Engagement Season Arrives!

It wasn’t too long ago that a few friends and I, taking advantage of the “slow” season in Asheville, enjoyed an afternoon hike up to Craggy Gardens. It’s truly one of the most beautiful, and accessible, areas on the Parkway. Just at the top, overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, we spotted the silhouette of a young man down on one knee. It was a magical moment to witness. The woman, visually excited, jumped twice and then fell into his arms. We can’t be sure, but we think she said yes 🙂

We realized later that while the “slow” season might be a great time to visit Asheville to beat the crowds, this time of year is a “season” all it’s own. This my friends, is called engagement season.

Did you know that the top 4 days to get engaged are during the winter months? Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day overwhelmingly top the chart for popping the big question. And while “engagement season” may not require reservations, what comes next certainly has a waiting list.

Last year alone, Asheville hosted over 2,200 couples as they exchanged their “I do’s.” That’s 2,200 venues booked, weekends booked and of course, wedding transportation booked. To make sure you get the perfect vendors, venues and vehicles for your perfect day, we always recommend contacting in advance.

Asheville Premier Transportation offers an array of professional wedding services catered to serve your special day. Our professional wedding chauffeurs provide unparalleled customer service and timeliness. We offer private getaway cars, small group transportation to and from your venue, and private tours and travel for bachelor and bachelorette parties.

New seasons, bring new celebrations and Asheville Premier Transportation is ready to get you there in style!

 

 

Ringing in the New Year: Asheville Style

The parties, the bubbles, the balloon drops! If you are ringing in the New Year in Asheville, NC – it’s time to make the resolution  to do it in style!

Whether you are planning a romantic evening out with dinner and champagne or a full night of party hopping, Asheville Premier Transportation offers luxury town cars, SUV’s and our new fully equipped 14-passenger Ford Transit to fit your entire New Year’s Eve party!

Enjoy the sparkle and grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dine in our award-winning culinary city and stroll through the romantic winter streets of Downtown Asheville this holiday’s eve. It’s not too late to book your personal transportation and discover why Asheville, NC was the only US city in the world to make the Forbes “15 Coolest Places to Go in 2018.”   Ride into the New Year in style with Asheville Premier Transportation!

Check out our favorite ways ring in 2018

Tryon Intl Equestrian Center is hosting two parties in celebration of New Year’s Eve  Sunday, Dec. 31 –  Legends Club and Campagna Italian Grille – for the price of one all-access pass. Individual tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple and include passed heavy hors d’oeuvres from theme of country celebrating New Year’s at that time throughout the night, a dinner buffet, two live bands, a DJ, champagne toast, party favors and more as you watch the ball drop!

Winter Lights at NC Arboretum: Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition, walk through the winter wonderland of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights at the Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. This outdoor holiday exhibit is one of the most popular holiday experiences each year in Asheville. Open New Year’s Eve! Dress warm & grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider for the walk!

Biltmore Estate: Biltmore Estate is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Experience the wonder of the holiday season at the breathtaking Christmas at Biltmore. Visitors can cozy up by candlelight under the grand holiday décor of the Biltmore House and experience the holidays underneath the extravagant 35-foot Frasier Fir Christmas Tree in the banquet hall. With miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights, this is an experience the entire family will remember for a lifetime.

The Omni Grove Park Inn: Famous New Year’s buffets & parties!  Blue Ridge Dining Room will feature the big New Year’s Eve Buffet and a New Year’s Day “Good Luck” Buffet. Plus, ring in 2018 with the Grove Park’s special New Year’s Eve Times Square Party in the Grand Ballroom.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate in the U.S. Cellular Center banquet hall following the performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The after-party will feature a 1940s jazz band, dancing, and a midnight toast. Tickets for the after-party are $125 per person and include party favors, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and champagne.

#RideAPT

We are excited to announce our new hashtag!!

