Arts / Culture / History, Food and Wine, North Carolina

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.)

 

Arts / Culture / History, North Carolina, Romantic get-a-ways

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 “Fashionable Romance at the Biltmore”

Food and Wine, North Carolina

Beer City, USA

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Hidden in the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is famous for its scenic views, local artists and culinary creations. Its newest claim to fame is being named “Beer City, USA” by Examiner.com four years running. With more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, Asheville has become the craft-brewing center of the Southeast.

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Arts / Culture / History, Festivals / events, Food and Wine, Mountain Adventures, North Carolina, Spas

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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North Carolina

Sea Turtle Adventure at Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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On a recent vacation to Ocean Isle Beach I had an unexpected adventure! I was sitting on our 11th floor condo porch enjoying my coffee and taking in the beautiful ocean view when I noticed a small crowd gathering on the beach by the dunes.

It was early in the morning and not many people were on the beach, so my curiosity was peaked. With camera in hand, I headed down to see what was happening. The first thing I noticed were strange tracks in the sand leading up to the dunes and back down to the ocean.

Then I noticed several people in T-shirts which identified them as volunteers for OIBSTPO (Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization). A small group of volunteers were digging carefully in the sand looking for a nest that had just  been dug by a female turtle.  Because of the recent tropical storm, Ana, and the sand erosion, the volunteers were  relocating the eggs to a safer nesting area further up the beach. A volunteer with a clicker counted the eggs as they were removed from the nest. Today’s total: 125 eggs! Continue reading “Sea Turtle Adventure at Ocean Isle Beach, NC”