April 27, 2012

Villa Artista: An Artisitc Family Getaway!

Let the artist within relax in comfort and style in Villa Artista. This custom built Mediterranean- inspired home is the perfect spot for a family getaway. let the kids roam the 3 acres of beautiful landscape while you watch from the comfort of the nearby hammock. 


Cook a meal family-style in the gourmet kitchen that opens into the living room with surround sound and plasma television, to a sun- drenched atrium filled with artwork. 

Villa Artista is a peaceful getaway, a romantic retreat for two where you can relax together in the master suite with a jacuzzi. Or, bring the whole family to have a fun experience in the Asheville area. Villa Artista is located just minutes from downtown Asheville. No matter who you decide to bring along, Villa Artista will delight and inspire, and is a perfect retreat for those intrigued by the outdoorsy and artsy nature of the Asheville area.

April 26, 2012

Summer Vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains provide limitless opportunities for getting outdoors and making the most of your summer vacation. Here's 5 fun summer activities in and around Asheville to enjoy with your family.

Experience Reems Creek Golf Course

1. Experience Reems Creek Golf Course -
This pristine golf course winds thorough a mountain valley, giving you access to your favorite sport with the best scenery around. Carolina Mornings offers the Mountain Discovery Pass free with any vacation rental, which includes, among other opportunities for adventure, a complimentary round of golf for each night you stay. Bring your clubs, it's tee time in the North Carolina mountains!

2. Get Going with Asheville Adventure Rentals -
Carolina Mornings has partnered with this full-service rental gear outfitter and retail store to bring you Trip in a Bag and give you a head start on a hiking expedition. Trip in a Bag is a 100% recycled backpack packed with goodies, including a map of the area with highlighted hiking adventures, 2 PBA-Free water bottles, trail mix, and a guide to native flowers and plants.

Adventures with French Broad Rafting

3. Get Wet with French Broad Rafting Expeditions -
Just a short drive from Asheville, a thrilling whitewater adventure awaits your family. Are you ready to spend a day on the river cooling off and making memories? The Mountain Discovery Pass, free with any Carolina Mornings' mountain vacation rental, offers guests one complimentary adult fare for a five mile trip down the French Broad River.

4. Explore the Mountains with Sandy Bottom Trail Rides -
Located in the breathtaking mountain town of Marshall, North Carolina, this family-owned ranch offers sixty Belgium draft horses for one, two, and three hour trail rides. There is no better way to see the sights than on horseback with an experienced guide. One of the trail rides takes you to Little Pine Gem Mine, where garnets are free for the taking! Carolina Mornings offers discounts, with rides starting at only $32.00.

5. Tour the Biltmore Estate -
World famous for the luxurious 250-room Biltmore House, professionally landscaped gardens and 8,000 acre grounds, Antler Hill Village & Winery, and full-fledged farm, The Biltmore Estate includes more than you can experience in one day. That's why Carolina Mornings is offering guests not only discounted tickets, but also an extra day to visit the Biltmore Estate. Get a second day of fun-filled exploration absolutely free!

Call Carolina Mornings today to book your Asheville vacation rental cabin and experience these exciting adventures!

A Mountain Escapade: The Perfect Family Escape

So close to it all, yet just far enough away. You’ll feel it in your soul as you meander through fields and forests before your climb to this lovely mountainside getaway. Beautifully perched on the side of a mountain, this cabin boasts views that change as the seasons turn. Most days there’s a beckoning, 40 mile, view of Mount Pisgah, the third highest peak east of the Mississippi.

From morning to midnight your choices for entertainment will be compelling. The famous Biltmore Estate, eclectic downtown Asheville with its art galleries, restaurants, night life, shopping, and theatre, the adventures of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway, Antiquing, Fine Dining and so much more, are all a convenient part of your playground.

Or you may choose quiet moments, cuddled with a book (or someone special) beside the roaring fire of the two-story, rock, fireplace. The earthy, elegance of this window-filled, cabin, will provide comfort to you and your family. Whether your visit is for a romantic rendezvous, time away with family or friends, or a business retreat, this cabin is sure to make your mountain escapade a memorable experience. 

Let Carolina Mornings help you plan your perfect family getaway. Call us today to book A Mountain Escapade or one of our other luxury Asheville mountain cabins!

April 24, 2012

Mountain Sports Festival Offers a Weekend of Family Fun

If you're in Asheville for Memorial Day weekend, Mountain Sports Festival is a sure bet for free, family-oriented entertainment. The main attraction is sporting events, including a triathlon, a paddle challenge, dodgeball, rock climbing, and bicycle racing, but there's also a ton of vendors, local food and beer, and live music all weekend.

Kids Love Mountain Sports Festival

Fun activities for kids
After watching the athletes compete, the kids will want a challenge too. Mountain Sports Festival puts kids' events center stage with family-friendly activities, such as an obstacle course, a bike race, a scavenger hunt, mini golf, and even a costume contest! If your kids excel at sidewalk art, enter them in the chalk drawing competition!

Scenic Carrier Park
Festival Village is located in Carrier Park, a sprawling greenway along the French Broad River in West Asheville. Featuring plenty of parking, paved paths, and picnic areas, Carrier Park was once Asheville Motor Speedway and still boasts a sloped race track that's now used by sports enthusiasts. The park will be filled with food and sports equipment vendors, giving you the opportunity to try out your favorite brands of sporting goods and make a personal connection with the companies.

Fun for the Whole Family

Do a little dance
The music at Mountain Sports Festival varies from bluegrass to rock n' roll, with something for everyone. On Friday night, Josh Phillips Folk Festival takes the stage with good time jams that are sure to have you dancing. Musical entertainment runs all day throughout the weekend, with the undeniably funky George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners headlining on Saturday night.

Asheville vacation rentals
After a long day of outdoor sports and dancing in the sun, an Asheville vacation rental from Carolina Mornings tops off a perfect weekend. With plenty of room for the whole family (and some vacation rentals are pet friendly too), all of Carolina Mornings' mountain cabin rentals feature fully equipped kitchens, all linens provided, and the luxury of private amenities. Call our Vacation Planners today to book your Blue Ridge getaway!

April 20, 2012

Eat Fresh at an Asheville Market

Asheville strives to be a sustainable community
The local Tailgate Markets reflect this unique characteristic of our mountain town, one of the reasons Asheville is repeatedly praised as a favorite destination. Just recently, TripAvisor named Asheville as one of its "15 Destinations on the Rise," citing food and culture among the reasons to visit.

Going to market is fun!
Musicians show up with acoustic instruments and entertain. People bring their dogs and mill about meeting each other and chatting about the weather. Plus, eating fresh vegetables and breads is a healthy lifestyle choice. At the Tailgate Market, you'll also find locally raised meats and eggs that came straight from the farm to your basket.

Support local business
Not only do local foods taste better than store bought goods, you're also supporting community agriculture. You can extend this philosophy to nearly everything you do in Asheville, such as supporting local business by booking an Asheville vacation rental cabin from Carolina Mornings, a locally-owned and operated business for 15 years.

Plenty of opportunities
There's an Asheville Tailgate Market almost every day of the week. Check the From Here calendar for details. Wednesdays downtown at the French Broad Co-op Tailgate Market is one of the largest. If you're up for an adventure, take a scenic drive up the French Broad River to Marshall for Sundays on the Island.

Seasonal recipe
In-season radishes give salad a kick, or you can whip a little something together and serve them as a side dish.

Tangy Radish Salad
2 T apple juice
2 T orange juice
2 T fresh lime juice
2 T olive oil
1 t sugar
salt and pepper
a large bunch of radishes (any kind), cut into wedges
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped red onion

In a large bowl, mix the juices, olive oil, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the radish wedges, cilantro, and red onion. Toss and refrigerate.

April 19, 2012

A Great Mother's Day Idea - Book a 3-night reservation, get a Spa Retreat for Mom - a savings of $200!

Show Mom how special she is, treat her to a luxury Mother's Day weekend getaway where she can relax in the beautiful landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy some special time with the family.

Let her relax in her own private hot tub, while you cook her favorite dinner, wake up to the beautiful landscape, while you serve her coffee on your private patio and shop till she drops while you take the kids on an outdoor adventure at your luxury mountain cabin. 

Bump up the extravagance with a special spa day, just for her!

For new reservations made from April 18 through the end of May, book any 3-night luxury vacation rental and get a free spa retreat for Mom. At the Secret Spa of Asheville, she will be pampered with a 90-minute Mountain Mud and Sea Detox Wrap and full body massage, foot reflexology and an aromatherapy scalp massage. That's a savings of $200!*     

*Some restrictions may apply. Excludes Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2012).

