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Yearly Archives: 2010

Christmas Shopping in Asheville, NC

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>One of my favorite things about Asheville is its diversity, and nowhere is this diversity more apparent than in the shops and restaurants of the town. In the late 1980′ and early ’90s the town center was almost empty as … Continue reading

Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn

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>Unquestionably the worst day to go to view the winners of the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is the Saturday after Thanksgiving but with the whole family visiting us at the Carolina Bed … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Bars for Thanksgiving

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>It’s almost Thanksgiving. The leaves are just about gone, the squirrels have gathered every nut and berry they can find, and most mornings there is frost on the ground here in Asheville, NC.The Carolina Bed & Breakfast will be closed … Continue reading

Veteran’s Day at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>This past Wednesday, November 10th, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast joined other B&B’s in Asheville, NC and throughout the country in welcoming both active and retired Military to our inns as our guests in celebration of Veteran’s Day. They all … Continue reading

After October in Asheville North Carolina

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>Halloween has come and gone and October is just a warm memory. We had a great holiday. Asheville is made for Halloween and Cumberland Avenue was filled with children and their parents. I don’t know who had more fun: James, … Continue reading

Happy Halloween in Asheville, North Carolina

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>Asheville, like every other town, city and village in the United States, is dressed up and ready to go for Halloween. So I thought I would share these images with you of the houses around us. In day and night! … Continue reading

A Day Off: Touring Western North Carolina

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>Recently, one of our guests at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast told us about a great book called Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, that contains a number of less traveled routes which one can take to explore the countryside … Continue reading

The Harvest Continues: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>As our first frost was threatening the other night, I found myself in the garden at dusk, picking tomatoes and peppers with wind-chilled fingers. It brought back pleasant memories of my childhood in Connecticut when my mother would send me … Continue reading

October in Asheville, North Carolina: Pumpkins, People and Chimney Swifts

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>We turned the fireplaces on last night at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Western North Carolina. Isn’t that an interesting phrase: “turned the fireplaces on”? Considering the age of this house and that the original fireplaces were coal-burning, how … Continue reading

Zip-lining Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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>Drum roll please…this week Susan is actually letting me (James) write the blog for the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. My humble submission is in some ways related to last week’s adventure and hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains, only from … Continue reading

Recipe for a Perfect Day: Hiking off the Blue Ridge Parkway

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>Take one perfect September day in Asheville, NC. Finish up your work early and drive over to Greenlife Grocery Store and buy the most awesome sandwich ever. Drive up Town Mountain Road past all those houses perched on the mountainside … Continue reading

The Gardens at the Biltmore Estate

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>It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I decided to play hooky from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, and drove over to the Biltmore Estate to see the gardens. While I have seen the house many times, I have … Continue reading

Antiques and Furniture in Asheville, NC

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>Yesterday James and I decided to spend the afternoon looking for some wicker furniture for our back porch and a new daybed for the cottage. Thinking logically, we chose to drive an hour east to the town of Hickory, NC. … Continue reading

Grape Harvest in Asheville, NC!

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>One of the special memories of my childhood summers in North Carolina is of the Muscadine grapes which grow throughout North and South Carolina but are not much known in the rest of the country. These hardy grapes have a … Continue reading

A New Sign at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>The house at 177 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville NC was built in 1901. It has a long history and has passed from being the home of a leading local businessman through a stint as a boarding house and then back to … Continue reading

David Webb Jewelry and Asheville, North Carolina

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>This weekend the Asheville Antiques Fair takes place at the Civic Center at 87 Haywood Street. The event in and of itself is worth going to but for those of you who have visited the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, or … Continue reading

Bele Chere in Asheville, NC

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>This past weekend saw the 31st Bele Chere Festival in Asheville. More importantly it was the first Bele Chere for James and me at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Bele Chere was envisioned as a means to bring people and … Continue reading

Southern Highland Craft Guild: Meet the People

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>This weekend the Southern Highland Craft Guild held its annual crafts fair in Asheville, NC. Even though it was a busy weekend at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, James and I made an extra effort to get there so we … Continue reading

>Staying Cool in Asheville,North Carolina

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>I’m not going to lie to you, it’s hot here in Asheville. Of course because we are in the mountains it’s probably not as hot here as it is where you are, but it is hot. The compensation is that … Continue reading

>Here comes the Glorious 4th!

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> (Guests enjoying an al fresco breakfast on a sunny summer morningunder the grape arbor on the back porch of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast) When I was a child (yes, that long ago) we started school in September and … Continue reading

>The Amazing Race Asheville!

