Wine Tour Spotlight: Silver Fork Winery

Spring is blossoming and the warm breeze is beckoning us back to the vineyard! With the tannins of our winery tour season swirling around us, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite WNC wineries. First up, our friends, Jenn & Ed Foulides at Silver Fork Winery. This 32-acre property, just east of Asheville near Morganton, is one of our favorite stops on our Catawba Valley Winery Tour.

This family-owned/operated vineyard & winery just celebrated their 6th Year Anniversary, though their vines have aged much longer. The first planted were red vines (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Chambourcin and Petit Verdot) in 1991 and their Chardonnay was planted in 1992. Today, all of the grapes are grown on 6.5 acres of the property is dry Bordeaux style. 

“When you visit, you will get to taste some of NC’s most exceptional award winning wines, learn about how the wines were grown and made, and let the troubles of the world melt away,” Jenn said, adding that her favorite sampling to sip this season are dry rose and chardonnay, while Ed jokes his is whatever is open 🙂

The couple opened Silver Fork in 2013, after trading in their corporate America lives in Manhattan for a more rewarding lifestyle.

“Both of us wanted something more from our lives and from our hard work,” said Jenn. “We both quit our jobs and traveling the world for non-business related purposes.”

On a visit through WNC, they fell in love with Asheville and began to plant their roots. Armed with a vision and a dream, the couple discovered the property and soon after met their mentor Larry Kehoe, who helped grow their grapes and their business.

“We added more vines, started making the wine, added the Tasting Room and a few years back we added The Pavilion at Silver Fork for our growing wedding business,” said Jenn.

If wine is the main course, the scenery is your appetizer and dessert. Nestled in valley beneath the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Silver Fork offers a stunning view – just one of the many unique draws to this Catawba Valley vineyard.

“We believe it’s the energy of our location and the breathtaking view – coupled with our smiling faces and that of our wonderful staff,” Jenn said.  “WNC wine/vineyards are a growing industry and each one of us has such a unique story on what brought us here and why we choose to stay and cultivate the land. Also, NC has some of the kindest people in all the world.  We really felt at home the moment we arrived and I think more and more people will discover that.”

Join us and Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery on our Catawba Valley Winery Tour – a 5-hour tour that takes you on a journey through the Catawba Valley Wine Country with tastings at two gorgeous wineries: Silver Fork and South Creek.

  • Photos courtesy of Silver Fork Winery

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Things To Do in Asheville

While Asheville may be well-known for its sundry of adult libations, the city also boasts tons of kid-friendly fun the whole family can pour into.

~ Check out our Top 10 hot spots for kiddos below ~

 

Asheville’s Fun Depot

With over 65,000 square feet of indoor fun, Asheville’s Fun Depot is the ideal place to spend quality time with your friends and family regardless of the weather. Attractions and activities include: outdoor and indoor go-carts, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, X-rider 4D Theater, arcade games, Aeroball, Lazer Frenzy, Atomic Rush, and more!

 

 

WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

 

 

Asheville Pinball Museum

The Asheville Pinball Museum offers a wide array of pinball machines spanning from the 1950’s to the 21st Century! Once you pay admission, there are over 80 pinball machines and video games ready to play.

 

 

Asheville Museum of Science

Asheville Museum of Science is the premier exploratory science experience in downtown Asheville. With fully interactive exhibits, street level access, and a variety of educational programs, AMOS is a must visit for the whole family! Be a geologist in our Colburn Hall of Minerals, dig for fossils and say hello to our Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton, climb into the tree canopy in our Southern Appalachian Forestry exhibit, and so much more at the Asheville Museum of Science!

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Take the kids on a hike! The Blue Ridge Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, the Parkway’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina offer many ways to explore rich traditions.

 

 

Tubing the French Broad River

Tubing the French Broad River has become one of the most popular activities to do in Asheville during the summer months! Check out Zen Tubing, Sky Tubing or French Broad Outfitters, all conveniently located in the city for tube rentals and river shuttles.

 

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Their scenic rail excursions take you from our historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Their variety of train options and special event trains makes them perfect for making memories. Dine in the First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola. Step on board for your next rail adventure!

 

Asheville Tourist Game

Take them out to the ball game! The Asheville Tourists are a minor league baseball team based in Asheville, North Carolina. They play in the Class A South Atlantic League and have been a farm team of the Colorado Rockies since 1994.

 

 

Ziplining

Zip through the trees at one of the many zip lining companies located just minutes away from Downtown Asheville. Not only will you get the adventure of a lifetime, this is one of the most unique ways to see the spectacular mountain scenery of WNC. Check out Navitat, or the Adventure Center of Asheville for more info!

Celebrate 2019 in Style in Asheville, NC

Asheville is cooking up some amazing events to ring in the New Year. From masquerade balls to orchestras there is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Let us at Asheville Premier Transportation take care of all the transportation logistics. Call us today to get a quote and/or reserve a car for your New Year adventures. To get you started, here are five New Year’s Eve events to consider as you decide how best to celebrate the start of 2019 in Asheville.