April 17, 2012

Top Five Memorial Day Destinations in Asheville

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer festivities and Asheville has plenty to choose from! Save gas money and take a short trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains to cool off and have some fun with the whole family.
Family Fun at the White Squirrel Festival

1. The 10th annual Mountain Sports Festival is Memorial Day weekend at Carrier Park, offering free entertainment and dozens of sports competitions and activities set alongside the scenic French Broad River. With tons of gear exhibitions and demonstrations, this festival is the perfect way to get in gear for the summer!

2. White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard is another fabulous event full of music, kid's activities, and a parade. Plus, again, it's all free! This year, there are sixteen free concerts. And, yes, there really are white squirrels in Brevard!

3. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville to Craggy Mountain to see the blooming rhododendrons. This annual must-see display is a colorful feast for the eyes!

Majestic Looking Glass Falls
4. Tour the area's waterfalls and cool off in a mountain stream. There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day! The mountains surrounding Asheville are rich in waterfalls, including Looking Glass Falls off of the Parkway, Hickory Nut Falls near Chimney Rock, and several more on US 64 up the Cullasaja Gorge.

Our Vacation Planners can help you find or plan the perfect activity for the whole family! Find the perfect  mountain cabin rental near your destination. Call today to plan your Memorial Day getaway!

April 13, 2012

Eight Fun Things to Do at Your Carolina Mornings Vacation Rental

You're on vacation, now what? Staying at a Carolina Mornings vacation rental cabin affords you the luxury of just hanging out at home for the day. With gas prices so high, a day off might be just what your wallet wants. Here's a few simple activities that will make memories without spending money.

A Scenic Walk around Hillside Charmer

1. Relax, Unplug
Make one day electronics-free. Put down the Facebook, turn off the cell phone, even the Kindle should be shut off. Tell stories, or just enjoy the view. Get to know your family, your friends, yourself.

2. Play Board Games
Backgammon anyone? Maybe Scrabble is more your style. Vacation is family bonding time. Laughter, and a little competitive edge, will bring you all closer together.

3. Explore the Neighborhood
If you're staying at an Asheville vacation rental house, you're likely already somewhere incredibly scenic. Take the kids and the dog (many of Carolina Mornings vacation rentals are pet friendly) for a walk!

4. Have a Cookie Baking Contest
Carolina Mornings' vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens, so bring along your best chocolate chip cookie recipe and challenge the family to a cook off! The results are in: yummy!

5. Toss a Ball Around
It doesn't matter what kind of ball it is, what the rules are, or who wins. Just get out there and bond.

Five Kings Retreat Comes with Built-in Fun

6. Remember Charades?
And other fun and free games that aren't on the computer, like Tic-Tac-Toe, I Spy, and Hide and Seek?

7. Easy Arts & Crafts
Grab a marker and a piece of paper and draw a family portrait. We're talking stick figures. Or braid a few pieces of embroidery thread together and call it a bracelet. Or glue some macaroni to a picture frame. Arts and crafts really can be that easy, and surprisingly fun for everyone.

8. Watch a Movie
Most vacation rental cabins come with a DVD player - perfect for gathering together and watching a classic. Show the kids what your favorite movie was when you were their age. Popcorn and movie time makes for awesome family magic!

April 12, 2012

Plan the Perfect Mother's Day Weekend in Asheville

Show Mom how special she is with a luxurious trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Spend some quality time spoiling her with all she deserves!

Relax, refresh, renew
Relax her stress away with a mani/pedi or a relaxing massage at one of Asheville's luxury spas.

Enjoy her company
Spend the day together wandering the River Arts District or enjoying one of Mom's favorite past times - SHOPPING!   

Give her a break
When she returns from her luxurious day, cook her favorite meal while she relaxes on the patio overlooking the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

Scrumptious Desserts
Top it off with a sweet treat! Try a a liquid truffle at The French Broad Chocolate Lounge or a homemade ice cream from The Hop. 

Most importantly, show her how much she means to you with some quality time together on her special day! Let Carolina Mornings help you plan the perfect Mother's Day Getaway.

April 10, 2012

Five Tips for a Greener Vacation

Environmentally friendly travelers who are interested in going green want two things: to travel sustainably and to protect the places they visit. Here's five fun and easy ways to protect the planet while you're on vacation.

Red Wolf, A Luxury Eco-Friendly Cabin

1. Don't Travel as Far -
The most effective way to travel sustainably is to plan a vacation that keeps you near home. Less than four hours from Atlanta and only two hours from Charlotte, the world-class resort area of Asheville is a smart vacation destination considering the high gas prices we're facing for summer. Simplify: Enjoy the Luxury of the Mountains!

