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Yearly Archives: 2013

2013: The Year in Review at an Asheville Bed & Breakfast

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It’s hard to believe that James and I are into our fifth year of ownership at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It seems at this time of year that everyone and everything is given a “year in review” so it … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies: Love in a Basket

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I recently read an article in our local paper, the Citizen-Times, about an Asheville blogger. Ashley English writes the blog “Small Measure” and is also the author of the “Homemade Living” series of books.  She was asked why people should … Continue reading

Ten Unique and Unusual Gifts for Lovers of Asheville!

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It’s been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that.  Between Birthdays, Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas time kind of got away from me but I am finished playing catch-up (or will have once I post this … Continue reading

Carolina Bed & Breakfast Mince Pies on Asheville Holiday Pinterest Board

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I just learned from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce that my recipe for Holiday Mince Pies is going to be featured on their Holiday Pinterest Board.  And this morning there was a professional food photographer in my kitchen  at the … Continue reading

A Biltmore Christmas Package

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I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a package based on the ties between the Biltmore Estate and our historic house and neighbourhood for a while now and finally decided to do a small version this Christmas.  I … Continue reading

Asheville’s Hidden Treasure: The North Carolina Arboretum

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There is so much going on in Asheville that sometimes things get lost and it takes a special event to make us see the hidden treasures right under our noses.  The North Carolina Arboretum is one such treasure.  With its … Continue reading

About Art at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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Last night James and I were watching Sunday Morning (we tape it) in our owner’s quarters at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville.  They ran a story about the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in which they showed … Continue reading

Autumn Market Feast in a Field in Asheville!

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We were late leaving the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC and it was already dark as we pulled into the parking lot of All Soul’s Pizza.  Our destination was the field next door which had been set with … Continue reading

Asheville Brewery Tours

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  Recently my daughter Abby and her boyfriend were at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast and took advantage of one of the tours available to the some of the many microbreweries here in Asheville.  I asked her to write a … Continue reading

New Artwork at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville

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This blog post is about a new piece of art at our Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, I promise! But in order to do that I need to start with a little digression. James and I have three wonderful daughters … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pudding with Sage: Autumn flavors for Breakfast

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January 1st may be the start of the new calendar year but for so long my life has revolved around schools that in my mind the year starts in September!  In the life of a Bed & Breakfast owner in … Continue reading

The B&B for Vets Program at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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On of our favorite days at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville is Veteran’s Day.  That’s the day that we give back to our country and our American Military, though joining in the B&B for Vet’s Program and giving … Continue reading

Berry Picking on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Is there anything better than a bowl full of fresh-picked berries still hot from the summer sun?  Berry picking is one of my favorite late summer activities which is why James and I headed over to the Blue Ridge Parkway … Continue reading

Shopping for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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When it comes to shopping for the Carolina Bed & Breakfast it’s generally a division of labor.  I plan the menu about one week out, taking into account the dietary restrictions of the guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, … Continue reading

Oh My CSA Contest Winner: Summer Shrimp Soup

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When I started this contest, I thought it would be fun to see what people came up with  given the contents of a CSA box –sort of a locavore’s “Chopped”.  A cool and wet summer has messed with my hopes of … Continue reading

There’s More in Asheville than the Biltmore and Mountains!

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    In spite of appearances there is more to being an innkeeper than cooking, cleaning, greeting guests, going out to dinner, hiking, theater, concerts and other events as well as exploring historic sites in the region near our Asheville … Continue reading

Asheville Round Up

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If you didn’t already know it, I broke my ankle July 1.  While it feels a lot better, I am still wearing a big, bulky boot and using crutches to get around.  Needless to say this has curbed my ability … Continue reading

Asheville Restaurants: Off the Beaten Track

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Our town has restaurants.  Lots and lots of restaurants and many of them are very good.  So when we are giving suggestions to guests at our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, we generally send them downtown where they can make … Continue reading

Your CSA Basket: Tips and tricks

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Firstly, you all know you can win a trip to the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina by entering our “Oh My CSA!” recipe contest, right?  Well, if you didn’t know that before, you do now!  It’s easy: … Continue reading

Road Tripping– Off the GPS!

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Nine inches of rain in Asheville since July 3rd, coupled with my inability to get around due to my ankle injury, has made me distinctly grumpy.  After doing what I can to help at our Asheville Bed  and Breakfast I’ve … Continue reading

The Ups and Downs of Innkeeping

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It’s been almost four years since James and I bought our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC.  It’s been a steady learning curve for both us.  In the early days we did everything: cleaned the rooms, shopped, cooked, manned the … Continue reading

The WNC Cheese Trail

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A little known fact:  before  James and I decided to become innkeepers we looked into producing and selling goat cheese as a business. So when a little more than a year ago a number of small local dairy farmers and … Continue reading

Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival near Asheville, NC

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BBQ!  I’m talking Q!  Bar-b-que! Barbecue!  No matter who you spell it, BBQ is a big deal in Asheville.  After all, our Asheville Bed and Breakfast may be in the Blue Ridge Mountains but we are still in the South. … Continue reading

Oh My CSA! Win a Stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast!

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Summer is here and with it lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  One way to take advantage of all that is out there and try some new foods is to purchase a CSA share.  (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. … Continue reading

Oh CSA! What to do with your box (Recipes included!)

