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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. 

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Review by Carolina Epicurean

January 23rd, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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(Originally published at http://carolinaepicurean.com/2014/01/pinecrest-bed-breakfast/)

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.

Intrigue…

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
249 Cumberland Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
828-281-4275
http://pinecrestbb.com/

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

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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 www.pincrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Our Visit to Asheville’s New Rhubarb Restaurant

December 29th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Goat Cheese Gnudi

In our never ending quest to discover new culinary finds in Asheville, we dined at one of the latest eclectic restaurants downtown, Rhubarb. We had read the reviews so we knew there’d be plenty of new flavors, and there was. After all, how often do you come across a lobster corn dog? A tasty twist on an old classic for sure, albeit a bit pricey for what amounted to gourmet carnival food. We also tried the crispy Brussels sprouts & cauliflower. We thought the portion was small, and the fried texture overwhelmed the delicate vegetables a bit, but it was a nice attempt to serve fall vegetables in a new fashion. Overall we shared two appetizers, a salad and an entrée and more than a couple glasses of wine. Our dinner selection proved to be the highlight of the evening, with the most interesting combination of flavors. We shared a salad with charred farro, turnips, crispy beets and grilled kale and an entrée with goat cheese gnudi (a light airy gnocchi like pasta made with yellow branch cheese) – lightly sauteed with roasted shallots, local mushrooms, wood grilled radicchio and toasted pumpkin seeds. The flavors were an unexpected delight. Overall the atmosphere was subdued and comfortable and the service was exceptional.

We had a great dinner, but with what ended up being a hefty price tag for an ordinary night out, we will probably save our next visit for a special occasion. That said, I would definitely recommend it to anyone searching for bold new flavors in a serene downtown setting.

Visit www.pinecrestbb.com/blog for more about our Asheville adventures. To inquire about Inn reservations at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast, call 888-811-3053. We hope to see you soon!

Things to Do this Winter in Asheville

December 11th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Cataloochee Ski Resort

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Shoji Day Spa

Winter isn’t everyone’s favorite time, but for us it’s a time of quiet reflection, time to relax a bit and take in all the beauty around us. The mountains are spectacular this time of year and winter offers some of the best views when hiking (that is if you’re not intimidated by the colder temperatures.) There’s a certain exquisiteness about the trees in winter that you can’t truly appreciate unless you slow down on an early winter evening and watch the beauty unfold.  At sunset, the mountains thrust one last bit of sunlight tinged with pink and purple hues onto the sky’s canvas. The twilight sky seems to illuminate the now naked tree branches that sit in quiet repose. But beyond taking in the raw beauty of winter, there’s lots of other fun and relaxing things to do this winter in Asheville. Foodies still flock here to take in the vast culinary scene known as Foodtopia, then sit by a cozy fire at the end of a long day of site seeing and shopping. Here’s our recommendation of things to do this winter while you’re visiting.

  1. Hiking. Winter is simply put, the best time to take in the views. Just make sure you are packed properly. Here’s a trail guide that will help you choose the right hike http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=61
  2. Antique Shopping. Slow down your pace and spend time browsing for antiques around town then take in lunch at a downtown café overlooking the square. Here’s a great list of Antique shops, put together by Romantic Asheville http://www.romanticasheville.com/antiques.htm
  3. Beer Tasting and Brews Cruises.  Asheville, or Beer City U.S.A. as it’s been named for the past four years, has dozens of brewery tours and beer tastings to choose from. A great way to spend a cool winter day indoors. Here’s a short list of places to do a beer tasting: Hops & Vines, Lexington Avenue Brewery, The Oyster House Brewing Company.
  4. Spa Day.  Ever visited an outdoor spa? Shoji Spa offers Japanese style outdoor hot tubs with mountain views, saunas and couples massage. For something more traditional, pick anyone of Asheville’s amazing spas and pamper yourself for the day.
  5. Gallery Hopping. Check out Asheville’s outstanding line up of art galleries. Here’s some of our favorites: Grove wood Gallery, Blue Spiral 1, Southern Highland Craft Guild, New Morning Gallery.
  6. Ski, tube or snowboard. Asheville is only about 30 minutes from Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Cataloochee Skiing and Tube World.

Planning a visit to Asheville this winter? We still have some rooms available at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast. Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or special occasion? We’ll help you plan a special getaway with flowers, in room massage, a bottle of bubbly or anything else you may need for your special day. Pinecrest Inn is a beautiful, relaxing place to enjoy a winter getaway in Asheville. Call 888-811-3053 for reservations.

 

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