Sandy McLeod

When All You Need Is a 1-Bedroom Cabin

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Apr
18

 

The Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is a mountain property with onsite amenities like:

  •  A hot tub in every cabin
  • Gardens and paths lined with more than a million flowers
  • Hiking trails to the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Cut and stacked firewood for your wood-burning fireplace
  • A trout pond and fountains

Willow Winds lies within city limits, so downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate are only a few minutes away. But when you stand on your deck with Cherry Blossom Lane behind you, the property becomes a lush, romantic setting that can push thoughts of the city out of your mind. The chirping birds and the bubbling stream confirm what you already feel.

The grounds can inspire you to set off on a scenic hike or take a nap in a hammock, but it’s the luxury cabins that get all the attention. With 25 cabins on the 40-acre site, you can be assured of your privacy. If all you need is one bedroom, you’re in luck: all the cabins on Cherry Blossom Lane have just one.

Cabins of Cherry Blossom Lane

Andrew’s Attic is a modern cabin with all the amenities you have come to expect at Willow Winds. Its wide deck, outfitted with rocking chairs and an outdoor dining table, overlooks a pristine forest landscape below. The nurturing comfort and the unbeatable view can’t be beat. Nestled in this tastefully decorated luxury cabin, you may never want to leave.

 

Andrew's living room

Andrew’s Dinning room

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew's bedroom

Andrew’s bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew's living room

Andrew’s living room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen’s Jewel is a picturesque cabin that exudes charm. Its wood-paneled cathedral ceiling gives it a cozy cabin setting, and the backyard hammock urges you to kick back. Surrounded by virgin forest, it’s an ideal location for viewing wildlife, such as wild turkey and even deer. Day or night, the sounds of nature, including the sound of falling water nearby, can melt the stress from body and mind.

 

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Jens Jewel’s hot-tub

 

 

 

 

 

Jens Jewel's living room

Jen’s Jewels living room

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jens Jewel's bedroom

Jen’s Jewels bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy’s Cabin is one of the most spacious one-bedroom cabins on the property. Its wood-paneled cathedral ceiling and large windows makes it seem even larger. Its location offers privacy, and the forest views inspire romance. The lower-floor bedroom suite makes even a large hotel room feel like a walk-in closet by comparison. Its luxury will spoil you.

Kathy's dinning room and kitchen

Kathy’s dinning room and kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy's back porch

Kathy’s back porch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy's cabin bedroom

Kathy’s cabin bedroom 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry’s Mountain Lodge sits on the far end of Cherry Blossom Lane, making it one of our most private mountain cabins. An ideal setting for a romantic retreat, this cozy cabin is tucked into the forest, where the sounds of nature will transport you to another time. This mountain cabin is a recent addition, so it offers thoroughly modern amenities.

Outside of Larrys Lodge

Outside of Larry’s Lodge

 

 

 

 

Upstairs in Larrys Lodge

Upstairs in Larry’s Lodge

 

 

 

 

Larrys Lodge's kitchen

Larry’s Lodge kitchen

 

Sandy McLeod

Romance, Asheville Style

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Apr
18

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The Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds are tucked away in the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina — within city limits, yet within walking distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. When you pull up to your luxury cabin and step out of your car, the clean, fresh air of the mountains envelopes you. As you breathe in and out, your worries dissolve.

McLeod-20140401-0102-LRYou take your partner’s hand and smile. Nearby, you hear the fountains and the singing birds. Wordlessly, you enter your cabin, where each amenity somehow amazes you. You expected it, of course, but touching the leather furniture makes it real. Opening the door to the deck and stepping out, you can feel yourself fall … into the romantic aura that embodies Willow Winds.

Light a fire in your fireplace with the fresh wood on your porch or soak with your partner in the private outdoor hot tub. Watch a movie while enjoying a catered meal and good wine or just sit on the deck and enjoy the views. The romantic spell lingers no matter what you do.

