Asheville Fall Color Forecast for 2016

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Nov 032016

The Asheville fall leaf color show in the North Carolina mountains attracts visitors from around the world. With the 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, our lush Blue Ridge Mountain range puts on one of the longest-running autumn leaf color displays in the country. Pic at top of page is Rough Ridge taken on October 18, 2016

Forecast: The number one question is: “When is the peak color?” No matter when you plan an autumn visit in October or early November, you can take a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or other mountain roads to find the best color of fall leaves. Elevation and weather are the biggest factors in the color show. Leaves begin their color change on the highest peaks and gradually work down to the lowest elevations. An early frost speeds up the show and warm weather prolongs it.

We have been very fortunate that this years season of fall has been very Moderate and Dry.  The colors have been spectacular. The Farmer Almanac for Precipitation from November 2016 to October 2017 doesn’t show much in the way of liquid precipitation for November or December…  dry-falls-fall4

Autumn Fall Viewing Tips

Here are some tips to help you plan an Asheville fall vacation to enjoy the spectacular autumn colors of the North Carolina mountain leaves:

  • Make your room reservations early. Many times, weekends are booked at B&B innscabins and hotelswell in advance.
  • To avoid the biggest crowds and to save more on lodging, stay on Sunday through Thursday nights. Saturdays during October are super busy at attractions such as Biltmore Estate, and highways and country roads will be busier.
  • If you are gettting outdoors in our national parks and forests, do you research first. Frequently, you will not have cell or internet service on the hiking trails or at waterfalls.
  • With the varying elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is the quickest way to find the best areas for color. The elevation of the Parkway around the city of Asheville is approximately 2,200 feet, and it rises to 5,000+ feet as you drive north or south. The color show starts a the highest elevations in early October and progress down. When you find a particular area of brilliant foliage, take a hike along a trial or take a detour on one of the intersecting roads. Be patient and expect slow traffic, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking at overlooks can be difficult. See our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide.
  • If you encounter fog (low clouds) on the Blue Ridge Parkway, don’t despair. The weather can change rapidly. It could be very sunny around the next bend or in a few minutes. Fog is most frequent in the mornings, and it can create interesting photo opportunities. The Parkway has more fog than other scenic drives in the mountains since it follows the high ridges.
  • Enhance fall colors by wearing polarized sunglasses.
  • Take a picnic or snacks, especially if you are driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is only one restaurant along the Parkway near Asheville. To find a restaurant, exit the Parkway near a town. See our Top 20 Picnic Spots.
  • Fill up the gas tank before taking a scenic drive out of the city. Gas stations are sparse in remote areas and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Don’t rely 100% on your GPS to navigate our mountain roads. That’s a good way to get lost. Take a map along also.
  • Bring a sweater or jacket. While it might be 70 and sunny in Asheville, it may be 20 degrees cooler at the higher elevations. In mid to late October, snow or ice is possible at the higher elevations. See rime ice from October. Road closures and conditions on the Blue Ridge Parkway, along with weather reports, are available by calling the Parkway information line at (828) 298-0398. Rainy day? Here are some indoor options for things to do.
  • Take your camera. The warm light of the early morning or late afternoon can create especially dramatic images.
  • Bring binoculars for bird watching to bringing a distant picturesque view a bit closer.
  • For ideas on outings to combine with your leaf watching, see our 20 Bucket List Outings.


Take the time to stop and crunch the leaves this season and take in a deep breath of fresh Mountain Air

Ribbon Cutting for New Offices!

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May 022015

COOL MTN TEAMWe want to invite everyone to our ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at our new offices located at 771 Charlotte Highway in Fairview. There will be free food, beer and wine as well as drawings for door prizes!

Our new location is a mile closer to Asheville than our old offices and just up the hill from the Reynolds community, across the street from Mountain Mojo Coffee Shop. Our office phone remains 828-628-3088.

So why the move? As always in Real Estate– location, location, location (and space).

Want more information? Click here!

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Asheville No. 1 Destination in the Country to Visit in 2015

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Mar 162015

mainbkg22“Good Morning America” ushered in the new year with a Jan. 1 segment touting Asheville as the No. 1 destination in the country to visit in 2015.

“It’s an amazing place. It’s really coming into its own. It’s a glorious natural setting,” said Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the popular Frommer travel guide. She went on to promote the area’s thriving craft beer scene to the national audience.

However, Frommer jumped the gun when discussing New Belgium Brewing’s major new development in the River Arts District, which isn’t scheduled to open until the end of 2015. Local artists who have long worked in the area might also take issue with her use of the word “sketchy” to describe the area before New Belgium’s construction.

“We’re picking [Asheville] this year because the sketchy riverside area has been totally redone thanks to the New Belgium Brewery, which has poured millions of dollars into this area, making new parks, artists collectives, farmers markets, bike paths,” says Frommer. “It’s just a great place to go. It has the most breweries per capita, so always a party.”

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Fairview Meadows: Country Living, City Life

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Feb 112015

Fairview Meadows (Med)Starting a new subdivision is a lot more than laying out a sign. First, is the long process of due diligence- understanding all the variables behind creating a successful subdivision. This includes zoning issues, rates involved… knowing the land. You have to make sure you are good to go before you are good to go.

The land then gets surveyed and topographical maps are created. There are meetings with Planning and Zoning, engineers and teams to cut in roads and do compaction tests. Even the Fire Marshall has to ensure that a fire truck can get in and out of the subdivision before building can start.

Recently my husband and I did just this- created a new space for homebuilding in North Carolina in a beautiful country setting just east of Asheville. It was the third subdivision we’ve created in 10 years. Of course, when I say recently, I mean we started eight months ago!

That’s right, the biggest cost to creating a subdivision isn’t necessarily the money involved to secure the land. The biggest investment is time!

But it’s all worth it. On top of creating a livelihood for myself, a Realtor, and my husband, a builder, we’re helping grow the community. This is especially true in Fairview where there is a housing shortage.

And is it any wonder? This area offers much to those who want to live in the beautiful rolling hills of the Smokey Mountains. Our little community of 3,000+ offers the best of both worlds- quiet country living while being only 15 minutes away from Asheville and all the amenities the county seat city offers. Our increased elevation means slightly cooler temperatures and beautiful views!

Being close to Asheville- the largest metropolitan area in Western North Carolina- has its own allure but the quiet of the country does too, especially in the mountains. And so we created the latest living space, Fairview Meadows, to help meet the demand. There’s no reason one can’t have elegance and room to roam.

If you’d like a tour of the new area (and a chance to see the views for yourself!), call Cool Mountain Realty at 828-628-3088. We’ll be happy to show you around.

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