Blog :: 2016
Over the winter months, people start contemplating, do I sell my property this year? Do I rent it until the market comes back? What to do, while the fees keep piling up?
Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals is an experienced property management company that I have partnered with to assist you with those questions. They have a large database of clients who are repeat vacation renters who are also capable of purchasing a second home if they decide to do so. If you would like to discuss renting your property over the winter or any time in the future, please contact Tony at Yonder and he will be happy to answer all of your property management questions.
Your property is a significant investment and placing it into a vacation rental program is an excellent decision. Since you have a choice of vacation rental management companies from which to choose, it makes sense to choose the company with the most experience, a solid reputation and a mature and successful marketing program to maximize guest occupancy of your property.
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Discover the newest outlet for shopping in Asheville
From the tree-lined streets dotted with independent boutiques to the open-air markets featuring local crafts, Asheville's shopping scene is as diverse as it is unique. The relatively new Asheville Outlets, just five miles from downtown, offers a destination for shoppers looking for national brands at great prices. The Asheville Outlets are conveniently located near the intersection of I-40 and I-26 at Brevard Road.
The options are endless
Visitors can choose from more than 70 name brand retailers and restaurants as they stroll the expansive 325,000-square foot open-air outlet. Stores offering jewelry, children's clothing, menswear, ladies apparel, home furnishings, outdoor gear, and sportswear make up a wide variety of options. And, there's something for every budget, too.
As shoppers walk from store to store under the covered breezeways, music fills the air. The wide pathways allow easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. Ample soft seating offers the opportunity to take relaxing breaks in between shopping adventures. The mall's focal point is a beautiful fire and water fountain that serves as a gathering place.
The Asheville Outlets recently debuted two new DC Fast Chargers, or electric vehicle charging stations. The stations can charge up an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes. Overall, the Asheville Outlets has four Level 2 medium speed charging stations and eight Tesla Superchargers. Any type of plug-in electric vehicle can now charge at one of these stations.
Dogs make great shopping companions
Not only are the Asheville Outlets a perfect place for families, but family pets are welcome to come along on the shopping adventure. Nearly all the outlet stores allow dogs inside. There's also a special "doggie way station" with a water fountain and a grassy area for pets to enjoy.
There's always something to celebrate
The Asheville Outlets host special events throughout the year including a Kid's Day, Community Day, and Air Dogs Competition and other fundraisers to benefit local organizations and communities. New events in 2017 include an Antiques and Collectibles show in May.
Adding to the excitement, less than a year after opening, the Asheville Outlets are already prepared to expand. Plans are in the works to add another 83,000 square feet of shopping space.
Location, location, location
The Asheville Outlets are convenient to some of the best Asheville-area adventures and experiences. Virtually across the street are numerous popular local restaurants, including Papas and Beer and Stone Ridge Tavern.
Just a couple miles down Brevard Road (a five-minute drive) is the entrance to Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a great spot for hiking and biking. Less than a mile past the turn for Bent Creek, is the North Carolina Arboretum, which features beautiful manicured gardens and trails. An entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is next door to the Arboretum's gates. A short drive south on the Parkway takes visitors to area landmarks including Mount Pisgah, a favorite hiking and picnic spot.
Turning the other direction on Brevard Road, leads to the WNC Farmer's Market which is open seven days a week, all year round. The 36-acre market offers panoramic views of the mountains and features high quality produce, crafts and other farm-fresh items. Speaking of farm-fresh, nearby is the Moose Cafe, a farm-to-table southern country cooking restaurant.
With a 10-minute drive from the Asheville Outlets, visitors can reach Biltmore, America's largest private home, and downtown Asheville, where shoppers can find locally-owned specialty shops, craft galleries, and independent bookstores.
Explore Beautiful Weaverville
Weaverville is a thriving, small town located along I-26 just minutes from downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Tennessee border. Weaverville is located less than 10 minutes from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, 20 minutes from A-B Technical Community College, 30 minutes from Warren Wilson College, 15 minutes from Mars Hill College, and an hour from Western Carolina University and Brevard College.
Weaverville is home to a number of large industries that are engaged in the high-tech industry. These include Thermo Fisher who manufactures scientific equipment. In addition, the Town is home to AB Emblem which manufactures emblems for the United States Military, NASA, and many police and fire departments throughout the country. These are just a few of the many members of the industrial and business community in Weaverville. Baldor, Balcrank, Shorewood Packaging, and the Sample Group also call Weaverville home.
