East of Asheville Studio Tour Expands to Old Fort

The beautiful work of EAST artist Rebecca King

The East of Asheville Studio Tour is a great way to meet local artists as they invite you to the studios where their art is created. The free self-guided studio tour takes place twice a year, in Spring and Fall. You can visit as many of the studios as you like over a two-day period.

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2011 Fall Foliage Report, NC Mountains: Week 1

Our 2011 leaf reports for our neck of the woods in the western North Carolina mountains have begun! Hope you’re all enjoying autumn so far. We’ve had some rain for the past few days, but today was sunny and beautiful and we hope for more of that Carolina blue sky as fall really gets underway over the next several weeks.

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Drive the McDowell Quilt Trail and see…100 quilt blocks!

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of small towns. We can rave for hours about the charming, laid back small towns near our Bed & Breakfast — Black Mountain, Montreat, Chimney Rock, Old Fort, etc. Our small towns are one of the reasons we love living here and one of the reasons people love coming to visit our area.

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Latest Kiva Loan: And Ivanna Makes 30

We’ve reached a sort of milestone with our four-year Kiva experience. Drum roll… 30 loans! For those of you unfamiliar with Kiva, it’s a non-profit organization that helps people to participate in microloans (usually $25 per lender) to small business owners who typically live in developing countries (and Kiva now allows loans to American entrepreneurs as well). Your $25 gets pooled with lenders from all over the world to fund a loan that can be hundreds or thousands of dollars. {For more about Kiva, visit www.kiva.org and for more of our experiences with Kiva, check out our previous blog posts.}

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American Craft Week 2011 is October 7-16

Mountain Made gallery in the Grove Arcade (www.grovearcade.com)

Since we love being in western North Carolina, which is full of talented people who make hand-crafted items, and being that we’re big believers in supporting our local artisans and craftspeople, we’re excited to share what will be going on in our area during American Craft Week, October 7-16, 2011.

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