When
May 30 - June 1, 2024


Where
Crown Plaza Resort Asheville
1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806



21st Annual
2024 BRAT CONVENTION
May 30 - June 1, 2024
Welcome to the Registration Site
for the 2024 BRAT Convention





REGISTRATION INFORMATION
This is a full-service registration site that allows each individual or family to make one single reservation.

You will be able to:
  • Register and pay for the convention
  • Purchase convention meals
  • Purchase optional Paint-A-Basenji activity
ALERTS! Very Important: 
  • Please be sure to order ALL items — including meals and optional Paint-A-Basenji activity — before you finalize your order.
  • Meals must be ordered by May 22.
  • The optional Paint-A-Basenji activity must be purchased by May 22.
Additional convention souvenir items are available at CafePress. NOTE: Ladies t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts run small.

All convention events, including the Thursday night reception, luncheons, Friday night buffet dinner and Fun Night, and Saturday night banquet will be held at the hotel.

The hotel is the Crown Plaza Resort Asheville, an IHG hotel.  It is a very pet-friendly hotel. Dogs will be allowed in the meeting rooms including our dining rooms and there are a lot of grassy areas and paths surrounding the hotel to take your dogs walking.

The Asheville Regional Airport is the closest airport. For those flying into the Asheville Regional Airport, the airport code is AVL. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle service. 
AVL airport shuttle info: https://flyavl.com/GTproviders

 


The hotel does have a shuttle service for Downtown for $8.00 per person roundtrip to the Asheville center city location.  Dogs (on leash) are allowed on the shuttle.

Please read closely the hotel information below. The hotel is providing a discounted room rate to BRAT Convention attendees of $153 per night, plus tax. Rooms are two double queens. Other types of rooms may be available for an additional cost.  In addition to the discounted room rate, the hotel is also providing special concessions that include a one time, non-refundable pet fee of $75 per room per stay which applies to all rooms containing a dog.  A maximum of four (4) dogs allowed per sleeping room.

The hotel offers free parking.


UPDATE:

 
The convention hotel is sold out during our event (Fri/Sat). There are a few rooms on Wed/Thur only.
A close alternate hotel, only 12 min away and they are pet friendly!
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Asheville River Arts District
22 Westgate Pkwy,
Asheville, NC, 28806
Rates seem very reasonable. Please make reservations asap.


ALERT! Very Important: To get the discount rate and the special concessions, reservations must be made by calling the Crowne Plaza's In-House reservations department directly at (828) 285-2603 and identifying yourselves with the Basenji Rescue and Transport Block (BRA).

If you reserve through Expedia or other online hotel reservation services, you will NOT get the discounted rate and special concessions and BRAT will not get credit for the room for our guaranteed room nights. 

Rooms must be booked by Sunday, April 28, 2024 by 12 midnight to get this rate.


Registration entitles you to attend all BRAT activities on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Paint A Basenji activity is an optional activity and must be purchased here  when you register.  Meals are additional costs and can be purchased here; this site will walk you through the process. We ask that all attendees register on this site, including those who are not staying at the hotel. Each paid registrant/family receives a free embroidered convention tote bag full of goodies.

The Convention is open to all BRAT volunteers, adopters, potential adopters, and BRAT friends. We will provide name badges upon checking in. Your name badge is very important and is your ticket to everything; you will find your meal and event tickets inside your name badge pocket. Please wear name badges at all times — 
it helps people get to know each other!

IMPORTANT reminders before you proceed:

You will be making a single reservation for an individual or family.
  • Be sure to order all items you’d like (including meals and optional Paint-A-Basenji activity) before you finalize your registration.
 
Registration     $40.00 per individual; $20/addl family member 1

Individual Registration     $40.00
Additional Family Member per individual 18 years   
and over
    
$20.00
Children under 18 years     $.00
 
EVENT DETAILS

 
After you check into the hotel, stop by BRAT's private dog park beyond the outdoor pool area to let your dogs have a good run.  This park will be available starting on Wednesday afternoon.  More info on this is included in the registration page.   

