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Zen Tubing an Asheville Outdoor Adventure

July 21st, 2015 by Stacy Shelley



We have been operating this Asheville Bed and Breakfast for almost 13 very lucky years and one of the biggest changes we’ve observed in the last several years is the duration of days our guests stay. It used to be folks would come in for a couple days to “get-away” and “recharge” – usually coming from not too distant towns and cities. More recently the average stay has    gone from just a few days to longer visits with a good number of folks even staying for a week.  Guests are coming from everywhere including a lot of international destinations.

While everyone almost certainly ventures to the Biltmore Estate for a day, or even 2, most people are looking for other adventures in and around Asheville.  We are increasingly assisting incoming guests with planning their vacation and extended stays.

Of course there is any number of outdoor activities to keep you entertained, but one of the newest and definitely most fun activity to hit the Asheville area of late is Zen Tubing.  It is the most leisurely way to enjoy an afternoon along the French Broad River.

I know what you’re thinking… tubes that you lug up the stream and float down and lug back up the stream and down again.  Not exactly..this is tubing in a Cadillac, or perhaps being Asheville – a fully loaded Prius, and there is no lugging involved.  The tube provides a soft and cushiony ride, has a back rest, a bottom (to protect your own) and can be hooked together with other floaters.

Zen Tubing has 2 locations that you can drop in from – the Southern route which drops in near Bent Creek, just a short ride south of Asheville and a Mid-town location that cruises through the River Arts District past a few Breweries ending just short of the Bywater, a great outdoor/indoor drinking and eating venue.  They even have a free shuttle to the Bywater parking lot.

The process is so easy- just park at one of the end destinations, get checked-in and take the shuttle to the put in.  The average time on the river is between 2 and 3 hours ending where your car is parked. They are open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 4:00. You just have to be out of the water by 7:00. The cost per person for adults is $20.00 and kids $15.00.

We took our kids out the last weekend of summer last year and had an absolute ball.  We decided on the Southern route and couldn’t have had a sweeter family outing.  We floated along with the current of the French Broad River, swam, swung from a rope, had a picnic on one of the many islands and relaxed.  Thinking of everything for a fun-filled trip, they even provided a tube for our cooler.

Please don’t hesitate to ask Pinecrest B & B to help you plan your trip. We’ve got some great ideas.  Contact  Pinecrest Inn at 828-281-4275 or visit our website at


April Asheville Cheese Month

March 27th, 2015 by Stacy Shelley

cheese festApril 2015 is WNC Cheese month.  WNC is home to an amazing array of Creameries and Farms.  What better way to explore Western North Carolina than meandering along the WNC Cheese Trail.  Spend an afternoon taking in the mountain beauty and sampling delicious handmade cheeses.  Visit the Creameries and farms and meet the amazing folks creating these delicacies’. Tour their facilities and learn a bit about cheese crafting.  You can even purchase cheese directly from the cheesemakers.  These award winning cheesemakers range from new operations to pioneers in the artisan cheese movement, using both goat milk and cow milk.

Throughout the month  of April Pinecrest Bed and breakfast we will be featuring local cheeses during breakfast. Pinecrest will be offering a 2 night package April 25 through April 27 which will include a map of the Cheese Trail, cheese recipes from members of the WNC Cheese Trail  and this Asheville B & B and 2 tickets to the WNC Cheese  Trail’s annual festival.  Please call 828-281-4275 for pricing details.

WNC Cheese Trail’s annual festival will be held at Highland Brewing Company on April 26, 2015 from 12 to 4.  There will be hands-on activities for kids and adults, panel discussions, workshops and cooking demonstrations. You can sample and purchase cheeses, speak with cheese-makers, and meet producers of  bread and crackers, meats, pickles and jams.

To book Inn reservations during this event or assistance planning a trip to our Asheville B & B this spring, visit or call 828-281-4275.

Mushroom Hunting Craze Sprouts in Asheville

March 23rd, 2015 by Stacy Shelley

MMSo you’ve heard all about the latest trends in foraging for food and in particular the mushroom foraging craze. Asheville even has its own “shroom expert” Alan Muskat. He’s been guiding people out into the wild to feast at mother nature’s table for over twenty years. He even founded the first and only forage-to-table company in the country. Muskat has been featured in the likes of Southern Living, Bizzare Food, Condé Nast Traveler, PSB and others.

Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, Muskat knows the secrets to mushroom hunting. For almost two decades, he sold hundreds of pounds of wild harvested bounty to restaurants and hotels around Asheville including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Grove Park Inn.  “Wild foods,” Alan says, “are a way of feeling at home in nature.”

