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Yearly Archives: 2011

Antique Cars in Asheville, NC

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 Just adjacent to the Grove Park Inn is the Grovewood Gallery, home of the Homespun Shops of Biltmore Industry  This collection of shops and galleries was built  by George Vanderbuilt and his wife, Edith, in order to provide the youth … Continue reading

The 19th Annual Gingerbread Competition in Asheville, NC

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This year, once again the Grove Park Inn hosted the 19th Annual Gingerbread Competition. The temptation is to call it a “gingerbread house” competition but this would be misleading.  While many of the entries do consist of houses, an equal … Continue reading

Comedy in Asheville, NC

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This past Thanksgiving James and I were lucky enough  to have our family with us here and we took advantage of their presence to try some of the more unique attractions in our town.  One of these was the La … Continue reading

The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Pie Contest in Asheville, NC

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That’s a lot of pie!  Last year my daughters and I decided it was time to jazz up the usual Thanksgiving array of pumpkin, pecan and apple pie.  The pies were lovely but we had been making the same ones … Continue reading

One Great Holiday Parade in Asheville, NC!

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Best Costume ever! As you know, James and I lived in Europe and Asia for 27 years before returning to buy the Carolina, our Bed and Breakfast inn in Asheville, North Carolina.  While we lived overseas a great many things … Continue reading

Looking Glass Rock: A Pluton Monolith

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The interesting thing about writing this blog is that it make things so interesting! By that I mean it isn’t enough to just throw some pictures up and say,  “This is what we did, isn’t it pretty?”   I feel like … Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain in Asheville (and some other stuff)!

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>One of the things I love about Asheville is that things are so accessible.  It seems like we have the best of all worlds:  our city is big enough to attract top acts and personalities while it is small enough … Continue reading

Apples and October in Asheville, North Carolina

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> The Kitchen Whiteboard  It’s October in Asheville.  The trees are brilliant with color, the skies are a clear, deep blue and the inns and hotels are fully booked.  Which means that James and I have not had time to … Continue reading

Friday Night in Asheville, North Carolina

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> The Adabelles  This past weekend we had a  group of special ladies join us for Thursday through Sunday.  The “Adabelles” were all in the High School Class of 1964 in Ada, Oklahoma and every two years they have a … Continue reading

Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Mt. Mitchell

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>  About a month ago I became a leaf spotter for the Fall Foliage Network. ( I have to be honest and tell you that it was because they would list the Carolina Bed & Breakfast on their site for … Continue reading

Fruitcake Redemeption at our Inn in Asheville North Carolina

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> While the post-World War Two era ushered in many time saving appliances and products and permanently altered life in the kitchen for most families, one of the side effects of this change was a loss in flavor and textures for … Continue reading

A September Grab-Bag from our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast

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> Emily Krainik, Manager of the Champagne Bar Sometimes James and I do things here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville  which we really enjoy and would like to share with you but are not meaty enough for … Continue reading

Graveyard Fields: One of the Best Hikes off the Blue Ridge Parkway

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>  The last hike James and I went on, to John Rock, was rated “more difficult”  on our website of hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while it was a wonderful hike with many changes in topography and altitude, … Continue reading

Theater in Asheville, NC: Something for Everyone

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> It was 1977 when James and I graduated from college and our class was sandwiched between two changing worlds.  Those who graduated four year before us were very much a part of the 60′s and 70′s, while those who … Continue reading

LAAFF: Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival in Asheville, NC

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> In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Asheville loves festivals: not a weekend goes by in the summer without a festival happening somewhere in town. They vary from large (Bele Chere) to small (Downtown After 5) and cover … Continue reading

Climbing John Rock in Pisgah National Forest: Success at Last!

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  Monument at Trail Base Those of you who have been following our adventures in Asheville and Western North Carolina will know that James and I enjoy hiking but have had limited success so far in finding a really great … Continue reading

DIning Outside Asheville: Weaverville, NC

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>  Just outside Asheville, about ten miles from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, is the small town of Weaverville, home to artists and garden centers.  It is also the home of the Stoney Knob Cafe, a local eatery which has … Continue reading

Dining Outside Asheville: Spruce Pine

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> “Downtown” Spruce Pine While many of our guests come to Asheville to dine at some of the many fabulous restaurants which can be found here (over 243 according to TripAdvisor!), there are actually some really excellent restaurants in some … Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Park in Asheville, NC

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> Tod”s Tasties An Elaborate Picnic One of the things that drew James and me to Asheville originally was the strong arts, theater and music culture of the town.  And now that we have shepherded the Carolina Bed & Breakfast … Continue reading

The Weekly Round-up at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC

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> The peonies and roses are out full bloom in our garden. Last year a hail storm came through just before the peonies flowered and we had few buds that developed.  How different it is this year!  There are blossoms … Continue reading

Escape to Black Mountain!

