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Be a part of the most beloved and storied holiday travel destination in the Southeast with a visit to America’s largest home, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. On Christmas Eve in 1895,  Eve Vanderbilt opened the doors to the Biltmore House to friends and family for the first time and a visit to this historic home has become a classic holiday destination every year since.

Christmas is an especially spectacular time to enjoy the 250-room family home as it is decked in festive finery. Biltmore’s Banquet Hall tree alone, the largest of the sixty-eight decorated Christmas trees found in the home, has 500 lights, 500 gift-wrapped packages and 500 ornaments on it.  Throughout the rooms millions of twinkling lights, miles of garland and ribbon, glowing fireplaces, inspiring music, and holiday demonstrations all add to the magical feel and set the scene for this special time of year.  This year the house, gardens, and grounds are decorated in an art motif with each tree throughout the house decorated to complement a piece of art found in the room where the tree is placed.  Candlelight Christmas Evening takes the already magnificent house and adds an air of mystery to it as choirs perform the season’s traditional music in the glassed Winter Garden and the front yard is set aglow with a fifty-five foot tree.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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Who in their wildest dreams would associate Beer City, USA with fresh, cacao-laden chocolate? Chocolate City, USA, is the latest moniker to grace the diversity of Asheville, North Carolina. The artisan chocolatiers emphasize using locally grown foods like berries, nuts and dairy to create their delectable “bean to bar” chocolate—from gourmet creations to vegan and organic taste temptations.

Media like The New York Times, USA Today, Southern Living and Our State magazines hail the region’s farm to table movement as three local confectionaries have made their mark on Asheville’s new chocolate notoriety. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Chocolate Fetish and Chocolate Gems whip up some of the most elegant and sophisticated chocolates in the region right in the heart of Asheville.

But don’t discount the non-retail chocolatiers who sell their creations to nearby farms, tailgate markets and other retailers around the United States. Sinless Raw Chocolate, Ulimana’s organic truffles or The Chocolate Lab which offers you, of all things, Elvis—a banana chip topped with a peanut butter ball and a piece of real bacon.

Where else could you find such new, creative twists on an old world experience like chocolate? Asheville’s been at the forefront of eclectic taste for years.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.”You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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So you’re ready to take advantage of all that that Western North Carolina has to offer its residents and buy a home here in the Asheville or Brevard area …As a home buyer you’ll need to think about whether you should purchase an existing home or build a new one. How do you decide which is the better choice? You’ll need to consider your budget, your lifestyle and your everyday needs.

Building a new home can be exciting, however, starting from scratch on all the decorating needs can be time-consuming and can become overwhelming. Existing home sellers have usually done small updates and neutralized interior design elements prior to putting their home on the market, so although you may want to add your own personal touch to your new home, much of it can be done incrementally.

Do you want to be close to amenities? You’re likely to find more existing homes closer to town providing easier access to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and other ammenities. New housing tends to be in the outskirts of town so you will have to consider whether the drive into town to get to that favorite doctor or grocer is worth the additional time and expense.

Consider too that existing homes cost less per square foot than new homes. Existing homes are often in mature neighborhoods and frequently are not part of a larger home-owner’s group. Outlying areas tend toward higher taxes, assessment fees and land costs, however, existing homes are often in need of some maintenance and tend to be less energy efficient, so while you may not be paying monthly home-owner’s fees, that may be offset by higher energy and utility costs.

It’s still a buyers’ market, although home prices have slowly risen in selected areas. So if your personal economics make you ready to take the plunge, consider what will make you and your family happy and what will make your house a home.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.”You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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When you hike through the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you are hiking through North Carolina’s section of the Appalachian Trail. Grazing the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina’s 88-mile section of the trail is some of the most scenic along its 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine. One of the longest footpaths on Earth, the Appalachian Trail celebrated its 75th birthday this past August.

There’s another 200 miles of the North Carolina Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee border. Some of the highest peaks this side of the Mississippi reside here, as well as vast areas of wilderness. You’ll find miles and miles of trails to hike through Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest and DuPont State Forest. You’ll find gorgeous waterfalls, take in Whiteside Mountain and Looking Glass Rock.

Western North Carolina, affectionately known to the locals as the WNC, is also home to Asheville, where the North Carolina Nature Center serves all 27 WNC counties and the Appalachian Trail cuts through the eastern edge of the city. Fall is a great time to hike. The weather is mild, the autumn trees are just beginning to turn color and the many small towns dotting the landscape are as hospitable as they come.

We are your Real Estate experts for the Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard areas of Western North Carolina.  So email Jay or Jewell Kaiser or give us a call today, Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376, and let us put our experience to work for you and help you find the perfect home or homesite to fit your personal lifestyle. “You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!”

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Western North Carolina is tailor made for kids going to summer camp. You’ll find the traditional overnight camps, some which have been operating for over a century. You’ll swim, hike, canoe, craft and have sing-a-longs as you roast marshmallows around a bonfire. If traditional camps aren’t your child’s thing, you’ll find many camps that specialize in innovative summer programs, including sports, computer and service programs. There’s something for every fitness level, every interest, and every taste. Here are a few of the camps found in the Brevard, Asheville, and Hendersonville area:

 

Brevard

  • Camp Carolina:
    Simplicity of life, self-reliance, respect for property and nature and the challenge of high adventure (boys, grades 1-12).
  • Camp Chosatonga:
    Rustic, tranquil adventure in the Pisgah National Forest includes challenging activities. The girls’ camp is Camp Kahdalea (boys, ages 8-17).
  • Camp Kahdalea:
    Rustic, tranquil adventure in the Pisgah National Forest includes challenging activities. The boys’ camp is Camp Chosatonga (girls, ages 8-17).
  • Camp Illahee:
    Tradition, confidence, faith in God, conviction, activity and integrity greet campers (girls, no age limits given).
  • Deep Woods Camp:
    Founded on the premise that summer camp should be a valuable and meaningful experience (boys, ages 10-17).
  • Gwynn Valley Camp:
    Concentrates on the values of simplicity and acceptance in a noncompetitive atmosphere (coed, ages 5-14).
  • Keystone Camp:
    The oldest summer girls’ camp in the Southeast with traditional camp programs (grades 1-9).
  • Rockbrook Camp:
    An overnight summer camp including recreation and creative experiences (girls, ages 6-16).

Asheville

  • Asheville Area YMCA Summer Day Camps:
    Enjoy field trips, swimming, campouts, cookouts, competitions and our first trip to the resident Y property (coed, ages 6-12).
  • Camp Hollymont:
    Your daughter will challenge herself physically and spiritually while making memories with new friends that will last a lifetime (girls, ages 6-16).
  • Camp Pisgah:
    This summer Girl Scout camp helps teach young scouts to become positive agents of change in their communities (girls, ages 7-17).
  • Colburn Earth Science Museum Camp:
    Our afternoon sessions feature exciting science activities, themed crafts, games, field trips around town and healthy snacks (coed, grades K-5).
  • Outward Bound:
    Challenging wilderness adventures that help kids learn teamwork, leadership and inspiration (coed, ages 12 +).

Hendersonville

  • Blue Star Camps:
    Jewish summer camp located in the Blue Ridge Mountains; family-owned for over 60 years.(coed. ages 6-16).
  • Camp Courtney:
    Coed Christian Retreat Center and summer camp destination for all ages.
  • Camp Kanuga:
    An Episcopalian traditional, residential camp. (coed, ages 8-15).
  • Camp Pinewood:
    Traditional boys and girls’ camping activities (coed, ages 6-16).
  • Camp Tekoa:
    Offers a variety of summer resident day camps for boys and girls (ages 5-17).
  • Camp Ton-A-Wandah:
    Summer retreat for girls who want to play and learn in a safe, supportive and spiritual environment (ages 6-15).
  • Henderson County YMCA Summer Day Camp:
    Enjoy field trips, swimming, campouts, cookouts and competitions (coed, ages 6-12).

 

Through honesty, integrity, and responsiveness to your needs, we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful. Contact Jay and Jewell Kaiser, you are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly.

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In nearby Asheville, NC, cultural and community celebrations are a way of life and Asheville is home to some of the most widely attended and celebrated festivals in the Southeast. This weekend, from January 27th through January 29th, marks the 20th Annual All That Jazz Weekend in Asheville. Located at the Grove Park Inn and Spa, the full event is a three-day celebration perfect for any jazz enthusiast. Attendees have the option of purchasing a full package of concerts and hotel accommodations for $124.75 or to purchase concert tickets to individual events separately.

Featured performances include a Friday night appearance by the John Pizzarelli Quartet, a Saturday afternoon performance by the Lenore Raphael Duo featuring Herman Burney, and a Saturday night performance by Jessica Molaskey and the Aaron Weinstein Trio. In addition to these special performances, there will be a wide range of activities including a historical tour of the Grove Park Inn and Spa, a cooking demonstration by our INN THE KITCHEN restaurant’s chefs, a one-hour presentation on the history of jazz by Kat Williams, and other comedy and musical performances.

Nationally recognized as one of the top jazz festivals in the Southeast, every true lover of jazz should make a point of attending the 20th Annual All That Jazz Weekend in Asheville. Whether you spend the entire weekend or just attend one of the special performances, this is a can’t-miss event that will satisfy jazz aficionados from all walks of life.

Through honesty, integrity, and responsiveness to your needs, we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful. Contact Jay and Jewell Kaiser, you are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly.

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Along with cycling, mountain biking, and fishing, horseback riding is another one of the fabulous activities that outdoor enthusiasts enjoy  in the Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville area of Western North Carolina.  Amazing panaramic views and rugged mountain scenery are the backdrop for riders as they hit the multitude of trails located here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

State and National forest cover one-third of Transylvania County with miles of trails to provide endless hours of riding opportunities.

Dupont State Forest
A favorite site for trail riders with 90 miles of trails around beautiful waterfalls with most of the trails being single track and old logging roads.

  • The Waterfall Loop
    This is a great loop affording views of four of the major waterfalls. Many loops can be developed by connecting the trails. All trails are open to horses except for Triple Falls Trail and a few clearly marked hiking trails.
  • Lake Imaging Access Area.
    There are several trails that lead off of this trail, but to do the loop stay on Lake Imaging Road.

Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest is a popular area for horseback riding. With many loop rides and most trails connect to the South Mills River Trail.

  • South Mills River Area Trails
    Streamside and wooded trails as well as old logging roads ranging between 1 and 12 miles long.
  • North Mills River Area
    Trails here go through fields, run along streams, and follow the ridgetop. Ranging in length from 1-5 miles longs, you’ll find easy grades as well as steep, and opportunities for multiple loop rides.
  • Davidson River
    The horseback riding area at Davidson River is several miles from the river. The horse area is near Pink Beds, Cradle of Forestry area.

Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center
Over 80 miles of horse trails that include wide open spaces as well as roads and trails along the edge of the beautiful French Broad River. You’ll  find cross-country jumps and many of the trails also have optional jumps.

Don’t own a horse but would like to experience this beautiful area of Western North Carolina on horseback? Not a problem! Brevard has several riding stables that offer guided trail rides with experienced guides who will bring you out to explore and safely enjoy the private mountain trails.

Balsom Grove Riding Stables, Shoal Creek Road, Brevard, NC 28712
828-862-5759
Pisgah Forest Riding Stables, 476 Pisgah Dr, Brevard, NC 28712
828-883-8258‎
Free Rein Stables, 420 Las Praderas Cir, Brevard, NC 28712
828-883-3375‎
Keystone Riding Center, Cashiers Valley Rd, Brevard, NC 28712
828-883-8232
Gwynn Valley, 1080 Island Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712
828-885-2900

Contact Jay & Jewell Kaiser, we are the most informed professionals in our market area and we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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