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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.

Avenue M, Dining in North Asheville

Avenue M restaurant walkable from Mod Asheville Treehouse

The best description of Avenue M can be found on the restaurant’s website: “Creative, casual fare prepared using locally sourced ingredients and served in a relaxed atmosphere.” Too true.

We’ve often dined at Avenue M, which is down the road from our N Asheville home. It’s a good half-mile walk from the ModAvlTreehouse (with a bit of a huff and puff back uphill afterwards – but it’s not bad). The neighborhood vibe makes it feel like our “Cheers” – where everyone knows your name. Teri (co-owner/sometimes host) and a couple of their staff have become friends. So we were pleased for their success in the MountainXpress 2017 Best of WNC rankings: 1st for Restaurant In North Asheville, 1st for Neighborhood Bar – North, 1st for Pet-Friendly Restaurant, and 3rd for Restaurant That Gives Back To The Community.

The standard menu is nicely varied, with a daily special list (often posted on their FB page). I can’t imagine most folks not finding something they will truly enjoy!

Teri’s husband is also her co-owner and Avenue M’s head chef. He prepares daily variations of a seared scallops appetizer, which paired with almost anything on the menu makes a great meal. Though I miss the lamb burger that was once regularly featured, the Avenue M Deluxe Burger is one of my favorites in town. I’ve had some wonderful pasta dishes, always enjoy Sunday brunches and their homemade salad dressings are sensational! I highly recommend the Blue Cheese Balsamic and Champagne Vinaigrette, but, in my opinion, Avenue M’s Basil Vinaigrette is the best! Teri makes a seasonal variety of cheesecakes, so save room for dessert!

Avenue M has also had a great impact as an active and generous part of the N Asheville community. Teri and Greg have made some wonderful improvements to their building, since opening in 2010. We’ve watched as the dog-friendly porch evolved as a great year-round space, enclosed and heated for winters, with the upgrade to retractable windows opened for warmer weather. We enjoy the art display on the south-facing exterior wall along Gracelyn Avenue, which usually includes a panel from local elementary school kids.

As a successful and fun eatery, Avenue M does get busy, and I’m sure reservations are appreciated. But, Teri and her staff usually have flexibility for us to catch a great meal within reasonable wait-times, and we’ve comfortably dined in the bar area, as well. If you’re staying at the ModAvlTreehouse, you’re not the typical weekend vacationer, so you may be ideally situated to enjoy some mid-week specials that the locals enjoy, like Wine Wednesdays and Martini Thursdays. But, whenever you are in the area, I recommend you give Avenue M a try!

Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28804, (828) 350-8181

Travel Tip created by Cindy in association with Vacation Soup


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