In Celestina's Vinestock Anyone, article, she made a recommendation that Vinestock be held in Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of my article is to personally endorse Celestina's recommendation and to give the Newsvine community some general data about Asheville that will hopefully help you decide where you would like Vinestock to be hosted.
Since joining Newsvine in the summer of 2006, I have had an interest in where the members of Newsvine call home. I have written a couple of articles exploring my interest in the "geography of Newsvine members". In one of the articles, I asked readers to make their home countries/states on a Google map that I created specifically for that purpose. The map, which I refer to as "our" map, is still active, folks are still adding their home locations to it. However only about 200 folks have put their marker on the map - obviously, Newsvine has a tremendously larger membership than that! I mention the map only so you can get a sense of where the Newsvine members who added their markers to the map, live relative to a location for Vinestock. (Independent of the map's relevance in this discussion, add your marker to the map, if you haven't already done so. As far as I know this is the only map that attempts to document where Newsvine members live.)
One of the best sources for information on Asheville is Wikipedia. According to the Wikitravel article on Asheville,
The city of Asheville  is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Asheville boasts pleasant year-round weather and serves as the county seat of Buncombe County. The city has a population of approximately 74,000 and is the largest city in Western North Carolina, the ninth largest city in the State.
So that will help orient you as to where Asheville is located geographically.
The nature and flavor of the city is best expressed by the same source as:
Asheville is known as a liberal, artsy community. This "Paris of the South," has also been described as the "Santa Fe of the East," "New Age Mecca," and "Land of the Sky." It's a city of which Rolling Stone magazine dubbed "America's New Freak Capital." But Asheville is by no means simply a haven for Hippies and 'Out There's', as Money magazine has called Asheville one of the "Best Places to Retire," and AARP cites it as one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life." Self magazine proclaimes Asheville as America's "Happiest City." PETA lists Asheville as "America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City." From its titles alone one can easily see that Asheville is the place to go to see diversity in action.
And from the primary Wiki page on Asheville:
Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: Modern Maturity named it one of "The 50 Most Alive Places To Be," AmericanStyle magazine called it one of "America's Top 25 Arts Destinations," Self magazine labeled it the "Happiest City for Women," it is one of AARP Magazine's "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life," and was proclaimed the "New Freak Capital of the U.S." by Rolling Stone. Asheville has also been called "a New Age Mecca" by CBS News' Eye On America, and named the "most vegetarian-friendly" small city in America by PETA. Begun in 2005, Asheville has its own new age talk radio program, VIRATO LIVE!
In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated, #23 of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes, and the best place to live in the country by Relocate-America. It was also named one of the world's top 12 must-see destinations for 2007 by Frommer's travel guides.
Asheville and the surrounding mountains are also popular in the autumn when fall foliage peaks in October. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the Asheville area and near the Biltmore Estate.
Sounds like Asheville is a lot like the Newsvine community! I suggest that if you are interested, review the data on the Wikitravel link. It is comprehensive and can answer a lot of questions that you might have such as:
How to get there, best ways to get around, what to see, do, buy, eat and drink, as well as where to stay.
As for the other big questions on what Vinestock should be and what form it should take, other folks are writing those articles and stating their cases. As far as when to have Vinestock, if the location is in Asheville, and Vinestock is in October, 2008, then it would likely be really pleasant weather with daily highs of 68 and nighttime lows of 45. The leaves would be turning and the scenery would be spectacular. We could roast marshmallows around bonfires at night!
I hope the references that I provided help you envision Asheville as a great place to have Vinestock. BTW, this is not an equal-opportunity article: If someone else would like to provide relevant information on other candidate locations for Vinestock, that would be great. In this case, I wrote about what I have experienced and what I endorse. And as everyone knows, an endorsement by Dwight plus $4.00, may get you a Starbucks!