Joe Ebel and Anne Lalley
I am a singer/songwriter, voice talent, and amateur gardener. I love the arts,
eating yummy food with friends and family, and the outdoors (especially horseback riding at Hickory Nut Gap Farm or jumping into one of our beautiful mountain swimming holes!). I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel abroad and learn about other cultures. I feel extremely fortunate to have been born and raised in such a wonderful community as Asheville. I love my hometown and all things about the Blue Ridge Mountains.
My husband, Joe Ebel, is a Wisconsin native and has lived here in Asheville for 18 years. He is an an amazing musician, website developer, chef, handyman and just a great guy and fantastic husband! We manage several properties, all next door to us. We love the green space that surrounds us, the peacefulness of our setting, and the proximity to the downtown Asheville scene.
Joe and I met through music. We both write and perform. Between the two of us, we have five CDs of original, acoustic music. If you’ve seen the Ken Burns National Parks Series TV show on PBS, you’ve probably heard Joe’s violin playing! He also plays mandolin and acoustic and electric guitar.
Joe and I created a mission statement years ago, and it still holds:
“Create and sustain harmony and balance in ourselves and the world, through loving relationships, artful music, comfortable, peaceful environments and integrity of mind and body.”
Asheville is my hometown. At one time, Asheville was called the ‘Paris of the South.’ It’s also called the ‘Land of the Sky.’ Asheville has always attracted diverse and interesting people. Walk down the halls of the nearby historic Grove Park Inn and you’ll see the photographs of famed movers and shakers through the decades. I’ve watched it grow from a sleepy mountain town to a premier vacation destination, with a lively downtown street scene. Yet it still retains a friendly nature. I love North Asheville, the Farmers Market at the University on Saturdays (during growing season), the hiking, the Parkway views, restaurants, theater, music, and on and on…
It’s hard to beat the combination of a park-like feel combined with the convenience of being in a city that has so much to offer. The cottage has the best views of the surrounding green space, even better than our own home! The entrance to the cottage has a covered outdoor, flagstone seating area. It’s a cozy spot to take in the fresh air while enjoying a morning coffee or tea, especially on a rainy day! A greenway only a half block away affords a casual stroll to the UNC-A Botanical Gardens.
Originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, I came to Asheville while touring with my then musical partner, Ken Bonfield. I met Anne Lalley in Asheville in 1999 and decided that this would be my new home. Of course, the fact that Anne didn’t even own one snow shovel had nothing to do with the decision! 😉
I love Anne’s creative spirit, her songwriting and angelic voice, and her hometown. The mountains and breathtaking scenic views are only a ten minute drive from here. And, the greenway, only 1/2 block from the cottage, offers a nice walk by UNC-A, the Botanical Gardens and along Glenn’s Creek and Reed Creek towards downtown.
I love to cook, and, believe it or not, I love to shop for groceries! Less than one mile away is what I call the perfect trifecta of grocery shopping: GreenLife (Whole Foods), Trader Joe’s and Harris-Teeter, all within one block of each other!
The art community in Asheville is one of the richest I’ve known. (And I’ve lived in Berkeley, California and Seattle, Washington!) The musicians are amazing and I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the best.
Anne and I would love to share our favorite places with you! Come and visit us soon!