Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FringeArts Festival Returns to Asheville

For the ninth year in a row the FringeArts Festival is returning to Asheville. There are three shows running from Thursday, January 20th until Sunday, January 23rd and are being held at multiple venues including the BeBe Theatre, Asheville Art Museum and Wedge in the River Arts District.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.

This year you can see performers such as Jim Julien and Kathy Myers who have been with Fringe from the beginning. Also see the antics of The Runaway Circus and the Loose Caboose. For a full listing of acts please visit the FringeArts Fest website.

Tickets for the events are $12 ($10 for seniors and students) per each of the three shows.

If you are traveling to the mountains and need a place to stay, please check out these great Asheville hotels.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Asheville for free

If you're traveleing on a budget, then there are plenty of great thing to do for free in Asheville. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway which offers breathtaking vistas. Take a stroll downtown Asheville, through Bilmore Village or around Beaver Lake and if you're feeling more adventurous go hike the Appalachian mountains to search for a waterfall.

Throughout the year there are plenty of things to do that cost you absolutely nothing. The drum circle, the River Arts District Studio Stroll and countless street festivals (Bele Chere for example) are just a sampling of what you can do at no cost.

Visit the exploreasheville site to learn about more things you can do for free and check out their calendar of free activities. When planning your trip be sure to check out our great hotel offerings.

You can also visit our Doubletree Facebook Page. In our favorites section you can find 365 Things to do in Asheville. Be sure to "like" us while you're there and we'll keep you up to date on ativities going on in the Asheville area.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Save up to 50% at Biltmore

Asheville always slows down a bit during the winter, but that means you can avoid crowds and take advantage of better deals around town. Biltmore is now offering up to 50% off their admission rate from January 1st through March 31st. Children 16 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Plus tickets are good for two days so you can take the time to explore the home in detail. The gardens, winery and Antler Hill Village are also a great way to spend the day.

If you haven't eaten at one of the Biltmore restaurants you're really missing something great. My favorites are Deerpark and the Bistro. You really can't go wrong with either of those.

We also have great rates at hotels located conveniently next to the Biltmore. If you're interested in staying the night check out one of our great hotels.