Freebies for Romance Readers

Harlequin Books marks its 60th anniversary today. To celebrate, the romance publisher is offering FREE downloads of 16 full books. This is a total value of $60.

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Free First Wednesdays

Admission is free from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at several attractions at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.

Free admission is offered at the Asheville Art Museum, The Health Adventure, and the Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum.

Valentine’s Special at The Greystone Inn

Here’s a great deal for sweethearts this Valentine’s Day. The beautiful Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway is offering a buy one night, get one night free special for February 13 and 14, 2009.

Plus, for only $50 more, the staff will place a red rose, chilled bottle of champagne and a box of Godiva chocolates in your room prior to your arrival.

Note: This offer is NOT available through their regular online reservations. To book your Valentine’s Day lodging at The Greystone Inn call 1-800-824-5766.

Free Granola Sample

bear-nakedBear Naked is shipping out samples of its Fruit and Nut all natural granola.

Just visit their website, fill out your name and address and in 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll receive a FREE sample.

Starbucks Asks.. “Are You In?”

starbucks_logo_01Ready for a FREE tall brewed cup of coffee? Starbucks is making the offer to anyone who agrees to pledge 5 hours of community service in the year 2009.

 Starbucks has joined with the HandsOn Network to launch the “I’m In!” campaign, an initiative to make it easy to participate in President Obama’s call for national service. 

Starbucks will honor each person who pledges with a free tall brewed coffee beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25.  The goal of the effort is to raise pledges in excess of one million hours of service from all over the country. 

How to Participate at Your Local Starbucks

Visit Starbucks:
You can join the “I’m In” campaign, part of the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ commitment to community involvement, when visiting a local participating Starbucks beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 (and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 25).  Stop by the “I’m In” display featuring community pledge cards, pick up the card, and fill it out with your five-hour commitment to volunteer.

Pledge Five:
Place the “I’m In” sticker from the pledge card on your lapel, signifying your pledge, and take the card with you as a reminder to keep the effort going.  As a thank you, each customer who pledges five hours of their own time will receive a complimentary tall cup of brewed coffee.

Track Success:
Customers can log on to to record pledge hours, find local volunteer opportunities via the HandsOn Network, track hours pledged-to-date, and receive updates on the campaign.

Free Birthday Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream… especially on our birthdays. But you don’t have to scream at Cold Stone Creamery. They’ll hand over a tasty treat for FREE on your birthday.

All you have to do is sign up for their birthday club. You’ll get a coupon for one free creation, and the coupon is good for 14 days (7 days before your birthday and 7 days after). The coupon arrives via email and you print it on your own printer.

Half Price Asheville

Asheville Radio Group’s Classic Hits 96.5 WOXL, 105.9 The Mountain & ESPN Radio AM & FM are giving area diners more bang for their buck with their Half Price Asheville Program.

Customers have the chance to order gift certificates to selected area restaurants at 50% the original price. A limited number of gift certificates are available for each participating restaurant.

Free Inauguration Day Doughnuts!

Customers at nationwide Krispy Kreme stores can select a doughnut free of charge on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, to celebrate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

No purchase is necessary to receive a free doughnut. Limited to one per person. The Krispy Kreme store on Patton Avenue in Asheville is participating. To find other Krispy Kreme stores, click here.

Free Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain

The Town of Beech Mountain once again offers children a winter full of fun with its FREE youth sledding hill. The hill is adjacent to Town Hall and provides good sledding conditions with a combination of man-made and natural snow. Beech Mountain, at an elevation of 5,506 feet, is the highest town in Eastern America with an average annual snowfall of more than 80 inches.

“There is no charge for the sledding hill and it is open daily, as long as we have snow coverage,” says Peggy Coscia, of the Beech Mountain Chamber. “We get kids from all over the Southeast. Folks are welcome to call and check conditions. I provide real-time updates from my office window.”

The Beech Mountain sledding hill is for kids age 12 and under, although parents may ride with smaller children. Plastic sleds are required. Folks are encouraged to bring their own sleds, or they can be purchased at a few stores on the mountain.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, with safety personnel on duty. For information and up-to-the-minute sledding conditions, contact the Beech Mountain Chamber toll free at 800-468-5506.

Go Blue Ridge Card

Here’s a great value for checking out the best attractions, museums and tours in the Blue Ridge. The Go Blue Ridge Card is an all-access pass for one price covering more than 30 activities. The GoCards are issued for 2, 3, or 5 day itineraries, and it saves you up to 30% off regular admission prices.

The card includes ALL of these attractions:

Asheville, N.C. and Central Mountains:

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Chimney Rock Park
  • The Health Adventure
  • The Colburn Earth Sciences Museum
  • Smith McDowell House Museum
  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center French Broad River Rafting
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial
  • Emerald Village
  • Rockhouse Vineyards
  • Lake Lure Tours
  • LaZoom Comedy Tours of Asheville
  • Asheville Art Museum (will be added on April 1, 2009)


  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
  • Wildwater Rafting Trip
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center Raft Trip
  • Smoky Mountain Jet Boats
  • Dillsboro River Company Raft Trip
  • Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp with Tubing
  • Oconaluftee Indian Village
  • Ghost Town in the Sky
  • Rose Creek Mine
  • Mountainside Theatre: Unto These Hills

High Country:

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Banner Elk Winery
  • Mystery Hill
  • Tweetsie Railroad
  • The Historic Orchard at Altapass Storytelling Hayride
  • Linville Caverns

Go Blue Ridge Card; 866-652-3057

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