Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter fun is well underway in the Asheville area. Favorite winter activities in the mountain region include skiing, hiking, mountain biking, hot tubbing, shopping an restauranting. Mountain views simply get more numerous in the winter months around Asheville due to the large numbers of deciduous trees and the general winter reduction in undergrowth. Many trails that have very little long range view in the summer become exciting passages
from one vista to another in the winter months.

Shopping for original art and unique crafts is a great pastime this time of year. There are not quite as many tourists in the mountains in the winter months, but artists are still happily
peddling their wares. Discover the Portico Market at the Grove Arcade on Battery Park Ave. in the heart of Downtown Asheville. If books and fine wine are your passions, you may want to stop in to the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade on the corner of Battery Park and Page Ave. Asheville is home to more antique shops than we can mention here, but some of our favorites are just around the corner from Biltmore Village. The 70,000 sq/ft Tobacco Barn Antiques on Swannanoa River Road is just the tip of the iceberg. Just continue down past it and find a whole string of antique shopping pearls including Village Antiques, Bryant Antique Mall, and Sweeten Creek Antiques. While in the Biltmore Village area, you won't want to miss The Screen Door, Asheville's gallery of unique treasures for the home and garden featuring the inventories of many local dealers. The Screen Door also features a unique discount bookstore which includes one of the area's best selections of garden, architectural, crafts and children's books.
Visit Asheville in any season, and always take home a unique experience that you won't soon forget. Stay in one of our fabulous downtown Asheville condos or ideally located luxury vacation homes and find out why Asheville, NC is so often called "The Paris of the South".

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