MONTFORD ROOFTOP BAR

The Montford Rooftop Bar is located on the top floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville. Ring in the New Year at this contemporary rustic speakeasy featuring breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets are $125 per person and includes 3 drinks of your choice, 2 small plates, and a champagne toast at midnight!

YARN AT ISIS MUSIC HALL

This New Year’s Eve Isis Music Hall is hosting Yarn, an Americana band originally hailing from New York City that describes themselves as “roots music from the shadows of skyscrapers.” Yarn invites listeners to find pieces of their own stories woven between the notes and lyrics of each song. It is a fitting choice to have a band so skilled at the art of storytelling, lead the audience into the new year through melodic, evocative vignettes. This show has all the ingredients to create a remarkable performance to kick off 2019. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Guests interested in pre-show dining are invited to make reservations at Isis’s onsite restaurant Kitchen 743. They will be serving a four course New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu, available for $60.

BURNTSHIRT VINEYARDS

Burntshirt Vineyards invites you to join them for a true wine-lovers New Year’s Eve celebration. Located at The Summit, the winery’s event center, DJ Sound Extreme will be bringing the party. Tickets are $60 per person ($55 for club members) and includes hours d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and party favors! Burntshirt Vineyards has also partnered with Hampton Inn on Sugarloaf Road for discounted room rates.

MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE AT CAPELLA ON 9’S

Toast to the new year at a Venetian Carnival with spectacular views of Asheville. Capella on 9’s located in the AC hotel is hosting a Midnight Masquerade. The first 100 tickets are $55 and will then increase to $75. The tickets include two dueling DJs, appetizers a welcome cocktail featuring Chemist Gin, and a midnight champagne toast. Guests are encouraged to wear their most fabulous disguises and doors open at 9PM.

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY AT THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM

What’s classier than celebrating the new year at the orchestra? Asheville Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with Cirque Musica to present Crescendo, an evening of acrobatics and music. Doors to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the US Cellular Center open at 8PM and tickets range from $32 – $85 depending on the seat.

There is no better place to start your New Year than right here in Asheville, NC. The last thing you want to worry about this New Year’s Eve is how you’ll be getting to and from your evening’s adventures. Let Asheville Premier Transportation take care of your transportation needs for you. Call us today and reserve your ride.

5 Asheville Holiday Events Not To Miss

The holiday season in Asheville is one of the best times to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. The air is crisp but not bitter cold, perfect for bundling up and strolling through Asheville and the surrounding towns to enjoy the holiday lights and décor.

Let us at Asheville Premier Transportation take care of all the transportation logistics. Call us today to get a quote for airport services or to schedule a fun day trip to destinations in the Asheville area. To get you started with a few ideas here are 5 of our favorite holiday events in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Christmas at the Biltmore: Nov. 3 – Jan. 5

No one does Christmas quite like the Biltmore: 100s of hand-decorated trees, 1000s of poinsettias, 500 wreaths and sprays, and over 25,000 ornaments. Daytime and special candlelight tours allow you to see the one-of-a-kind holiday décor throughout the home and village. Wonder down to Antler Village, grab a glass of wine from the winery, and sit in the grove of lighted trees. It’s a magical experience.

Waynesville Christmas: Dec.3 through Dec. 7

Visit the quaint and cozy town of Waynesville, about 25 miles from Asheville, for a week of holiday celebration. The week kicks of Monday, December 3 at 6PM with a parade down Main Street. The festivities continue Friday, December 7 as the local galleries offer refreshments and live music in Art after Dark. Then Saturday, December 8 stroll visit Main Street to take a wagon ride, listen to carolers, and wrap up some holiday shopping.

Gingerbread competition at the Omni Grove Park: Nov. 25 – Jan. 4

One of Asheville’s favorite Holiday tradition is the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ at the famous Grove Park Inn Nov. 25 – Jan. 4. Those not staying at the hotel are invited to visit Monday-Thursday anytime and Sunday after 3 PM (except Dec 23-Jan 1). This year’s winning entries range from a gingerbread owl to a detailed depiction of Santa Clause gearing up for his big night out.

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays:

Visit Hendersonville for a little small-town holiday magic. This town hosts back-to-back events all holiday season. Check out the Christmas Parade down Main Street on Dec. 1, The Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper on Dec. 9, or grab a free hayride Dec. 21-23. Looking for some traditional wintertime fun? Visit the seasonal skating rink, made from synthetic ice to accommodate any unforeseen warm weather, from Dec. 18 – Jan. 1.

Pop-up Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum in Brevard: Nov. 10 – Dec. 22

It’s the world’s only vintage aluminum Christmas tree museum. Located at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, the pop-up museum features trees from the 1950s through the 1970s decorated with vintage ornaments. This fun display of whimsical, Christmas history is perfect for the whole family from grandma to grandbaby.

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!

April is NC Beer Month

April showers might bring May flowers, but in Asheville, April means one thing – NC Beer Month – an entire month dedicated to our locally brewed frothy favorites.

While local breweries bring great events, Asheville Premier Transportation is ready to give you the goods and take a drive down South for some of our favorite “just outside of Asheville” ways to celebrate NC Beer Month. Asheville Premier Transportation offers customizable brewery tours throughout Asheville and Western North Carolina. Perfect for bachelor/ bachelorette parties, birthdays or small groups!

