Stranded in the Snow in Downtown Asheville

Everyone was waiting in anticipation for the Asheville snow to start. It came, then stopped, then started again, then stopped, then finally the snowgates opened and we ended up with about 7 inches in downtown Asheville. At our properties in Weaverville, we received around 4 inches of snow. Getting stranded in downtown Asheville is really not that bad compared to being stuck in some out the outlying areas and towns nearby. During the Blizzard of ’93, my mom and dad were stuck on top of a mountain all the way down Reems Creek. Luckily, the storm did not do too much damage, but it will still take the area a few days to recoup and get back in the groove. 

The snow started falling on Pritchard Park, which prompted this winter wonderland photo. The Weinhaus was serving Foothills Brewing Sexual Chocolate, and Highland Brewing Cold Mountain. The snowy evening was perfect.

Wall Street in downtown Asheville looked so beautiful in the snow! A crew of us walked about, took photos and spent some time at Isa’s Bistro warming up with a few drinks.

We also too this beautiful photo of College Street, with the snow steadily coming down.


It was like a snow oasis, until we spotted this hotel. Through the storm, it was a beacon of light for us. Ahhh, The Hotel Indigo!

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After getting settled in at the Indigo, their concierge team loaded us up with food and craft brews. We were then ready to get snowed in some more.

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We wandered out, stopped by the snowball fight, listened to some dubstep at Timo’s with friends, then plugged our own tunes into the system and had a snow party at the Vault, played pool and jukeboxed at the Bier Garden, and got to hang with one of Asheville’s Lady Jaguars. Stranded in the Snow ended up being a lot of fun!

Aloft Hotel Asheville coming soon! August 2012

Almost Complete!!! The Aloft Hotel is estimated to be about 63,521 square feet and it will feature 115 loft-style rooms and that is including four beautiful suites, with a contemporary atmosphere, along with lots of unique amenities, including the W xyz® bar, dining area with an outdoor deck that overlooks Biltmore Avenue, a Starbucks® coffee bar and breakfast shop, a gorgeous 3rd floor outdoor pool deck, cabanas and a full bar that overlooks the surrounding Western North Carolina mountains. There will also be a huge art collection featuring local artists from the Asheville area. The Aloft Hotel will also feature a restaurant and 6000 square feet of retail space facing Biltmore Avenue. A new City of Asheville parking garage will also be included. WOW!

According to the Starwood Hotels website, Aloft opens August 23, and taking reservations September 27.

Some questions people are asking on Facebook:

My wife and I love the Aloft hotels. We are going to be in Asheville mid July, any chance you will be open??

Hi Michael, right now we are shooting for early August, but we will keep you posted if that date changes! Thanks! via

Hi Aloft! Will your pool be accessible to people that are not staying with you? Maybe offering a pool membership to purchase?

No answer as of yet from

So a recap: 115 Rooms, including 4 Suites, 6,000 square feet Retail, Mixed-Use Urban Project, Hotel, Retail, Residential & City Parking Deck.

New website is looking great (screenshot of the website above, top photo) and I cannot wait to stay there, take a swim and experience everything this place has to offer. This will be the closest thing to a contemporary, luxury beach resort in downtown Asheville! Somebody say YEAH!!! Ok, I just did.

Hotel Indigo Asheville gets a ConnectMe QR Code

The Hotel Indigo in Asheville is a premier boutique building with a bar and restaurant on the main level, rooms on several levels above, and condos on the upper levels. In a campaign to keep up and ahead of the ever changing advances in technology; the Hotel Indigo has signed up with ConnectMe QR.

QR Codes are the talk of the town around Asheville and ConnectMe QR has delivered! Here is the official QR Code for the Hotel Indigo in downtown AVL. Go ahead and scan the code below. You can also see

The Hotel Indigo in Asheville NC – video review

Last night I stayed at the Hotel Indigo in Asheville NC and it was wonderful. Not only do I love the contemporary decor and inviting rooms; it is located right in the heart of downtown Asheville. This means that you can walk about 200 feet and be surrounded by great shopping options and tasty local Asheville restaurants.

On the Lobby level of the Hotel Indigo is the 151 Boutique Bar and Kitchen which features a nice menu and great beer, wine and cocktail options. I like sitting at the bar, and also on the outside patio area with friends. 5 Star Overall Experience. Thank you Hotel Indigo!

Aloft Asheville Downtown – and several other wonderful hotels

In a new wave of incredible hotels coming to the Asheville area, Aloft breaks ground downtown. Here is a photo of the building site where the hotel will sit. You can see the Hot Dog King building to the far right.

Aloft will be among other exquisite boutique style hotels in the area such as the Asheville Hotel Indigo which is a hop, skip and a jump away, and the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village which is about 2 miles down the road, right in front of the entrance to fabulous Biltmore Estate.

The Hotel Indigo and Aloft will be the top preference for tourists who wish to stay and experience downtown Asheville without having to drive several miles to get back to your room.

Here is a screenshot from the Aloft website: