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Best Fall Activities in Asheville

October 7th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Fall Foliage in Asheville North CarolinaThere’s no shortage of great fall activities in and around Asheville to keep residents and visitors busy in at this beautiful time of year in Western North Carolina. The question then becomes, what are the best fall activities? Here we’ve attempted to compile a list of the top 10 things to do near Asheville this fall. Check out our list:

  1. Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway and the scenic 193-mile section near Asheville for the best leaf peeping and mountain view this fall. Be sure to take a blanket, jackets and a camera as you set off to explore one of America’s most scenic roadways. Check with your Innkeeper for recommendations on the best overlooks and stop-offs. Check out not to be missed spots like Skinny Dip Falls, Chestoa View at Milepost 320.8 and the Folk Arts Center.
  2. Take in the views by zip lining through the wooded hillsides around Asheville. Navitat Canopy tours have been called “one of the best in the nation” by USA Today. Right outside Asheville, Navitat is the adventurer’s way of experiencing nature with a little adrenaline rush thrown in to keep it interesting.
  3. Head south for a day in the Town of Lake Lure. Try Trout fishing in the Rocky Broad River or rent a bike and check out the Town’s new trail system at Buffalo Creek Park. The best way to see the leaves is with a guided boat tour of the lake. Call the Lake Lure Marina for details at 828-625-1373.  Or check out the Lake Lure Arts Festival, October 18-19, 2014.
  4. Visit nationally acclaimed Chimney Rock State Park for a trail hike you’ll not soon forget. The trails range in skill level from easy to strenuous. Click here for Trail Maps. Just 25 miles south of Asheville and situated close to Lake Lure, the Park is located in Hickory Nut Gorge, home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, making it one of the most bio-diverse parks in the state.
  5. Spend a day at the legendary Biltmore Estate. Tour the Biltmore house, sample your favorite wines at the Winery, have lunch at Cedric’s Tavern, take in a hike along the French Broad, a Segway tour,  horseback riding or just enjoy a peaceful stroll through the gardens. The opportunities are endless.
  6. Soak in the hot natural mineral waters in your own private tub at the Hot Springs Spa. Follow that up with a relaxing massage for two or other spa treatment. Sit in a rocking chair on the porch gazing at the mountains after you take in the waters and a massage. You’ll thank yourself later. It’s the epitome of relaxation.
  7. Take a tour of Asheville’s many breweries. Behind-the-scenes guided brewery tours are a great way to sample local beers and tour the area at the same time. You’ll learn about the nuances of different beer styles and get the inside scoop on the brewing process. Asheville Brew Cruise offers a range of public and private tours.
  8. Canoe, kayak or raft down the French Broad, Pigeon, Nantahala, or Nolichucky Rivers. Whitewater Paddling magazine named Asheville, North Carolina, as a “Top 10 Whitewater Town.” There are so many ways to get White water rafting Asheville NC lodgingout on the water and take in nature this fall, just pick your favorite river destination, select an outfitter that operates on that river and start paddling! All companies provide rafting guides, so no experience is necessary. A few to choose from are the French Broad Rafting, Green River Adventures and Nantahala Outdoor Center.
  9. Go west young man! West to the town of Cherokee, about an hour from Asheville. Cherokee is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and rich with tradition, history plus interesting museums and shops. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian tells the story of the Cherokee people and sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. The nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village is a Living History Museum portraying life in an 18th century Cherokee Indian village.
  10. Check out one of the many fall festivals Asheville is famous for. One of our favorites is The Fall 2014 LEAF Festival, October 16-19, offering an unstoppable lineup of performing artists and a plethora of community dances to partake of including Salsa, Swing, the Waltz, contemporary, Contra; plus poetry and puppetry and a sampling of healing arts workshops and folk art exhibitions. This event sells out fast. For tickets visit http://www.theleaf.org/tickets/.

No matter what you do in Asheville this fall, make our Asheville Bed & Breakfast your home base. Enjoy a sumptuous, three course, home cooked breakfast made from locally sourced meats, breads, cheeses and more. Then let our amazing hosts Jenna and Stacy help you plan your daily adventures. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Visit www.pincrestbb.com for more information or click here for Inn Reservations.