On Thursday evening have dinner on your own, but be sure to save room for a complimentary dessert courtesy of BRAT. After dinner, come to the Blue Ridge Room with your dogs for the reception and early dog registration. Pick up your BRAT welcome bags and name badges. Each family group is entitled to one free welcome bag, not one per person. Enjoy some socializing and have lots of fun! Meet everyone and their dogs and put faces to names you only know through Facebook and emails. Renew friendships with BRAT people you have met before. 

Friday morning and afternoon will be filled with informative seminars, Basenji contests and other activities. Afterwards  there will be an informal buffet dinner at the hotel followed by (weather permitting) free time at our private dog park on the hotel grounds. We will come back inside the hotel for special fun night activities.

The fun continues on Saturday with more great presentations.
We will wrap up on Saturday afternoon with the raffle ticket drawing and final bids on the silent auction items.  In the evening, we will have a social hour and a banquet, then our awards presentation, the live auction, and more fun! Generally the festivities on Saturday night conclude at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday hotel check-out is recommended to begin your journey home. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.


Throughout Friday's and Saturday’s lunches and dinners there will be door prize drawings for those who order their meals through the registration site.


OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
(this is subject to change)


Thursday Evening, May 30

 
7:009:30 p.m. Early Dog Registration and Meet-and-Greet Blue Ridge -  Dogs and People Welcome
Complimentary Desserts

Friday, May 31
 
8:008:30 a.m. Registration – Crowne Ballroom
8:308:45 a.m. Welcome and Housekeeping
Michelle Barker and Debbi Johnson, Andrea McNair
8:459:30 a.m. Attendee Introductions - Name(s), City/State, and Dog(s) Names
9:3010:15 a.m. Walking a Dog through BRAT
Brooke Stephens

 
10:1510:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30–11:00 a.m. Basenji Fun Facts
Mark McNair

 
11:0011:45 a.m. Volunteer Program
Dean Sigler
11:45–Noon

Noon-1:00 p.m.
 
BREAK

LUNCH - Blue Ridge Room

 
1:00–3:00 p.m. Pawsitively Artistic and More (Painting with your Basenji) Kaylea Schauer
3:00-3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:154:00 p.m. Dog Trainer
Jane Finneran (CDTP)

 
4:00–4:15 p.m. BREAK
4:15-5:15 p.m. Contests! Costume, Best Baroo, Most Freckles, etc.
5:15-5:30 p.m. BREAK 
5:306:30 p.m.

6:30-8:00 p.m.

8:00-10:00 p.m.

 
BUFFET DINNER –  Blue Ridge

Dog Park or Free Time (weather permitting)

Hang out and socialize; Sniffing Contests - Andrea McNair Share Your Rescue Stories

 
   

Saturday, June 1
 
8:008:15 a.m. Registration – Crowne Ballroom
8:158:30 a.m. Attendee Introductions - Name(s), City/State and Dog(s) Names
8:30–10:30 a.m. Search and Rescue with BRAVO K911
Balynda Brown, Shannon Coleman, and Bravo
10:3010:45 a.m. BREAK
10:4511:30 a.m. Fostering: My Journey Down Rescue Road
Pat Dukes
11:30–11:45 a.m. Memorial Slideshow
11:45-Noon BREAK
Noon-1:00 p.m. LUNCH – Blue Ridge
1:00–3:15 p.m. Paint-A-Basenji
Matt Taylor 
OR  Free Time
OR Video -
The Dogs Truth - The One Hour Experience that will change your life with dogs forever
3:15–3:30 p.m. BREAK   Last Chance to purchase Raffle Tickets!!
3:30–4:30 p.m. Raffle Ticket Drawing
4:30–4:45 p.m. Last Chance to Bid On Silent Auction Items!
4:455:30 p.m. On Your Own Visit the dog park, rest, visit ... whatever.
5:305:45 p.m. Pick up and pay for Silent Auction items
5:306:15 p.m.
 
SOCIAL HOUR   CrowneBallroom/Blue Ridge
Casual Dress
6:15-7:15 p.m.

7:15-7:30 p.m.

7:30-10:30 p.m.          
BANQUET    Crowne Ballroom

BREAK

Presentation of AWARDS and LIVE AUCTION 




Dogs are welcome at all events. There is a grassy area right outside the Crowne Ballroom to enjoy breaks through a designated door out the Ballroom, eliminating the need to go through the other public areas. In addition, our private dog park is available not far from the Crowne Ballroom.     

