Blog :: 11-2009

Hotel Indigo Opens in Asheville, N.C.

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11/13/2009 - Hotel Indigo Opens in Asheville, N.C.
by Travel Daily News

The newest Hotel Indigo opened its doors in downtown Asheville, N.C. Nestled near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 100-room new-build boutique hotel is the second of five properties planned for the state; additional deals are signed in Charlotte, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

Located at 151 Haywood Street, Hotel Indigo Asheville is within walking distance of locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Nearby attractions include Historic Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Estates, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown has been beautifully preserved and is a perfect location for Hotel Indigo, said Barbara Kulweic, general manager of the Hotel Indigo Asheville. Through the brands interpret indigo design platform, weve been able to truly embrace the neighborhood by incorporating the work of local artists and vendors into every corner of the hotel.

Working with a talented team of local artists, photographers and designers, Hotel Indigo Asheville has captured the essence of the Asheville region by using locally-inspired artwork and regionally-sourced materials throughout the hotel. For example, the lobby features a Gabion wall stacked using native stones of various shapes and sizes, and locally-inspired photographic murals of outdoor scenes taken by Asheville artist Zen Southerland are featured in the hotel lobby and guest rooms. This small, yet urban town encompassed by the Blue Ridge Mountains is reflected in the hotel design with a juxtaposition of urban concrete and steel versus the warmth of materials, texture and colors found in nature. The hotel aesthetic is light and open, featuring glass tiles, stained concrete, quartz-like countertops, decorative pendants, and large graphic wall coverings.

The Hotel Indigo Asheville is owned and managed by Hospitality and Lodging Investors II, LP, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Meeting the desires of todays traveler, Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. From the locally-inspired murals to the renewal program where the images, music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, Hotel Indigo gives guests a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience.

With the fall foliage season upon us and the holiday season ahead, we are thrilled to be able to offer guests a memorable and engaging experience thats reflective of the downtown Asheville neighbourhood, said Mary Dogan, director, Brand Delivery, Hotel Indigo, the Americas, IHG. Keeping the guest in mind at all touch-points within the hotel experience, the Hotel Indigo model strikes a great balance by providing guests the refreshing design and intimate service synonymous with a boutique along with the consistency, reliability, and accessibility of a branded hotel.

The Hotel Indigo Asheville features inviting guest rooms with oversized beds, plush bedding, hard-surface flooring for a fresh residential feel, and spa-inspired showers with Aveda products. Each guest room includes a 32-inch high-definition flat screen TV with 150 channels and iHome/MP3 alarm clock radio. The hotel also offers gourmet menu items and a full service-bar at Phi Bar and Bistro, complimentary parking, complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access, a 24-hour business center and meeting space for business functions or special events. The hotel also features a pet-friendly policy.

With the addition of Hotel Indigo Asheville, there are 34 Hotel Indigo properties open worldwide and more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. By the end of 2009, Hotel Indigo is forecasted to almost double its footprint in the Americas. The brands global roll-out is also going strong with the recent announcements of new deals in Liverpool, England, Glasgow, Scotland and Hong Kong.

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Top 10 Holiday Outings in Asheville for 2009

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11/3/2009 - Top 10 Holiday Outings in Asheville for 2009
by Reuters

 The holiday season this year in Asheville will be especially busy with plenty to see and do. Here are the Top 10 Asheville Holiday Outings according to www.RomanticAsheville.com, an online travel guide to this Blue Ridge Mountains area. 
   
 1. Christmas at Biltmore Estate: This is Asheville's biggest holiday event. Starting on November 6, America's largest home is decked out in festive finery. Candlelight Evenings are especially magical. 
 2. Downtown Asheville: Make holiday shopping more fun and relaxing while finding truly special gifts. Browse 200+ local shops and 30 art galleries. For a break, stop at one of the 50 restaurants or many coffee shops. Don't miss the "Seasonal Sizzle" fireworks downtown at 7 PM on December 5, 12 and 19. 
 3. Gingerbread Houses at Grove Park Inn: For a real treat, see the amazing display of gingerbread houses from the National Gingerbread House Competition at the famous Grove Park Inn Resort on November 18-January  
 4. Biltmore Village: Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, the Village is home to more than 40 unique shops. Visit the first weekend of December for Dickens in the Village. 
 5. Art: Asheville is a mecca for artists, so this is the place to find 
 one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition to the galleries downtown and Biltmore 
 Village, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. 
 6. Antiques: The best area in Asheville to find antiques is the Biltmore Antiques District with 13 stores within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. 
 7. Winter Hiking: For the best views of the year, take a winter hike. With leafless trees, cool temperatures, less crowds and frequent bright blue skies, it may become your favorite time of the year to hit the trail. 
 8. Holiday Saving Packages: Stay in a home away from home, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays, at elegant bed and breakfast inns, many with special deals and packages. 
 9. Cabin Fever: For a quiet retreat from the holiday madness, escape to a romantic cabin or cottage. 
 10. Holiday Events: Catch one of the many holiday events in Asheville, from the Nutcracker to the Holiday Pops. 

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