2. Stay at an Eco-Friendly Carolina Mornings Vacation Rental Cabin -
Carolina Mornings is proud to be an NC Green Travel Partner, a designation awarded by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. Carolina Mornings is the first vacation rental company in the state to receive the designation, part of a statewide sustainable travel recognition program called the NC Green Travel Initiative. Check out our Eco-Friendly Vacation Rental Cabins. These properties are located in numerous Asheville areas, including convenient in-town spots and mountaintop vistas.

3. Take a Hike -
Carolina Mornings has partnered with Asheville Adventure Rentals to bring you Trip in a Bag, making it easy to get on the trail. Trip in a Bag includes everything that you need to enjoy one of the many trails surrounding Asheville: a hand-drawn map with points of interest highlighted, two water bottles, trail mix and a wildflower brochure all enclosed in a comfortable backpack made from 100% recycled materials. Ask a Carolina Mornings Vacation Planner for details!

Saving the Planet One Step at a Time

4. Ride a Bike -
If you're a biking enthusiast, you already know there's a ton of awesome bike trips in and around Asheville, such as Elk Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville's also friendly for casual and family bicyclers. It's a small enough urban area that you can bike from one side of town to the other on neighborhood streets! Liberty Bikes provides maps and rental bicycles if you didn't bring your own.

5. Buy Local -
Staying at a Carolina Mornings Asheville vacation rental home gives you the opportunity to cook in your own kitchen. When you go out for groceries, shop at local food stores or pick up the ingredients for dinner at a tailgate market. Also, when you're buying souvenirs to remind you of your beautiful Blue Ridge vacation, purchase items made by local artisans or sold at a locally owned store. They're on just about every corner in Asheville!

April 5, 2012

Partner Spotlight: TailGait Market

Carolina Mornings is partnering with the TailGait Market to provide discount coupons for our guests, especially the furry ones!

The holistic approach to pet health
TailGait Market provides customers with everything a happy pet needs to stay healthy. Offering goodies for both dogs and cats, the store has well researched natural foods, including ingredients for raw diets, and treats such as local cookies from Dancin' Dog and WesMeister Bakeries. And to keep their minds and mouths busy, lots of toys and chewies are available. There's also top line beds, accessories, and grooming supplies.

Nutrition expertise on hand
Fresh quality food and supplements are the specialty at TailGait Market. Andrea, the owner of the shop, has an educational background in nutrition and food science. Coupled with her longtime affinity for training and showing dogs, her valuable knowledge led to her desire to help people improve their pets' lives with healthy food.

Carolina Mornings loves your pet too
Now you can bring the whole family with you on your mountain retreat! Many of the vacation rental properties offered by Carolina Mornings are pet-friendly. We realize that staying at an Asheville hotel, even if it does allow pets, can be inconvenient for pet owners. An Asheville vacation rental cabin gives you the freedom to spoil your pet while away from home, offering yard and deck space for lots of play time. And as we well know, because we, too, have pampered pets, a happy best friend equals a happy human!

A convenient location
The TailGait Market is located just a few blocks off of Interstate 240 in West Asheville. The easiest way to get there is via Patton Avenue, also known as Highway 23/19. You'll find the store just behind the Zaxby's food chain at 328 New Leicester Highway.

April 4, 2012

Carolina Mornings Recognized as NC Green Travel Partner; First Vacation Rental Designation in North Carolina

We are thrilled to announce that Carolina Mornings has received the designation of NC Green Travel Partner from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. The designation is part of the NC Green Travel Initiative, North Carolina’s first statewide sustainable travel recognition program.

Carolina Mornings is the first vacation rental company in the state to receive the designation. We have been recognized for three of our luxury vacation properties in Western North Carolina: Black Bear Cabin, located in Black Mountain, Hidden Pond, located in Asheville, and Red Wolf, located in Fletcher.

“At Carolina Mornings, we are committed to upholding the highest standard of excellence for our guests while lessening the environmental impact of our properties,” said Shari Goldstein, President of Carolina Mornings.  “We are honored to be recognized by the state of North Carolina for our efforts and will continue to be leaders in green living to protect our environment for generations to come.”

NC Green Travel Partner designations are awarded through a sustainability certification process that requires us to develop and maintain certain environmental practices and by adopting and adhering to an environmental policy standard.