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.

2017 Biltmore Summer Concert Series

Surrounded by the beauty of Asheville’s most stunning estate, the 27th annual Biltmore Summer Concert Series is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets on town.

For those looking for an amazing evening in Asheville, the Biltmore Estate hosts world-renowned musicians throughout the summer at this one-of-a-kind venue.

From surf rock to big band, the sound of music will swirl through the air, as the sun dips below the grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This 8,000-acre estate features their award-winning winery, an array of unique dining options, shopping, and the impressive splendor of George Vanderbilt’s European-inspired chateaux, the Biltmore House.

Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the Biltmore House is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques.

Asheville Premier Transportation is dedicated to matching your travel experiences to this remarkable estate.

Our fleet of town cars and SUVs allow for luxurious travel and premier professionalism and reliability.

Our professional drivers can pick up your group or party at any regional location or accommodation and be your personal chauffeur to the estate.

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. throughout the summer and tickets are available on their website at www.biltmore.com  or by calling 866-336-1255; or in person at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticketing Sales Center, 1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC 28803.

 

The upcoming Biltmore Concert Series lineup for 2017 includes:

 

Sunday, July 30 – The Beach Boys (sold out)

Friday, August 18 – Newsboys with special guest Mandisa

Saturday, August 19 – Tony Bennett (sold out)

Thursday, August 24 – REO Speedwagon

Saturday, August 26 – Goo Goo Dolls: Long Way Home Summer Tour

featuring special guest Phillip Phillips (sold out)

 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Biltmore Estates and travel with us in style

for these truly magical Asheville moments.

 

*Please note that tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change.

APT Announces Brewery Tours!

Asheville, NC is a city hopping with amazing eats, breathtaking views and enough craft breweries to satisfy the beer aficionado in all of us.

In fact, no other city in the world boasts more breweries per capita than Asheville. In just a few short years, Asheville went from having a tiny brewery in the basement of a local pizza joint to among Travelocity’s “Top 15 Cities for Seasonal Brews,” American Craft Week’s list of “American’s Top 10 Town’s for Craft Lovers,” and Conde Nast Traveler’s round-up of “Where to Find the Best Beer in the World.”

So, the question undoubtedly becomes – how to sample all the frothy flavors of Beer City, USA while staying safe and stylish.

We are excited to announce Asheville Premier Transportation now offers brewery tours throughout Asheville and Western North Carolina. From underground micro-breweries, to the copper gates of Sierra Nevada, Asheville Premier Transportation can get your entire party, to the party, in style.

Whether it’s your first time visiting, or your crew is in seasonal rotation, our expert staff can help customize your itinerary to ensure you are hitting best beer fests & release parties Asheville has to offer. Visit our Brewery Tours page for more information!

 

Ready to tap Asheville? Check out these upcoming events:

Sierra Nevada

http://www-origin.cdn.sierranevada.com/events

Highland Brewery

https://highlandbrewing.com/whats-up/calendar

Oskar Brewery

http://www.burningcan.com

 

 

Sit back, sip up, 

and let your journey be as exciting as 

your drinking destination!

 

 

Calling all art-lovers: Burners & BBQ event starts May 19

We are always excited to work with our community and showcase the artists that paint our one-of-a-kind Asheville canvas. For our new website, Asheville Premier Transportation shot photos in one of our favorite new artist hubs in the city – Foundy Street. This once abandoned site has been brought to colorful light thanks to the largest muralist event in the state of North Carolina, “Burners & BBQ.”

The annual non-profit event, held this year from May 19 -21, features over 30 artists from around the nation as they bring their creativity to this corner of the River Arts District, creating stunning street art, graffiti, and murals. Last year alone, artists painted over 15,000 square feet of street canvas, imprinting Foundy Street as a destination for artists and art lovers around the nation.

“We hope to further solidify its reputation as a beautiful outdoor gallery while simultaneously promoting the River Arts District as a cultural landmark and the proud home of Asheville’s art community,” said festival organizers. “By bringing these artists together and executing a project of this scope and quality, we hope to provide our city with art that inspires others to do the same and specifically gives Asheville’s youth something ambitious they can aspire to.”

Kick-off the weekend Friday, May, 19 at 7 p.m. at the Foundy St. Wedge Brewery for an official art opening, artists meet and greet and live performances. Beers will be flowing all weekend and of course, BBQ by 12 Bones. Donations are also being accepted at  https://www.yo8.ucaring.com/asheville-76659