Category Archives: Arts / Culture / History

Asheville, NC: Discover Small Town Flavor with a Mix of Sophistication

Asheville, NC, skyline

With the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, the town of Asheville has morphed into more than just a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This small mountain town, known as the “Paris of the South,” is a hotspot for farm-to-table restaurants, lively music, arts and crafts, upscale shopping and a wide variety of seasonal festivals.

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25th International Flower & Garden Festival

Belle & Beast topiary is one of more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters.

 

Richly hued flowers and floating gardens adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Spring is a great time to visit Walt Disney World and especially Epcot during its annual 90-day International Flower & Garden Festival. Be prepared to be wowed by millions of brilliant blossoms, more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters, 220 mini-floating gardens and Disney-crafted “flower towers.” During this event from February 28th to May 28th, guests will also enjoy cuisine from 15 outdoor kitchens and top-notch musical acts.

Check my entire article in Allegiant Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker:  Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2018 copy

 

Explore Asheville’s Artsy Side

TAKE AN “ARTISTIC SAFARI” ALONG THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

Buncombe County Asheville NC CVB shoot. June 2011. PHOTO/IAN CURCIO 2011© IAN CURCIO PHOTOGRAPHY ©2011 www.iancurcio.com ian@iancurcio.com 864.621.7976

Spend a day exploring an iconic community of 200 artists set in an urban scene of old factories and historical buildings along the French Broad River. The River Arts District (known simply as RAD) is open year-round and provides a unique opportunity to experience art as it’s being made. Visitors can watch artists weave a scarf, fire pottery, turn a wood bowl, or produce avant-garde blown glass pieces. (Appears in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. To read entire article click on subtitle.)

 

Fashionable Romance at the Biltmore

Wedding Gowns in Film

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in "Sense and Sensibility"

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in “Sense and Sensibility”

In celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways, the estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film will showcase wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design. Continue reading

Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year- old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. Read entire article originally published in the November 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Quebec’s Auberge Saint- Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. This luxury hotel seeks to preserve history, provide luxurious accommodations and provide outstanding cuisine at its famous Panache Restaurant.

Check our full story from the November issue of Luxebeatmag.com.

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NC Woolly Worm Festival

Woolly Worm Races Predict Weather

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

Thought you knew about most of the festivals in North Carolina? Bet you never heard of this one–the  Woolly Worm Festival in downtown Banner Elk, NC. During this festival the weather prognosticating skills of the woolly bear caterpillar take center stage. Continue reading