and you realize there are more days ahead of these wonderful memories in the making.

While everyone is catching up and enjoying themselves, whip up something delicious in the fully-equipped kitchen which has all the bells and whistles.

Then take the party outside onto one of the wrap-around decks where the mountain views are simply captivating. Grab the camera as this gorgeous Western NC landscape makes the perfect background for your family photos!

Let the vacation celebrations continue at Appalachian House as you head downstairs to the game room. Make the gang a friendly challenge to a few games of pool or foosball while you have some fun tunes playing. When everyone is out of the competitive spirit, stretch out on the reclining leather couches in front of the second fireplace and wind-down while watching a great flick on the giant flat screen. This room will soon become a favorite hang-out.

Only a quick stroll away from Appalachian House is the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort where a variety of outdoor activities await. Spend the day here and enjoy the thrill of skiing the slopes or zip-lining above them. Some friends and family may prefer the more laid-back snow tubing or swimming in the heated, glass-enclosed pool. There is something for everyone here at the Resort!

Back at the cabin, end the day with an invigorating soak in your private hot tub before turning in for a restful slumber in the cabin's luxurious bedroom. This is mountain living as good as it gets! 

At Carolina Mornings, we know about vacation luxury and are ready to help you plan the much needed getaway you deserve. Call us today so that we may reserve Appalachian House just for you!

October 7, 2012

Asheville's HardLox Festival Offers More than Chopped Liver: Jewish Heritage, Music, and Food in Pack Square Park

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival comes to Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, NC on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Enjoy a day filled with Jewish fun, including Israeli dancing, heritage and craft exhibits, educational resources, a Kids Zone (bouncy castle!), and lively klezmer music. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Savor the amazing food, if only for a day

If you've ever visited a Jewish delicatessen and smelled the mouth-watering aroma that wraps around you when you open the door, you know what delights await you at the HardLox Festival. Asheville is bereft of a Jewish delicatessen, so this is your one chance each year to enjoy this centuries-old cuisine. Traditional Jewish foods include pastrami or corned beef on rye, hot Challah bread, steaming matzo ball soup, and lox and cream cheese on a freshly baked bagel. A visit to the potato booth will supply you with handfuls of knishes and latkes, the bakery booth will set you up with rugelach, mandelbrot, and black and white cookies, and there's even a booth dedicated to noodle kugel. Come hungry.

Experience Jewish cultural traditions

Wonder what your name looks like when written in Hebrew? Take home a Jewish keepsake that was made just for you. Originating in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah over 3,000 years ago, the Hebrew language is sacred to the Jewish people and is written in a beautiful, ancient script. The HardLox Festival also offers opportunities to learn about the Torah and Jewish holidays while enjoying klezmer music. Step on up and learn how to dance the Hora and the Yemenite step!

The HardLox festival's local roots

The HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, hosted by Congregation Beth HaTephila and co-sponsored by the City of Asheville, honors the Jewish community of Asheville and Western North Carolina. An estimated 5,000 Jewish people reside in the area and are represented by over fifteen participating organizations, including the Asheville Jewish Community Center, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA, One Jewish Asheville, and the WNC Jewish Federation. Gracious and friendly, the Jewish community welcomes you to experience their unique customs and join in a memorable taste of the old country.

Luxury accommodations in a gorgeous setting

Carolina Mornings, the area's premiere provider of vacation rental homes, invites Asheville visitors to spend some time in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. With vacation rental homes in dozens of convenient and scenic locations in and around Asheville, Carolina Mornings specializes in planning customized vacations, offering numerous guest services such as concierge service and a complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass. Call Carolina Mornings when you're planning your mountain getaway and experience the luxury of the mountains!

October 6, 2012

A Unique Mountaintop Retreat With Eighty-Mile Views

Offering some of the most expansive views available at Scenic Wolf Resort, The Haven gives its guests an incredible scenic advantage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will find yourself captured by the 80-mile views of the surrounding mountains seen from the floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple wrap-around decks. Your family and friends will discover the true meaning of rest-and-relaxation at The Haven.

The authentic A-frame style cabin has every detail in place with your pleasure and comfort in mind. Settle in and get a cozy fire going in the spacious living area while guests stretch out and plan vacation activities.

With the convenience of Wolf Ridge Ski Resort nearby, planning comes easy when you can spend an exhilarating day out on the ski slopes, snow tubing or zip-lining. Then walk over for some warmth inside the heated, glass-enclosed pool for a rejuvenating swim.

From hiking to horseback riding, gem mining to golfing, other outdoor activities await you just minutes away from the Resort.
If everyone is ready for more adventure then whitewater rafting down the French Broad River will be in order.