Pat's Place fireplace

Pat’s Place fireplace

 

When you’re ready to explore Asheville, let us direct you to one of the city’s romantic dining spots. Try a couples-oriented activity — an intimate adventure that will deepen your mood. Do as much as you want or as little; your mountain cabin will be waiting for you at the end of another romantic day.

 

Carriage Rides at Biltmore

Call ahead at least three or four days to make a reservation for a private carriage ride through the Biltmore Estate. The 90-minute tour in an elegant carriage pulled by Belgium draft horses takes you through the magnificent grounds. Then head to the Biltmore Winery for a bottle, the Inn on Biltmore Estate for high tea, or any of the superb restaurants for a meal.

Spa Theology

Photo courtesy of Spa Theology

Photo courtesy of Spa Theology

In the heart of downtown Asheville, Spa Theology has a dedicated couples’ room where you each can get the massage or treatment of your choice. The spa allows couples to enjoy their treatments side-by-side at no additional charge. Options range from an aromatherapy body wrap to a manicure, as well as a variety of deep or pleasing massage treatments.

 

Sunset Terrace at Omni Grove Park Inn

If we make your reservation for 7:00 or 7:30, you’ll be seated in time to witness a spectacular sunset from the open terrace at the 100-year-old Omni Grove Park Inn. The restaurant features an award-winning wine list, regional dishes, hand-cut steaks and seafood. And it’s only about 20 minutes from your cabin.

 

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Photo Courtesy of French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Photo Courtesy of
French Broad Chocolate
Lounge

Roses are beautiful, but chocolate can melt your heart. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge in downtown Asheville serves up sinfully decadent delights. Enjoy a rich cup of ganache-based sipping chocolate while you share a big piece of Quintessential Chocolate Cake. Splitting a plate of their truffles can spark intimate pleasures, as long as you can agree on who gets that last piece.

 

Romance means different things to different people, but romance Asheville style means creating memories that will make you smile even after many years.

Sandy McLeod

Weaverville Art Safari

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Apr
12

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April 26 – 27

Asheville, North Carolina, has a justified reputation as an artist’s haven. Downtown has galleries galore, and then there’s the River Arts District, where small artist’s studios mingle with large industrial businesses. Admittedly, not every artist in town is a rock star, but part of the charm is finding the proverbial diamond in the rough.

 

If you really want to explore, though, there’s the Weaverville Art Safari.  Who said Asheville has the art market cornered? Weaverville, about a ten-minute drive north of Asheville, has artists and craftspeople who deserve the chance to be seen. And that’s what the Weaverville Art Safari offers.

 

A Safari?

The organizers call it a safari because it’s a self-guided tour through the neighborhoods of Weaverville and nearby Barnardsville. Once you have a map, follow the signs to the houses and studios of many fine area artists. Forty of them, in fact.

Photo courtesy of Tacy Apostolik

Photo courtesy of
Tacy Apostolik

 

At each home studio, you can walk right in and look around. Ask questions. Get the inside scoop on that special piece that caught your eye. And it’s all absolutely free.

 

Brochures are scattered around the Greater Asheville area at many galleries, restaurants and hotels now through April. You also can find them at the information booth in downtown Weaverville during Art Safari weekend.

 

The Art Safari brochure contains a map with the locations and addresses of each participating artist studio. Follow the signs or use your GPS to find your way around. Remember that getting there through the streets of Weaverville is part of the fun.

 

Best Deals on Treasures

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Photo courtesy of
Tacy Apostolik

Any experienced art collector can tell you that to get the best deal, you have to go to the source. That’s exactly what the Art Safari enables. You get to scout for treasures, and if you find something, you can get it at a reasonable price.

 

While you can’t bag any big game on this safari, you can purchase some art to take home. You can find jewelry, paintings, pottery, glass art, woodworking, fiber art, sculpture, garden art, and even furniture. You never know when you’ll find that perfect piece for your home.

