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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ten Best Places to Eat in Asheville, NC (Lunch)

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The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer.  I think it would be almost impossible to list the ten best places to eat in Asheville.  There are so many different restaurants, with cuisine ranging from uber-sophisticated to … Continue reading

Restaurant Crawl In the River Arts District

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I had thought that my next posting would be all about the night skies and stars above Asheville as James and I were supposed to go on the Starwatch Tour Tuesday night. But the weather refused to cooperate and we … Continue reading

Wine tasting in "Beer City"!

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Pretty much everyone who comes to Asheville hears that Asheville has won the title of “Beer City USA” three times in a row. But what many people don’t realize is that Asheville has a thriving wine culture as well.  We … Continue reading

Beer City, USA: Asheville Brews Cruise!

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Recently our 22 year old daughter, Abby, brought her boyfriend to Asheville for a visit.  While she wanted us to spend some time together at our Asheville bed and breakfast, she also sincerely wanted Joe to see what a great … 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

Friday Night in Asheville, North Carolina

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> The Adabelles  This past weekend we had a  group of special ladies join us for Thursday through Sunday.  The “Adabelles” were all in the High School Class of 1964 in Ada, Oklahoma and every two years they have a … Continue reading

A September Grab-Bag from our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast

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> Emily Krainik, Manager of the Champagne Bar Sometimes James and I do things here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville  which we really enjoy and would like to share with you but are not meaty enough for … Continue reading

Theater in Asheville, NC: Something for Everyone

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> It was 1977 when James and I graduated from college and our class was sandwiched between two changing worlds.  Those who graduated four year before us were very much a part of the 60′s and 70′s, while those who … Continue reading

DIning Outside Asheville: Weaverville, NC

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>  Just outside Asheville, about ten miles from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, is the small town of Weaverville, home to artists and garden centers.  It is also the home of the Stoney Knob Cafe, a local eatery which has … Continue reading

Dining Outside Asheville: Spruce Pine

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> “Downtown” Spruce Pine While many of our guests come to Asheville to dine at some of the many fabulous restaurants which can be found here (over 243 according to TripAdvisor!), there are actually some really excellent restaurants in some … Continue reading

WNC Chef Challenge Semi-Final in Asheville, North Carolina

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>  Well folks, we’ve made it about as far as we can go this year with this one.  I’ve been to first round challenges, quarterfinal challenges and finally to the semi-finals.  I’ve eaten good food, bad food and in-between food, … Continue reading

Chef Challenge Quarter-Finals

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> At last, a meal worthy of something called a “Chef’s Challenge”!  Maybe it was because this was the quarter-final round of the Western North Carolina Chef’s Challenge or maybe it was just because these two chefs are extremely talented … Continue reading

Western North Carolina’s Chef’s Challenge Round 2

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>A few weeks ago, James, Emily and I went to the first match-up of this year’s WNC Chef’s Challenge in Asheville, North Carolina.  While it was an interesting evening, the food seriously let us down and we were left wondering … Continue reading

Iron Chef Asheville Style!

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One of the wonderful things about Asheville, North Carolina is the exciting restaurant scene.  Couple that with a sense of fun and community and you have the makings of a great evening…almost! This past Monday James and I, and our … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning!

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>No, I am not talking about spring cleaning at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, I am talking aboutspring cleaning for my blog; or at least for my file of back stories.  What follows is a compilation of things which I … Continue reading

Winter Activities in Asheville, NC and My Cookbook!

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> One of the many nice things about Asheville in the winter is the accessibility of many of the sites and activities. Pretty much everything is open but the crowds aren’t there, giving one a unique opportunity to really enjoy … Continue reading

>Foodie Tour of Asheville

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>James says that I have to stop writing about restaurants but really the food in Asheville is so amazing that it is hard not to write about it. Before I do as was suggested and give you a break from … Continue reading

>Asheville Restaurant Reviews: Part 2

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>My mother-in-law and her daughter recently drove down from Wisconsin to visit us and see the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It’s a long drive and they were pretty tired when they got here. As we were in the middle of … Continue reading

>Restaurant Reviews–Asheville NC, part I

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>I may have mentioned this before but we are closed next week so that we can get a new roof put on and move in some of our furniture and artwork from overseas. This means a lot of mess and … Continue reading

>More to do in Asheville, NC

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>October is over and along with the disappearing leaves, the tourists have fallen off as well. It’s a shame really as winter in Asheville offers quite a bit to do. But I am not complaining as it means that I … Continue reading