 

Planning a Fall Visit to our Asheville Inn

September 9th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

fall applesIt’s that time of year again when throngs of visitors travel to the mountains of Asheville to see the area’s breathtaking fall foliage. As the evenings start to cool off we are seeing the leaves start to change around the Inn. The question we get a lot this time of year is “When is the peak color weekend?”  Hard to say, as it varies each year, but peak colors in lower elevations are typically between the third week in October and the first week in November. To play it safe, a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is always a great way to find the best color almost anytime.

For visitors coming in late September or early October, head north and check out some of the higher elevations like Mount Mitchell  and Grandfather Mountain areas. Late season visitors coming at the end of October or early November typically catch more color at more southern destinations like Mt. Pisgah, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, where views are premium.

In addition to hiking our beautiful mountains amidst a flurry of fall color, there are lots of cultural and tasty events you won’t want to miss out on. Here’s a little sampling of the many fun things to do in and around Asheville this fall.

On September 27th the North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions with Carolina Craft Day from 11 AM until 4 PM. Enjoy the displays by local artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina.

Feeling the need to infuse a little German tradition into your fall festivities?  Then don’t miss Oktoberfest on October 11th, in downtown Asheville on Coxe Avenue. It’s a great way to celebrate our local beer scene.  Event runs from 1-6 PM. Buying advance tickets is recommended since it typically sells out. And don’t forget folks, this is one of our few adult only festivals.

Headed south to leaf peep? Why not check out Chimney Rock every Friday and Saturday, each weekend from October 10-November 1st for “Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock.” Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, Americana, blues and more while sipping a cold regional craft brew or glass of wine along the river.

The Orchard at Altapass is always a fun and beautiful stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 328, roughly 50 miles north of Asheville between Mt. Mitchell and Linville Falls. This 100-year-old apple orchard turned cultural icon, celebrates the people, music, art, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pick apples, take a hay ride or just listen to some live folk music. Check their website for daily and weekend activities and schedules www.altapassorchard.org.

September through November are the busiest months at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast, so plan ahead and call early for reservations 828-281-4275. We are more than happy to assist you with planning the perfect visit or a cozy weekend stay at our historic Asheville Inn. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival & Biltmore Estate Christmas Celebrations

November 23rd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

Looking for ways to put some nostalgic holiday fun into your next visit to Asheville?  Then don’t miss the enchanting display of lights and ornaments at the Biltmore Estate this Christmas.   Experience a magical visit to Biltmore during their Candlelight Christmas Evenings November 9 – January 4th. Take a stroll by firelight and candlelight and enjoy the bmcbeautiful display of over 50 Christmas trees and hundreds of poinsettias displayed throughout the estate.

To help you get into the holiday spirit there will also be choirs singing European carols, vintage ballroom dancers, and dramatic Christmas readings. The Front Lawn of the Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling lights.

Candlelight evening ticket prices includes daytime admission to the estate grounds, winery, gardens and Riverbend Farm and nighttime admission to the Biltmore House Candlelight Evenings (by reservation only).  Book online at www.biltmore.com 7 to 14 days in advance and take advantage of discounted ticket prices.

For more holiday festivities in Asheville, join the revelry at the Biltmore Village Dickens Christmas Festival. Horse drawn carriage rides and period dressed carolers make this a very special holiday weekend December 6-8th.  Put these festive Asheville events on your must-do-list while visiting our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville this holiday season. For Inn reservations, call 888.811.3053.

Don’t Miss the 10th Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival

April 22nd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

montfordfestivalIf you plan to visit our Asheville Bed & Breakfast this May, you won’t want to miss the 10th annual Montford Music and Arts Festival. It’s the largest one day free music and arts festival in Western North Carolina, featuring two stages of ongoing live music. Take in the sounds of more than twenty bluegrass, folk, rock and contemporary musical artists including The Mad Tea, Free Flow Band, West Sound and others.

The festival is an art lover’s delight, featuring local hand-made wares from over one hundred eclectic vendors, offering unique one of a kind jewelry, up-cycled clothing, handmade pottery, wood furniture, paintings and almost anything else you can imagine. You’ll even find live plants for sale, a great selection of food and children’s activities too. It’s a great outing for the whole family. The Montford Music and Arts Festival will be held May 18th, 10a-7pm, rain or shine and is located on Montford Avenue and Soco Streets just past the Asheville Visitors Center.

