Acadian Discoveries: A Biltmore Holiday


The Biltmore Estate near Asheville, NC is one of the most well-known attractions in the south east. Built by the Vanderbilt family from 1889 to 1895, it is the largest privately owned home in the United States at an impressive 178,926 square feet. The house is surrounded by 75 acres of carefully maintained gardens and walking trails, and it even has its own winery. The estate was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and opened to the public; since then, it has become one of the premiere tourist destinations in the country. The house itself is ornately designed in the style of French Renaissance Chateaus, featuring intricately carved stone facades, towers, and gargoyles, to name just a few of the stylistic touches. The inside of the house is equally stunning, offering hundreds of rooms to tour. As large as the house and grounds are, it is hard to see everything in one day. Fortunately, the estate offers three different accommodations for families wanting to spend the weekend exploring Biltmore. The Village Hotel is the more casual option, located next to the winery, three different restaurants, and a variety of shopping options. For guests that want a more formal taste of the Gilded Age, the Inn on Biltmore Estate boasts a four-star experience with personalized service for all patrons. Finally, the Cottage on Biltmore Estate offers the most private, spacious experience for families looking to truly get away for a weekend.

The Biltmore Estate hosts a variety of events year round, from concerts to wine tastings. However, they especially embrace the Christmas season. The tradition goes back to the grand opening of the estate on Christmas Eve in 1895. The first Christmas at Biltmore was only opened to George Vanderbilt’s family and friends, but now everyone has a chance to enjoy the holidays at the estate from November 4 to January 8. The daily festivities are two-fold: a Daytime Celebration and a Candlelight Christmas Evening. During the day, guests can enjoy a clear view of elaborate decorations on nearly every tree, nook, and cranny. The fireplace in the dining hall looks even more inviting next to a fully-trimmed tree surrounded with gifts, and the with the grounds draped in Christmas cheer, it is even more fun to go exploring. While the holiday display is certainly brilliant in the light of day, the evening lights truly bring out the Christmas spirit. The already-impressive house looks even grander covered in lights, but the real star of the show is the evergreen tree on the front lawn. It is nearly as tall as the four story house and is completely encrusted with lights and ornaments, making it impossible to ignore.

For more information on the Biltmore Estate, you can visit them at their website here, and be sure to tune in every Thursday for more Acadian Discoveries.

Acadian Discoveries: Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

Now that everyone has had a chance to recover from their Thanksgiving feasts, we are ready to prepare for the Christmas season. The most noticeable sign that “tis the season” is the reemergence of lights, tinsel, and wreathes around the homes of Greenville. Anyone in the upstate will tell you, though, that one of the brightest displays can be found at the Roper Mountain Science Center. The RMSC is a year-round treat, offering the perfect place for school field trips or more spontaneous visits. With their planetarium, Butterfly Adventure, and summer camp- to name just a few of their exhibits- visitors have plenty of ways to enjoy learning about the natural world. From Thanksgiving to December 30, however, it’s hard to focus on anything except their spectacular Christmas lights display. The Roper Mountain Holiday Lights have been a Greenville tradition for 24 years, raising over 2.4 million dollars for community charities. You can enjoy the sights while giving back to community from 6 to 10 PM every night until the holidays are over.

For more information on Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, you can visit them at their website here, and be sure to tune in every Thursday for more Acadian Discoveries.

Acadian Discoveries: Poinsettia Christmas Parade

One of the annual special events hosted in Downtown Greenville, the Poinsettia Christmas Parade is a family favorite. For over 75 years, the parade has entertained and ushered in the spirit of the holiday season in Greenville. This almost 1 mile stretch of Main Street allows for a large gathering of Greenvillians down the parade route. Fun for both adults and children, this extra special 2016 parade will feature Acadia’s Sandi Morris, Silver Olympic Medalist from the 2016 Rio Olympics, as Grand Marshal.

This special holiday event is not one to miss, so be sure to mark your calendars for this Saturday December 3, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to learn more about the parade, you can visit their website here.

The Announcement of Phase 3 in Acadia is Here!


Finding the right balance in life is what Acadia is all about. For ten years, Acadia has grown from thoughtful plan for a life-cycle community, transcending the typical subdivision, and is now home to 130 families. These Acadians have discovered a community offering an affordable, healthy, friendly lifestyle. Driving through Acadia, visitors are greeted by welcoming neighbors, a wealth of amenities, attractive new homes, and abundant natural beauty.