There will be room available for your personal crates and x-pens inside the Crowne Ballroom and they can remain set up throughout the convention. Plastic will be provided to place under all crates. Dogs must be crated or in a secure X-pen when left unattended.  Dogs cannot stay in meeting rooms overnight.

AUCTION and RAFFLE

The fantastic raffle, silent, and live auctions are always a highlight of convention weekend. We appreciate and need your donations! If you plan to bring a donated item, please let Andrea McNair know about it early, if possible. Email her with your item description (and a photo) ahead of time at akmcnair@me.com
You may also mail donations in advance to:

Andrea McNair
114 Wispering Creek Lane
Franklin, NC 28734



BASKET CONTEST  (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)

For the last three years we have had a fun Basket Contest and the top four winners will receive a beautiful prize ribbon.  Feel free to bring a gift basket as a donation for the convention.  Some people create a basket of goodies based on the theme of a state basket of goodies from the state in which they live.  However it can be any theme you wish.  I know that this year one person is bringing a Fishing Basket, complete with a nice fishing pole.  Each basket will be sold to the highest bidder, similar to our Silent Auction items.
 
PAINT-A-BASENJI  (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)
 
Create a Basenji masterpiece to take home with you of your favorite color Basenji with artist Matt Taylor, The Dusty Pallet.  He will prepare a sketch in advance for each of you, please specify the color you wish to paint - red/white, black/white, tri, brindle. You must sign up and pay in advance to participate! You can choose this option in the same way you choose meals before you complete your registration.

Paint-A-Basenji = $30 per person

We must have minimum of 20 participants for this activity. The maximum is 30 participants.  You can pay for this activity in advance when you complete your registration.  If we don't have the minimum of 20 participants sign up, BRAT will refund your fee for the activity.


 
HELPING WITH SET UP FOR THE CONVENTION (OPTIONAL ACTIVITY)
 
If you are arriving at the convention early on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, we would love to have you help with setting up our convention space.  There is always lots to do.  Helpers on Wednesday and Thursday are entitled to a free lunch buffet.  Just let us know by answering the questions as you proceed through registering for the convention.  There is no obligation to help if you are not interested.
 
PROGRAM MEMORIAL PAGE AND SLIDESHOW

 
As always, we plan to have a special memorial page in our convention program and a memorial slideshow that will be shown during the convention. If you are interested in including any of your beloved Basenjis who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, please contact Lori King at BRAT.Memorials@gmail.com  before May 10th. A donation of any amount is suggested, but not required. Go to https://www.basenjirescue.org/donations to donate if you wishA photo is required to be in the Memorial Slide Show.

CLOTHING ADVICE

 
Asheville temperatures in early June average from a high of 82 to a low of 57 degrees. It's definitely on the milder side during June but it's a good idea to bring an extra layer just in case. Cool, comfortable clothing is recommended for all events including the banquet, which will be casual. Because hotel meeting rooms can be chilly, consider bringing a jacket or sweater — same for evenings in Asheville. It may be rainy during the month of June so be sure to bring along a waterproof jacket to stay dry.
 
HOST HOTEL

Crowne Plaza
Tennis and Golf Resort
Asheville
An IHG Hotel


1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 285-2603 

RESERVE A ROOM

UPDATE:

 
The convention hotel is sold out during our event (Fri/Sat). There are a few rooms on Wed/Thur only.
 
A close alternate hotel, only 12 min away and they are pet friendly!

 
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Asheville River Arts District
22 Westgate Pkwy,
Asheville, NC, 28806

 
Rates seem very reasonable. Please make reservations asap.


 
The Crown Plaza Hotel is fully booked.

The hotel is providing a discounted room rate to BRAT Convention attendees of $153 per night, plus tax. Our contracted room style is two queens.  Other room styles may be reserved at an additional cost based on availability. In addition to the discounted room rate, the hotel is also providing special concessions that include a one time per room per stay $75 pet fee for all rooms containing a dog.  There is also free parking.  Check-in is 3:00 pm. Check-out is 11:00 am.

The hotel has set aside a block of rooms at this rate for Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1, 2024.  The Hotel will also offer the above rates three (3) days post-event, based on availability.

Be sure to specify if you are bringing a dog so that you are assigned one of the dog rooms.

Be sure to specify if you need a handicapped accessible room.




