Carolina Bed and Breakfast

Yearly Archives: 2012

The Christmas Tree at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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When James and I first moved to Hong Kong in 1985, Christmas trees were pretty much of a rarity in Asia.  At that time, the American Women’s Association used to take orders for trees in August and have them shipped … Continue reading

Tailgating Party and Carolina Pulled Pork

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This is a little bit off topic for the blog of a Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC but the experience was wonderful and the recipe too good not to share with you. And even though we probably won’t serve … Continue reading

October in Asheville: A Grab Bag of Activities

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October is high season here at our bed and breakfast in Asheville, so James and I have to grab free time when we get it.  Long hikes and days off are out of the question but we did manage to … Continue reading

Picnic at Max Patch

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As I write this my computer monitor is framed by a dreary, cold, rainy view out the window behind it in our office at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, our Asheville, NC Bed & Breakfast.  So it is a pleasant … Continue reading

Tami Noyes, Vegan Cookbook Author, comes to the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, and a recipe for Apple Dumplings!

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I still remember the first Bed & Breakfast I ever stayed in.  James and I had just arrived in London on a post-university backpacking trip around Europe.  Hoarding money was essential as we could only stay until our funds ran … Continue reading

A Town Meeting in Asheville

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I was going to entitle this something like “Small Town Politics and Asheville, North Carolina” but the phrase “small town” seemed to belittle the our town and that could not be farther from the truth.  One of the wonderful things … Continue reading

Edwin Wiley Grove: The Other Vanderbilt

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Visitors to our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC will almost certainly spend a day at the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s grand homage to the French Chateau.   While the Biltmore is justly famous and is in many ways responsible for the … Continue reading

Test Kitchen at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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While the season in Asheville NC runs pretty much straight through from March until just after the New Year’s Holiday, there is usually a brief lull at the end of August and the beginning of September.  It gives us a … Continue reading

Dupont Forest and the Waterfalls Near Asheville, North Carolina

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Here’s the thing about waterfalls:  people love them.  So if a waterfall is at all worth seeing  there will probably be a parking lot close-by and a great many people enjoying the view.  And if you can actually swim at … Continue reading

Zucchini Tart: When the Summer Harvest REALLY Starts

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I have to let you in on a secret:  I may be the only person in the world who can’t grow zucchini.  Other people may be faced with an unwanted glut of the green monster but in my garden, while … Continue reading

What to do with a Two-Day Pass to the Biltmore

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When you travel to Western North Carolina you like many, if not most, of the guests who stay at our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville will  probably spend at least one day at the Biltmore Estate viewing the majestic house … Continue reading

Tubing on the Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest

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It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were all sweltering in 90 degree heat.  It barely made it to 70 degrees here at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast yesterday and the rain made it feel like fall.  … Continue reading

The Ten Best Places to Eat in Asheville, NC (Lunch)

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The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer.  I think it would be almost impossible to list the ten best places to eat in Asheville.  There are so many different restaurants, with cuisine ranging from uber-sophisticated to … Continue reading

Summertime in Asheville, North Carolina

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It’s summer here in Asheville.  The sun rises at five and the birds start our day early.  The cool of the morning soon gives way to noonday heat and through the open window I can hear the hum of a … Continue reading

Designing the Staircase for our Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina

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The addition is finally finished here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast and the last thing to be completed is actually one of the first things we started working on:  the staircase. After exploring every avenue in creating a private … Continue reading

Restaurant Crawl In the River Arts District

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I had thought that my next posting would be all about the night skies and stars above Asheville as James and I were supposed to go on the Starwatch Tour Tuesday night. But the weather refused to cooperate and we … Continue reading

Beyond the Biltmore Estate: Ten of the Best Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina

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From time to time, guests will call us before their stay asking about things to do in Asheville and, after we get past the Biltmore (which really should be seen), I will often refer them to my blog so they … Continue reading

The Return of the Kitchen Garden!

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One of the first things James and I did after we bought the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina, was to plant a kitchen garden. I believe that one of the greatest pleasures in life is the smell … Continue reading

Birdwatching at Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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Never in a million years would I have thought I would write a blog about bird watching at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. But, like the garden centers in England which I was surprised to find myself happily visiting, sometimes … Continue reading

The Other Side of Innkeeping at our Asheville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast

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I think you have already figured out that being an innkeeper is not just about cooking breakfast and making beds.  Although, that’s a very important part. As James and I like to say at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. “We … Continue reading

Designing a Staircase for the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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If you had told me a year ago that one of the most interesting parts about adding on to our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville would be our trips to lumber yards and iron foundries I would have thought you … Continue reading

Wine tasting in "Beer City"!

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Pretty much everyone who comes to Asheville hears that Asheville has won the title of “Beer City USA” three times in a row. But what many people don’t realize is that Asheville has a thriving wine culture as well.  We … Continue reading

Climbing Greybeard Mountain–Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Our daughter Emily was in town this week and so of course we wanted to show off the beautiful mountains here in Western North Carolina and since the weather has been so beautiful, we thought it would be a good … Continue reading

Pebble Dash at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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Arriving at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, guests often ask us about the stucco finish of our bed and breakfast.  The more commonly seen smooth surface of stucco is, in this case,  studded with small pebbles, giving it an unusual … Continue reading

Scrounger’s Paradise in Asheville, NC

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Serendipity is one of my favorite words.  It means a “happy accident”  and encapsulates the random discovery of something useful or good when not really looking for it.      Last week, James and I went shopping for a mirror … Continue reading

An Innkeeper’s Conference

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  This past week, James and I drove down out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, away from our lovely Asheville Bed and Breakfast, to Williamsburg, VA for the Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Conference.  We had talked about attending one of the many … Continue reading

Beer City, USA: Asheville Brews Cruise!

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Recently our 22 year old daughter, Abby, brought her boyfriend to Asheville for a visit.  While she wanted us to spend some time together at our Asheville bed and breakfast, she also sincerely wanted Joe to see what a great … Continue reading

Brown Mountain: Ghost Towns and Unexplained Lights!

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Yesterday James and drove out to Brown Mountain, having read about the area in Carolyn Sakowski’s book, Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads .  This book was suggested to us by some guests  two years ago. It was originally written … Continue reading

Visiting Blowing Rock, NC

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One day last week, winter came to Western North Carolina. It snowed during the night and the next day icy winds kept the temperatures in the 20s.  The sunlight and bright blue skies called for us to come out but … Continue reading

Valentine Treats from the the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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  These little Valentine Pies are all over food blogs this February and as soon as I saw them I thought I had to make them at our Asheville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast this year.  With Valentine’s Day falling … Continue reading

Changes at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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You may have noticed that we are running an Innkeeper’s Special at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast and been curious as to what we are doing to our inn.  These pictures are not meant to scare you but to pique … Continue reading

Carl Sandurg’s Home near Asheville, North Carolina

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Not more than 20 miles or so outside of Asheville and a half-hour drive from our Western North Carolina bed and breakfast is the small town of Flat Rock.  The town is best known for the Flat Rock Playhouse which … Continue reading

Canapes from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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SMOKED SALMON TARTAR ON SWEET POTATO CHIPS Well, it’s been a while but sometimes life steps in and mixes things up for a while but now we are back at our Asheville bed and breakfast and ready to share with … Continue reading