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Yearly Archives: 2014

Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, NC

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One summer, when I was seven years old, my parents packed up our Ford Station Wagon and drove from Connecticut to Montana, and back, with me and my siblings in the rear seats.  It was a fabulous trip.  Along the … Continue reading

Have a Ghoulish Halloween Breakfast!

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It’s getting close to Halloween, one of our favorite holidays here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It brings out the child in us:  we love carving pumpkins and the  evening parade of costumed children (and their parents) is a … Continue reading

Blind Pig Supper Club Dinner in Asheville, NC

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Guerrilla Cuisine Underground Chef Collaborative: Menu Undisclosed Location Undisclosed 4 Chefs, 6 Courses September 28, 2014 This was all the information there was when the invitation to buy tickets to the September Blind Pig Supper Club Dinner appeared in my … Continue reading

A Holiday Special at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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I know this topic is somewhat out of line with my usual content.  As a rule, I don’t like to use this blog to promote the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  I think our website does a pretty good job of … Continue reading

10 Great Ways to Enjoy the Fall in Asheville, NC

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The Carolina Bed & Breakfast is our Asheville home in the Great Smoky Mountains. Our guests love to visit  the North Carolina Mountains in the Autumn where they can enjoy our spectacular weather and enjoy the wonderful show nature puts … Continue reading

Quirky Asheville and the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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It is not at all unusual for guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast to stay with us while considering a move to Western North Carolina.  It’s no surprise really as our quirky little city consistently makes the cut in … Continue reading

Sweet Potato is the Secret Ingredient at the Asheville Chef’s Challenge!

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In the five years that we have owned the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, our Asheville North Carolina Inn, the Asheville Food & Wine Chef’s Challenge Dinners have been a one of our favorite events to attend.  Last night was the … Continue reading

Try a Cooking Class in Asheville!

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If you’ve ever stayed at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, our Asheville, North Carolina inn, then you probably know James loves pizza.  As a transplanted New Yorker this might be the one thing he really misses from the Big Apple.  … Continue reading

Your Wedding in Asheville North Carolina

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If you want to go to a great party, go to a party thrown for themselves by people whose job it is to create events.  You will see firsthand exactly what they can do. And,  having just been to the … Continue reading

A Morning Run Through Asheville

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This morning, right after cooking and serving breakfast, I put on my running clothes and went for a run through Asheville. I left the Carolina Bed & Breakfast with no idea at all what I would write about for my … Continue reading

Segway in Asheville!

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  Pretty much every day, three times a day, a group of people pass by the Carolina Bed & Breakfast riding on Segways.  We wave at Wes, the tour operator, and say to each other that someday we will have … Continue reading

What’s New Asheville? (Part II)

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I did say I would return another day  to finish telling you about our day of serendipity in Asheville, didn’t I? The next part of our evening discovering what’s new in Asheville actually had been planned although it did come … Continue reading

What’s New Asheville?

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Serendipity is one of my favorite words.  Not only is it fun to say, I also love what it means: “A fortunate happenstance or pleasant surprise”. It’s what you get when you turn down the wrong road and find a … Continue reading

Cooking with Herbs at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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Most mornings in the summer you will find me in our garden, scissors in one hand and basket in the other, selecting fresh dew-touched herbs to add to the dishes created in the kitchen at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  … Continue reading

The Art Loeb Trail at Black Balsam Knob

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“Who is Art Loeb and what do you have to do to get a hiking trail named after you?” I wondered as James and I drove towards Black Balsam Knob and Tennant Mountain.  (I also wondered why heating systems are … Continue reading

Creating Hors D’oeurves at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast: #fridaynightbites

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  If you follow our Asheville Bed & Breakfast on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed something new over the past few months.  Every Friday we try out an new canape or   hors d’oeuvre for our evening reception and … Continue reading

June at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast: Feasting in the Fields

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  June is just around the corner and that means we move outside to enjoy the feast of fresh produce from nearby fields. And sometimes we drive out from Asheville and the Carolina Bed & Breakfast to enjoy a special … Continue reading

9 Things You May Not Know About Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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Today we are going to play “Huffington Post” and give you a list of 9 things you may not know about the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville. 1)  We always leave a little note with our evening treat when … Continue reading

The Carolina Bed & Breakfast Celebrates Asheville Beer Week

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May 23 marks the beginning of  the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer Week and this year the Carolina Bed & Breakfast has partnered with Hi-Wire Brewing to help our guests to celebrate all things beer in Asheville. This is kind of … Continue reading

Spring Beer Dinner at the Junction in Asheville, North Carolina

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Last night James and I took a break from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast and  joined two other couples for a Spring Beer dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Asheville:  The Junction. It was an unexpected meal,  and … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts All Over Asheville

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Lately I have been exploring Brussels sprouts at restaurants around Asheville and in the kitchen of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  Like sweet potatoes two years ago, Brussels sprouts have exploded as the “it” ingredient, prepared and served in countless … Continue reading

March Madness 2014: Asheville Style

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This post is not about basketball.  It’s about chefs, and competitions and secret ingredients, about people and fun and getting through the last month  of winter.  You guessed it:  it’s about the final of the Asheville Competition Dining Series:  Fire … Continue reading

Hiker’s Package for Western North Carolina

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Recently the Asheville Visitor’s Center put out a call for packages highlighting outdoor activities off the Blue Ridge Parkway (and by extension Western North Carolina).  Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast that pushed all our buttons as James and … Continue reading

Fire On the Rock: The Inside Story

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If you follow the Carolina Bed & Breakfast on any of our social media then you have been hearing a lot about the Competition Dining Series “Fire On the Rock” lately.  Along with the other 16 Inns of the Asheville … Continue reading

Bourbon From Farmer to Chef!

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My Daddy was from the South and I grew up fishing maraschino cherries out of his evening bourbon with my fingers for a treat as child.  No doubt this has contributed to my love of its smoky-sweet flavor.  So when … Continue reading

Going Viral

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Meet Chris.  Chris just made his video go viral.   Chris has been a friend of the family since our daughters brought him home to meet us when they were in high school.  As a matter of fact, he is … Continue reading

Exercise in Asheville

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Guests come to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast for many reasons: to hike and drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to visit the spectacular Biltmore Estate, and to enjoy the vibrant city that is Asheville with its many independent shops, … Continue reading

Be a “Top Chef” Style Judge in Asheville This March!

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If you follow our blog then you know James and I enjoy going to Chef’s Challenge dinners and being a “Top Chef” style judge during the slower winter months at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  This winter the dinners will … Continue reading

Best Restaurants in Asheville, 2014

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One of the enviable facets of an innkeeper’s job is the need to visit and revisit restaurants in town so that we can give visitors to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, up-to-date information. In a … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Tapas Bars

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This week was tapas week for James and me.  It wasn’t intentional, it just turned out that way. There has been a lot of buzz around Asheville’s newest tapas bar, King James Public House, which just opened on Charlotte Street.  Peter … Continue reading

Fine Craftsmen in Asheville, NC

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  There is a stereotype of the North Carolina Mountain man as being rough, uneducated and uncultured but like any stereotype its truth is far from all-encompassing.  For me, an unexpected and greatly appreciated aspect to life in Asheville is … Continue reading

Ten Great Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day: hearts and flowers and chocolate and champagne, saying “I love you” and “Will you?” and “Yes”.  It’s always new but sometimes it’s a little meh with the same box of chocolates and the same dozen red roses.  So … Continue reading

Winter Reading List: Great Books about Asheville

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The polar vortex may have moved on but there is a lot of winter left to come and it is a great time to get reading. During these slow months at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast sitting by the fire … Continue reading