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Downtown Abbey Visits Asheville

December 18th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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Elizabeth McGovern Credit: © Carnival Films

The Biltmore Estate recently announced that it plans to host a new exhibition titled, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.” Designed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, the exhibit will be open February 5 through Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 and features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.”

Clothing styles from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century are marked by the true emergence of fashion trends. It was a time when women cycled their wardrobes’ appearance every sixth months, rather than every five years – as was common in the 18th century. A tasting of costumes from a “day in the life” of  Downtown Abbey characters will be showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate of the same era.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of regular estate ticket purchases. Complementing the exhibition will be a series of estate-wide special events at Biltmore to be announced at a later date. For more information visit Biltmore.com or call 800.411.3812 for reservations and ticket pricing.

Check with your innkeepers Stacy and Janna at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast to plan your itinerary while visiting Asheville. For room reservations, visit our Asheville Inn reservation page at http://pinecrestbb.com/reservations/.

 

Asheville Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve 2014

December 8th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Planning a visit to Asheville this holiday season? If you are, you may be looking for a list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve 2014. Check the list below for restaurants open on December 24th and be sure to ask your innkeepers at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast for recommendations on where to dine. See you soon.

  • The Imperial Life
  • India Garden Authentic Indian Cuisine
  • Isa’s Bistro
  • Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
  • Jerusalem Garden Cafe
  • Karen Donatelli Cake Designs
  • Kathmandu Cafe
  • Kilwins Asheville
  • Kilwin’s Black Mountain
  • King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle
  • King James Public House
  • Korean House
  • Laughing Mask Candies
  • Laughing Seed Café
  • Laurey’s (yum!)
  • Lexington Avenue Brewery
  • Limones
  • Little Pigs BBQ – McDowell Street
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • MG Road
  • Mikado Steak House and Sushi Bar
  • Noodle Shop
  • O’Charley’s Restaurant
  • Okie Dokies Smokehouse
  • Old Europe
  • Olive or Twist
  • Blue Ridge Dining Room at The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Spa Café at The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • One Fifty One Boutique Bar and Restaurant
  • Pack’s Tavern
  • Papa’s and Beer
  • Piazza
  • Pisgah Brewing Company
  • Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe
  • Posana Cafe
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosetta’s Kitchen
  • Roux
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Sunny Point Cafe
  • Table
  • The Blackbird
  • The Writer’s Bistro at Renaissance
  • Thirsty Monk
  • Thirsty Monk South
  • Tod’s Tasties
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe – South
  • Westville Pub
  • Wicked Weed Brewing
  • World Coffee Cafe

Pinecrest B&B’s Famous Scone Recipe

November 20th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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Blueberry Scone Recipe

Every time we serve these scones at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast someone at the table requests the recipe. Last weekend  I handed out 4 copies of the recipe , so I thought it might be worth posting on our site.  When I go on vacation I end up making these scones every morning at my kids request.  They like them full of chocolate and peanut butter chips.  Mix in whatever your tummy tells you.   These scones are lighter than the usual scone and very easy to make.

This recipe has been past down several generations. I’m not sure they were called “scones” back in the day but that’s what we call here at the Pinecrest Inn. Enjoy !

Scones

2 C Flour

4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp Salt

1/3 C sugar or 1/4 C Honey

4 TBSP unsalted Butter

2 TBSP shortening

3/4 C cream

2 eggs

* zest of one lemon

Handful of dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, chocolate chips….whatever you want to mix in.

* When using fruit I also add the zest of a lemon.

Combine dry ingredients then cut in butter and shortening until it resembles fine crumbles.  Add  1 lightly beaten egg and 3/4 of cream. I usually add the cream slowly mixing then adding more.  You want the dough to be very sticky not wet (see photo). You may not need all of the cream. Add fruit and lemon zest at the very end and mix just till integrated. Do not over mix the dough.

Using an ice cream scooper drop 8- 10 rounded spoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle sanding sugar. White granulated sugar will work just fine, I just like the way sanding sugar gives a sparkly shine.