Just in time for Christmas, Acadia is announcing its third new neighborhood, The Sanctuary, and taking reservations on 106 home sites. John Freeman, developer of the Acadia community, explained why now was the time for this new phase. “Acadia is growing, thanks to a convergence of several wonderful dynamics. First, the Greenville economy is stabilized, and mortgage rates remain a bargain. Greenville is attracting many newcomers for work and outdoor lifestyle, but very few neighborhoods have what Acadia offers. As Greenville grows, so does Acadia. Given Acadia’s proximity to the Greenville Health System’s main campus, and our unique location in the heart of the IMED Corridor, many healthcare and life-science professionals are joining their colleagues in Acadia. So, too have professionals from GE, Bosch and Michelin.”

Located only ten minutes from downtown Greenville by car, Acadia preserved 120 of its 360 acres for parks, trails, green spaces and common areas. “Acadia first sought to balance our impact on nature,” said Mary Freeman, resident and owner of the Acadia Design Centre. “Speaking of balance, since moving to Acadia, we’ve found more time to exercise, play and visit with family and friends.”

Acadia is all about the outdoors, appealing to everyone, from empty nesters to young families. From the PaddleHouse, where kayaks launch onto the Saluda River, to the PoolHouse and Jr. Olympic pool, this Greenville community has a flair for fun. Acadians celebrate with River Day paddling tours, pool parties and water sports. Festivals, 5K charity runs and bike rides, parades, weddings, and cookouts are held at Acadia’s Pavilion on the Village Green.

“Acadian homeowners plan many events, like neighborhood barbecues, porch parties, gardening, soccer field play days, tennis camps, cycling and paddling clubs, book and bridge clubs, theater and ladies’ nights,” said Jamie Kaltenbach, whose family—like many other Acadians—chose Acadia for its hospitable sense of community. “We even have our own Acadia Travel Concierge.”

“Acadia’s amenities are perfect for getting in shape, for kids and adults of all ages,” said yoga instructor and Acadian resident, Wednesday Cooper. An interest in healthy eating inspires several Acadian families to grow vegetables in the community garden. The Sanctuary neighborhood will feature an English Conservatory and more community gardens. Relaxation draws others to enjoy sunsets from the RiverHouse deck, overlooking the Saluda River. Private parties and corporate retreats keep the RiverHouse busy, thanks to Acadia’s friends at Michelin, GHS, GE, Piedmont Fire, and others.

“Acadia has affordable homes, ready to move into,” said Acadia’s Sales Manager, Shelbie Dunn of Coldwell Banker Caine. Custom home sites and wooded lots are available from $80,000 to $249,000. Since no two homes will be the same in Acadia, a wide variety of home styles and custom finishes are also available now and coming in The Sanctuary neighborhood: townhomes from $315,000; twinhouses from $375,000, gatehouses from $429,000; pocket-park cottages from $330,000; single-family custom homes from $435,000 on cottage lots, from $475,000 on manor lots, and from $575,000 and up on estate and super-estate lots.

Piedmont Fire Department’s Grinch 5K Wrap-Up

What a beautiful day for a run! We’d like to thank all of the Acadians for graciously hosting the Piedmont Fire Dept. and its charity Grinch 5K Run this morning in our Acadia Community. Chief Wallace of the Piedmont Fire Dept. declared the day a success, with over 50 runners, raising nearly $2,000.00 for the department and its community programs. Chief Wallace and all of the volunteers wanted to thank Acadia for the beautiful venue and great support that the runners received.

5K Acadian Support

Acadian Travel: California

America is a truly unique country when it comes to travel options. Many foreign visitors are surprised by the sheer size and variety of experiences found in the states. However, those of us that live in the US often go our whole lives only seeing a small fraction of the country. With so much space in the middle, it is easier to start with the larger, more famous cities found on our coasts. Since we are already near the eastern side of the equation here in Acadia, we should turn our attention westward to the Pacific coast. While Washington and Oregon have plenty to offer, it is impossible to ignore California. Spanning two-thirds of the western sea board, California is the third largest land area and most populous state in the union. It is basically impossible to see all the state has to offer in one visit, so it is better to focus on one area to start. For many travelers with California on the brain, the first thing that jumps to mind is Hollywood, the home of the stars in Los Angeles.

Californians have a reputation of being laid back, living life at a slower pace. One visit to LA will show you the cause: the traffic. It takes at least 30 minutes to an hour to get anywhere around LA because most of your travel time is spent on one of the main highways; that is why Californians refer to them as “The 405” or “The 101.” Once you relegate yourself to this fact of life, though, it is fairly easy to plan around and stay relaxed. When you do make it off of the highway, the various cities that make up the greater LA area are dominated by long boulevards that stretch from one side of the valley to the other. This makes it fairly easy to actually get around a given area; the trick is getting there first.

