Sunday, December 18, 2011

5th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival, January 21 2012, Asheville Civic Center

I know it's still Christmas, but the Winter Warmer Beer Festival is coming up in January in Asheville, NC, nestled in the lovely Western North Carolina Mountains - start planning now!!  And how great is it to visit Asheville when the crowds are down a bit?  Very great!  Looking for a gift for that Beer lover in your family?  What a unique and special idea!!  Check for lodging specials or an Asheville Bed and Breakfast nearby to enhance your Winter Warmer weekend - there are many lodging discounts and specials available in January.

The 5th annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival will be on January 21, 2012 from 3-7 pm, at the Asheville Civic Center on the Exhibition Hall level (accessed from Hiawassee Street in Downtown Asheville).  Brewing participants are from a variety of areas in the Southeast, mostly from North Carolina Breweries, but also from South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

For the last four years, this event has SOLD OUT, so consider purchasing your tickets early.  For additional information and questions, email  Tickets are $39 each and include a souvenir mug, beer samples & food during the event (YUM!).  Tickets purchased before January 12th will be mailed, tickets purchased online from January 13 - 21 may be picked up at the festival at "will call."

Event details are still being finalized, so check back for details, but as always music will be wonderful and a portion of the proceeds will be donated for the fourth year to the local non-profit organization, River Link, a regional organization dedicated to the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River, and the beautiful river valley in which Asheville is nestled in within the Mountains of Western NC.
Best time of year for hiking - expanded views & fewer people!

Western North Carolina Breweries:
French Broad Brewing Co.
Highland Brewing Co
Green Man Ales
Pisgah Brewing Co,
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.
Heinzelmannchen Brewing
Appalachian Craft Wedge
Lexington Avenue Brewing
Catawba Valley Brewing Co.

Piedmont & Durham Breweries:
Big Boss
Kind Beers

South Carolina:
Thomas Creek RJ Rockers

Nashville, TN:

Atlanta, GA:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Asheville Christmas Activities, Lighting of the Green, A-B Tech

Asheville Christmas - Lighting on the Green at A-B Tech
A-B Technical College's "Fernihurst" will host the second annual Lighting of the Green for delightful Asheville Christmas Activities, open and free to the public.  Fernihurst was once the center of the township Victoria, which is now in a downtown Asheville neighborhood atop a knoll on Victoria Road, in the midst of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College (A-B Tech) and home to the Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

Fernihurst was restord in 2008
Colonel John Kerr Connally and his wife Alice Thomas Connally built Fernihurst in 1876 and named it after the Kerr castle in Scotland.  Entertainment did abound in the heyday of Fernihurst and the Connally's hosted as many as 500 guests, including the Vanderbilt family.  Urban legend has it that when George Vanderbilt first saw the Fernihurst Manor and its views, he immediately attempted to buy it; when he was turned down by the Connallys, he purchased all the land on either side of the Swanannoa and French Broad Rivers (the property which is now home to the Biltmore Estate) and bought the property neighboring Fernihurst.  Later, Sunnicrest was built next to Fernihurst by the Vanderbilts, and today the two homes are connected by a breezeway and are both part of the Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

The Culinary center at AB Tech trains student chefs and restaurant managers; one may even reserve a dinner to be served there by the students, allegedly excellent dining!  The Lighting of the Green will show off Fernihurst decked in Christmas finery and lights.  The area will be lit now through the 20th of December (when the campus closes for the Holiday).  Fernihurst will be open and is free to the public for special events and tours on Tuesdays and Fridays, December 13 through 20th from 6-8 pm, so a great time to get a free peek at Fernihurst and enjoy light snacks, leisurely tours, crafts for the children and delightful local family friendly entertainment:

Entry foyer to Fernihurst at A-B Tech

  • Tuesday December 13 - AC Reynolds Madrigal Singers
  • Friday December 16 - AB-Tech's Music Department and storytelling by David Novak
  • Tuesday December 20 - Storytelling by Sandra Gudger, vocalist Kadesha Barnard and vocalist Darryl Rhymes

For more information about Fernihurst, Lighting on the Green, or dining reservations, call Susan E. Haldane, the Special Events Coordinator of the A-B Tech Foundation.  828 254-1967 X7567.

One of the beautiful rooms at Fernihurst
And if you are looking for Asheville, NC lodging, a pet friendly Asheville cabins, Asheville vacation rental, or an Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast, call 828 994-2627, Vacation In Asheville, for lodging information and reservations.  Also Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast of Vacation In Asheville is within walking distance to the A-B Tech campus, with family friendly B&B rooms and suites, and pet friendly B&B rooms and suites, just 1 mile to the entrance to the Biltmore Estate and 2 miles south of Asheville's historic downtown center, just off Biltmore Avenue.