 

Two-and-a-Half-Day Event

Like any safari, this one doesn’t last all year. It’s nominally a two-day event, held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26–27. The studios are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on each day.

 

Photo courtesy of Carla Filippelli

Photo courtesy of
Carla Filippelli

There’s even a preview party that kicks off the weekend. On Friday night, April 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Weaverville’s Town Hall on South Main Street will be abuzz with artists and art aficionados. The event, which costs $10 at the door, will feature a silent auction of donated artwork, food and drink, door prizes, music and more. The proceeds benefit the Weaverville art organization.

 

Photo courtesy of Carla Filippelli

Photo courtesy of
Carla Filippelli

Sandy McLeod

Asheville Tailgate Markets

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Apr
8
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Asheville City Market

 

Asheville North Carolina is blessed for many reasons. It’s a small, vibrant city in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and it’s surrounded by verdant farmland. As a result, it has a thriving farm-to-table movement that involves several restaurants. Additionally, the city plays host to ten tailgate markets around town.

That’s correct: ten markets, scattered around town and happening on various days of the week. Fresh food never tasted so good and benefitted so many real farmers and ranchers. Here is a quick rundown of these seasonal tailgate markets:

early morning at Asheville City Market

early morning at Asheville City Market

Asheville City Market

This market attracts families and you can even bring your dog.  Enjoy fresh produce and meats, cheeses and eggs, baked goods, crafts and more. There is even live music. Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Public Works Building lot, 161 Charlotte Street.

 

Biltmore Park Town Square Market 

Biltmore Park is a new live-work-play community in South Asheville. Find seasonal McLeod-20140405-0064-LRproduce, dairy, meats, locally made condiments, snacks, body care products and more. Live music. Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

East Asheville Tailgate Market

East Asheville includes neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and Haw Creek. Fresh vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs, chocolates, plants and flowers, candles, breads, jams, berries and hand-crafted wooden ware. Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 954 Tunnel Road.

 

French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market

McLeod-20140405-0066-LRRun by a local food co-operative, this market on the southern edge of downtown Asheville offers produce, breads, meats, cheeses, flowers, mushrooms and cakes, as well as prepared foods. Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 76 Biltmore Avenue.

 

Montford Farmers Market

Located behind the Asheville Visitor’s Center at 36 Montford Avenue, this small market has fruits and vegetables, baked goods, wood-fired breads, meats, goat cheese, handmade soaps and more. Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

 

North Asheville Tailgate Market

This popular market attracts a college crowd as well as affluent families. Fresh produce, flowers, local crafts, baked goods and more. Live music. Saturdays from 8:00 am until noon on the lower level of parking lot “C” on the UNCA campus.

 

Oakley Farmers Market

Oakley is an old neighborhood southeast of downtown. This small market offers locally grown produce, crafts and prepared food on Thursdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 607 Fairview Road.

 

Weaverville Tailgate Market

A small town north of Asheville, Weaverville is a charming place to spend an afternoon at the market. Produce, meats, seafood, eggs, baked goods, plants, jams and jellies. Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 pm at 60 Lakeshore Drive, right off Route 19 by Lake Louise.

 

West Asheville Tailgate Market

West Asheville has a personality of its own. Its market reflects that, featuring common and exotic produce, pastries, coffee and tea, fish, flowers, herbal products and desserts. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at 718 Haywood Road.

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Western North Carolina Farmers Market

Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, this is the mother of all markets. It has a deli, a restaurant and a garden center. Fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cheeses, baked goods, homemade fudge, crafts, flowers and plants. At 570 Brevard Road, right off I-40.

 

Sandy McLeod

Asheville Beer Week

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Apr
2

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May 23 – 31, 2014

If you want to come to Asheville, NC, to tour the Biltmore Estate or hike the mountains, you can come anytime. But if you want to come to Asheville to sample the local beer selections, the best time is the last week in May. Why? That’s when the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer Week  takes place.