For more information on this and other upcoming summer events, ask your Pinecrest Inn hosts Janna or Stacy. They’re always happy to assist Inn guests with planning their daily itinerary, recommending restaurants and even making dinner reservations. To book reservations at our Asheville Inn, please visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

Fun Things To Do in Asheville in July

July 13th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The latter half of July will be a busy time in Asheville.  Next Thursday July 19 the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands begins and goes through the Sunday.  This is not your local Church bizarre/craft show. This craft show features highly accomplished craftspeople from the Appalachian region. Each member is accepted into the Guild through a meticulous process.  Membership is open to artists living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. Visitors get to meet with these talented craftspeople, check out and even purchase their work.  This allows the visitor to learn more about their process and the inspiration behind their works.  Traditional and contemporary crafts highlight the fair. The fair includes scheduled demonstrations, individual exhibits, entertainment and local musicians honor traditional and bluegrass mountain music.

The following weekend Asheville swings wide the welcome gates to the city for Bele Chere the largest outdoor street festival in the south. Downtown streets will be closed to motor traffic and jam packed with good music, food and art.  Let’s just hope we get some relief from this heat wave we have been experiencing.  No worries though –there will be plenty of opportunities to satisfy any thirst or cool down.  The festival begins on July 27 and goes for two days with something for everyone.  This year’s musical lineup has changed a bit from years past and appears to be more focused on local and regional  bands, which in my opinion beats resurrecting Cheap trick any day, just sayin’…..no offense to the Cheap Trick fans out there.  Some of the local favorite acts appearing on multiple stages throughout downtown include: Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Lucero, David Holt, Larry Keel, Stephanie’s Id and Michael Reno Harrell.  For a complete list of the performers, go to: www.belechere.com.

Asheville is fast becoming a renowned food destination and this year the festival will also highlight many of the local restaurants that have been a force behind the city’s successful farm-to-table and local food approaches.  At the Taste of Asheville, you can sample local creations and meet many of the local chefs responsible for lifting Asheville’s food scene.

As you may have heard, Asheville is also the reigning king of Beer City USA. The local brew scene is HUGE and getting larger with the announcement that New Belgium and Sierra Nevada are adding facilities.  Some of the region’s best craft beers will be represented at this year’s festival – all for your drinking pleasure.  Fun fact: Benjamin Franklin’s oft-misquoted saying that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” has been altered through the years – no doubt by beer drinkers.  There is no doubt that this historical character did imbibe in a frosty lager on occasion, but what did cross old Ben’s lips between sips was actually a tribute to rain which nurtured grape vines to prosper and ultimately become wine.

Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.

                                                             -Ben Franklin

Regardless of your leaning, you will want to sample some of the regions best craft beer or beverage of your choice while at the festival.  Take in the festivities  while staying at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Reserve your room online at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 877-811-3058 to book your room.

 

WNC Chef’s Challenge

May 29th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The WNC Chefs Challenge competitions are underway  Tuesday nights at Pack’s Tavern  in downtown Asheville. The Asheville area’s coolest culinary competition is back going strong.  Fourteen of the areas top chefs square off in weekly match-ups that determine who triumphs as  Best Chef in WNC.

At each challenge,  the two chef teams prepare  six dishes – three from each team.  Earlier in the day the chefs are given a   “secret ingredient” that has to be featured in each culinary creation.  The diners are not told which team prepared each dish and score the dishes using the same guidelines as a professional food critic. At the end of the evening the scores are tallied and the winning team moves on to the next round.

The last two teams standing  will face off during the finale at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting on August 23, 2012.

Want to judge for yourself ?  Call Pack’s Tavern at 225-6944 to reserve your space. Tickets are $49 per person and do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. For additional information speak with Stacy at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast.

Montford Music and Arts Festival in Asheville

April 11th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The Montford Music and Arts Festival is the largest one day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina and will be in its 9th year  May 19, 2012. Head  out the door of this Asheville Inn, turn left onto Soco Street and you are there, it’s that close.

The festival has really grown  the last few years and now includes two streets in the Historic Montford District.  The homes built in Montford Most were constructed between 1890 and 1920, and include a variety of architectural influences in Asheville during the turn of the 20th century.  Any street could have a  Queen Anne, Victorian and Arts and Crafts home on it. Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast was built in 1905 and embodies a traditional tudor style architecture.