Bake on 350 for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Chiesa a Great New Addition to the Montford Restaurant Scene

November 13th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Last Saturday evening my husband and I strolled down the street to try the new neighborhood restaurant. It’s awesome that we now have another fabulous restaurant guests can venture to just steps out our door.

Chiesa, Church in Italian, is a new venture by Robert and Melisa Willingham, seasoned restaurant owners from Baltimore.  The Willingham’s felt that Asheville was the perfect setting for their opening a home-made pasta-centered, neighborhood-style Italian restaurant.

What use to stand in the place of Chiesa was a rundown vacant Church.  It was very exciting to watch the amazing transformation of this old property.  The end result is a very comfortable interior and a great addition to this historical neighborhood.

And now to the food.  The menu is small but focused and features selections from local purveyors….such as Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Dynamite Roasting, City Bakery,  Blue Moon Water,  Ultimate Ice Cream, and Mountain Foods.  One of the best features is the House-Made pasta, but it was a difficult decision between that and dessert.

We started the evening with Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear. It was scrumptious, especially after we drizzled a little balsamic vinegar over it.  The featured pasta the evening was Fettuccine and it was delightful. I had the sautéed  (HG) Sweet Italian Sausage with Tri-Colored Peppers over  Fettuccine and my husband had the Braised Chicken Thighs with Saffron, Mint and Green Olives. Both dishes were delicious and not heavy. The pasta could not have been more tender and light. If you need that “stuffed” feeling you won’t get that here. The portions are just perfect and not overwhelming.

chiesa logoThere were also several options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free dinners including  Sauteed Zucchini, Carrot and Squash Ribbons in a Garlic- Shallot Lemon Butter and Fettucini with Basil- Mint Pesto and Walnut Pesto. There were several salads and seasonal soups such as Sweet Potato and Thyme Soup with Toasted Pumkin Seeds and Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup.

For dessert we were treated to a divine Housemade Bread Pudding with a Carmel Glaze. Be sure to ask for a scoop of Madagascar vanilla ice cream from Ultimate Ice Cream on the side.

We found the prices to be very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the ingredients. The wine list features Italian wines and is also very reasonable.

Especially looking forward to Spring when the outside patio will be in full swing. Welcome to the Neighborhood! See your innkeeper at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast for walking directions.

 

Biltmore Estate Holiday Ticket Special Now Available

October 19th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

biltmore xmasCelebrate the holiday’s at America’s largest home; Christmas at Biltmore Estate starts November 7 through January 11th. Be dazzled by the magic of Biltmore’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Step back through time, take a candlelight stroll and see hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias, thousands of twinkling Christmas lights, dozens of decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and choirs singing carolers.

Purchase your day time holiday tickets to Biltmore Estate now through Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast  and receive the added benefit of receiving a 2 day admission, plus an optional Candlelight evening upgrade. Our tickets are valid for any consecutive 2 day entry.  Adult Daytime tickets are $52.00 and with the Candlelight Christmas upgrade, just $68.00. Taxes are included. Be mindful that Gate entry at the Biltmore on Saturday’s in December and the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year will be $74.00 plus tax and an additional $15.00 plus tax for the Candlelight upgrade.

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn can procure your tickets and make your Candlelight reservation. Candlelight Evenings are by timed entry and must be reserved. Please call 828-281-4275 to book your stay and purchase your Biltmore Estate tickets.

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.

 

Asheville’s Stay, Shop & Play Holiday Bed & Breakfast Package

September 26th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association recently announced their first-ever holiday getaway packages. Now you can have it all with one super package deal – the Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Play at the award winning Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast. and each guest will receive a shopping pass good for discounts at 28 unique shopping destinations. And, as a gift from your Innkeeper, guests will also receive a package of our favorite holiday cookies—along with the recipe.

Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Playabba_holiday packages Package Details: 

Available Nov. 19, 2014 to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2015.

