Top 7 New Things to Do in 2014

Top 7 New Things to Do in 2014
Fly in the sky, follow a Vanderbilt & enjoy the luxe of yesteryear


The new year may just have arrived, but there's already plenty to be excited about in coming months. Add these new adventures to your itinerary as you plan your next getaway.

Navitat's Thrilling Mountaintop Zip
Mark your calendars for April 15 for the debut of Navitat's new Blue Ridge Experience, a mountaintop-to-mountaintop course that takes you 350 feet off the ground on zips as long as 3,600 feet! Words can't really describe it, so check out this video:



Bring the Night to Life
Chef Katie Button and her husband Felix Meana are turning their sights from Spain to speakeasy this winter with the opening of Nightbell, an upscale nightclub and bar that will be the first of its kind in downtown Asheville. Creative American bar snacks and a top flight cocktail list will combine in this vintage-inspired space just a block away from the owners' successful Curate tapas bar.

Music Festival: Re-Imagined
For the past few years, fans have known Moogfest as the city-wide electronic music festival that takes over downtown in late October. After a short break (and also the introduction of October's new Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Festival), Moogfest is back in 2014 with a new look and sound. Following in the footsteps of multi-disciplinary fests like SXSW, the new Moogfest will be a five-day event featuring workshops and lectures from futurists, multimedia artists and film composers; circuit-bending and musical competitions and--of course--concerts.

Step Back in Time
Local history expert Sharon Fahrer with History@Hand Walking Tours will be adding a Biltmore Village walking tour starting in April. It will reveal the story behind the creation of the village in the time of George Vanderbilt and its transformation into the arts and entertainment district it is today. Stay tuned for more details.

New Brews
2014 promises to be the year that California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing opens its East Coast location in the Asheville area. Test brewing at the 350,000-barrel facility has already begun, with a tasting room scheduled to be open by spring. Add to that the upcoming opening of Twin Leaf Brewery near downtown and the new North Asheville location of the popular Thirsty Monk, and by our calculations, the number of Asheville breweries will be pushing past 20 this year.

Historic Inn Shows Off New Face
What's better than a grand historic resort turning 100 in style? Why, turning 101 after a $20 million makeover, of course! Renovations at the Omni Grove Park Inn have restored the Great Hall to its former glory, updated guest rooms, brought in bright new retail shops and and welcomed inspiring new restaurants. The newest hot spot is Vue 1913, an American brasserie combining art deco decor, a blend of French and American cuisines and unbeatable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Discover More at Biltmore
Haven't had a chance to see what's new at America's Largest Home? Plan a visit in 2014 to check out the salon and the second floor living hall, both recently restored and reopened to the public. Or expand your oenophile knowledge this year with Biltmore's new Vine to Wine Tour, which takes visitors to closed areas of the estate and concludes with a grand tasting.

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