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Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre Announces Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Catch the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, the greatest producer of comedians in America and whose touring troupe brings its very funny improv and sketch comedy to clubs, theatres, and now our own Ashvegas (the upright citizens of which they may rip to shreds). Named “Hot Farm Team” by Rolling Stone, this group births some of the funniest actors and writers found on Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 30 Rock, and more – “ . . . the type of manic, original, inventive stuff I’m always interested in” (Conan O’Brien). Intended for adult audiences only. Performance September 24, 2011 at Diana Wortham Theatre, 8 pm.

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association Presents Main Course Dining

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Main Course Dining is Back!

A $50 donation saves you over $600. What a deal!

Asheville Independent Restaurant Associate (AIR)’s Main Course Dining is back for 2010 with buy-one get-one free specials all over town!

AIR is proud to bring you buy one get one free deals at over 18 local independent restaurants in Asheville.

Main Course Dining Kickoff with A Taste of Asheville

Thursday, November 19 ~ 7 – 9 p.m.
The Venue, Market St. Asheville

We are so excited that Main Course Dining is back, we are throwing a party. Of course, this will not be any average party, it will be a culinary feast.

Tickets for the evening are $50 and come with a free Main Course Dining booklet, additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The evening includes food from each of the 18 restaurants participating in the Main Course Dining program and complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar for liquor drinks will also be available.

Participating Restaurants

The participating restaurants in the 2010 Main Course Dining Guide are:

  • Blue Ridge Dining Room
  • Bouchon
  • Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap
  • City Bakery
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que
  • fig
  • Fiores Ristorante Toscana
  • Frankie Bones
  • Grovewood Cafe
  • Horizons
  • Laughing Seed
  • Mela Indian Restaurant
  • Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe
  • Savoy
  • Sunset Terrace
  • Vincenzo’s
  • Westville Pub

Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Birthday

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Another major North Carolina landmark is readying to celebrate a birthday. Just as the 75th anniversary of the Great Smokies National Park is wrapping up, the 75th birthday for the Blue Ridge Parkway is getting started.

A symbolic passing of the torch, from the Smokies Superintendent to the Parkway Superintendent takes place on Friday. “We’ll have elders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and youth from the Cherokee Youth Council who will also pass the torch as a way to demonstrate everyone’s obligation to be stewards of this wonderful natural resource,” said Elizabeth Sims spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway 75.

The event will also include Cherokee tribal music and dance. The parkway winds its way through North Carolina and Virginia connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Biltmore Park Welcomes Travinia Italian Kitchen

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you made it to Biltmore Park Town Square for the Fall Fest in October, chances are you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for Travinia Italian Kitchen to open. Their crab cakes, pasta, and irresistible tiramisu samples were the perfect way to whet our appetites for what promises to be a major development in the Asheville restaurant scene. And Town Square is happy to let you know that your stomachs don’t have to growl with anticipation any longer.

On November 2nd, Travinia Italian Kitchen opened its doors, and as the temperatures continue to drop, their steaming plates of pasta and seafood could not be more welcome. With a large space that can easily accommodate special events or just daily get-togethers with friends and family, Travinia is an ideal spot for taking a break from the stress of daily routines. After all, it is a European tradition to express your joy over food, so let’s join in on the fun with some Italian cuisine.

Menu items include pappardelle with vodka sauce, small plates of seared scallops and lobster ravioli, and, of course, everyone’s favorite Italian dish–pizza. But don’t forget to complement your meal with an Italian wine or one of their specialty martinis. The choices are endless, but you simply can’t go wrong, so take some time out of your day, enjoy a culinary journey around the world, and experience Asheville’s newest restaurant in Biltmore Park.