Package includes:

  • 2 nights lodging at participating Inn
  • A guest shopping pass good for discounts at participating
  • merchants and independent shops, galleries, coffee shops, chocolatiers, spas
  • and a foot sanctuary. Visit our list of participants here:
  • Ad Lib, 25% Discount
  • Artetude Gallery, 5% Discount
  • Asheville’s Salt Cave and Salt Spa, 20% off salt products only
  • Bellagio Biltmore Village, 15% of on all purchases over $125
  • Bellagio Everyday, 15% of on all purchases over $125
  • C and Co., 10% off
  • Chocolate Gems, Free truffle with the purchase of a drink.
  • Dynamite Coffee, 15% on beverage purchase
  • French Broad Chocolate Lounge, One free artisan truffle
  • Grey Line Historic Trolley Tours of Asheville, 5% off adult ticket (purchased at Visitor’s Center)
  • Grovewood Gallery, 10% off 1 item or all jewelry and pottery.
  • Just Ducky Biltmore Village, 10% off one full priced item of choice. Can’t be combined with other offers.
  • Malaprops, 10% off purchases of $50 or more.
  • Mangum Pottery, (Weaverville) 10% off purchase in store/studio
  • Metro Wine, 10% off on any wine purchase
  • Mountain Made, 15% off.
  • New Morning Gallery, 15% on all Christmas Decoration Items
  • Origami Ink, 10% on one item
  • Purl’s Yarn Emporium, Wall Street 10% Discount
  • Roses Garden Shop, 10% Discount
  • Secret Spa at the Belvedere, 20% discount on hour-long facial, hour-long massage, hour-long pedicure (valued at $200)
  • Sensibilities Day Spa, 15% off retail (excluding Eminence skin care and Steph O jewelry)
  • Still Point Wellness, 10% off any services
  • The Cheese Store at The Weinhaus, 20% off any Cheese Store items excluding menu items.
  • The Compleat Naturalist, 10% off
  • The Craft Guild, 15% on one item, except the consignment ones
  • Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft, 5% discount
  • Wake: The Foot Sanctuary & Shop, $30 winter soak for $20

Please book your stay, shop and play package directly with Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast to receive your special shopping pass. Click here for reservations or call 828-281-4275 to book now. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season.

 

Asheville Bed & Breakfast Honors Vets with Free Rooms on November 11, 2014

September 15th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

B&B guest roomIn honor of Veteran’s Day, Pinecrest Inn Bed and Breakfast is proud to honor our distinguished men and women in the armed services, active or retired with a special offer! On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, all veterans can stay for FREE in one of our select Asheville B&B guest rooms (based on room availability). Bring your spouse or special someone and enjoy our hospitality. Offer valid until November 12, 2014.

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.

Discover the History of Quilt Making in North Carolina

August 19th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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Vintage Double Knit Reverse Quilt
(Image from: Asheville Modern Quilt Guild)

The earliest quilts that exist from North Carolina are from the 1820’s and originated from the early Scots-Irish settlements of Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties. These early American quilts were a byproduct of wealth and leisure, and not created out of need or poverty as some may think. By 1860, quilt making in NC had become a highly developed art form, spurred by the availability of fabrics from local textile mills. However, many family quilts from this period were lost or destroyed during the Civil War, which also had a devastating impact on the textile industry here in North Carolina.

Since then, quilting has experienced a revival in the area and is hailed today as a true art form. If you’re interested in viewing some of the many local handmade quilts, plan a visit this month to “All Kinds of Quilts”, a special exhibit featuring the Asheville Modern Quilt Guild.  The exhibition will showing through August 19th, 2014 at Handmade in America, located at 125 S Lexington Ave #101, Asheville, Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm. It’s a very special exhibit that sheds light on an age old custom that is once again thriving.

Looking for more great advice on things to do in Asheville? Our helpful Innkeepers are always available to assist in planning your daily itinerary. For room reservations at our award winning Asheville Bed & Breakfast, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 828-281-4275.

The Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in historic Montford. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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