National Truffle Fest Comes to Asheville

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on 11:16 AM

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A phenomenon in themselves, truffles are becoming a more well-known delicacy here in the US as of late.  I, myself, am a truffle novice, with the extent of my knowledge coming from a documentary I saw on TV and a little perusal of National Truffle Fest website.

I guess this would be my opportunity to educate myself as the National Truffle Festival is coming to Asheville...near the Biltmore Estate!
Find out more on their website, and if you need a place to stay near the action you can check out accommodations here.

A bit of Asheville in Atlanta

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on 11:00 AM

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It looks like we are taking Asheville on the road.  The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is actually offering Atlanta residents "a full month of vacation-tempting events, including hot air balloon rides, artisan food tasting, brew tap takeovers, film screenings and a flash mob surprise from the Asheville Drum Circle"...so if you are in Atlanta and want an Asheville fix try checking out one of these 30 free events/offerings in your area. 
Don't you wish every day was an Asheville day!

Fodor's Votes Asheville Top Destination

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on 9:08 AM

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Oh no, the secret is out....Fodor's (the world's largest publisher of English travel and tourism info) just published their Top 21 Places They're Going in 2011 (IN THE WORLD) and Asheville made the list.  I know all of us knew it all along, but now the word is out.  So, if you are wanting destinations for this summer, beautiful scenery, the new "It" spot, or even a trip to add to your bucket list...you better make your way to Asheville soon.

If you are needing a place to stay in Asheville, I'd suggest checking out what Greybeard Realty has as a vacation rental in the area also.  I know the hotels will be hopping!

Cold Weather Activities for Kids

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on 7:37 AM

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Well, if you are like me and have young kids, the winter just seems to drag on...and on.  The holidays are over.  You and your children have had your fill of baking, crafting, wrapping, shopping...just thinking about it  makes me exhausted.  The new toys are even loosing their fresh appeal....

I know for me I desperately needed a fun indoor activity and a chance to get out of the house. The Health Adventure in Asheville was a perfect solution!  Whether you are here on vacation or a resident it provides a wonderful and educational escape from spending another long winter day at home. 

I went yesterday with some friends and their children...our boys got a chance to play, explore, and learn.  They LOVED it, and so did we because we got a chance to talk and catch up.   There is so much they can learn (and you can too) as you walk with them and explore the different displays and activities, and there are many fun things they can play and experience on their own too.  Currently the featured exhibit is The Blue Man Group - Making Waves, but this is the last week with that exhibit.  Next is Alice's Wonderland which sounds like such fun! The cost is $8.50 for adults and $6 for children 2-11 (free under 2).  It is by far more memorable than going out for a snack, latte, and cup of hot chocolate (as we do so often) and just about the same price.  My son came home asking if we can go back tomorrow.  I just may have to look in to that annual membership ($75 per family).

Flying to Asheville

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on 6:51 AM

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I am venturing into new territory...not because it is unexplored (for we all know there are many a good blogs here), not because I have exhausted my findings in Black Mountain (because I have barely scratched the surface), but because this little birdie loves Asheville and just can't help but want to share.

My first stop in Asheville (but surely not my last) is at the Corner Kitchen, a restaurant I have long adored. A favorite among locals and a true find for any visitor, this cozy house, now restaurant, has a great history of food within its walls. It is part of The Biltmore Village, an area steeped in history and architectural beauty. One of their most recent claims to fame is hosting President Obama and his wife for dinner during their visit to Asheville.

The last time I was there I had the chance to sit at the Chef's counter. The active bustle of the restaurant and the great care given to each artfully displayed dish was entertaining, even a bit intoxicating. I wish I could have ordered five entrees as they all looked divine. If the counter isn't your cup of tea, they also have wonderful seating in their glass enclosed porch/bar area or the more private dining rooms that you can find throughout the house.

So, next time you are around...stop in and treat yourself. If you are visiting from out of town, you may even want to stay in the luxury Biltmore Villas located right in the Village...affordable, beautiful, and walkable to all of the Biltmore Village.  And regarding dinner...I suggest the Pecan Crusted Mountain Trout (a regular on the menu) and some Bread Pudding...if you have room!