Hotel Indigo Opens in Asheville

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The newest Hotel Indigo opened its doors today in downtown Asheville, N.C. Nestled near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 100-room new-build boutique hotel is the second of five properties planned for the state; additional deals are signed in Charlotte, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. Located at 151 Haywood Street, Hotel Indigo Asheville is within walking distance of locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Nearby attractions include Historic Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Estates, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown has been beautifully preserved and is a perfect location for Hotel Indigo,” said Barbara Kulweic, general manager of the Hotel Indigo Asheville. “Through the brand’s interpret indigo design platform, we’ve been able to truly embrace the neighborhood by incorporating the work of local artists and vendors into every corner of the hotel.”

Working with a talented team of local artists, photographers and designers, Hotel Indigo Asheville has captured the essence of the Asheville region by using locally-inspired artwork and regionally-sourced materials throughout the hotel. For example, the lobby features a Gabion wall stacked using native stones of various shapes and sizes, and locally-inspired photographic murals of outdoor scenes taken by Asheville artist Zen Southerland are featured in the hotel lobby and guest rooms. This small, yet urban town encompassed by the Blue Ridge Mountains is reflected in the hotel design with a juxtaposition of urban concrete and steel versus the warmth of materials, texture and colors found in nature. The hotel aesthetic is light and open, featuring glass tiles, stained concrete, quartz-like countertops, decorative pendants, and large graphic wall coverings.

The Hotel Indigo Asheville is owned and managed by Hospitality and Lodging Investors II, LP, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. Meeting the desires of today’s traveler, Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. From the locally-inspired murals to the renewal program where the images, music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, Hotel Indigo gives guests a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience.

“With the fall foliage season upon us and the holiday season ahead, we are thrilled to be able to offer guests a memorable and engaging experience that’s reflective of the downtown Asheville neighbourhood,” said Mary Dogan, director, Brand Delivery, Hotel Indigo, the Americas, IHG. “Keeping the guest in mind at all touch-points within the hotel experience, the Hotel Indigo model strikes a great balance by providing guests the refreshing design and intimate service synonymous with a boutique along with the consistency, reliability, and accessibility of a branded hotel.”

The Hotel Indigo Asheville features inviting guest rooms with oversized beds, plush bedding, hard-surface flooring for a fresh residential feel, and spa-inspired showers with Aveda products. Each guest room includes a 32-inch high-definition flat screen TV with 150 channels and iHome/MP3 alarm clock radio. The hotel also offers gourmet menu items and a full service-bar at Phi Bar and Bistro, complimentary parking, complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access, a 24-hour business center and meeting space for business functions or special events. The hotel also features a pet-friendly policy.

With the addition of Hotel Indigo Asheville, there are 34 Hotel Indigo properties open worldwide and more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. By the end of 2009, Hotel Indigo is forecasted to almost double its footprint in the Americas. The brand’s global roll-out is also going strong with the recent announcements of new deals in Liverpool, England, Glasgow, Scotland and Hong Kong.

Repairs to City Parking Garages Begins

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – City of Asheville Parking Services will conduct repairs and restorative maintenance work on the Wall Street and Rankin Avenue parking garages beginning Nov. 3 and continuing through the end of the year. Work will include concrete repairs, water sealing, replacement or repair of joints, and repainting the stripes and directional arrows in the garages. These actions are necessary to maintain the facility for years to come.

Work will start with the Wall Street Garage and then Rankin Avenue Garage. Weather permitting, work will be conducted from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays, and will be conducted in phases to minimize the disruption to normal activities. Parking patrons should, however, expect differing traffic patterns, some delays, and closed-off spaces during repairs.

During repairs, the remaining two City garages, Civic Center, and either Rankin Avenue or Wall Street, will be open for parkers’ use.

Birthday Parties at The NC Arboretum Encourage Unique Experiential Adventures

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Remember how fun it was to explore nature as a child? The NC Arboretum invites families to participate in its birthday party program, offering safe adventure amid 434 acres of natural beauty and a fun, guided celebration that everyone will treasure for years to come.

The Arboretum’s birthday parties for ages 5 and up feature a 75-minute guided program of your choice along with 45 minutes for cake and a gift celebration. All programs are led by an expert environmental educator and take place in the Arboretum’s interactive children’s classroom as well as outside along the trails, creeks, pond, gardens and woodlands.

