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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Renovating the Carolina Bed & Breakfast: The Dining Room

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>The Dining Room before painting The Dining Room with its new color! Many years ago (about 25 to be exact) James and I moved out of a small semi-furnished apartment in Paris and arrived in Hong Kong with a tired … Continue reading

>First Snow in Asheville, NC

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>The stores are calling me for Christmas shopping but I had to share this with you first: the Carolina Bed & Breakfast wearing her new roof, a fresh coat of paint and a pre-Christmas blanket of snow!

>Christmas in Asheville

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>Here in Asheville, we take Christmas seriously!Maybe it’s the presence of the Biltmore with its 100 Christmas trees, 150,000 lights, 10,000 feet of fresh garlands and more than 25,000 ornaments; maybe it’s the fireworks which “sizzle” every Friday night (the … Continue reading

>Carolina Bed & Breakfast: The Great Move In

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> Here’s the scene: Date: Monday, November 16 Time 12 Noon Location: Carolina Bed & Breakfast Asheville, NC Cast of Players: 2 Inn Owners 1 Assistant Innkeeper 6 Roofers 4 Moving Men 2 Mattress Delivery men 1 Fedex Delivery Truck … Continue reading

>This Old House!

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>The Carolina Bed & Breakfast was built in 1901 which makes it pretty old on an American scale (I have French friend who felt cheated by American “Historic” districts. I think she expected log cabins or something. But that’s another … Continue reading

>Carolina Bed and Breakfast: The Adventure Begins!

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> Owning a bed and breakfast has never been a particular dream of mine but the day my husband, James, suggested it something inside me clicked and “yes, that’s it!” We were walking together as we so often seem to … Continue reading