 

Here’s a few of our favorite “Hop-penings”

 

Sierra Nevada

Just a 30 minutes south of Asheville is kicking off April with showers of new brews and fresh live music. We certainly recommend taking one of their 45 minute production facility tours while you are there. Trust us, it’s worth it! They are also bringing us a Sierra Nevada Taproom Series throughout April featuring live local music to get your toes tapping and those taps teeming.

 

 

Thirsty Monk’s NC Belgian Beer Fest

Saturday, April 7

Noon- Midnight

This small-scale festival on April 7 from noon-midnight packs a big Belgian blast with a curated selection of North Carolina breweries on tap at Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park. Taps include selections from Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Birdsong Brewing, Wise Man Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Homeplace Beer Co. and more, plus, a selection of our own Thirsty Monk Brewery Belgian Rooted Modern Ales. Tickets are just $10 and gets you a 750 ml pop top growler of their small batch She-Monk Belgium-style Dubbel and a limited edition tasting glass.

 

 

Oskar Blues Loaded Up & Truckin’

Saturday, April 14

10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Just 30 minutes south of Asheville, Loaded Up and Truckin’ brings together more than fifteen regional food trucks – an impossible collection of the best food on wheels – with an incredible line-up including River Whyless, Donna The Buffalo and a Late Night Dance Party with Nex Millen. Tickets are $30-$60 and of course the local beers will be flowing.

 

 

 

Contact us today and come see why Asheville is the epicenter for NC Beer Month!

The FEI World Equestrian Games Comes to Tryon

One of the largest sporting events on the globe is coming to the Tryon International Equestrian Center!

With an expected draw of over 500,000 fans from over 70 countries, The FEI World Equestrian Games™, comes to Tryon Equestrian Center in Mill Spring from Sept.11-23, 2018.

Just a short 45 minute drive from Asheville, the Tryon International Equestrian Center is an international hub for many of the world’s top equestrian athletes.

The Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle, in many of the most impressive cities around the world.

Tryon joins this list of hosts including Stockholm, Sweden (1990), The Hague, Netherlands (1994), Rome, Italy (1998) and Normandy, France (2014).

Combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events, the 13-day event will feature Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – as well as equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions hosted throughout the duration of the event.

With the influx of over a half million guests to our area, we recommend booking accommodations and travel to and from the Games in advance. This not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy this amazing event without the hassle, it gives you top pick of our outstanding fleet – including the newest member of Asheville Premier Transportation – our 14 passenger Ford Transit.

For more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games™, visit Tryon2018.com

Contatc us at 828-407-0221 anytime or visit www.ashevillepremiertransportation.com for a free quote and to set up your full event travel itinerary.

 

Love in Asheville: Valentine’s Day Itinerary to Make You Swoon

Valentine’s Day is less than one week away, which means it’s time to plan that special something, for that special someone. This is one of our favorite holidays every year because we get to see couples young and old, fall in love all over again. While you are busy planning each detail of the day, you can leave the driving to Asheville Premier Transportation. We are available for full day rental or by the hour to chauffeur you and your date throughout the city in style. We can even hit that sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ve been dreaming about. Thinking more of a “Galentine” with your besties? We can pick up the whole crew! All it takes is one call and we begin setting up your trusted and luxurious ride. Here’s a  few of our favorite ideas for this year’s Valentine’s Day trip itinerary that will surely make you say those three special words…”I heart Asheville.”

 

A sweet surprise.

 

While dinner is a definite, may we recommend, life is short, eat your dessert first. Start your romantic time in Asheville a couple days early at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. On Feb. 10, they are hosting a free, fun, family-friendly sensory chocolate tasting at their factory at 21 Buxton Ave. in Downtown Asheville. Guests will be able to sample the seasonal confections in their Aphrodisiac Collection at their experience tables, sip bubbly, hot chocolate and coffee, and nibble on savory snacks.

 

 

 

A table for two.

 

A Valentine’s Day dinner is a must do no matter where you are. However, if you are in Asheville, this changes everything. As you may know, Asheville is known as one of the greatest foodie cities in the nation. Asheville’s independently-owned restaurant represent the spirit of this culinary city. With over hundreds to choose from, we recommend starting your search on Asheville’s Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) calendar of events. Click HERE and fall in love with an array of Valentine’s Day culinary events in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

Twilight in the mountains.

 

Craggy Gardens – About 20 miles up from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Craggy Garden offers a 360 degree panoramic of the stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the chilly winter months, bring a cozy blanket, and a cup of tea or coffee (because they love you latte) and trek up the ridge to watch the awe-inspiring sunset that falls from the sky each evening and melts into the sea of mountains.

 

 

 

 

Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie

The luxurious travels and fashionable style of one of the greatest love stories in history are currently on display at the stunning Biltmore Estate with a new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. The exhibit takes you to the romance and passion of the era with more than 45 film dazzling costumes from the iconic film—representing the extensive wardrobes required by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.

 

 

 

 

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 dĂ©cor 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.