Heading back, the lighted pathways surrounded by gorgeous landscaping will lead you up to the cabin after an active day. You'll be ready for a soothing soak in your private deck's bubbling hot tub while taking in the panoramic mountain vistas. These magnificent views will welcome you back to The Haven every time.

Once everyone has had some time to get their second wind, put your game face on and strike up a challenging hand of poker in the downstairs game room. There is plenty of lounging room on the comfy couches in front of this second fireplace for those just wanting to kick-back.

Get your family and friends ready for one of the most relaxing and fun-filled vacations they could ask for. We don't call it The Haven for nothing. Give Carolina Mornings a call to reserve your scenic mountaintop retreat today!

October 5, 2012

Explore the Plentiful Outdoor Recreation Areas Near Asheville, NC

Asheville is an ideal hub from which to experience the mountains of North Carolina, offering easy access to numerous state parks, hiking trails, and scenic drives. Boasting the highest peaks on the Eastern Seaboard, the North Carolina mountains will delight you with tremendous views that seem to stretch forever. Pristine rivers flow through the valleys, perfect for fishing, rafting, and tubing, and nearly every mountainside has delightful waterfalls tumbling down a rocky slope.

A Stunning View of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Four seasons of beauty await you in Asheville. Fall brings the magic colors of the changing leaves; winter offers white mountaintops and snow-blanketed valleys, but also a cold that is short-lived and tolerable for hiking; spring blooms forth with an astounding display of wildflowers and bright green trees; and summer provides a welcomed escape from the heat with a quick drive up a mountain peak, or a dip in the chilly water of a river swimming hole.

Everyone can find a way to experience the mountains surrounding Asheville that is suitable for their fitness level, ranging from relaxing to challenging. A scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway makes for a day filled with breathtaking views and plenty of opportunities for nature photography. There are hikes that take it easy alongside winding rivers, like North Mills River in the Pisgah National Forest, as well as hikes that climb to rugged peaks like Mount Mitchell, presenting a chance to traverse challenging terrain, rock climb, and even hang glide. If your recipe for the best mountain day is fly fishing for rainbow trout in a peaceful stream, or enjoying a family picnic with an unbeatable view, Great Smoky Mountain National Park has dozens of ideal destinations.

Below are descriptions of just a few of the many amazing outdoor recreation areas in the Asheville, NC area.

Pisgah National Forest

The Granite Face of Looking Glass Rock

Established over a century ago and encompassing more than a half million acres, Pisgah National Forest spreads across Western North Carolina, divided into four districts with Asheville at its center. Heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville, you'll come across the gorgeous NC Arboretum, a restaurant and picnic area atop Mount Pisgah, the majestic Looking Glass Rock, scenic waterfalls at Graveyard Fields, and The Cradle of Forestry. Northwest of Asheville is The Appalachian Trail and adjoining trails that head out from Hot Springs, taking you along the gurgling river and up a mountainside to long-range views at Max Patch. Also north of Asheville is the expansive and rugged Linville Gorge, which offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. To figure out which direction you'll head in to explore Pisgah National Forest, visit the USDA Forest Service website, which breaks down the districts by which outdoor activity you're pursuing, including fishing, horseback riding, climbing, and water activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway

A Fall Day on the Parkway

A 469-mile paved road with astounding views, plentiful overlooks and picnic areas, and hundreds of trails, as well as no stoplights or stop signs, no commercial vehicles or billboards, and no construction, residential or commercial. Sound like a dream? The Blue Ridge Parkway is heavenly, climbing over mountains, through tunnels and clouds, and traversing wide valleys full of wildlife and winding rivers. And on its journey from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western North Carolina, it runs right through Asheville.

Whether you're driving south to Mount Pisgah or north to Craggy Gardens, stop off first at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, just eight miles east of downtown Asheville, offering a year-round interactive educational experience, along with maps, guides, and advice to help you plan your exploration. The Visitor Center is located at milepost 384, one mile south of the US 70 intersection (Tunnel Road), or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection. The Folk Art Center is two miles further north, housing a delightful collection of arts and crafts by local artisans, all available for purchase. Find out more about specific milepost activities along the Parkway on the Blue Ridge Heritage website.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Over a half million acres of land make up the most visited national park in the U.S.: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Accessible by four entrances all within an hour of Asheville, the national park has several distinct attributes that draw visitors, including its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. 100,000 different types of plants and animals coexist within the park, as well as mountain peaks over 6,000 feet high, historic homesteads dating back to both the native Cherokee Tribe and the Scotch-Irish settlers of this land, and more than 800 miles of trails. Learn about activities, access, and park programs on the National Park Service website, and read about the annual elk rut in Cataloochee Valley in this Carolina Mornings article.

