Showing posts with label affordable travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label affordable travel. Show all posts

January 6, 2010

Staying in (or getting out!) for the cold in Asheville, NC: Part I

Now that the holidays are over, we all need a vacation, I'm sure!! One where we can sit and relax by a fire, cook a meal with the family, and get out only when we want to, only to do fun things. My suggestion is to bring yourself, and your family, to Asheville, NC and hole up in a mountain vacation rental!! You decide when you want to relax in your beautiful home away from home and when you want to take advantage of what the Asheville area has to offer.
Staying with Carolina Mornings is a great way to live this life you are dreaming of, if only for a week or so. Rejuvenate in the beautiful and quaint cabin of your choice for as long as you need, and then enjoy some great WNC wintertime events for FREE!! This is perfect for the after-the-holidays crunch that all of our wallets are feeling...
For every night of your stay in an Asheville vacation rental, you get complimentary tickets to two different area attractions for the winter, and they change seasonally!! How can you beat that?? And then there's the fun in town to make time for...
Stay tuned: in the next few writings, I will uncover the freebie fun and venues. So start bouncing the idea back and forth in your head: when are you going to run away for the much deserved start-the-new-decade-off-right vaca??

May 4, 2009

New web site feature! And don't miss saving on a great Mother's Day getaway

We're happy to have added a new shopping cart feature to our Carolina Mornings reservation web site. We're calling it your "suitcase" - collect your favored vacation rentals to view and compare side-by-side, send to travel companions, and save your list for later. We hope this will improve the online experience for our prospective guests!

It definitely isn't too late to book a last minute Mother's Day getaway to Asheville or the surrounding mountains. Make this a year's gift one Mom will really remember. Our economically friendly vacations and value packages will help your wallet and help her de-stress from the every day. Save on a Mother's Day splurge with us. See the web site for our available properties, and give our vacation specialists a call at 1.800.770.9055.

January 28, 2009

Simplify your vacation for 2009 - stay in the NC mountains

It seems like everyone is experiencing some effects from the economic slowdown. But a tough economy doesn't mean you necessarily have to forgo your entire annual vacation. Leisure and fun are important, especially in more stressful times, and it's important to remember to keep money moving through the economy.

How do Asheville & Carolina Mornings help vacationers acheive this?

Visiting Asheville and the surrounding NC mountains is a great way to slim down your vacation costs, support local businesses, and still get away for fun and relaxation. Those in the Southeast will cut costs by sticking closer to home. Those from other parts of the country - especially the larger cities - will often find Western North Carolina more affordable in comparison to home. Those who usually go to faraway destinations can have a really fantastic trip with the arts, culture, food, and shopping that Asheville has to offer - without spending extra money on European (for example) travel costs.

Asheville has many free or affordable attractions. There are many art galleries and studios to visit free. Enjoy theater performances (including impressive traveling national and international acts) at Diana Wortham and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at affordable ticket prices. Spend an entire day strolling the streets of downtown and window shopping. Eat at nationally acclaimed restaurants for under $20 a plate for dinner, $10 and under for lunch.

There are many reasons Asheville is called the Paris of the South, or the San Francisco of the East. Enjoy the perks and attractions of big city atmosphere in a small community setting - all for less than you would spend in other locations.

For your affordable Asheville mountain vacation, give Carolina Mornings a call. Our Vacation Specialists will help you find the perfect property for your stay!

December 11, 2008


I would like to hear from all of you which type of accommodation do you prefer while traveling?
Do you prefer the the consistency of a hotel or the flexibility of a vacation rental? Can you tell me why you prefer one over the other or when to use one rather that the other?

October 27, 2008

Tips to get more travel for your money

The LA Times travel section recently published an online article of Tips to make your budget go farther for less. These are all great travel tips, and are worth checking out no matter what... but what if you know where you want to go and are attempting to apply these tips to your destination? We hope that destination is Asheville, and if so...

Here are four great tips from the article, made relevant to Asheville (Western NC) travel, as well as stays with Carolina Mornings:

Look for coupons and promo codes.
Utilize the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Center to achieve this tip. ExploreAsheville has online coupons available for local attractions, businesses, and accommodations. There's also a page for area specials and packages. Carolina Mornings offers our own packages and property specials, as well as our Mountain Discovery Pass which includes free passes to area attractions.

Don't focus solely on airfare.
If you live in the Southeast, think about traveling closer to home by coming to Asheville. You can still get a great vacation away, without having go too far or for as long.
If you live elsewhere in the country and plan to visit Asheville, look to cut costs in other areas of travel. Vacation rentals are nearly always a better 'bang for your buck' than hotels, especially if you are traveling with others and can split the cost of a house rather than booking several hotel rooms.

Timing is everything.
Consider dates that are outside of peak seasons. In Asheville, our peak times are summer, October, and holidays. While it is true that at a lot of accommodations you'll find cheaper rates in the off-season, our Carolina Mornings properties typically keep the same rates all year long. However, in our off-seasons the nightly minimums are shorter and you have a great chance of getting a good property special - like a gas rebate or discounted nights.
Plus, traveling outside of the summer months you'll have fewer visitors to contend with, and much clearer skies (our mountains are often obscured in the summer by smog).

Eat, drink and be merry, but don't blow your budget.
Remember that 'bang for your buck' I mentioned earlier? One reason for this is that vacation rentals give you the option to eat in during your stay. Grocery shopping and cooking at 'home' is a great way to cut down on costs and still eat well.
Then you can splurge on a few great meals at Asheville's many tasty restaurants. Another great thing about Asheville is that most restaurant food prices remain reasonably priced, and the food is still great!

August 23, 2008

Adorable, Affordable Asheville vacation rentals - 2 studios available to rent

We currently have two ADORABLE studios available. These are comfortable and affordable for couples or individuals wanting to come to the Asheville area or the mountains. Both are beautiful rentals and are just $257 for 2 nights, $96 each additional night.

Promise Keeper is a newly built property located in Mars Hill. This is a very peaceful, quiet mountain location but is also close to lots of outdoor activities. Pet friendly (with additional $75 cleaning fee).

Dogwood Studio is a newly renovated property, with lots of restored period antiques. It is located 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville, in Candler, on beautiful gardens/farmland. The owners (who run a bakery below the studio) provide complimentary continental breakfast during your stay.

Visit to see more photos (scroll down to the bottom of the page, select "view properties" and click the property you wish to see more about). Book online or call 828.298.0712, 800.770.9055

June 27, 2008

Fourth of July weekend

July 4th in Western North Carolina. Several towns in WNC have fireworks and other festivities.

My personal favorite is downtown Weaverville, which, while still crowded, is more quaint and more easily manageable than fireworks in downtown Asheville. The audience also tends to be a little more quiet and contained. You can also watch fireworks and enjoy festivities at Lake Louise in Weaverville.

Brevard will be having their 36th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase, which coincides with the Classic Car Show, and of course, fireworks.

Morganton will be holding their annual Red, White and Bluegrass Festival (July 1-4).

And, of course, downtown Asheville will have the annual Ingles Fourth of July Celebration, with live music, arts and crafts, old fashioned games, and inflatable rides for the kids.

Special nightly minimum
FYI for those interested in spending Independence Day in Asheville (or those in Asheville who just want a little getaway...)

Carolina Mornings now has a 2 night minimum for the 4th of July weekend!

This means that those who are lucky enough to have the 4th of July off from work can now stay Friday to Sunday, without having to take an extra vacation day. We still have about 20 properties left (the one pictured is Slow Living Cottage), but we're trying hard to book them up as quickly as possible... so don't wait too long :)

Check them all out at, but to find out everything available for the 2 night minimum, and to book the special nightly minimum, you'll have to call a vacation specialist at 828.398.0712/800.770.9055.

May 21, 2008

Planning a Group Getaway

All over the web there are recommendations for a girls' getaway. The best way to plan a group getaway (all girls or not!) is to follow some of the same tips.

An MSNBC article lists the top 10 girls getaway locations (and what you should do there):
1. Florence, Italy (art-viewing)
2. South Beach, Florida (club-hopping)
3. Provence, France (eating & cooking classes)
4. Las Vegas
5. New York City (shopping & shows)
6. Sedona, Arizona (spirituality & spas)
7. Bali, Indonesia (paradise... surfing!)
8. London, England (theater-hopping)
9. Sonoma, California (wine tasting)
10. Costa Rica (eco-tourism, adventure, and yoga)

The host of All-Girl Getaways, Stephanie Oswald, offers a video and article with tips on planning. Some of her ideas include:
-Pick a group with similar interests and travel styles
-Find a reason to celebrate
-Give everyone a task so they feel part of the planning
-Meet in person, via computer, or by conference call
-Choose a group leader
-Have each person pick 3 good dates, and then decide on one everyone can do
-Do something new
-Do your research
-Save money with package deals/all-inclusives

Of course, with today's economy and gas prices you might want to stick close to home or pick affordable destinations - that's where Asheville comes in to play!

Don't forget! Catch an ALL NEW All-Girl Getaways "Blue Ridge Retreat" tonight at 9pm on the Fine Living Network.

Other showtimes include:
Tonight @ 1:00 AM EST
Next Wed, May 28 @ 9:30 PM & 1:30 AM EST