ALERT! Very Important: To get the discount rate, reservations must be made by calling the Crowne Plaza's In-House reservations department directly at (828) 285-2603 and identifying yourselves with the Basenji Rescue and Transport Block (BRA).  Be sure to let them know if you will have a dog in your room and or if you need a handicapped accessible room.
 

If you reserve through Expedia or other online hotel reservation services, you will NOT get the discounted rate and special concessions and BRAT will not get credit for the room for our guaranteed room nights.


ALERT! Very Important: These rooms will be available at this rate only until SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024 at midnight, so don't wait, make your reservations today!

If you experience any problems with the reservation process, please contact Michelle Barker
.

 

HOTEL FACILITIES

The host hotel has guestrooms with two queen beds for our contracted rate of $153.  Other room styles may be available at an additional cost.  Mini-refrigerators are standard in each room.  Microwaves are not.  You can request a microwave, subject to availability, when you book your room.  All rooms have a private patio or balcony.

 
Hotel Room Rates: Group rates are good for May 28 - June 1, 2024. The group rate will be honored for three days after (depending on availability) for those who want to stay longer.
  • Group rate is $153 per night, plus taxes.
  • Group rate includes a negotiated pet fee per room per stay of $75.
  • Complimentary free parking.
  • Non-smoking hotel.
  • The on-site Overlook Restaurant is full service and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.  Dogs (except for Service Dogs) are not allowed in the restaurant but are allowed outside on the restaurant terrace.  The Lobby Bar and Lounge opens at 4:00 pm daily and serves a lite fare menu.
  • There is one indoor saline lap pool and two outdoor swimming pools.
  • There is a Fitness and Wellness Center and complimentary access to the on-property Asheville Raquet Club.
  • There are sixteen outdoor and four indoor tennis courts.
  • 10% discount at on-property nine hole golf course.
  • There is complimentary High Speed Wi-Fi in all guestrooms, our meeting rooms, and public areas.
  • On Site Business Center is open 24 hours a day.
  • Walking and running trails on property for dog and people walking.
  • Asheville Treetops Adventure Park is on the hotel property.
 
HOTEL PET POLICY

 
The hotel is pet friendly. Find details on their policies below. 
  • We have negotiated with the hotel to waive the daily pet fee for a one time per room of $75 per stay. This is a big savings for our attendees!
  • Dogs must be crated when alone in individual hotel rooms.
  • Plastic will be provided in welcome bags. Please place it under all crates in your hotel room.
  • Plastic will also need to be placed under x-pens.
  • Additional plastic is available in the meeting room.
  • Doggie bags will be provided by BRAT at the registration table.
  • Please clean up after dogs in all areas of hotel, inside and out.
  • Leashes required in all public areas.
  • Dogs are allowed in the meeting rooms (including our dining rooms) at all times.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, gym or pool area.
  • Dogs are allowed outside on the Restaurant's Terrace.
  • There are disposal cans available around the outside areas.
  • Please be sensitive to the fact that not all hotel guests are with BRAT and some may not like dogs. (Yes, it is true, there are people who don't like dogs. Maybe they haven't met a Basenji!)
We hope everyone who attends the convention will be able to stay at the hotel. It is a great opportunity to hang out and socialize with fellow Basenji lovers and their dogs in between the convention events. In addition, it helps BRAT put on the convention. The hotel provides the meeting space at a reduced fee and discounts the room rate in exchange for our agreement guaranteeing that we meet our room block. If we do not have as many rooms rented at the hotel as we guaranteed, we have to pay even more for the meeting rooms as a penalty. The same is true for the meals for the event — we are committed to a guaranteed minimum amount of meals. If we don't meet the minimums for food and beverages, we still have to pay the guaranteed amount. As a result, we negotiated the room block, rate, and food as shrewdly as we could for the benefit of our attendees and BRAT.

RV PARKS AND CAMPING

For those coming in travel trailers or recreational vehicles, there are a number of places to stay. RV parks fill up quickly, so reservations should be made as soon as possible. Please check with the venue as prices may have increased.  Some of the closest are:

 
Asheville East KOA Holiday
Address: 2708 Highway 70 E, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Phone: (828) 686-3121
Main sites: 225 RV · 2 Tent · 85 Full Hookup ·
136 Electric and Water ·
4 Electric Only · 2 No Hookup · 30 Amps · 19 50 Amps
Rates: $45 - $75
Open: All year
Facilities; Dump station, Hot showers, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Propane, Grocery
10.9 mi (12 minute drive time)
Dean's Comment: Nicest park around.
 