Chimney Rock State Park

A View of Lake Lure from Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock State Park is a popular outdoor attraction located 40 minutes southeast of Asheville. The park's 404-foot waterfall and 535-million-year-old monolith, which offers 75-mile views over nearby Lake Lure and a vista of the wild beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge, make this a terrific option for a day trip. It's your choice whether you want to ride the 26-story elevator to the top of Chimney Rock or get in shape climbing up 500 steps. Activities in the park include hiking trails with "discovery stations" along the way, rock-climbing clinics, bird-watching tours, fishing streams, and a restaurant where you can pick up to-go sandwiches for a picnic. Most famously known as the site where the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" was filmed, there is a $15 fee for entrance to the park, well worth it considering the range of possibilities for adventure and the memorable view. More information is available on the Chimney Rock State Park website.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mount Mitchell's Observation Deck

Take the ultimate scenic cruise across mountain peaks and through changing terrain: An hour drive north from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway brings you to Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet. The park spans nearly 2,000 acres and offers visitors 360-degree views from the easily accessible observation deck at the mountain summit. Surrounded by breezy mists and suspended clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park includes a gift shop and restaurant that are open May through October, a picnic area with grills, and hiking trails for all levels of difficulty. Bring a jacket - it's 10-30 degrees cooler up there than it is in Asheville! Visit the NC Parks website for details about Mount Mitchell State Park.

DuPont State Forest

Triple Falls of "The Hunger Games" Fame

DuPont State Forest has received a lot of attention since the popular movie "The Hunger Games" was filmed there in 2011, but locals have known it as a favorite outdoor recreation area since its establishment in 1996. This 10,000-acre tract of dense woods and granite-domed mountaintops is located 40 miles southwest of Asheville, just past Brevard. A three-mile roundtrip hike through Du Pont State Forest takes you past Hooker Falls, High Falls, and Triple Falls, which was featured in "The Hunger Games." Stand at the base of 150-foot High Falls and you'll experience the exhilarating thrill of a waterfall's immeasurable power while cool mist sprays in your face. There are three additional waterfalls in the forest, and plentiful opportunities for swimming, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The Du Pont State Forest website provides guides for main attractions and policies for public use.

Where to stay during your mountain adventure

Carolina Mornings wants to help you discover the beauty of the North Carolina mountains by providing a comfortable home base for your adventures. Offering dozens of luxury vacation rental cabins in the Asheville area, many of them pet-friendly, Carolina Mornings boosts the possibilities for outdoor exploration with the complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, which is included with every rental.

The Mountain Discovery Pass includes a free ticket to golfing, whitewater rafting, skiing, and city bus tours for every day of your stay. Depending on which season brings you to Asheville, you'll enjoy the slopes at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, a thrilling rafting adventure with French Broad Rafting Expeditions, a picture-perfect round of eighteen holes of golf at Reems Creek Golf Club, and a hilarious tour of the city of Asheville on the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour.

Call Carolina Mornings today to start planning the mountain adventure of a lifetime!

October 4, 2012

The Hideaway That Feels Like Home

Breathtaking views of mountainous countryside surround this renovated mid-century home in the peaceful valley of Mars Hill. Sitting on six quiet acres next to the historic Smith family farmland and Pisgah National Forest, the Banjo Branch Hide-A-Way invites you and your family to indulge in all the amenities of home with fun outdoor activities minutes away!

Everyone will enjoy home-cooked dinners and time catching up around the table in the spacious dining room. Afterwards, stretch out in the comfortable family room and put in the family's favorite flicks to watch in surround-sound.

Any time of night or day is well-spent when you take some quality time out on the patio. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from here are absolutely beautiful and will ease any stress away. If the weather is too chilly for patio lounging, simply move everybody inside to the sitting room which offers these same pastoral views but with a warm, cozy fireplace.

When the gang is up for a fun hallenge, head to the downstairs game room to play a few games of ping-pong and then more relaxing on the leather sofas. Banjo Branch is all about comfort and convenience!

When you and the family are ready to get out and about, downtown Asheville is only a 30-minute drive down the road. Plan day trips to the Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, and the Blue Ridge Parkway where colorful fall foliage abounds. Banjo Branch also has quick access to outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, trout fishing, hiking the Appalachian Trail and shopping in the quaint town of Burnsville. Visit the nearby Wolf Ridge Ski Resort for some action-packed skiing, snow boarding, year-round snow tubing and zip-lining. Golf courses are just minutes away as well. You and the family will not run out of outdoor activities staying here!

Experience all the comforts and amenities of home while being just minutes from all the area's attractions and activities. And at only $201 per night, this Asheville vacation rental is an absolute steal! Call our Vacation Planners at Carolina Mornings today to book your Banjo Branch Hide-A-Way family vacation!