St. Patrick's Day in Asheville!

Spring is quickly approaching and the Carolina Mornings Team is gearing up for one of our favorite holidays - St. Patrick's Day!  In an effort to introduce those unfamiliar with the way that Asheville relates to the holiday, we've put together a bit of an introductory cheat sheet to pique the interest of travelers and locals alike.

The Scots-Irish Traditions Meet Appalachia

Mid-Nineteenth Century saw a great influx of Irish immigrants to the United States.  Although most were drawn to East Coast port cities, a population of Irish Nationals were attracted to the Southern Appalachian area (we, of course, can relate).  These settlers brought with them the traditions of their homeland - traditions that have over time come to represent Western North Carolina.  Agriculture, Craft, Storytelling and Folk Music are to this day enormously important aspects of our Mountain Culture - and we have our Scots-Irish Settlers to thank for them!  It's only fitting that on St. Patrick's Day especially the city come alive with pride for our distinctly Irish history. 

Who's Celebrating?

The short answer is - everyone!  Irish or not, this is a holiday that everyone in Western North Carolina can appreciate.  Our vibrant craft scene, our powerfully fun music scene and - of course - our distinctive beer scene are all aspects of Mountain Culture that we, perhaps, take for granted.  But not on St. Patrick's Day!  It doesn't hurt that we have the illustrious honor of being dubbed "Beer City, USA” - as such, we're distinctly qualified to celebrate a holiday marked by its love of a good stout. In fact, each one of our amazing breweries boasts its own take on the classic Irish brew.

What to Do?
We know that St. Patrick's Day is marked by a particular kind of celebrating - and trust us, there will be plenty of that in Asheville.  But with all the history that swirls around this area, why not make an event out of it?  The Folk Art Center, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is an excellent place to visit to take in the area's rich cultural history.  You'll be blown away by the work that the artists of the region are creating!
We would be remiss if we didn't list our breweries as places to visit.  Want the full tour? Book a professional brewery tour and taste your heart out!  The scheduled event for March 17th is a 4-stop deluxe van tour which makes its first stop at the Oyster House Brewery (in the spirit of the holiday, try the Oyster Stout!) and finishes up at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium!  And yes - the name is a great indicator of just how much fun you'll have.

Looking for a party? Jack of the Woods, our own Celtic Style Pub, is throwing an Irish get-together on the 17th - doors open at 11:00 AM though the party will last all night.  Be ready to dance to a traditional Celtic Jam Session with Gypsy Dargle (an Irish Folk band) and the Red Willies!  From its prime location, you'll enjoy easy access to dozens of other amazing establishments that, come March 17th, will surely be donning green.

Rooftop View from Ellington LoftWhere to Stay?

Carolina Mornings has dozens of rentals located in the area – from condos to cabins, lodges to bungalows, visitors are bound to find the perfect location for a home away from home.  For those looking to stick around town, Ellington Loft is an upscale, centrally located, 3-bedroom city loft apartment that sleeps 8 - the natural choice for a party coming to taste our local city flair (it's also walking distance to the downtown nightlife - perfect for those who wish to celebrate long into the night).  City Retreat - located in West Asheville and just a short taxi ride into downtown - is another fantastic option for a group looking to celebrate all things Irish. 

To schedule your St. Patrick's Day vacation, contact Carolina Mornings at 877-902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and skiing (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).  We can't wait to see you!

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