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>Sorry about the title–I couldn’t resist it.  Doesn’t it make you think of a Disney film?  Anyway, it was Memorial Day and James and I had one of those weird windows of time that seem to come out of nowhere … Continue reading

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes in Asheville, North Carolina

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>  It’s summer and it’s hot and while we all love chocolate sometimes it’s nice to have something a little more refreshing.  I had been looking for something bright and fresh for our guests to find in their (air-conditioned!) rooms … Continue reading

Asheville History 101: Riverside Cemetery–Fun Facts

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> Mailbox inside the Cemetery:  Who Lives Here? Example of the Park-like features of the Cemetery It seems as if, whenever I get a good idea for a blog, what starts out as a simple project turns into something bigger!  … Continue reading

Asheville History–the Montford District

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> 191 Cumberland Avenue: Home of George Murray (c. 1906).  When people call and ask for information about the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, James and I often mention that it is in the Montford Historic District, an area consisting of … Continue reading

Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains–A Cautionary Tale

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> James and I often have guests at the Carolina  who ask about hikes in the mountains near our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast, and  we will sometimes send them to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Craggy Gardens.  It’s a pleasant … Continue reading

Making Plum Chutney in Asheville, NC!

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>  From 1990-1997,  James and I lived in a small town in England.  We rented a beautiful old house which, in the way of English country houses, was known by its name rather than a street number.  How it used … Continue reading

WNC Chef Challenge Semi-Final in Asheville, North Carolina

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>  Well folks, we’ve made it about as far as we can go this year with this one.  I’ve been to first round challenges, quarterfinal challenges and finally to the semi-finals.  I’ve eaten good food, bad food and in-between food, … Continue reading

Chef Challenge Quarter-Finals

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> At last, a meal worthy of something called a “Chef’s Challenge”!  Maybe it was because this was the quarter-final round of the Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge or maybe it was just because these two chefs are extremely talented … Continue reading

Saving On Gas Prices: Making the Deal

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> By now you have probably seen this video clip and are aware of the special package the Carolina Bed & Breakfast is participating in along with eight other inns and nine restaurants in Asheville, NC.  It all seems so … Continue reading

Naturewalks in Western North Carolina

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>Sometimes when the weather is especially nice here at the Carolina, James and I play hookey. Like Tom Sawyer we leave the paint brush in the paint can next to the metaphorical picket fence of housework at our Asheville North … Continue reading

Making a Hanging Garden

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> Making a hanging garden is one of the few types of gardening you can do without bending down!  If you’ve every visited England in the summer, you will remember the wonderful flowers and cottage gardens of the homes, shops … Continue reading

Perfecting Panna Cotta: The Recipe

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>As promised here is the recipe for Panna Cotta as we serve it here at the Carolina Bed and Breakfast. Orange Infused Panna Cotta with Bitter Orange Compote and Strawberry Coulis Serves 4-6 Panna Cotta Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream … Continue reading

Perfecting Panna Cotta

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To me (and I think I am not alone in this) the line between breakfast and dessert is a little blurry.  Why are sweet sticky pancakes and waffles considered breakfast foods while lovely fruit pies and puddings are not? The … Continue reading

Western North Carolina’s Chef’s Challenge Round 2

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>A few weeks ago, James, Emily and I went to the first match-up of this year’s WNC Chef’s Challenge in Asheville, North Carolina.  While it was an interesting evening, the food seriously let us down and we were left wondering … Continue reading

Breakfast Every Which Way

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Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, we think that breakfast is an important part of your stay.  We enjoy using fresh ingredients which we try to source locally and seasonally.  We also feel that everyone’s meal is important.  James … Continue reading

Iron Chef Asheville Style!

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One of the wonderful things about Asheville, North Carolina is the exciting restaurant scene.  Couple that with a sense of fun and community and you have the makings of a great evening…almost! This past Monday James and I, and our … Continue reading

Saltine Toffee Bars

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> One of the things I love to do is bake.  And owning a bed and breakfast gives me an excuse to do plenty of it!  At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we always put some form of dessert item in … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning!

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>No, I am not talking about spring cleaning at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, I am talking aboutspring cleaning for my blog; or at least for my file of back stories.  What follows is a compilation of things which I … Continue reading

My Blog Gets a Name: The Kitchen Garden

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As I write this I am able to look out my window at the kitchen garden of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  It is a typical March day here in Asheville:  after raining all night, the temperature plummeted around 11AM … Continue reading

Tested in the Kitchen

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>Sooner or later it had to happen:  a room full of diners and a disaster in the kitchen.   No matter how well prepared you think you are when you finally come face to face with that moment it is a … Continue reading

Almost Asheville!

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Look at these houses.  They could be one of many houses in the Historic Montford District of Asheville, North Carolina, couldn’t they?.  Well, they could be but they aren’t!  These are homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, … Continue reading

Valentine Heart Cookies From Us to You!

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Valentine’s Day weekend is one of my favorite times at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  Winter is our down time, guests are few and the weather often keeps us inside.  Valentine’s Day is a welcome break:  the house fills up … Continue reading

Foodies Love Asheville, North Carolina!

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Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we spend a lot of time thinking about food, reading about food, talking about food and eating food!  In past postings I have shared some recipes with you and made some restaurant reviews. … Continue reading

Spring (!?) Cleaning at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>Winter is traditionally the time of year when Innkeepers in Asheville close their inns for cleaning and refurnishing of rooms. And not surprisingly, we are among them. Of course in our eyes, (or at least mine), the need was greater … Continue reading

Winter Activities in Asheville, NC and My Cookbook!

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> One of the many nice things about Asheville in the winter is the accessibility of many of the sites and activities. Pretty much everything is open but the crowds aren’t there, giving one a unique opportunity to really enjoy … Continue reading

Snow Days in Asheville

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>It’s snowing in Asheville, North Carolina. It snowed yesterday and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Guests have left early or put off their travel plans until later in the month. (Check our website for our snow cancellation policy). So what’s … Continue reading