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Category Archives: Hiking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking Glass Rock: A Pluton Monolith

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The interesting thing about writing this blog is that it make things so interesting! By that I mean it isn’t enough to just throw some pictures up and say,  “This is what we did, isn’t it pretty?”   I feel like … Continue reading

Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Mt. Mitchell

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>  About a month ago I became a leaf spotter for the Fall Foliage Network. ( I have to be honest and tell you that it was because they would list the Carolina Bed & Breakfast on their site for … Continue reading

Graveyard Fields: One of the Best Hikes off the Blue Ridge Parkway

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>  The last hike James and I went on, to John Rock, was rated “more difficult”  on our website of hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while it was a wonderful hike with many changes in topography and altitude, … Continue reading

Climbing John Rock in Pisgah National Forest: Success at Last!

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  Monument at Trail Base Those of you who have been following our adventures in Asheville and Western North Carolina will know that James and I enjoy hiking but have had limited success so far in finding a really great … Continue reading

Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains–A Cautionary Tale

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> James and I often have guests at the Carolina  who ask about hikes in the mountains near our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast, and  we will sometimes send them to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Craggy Gardens.  It’s a pleasant … Continue reading

Naturewalks in Western North Carolina

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>Sometimes when the weather is especially nice here at the Carolina, James and I play hookey. Like Tom Sawyer we leave the paint brush in the paint can next to the metaphorical picket fence of housework at our Asheville North … Continue reading