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New Year’s Resolutions: Looking Forward to 2015 in Asheville

Posted on by Susan Murray

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread

As Innkeepers we often get so caught up in the business of hosting our guests at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast that needed jobs and tasks get shoved aside.  So every year, when the holidays finish and the winter slow period sets in for good, we have a chance to assess the physical state of the house and other aspects of our business.  So many ideas and plans that it’s hard to get them all done.

My New Year’s Resolution:

Prioritize and schedule the things we need, and want to get done, and be realistic.  Then try to complete them while also getting some time off to restore our energy and enthusiasm.

Here is what you have to look forward to at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast in 2015:

An updated and refreshed website with new pictures and features including easier navigation, a recipe section which will link back to existing recipes on The Kitchen Garden and include monthly updates and seasonal recipes.  We will also be creating some seasonal packages which you can view year-round to help you plan the best time to visit Asheville.

New landscaping in the rear of the property where we cleared out a lot of vines and undergrowth this autumn.  Plans include another seating area as well as the relocation of the vegetable garden to this sunnier site.Asheville NC Spring Garden

New cookbooks!  This year I am going to finish the cookbook I started last year.  With a working title of “Canapes and Cupcakes”, it features the other side of Bed & Breakfast cooking with favorite recipes of our guests from our evening receptions and bedtime treats as well as some new ones.

Speaking of cooking, James has gifted me with some awesome chef’s knives as well as a trip to the cooking school of my choice in the country of my choice!  So I will being checking out the options and bringing home some new recipes too.

Best Chef's Knives

Social Media:  I can hear everyone moaning but the Carolina needs to stay fresh and up-to-date with the things our guests like and are searching for.  One of the ways we do this is through our Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts.  Each reaches a different audience and brings new information both to them and to us.  This year I am hoping to create some new Pinterest Boards and may explore Instagram.

New curtains and and bedding in the Cottage.  I’ve been saying this for two years now.  It’s not that the Cottage is bad.  On the contrary, it is cosy and warm and inviting but those curtains are seriously out of date  Seems like this would be easy to do and maybe that’s why I never seem to get around to it.The Cottage

And those are my goals for this year.  Come to visit us and let me know how I did!


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