Asheville West KOA
Address: 309 Wiggins Road, Candler, NC 28715
Phone: (828) 665-7015
Main sites: 64 RV · 3 Tent
44 Full Hookup · 20 Electric and Water ·
3 No Hookup · 30 Amps · 9 50 Amps · 24 Pull Thru
Rates: $45 - $75
Open: All year
Facilities: dump station, Hot showers, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Propane
14.1 mi (15-20 minute drive time)
Dean's Comment: Nice park.
 
Asheville's Bear Creek RV Park & Campground
Address: 81 S Bear Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 253-0798
Main site: 118 RV · 102 Full Hookup · 16 Electric and Water · 30 Amps · 55 50 Amps · 32 Pull Thru · 2 Extended Stay
Rates: $40.00 - $60.00
Open: All year
Facilities: Dump station, Hot showers, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Propane
4.9 miles (10-15 minute drive time)
Dean's Comment: Their Two 
Dogs Max is strictly enforced.
 
Wilson's Riverfront RV Park
Address: 225 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 254-4676
Main site: 25 RV · 25 Full Hookup · 30 Amps · 4 Extended Stay
Rates: $20.00 - $36.00
Open: All year
Facilities: Hot showers, Propane, Grocery
3.3 mi (10-15 minute drive time)
Dean's Comment: 
Very small park so not much chance of getting a spot.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Sigler.

 
DOG PARK INFORMATION

This is an extra special treat this year as a thank you for all you do for BRAT!

There will be a dedicated dog park for BRAT convention attendees only.  It will open on Wednesday afternoon.  It will be 6' tall, securely encompassing most of the flat green area beyond the hotel pool with very close access from our ballroom. 
No separate areas for small and large dogs.

There will be rules of course:

Use park at your own risk.
Owners are legally responsible for the behavior of your dogs at all times.
Dogs must be supervised by their humans at all times.
Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the park.
Waste must be cleaned up immediately and disposed of in the designated potty stations.


There is also a great walking/running trail system on the resort property.

For the sake of all dogs and people, dogs must be up to date on vaccinations including rabies, and free of worms and fleas. Dogs (and children) must be accompanied by adults at all times. 

ALERT!   Before you leave home, be sure to bring your dogs
’ appropriate tags, licenses, and paperwork — not just for the dog park  but in case you have to produce them for any reason!

 
 
VETERINARY SERVICES

Asheville Veterinary Associates - West
50 New Leicester Hwy, Ashville, NC 28806
(828) 253-0451
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.

The Pet Vet on Patton
2 Hansel Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 900-5031
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6 pm
Sat: 9 am - 7 pm




Emergency Vet (24/7)
Veterinary Emergency Group
1856 Hendersonville Road, Suite F
Ashville, NC 28803
(828) 470-7802


 
 
DINING

 
We look forward to some great meals together! Due to many factors beyond our control and the higher cost of living in the area, meal prices are slightly more this year. The Crowne Plaza is in a resort area, so costs are higher. BRAT always tries to keep prices as reasonable as possible. The Crowne Plaza adds on a 22% service charge fee and 7% tax for an additional charge of 29% to all meal prices; the price shown for all meals includes these tips, taxes and service charge fees. Yes, we know you can go to McDonald's or other fast food places for less. But outside food is not allowed in the meeting rooms, so think of the great company you will miss if you leave us to eat! 100% of meal prices collected go directly to hotel. BRAT makes no profit on meal charges.  Last year when the convention was in Tennesee, we were able to pass on some savings to our attendees because we are state tax-exempt in Tennessee.  We are not state tax-exempt in North Carolina. 

You will order your meals through this registration site. Meals may be ordered now through May 22, 2024.  All meals at this convention will be buffet style.

There will be no carry-out from the dining rooms. No containers will be available.  If you have someone attending with you that is physically unable to eat in the dining room, you MUST make arrangements with the hotel during reservations for this.

