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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Botanical Gardens in Asheville Highlights over 600 Native Plant Species

June 25th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

abgThe Botanical Gardens in Asheville is located in the Southern Appalachian  Mountains, one of the most diverse and temperate ecosystems in the world. The Gardens consist of a ten acre piece of property with over 600 species of plants native to the local region. Tucked among the many conifers, birch and magnolias are more than fifty rare plant species, various types of ferns and wildflowers. The park even gets an occasional visit from bobcats, coyote, bears and red shouldered hawks.

Once you enter the Gardens, you can follow the half-mile trail that crosses a bridge then loops around leading visitors by a stream, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. An authentic “dog trot” cabin and a spring house demonstrate how our ancestors lived, and a lovely gazebo provides shelter in the midst of the Sunshine Meadow. Along the way, you’ll find benches and tables where you can stop with a picnic lunch or just take in a quiet rest. Just don’t forget to leave pets, radios, and sports equipment at home. Things that disturb the parks serene environment are frowned upon. Mid-summer months like July and August are a great time to see some of the mid-season blooming plants like Joe-pye Weed, Blazing-star, Green-headed Coneflower and Goldenrod.

The gardens offers a host of educational opportunities for adults and children, and a peaceful sojourn for others abg2who prefer to just wander the lovely grounds and take in the natural beauty. Sign up for a bird walk or a wild flower walk and take an early morning guided tour through the gardens. Just don’t forget your binoculars! The ABG is open year round from sunrise to sunset for the enjoyment of the community. No admission is charged for entrance, but donations are gladly accepted. The Visitor Center and most of the trails are wheelchair accessible.  For more information visit http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/.

Our historic Asheville Bed & Breakfast is a short walk or a couple minutes drive to the Botanical Gardens. We often suggest to our guests who enjoy an early morning run or walk that they head over to the gardens. It’s a lovely way to start your morning.  To book reservations at Pinecrest Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 828-281-4275.

Asheville Wine & Food Festival 2014 Best Chef Competition

May 25th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

avl food wineI don’t know about you, but I love a good competition and when it involves my favorite chefs, it’s even more fun to watch! If you’re a true foodie like the Innkeepers at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, you won’t want to miss Asheville’s top chefs as they battle it out Iron Chef-style battle for the title of Asheville Wine & Food Festival 2014 Best Chef. When you buy a ticket to the event, you get to dine and decide who competes in the final competition at the festival. Competing chefs each offer up three delicious creations prepared around a secret ingredient. A panel of professional chefs, food writers, culinary experts and the audience all vote to determine the winner. Winners proceed to the next level of the competition.

Now is the time to reserve your tickets. Visit http://ashevillewineandfood.com/asheville-scene-chefs-challenge  for more information. The July 1st event is being held at Pack’s Tavern Century Room in downtown Asheville and the Chef’s challenge continues every Tuesday evening through August 12th. The final showdown of the top 4 chefs will take place at the Grand Tasting during the Asheville Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Don’t forget to book your reservation at Asheville’s Pinecrest Inn in plenty of time. Our rooms are filling up fast for the summer. We look forward to seeing you. Click here for room reservations.

 

 

New Mountaintop Zipline Launches this Month in Asheville

May 13th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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Navitat Zipline (Photo by: Navitat Asheville NC)

The 2014 zipline season has begun in Asheville and it’s off to an exciting start.  This month Navitat is expected to launch its’ unprecedented zipline called the Blue Ridge Experience. The thrilling mountaintop tour high above the forest floor is being heralded as one of the Southeast’s longest and highest ziplines according to Abby Burt, Navitat’s Branding & Marketing Leader.

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Stacy Shelley at Navitat

The Blue Ridge Experience features three pairs of dual “racing-style” ziplines, with riders zooming alongside each other against the panoramic backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Navitat’s10 ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling and forest hikes have been called some of the best zipline canopy tours in the nation by USA TODAY and Outdoor magazine, and a “must-do activity” in Asheville by the New York Times.

The Blue Ridge Experience tours begin May 10 and run daily through November. Cost is $69 per person Sunday-Friday and $79 on Saturday and holidays. Reservations are required. Visit www.navitat.com for more information or call 1-855-NAVITAT (855-628-4828) to book a zipline tour.

Need a cozy place to stay on your next trip to Asheville? Look no farther than the Pinecrest Inn, a historic Bed & Breakfast located on over an acre of wooded gardens in Montford. Our Inn is conveniently located a short 20 minute drive from Navitat and less than 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. We look forward to seeing you soon! Visit www.pincrestbb.com for more details.