Over 100 art, crafts, food and plant vendors will be located on Montford Avenue and Soco Street.  Two stages, one on each street, will offer the perfect setting for all day fun and over 20 bands and musical acts will take the stages. The festival is an exciting way to experience one of Asheville’s most fascinating neighborhoods.

Come rain or shine and join in the fun on Saturday May 19, 2012, at 10:00am and running till 7pm. The festival is free to the public. Take in the festival while staying at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Reserve your room online at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 877-811-3058 to book your room.

 

 

Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers

March 26th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Welcome spring with acres of azaleas, thousands of tulips and spring blooms at Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers.  During April, thousands of tulips in the Walled Garden and around the estate will shine in various colors.  By May, the show continues with irises, peonies, and acres of azaleas, with summer annuals soon to follow.

Also enjoy live music daily in the Biltmore House and the Conservatory;  Biltmore  has a “Ask a Gardner” station featuring horticulture experts who can answer questions on the weekends;  Daily “free” seminars at A Gardner’s Place  located in the Conservatory and Music in the Bandstand at Anter Hill Village every weekend starting at 4p.m.

Notify us in advance and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will have your tickets here on arrival. Take advantage of our 2 day tickets for a special rate of $45.00 per ticket any day of the week.

Our Asheville Inn welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your trip planning. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 or visit our website at http://pinecrestbb.com/

TripAdvisor Recommends Visiting Asheville

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

TripAdvisor has announced that Asheville is one of 15 destinations on the rise for travel and tourism. According to their website, travelers are raving about this mountain town, and creating quite a buzz. This comes on the heels of another designation by TripAdvisor in October, 2011 when Asheville was voted by the website’s users as being a Top 10 Destination for Food & Wine.
Here’s what TripAdvisor had to say about Asheville:
There’s something about Asheville that makes its blend of remote Appalachian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication seem perfectly natural. The city abounds in cultural attractions and events, many stemming from the literary greats who have lived here. Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and O. Henry all once called Asheville home. The city has historically been a resort for the wealthy. But there’s also a friendly, small-town atmosphere; the city has a way of making visitors feel right at home. Located at the confluence of two rivers and nestled in the mountains, Asheville is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, who have their pick of hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning and many other activities. So breathe in the fresh mountain air, take a spin along “America’s most scenic drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway, and soak up the beauty and spirit of this lovely mountain city.
For reservations at our Asheville Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

 

Leaves by day and Moogfest by night.

October 4th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Robert Moog

Moogfest is the annual event that honors the remarkable vision of Robert Moog and his amazing musical inventions that changed the course of music.  Moogfest is a 3-day, multi-venue event held in Asheville, NC – the place Bob Moog called home for the last 30 years of his life.  The 2011 festival will be held the weekend of October 28 – 30.  Moogfest will host artists and audiences from throughout the world in different venues across Asheville’s beautiful, historic downtown.

Moogfest celebrates Bob Moog’s legacy as a sonic pioneer, which will be the thread that unites the festival’s rich array of musical offerings.  While the wide range of Moog instruments – the Minimoog Voyager, the Little Phatty, the Etherwave Theremin, Moogerfoogers, and the Moog Guitar – will play prominent roles throughout the festival’s events, the artists performing will certainly not be limited to those who create their work on Moog instruments.  Instead, artists will be chosen for their role in creating unique and groundbreaking musical experiences that embody the essence of Bob Moog’s visionary and creative spirit.

In addition to fantastic concerts by renowned performers of all kinds, Moogfest offers opportunities to engage with the artists in panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and workshops.  There will also be interactive experiences for the audience to explore their own musical creativity with a variety of Moog instruments.  The festival also offers visual art exhibitions, installations, and film screenings throughout the weekend.

Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster through the Moogfest web site, as well as through the Asheville Civic Center Box Office. The ACC box office is located at 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801 and is open weekdays from 10:00AM – 5:00PM Eastern. You may purchase tickets via phone by calling (800) 745-3000.

Enjoy this festival from the comfort of our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC. Visit www.pinecrestbb.com to book reservations at our historic Asheville B & B or call 888-811-3053.

 

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