Yes, you heard that right – Asheville Premier Transportation has a hashtag. Now every time you ride, you can share your stories and your adventures with your friends, family and other riders. Just take a photo, share it to your Instagram, use the hashtag #RideAPT and you’re in! It’s a great way to see how others explore the Asheville area from brewery and winery tours to a fun chauffeured drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We will also use the photos to select winners for free tours, discounts and special offers throughout the year.

Don’t miss a minute of the fun! Hashtag your photos on Instagram to #RideAPT and share your memories today.

Be Stress-Free This Holiday Season!

The holidays are a time of celebrating with family and friends – and sometimes extended family and friends, and sometimes their extended family and friends. We get it. The holidays are a wonderful time, but they can also be a logistical nightmare for those trying to get everyone safely to and from the airport.

We hear you and we are there for you this holiday season!

Asheville Premier Transportation services  Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP).

Our professional drivers are always excited to welcome you and can transport you to your hotel, bed and breakfast, or other lodging in one of our specialty Lincoln Town Cars or Infiniti SUV’s.

For larger parties, we are excited to be able to offer our latest family member – the Ford Transit with comfortable seating for up to 14 guests, high ceilings, 360-degree views and extra cargo room for all!

Get a quick quote here and enjoy a stress-free holiday on us!

Looking for more ways to enjoy the holidays? Let’s chat about options for our customized brewery tour packages – the perfect gift for the beer lover in the family – an unforgettable experience with a customizable craft brewery tour in Asheville, NC. From Sierra Nevada to Wicked Weed and New Belgium, let our trusted team guide your way while you sit back and sip throughout the day.

Have a stress-free holiday season and call us today for airport services or to schedule a fun day trip to our famous Asheville craft breweries, or other destinations in the Asheville area.

Happy Holiday Planning!

 

With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time to begin planning your holiday getaway to Asheville. Especially, if you want to get in all the goodies before your favorite events are booked!

To help you plan – here’s our top 5 favorite Asheville-area holiday happenings

 

Christmas at Biltmore: Nov. 3 – Jan. 5

Experience the wonder of the holiday season at the breathtaking Christmas at Biltmore. Starting Nov. 3, visitors can cozy up by candlelight under the grand holiday décor of the Biltmore House and experience the holidays underneath the extravagant 35-foot Frasier Fir Christmas Tree in the banquet hall.  With miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights, this is an experience the entire family will remember for a lifetime.

 

Tryon Beer Festival: Nov. 4

The Tryon Downtown Development Association presents the 6th Annual Tryon Beer Fest Saturday, Nov. 4 from noon ’til 6pm in the Tryon Depot Plaza. This annual Oktoberfest-style has a limited release of tickets, so don’t wait to secure yours!

 

 

Taste of Asheville: Nov. 16

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) hosts the 2017 Taste of Asheville: Taste & Tunes Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Venue in downtown Asheville. From award-winning southern cuisine to bold new worldly flavors, the Taste of Asheville brings over 40 of Asheville’s famed independent restaurants together for an unforgettable evening of sampling small bites, craft beverages, spirits and vintners. This year, AIR has once again teamed up with the Asheville Buskers Collective to highlight the city’s celebrated street musicians. VIP tickets (early admission) are $100; general admission tickets are $75. All tickets can be purchased at www.airasheville.org.

 

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition, walk through the winter wonderland of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights at the Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. This outdoor holiday exhibit is one of the most popular holiday experiences each year in Asheville. Open nightly Nov. 17 – Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate. Dress warm & grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider for the walk!

 

Gingerbread competition at the Omni Grove Park: Nov. 26 – Jan. 4

Enjoy this magical family holiday tradition perfect for the young, and the young at heart! The 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be on display at the famous Grove Park Inn Nov. 26 – Jan. 4. See, experience and marvel at these beautiful creations at the largest gingerbread house display in the nation.

 

The holiday spirit is best celebrated with friends, family and the alluring charm of Asheville, NC.  Begin your holiday cheer right here with Asheville Premier Transportation.