Beer City USA

The hype about Asheville beer began in 2009 when the city was first crowned “Beer City USA” on a national poll by Examiner.com. Asheville edged out Portland, Oregon, a much larger metropolis, for the title. Asheville went on to win four consecutive Beer City USA titles. And in 2103, CNN named Asheville one of the eight best beer towns in the U.S.

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To celebrate the victory in 2009, the Beer City Festival was quickly organized. It became such a rousing success that it’s now held annually. This year’s 5th Annual Beer City Fest will be held on May 31, which not coincidentally is the last day of Asheville Beer Week, which runs May 23 to 31.

 

Asheville, A Beer Destination

Asheville has become a tourist destination solely because of its beer. Microbreweries and brewpubs have sprung up faster than mushrooms on a rainy day. Major breweries like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have already started construction on facilities in and around Asheville.

Asheville is already home to the famous Brewgrass Festival and Oktoberfest, but that’s just the foam on the glass. More events are poured onto the social calendar every year. Here’s a sampling of the local beer-related enterprises:

  • The Amazing Pubcycle
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing
  • Barley’s Taproom
  • The Bier Garden
  • Bruisin’ Ales
  • French Broad Brewery
  • Green Man Brewery
  • Highland Brewing
  • Lexington Ave Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewing
  • Thirsty Monk
  • The Wedge Brewery
  • Wicked Weed Brewing

Asheville Beer Week

This year’s events will take place all across the city. Many of the happenings require no admission fee, although you’ll have to pay for your drinks. Last year’s events featured a LaZoom bus tour and beer run, beer showcases, specialty beer merchandise, beer especially brewed for the event, brewery tours, panel discussions, taste-a-thons, and fundraising fests.

Your mileage may vary, since it’s near impossible to attend every event during the week. The staff at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds urges our guests to drink responsibly and not to drink and drive. Luckily, your luxury mountain cabin is so close to downtown that it’s just an inexpensive cab ride away.

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Sandy McLeod

Head to the Mountains for a Luxury Cabin

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Mar
26

 

Beautiful flowers at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds

Beautiful flowers at Asheville Cabins of
Willow Winds

 

The Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds sits on a mountain property within the city limits of Asheville, NC. Stay in one of our luxury cabins to enjoy the pastoral mountain scenery while city activities are just a short drive away. Our onsite amenities include:

Guest fishing in Trout Pond

Guest fishing in Trout Pond

 

  • Firewood freshly cut, stacked and ready for your wood-burning fireplace
  • An outdoor hot tub on a private deck
  • A trout pond, fountains and outdoor game areas
  • Gardens and paths emblazoned with over a million flowers
  • Scenic hiking trails leading to the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • A game porch with games for every age, including ping pong and foosball

 

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Forsythia blooming at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds

Even if you came to visit our unique city, the mountain terrain may captivate you. The wooded hills, bubbling stream and delightful fountains will make you feel like you’ve left your old life behind. Standing on the deck of your Asheville cabin, with the birds chirping and the water gurgling, you may decide to avoid the hustle and bustle of city life all together.

 

Despite our proximity to Asheville, it’s the luxury cabins of Willow Winds that draw people here. With 25 mountain cabins on a 40-acre site, you can have the privacy you want with all the amenities you’ve come expect from first-class lodgings. All the cabins of Trout Trail are modern and romantic.

 

Cabins of Trout Trail

Covered Porch where you can relax, rain or shine

Covered Porch where you can relax, rain or shine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gracie.dr2.lorez.43Gracie’s Willow is the perfect vacation rental to get away from it all. This cozy one-bedroom mountain cabin has terrific views from a covered deck, as it sits beside a gently gurgling stream. Inside, it’s bright and airy with amenities ranging from  a stone fireplace to a luxury king-size bed. You can’t ask for more.

 

Ruby’s Dogwood is a spacious two-bedroom cabin with a cathedral ceiling, lots of windows and plush furniture. Its wide deck offers commanding views of the trout pond, a bubbling stream, and the lush foliage. Both lower-floor bedrooms have access to the outdoor hot tub. A week at this mountain cabin will spoil your family.

 

Dining Room At Ruby's Dogwood

Dining Room At Ruby’s Dogwood

 

 

 

Hot tub at Greg's getaway

Hot tub at Greg’s getaway

Greg’s Get-Away sits on  slope overlooking the green foliage, the soothing stream and a lighted fountain that’s even more beautiful at night. This two-bedroom cabin emphasizes relaxation, from the way the outdoor hot tub makes you feel and how the light spills into the interior to the spaciousness of the floor plan. Come see for yourself!

 

Michael's Hide-away Living Room

Michael’s Hide-away Living Room

Michael’s Hideaway embodies the word “inviting.” The moment you step inside, you’ll be pleased with the soft colors, the cathedral ceilings and the many windows. Just beyond the covered deck is the stream with a fountain. The sights and sounds invite you to relax while the two-bedroom interior, rock fireplace and leather furniture will make it easy to do so.

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Cora’s Pine showcases pine-paneled cathedral ceilings over a spacious, luxurious interior. This Asheville cabin sits high on a bank, affording beautiful views of the surrounding greenscape and the stream below. The pampering comfort of Cora’s Pine is evident in every room, from the well-appointed kitchen to both bedrooms.

 

Tracey’s Twin sits on an idyllic spot by the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the stream that pine.porch.lorez.64 copyfeeds our trout pond emerges from the mountainside. The deck of this two-bedroom mountain cabin will draw you to listen to the water gurgling by and the trees whispering in the breeze. Inside, the cabin retreat offers modern amenities and luxurious comfort.

 

 

Trout Trail offers beautiful Asheville cabins for rent. All overlook the stream and have view of a fountain. If none of these cabins piqued your interest, check out the other cabins on our property at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. You will find one that suits your situation.

 

Sandy McLeod

Guided Tours of Asheville

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Mar
24

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After you’ve spent a glorious day walking the trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway or the corridors of the Biltmore House, you may only want to relax in the hot tub of your mountain cabin at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Even the next day, you may not be in the mood for hiking the hilly sidewalks of downtown Asheville. The good news is that you don’t have to.   Instead, book a trip on one of the many family-friendly or adult-oriented tours of downtown Asheville.

While you ride in comfort, they will take you by the art deco buildings, past the famous landmarks and into parts of town you might not otherwise get to see. Tours are narrated to give you a sense of the history and community of our fair city. Please inquire at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds office for more details and reservations.

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LaZoom Bus Tours  Asheville, NC, didn’t get its reputation for being weird by accident, and the LaZoom bus tours have become an integral part of the city’s eccentricity.

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Photo courtesy of LaZoom

 

LaZoom takes you to all the popular and historic destinations in and around Asheville, but they do it with wit and wacky characters. You must be at least 13 years old for the 90-minute City Comedy Tour that runs every day and on weekend evenings. You need to be 17 to take the 60-minute Haunted Tour that covers the many ghost stories around town.

 

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Photo courtesy of Gray Line Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gray Line Historic Tours  Start the tour from its home base at the Asheville Visitor’s Center in historic Montford, where you can buy tickets. If you’re more impulsive, hop on one of the nostalgic trolley buses at any of their 10 stops. The tour includes the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square and Biltmore Village during the 90-minute narrated tour. It’s your choice. Gray Line tickets are good for two days and provide complete hop-on/hop-off privileges. The tour even includes a 50 percent off admission coupon for the Thomas Wolfe House. Tours leave continuously through the week.

Asheville Bike Tours  If you’re feeling more energetic, opt for a bicycle tour. It’s not as arduous as it sounds, as the bicycle gives you a little electric boost to get over the hills and through the headwinds. The two-hour guided tour in the city dubbed “Paris of the South” takes you through bike-friendly neighborhoods and greenways. You’ll get to see landmarks such as Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Grove Park Inn and Pack Square. Starting the second week in April, tours depart at 10 a.m. from Weaver Park on Merrimon Avenue.

