Friday, August 23, 2013

17th annual BrewGrass Festival, Asheville, NC September 21st 2013

The 17th Annual Great Smokies BrewGrass Festival, Asheville, NC, September 21st, 2013 will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. park located on 50 MLK Drive.  Asheville loves its craft beer and this festival brings together the best of craft beer and regional bluegrass music and musicians for a winning combination.  Over 40 American brewers will be present to offer over one hundred and twenty varieties of beer.  Happenin's will occur from noon to 7pm.

A major fundraiser for Big Brother's and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, and hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association, Asheville's Brewgrass Festival began in 1996 with the goal of educating "the masses to the qualities of craft brewed beer combined with the finest examples of bluegrass music," becoming one of the most popular beer and bluegrass festivals in the Southeast.  And while you are here in town, be sure and enjoy the amazing beer, music and dining scene all over town.  Visit local breweries, tasting rooms, great restaurants with local beers on tap and music venues!

Tickets for this year are sold out, so if you're bummed about not having tickets to this amazing event, be on the lookout for next year!  And, if you have your tickets, but still need lodging, call the offices of Vacation In Asheville, 9am - 7pm daily, 828 994 2627.  Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast is just two miles from the MLK park - location of the BrewGrass Festival, and still has a few bed and breakfast rooms available for that weekend.  Or if you are traveling with a small group of friends, stay at Asheville Mountain Vista, a 4 bedroom 3 bath Vacation Rental, offering wonderful views, (3 night stay minimum required) from which to enjoy this festival and all that Asheville and Western NC have to offer -  Asheville Mountain Vista is just 3 miles from the MLK park off scenic Town Mountain Road.  Enjoy the festival!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

PuppyFest in Asheville! September 28, 2013

PuppyFest!  This has to be cute.  To be held at the US Cellular Center in Asheville on Saturday September 28th, 2013, 11am to 7pm.  Puppies up to 8th months old are welcome to attend and enter the competition.  And if you choose to attend with or without your pooch, tickets are $10 each adult, $5 children ages 12 and younger, with a portion of the proceeds going to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Asheville Humane Society/ Animal Compassion Network.

Puppies (up to 8 months old) who enter will be rated in 5 categories and the owner of the winner will receive a cash prize and trophy and the winning puppy celeb will be featured in a TV series pilot and appear on the front of Green Earth pet food bags!!!

The 5 main categories are:
1. Puppy Casting Call - how well does your pet pose?
2. Puppy Friendliness - how well does your pet behave with the public attention, interactions and petting?!
3. Puppy Feistiness - a race will be utilized to determine puppy spirit, energy and competitiveness.
4. Puppy Personality - a costume contest!
5. Plea for Your Puppy - Owners will have the opportunity to declare why their puppy should be THE ONE and only STAR!

Just show up with your pup to enter (and bring vaccination records or sign a release)!  AND, for extra poochie coverage in the pilot TV show (and/or for more information), email in advance,, with a photo of your puppy attached, to let the judges know your puppy will be attending.

The event will be from 11am to 7pm with the competition occurring from, roughly, noon to 5pm, produced by Joshua P Warren (Animal Planet, Discovery, and more).  This should be awesome and fun!!

If you are traveling with your pet and need a place to stay, be sure and call Vacation-In-Asheville, Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Rentals in the Asheville Area for pet friendly accommodations.  Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast is just 2.5 miles from the USCellular Center and welcomes your well behaved pet.  Reservation offices are open 9am - 7pm daily, 828 994 2627,