With practice you can learn the art of mushroom hunting too. There are books and dozens of online articles on the topic. Part of the challenge however is knowing what to look for and where to look. That’s why tours led by experts such as Muskat are cropping up all over.  There’s even an Asheville Mushroom Club if you’re already a mushroom aficionado.

We Googled the web to find out more. Turns out spring is the best time of year to hunt for Morel mushrooms.  It’s recommended that you search during the two months that are considered the peak of spring in your area. Since spring is upon us you’re probably asking just where is the best place to find a good Morel mushroom in the wild blue yonder? There are certain trees and soil conditions preferred by Morels. Those are:

  • Ash Trees (particularly white ash)
  • Elm Trees (dead or dying preferred)
  • Apple Trees (old ignored apple orchards are best!)
  • Tulip Trees
  • Burn sites
  • Areas with lots of downed trees
  • Old flood areas

Not ready to venture out on your own in search of wild mushrooms for dinner? Then book a tour and learn from the pros! Alan Muskat offers three hour foraging and tasting tours in the Asheville area. He has packages and private tours for all ages and abilities. Visit to find out more. Whether you schedule a tour with a seasoned forager or go it alone, have fun discovering nature’s bounty and happy hunting!

If you’re ready to book your spring visit to our Asheville Bed & Breakfast call 828-281-4275 or visit our Inn reservations page to view our B&B room availability now. We look forward to seeing you soon. If you need assistance booking a tour, just let us know. We’re always here to help our guests plan their itinerary.

Pinecrest B&B’s Famous Scone Recipe

November 20th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley


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 !


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.






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.

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville Wins 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award

January 24th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

The Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC was voted #12 of the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns across the United States by TripAdvisor. “Wow, this is huge! What an honor,” said Innkeeper Stacy Shelly who has co-owned and operated the Inn TC 2014with her parents Janna and James Martin since 2003. For a full list of the Top 25 Inns across the U.S., visit ttp://

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest and most trusted travel site just released its 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award winners. The 12th annual global awards honor the top rated hotels in the world in categories including Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

More than 7,000 properties received awards. TripAdvisor uses an algorithm that measures the quality and quantity of the ratings from millions of TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions to identify the Travelers’ Choice properties. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. The entire list of Travelers’ Choice Award winners can be found at


Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast is located near downtown Asheville, North Carolina in historic Montford. The 1905 English Tudor style B&B inn is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Inn has been owned and operated by Stacy Shelley, Janna and James Martin since 2003. Visit for more information. 

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Review by Carolina Epicurean

January 23rd, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast 

(Originally published at

January 16, 2014

Searching online for the perfect place to stay when you’re traveling can be stressful. If you’re like me, you look at lodging websites, carefully examining ALL the photos – especially shots of breakfast, if it’s offered. Then you go to TripAdvisor, Yelp, or both, reading reviews and looking at ALL their photos.

Your search for places to stay in Asheville just became easier! After a most wonderful opportunity came my way in the form of an Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association invitation to tour some of their Inns along with my friend Nichole Livengood, of Gap Creek Gourmet, I feel confident recommending any of their member Inns.

Who knew there were so many unique Asheville area Inns and Innkeepers!?! We’re not talking cookie-cutter by any stretch of the imagination. This article is part of a series in which you’ll get a feel for some of the seventeen B&Bs that are part of the Asheville Association.

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Sometimes I like the anonymity of hotels, but more often than not, B&Bs are my cup of tea. Innkeepers are a special breed. They like people and often like to cook lovely afternoon snacks and special breakfasts.

I’d seen Pinecrest B&B many times when parking for the annual Asheville Greek Festival held at the church next door. Last month my friend, Nichole Livengood (Gap Creek Gourmet), and I had the opportunity to spend the night.

Nichole arrived in time to enjoy what she describes as “the best brownie she’s ever had”, one of the homemade desserts Pinecrest Innkeeper Stacy puts out each afternoon for guests. By the time I checked in, it was too close to dinner for a brownie, but I shamelessly secreted one of them away for later that evening.

Early risers find their way to the bright sun porch for self-serve coffee or tea. In the evening, wine is available here.

Carolina Ep_Inn3It’s the perfect spot for reading the morning paper, catching up on email – via good Wi-Fi throughout the B&B – or chatting with other guests.

There’s something about breakfast around a large, beautifully set table, exchanging stories with a group of interesting folks.