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BREW-ed  The Brewery and History Walking Tours of Asheville takes you on short walks through five of downtown’s popular breweries. Led by a certified cicerone (the beer world’s equivalent of a wine sommelier), the tours run every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the beer is made at each location and, of course, tastings at every stop. In between, you’ll earn about the local architecture as you stroll past.

Sandy McLeod

Springtime in the Mountains

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Mar
18

 

So Many daffodils

So Many daffodils

 

Spring is a special time of year at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Not because our luxury cabins offer amenities like wood-burning fireplaces and private hot tubs, but because the grounds blossom like never before.

White Daffodils are everywhere

White Daffodils are everywhere

We are landscape nuts, so you get to experience the explosion of color that arrives with the warmer weather. Starting in early March, the hundreds of thousands of daffodils start blooming all over our grounds — yes almost as many as the Biltmore Estate. Yellow, white, even orange and pink. Daffodils by the thousands covering our 40 acres: can you imagine the sights?

 

Blooming Mountain Landscape

Some of our visitors claim that the springtime in Asheville is not only the most beautiful time, but also the most romantic. The weather brings out the best in people after the long nights of winter. The weather also brings out the best in our grounds.

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Those daffodils keep blooming all spring, popping up day after day in a variety of colors to brighten your day. Then our forsythias burst open like yellow flames, accenting the brilliant green of the grasses and trees.

In April, the rhododendrons begin to bloom. Lavender, red, white, pink, yellow … it’s a smorgasbord of color! The landscape, visible from your mountain cabin, becomes an ever-changing tapestry of bright colors that changes throughout the spring.

 

The Fish Are Jumpin’

The Asheville spring weather is still cool at night, but the days are often warm, so early spring presents an ideal climate for hiking, biking, sightseeing … and fishing! We’ve stocked the trout pond on our property, and because it’s still cool, the fish are really biting. Now is the time to book your reservation.

Rhododendron by one of our fountains

Rhododendron by one of our fountains

 

Bring your own fishing equipment or purchase what you need from the nearby markets. At our trout pond, you can experience the thrill of the catch. Best of all, your children can learn how to do it safely from our fishing pier. Is there anything more endearing than watching your little kids pull their first fish out of the water? It’s a moment they won’t forget.

 

More Activities for Kids

When your family gets tired of fishing for the day, it’s a short walk to one of three different playgrounds or to the Game Porch for more fun. Our onsite activities include a giant outdoor chessboard, horseshoe pits, a bocce ball court and our favorite: the water balloon station.

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball

 

While all 25 of our cabins in Asheville have beautiful views, only 11 are situated to provide you a view of the stream and the fountain in the trout pond. The others are nearby. So you’ll either have a view of the pond or a view of the blooming mountain landscape. When it comes to mountain cabins in Asheville, every view is a winner.

 

Sandy McLeod

Which Cabin Is for You?

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Mar
16

 

Pat's Place with Hammock just waiting for you

Pat’s Place with Hammock just waiting for you

 

The Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is a mountain property with onsite amenities like:

 

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Stocking the Pond with Trout

  • A freshly stocked trout pond
  • Hiking trails that connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Gardens filled with more than a million bulbs.
  • Freshly cut and stacked wood for your wood-burning fireplace
  • Outdoor games including ping pong, air hockey & much more

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    Mountains to Sea Trail

 

The Willow Winds property falls within city limits, so downtown Asheville is only a short drive away. But when you’re standing on Pond View, in front of a cabin, all you can hear are the birds chirping and the stream flowing by. The city seems like a million miles away.

While the grounds can inspire a healthy hike along a scenic trail or a restful doze in one of the hammocks, it’s the luxury cabins that get all the deserved attention. Twenty-five cabins dot the 40-acre site, and each one is a sparkling diamond in the rough outdoors. Which one do you want? Let’s take a look at the Pond View Cabins.