It is easy to tell when you are in Hollywood because of the famous sign overlooking the valley. It is hard to resist a trip down the Walk of Fame to find the footprints of your favorite stars of the movie or music variety. Nestled in the hills is the Hollywood Bowl, one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world. If you have a chance to see a show there, take it. There is not a bad seat in the house because the natural acoustics carry the sound all the way to the back rows, and the bowl shape gives everyone a direct view of the stage. Nearby, you can drive through the neighborhoods in Beverly Hills. There are several vantage points that offer stunning views of the valleys on either side of the mountains, as well as the often stunning homes found on the drive up. These famous neighborhoods, along with Bel-Air, Silver Lake, and several others, are connected by Sunset Boulevard, which runs from Downtown LA to the Pacific coast.

Once you are able to break yourself away from the staggering amount of sightseeing, shopping, and eating opportunities in LA, you can quickly find even more in the surrounding areas. Burbank is the home of several major studios, most notably Warner Bros. Entertainment. If you sign up in time, you can get free tickets to a tapping of some of your favorite shows, such as Conan O’Brian. Two great coastal options are Venice Beach and Santa Monica. The Venice Beach boardwalk is a mecca for bodybuilders, street basketballers, and souvenir shoppers. At one end of the boardwalk is the famous Muscle Beach and several basketball, paddle tennis, and volleyball courts. The rest of the promenade is dominated by vendors of every stripe selling kitschy t-shirts, jewelry, artwork, and other good, along with musicians and performers surrounded by spectators. Santa Monica, located at the end of Route 66, is known for its eponymous pier, featuring amusement park rides, snacks, and even more souvenirs. It also offers a beautiful view of the California coast overlooked by an impressive mountain range that almost seems to touch the water’s edge.

If you are excited about the prospect of traveling west, please visit the Acadia Travel Concierge here for options to customize your experience.

Acadia Travel Wine & Cheese Event @ 1 Kellers Gate Court


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Acadians are an active bunch, constantly planning exciting events at our many amenities. Still, as much as the neighborhood and Greenville at large have to offer, it’s sometimes nice to range farther afield. The key to an ideal vacation is proper planning, which is why we are fortunate to have our own Acadia Travel Concierge. Ray Ramage, a lifelong friend of the Freeman family, is a true travel expert with over 20 years of professional experience. Acadian residents and lot owners are invited to join Ray and his wife Laura this Saturday the 12th at 6:30 PM for a relaxing wine and cheese tasting hosted by our own Mary Freeman at 1 Kellers Gate Court.

While Mr. Ramage is equipped to plan any vacation you could think of, the specific topic of conversation is the exciting Backroads program. Backroads is focused on a more exciting, active travel style. While there should still be plenty of wining and dining, you’ll be able to burn off the calories and explore a different side of a new country by biking, hiking, kayaking, or snowshoeing through the path less traveled.

Please join us tomorrow Saturday, November 12th and experience a wonderful atmosphere while learning about this exciting new program. To learn more about the Acadia Travel Concierge, visit there site here.

Acadian Blog Schedule Returns!

After a long three months of working on some new projects, our blog will be returning to its regular series schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays. We apologize for the lack of content for the past three months, but we have been working on some great new products here in Acadia. We thank you all for tuning into our blog each week for continual updates about Acadia, and can’t wait to show you what we have rolling out next!

Acadian Discoveries: Passerelle Bistro

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During the weekend, most of us feel the craving for breakfast food, something which is impossible to get when the weekend generally offers us the only chance to sleep in. Not so with Passerelle Bistro in Downtown Greenville. The newest in the line of Table 301 restaurants in Downtown Greenville, Passerelle Bistro offers a fusion of French influenced local cuisine. Passerelle is located at the heart of Falls Park, offering a spectacular view of both Falls Park and Liberty Bridge.

On Saturday and Sunday, Passerelle delivers a full brunch menu from 10 am to 3 pm, a menu which encompasses everything from their Ham and Arugula Omelette to their Ratatouille Baguette. The perfect combination of breakfast and lunch, Passerelle is sure to please even the most selective of palates.

To see the different menus, foods and events that Passerelle has to partake in, visit them at their website here, and be sure to check us out every Thursday for our Acadian Discoveries series.

Congratulations to Acadia and Greenville’s Own Olympian

Acadia has an Olympian! Pole vaulter Sandi Morris will be representing the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulations to Sandi and the entire Morris family. You make the Acadia Community proud, and truly display the diversity of families that live in Acadia!

Visit the Greenville Journal article here, to learn more about Sandi Morris’ road to Rio.