Our Epicurean Wonderland Gets Bigger…Nightbell Cocktail Lounge Joins the Party

March 25th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

food 2We are so spoiled by living in the epicurean wonderland that is Asheville.  Unfortunately, because of this it takes a lot to wow us these days — even with so many excellent restaurants and watering holes to choose from.  Irregardless, we feel it is incumbent upon us,  in the name of service to our guests, to research every nook, cranny,  bistro and cafe — leaving no new establishment unturned. Not snow or sleet, I digress…

As if she needed any more press, Katie Button’s new cocktail lounge, Nightbell, down on South Lexington Avenue, and right behind her restaurant Curate, turns out to be a classy, intimate setting that honors the traditional art of cocktails.

We were there on the early side of a Saturday night and so the mood was mellow and good for conversation.  Word on the street is that it really picks up later in the evening and the space around the bar could get a bit mosh-y, but in a lively, friendly sort of way.

Whatever your culinary desire, you will not have any difficulty finding something savory or sweet.  The “savory” offerings are served up in small plate portions and include hush puppies (with a honey, mustard dipping sauce), fish and chips, a lobster roll and duck and waffles (duck confit and an airy waffle).  We partook in the oysters which came with tinctures of lemon, garlic, fennel, thyme and horseradish, but some around our circle of friends much prefer the whole and unadulterated version of accompaniments.

On the sweeter side, you can have anything from root beer floats (vanilla bourbon and nitro coulant, with tart cherry and a house root beer syrup spiked with bourbon), dark and stormy cocktails (a frozen treat layered with rum, roasted pineapple, ginger beer, grilled lime, five spice and mint) to a mascarone cheesecake in morello cherry, chocolate forest and pistachio moss or petit fors.

Cutting to the chaser — Cocktails, old classics, new perspectives and out of the ordinary are the main attraction here.  The food 3focal point of the establishment is the walk up bar.  We had an (okay, maybe two)  old-fashions (with Redemption Rye and an iceburg cube – done right), a Negroni,  a Rye Sling (made with Bulleit Rye and chai infused cocchi di torino).  All great examples of what a cocktail can be in the hands of a talented tender and a little creativity.

A smaller, by Asheville standards, collection of beers (6 draft/6 bottle) and wine(a diverse palette palate of 6 – 10 selections) is offered, but nonetheless a diverse lineup to whet any discerning (or just thirsty) whistle.

The ambiance is sophisticated.  The lighting is on the darker side and there are cushioned seats toward the back with small tables to set your work of potion art down.  A perfect setting for close friends or even a romantic date if you time it right.  Straight to the top of the charts, this Asheville establishment should be put on your list as a must visit.  In honor of the cocktail.

For more on our restaurant reviews and outings around town, visit our blog at http://pinecrestbb.com/blog/.  Our Bed & Breakfast is dedicated to enhancing your culinary experience while visiting, both here with our farm to table breakfasts and around Asheville.  For reservations at our Award Winning Asheville Inn, call 888-811-3053.

 

A Winter Visit to Biltmore

February 11th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

While most of Asheville’s one million plus visitors come in the summer or fall, winter can also be a great time to visit with bm houseits unobstructed views and clear bright skies. If you’re lucky (weather depending), you might even catch the first sighting of some daffodils or tulips. The mild weather and free audio guides this month make February an especially great time to visit the Biltmore Estate. Winter also offers the lowest admission prices of the year, just $39 per ticket. Season pass holders can enjoy extra perks this month, like two free guest passes and extra discounts on estate shopping, dining, behind the scene tours and more.

From January 20th through March 19th, flower lovers can take advantage of a complimentary 45 minute Orchid Talk in the conservatory. The Biltmore features an amazing orchid collection if you’ve never seen them. Reservations are recommended and can be made the day of your visit at any Guest Services location. Don’t forget to tour the winery for complimentary tastings and unique gift ideas for those wine lovers back home.

Biltmore offers not only the largest home in America, but over 8,000 acres of lush grounds, hiking, kayaking, river rafting, biking trails, horseback riding, and much more! Discover all that Biltmore Estate has to offer on your next visit.

For tickets & information or other suggestions on where to visit while you’re staying at our award winning Asheville Bed & Breakfast, just check with your innkeepers Janna and Stacy. They are always ready to assist with anything you need. For Inn reservations visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3853.

 

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://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cInnsBB.

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 http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

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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 www.pinecrestbb.com for more information. 

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