Here we are in the dead of winter, finally taking a breather and thinking-Spring!
We are not yet at our 1 year anniversary, which will be in April, but it seems like we already have a lifetime of memories here at The Monte Vista.
Every guest and visitor has seen and been a part of the ongoing renovations and celebrated each and every milestone and accomplishment with us. A favorite pastime in Fitz’s Tap Room was sipping a martini and watching Barney and the crew working their way across the courtyard brick by brick- way more fun and comfortable than peering through a hole in the fence around a construction site in Manhattan! When the courtyard was completed in October, everyone gave a cheer and moved outside to turn their attentions to the activities on the second floor. Such is the story of rebuilding and rebirth, and it goes on.
Meanwhile, memories are also being built and reborn. Barney and I have learned, time and time again that it’s all about the people. We have made many new friends and been privileged to meet the many others who have come back to the Monte Vista, bringing decades of stories and memories with them. Listening to the music, sitting in front of the fire, enjoying morning coffee- we have been sharing this with you and it truly was our vision. Thank You.
So- let’s SPRING into the future
Meet Elizabeth Fletcher our new Catering Manager. Elizabeth launched “I Do for Brides,” a regional bridal magazine that circulated in five states and later went on to represent Federated and Belk’s department stores as spokesperson for area bridal events. After the sale of “I Do for Brides” in 2007, Elizabeth turned to what she was most passionate about… event planning. We are pleased to have her on board and if you are planning any type of event please call her as she is a wealth of knowledge.
Our Art Director, Cappi Macsherry of AnTHM Gallery, Black Mountain continues to stun us with amazing art and artists. The First Friday Art Gatherings, complete with hors d’oeurves and live music, will continue to expand. Join us at 5:30 the first Friday of every month.
The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League is hard at work on the renovation of The Red House on our property. April 13 is the Grand Opening and will mark the beginning of workshops, classes and exhibits. See the schedule at www.svfalarts.org.
We will be participating and hosting many of the events that bring visitors to Black Mountain - look forward to the Garden Show May 19th, Sourwood Festival August 11&12, Fourth of July and our own Spring Wine and Art Festival on May 5th and 6th, along with the East of Asheville Studio Tour also May 5th and 6th and LEAF May 10-13th.
Palate Restaurant will be presenting a new menu with ever-changing specials showcasing the freshest foods available in our bountiful region.
Music, Art, Food and Wine- is there anything else? Yes there is- we now have 19 rooms open so you can come here and enjoy it all with us. How about February 10-13 for the Pre Valentine Weekend? See the details on facebook.
In order to keep you posted on everything coming up, I will be starting to post on facebook and communicate regularly by email. In my ‘golden years’, I’m having to learn what social media is all about-OMG! Please check our facebook for special events, offers and rates. Be sure to sign up for our email list through our website www.themontevistahotel.net for additional specials.
To our new friends- you are now part of our lives. To our old friends- it was wonderful to see you back. To our yet to be friends- come join the family!
Barney and Sue