We encourage you to attend all the meals to meet others, develop networking contacts and discuss all the information you'll be receiving. It is a time of sharing and fellowship and fun. 
 
There are four additional incentives to join us for both lunches and dinners as each will feature a door prize drawing for those who purchased meals and are in attendance.

 
 
ALERT! Very Important:  Meals must be ordered in advance through this registration site. Please present your meal card as you enter the buffet line and drop it into the blue bucket on the table (so that you are entered in the prize drawing) for each pre-ordered lunch or dinner to facilitate meal service. Pre-ordered/pre-paid lunch, dinner, and banquet tickets will be in your ID badge pocket. Your ID# on the back of your badge should be written on your meal ticket.  Please be sure to bring your tickets with you to all meals.

Remember, you can use the savings from the regular pet fee to use towards the meals.




Friday Lunch  $24
Little Italy Buffet



Antipasto Salad – Romaine, Artichokes, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onions, and Baby    Mozzarella
Herbed Penne Pasta
Cheese Tortellini
Grilled Chicken in Cracked Pepper and Parmesan Cream Sauce
Bolognese Sauce
Market Fresh Vegetables
Toasted Garlic Cheese Bread
Chef's Selection of Assorted Desserts


Friday Evening Dinner  $38
Smoky Mountain Buffet



House Salad with Assorted Dressings
Broccoli and Kohlrabi Slaw
Slow Roasted Bone-in BBQ Chicken
Petite Tenderloin with Sauteed Sweet Onions
Baked Potato with Sour Cream, chives, bacon, cheese
BBQ Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Freshly Baked Rolls
Bourbon Pecan Pie and Bread Pudding



Saturday Lunch $24
Blue Ridge Buffet


Mixed Greens with Assorted Dressings
Roasted Chicken Breast
Roast Beef with Natural Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chef’s Selection of Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Freshly Baked Rolls
Chef’s Selection of Assorted Desserts

 
 
Saturday Evening Banquet  $45
Tuscan Buffet


Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction
 Steamed Vegetable Medley
Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Croutons
Chicken Piccata
Pork Chop with Garlic Mushroom Demi-glace
Garlic Roasted Shrimp in Truffle Butter
Pesto Cheese Tortellini
Green Beans with Pancetta
Thyme Scented Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Cheese Bread
Chef's Selection of Assorted Desserts

Cash Bar


 
 
DATES TO REMEMBER
Important dates you need to put on your calendar!

ALERT! Very Important:
 Do not wait to register for the hotel rooms! We have only one block of rooms reserved and rooms fill up very quickly.

April 28 at midnight - Crowne Plaza BRAT room rate reservations deadline

May 10, 2024 - Submissions for Memorial Slideshow deadline

May 22, 2024 Optional Paint-A-Basenji activity ordering deadline

May 22, 2024  Meal ordering deadline 



STAYING LONGER?

Below is a list of local activities you are sure to enjoy.
  • Beautiful Biltmore Estate, a National Historic Landmark with its 250 room French Renaissance chateau and 8,000 acres of renowned gardens and grounds and an award-winning winery. The grounds are perfect for walking your pets, but please keep them securely leashed at all times. Animals (except service animals) are not allowed in any building. Animals are allowed on the outdoor patios of Bistro and Cedric’s Tavern, but patio seating should be requested from the host or hostess inside first. All animals must be leashed on estate grounds for their own safety as well as the comfort of our other guests. Please be courteous of others and pick up after your animal.
  • Experience spectacular views on nearby Blue Ridge Parkway.
       A variety of outdoor adventures including hiking trails, horseback     riding, zip lines, water rafting and more. Go to  https://www.romanticasheville.com/things-to-do for more information.
  • Beautiful Downtown Asheville
  • The Orange Peel Music Venue
  • River Arts District  
  • North Carolina Arboretum
  • Grove Arcade
  • Folk Art Center
  • Chimney Rock Park
  • Asheville Adventure Center on the resort grounds - the onsite zipline offers scenic views of downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains from 10 zipline sections, 3 sky bridges, 4 aerial trails, and 50 challenges from bridges, cable walks, climbs and swings.
  • Adventure Park https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/


REMINDER:  If youre bringing the canines, don't forget your clean up bags!


QUESTIONS?

Any and all questions will be happily answered by our convention organizer, Michelle Barker.



 
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