Pond View Cabins

Chris’ Cabin is the tiniest and only rustic cabin on the property. Built in the 19th century and once used by settlers and fur traders, this one-bedroom cabin features an oversized stone fireplace and hand-hewn log walls. But don’t worry; it’s been updated to include all the comforts of the 21st century.

Dad’s Digs and Mom’s Manor are identical twins in their floor plan, but feature different interior paint color. Both romantic cabins have two bedrooms, two baths and a terrific view overlooking the trout pond. The great room in each has a cathedral ceiling and a rock fireplace. Like every cabin at Willow Winds, each has a private hot tub.

Mike's Place Living Room

Mike’s Place Living Room

Mike’s Place is a ranch-style home, so it’s easy to get from the porch where the hot tub sits to the bedrooms in the back. The great room is spacious enough to accommodate its large leather furniture and a dining room set. This luxury cabin sits in the heart of Willow Winds, so it’s easily accessible for everyone.

Pat's Place Living Room

Pat’s Place Living Room

Pat’s Place is one of the original log cabins on the property. It features hand-hewn log walls in the great room, but a modern addition for the bedrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a wide porch make it seem larger than its 2500 square feet. The hot tub sits on a separate deck off the master bedroom.

Jackie's Gem

Jackie’s Gem

Don’s Den and Jackie’s Gem share the same octagonal, two-story floor plan. The shape and the stone exterior really set them apart. Each has a wide wrap-around porch, allowing you to take in the gorgeous mountain setting. Three bedrooms and two baths fit snugly in each cabin, making it the perfect getaway.

If you can’t decide among these Asheville cabins, stay tuned; we’ll be reviewing all 25 cabins in this series. You’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you.

Sandy McLeod

Spring Wakes Up Asheville

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Mar
14
So many daffodils.

So many daffodils.

 

 

When Spring arrives in Asheville, everything comes alive. At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, the bulbs sprout forth color, the trees bud in expectation of warmer days and the water balloon station suddenly becomes an option again. After months of hibernation, the outdoors beckons our mountain cabin guests.

It’s the Spring!

Many longtime residents of Asheville claim it’s the springtime that brought them to this area. While other parts of the country are still mired in cold or humidity, the weather in Asheville will soon border on ideal.

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To encourage you to enjoy the warm days and the brilliant green of springtime, we’ve kept our hiking trails well groomed. To entice you to stay through the cool evenings, we’ve stacked plenty of firewood on each cabin’s porch for the wood-burning fireplace inside. To soothe your muscles or delight your senses, you can soak in your own private hot tub; each cabin has one.

 Asheville Spring Events

The city of Asheville springs to life as well, as concert venues, art galleries and restaurants all swing their doors wide open for events. If you’re a fan of patio seating and outdoor eating, downtown Asheville is the best place to be! When you come stay at Asheville Cabins, ask us about our restaurant specials.

Here are a few featured events in Asheville for late March:

On March 16, the folk-pop group Indigo Girls plays at the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club, an intimate concert venue downtown. Tickets are $30. Show begins at 8:00 pm. Find more information.  The Orange Peel

On March 20, Thirsty Monk South in Biltmore Park, along with soon-to-be local brewer New Belgium, celebrates the release of Snapshot Wheat Beer with a Fat Tire Bike giveaway. 5:00–8:00 pm. Get the details. www.exploreasheville.com

On the third Thursday of the month (March 20), the Visit & Venture event at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel features live music, artisans and local entrepreneurs. For an $8 admission (less for students), you also receive a free glass of beer or wine. 5:30–7:30 pm. Buy tickets. www.eventbrite.com

If you prefer the outdoors, check out the Biltmore Blooms Festival, Biltmore Blooms which kicks off on March 20 at the Biltmore Estate, or the whitewater rafting and zipline canopy tours,  which begin their seasons with full schedules.

No matter what springtime Asheville activities you choose during the day, the luxury cabins at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds await you each evening: the perfect ending to a perfect day in the mountains.