This morning, we started off with a fresh strawberry parfait, banana bread, coffee or tea.

Followed by our choice of French Toast (bread from Asheville’s beloved City Bakery) served with home-made syrup,Carolina Ep_Inn5 and local Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties or, Oven Roasted Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Frittata with Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties.

Both were delicious.

After breakfast, Nichole and I spent some time chatting with owner Janna and her co-Innkeeper/daughter, Stacy, in . . . you guessed it, the kitchen. It’s a testament to Janna and Stacy, the cooking/baking magic that happens in this nice, but utilitarian space.

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When you stay at Pinecrest, be sure to ask about the famous architect that designed a major addition to this 1905 Historic Montford area home, why it was so unusual that he took on residential work, and the possible reason he did so.


Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
249 Cumberland Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Historical Places to Visit in and Around Asheville

January 17th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

If you’re seeking some great historic sites to visit while in Asheville, check out some of the places on our list.

1.     Thomas Wolfe Memorial

The Thomas Wolfe home, built in 1883, now serves as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The rambling Victorian building he grew up in (his mother’s boarding house) was immortalized as “Dixieland” in his famous autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel. The novel has never gone out of print since its publication in 1929, keeping interest in Wolfe alive and attracting visitors to his historic home at 48 Spruce Street in Asheville.

2.      Carl Sandburg Home

Writer, poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg died on June 22, 1967. After which his wife Lilian donated his home to the state of North Carolina to become a National Park. The park’s vast historical and cultural resources include 264 acres of pastures, ponds, small mountains and hiking trails, as well as a total of fifty structures, including the Sandburg’s residence and goat barn. Books, personal belongings, awards and photographs highlight the 22 years of his life Sandburg spent residing at Connemara in Flat Rock.

3.      St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s was constructed in 1914 in a cruciform plan in an English Gothic Revival style, incorporating the “correct” ecclesiastical style of Edwardian Anglo-Catholicism.  Prominent local architect Richard Sharp Smith designed the building and much of the interior furnishings. St. Mary’s is the only Anglo-Catholic church in North Carolina.

4.      Riverside Cemetery


The Riverside Cemetery dates back to 1885 and encompasses 87 acres of rolling hills and flower gardens overlooking the French Broad River.  Riverside is the burial place of many of Asheville’s most notorious citizens including Thomas Wolfe, William Sidney Porter (better known as O. Henry), Zebulon B. Vance, Thomas Patton and confederate generals James Martin, Robert B. Vance and Thomas Clingman.

5.      Grove Arcade

Dr. Edwin Wiley Grove, a wealthy patent medicine manufacturer and real estate developer had the Grove Arcade built between 1926 and 1929, as a massive commercial mall with covered pedestrian thoroughfares and rooftop terraces. It was the most ambitious project conceived by Grove. During WWII the Arcade Building was occupied and modified by the Federal government and eventually housed the National Climatic Data Center until the 1990s. Today the Arcade’s Tudor Gothic Revival style is one of Asheville’s landmark architectural showplaces.

6.      Church of St. Lawrence

The Church of St. Lawrence was designed and built by Rafael Guastavino, an architect and builder who came to Asheville to work on the Biltmore House in the mid-1890s. After completing his work at Biltmore, he sought an alliance with friend and architect Richard Sharp Smith to design the Spanish Renaissance Revival Church of St. Lawrence in the early 1900’s. Construction was completed in 1909.  The entire Church is built of tile or other masonry materials. The center dome is reputed to be the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. The churches basilica interior features Spanish woodcarvings dating back to the mid-17th century.

Our Pinecrest Inn has its own historical roots dating back to Asheville’s boom in the early 1900’s.  The 1905 English Tudor style B&B, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1913 Richard Sharp Smith, the lead architect for the Biltmore Estate was commissioned to design an addition to the house, making it even more significant. The name ‘Pinecrest’ was officially deeded to the house in 1928. Today the elegant home operates as an Asheville Bed & Breakfast located in the historic Montford district. For reservations or information visit or call 888-811-3053.

Bakeries, Cake and Pies…Oh My! Asheville Bakeries Abound.

October 22nd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say there’s a bread movement afoot in Western North Carolina, but I just might! There seems to be an abundance of all things baked popping up in and around Asheville. Some of the bakeries are old time staples, while others are new on the scene, with emphasis on fresh, local and gluten free breads and cakes. Check out some of what our grand little city in the mountains has to offer.

strada bake houseStrada Bakehouse
New on the scene is the Green Certified Strada Bakehouse. Started by the same owners who run the über delicious Strada Italiano Restaurant, this European-style bakery serves up artisan loaves baked fresh daily. Melding old world techniques with modern flavors, the bakery uses a several hundred-year-old, three-step process that yields some amazing breads. One big bonus, they don’t use preservatives, conditioners, or chemicals of any kind. Only four basic ingredients can be found in these breads: flour, salt, water and leaven.

Daily Fresh Baked Breads include Peasant Batard, Red Pepper Cheddar, Sunflower Wheat, Ciabatta, Semolina Sesame, Roasted Garlic & Asiago, and Chocolate Cherry. Stop in any day of the week to pick up a fresh loaf – except Mondays, they’re closed.

West End Bakery
It’s always nice to talk about one of our favorites in trendy West Asheville – the West End Bakery and Café. This all around great, go-to-bakery uses only 100% organic flour and the freshest ingredients available. Everything served at the West End is made from scratch, and whenever possible they use locally grown produce and organic products. Gluten-Free offerings include a variety of muffins in flavors such as blueberry, pumpkin chocolate chip, and raspberry almond.
They also offer sandwiches made with their famous Gluten-free breads, but they’re popular so you got to be quick to get them. Your best bet is to order a loaf of Gluten-Free Bread to take home so you have some on hand. They also offer a rotating selection of Gluten-free desserts like Carrot cupcakes and Chocolate Mousse.

The Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe

Pastries and Cakes at Well Bread Bakery

Pastries and Cakes at Well Bread Bakery
Just ten minutes north of Asheville in downtown Weaverville, the Well-Bred Bakery and Café offers gourmet pastries, cakes, cookies, artisan breads and other fine delectable treats.  The 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner boasts made from scratch confections such as Espresso Roulade, Chocolate Éclairs, Classic English Toffee, Tiramisu, Swedish Crème, Peanut Butter Pie and a host of other sweets like Key Lime Tarts, Chocolate Mint Mousse, Austrian Tea Cakes, Pecan Praline Cookies, and much, much more. Their beautiful pastry case is a feast for the eyes. If you’re like me, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you want, and instead, just get one of each – to go of course. Look for their new location in Biltmore Village, opening soon.

City Bakery
Founded in 1999, family owned City Bakery is an Asheville staple. The downtown bakery offers a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional French breads made by hand and using as little yeast as possible for more complex flavors. Their amazing pastry staff creates croissants, danishes, éclairs, cupcakes and more – fresh every day.

Their sandwiches, cookies and other bakery treats are equally as good. You can find them at three locations including downtown Asheville, Charlotte Street and a new location in Waynesville.

World’s Best Carrot Cake
It’s no small feat to be awarded as the World’s Best Carrot Cake by Fox News, but this small, unassuming bakery located on the edge of Asheville and Weaverville, has claimed this award. If you thought all carrot cakes were created equal, think again. It wasn’t enough to offer just gluten free, all natural carrot cake (a big hit by itself), the cake geniuses at World’s Best Carrot cake also created Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, Chocolate Gluten-Free Carrot Cake and Orange Citrus Vegan Carrot Cake.
Each and every World’s Best Carrot Cake is made by hand, from scratch, in small batches with care and love. It truly is the World’s Best Carrot Cake and best of all, it’s right here in our own backyard.

The Bake Shoppe
The Bake Shoppe, located in north Asheville, offers elegant and tasty cakes as well as other wonderful desserts. Run by mother daughter team Juanita Mantel and Heidi Bryson, these talented bakers have been creating award winning cakes for over 35 years. Their specialty is beautifully decorated wedding cakes, grooms cakes and anniversary cakes. They also offer a wide assortment of cakes and pies including German chocolate cake, pumpkin praline pound cake, cranberry pecan pie, coconut cream pie and more. Be sure to place your cake and pie orders in plenty of time before holiday guests arrive.

Now if reading this doesn’t make you want to head out and find a local bakery to satisfy your cravings, we must have done something wrong! If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a bakery near you, be sure to visit one of ours the next time you stay at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast. We are so proud of our local bakers. If you need a recommendation for where to go for your favorite baked treat in Asheville, just ask our innkeepers Janna and Stacy.

For more information about our Asheville B&B, visit

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

September 18th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

B&B guest roomIn honor of Veteran’s Day, Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is proud to honor our distinguished men and women in the armed services, active or retired with a special offer! On Tueday, 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.