Party themes include:

Outdoor Adventure: Children embark on a short hike along the Arboretum’s trails as we learn how to build survival shelters and navigate with a compass. Party favors include a compass and bandanna for each child.

Bug Hunt: Participants get up close and personal with our collection of live invertebrates in the classroom, then head out to discover the amazing insects that call our pond, fields and woodlands home. Party favors include a magnifying lense and bug box for each child.

Wildlife of the Woods: Junior wildlife biologists will be thrilled by hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations, a wildlife match-up game, and a guided wildlife walk. Party favorsinclude a pair of binoculars and magnifying lense for each child.

Custom parties are also available, just let us know what your child would love to explore!

Parties are available on Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. One adult for every 10 children are required to attend the guided program. Families may arrive 30 minutes prior to the party to decorate tables, chairs and the chalkboard (for the ecological reasons, no balloons allowed). A maximum of 24 children and 15 adults may attend. Party favors are available at an additional cost of $2.50 per child. Parties must be booked three weeks prior to the celebration. Parking fees are waived for

For information, visit Arboretum Birthday Parties or
contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or
828.665.2492, ext. 228.

Bulldogs Live to Start on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s basketball radio show – Bulldogs’ Live – is returning for its sixth year starting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s Signature Restaurant on 13 Walnut Street from 6-7 p.m. The show will be broadcast on WISE Radio (1310-AM). Each week the show will provide an update on both Bulldog basketball teams.

The show will move to Wednesday’s this year after being on Thursday the past five seasons. The move was necessary due to the men’s basketball team playing six Big South Conference games on Thursday this year.

Bulldogs’ Live will feature comments from head men’s coach Eddie Biedenbach and women’s coach Betsy Blose plus a chance for callers to ask questions of each coach. Both Bulldog teams will have players on the show from time-to-time.

“We are delighted that WISE Radio and Scully’s is allowing us to have Bulldogs Live yet again this year,” commented Biedenbach. “This is a great opportunity for our fans to interact with both of our basketball programs.”

“I’m really happy that Bulldogs’ Live is back for another year,” stated Blose. “It’s a wonderful show that gives us a chance to promote our programs and be with our great fans.”

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Introduces ‘Girlfriends Getaway’

Friday, October 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has the perfect way for you to reconnect with that long lost friend from high school or college with our Girlfriends Getaway package. There’s no better way to connect with good friends than with this relaxing and fun-filled package. Make a date with “the girls” and meet up at our historic mountain retreat. A visit to our celebrated world class Spa gets your Girlfriends Getaway started. Slip into luxurious robes, then swim, relax in our sauna or simply idle in our outdoor whirlpool with its incredible views. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa offers a variety of activities such as dining, shopping, golf and a state-of-the-art sports and fitness center. At the end of a fun-filled day, girlfriends can retire to their room for a night of gossip and heart-to-hearts: Just like old times!

The Girlfriends Getaway Package includes:

– Accommodations

– Dinner served in your room or at award winning Blue Ridge Dining Room

– Daily breakfast

– Passes to The Spa at The Grove Park Inn Resort

Call (800) 438-5800 for more information or to speak to a reservations specialist, or visit www.groveparkinn.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Announces Seasonal Service to North Pole

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

BRYSON CITY, NC – In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. “The Polar Express,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company, has become a contemporary holiday classic, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide. In 2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. reunited the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis in an inspiring animated version. That same year GSMR began operating The Polar Express based on the storybook version. Over 40,000 passengers rode The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2008.

The one and half hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

The Polar Express 2009 schedule is November 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, & 19 departs at 6:30pm. November 7, 14, 22, 24, 25, & 29 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. November 20, 21, 27, & 28 departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 2, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. December 3, 4, 10, & 11 departs at 11:00am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 5, 12, & 19 departs at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 18, 20, 21, 22, & 23 departs 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm.