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26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition – 2018!

It’s nearly time for the 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition! Entries will be on display, throughout the Omni Grove Park Inn from Sunday November 25th through January 4th. Enjoy a number of dining and beverage options, and the huge lobby fireplaces, and stroll through to find the winners.

This is a delightful holiday tradition, enjoyed by locals and visitors. See Amazing winning entries in Adult, Teen, Youth, and Child categories. The display commences after the judging is complete, with awards in place. We’ve enjoyed this every year we’ve been here – simply fabulous, and makes for a fun afternoon. See a glimpse, alongside the Dancing Santa in the video below.

There is a $20 parking fee, half of which is donated to Asheville Non-Profits. Uber and Lyft are good options – or on a mild weather day, the ModAvlTreehouse is a 1.5 mile walk away from Grove Park Inn, across Merrimon Ave, and then through lovely neighborhoods.

National Geo Travel features Asheville!

Check out this Asheville overview videography on National Geography channels, cable and streaming services.

Or watch online at this link: Asheville!

Come spend some time exploring, and stay with us at the ModAvlTreehouse!



Try Our Favorite Walkable Restaurants on Merrimon – near ModAvlTreehouse

Here are restaurants that are nearby and walkable from the ModAvlTreehouse. All within about a mile (with some of our fav’s in bold).

  • Asheville Pizza & Brewing 
    • Try the Moon Pie (plus pepperoni and green olives is our order). Enjoy a pint, a pizza, and a movie. Eclectic and fun building decor.
  • Avenue M 
    • Great variety and consistency across the menu. Best dog friendly patio. Save room for the owner’s cheesecake(s)!
  • AVL Tacos & Taps
    • Drive thru
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
    • Yeah, it’s a chain, but has a great local neighborhood vibe. Especially when it snows!
  • Cecilia’s Kitchen
    • Excellent tucked away spot for crêpes, empanadas, tamales, soups, salads, and daily specials. Pleasant deck out front. Cecilia’s food truck is a regular at the UNCA Tailgate Market for a Saturday breakfast crêpe.
  • Gerladine’s Bakery   
    • Great pastries. Supplies breads for MANY local restaurants. If you ever see the Big E sandwich on a Saturday morning special menu – try one!
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que
    • We’re usually go for their smoked wings, rub-spiced sweet potato chips, and deviled eggs. Good stuff!
  • Rise ‘n Shine
    • Cute place, and reasonable for breakfast. We went there more before they changed owners, but still go occasionally.
  • The Scarlet Bee
    • Lebanese small bites and craft cocktails. Enjoyable, date-ish. A bit pricy.
  • Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian 
    • Very good. If we’re not up for a good pasta dish, their Ceasar Salad with grilled shrimp added is very nice.
  • WakuWaku Eatery
    • Broadened our view of Japanese cuisine. Acquiring a taste for it.
  • Whit’s Frozen Custard 
    • Rotating flavors. A Buckeye Whitzer with Reeses cups is my order, if Buckeye is a flavor of the day.
  • Zen Sushi 
    • Have enjoyed a few meals here.
  • 828 Family Pizzeria
    • Good spot for a pizza or calzone – LONGtime Asheville establishment.

ClimateCon2018 & Climate City Experience – Asheville, March 16-25 2018

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ClimateCon 2018!

ClimateCon 2018 is Asheville’s first conference on the business of climate, hosted by The Collider, a nonprofit center of innovation for a changing climate. The conference primary focus is The Business of Climate Forum, March 19-21st. It promises to provide a wealth of information for entrepreneurs & progressive organizations, to explore cutting edge climate-related challenges and opportunities. Science and Business professionals will explore climate challenges and innovations, centered upon advancing development of data-driven products and services. Attendees will identify potential uses and needs for climate adaptation and resiliency. Registration/Tickets available now.

Climate City Experience – Asheville!

Asheville’s vibrant and eclectic spirit, may be savored the weekends before & after the conference, with special offerings throughout the community. For 10 days, between March 16-25th, area museums, galleries, breweries, restaurants, shops, and attractions will host climate-related events – designed to complement the conference for attendees. Come early and stay late, to enjoy your Asheville getaway via the Climate City Experience!

ModAvlTreehouse and the Avl Space Ship Girls

If you are looking for nearby, peaceful accommodations – the ModAvlTreehouse is nicely situated for guests to participate (and also retreat from) the conference. We are only 2 miles north of downtown and The Collider.

Cindy and Lucinda (owners/managers) of the ModAvlTreehouse, are pleased to see this conference emerge this year. We have worked at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, on Earth-observation and climate-sensing payloads (and other spaceflight hardware) over the years. Experiences with climate research payloads such as the ISERV and Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) instruments on the International Space Station, have us particularly interested in ClimateCon. Cindy briefly worked with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center’s GOES satellite management team back in the 90’s, and gained insight into the NOAA weather and Earth-sensing instruments, payloads, and (local to Asheville area) massive NOAA data center management. THIS conference and The Collider – are exciting new area developments – and we, the Asheville Space Ship Girls, are impressed!


Mother Earth News Fair – Asheville – April 28-29, 2018!

Asheville Mother Earth News Fair ModAvlTreehouse

Asheville Mother Earth News Fair ModAvlTreehouse

Mother Earth News Fair! One of five nationally, Asheville will host this Fair at the WNC Agricultural Center, across from the Asheville Airport.
The fair features 200 practical, hands-on demos and workshops – on topics such as renewable energy, organic gardening, green building, livestock, natural health, etc. Local and national experts on sustainable/rural living and homesteading lifestyles will lead sessions. Curated vendors and exibitors will provide organic food & drink, plus informative resources and buying opportunities to browse.

The Fair runs 9 AM-6 PM on Saturday and 9 AM-5 PM on Sunday. Pre-order weekend wristband passes for $20 ($30 at the gate). Kids 17 and under – free. (Maybe pre-order limited VIP passes for priority seating at workshops, catered meals and other goodies.)
To purchase wristband passes, inquire about exhibiting or check programming, visit or call toll-free 800-234-3368.
Come spend part of your Springtime with us in Asheville! So much to see, do, and experience!

25th Asheville Organic Growers Spring Conference: March 9-11, 2018

Asheville Organic Growers Conference ModAvlTreehouse Vacation Rental

Asheville Organic Growers Conference ModAvlTreehouse Vacation Rental

The 25th Organic Growers School Spring Conference at UNC Asheville is March 10-11, 2018, with Pre-Conference workshops on Friday March 9th. The Conference provides over 150 classes in 17 learning tracks, and an impressive array of guest expert speakers. The learning tracks include: Community Food, Cooking, Earth Skills, Farmers: Beginning and Experienced, Gardening, Herbs, Homesteading, Livestock, Mushrooms, Permaculture, Pollinators, Poultry, Soils, Sustainable Forestry, and Sustainable Living.

OGS also offers single-day exploratory Farm Dreams workshops in sustainable farming on-sites around the area February 3rd and February 24th. As well as a Homestead Dreams workshop on February 17th.

The ModAvlTreehouse is a mile from the UNC Asheville Campus, ideally situated for daytripping to regional workshops, and attending the on-campus conference and social for attendees. Come in February for extra workshops, and to explore the many Farm-to-Table offerings in Asheville Independent Restaurants. Valentine’s Day and Asheville Mardi Gras would be festive bonuses!

Chihuly Nights at Biltmore Estate, Asheville

Chihuly Biltmore Asheville ModAvlTreehouse

This summer, the Biltmore House and Gardens will have a large-scale display of Dale Chihuly’s sculptures, placing vibrant colored organic shapes among the stunning Olmsted-designed landscape. May 17 through October 7, 2018.

Daytime viewing is included with standard daytime admission, but I’m sure the most extraordinary way to experience this, will be with a nighttime “by reservation only” ticket. Dramatic nighttime lighting of the sculptures, sunset view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, life music and a wine bar in the gardens – THIS is something WE certainly want to see!

Hope our Mod Asheville Treehouse guests will also have a chance to enjoy this unique display. Totally romantic!

Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie at Biltmore

Titanic fashion Biltmore Marian Yeates

More than 45 Academy Award winning period costumes from the 1998 movie Titanic will be on display at the Biltmore Estate, February 9-May 13, 2018. The film costumes brought to life the extravagant and elegant wardrobes of travelers such as the Vanderbilts in the early 20th Century. This first large-scale exhibit of Titanic film fashion is even more interesting, considering the Vanderbilt’s near connection to the Titanic tragedy.

George and Edith Vanderbilt had secured first class passage on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but for some reason, changed their sailing and left a week earlier on Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic. Their luggage and a servant who sailed with it, were lost at sea.

See Explore Asheville’s article and the Biltmore Estate website for more information. Many thanks to Dr. Marian Yeates for the special event photograph.

Titanic Fashion at Biltmore Asheville ModAvlTreehouse

Paths to Creative Retirement – Asheville Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

looking forward to retirement OLLI Paths to Creative Retirement Asheville

The next Paths to Creative Retirement session in Asheville is scheduled for April 20-22, 2018, on the UNC Asheville campus,  a mile from the Mod Asheville “Treehouse”. A second offering of this seminar will be August 24-26, 2018.

Paths to Creative Retirement is primarily focused on lifestyle issues, what one retires TO, and how to discover an experience of retirement with self-awareness. Learn how to see yourself beyond being defined by your career. Some participants are already retired, while others are thinking and preparing forward, and may still expect to work for a few more years. The ModAvlTreehouse is well suited to teleworking while exploring Asheville, for a week or two before or after the weekend seminar.

Asheville Restaurant Week, Jan 15-26th


Be sure to check out Asheville Restaurant Week. The linked guide has all of the participating establishments and their offerings to this most tasty event. The event is actually set up for January 15-19, and January 22-26,

I’ve only been able to be in town for a portion of this event in recent years, but I expect we Asheville Space Ship Girls will fully participate in samplings about town, once we’re fulltime residents. The countdown has commenced…