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>This weekend, three intrepid teams came to Asheville, NC to participate in the Amazing Race Asheville, organized by the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. For more pictures, see our facebook page. Shops and businesses throughout Asheville made their facilities available for … Continue reading

>Tailgate Markets in Asheville, NC

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>One of the many pleasures of living in Asheville is the abundance of fresh, locally grown and produced food. While there is a large, year-round farmers’ wholesale market just outside of town where one can buy produce in quantity, during … Continue reading

>This Past Saturday in Asheville, North Carolina

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>It is almost Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional beginning of summer and it is clear that Asheville really goes to the streets with a vengeance! This past weekend saw multiple tailgate markets, the opening of “Asheville After Dark” (bands playing … Continue reading

>Climbing Chimney Rock

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>It was another lovely day Sunday, and two of our daughters were visiting us, so after the guests left and our chores were finished we took off for a hike up to Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock State Park is about … Continue reading

>"Thirsty Thursday" with The Asheville Tourists

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>It was Thursday in Asheville, the sun was warm and a gentle breeze was blowing. The perfect evening for a baseball game!And it just so happens that Thursdays are a bit of special tradition at McCormack Field, home of the … Continue reading

>Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Asheville NC (Part two)

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>This is the view from Dumont’s front door looking out over the farm, to the mountains in the distance. The stagecoach would come through the gap in the mountains and down to the inn where guests would spend the night … Continue reading

>Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Asheville NC (Part one)

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>Recently we were fortunate enough to be invited out to Hickory Nut Gap Farm just outside of Asheville. The farm is a fifth generation farm, owned and operated by the family of our friend Dumont. The original house was built … Continue reading

>Return to Asheville

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>My daughter, Sarah, first visited Asheville about seven years ago with her boyfriend. They had a marvelous time here and were one of the reasons we came back for another look and settled on this town and the Carolina Bed … Continue reading

>The New Kitchen, At Last!

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>I kept putting off posting these pictures, waiting for “one more thing” to be finished but then I realized it could be next year sometime before everything was perfect so here it is, The Carolina Bed & Breakfast “Almost Finished”. … Continue reading

>Renovations at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast: The Main House

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>Some of these pictures you will have seen before but here they are in a finished version. The Dining Room curtains and shutters are in (courtesy of Lifestyle Interiors), so no more sun in the face for our morning diners! … Continue reading

>The Secret Garden at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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> April 3-May 16, 2010 are the dates for the Biltmore Estate “Festival of Flowers” this year here in Asheville, North Carolina. I have no doubt that the gardens will be beautiful and I urge you to come and see … Continue reading

>Blue Mountain Stained Glass at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>The renovations are moving along quickly at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast and we have reached that wonderful part where, instead of taking things out, we are starting to put things in. This morning I made a visit to the … Continue reading

>A Wintry Drive Through Pisgah National Forest

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>James and I thought that we would like to take a drive up into the mountains this weekend to see what this winter’s storms had done. The Blue Ridge Parkway was still closed because of ice and snow on the … Continue reading

>The Living Rooms are Transformed

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> After Valentine’s Day Weekend, work started in earnest on the kitchen at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Our contractor, Caine, called it “the kitchen demo”; not, as it sounds, a demonstration but a demolition! The walls would come down … Continue reading

>A Special Valentines Day At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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> It was a wonderful holiday weekend here in Asheville, with surprises around every corner and it started with an unexpected Friday night snowstorm. Just enough more than the predicted half inch to make sure the entire city was once … Continue reading

>Valentine’s Day!

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>It’s not too late to book for Valentine’s Day. The Carolina Bed & Breakfast is gearing up to make this one as special as possible: Sara and I have been working on the breakfast menu for weeks with plans for … Continue reading

>New Breakfast Dishes at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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> I have often thought that January is the Monday of the year. After the long holiday weekend of November and December, one has to get back into the swing of working while slogging through the winter weather. Well, yesterday … Continue reading

>Renovating the Carolina Bed & Breakfast: The Dining Room

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>The Dining Room before painting The Dining Room with its new color! Many years ago (about 25 to be exact) James and I moved out of a small semi-furnished apartment in Paris and arrived in Hong Kong with a tired … Continue reading

>Facelift for the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>I have been waiting for a sunny day to take and picture and show you the new face of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, but whenever the sun is out, the painters are scrambling all over the roof and sides … Continue reading

>January at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>It’s January in Asheville and things are slow at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. After the excesses of the past month, people seem to rest at home instead of venturing out to explore new places or revisit old favorites. It’s … Continue reading