Summer 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 & Breservations 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.
The 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.
We 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.
It’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.
There’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 the 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 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.
We 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.
If 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.
When 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.
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.
What a splendid city to find just the right present for Christmas gift giving. Asheville has more than 200 shops, over 30 art galleries, dozens of antique malls and stores. The best part is almost all of these shops, galleries and antique stores are locally owned allowing you the opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind gift.
The North Asheville Tailgate Market at UNCA Asheville will be hosting their 10th Holiday Bazaar on December 8, 15 and 22, 2012 from noon to 4 o’clock. The market will be selling local produce, baked goods, artisian cheeses and a variety of local foods. In addition to the usual finds the Bazaar will feature local artisans crafts, art work, Christmas trees and wreaths. It’s a lovely market and always interesting.
There is also the Biltmore Villages Shops located just outside the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. There you will find over 40 local shops, 10 restaurants and cafes. Stroll the tree lined brick sidewalks, meander through the shops and pop into Chelsea’s Tea room for afternoon tea.
This Asheville Bed and Breakfast we would enjoy the opportunity to assist you in planning an afternoon of shopping, eating and walking. To make holiday reservations at our Asheville Inn, call 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com for availability.
November has arrived which means so has Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. The Christmas trees are up and the house is fully decorated. Biltmore House is elegantly decorated every year for Christmas. At the entrance of the Estate guests are greeted by a double row of Christmas trees, a very large Norway Spruce on the front lawn and dozens of Christmas trees and other decorations including thousands of poinsettias and lighted “snowflakes” at the winery.
The popular Christmas Candlelight Evening tours begin November 9th. Here at Pinecrest Inn Bed and Breakfast we offer Biltmore Estate tickets at a reduced rate of 45.00 per ticket. Upgrade your ticket to include the Candlelight Christmas Evening tour for just 10.00 per ticket. We are offering you a savings of up to $60.00 plus our tickets are valid for 2 days. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 to secure your reserved time for the Candlelight tour.
There will be plenty of Seasonal activites at Antler Hill Village. Visitors can take a complimentary guided tour of the Winery. Groups depart from the Wine Shop every 20 to 30 minutes beginning at 11:00. The Antler Hill Carriage will be running on Saturdays during November and December at 2:00 and on the hour until 6:00 pm. The carriage leaves from the area near the Creamery and Cedric’s Tavern.
It’s that time of year again when my garden and our local tailgates are overwhelmed with tomatoes. These last few weeks we have had a glorious production of cherokee purple, sun gold cherry and plum tomatoes. Since we have been eating them in salads, as a salad, in fresh tomato sauce and any number of other ways, I decided to experiment with oven roasting them. I drizzled approximately 2 Tbsp of olive oil onto a rimmed baking pan. I then tossed in some fresh thyme and oregano. I halved a variety of tomatoes in similar size and placed them on the baking pan in a single layer. I roasted them in a 325 degree oven for about 2 hours. They just need to be soft and wilty. I placed them in mason jars and refrigerated. They will keep this way for about a week and can be frozen.
Tomatoes prepared this way are divine! The best way to devour these sweet and lovely treats is on good crusty bread. My husband likes his bread grilled with a little olive oil. Crumble on some good goat cheese, pour a glass of wine and enjoy a piece of heaven.
Unfortunately, this is not really breakfast fare and I was determined to use these tomatoes in a dish at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast. My own favorite breakfast always includes eggs and tomatoes so a frittata seemed the best way to highlight the intense flavor of these tomatoes. Of course good local crusty bread could also be served with this meal. If you can’t roast your own, your local specialty grocer should have them and if necessary you could substitute sun dried tomatoes packed in oil. You will need a deep 10 inch oven safe saute pan. I prefer cast iron but any oven ready pan will do.
I decided to create an oven roasted tomato, smoked mozzarella and basil frittata. I served this to guests (guinea pigs) last week who could not stop raving about how good it tasted or how pretty the plate looked. So this morning I decided to make it again and take pictures as I prepared it. I also took pictures of the guests but promised not to show them. One guest suggested I take a picture of his empty plate as he scarfed down the last bite….thus the last photo. My thoughts were that I’d write a blog and include the recipe with photos. As I loaded the pictures onto my computer I realized I could turn the photos into a video. Please understand if you watch the video …it has no sound and was published and edited by an amateur. ..me.
The great thing about frittatas is they are easy and quick to make. More importantly you can put almost anything in them. I used smoked mozzarella because I thought it would marry well with the tomatoes and it melts incredibly well. It has that gooey effect and does not completely disappear. Another good cheese would be goat cheese. We have the most amazing local cheese farms in and around Asheville. I am particularly fond of Three Graces Dairy and Spinning Spider Creamery. Next I am going to make a frittata with chives and goat cheese, from one of these farms. My kids want me to make a ham and swiss without the tomatoes ….we’ll see.
I could eat tomatoes everyday this time of year. To me the saddest part of summer ending is the end of fresh tomatoes from my garden. Please come visit our Asheville Inn and let us feed you well. For more information call 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com.
Oven Roasted Tomato, Smoke Mozzarella Cheese and Basil Frittata
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup roughly chopped roasted tomatoes in oil
2 shallots sliced thin or small yellow onion
½ cup cubed smoked mozzarella
7 eggs beaten
¾ cup milk
Handful fresh basil chopped
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Heat oil and butter. Add shallots and sauté until soft and golden. Mix egg, milk, basil and pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Pour egg mixture over shallots. Sprinkle in cheese and tomatoes. Cook over medium for approximately 5 minutes or until sides look set. Put in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm. Let it sit for 5 minutes and serve.
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