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I think I may have mentioned that we have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share at local farm.  Once a week we go to the Montford Farmers Market behind the Asheville Visitor’s Center and pick up a box of fresh … Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Park is alive and well in Asheville!

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Outside my window rain is pouring down and the thunder rumbling through the mountains brings to mind the tale of Rip Van Winkle and the giants bowling in the hills. It may be raining today but we are glad of … Continue reading

The Carolina Bed & Breakfast Joins the Montford Neighbothood Association

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The Carolina Bed & Breakfast is located on a quiet, residential street in the historic Montford District of Asheville, North Carolina, which is why I recently found myself seated on a hard plastic chair with a small group of people … Continue reading

The Ten Best Restaurants in Asheville, NC (Dinner)

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As always this post comes with a disclaimer:  this list of the ten best restaurants in Asheville, NC  is our opinion only and will probably change as new restaurants open in town and chefs move from kitchen to kitchen. (Asheville … Continue reading

Guest Blog, Food, and Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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“What kind of a crazy title is that?”,  I can hear you ask.  And you are right, it is kind of a mash-up of topics but I have a reason:  I want you to tell you about my interesting evening … Continue reading

Strawberries and Asparagus: Seasonal Recipes From the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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I love it when the first Spring produce starts to come into the markets and stores. Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we like to use fruits and vegetables in season and by the end of winter the cupboard … Continue reading

Celebrate your Wedding at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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I have a confession to make:  I am one of those sappy people who love weddings.  The fuss and mess which  bothers so many other people seems to me to be a pretty small price to pay for such a … Continue reading

The Carolina Bed & Breakfast goes Mushroom Hunting!

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What do violets, chickweed, dandelions, onion grass and May apples all have in common?  They are all edible plants. And that fact is just the barest scratching on the surface of the things we learned when we went mushroom hunting … Continue reading

Carolina Bed & Breakfast Meets the Chefs!

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At our last Chef’s Challenge Dinner, Chestnut owner and executive chef, Joe Scully, took us downstairs to see the kitchen where the dinners were prepped.  Of course, by that point the prep work had been finished and the kitchen was … Continue reading

Seven Sows, Wow! Asheville’s Newest Restaurant

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This past weekend we celebrated a friend’s birthday at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and the opening of a new restaurant downtown: Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder. Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we are very excited about Asheville’s … Continue reading

Backstage at the Chef’s Challenge in Asheville, NC

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I had pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to write any more posts about the WNC Magazine Chef’s Challenge for my Carolina Bed & Breakfast blog in Asheville.  Not that they aren’t great, because they are, but because there … Continue reading

Southern Folk Pottery near our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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It seems like most towns in America have an old road which was once the primary route to the next town but has since been bypassed by a much faster highway.  No longer a major commercial artery, these roads are … Continue reading

Repairing Antique Clocks from the Carolina Bed and Breakfast

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I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before but one of the great pleasures of being an innkeeper at our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville North Carolina comes from our encounters with some of the truly interesting and unique craftsmen and … Continue reading

Coming Soon to our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Neighborhood!

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It was cold out today and tiny little snowflakes flurried around as I sat next to the fire and thought about Spring in Asheville NC.  So it was fun to read in our local newsletter about some of the changes … Continue reading

Adventures in Food: Chilean Cuisine in the Markets and at Home

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What, you may be asking, does an Asheville B&B have to do with Chilean cuisine? And the answer is this:  James and I, as your hosts at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, have a longstanding love of food and travel.  … Continue reading

The North Carolina Arboretum

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The creative team at Sparking Design are providing this week’s blog again. Since Susan and James , our wonderful Asheville Bed and Breakfast innkeepers, are off on a hiking adventure of a lifetime in Patagonia, we thought we’d tell you about … Continue reading

Lunch and drinks in downtown Asheville

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Guest writing this week is the team of Chris Sparks and Jamie King of Sparking Design, a local design firm that developed our website and also rebranded the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association. Chris is an Asheville native and Jamie … Continue reading

Savory Bread Pudding: Brie, Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

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(This post was written before we left for our trip.  Chris Sparking and Jaime King will be guest authoring the next two posts until we get back.) Meanwhile, between hikes that is, James and I use the slow period here … Continue reading

Shining Rock Wilderness: The Scariest Hike Ever!

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James and I went for our final practice hike this week before leaving for Patagonia on Sunday.  We thought we would pick something challenging but not too long so we decided to climb up to Shining Rock at 6,040ft.  The … Continue reading

Tha Appalachian Trail at Hot Springs, North Carolina

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You will notice that there are no pictures with this blog entry.  Therein lies a tale, or rather the end of a tale. James and I are training for our hike around the circuit in Torres Del Paine, Chile in … Continue reading

Winter Markets in Asheville, North Carolina

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Some  of my favorite places to visit in Asheville in the summer are the Tailgate Markets.  Small farmers and purveyors from Western North Carolina pack their goods into  trucks and gather together in parking lots on assigned days to sell … Continue reading

From Asheville to Chile: Hiking around the World

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If you are a follower of our blog then you will know that January and February are slow months at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.  While there continues to be plenty to do in town and in the surrounding countryside,  … Continue reading