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Farm to Table Fresh Foods Abound at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast and Around Town

June 24th, 2013 by stacy

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Full Sun Farm at the Tailgate Market

Asheville is renowned not only for its culinary diversity and wide selection of independent restaurants, but also for its strong farm to table dining reputation. “Eat Local” isn’t just a slogan in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it’s a way of life.

The area’s rich farm lands contribute a remarkable variety of produce, meat, fish (Trout) and dairy to the local food movement. Food critics and amateur foodies alike, agree they can taste the difference between farm fresh and frozen. There are many advantages of farm to table with the most obvious being the financial benefit to local farmers and growers. Not to mention that local chefs have endless opportunities to create seasonal inspired dishes made with ingredients harvested at their peak. Another great advantage is the freshness of the foods and the abundance of organic and free-range foods available. The area’s strong farm to table movement symbolizes fresh, healthy, and fiscally responsible living – now that’s a win, win in our culinary book.

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Blueberry Slump Cake

Asheville restaurants offering farm to table prepared dishes include Posana, Limones, Table, Seven Sows, Carmels, Blue Ridge Dining Room, Strada, City Bakery, Corner Kitchen, Grovewood Café, Marketplace, Plant, Sazerac, Tupelo Honey, Zambra and many others.

Asheville’s farm to table movement isn’t just for restaurants only. Our Asheville Bed & Breakfast frequents local markets weekly to pick the freshest ingredients for our breakfast dishes, including produce, fruit, bread and local made cheeses. Last week we served blueberry waffles using local blueberries and fresh strawberries with a riccota, yogurt orange sauce - both from Full Sun farm. I also prepared a blueberry slump on Sunday. Yummy!  Hurry over to Asheville, you still have time to get some! Blueberries will be available for several more weeks.

So if you’re looking for free-range or hormone-free meats, local fruits and vegetables, seafood from the Carolina coast, or local made cheeses, look no farther than any of the dozens of markets in and around Asheville. The Montford Tailgate Market and North Asheville Tailgate Markets are a short five minute walk from our Asheville Inn.

Hungry for a farm fresh breakfast? We’re waiting for you! Plan a visit to Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville this summer and enjoy recipes made with local grown ingredients. Visit www.pinecrestbb.com for more information or call 888-811-3053 for Inn reservations.

Bele Chere Music Festival July 26-28 in Asheville

June 12th, 2013 by stacy

asheville festival - bele - chereSummer is here and that means there’s a lot to do in and around Asheville, but the one not to be missed summer event each year is Bele Chere. The coveted music and arts festival is one of the largest in the Southeast and the oldest, this year celebrating 35 years of musical excellence, food, fun and revelry.

Be sure to book your Pinecrest B & B reservations early, as July fills up fast. Our cozy Asheville inn offers the best of both worlds, a quiet oasis on over an acre of lush grounds, and just 5 minutes from the hub of downtown and all the festivities. The more adventurous, might choose to even walk or bike to the festival – we’re that close!

Experience all the free concerts, arts and entertainment Bele Chere has to offer July 26-28th. Groove to the sounds of Balsam Range, Wanda Jackson, Antique Firearms, Rory Kelly, Drew Holcomb, Deep Fried 5, The Buchanan Boys, Joy Styles and dozens of other talented musicians. Foodies can sample foods from many of the wonderful restaurants frequented by our Asheville bed and breakfast guests including Mela, Corner Kitchen, The Lobster Trap, Boca, Neo Burrito and plenty more.  Be sure to go hungry, you’ll surely come back satisfied. For those interested in a cocktail, alcoholic beverages are served on Friday and Saturday only.

For more information click here to visit the Bele Chere website. Call our Asheville Bed and Breakfast today for reservations at 888-811-3053 or visit  www.pinecrestbb.com.

Spring Flowers Blooming in Asheville, NC

May 30th, 2013 by stacy

peonieThe spring gardens this year are magnificent at our Asheville bed and Breakfast. Everywhere you look flowers are blooming.  We have been cutting peonies (my favorite flower) all week for the Inn.  The scent throughout the house could not be lovelier.  I will be so disappointed when we see the last of them, which unfortunately is going to be soon.  I won’t be sad too long because next up to bloom will be the Hydrangeas, another favorite of mine.  As of today, we still have blooming rhododendron, azeleas and Mountain Laurel.  In the perennial garden there are hostas, astilibe, Bellflower, Green and Gold and native Jacobs Ladder just to name a few.  We have a slope of iris and blooming rose bushes that will continue through summer.

Our perennial garden is way out of control and will need some love and care this fall.  We will be doing a lot of separating and replanting in the fall.  There is no shortage of space for us to keep expanding the perennial garden.

azaealasWe have had a lot of rain this spring which has been a blessing and a curse. The yard is really green and lush but the gardens have been plagued with a lot of weeds.  It seems the 20 yards of mulch we laid in April has been of little help keeping the weeds at bay.   Almost every day you can find my dad out in the yard on his knees working away pulling weeds. He use to maintain the entire yard and gardens, but  it’s become a little too much for him to handle so, Jose our “yard guy” has  been doing a great job keeping up with the  almost 2 acres of gardens and yard.

Just a few blocks away from this Asheville inn is the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. There you will find a collection of 600 species native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.   The Garden is home to 50 species that are considered uncommon, rare or endangered.  Within the ten acres that comprise the Gardens, a walking trail forming a half-mile loop leads visitors across bridges spanning streams, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. At this time of year the slopes are covered with thousands of flowers such as Trilliums, Crested Dwarf, Spring-beauties, Wild Geranium and Foamflower.  As we move into Summer the gardens will be full of members of the Aster family such as Joe-pye Weed, Blazing-star, Goldenrod and Coneflower. For a full description of blooming flowers by month, please see their website. Admission is free but a donation is recommended.

blooms- 6It’s also a great time to visit the North Carolina Arboretum.  The 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest is located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a 10 minute drive from Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast . There are over 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. For a short but beautiful hike we recommend the Azelea Collection Trail (.5) mile. The trail takes you through the National Native Azelea Collection and the Fern Loop. The Fern Loop takes you along a natural mountain wetland where you will encounter a Rhododendron thicket. Admission is 8.00. For more information visit their website.

Although spring and early summer are a gardener’s paradise, natural beauty abounds all year round in Asheville.  All of the pictures were taken at this Asheville B & B. Please visit our website www.pinecrestbb.com or give us a call 888-811-3053 for more information or booking your reservation.

 

 

 

Top 3 Friday Night Events in Asheville

May 14th, 2013 by stacy

biltmore_estate_flowersThere’s nothing quite as beautiful and magical as a summer evening at the Biltmore Estate. Every Friday night this summer starting May 24th, Biltmore hosts its Fridays After Five event. Held at the Antler Hill Village and Winery, it’s the perfect way to kick off your summer weekend whether you’re a local or a visitor.

This family friendly event has something for everyone. You can bring your own picnic, or grab a hot dog, cotton candy or snow cone in the village. Parents and kids alike will groove to the beat of live music, while couples enjoying a romantic evening out can grab a quaint table for two at Cedric’s outdoor patio. Don’t forget to cool off at the notorious Biltmore Creamery with an old-fashioned milkshake, ice cream or float at the end of the evening. Access to Antler Hill Village & Winery is included in your Biltmore admission. Season pass-holders can bring friends to Antler Hill Village for free after 5:00 p.m. Catch the tunes of Viper’s Dream playing gypsy jazz on Friday, May 31st.

Talk about grooving to the beat! The Asheville Drum Circle is the place to be on Friday night if you want to see and hear all thedrum circle in asheville2 sights and sounds that Asheville has to offer. It’s a feast for the eyes and ears. Gather round as amateur and professional drummers from all walks of life beat their drums, tambourines, and every other instrument you can think of. The sound is truly one of a kind and never the same. You can find the drum circle in Pritchard Park downtown on Patton Avenue at College Street from around 6 PM until 10 PM. Experience this free, funky event every Friday night this summer. Impromptu drummers and dancers welcome, so bring your happy feet and your Ukulele and head on down.

If you happen to be staying at our Asheville Inn this summer on the third Friday of the month, you won’t want to miss Asheville’s biggest Friday night event, Downtown After Five. The free live music concert asheville concert and food event happens every third Friday, May through September. Join thousands of food and music loving locals gather on North Lexington Avenue where it intersects the I-240 overpass. The event runs from 5-9 PM and is celebrating its 25th year this year! Downtown After Five hosts some of the best local blues, rock n’ roll bands and solo artists. Thirsty concert-goers can sample a host of local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and others. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to eat for you foodies too. We recommend the taco truck if you get a hankering for a burrito with that ale. For a full line up of this summer’s entertainment, visit: www.ashevilledowntown.org.

Heading to Asheville for some summer fun? Enjoy a quiet retreat just 5 minutes from downtown at Asheville’s Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast. Relax on over an acre of beautifully landscaped English gardens or take in the cool summer evening breezes on our sun porch. Call today for reservations or visit www.pincrestbb.com for more information.

Asheville’s New Adventure Park in the Trees

May 2nd, 2013 by stacy

adventure park 2We get so many outdoor enthusiasts here at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, that we just love recommending all the fun things there are to do outdoors. So it’s just natural that we’d have to tell you about Asheville’s latest addition to the wonderful world of outdoor adventure.

What do you get when you combine an adventure park in the picturesque hills of Asheville with climbing, hoola hooping, kayaking, swinging and hang gliding? Asheville Treetops Adventure Park of course! The newest outdoor adventure experience is one of a kind, and sure to please even the youngest of outdoor adventure junkies. But be sure if you take children, they’re at least 7 years old and accompanied by an adult 18 years or older – park rules of course! Treetops offers 3 levels of courses based on difficulty, that navigate you up to 45 feet above the forest floor for a bird’s-eye view of Asheville’s beautiful scenery.

Enjoy a full day of adventure by tackling both Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures in the same day. Get a one day combo pass to both for just $99. Military Visitors with a valid Military ID are also entitled to a 10% discount. For pricing and more details, visit www.AshevilleTreetopsAdventurePark.com.

So if you’ve got a zest for adventure and you’re coming to stay at our Asheville Inn this summer, be sure to check out Asheville Treetops Adventure Park – you’ll be thrilled you did. Happy jumping, climbing, zipping and swinging! For Inn reservations visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

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

April 22nd, 2013 by stacy

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.

Asheville’s Newest Brewhouse

April 16th, 2013 by stacy

wicked weed1Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewery

The Wicked Weed Brewery has been on our list for some time – we’ve been hearing a lot of good things, but just had not been able to find the time to make our way over.

This is not your ordinary brewery.

Their mission is to craft big flavor, hop-forward beers that push their creative boundaries. They believe in the wildness of beer, its’ nonconformist attitude and its’ ability to resist being tamed.

They also offer a respectable wine selection and full bar for those who prefer other adult libations.

Housed at 91 Biltmore Avenue, the building which used to be an auto-repair shop and, later, Asheville Hardware has undergone a complete transformation inside and seems a much better use of space as a brewery. While the large, glass garage doors remain, the interior feels both industrial and luxurious at the same time with its reclaimed, polished wood and exposed brick.

The bars on both floors are made out of a 200-year-old piece of Black Gum that was sourced from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Word has it that two musket balls, likely from the Civil War, are still embedded in the upstairs bar top.

Upstairs holds the restaurant and a full bar with 28 taps, a high-end liquor selection, indoor seating for over 100 people and an expansive, glassed-in kitchen. The roll-up, dining-room windows take up most of the front wall and overlook the Biltmore Avenue patio space just next door to the Orange Peel so you can have a full-experience date nite (without having to travel very far).

Downstairs is where the alchemy equipment is, where the brewing magic happens and the space also includes a Tasting Room. Brewery tours are available.

This is not your ordinary bar fare.

Jason Saunders, formerly of Table and Cucina 24, is a very talented chef and a local native who featureswicked weed2 seasonal fare that highlights high quality local ingredients. The menu is remarkable and creative and not a hot wing or bloomin’ onion to be found. Jason has succeeded in maintaining equal footing for the food — matching the panache of the brewery side of things – which is certainly no small task given the bold and brave offerings coming from downstairs. Saunders brands Wicked’s food offerings as “enlightened pub food.” Check out their menu and just try to keep your mouth from watering. Pay special attention to the Bison Burger with haystack shallots and blue cheese coleslaw or for those seeking a vegetarian option try the Black Bean , pimento cheese, crispy okra and chow-chow burger.

Wicked Weed Brewery, one of the latest breweries to be included on Asheville’s Ale Trail, encourages you to join the rebellion.

April is North Carolina Beer Month. Come explore all the unique offerings in one of America’s best states for craft brewing. Call or email this Asheville Bed and Breakfast to find out about festivals, special events, breweries, restaurants, beer tours and more. Cheers!

Asheville Restaurant Review: Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder

April 2nd, 2013 by stacy

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As Asheville has emerged as a premier food destination, it’s become more difficult for new venues to find the space to cut out of the market. This makes opening a restaurant even more risky than normal. The competition is fierce out there.

Into the ring comes a brash new contender, Seven Sows, a collaborative effort between chef Adam Bannasch of Zambra, chef Mike Moore of Blind Pig Supper club and Jason Caughman of Pisgah Brewery. Seven Sows celebrates southern cooking and serves dinner and weekend brunches that feature local and heirloom products and a bar that focuses on bourbon.

We ventured out with friends to investigate this new eatery during its opening week. There were several birthdays around the table and I have to say that some members of the party were giddy with anticipation.

Through the doors, we found the décor rustic, nothing fancy – but definitely down home and welcoming. Authentic barn siding here. Tin roof there. A wall painting of a lady holding a ham. Nothing pretentious – you are here to eat, or drink, or both. No hoity-toity here – just good food and drink.

rest3And the menu – what fun! But, I get ahead of myself. Drinks first. It would be safe to say one of the better selections of Bourbon and Rye in the area. Actually, the selection of Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Brandy, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila and Apertif’s are all top of the line. My husband chose the “Larceny” – for its name and he was rewarded by the butterscotch aroma and smooth, smoky flavor that warmed its path. Half of the party selected a bourbon of personal fancy (no easy choice given the list) and the other half chose grapes (of the fermented variety). Both halves were pleased with the selection and their decisions. Being a Bourbon enthusiast my husband could not resist following up the “Larceny” with a signature cocktail, a Buffala Negra (W. L. Weller 12 Yr Bourbon, Fresh Basil, Aged Balsamic, Fever Tree Ginger Ale, Simple Syrup concoction) that shoots up the charts as one of Asheville’s top elixirs.

For appetizers and to get into the theme, we sampled: Shaved Country Ham Board with selections of Benton’s Tennessee Month and Mangalitsa and Colonel Newsom’s Aged Kentucky ham. Pickled vegetable, grilled bread mustards, Texas Pete Mayo, and Sweetgrass Dairy Appalachian Cheese.

And Cone O’ Chicken Cracklins and the Buttermilk Hushpuppy Basket (with hot pimento cheese). We turned our gazes on to the entrees. Not one of our self-described “foodies” was adventurous enough to try the Pig Head Meatloaf with apple chutney, pickled mustard seeds, Southern Appalachia Sorghum, crispy pig ear and grilled bread, but maybe next time and after a few more bourbons.

We did have and enjoy the Mountain Goat with Brunswick Stew (and cornbread). No self-respecting southern kitchen could hang its sign if there were no fried chicken wasn’t coming out of it. No offense Gramma, butrest4 this buttermilk fried chicken with crawfish mac and cheese and giblet and egg gravy — oh my.

And more items you would not expect on a “new Asheville” menu. The Laughing Seed (a very popular vegetarian restaurant here in Asheville) is not laughing at this lineup of southern fare. Beeler’s Farm grilled Duroc Pork Chop, Quail, Foothills Braised Pork Shank and Dry Aged Cab Ribeye to name a few.

Given the birthday celebrations, we ordered one of each of the desserts, sampled and passed them around theres2 table — partaking in Crème Brulèe, Blueberry Buckle, Butterscotch pudding and a sweet Fudge sauce, marshmallow, Cheerwine Syrup treatment that elevated the traditional Train City’s Moon Pie. I was surprised not to see any banana pudding, but not a complaint was heard and none of these particular decadent treats made it around the table twice.

Side Historical Note: The south’s favorite snack food, the Moon Pie originated in 1917. During the 1930’s, the Moon Pie found its place in Southern folklore as part of the “working man’s lunch.” Coal miners and laborers would enjoy the biggest snack on the rack, a Moon Pie and a 10 ounce RC Cola each for a nickel.

This is fine southern cooking treated with creativity and respect. I don’t remember Mama serving up any such fixins.’ A great place to visit before you head out on your dirt track date or go to see a show.

Here at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast we’d be happy to secure you a dinner reservation during your visit to this Asheville Inn. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 or visit our website at www.pinecrestbb.com

Asheville’s Day Spas and Wellness Retreats

March 8th, 2013 by stacy

massageWhen visiting Asheville, you don’t have to look far to find some of the best spas in North Carolina – from the historic salt baths of the Grove Park to the more contemporary offerings of Spa Theology in downtown Asheville. At Spa Theology visitors experience the best of both worlds. Traditional spa classics like hot stone and couple’s massage are guest favorites, or choose from one of the more natural spa treatments Asheville is known for, like green tea clay facials and vegan nail services. You’ll even find a Chakra Balancing Wheel in the Spa’s boutique to help you balance your energy. Spa Theology proudly offers paraben free Privai botanical based skincare products. Schedule your spa treatment by calling 828-255-4171.

To clear the mind and body, head over to Sensibilities Day Spa, one of Asheville’s oldest and most renowned wellness retreats. Try one of their signature body treatments like Grounded in Nature – the detoxifying body treatment with blue-green algae and mineral-rich clay. Or treat your face to a yummy Hydrench Facial infused with a blend of decadent chocolate mousse, macadamia nut, almond and coconut. Call 828.253.3222 to book one of their many rejuvenating body treatments.

Voted as one of the top 20 resort spas in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, The Spa at the Grove Park Inn comes with a never-ending array of fringe benefits topped off with fantastic mountain views. Purchase a day spa pass for $90, and just lounge around the iconic Inn’s spa for the day. Get ready for waterfall Jacuzzi tubs, a mineral based lap pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, cold plunge and more. Or book any spa treatment and enjoy the extra amenities at no additional charge. Spa guests will find the usual resort fare… cozy robes, lockers and a fully stocked dressing room, but you’ll also find lots of cozy reading nooks by roaring fireplaces, and a café that serves light fare and wine. The 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa is sure to please even the most discerning spa goer. Call 800.438.5800 for spa reservations.

The innkeepers at Asheville’s Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast are always available to make recommendations as well as assist our guests with their spa reservations. We’re conveniently located less than 10 minutes from all of our featured spa destinations. For more information about our historic Asheville B&B, visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

Winter Holiday in Asheville

January 10th, 2013 by stacy

Happy New Year ! This year marks our 10 year anniversary as owners of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by and here we are starting the New Year off much like last. The weather has been very mild, no snow and quiet. Even though January and February are usually slow months, it’s a great time to visit. The Biltmore Estate is still magnificent and less crowded. You can purchase your 2 day ticket for $35.00 from this Asheville Inn. Guests receive a complimentary audio guide with purchase. Children 16 and younger enjoy free admission.

Asheville’s restaurants are calmer – making reservations unnecessary on most nights and giving you some extra flexibility in your schedule. With temperatures expected to continue to be mild this year, outdoor hiking and activities are abundant. Strolling the streets of Asheville is a more leisurely and relaxed experience.

Here at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, our rates are reduced through March 31st. We also allow for one night bookings on the weekend, except certain holidays. This year we are offering an additional 5% savings if you book 2 weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) through March 31st in the Grace, Thomas Wolfe or Wible suites.

Valentine’s day falls on a Thursday this year and we expect that the weekend following Valentine’s day to be busy, so you may want to start your planning your get-away now. We would really enjoy the opportunity to host you during your visit to Asheville. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 for additional information or book online.

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