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Why Visit Asheville

Western North Carolina boasts more waterfalls, swimming holes, lakes and streams than you can shake a stick at, and Asheville is a perfect home base to start your exploration of these natural wonders. Whether you're looking for cold, clear mountain streams, challenging rapids or just a serene swimming hole to wade into, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a plethora of options.

Some of the best swimming holes are in Asheville's backyard, barely hidden from view. If you're lucky, you might stumble onto one after a long hike—feeling like you've walked into a dream—but for everyone else there's this concise guide to the best swimming holes in the area. We like juicy secrets like everyone else, but some things are too good to keep to yourself.

A Conversation with Edith Head

A Conversation with Edith Head runs through Sunday, June 8, at N.C. Stage Co. Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $14-$30. Student tickets $10. ncstage.org

The Golden Age of Hollywood is alive and well at North Carolina Stage Company. All the glamor and some bits of the juicy gossip come to life in an intimate and fun evening, all wrapped in the special event: A Conversation with Edith Head starring Susan Claassen, artistic director of Tuscon, Arizona’s Invisible Theatre. The show comes with world-wide acclaim, and its star, who is also the co-author (with Paddy Calistro, Edith Head authority and author of the posthumous autobiography Edith Head’s Hollywood.)

The show has traveled the country and the world, having played coast to coast in more than 250 performances, and selling out its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007. The show was first staged in 2002. It runs in Asheville through Sunday, June 8.

For the uninitiated, Edith Head was an eight-time Oscar winner for costume design (she worked on over 1,100 films over her long career), self-styled fashion maven of the 20th century, and one of the most striking Hollywood icons of all time (a clever homage to her appears in the Pixar film, The Incredibles).Conversation is set in 1981, just prior to Head’s death. She had recently completed of work on her final film, the Steve Martin comedy, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.  read more

People Watching

Downtown Asheville is a rare place. Artists and street musicians converge with tourists and locals for a vibrancy rarely found in a city of this size. People sip cups of Joe at one of several locally-owned coffee shops, listen to live music at a local club. They go on art walks, winding their way through downtown's 30-plus galleries. Shoppers inspect unique boutique finds, or people simply enjoy fine cuisineand people-watching.

People watching involves observing people to get a feel for the beauty and rhythm of the community around us. People watching is amazing, you will have some great laughs and possibly be inspired in some way. For some people watchers, it's about creativity, using the moments of watching to try and guess at another person's story just from mere observation, and embracing the fun of what is, in effect, an amateur social science.

Asheville is a beautiful mix of "society", celebrities, hippies, musicians, artists, movie stars,locals, mountain folk, tourists, & dogs & their owners. That's not all, but it's a great start.  Enjoy the great attitude.  Everyone wants to be in Asheville.  It is a happy place.

Linville Cavens

Located in WNC near Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns are worth the visit. Deep beneath Humpback Mountain, nature has sculpted a veritable masterpiece in stone. Toiling many centuries, slowly moving ground water has been the primary artist for this creation of underground labyrinths. The water dissolved out an incredible series of rooms and passages. The cavern was discovered in the 1800′s by men intrigued by the mystery of fish swimming out of the mountain. Since then, extensive research has been done to acknowledge the history, folklore, geology and biology of Linville Caverns. The mystery is still alive.

Linville Caverns are privately owned active limestone caverns located in northern McDowell County, North Carolina, just south of the village of Linville Falls, on U.S. Highway 221. The caverns are open to the public year round for guided tours. About 1 Hour to drive to 19929 U.S. 221, Marion, NC 28752 Open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Guest Letter March, 2014:

Subject:  WOW!

Brea, I know you will be calling in the morning to check on us, but I just wanted to say this place is everything you described and more!! Absolutely wonderful here. We are enjoying ourselves to the fullest.  Thanks for everything.  Talk to you in the a.m.

Sincerely,
Joe and Java

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RATES at Cabin In Asheville

Cabin In Asheville vacation rentals offer rates to afford you a wonderful opportunity to escape the hectic pace of your busy life at home.  We are in the mountains away from even Asheville’s hustle-bustle, yet close to many attractions, hundreds of art galleries, fine dining and Asheville’s vibrant downtown.

Once you have made your decision to reserve one of our Asheville vacation rentals, you may click on RESERVE NOW and fill out the secure online form with credit card information, The full amount as indicated on the form will be charged to your card.  However, if you prefer to make two payments, 51% of the total will be due at time of reservation and the balance will be due 28 days before check-in.  If your arrival date is approximately 35 days from time of reservation, the full amount will be due. You may call Brea at 832 651 2778 to make partial payment or fill out form for full payment.

For more information about our rates, please click here for rates.  Our rates are perfect for travel during the week where we offer discounted rates for Sunday through Thursday.  We offer this to encourage our guests to travel during the week.  Even our Friday and Saturday nights are structured to encourage our guests to stay with Cabin In Asheville.

LAST MINUTE TRAVELERS may want to know that if you are traveling within two weeks, we have a great opportunity for you to save.  Please check out our LAST MINUTE BID page on our website.

Details - Chalet Quietude

Chalet Quietude

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 7

Chalet Quietude is a quiet place located in a tranquil forest on 3 acres with a great view. It is a mountain getaway for privacy and seclusion. Situated on a mountain ridge, most of the surrounding forest is vacant or undeveloped (about 400 acres) which adds to the privacy at the end of the road. The chalet is comfortable, cozy, an oasis of peace and has every amenity you could need. Luxury beds, linens, robes, fabulous hot tub (with that view) and a wood burning fireplace. A perfect chalet for your honeymoon, anniversary or family vacation. A large selection of DVD's will help fill the gaps when you're not out on an adventure. Relax in luxury, peace and extreme privacy in this mountain retreat. It is an easy drive (20 minutes) to and from Asheville...12 miles. 3 Bedrooms.

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Details - Charmed Cottage

Charmed Cottage

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 7

Charmed Cottage is peaceful! Surrounded by forest on 11 acres, the cottage has quite a bit of charm. It is located 18 miles from downtown Asheville...about a 30 minute drive. A spring fed stream runs through the property with gentle water falling you can hear from all three decks. The view is spectacular year-round and ever-changing. You're right at home with the luxurious furnishings, bed linens, robes and other amenities. The antique, mantled wood burning stove makes for cozy conversations and/or reading. The open floor plan and two living areas with windows everywhere bring the beauty of the forest to the indoors. A great wide open environment perfect for large families and/or friends to spend time together. You will also find it cozy enough for the two of you to enjoy a romantic vacation or honeymoon. Soak in the 5 1/2' claw foot tub and enjoy the forest at the same time. Four decks - one with the hot tub under the stars with that great view! You can always find a peaceful spot for you alone or sith with friends/family chatting the day away. 3 Bedrooms & Sleeping Nook.

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Details - Woodlands Chalet

Woodlands Chalet

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 8

The Woodlands Chalet is nestled in the forest on 2 acres. Having breakfast in the dining room and viewing the forest through the two large "picture" windows is one of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to enjoy a meal. Standing on one of the two large decks, you feel the canopy of the forest above you while you enjoy the fabulous forever view. Soak in the hot tub under the stars. Enjoy two distinct living areas, each with its own flat panel TV with a built-in DVD player. The lower living area has a wood burning stove for warming the winter chill. The furnishings and amenities are luxurious and everything you hope for. The large tub in the master bath is sure to give an individual, relaxing bath. The size of this chalet makes a perfect retreat for multiple family vacations or friends weekend getaway. It is also intimate enough for a romantic getaway. The chalet is located 13 miles from downtown Asheville...an easy drive. 3 Bedrooms & Sleeping area in lower living area.

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Guest Letter:  Dear Brea,...I also wanted to let you know your name came up repeatedly when my friends and I stayed in Asheville in May at a different cabin.  I knew it wouldn’t be as good as your cabins but I was still surprised at how much we missed all your comforts.  The cabin and view were nice but the kitchen (which is my domain on vacation) was woefully under stocked with cheap pans, dull knives and garage sale dishes.  They didn’t even have salt and pepper in the cabinet!  The doorknob fell off the second day and we had to buy a screwdriver to put it back together since there were no basic tools in the house.  We also missed your fluffy robes and silky sheets.  You have ruined us for other rentals!!!    I hope we can visit one of your cabins again soon.  Cheryl