Call us today and let us be your sleigh!

 

 

Rosé All Day: Asheville Travels, Tours & Tastings

We have had such an amazing time traveling through Western North Carolina with our groups and parties this summer! It seems only fair to share with our followers some of our epic adventures: Rosé All Day: Asheville Travels, Tours & Tastings.

In August, we had such a great time spending the day with a group of lovely ladies touring Silver Fork Winery and South Creek Vineyards and Winery! Our group was celebrating an upcoming wedding and wanted to take a journey on our Catawba Valley Wine Tour.

Located in Nebo, NC, South Creek Winery, was our first stop to tour their charming Italian Renaissance Farmhouse and taste award winning Bordeaux Style Wines.

Next we ventured to Silver Fork Winery, located just down the road in Morganton, NC and one of the first vinifera grape growers in North Carolina. Silver Fork boasts a budding 3.5 acre vineyard and 7 varietals; Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Chambourcin, Tourega Nacional.

Both wineries had the most amazing views and an incredible space to share the afternoon with our new friends and family.

In September, we celebrated with a fun-spirited group of bachelorettes as we transported them from a rental cabin in Fairview to their breathtaking wedding venue, The Crest Center & Pavilion. 

We want to thank each of these groups and we absolutely loved being a part of these special days.

Do you have a special event coming up in your life?

Asheville Premier Transportation offers customizable tours to experience the best of what Asheville has to offer. Our professional driver can pick your group up at any accommodations and be your personal chauffeur. Enjoy a day touring our local wineries, breweries, adventures on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or even a professional driver for your group to experience a night out in Asheville. All in a day and all the driving is left to us!

 

 

 

Top 8 Ways to “Fall” in Love with Asheville

 

Fall is finally in the air and today, as we celebrate the first official day of the season, we bask in all the adventures that autumn has to offer in Asheville. Fall is one of the most popular times to visit Western North Carolina, famous for the vibrant colors and vivacious culture.

Ready to plan your trip? We’ve compiled our…

 

Top 8 Ways to “Fall” in Love with Asheville!

(Pumpkin spice not included)

 

1). Leaf Looking – Undoubtedly a fan favorite for the Fall. Vibrant colors, crisp air, there is no better time to book your tour with us on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “America’s Favorite Drive” entices more than 20 million travelers each year to wind along the scenic roadway that meanders across the mountains 469 miles from the Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

2). Sierra Nevada – Journey with us to the copper gates of Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River. Autumn is a perfect time to taste the fresh new harvest flavors of our local breweries. Sierra Nevada taps our fall favorite, Celebration IPA with a massive release party Oct. 15.

3). Taste of Biltmore – Through Oct. 31, Biltmore celebrates the bountiful harvest with the Taste of Biltmore. Discovery this legendary estate through the eyes of their chefs, farmers and winemakers with demos, farm-to-table dinners and wine tastings.

4). Apple picking in Hendersonville – One of our favorite pastimes comes to life just south of Asheville. Hendersonville is ripe with fall activities from apple picking and hayrides to corn mazes and pumpkin patches.

5). Winery Tour –With over 15 wineries in the rolling hills and valleys of WNC, winery tours are a wonderful way to take in Fall in WNC. In 2017, Asheville was named one of the new “Top Ten Cities for Wine Snobs,” by the Travel Channel. Check out our tour page and start your journey to the breathtaking vineyards of the Appalachian Mountains.

6). WNC Cheese Trail – Spend an afternoon with us touring the WNC Cheese Trail. From goat cheese to rare aged artisans, there are over a dozen creameries in Western North Carolina, many that offer tours and tastings.

7). Oktoberfest – Lederhosen? Check. Beer? Check. Transportation? Check! Plan your trip for the 2017 Asheville Oktoberfest in Downtown Asheville on Saturday, October 7. This celebration is one not to miss, and one to definitely plan for a seasoned, safe driver.

8). Tryon International Equestrian Center – An international hub for many of the world’s top equestrian athletes, a visit to Tryon is a great way to spend the day. Watch riders and horses from around the nation compete, and shop and dine at one of the nation’s premier riding facilities. Check out their calendar for a complete listing of events.

 

 

Book your trip today and experience this amazing season in style with Asheville Premier Transportation.

 

Asheville Named Top City for Business Travel

When we started Asheville Premier Transportation in 2012, one of our main goals was to provide extraordinary transportation services to those traveling to and from Asheville for corporate events and meetings.

As we are excited to expand our services to work with the needs and wants of our community, the commitment to our business travelers has never been stronger.

We offer exclusive corporate travel for all your business needs including airport transportation, hotel pick-up/drop-off, and elite transport to corporate events and meetings.

In just a few short years, Asheville has gone from being the best kept secret for seminars to a mecca for business and corporate travel.

In 2017, the popular news site for business Successful Meetings, named Asheville “a cultural hub catching the eye” of business travelers for meetings and conferences.

The recent boom in hotel accommodations, venue and meeting spaces and of course, our favorite après-work activities, have all added to the incitement of Asheville as a leading destination for meetings and events.

While Asheville’s demand increases, we at Asheville Premier Transportation promise to grow with your company’s travel needs.

Our fleet of town cars, SUVs, and multi-passenger touring vans allow for luxury travel while on business and our drivers maintain the highest level of professionalism and reliability.

Where ever your business takes you, let Asheville Premier Transportation get you there in style.

Asheville Tours: New 14 Passenger Van

Our fleet just got bigger, and better! Please meet the newest member of Asheville Premier Transportation – our 14 passenger Ford Transit. Perfect for Asheville tours.

Where luxury meets versatility, the Ford Transit offers comfortable seating for up to 14 guests, high ceilings, 360-degree views and extra cargo room for all!

Adding the Ford Transit to our fleet opens the door to explore with the space, comfort, and mobility to climb the tallest mountains, drive the city in style and trek to every brewery or winery in the Asheville area.

Adventures in the Ford Transit include our popular brewery tour.  We can now accommodate up to 14 guests on our tours to tap Beer City. Click here more information on brewery and winery tours with Asheville Premier Transportation. Make sure to ask about our specials for bachelor and bachelorette parties!

The Ford Transit is also available for hire for events and weddings including small group transportation to and from your venue, and private tours and travel wedding parties.

For the day adventurers, the Transit is available to explore the great outdoors from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountains, and winery tours and destination travels throughout Western North Carolina. Click here for our list of popular Asheville destinations or customize your own!

 

Asheville Wine & Food Festival

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival is back for their ninth year! Join hundreds of foodies from around the nation Aug. 18 – 19 for an incredible adventure of local, regional, national culinary eats, wines, beer and handcrafted artisanal foods.

This year, the Asheville Wine & Food Festival has moved from the US Cellular Center to the beautiful outdoor venue of Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville.

Festivities begin on Friday at 11 a.m. with celebrity pitmaster Christopher Prieto and continue through Saturday with a smorgasbord of culinary creativity, decadent desserts, demonstrations, and a chance to meet authors, farmers, chefs, winemakers and brewers.

Late Saturday afternoon brings a time to savor your sweet side. “Sweet & Savory” kicks off at the Renaissance Ballroom at 4 p.m. with and array of sweet desserts and savory dishes.

Such a mouthwatering event deserves transportation in style. Asheville Premier Transportation can pick your party up from any accommodation and chauffeur you to and from the party.

For those flying in from out-of-town for the weekend festivities, Asheville Premier Transportation is also available for airport pick up and drop off.

For more information on the Asheville Wine & Food Festival and to purchase your ticket for each day or the full weekend visit www.ashevillewineandfood.com

While you are here, make sure to explore all that Asheville has to offer. Asheville Premier Transportation offers customizable small group tours to explore the great outdoors along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.