In addition to its industrial residents, the Town is home to many small, entrepreneurial businesses. The Town's downtown business district is thriving and home to many unique shops. These include Miya Gallery, Mangum Pottery, Shope's Furniture, Brown's Florist, and the Shop Around the Corner. Blue Mountain Pizza, the Well Bred Bakery, and Main Street Grill. The Downtown Distirct is also home to many other stores and shops. For more information about the Downtown businesses please visit the website for the Weaverville Business Association.
The Town of Weaverville and the surrounding area is home to one of the most vibrant and active art communities in North Carolina. Each spring and fall, local artists welcome the public into their studios to show off their craft during the Weaverville Art Safari. In addition, each September local artists host Art in Autumn, a juried show for artists. Many members of the Southern Highlands Crafts Guild call Weaverville and the surrounding area home as well.
The Town is only minutes from Asheville, which is home to the largest private home in the country, the Biltmore House. In addition, there are many concerts and other other cultural events that are held in Asheville each year.
8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.
Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure to inspire the spirit of the season.
1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum
It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and it’s also one of the brightest.Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretumfeatures 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. A special highlight on this walking-tour is the 50-foot animated tree that comes alive to music. Kids will delight at the Rocky Cove Railroad garden-scale model train and the “Storytime at Woodland Cove” program about animal hibernation in the winter. While visitors take in the sights, they can enjoy hot cocoa and snacks along their tour.
2. Downtown Asheville
The Arboretum is also hosting a new display in Asheville, helping to make the season extra bright in downtown. The new light display, Winter Lights Downtown, is centered around the Vance Monument and Hoss Haley Fountain in the heart of the city. Large trees are lit up in Pack Square with seven seasonal colors on rotation that make for a great show while shopping and dining downtown. Speaking of shopping, head over to the historic Grove Arcade, which has decked its halls with holiday decor inside and out for the Winter Wonderland celebration.
3. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
Enjoy the lights from the comfort of your car along a two-mile stretch that is filled with hundreds of thousands of lights set to Christmas tunes on your own car radio. The carefully-crafted maze of lights of Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland at the Western North Carolina (WNC) Agricultural Center uses some of the top technology to provide an especially whimsical experience. New this year is Santa’s Village where visitors can refuel with treats and refreshments and take pictures with Ol' St. Nick himeself.
4. Lake Julian Festival of Lights
Another local favorite drive-thru light show, Lake Julian Festival of Lights, illuminates a popular Buncombe County park. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights with 50 animated and stationary light displays. Visitors enjoying the lights will also be supporting a good cause – 20 percent of ticket sales are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics.
5. Christmas at Biltmore
From the moment visitors see the lighted Lodge Gate at the entrance to Biltmore, they know they are in for a treat. What awaits inside the gate is a classicChristmas that hearkens back to the days of the Vanderbilts. A giant 55-foot Norway spruce strung with 55,000 lights on the front lawn leads the way into the home where 60 more intricately-decorated trees highlight the Christmas at Biltmore celebration. The 30,000 lights and 150 candles inside the home are particularly magical at night during the Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore tour.
6. Biltmore Village and Dickens Festival
Just outside of the Biltmore sits historic Biltmore Village with its stone streets, quaint boutiques, and inviting restaurants. The Village lights up during the holidays with 250,000 bulbs outlining the buildings. Streetlamps are decked out with Fraser Fir holiday wreaths and more than 1000 luminaries line the streets. On the nights of Dec. 2nd and Dec. 3rd, the Village is transformed for the annual Dickens Festival. Shopkeepers dress in Victorian-era garb and the main stage is filled with musicians, choral groups, singers and dancers.
7. Omni Grove Park Inn
There are few places that offer the coziness and warmth of the season like the Great Hall at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Lighted wreaths adorn giant fireplaces with welcoming rocking chairs just waiting to transport visitors to holiday relaxation. Dozens of decorated trees brighten the halls of the Inn. Grab a mug of salted caramel hot chocolate as you enjoy viewing the more than 150 entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition.
8. Biltmore Park Town Square
One of Asheville’s most beautiful shopping areas, Biltmore Park, glows at night with tens of thousands of lights. Beautiful lighted trees line the sidewalks in front of the many stores and restaurants. Biltmore Park rings in the season on Dec. 3rd with a special event, Holiday Magic & Memories, featuring entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Top photo by Jared Kay. Winter Lights photo by Mark File. Omni Grove Park Inn photo by Charley Akers.
Just five minutes outside of Asheville, one of North Carolina’s most popular cities, you’ll find the quaint and affordable community of Woodfin. Situated along the banks of the French Broad River, Woodfin is a place where residents enjoy a relaxed pace of life that’s incredibly addicting. Filled with friendly folks, it won’t take you long to feel at home in Woodfin, and you’ll never hear the kids proclaim their “bored” because Woodfin is surrounded by amazing stretches of open space. Situated in the Appalachian Mountains, the Pisgah National Forest offers white water rivers, waterfalls, and some of the state’s most amazing wildlife watching as well as hundreds of miles of picturesque trails.
The largest national forest in the state, Nantahala National Forest, is only a short drive away and offers more than 500,000 acres of adventure. From whitewater rafting to horseback riding, hiking to biking, camping and bird watching you’ll never have enough time to traverse the Forest’s 600 miles of trails. Safe, friendly and laid back, Woodfin makes a wonderful home.
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2nd Annual Christmas Caroling on the Burnsville Town Square
The Town of Burnsville and the Yancey Times Journal are co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Christmas Caroling on the Burnsville Town Square Friday December 9th from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Stores and restaurants will be open late so that you can also get in some holiday shopping and dine while you hear local church choirs and organizations sing your favorite carols, and join in on the singing if you wish, and bring a chair to sit back and enjoy the sounds of the holiday. There will be free hot chocolate for you to enjoy.
Santa Claus Comes to Town will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm. If you are unfamiliar with Santa Claus Comes to Town, this is a great event at the Burnsville Town Center. All the children are invited to come to the Town Center, meet Santa Claus, have their picture taken, and get a bag of treats handed out by Santa’s helpful Elf. They can then enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and have an opportunity to create Christmas cards for family members. It is a wonderful treat for our kids and a wonderful way to start the Season of Love.
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Gingerbread Dwellings & More Return
Sure there are houses, but you’ll also find gingerbread birds, books, burgers and tacos at the Omni Grove Park Inn’s 24th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition.
When To Go
The cookie creations, submitted by kids and adults, were judged before Thanksgiving, and will be on display Nov. 27 through Jan. 5 around the inn. Those not staying at the resort are welcome to take this sweet tour of homes Sundays after 3 pm, and Mondays through Thursdays.
Where To Park
Outdoor parking is $10, the garage is $15, and it’s $20 for the valet treatment. Once again, those fees will be donated to a variety of local charities.
- Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Asheville City Schools Foundation
- Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Children First/Communities In Schools
- Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: United Way of Asheville and Buncombe Co.
- Dec. 16 – Dec. 22: Homeward Bound
- Dec. 23 – Dec. 29: American Legion Baseball Post 70
- Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe Co.
Since the resort started the parking program started three years ago, it has raised nearly $200,000 for charities within the 828.
There are some competitions entries that are not at the Grove Park. Once again this year, a selection of gumdrop-coated structures will be on display in downtown Asheville at the Grove Arcade for its“Winter Wonderland” celebration, which also includes lavish decorations and visits with Santa.
You may also see the best of the best on ABC. It’s become a “Good Morning America” tradition to tape a segment highlighting the winners for the Christmas Day broadcast. The Omni Grove Park Inn’s pastry chefs carefully pack up the winners to ensure their safe arrival in Times Square.
Asheville's Housing Market Continues to Thrive
Encouraging forecasts for the Asheville housing market revolve around an impending population boom. Census data put Asheville’s population at 87,236 last year, while Buncombe County, which includes Asheville, was home to just under 248,000 people in 2013, a number projected to rise to 254,601 this year — and 300,000 by 2030. The forecast, alone, is enough to peak the interest of Asheville real estate investors.
“We have one thing about us that’s unique — we grow every year, and we’ve been doing that every year for the past 40 years,” said Tom Tveidt, an economist and founder of Syneva Economics, an Asheville economic research firm.
With population on the rise, it is impressive that Asheville maintains an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. At sub-four rates, Asheville’s unemployment is better than the local county (4.2%), all of North Carolina (5.2%), and the national average (5.4%). On top of this, the cost of living in Asheville is 10.2 percent lower than North Carolina’s average. The average homeowner in the Asheville real estate market needs to make just $45,900 to accommodate a “comfortable” lifestyle.
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