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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.

 

 

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. 

Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC

August 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Kale Salad from Posana

It seems that lately we have been seeing a lot of guests with different dietary needs.  The big one these days is gluten intolerance.  So it’s a good thing they are vacationing in Asheville, because this is just a fabulous place to visit and live if you have any type of dietary challenges.  At our Asheville Inn we embrace these challenges and find ways to insure that all our guests needs are met.  We recently had a lovely lady visit us who was a vegetarian and gluten-free. She authors a gluten free blog and wrote a wonderful article on her site Gluten-Free Cat about her experience at Pinecrest B and B.  She posted lots of pictures of our breakfasts and the desserts I got for her from my friend who is a professional gluten-free baker, Dolci di Maria.

As stated in previous blogs we have vegetarian restaurants, a vegan restaurant, a drive through vegetarian “fast food” place and a gluten-free restaurant.  I send guests to Posana Cafe, the gluten-free restaurant all the time.  In fact it is not unusual for them to go back several times during their visit.  So this  weekend I met up with some friends at Posana to confirm that the food is as good as everyone says it is . I was not disappointed.

Posana Cafe is located located in downtown Asheville on Historic Pack Square.   We sat outside on the patio on an unseasonably cool August night. There is probably no better people watching spot than Pack Square.  Posana Cafe has a self described Contemporary American Cusine menu which features local seasonal ingredients. With the emphasis on seasonal the menu naturally changes frequently.   One of the staples of the menu however, is the Kale Salad, which I could have eaten 2 pounds of easily.   The Kale is minced and tossed with pumpkin seeds, currants, lemon and olive oil and outstanding  Three Graces Dairy  manchego cheese.  I love kale but if you don’t,  this salad will surely convert you.  Next up was a roasted beet and peach salad with Three Graces Dairy Feta cheese.  Again….very good.  Lastly we had the gnocchi, which was equally divine.  Sadly we skipped dessert, which some say is their best effort. Our server was very professional and pleasant.

All in all a very good experience that you do not have to be gluten free to enjoy !  For more information on how Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast can accomodate your dietary needs, please call 888-811-3053 or email at innkeeper@pinecrestbb.com.

 

 

Stunning Views and Easy Hike 40 miles from this Asheville Inn

June 3rd, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The Pinecrest Inn in Asheville is located a short drive from some pretty amazing hiking destinations. If you want to see stunning 360-degree views of the mountain ranges from the Black Mountains (Mt. Mitchell) on the east to the Great Smokey Mountains to the southwest, then you have to go no further than 40 miles west of Asheville to Max Patch Mountain. The origin of such grassy balds that dot the mountain landscape in the region has been long debated.  Some believe that Max Patch was cleared by sheep and cattle in the 1800s.  The area is maintained as a bald by the U. S. Forest Service today.

Today Max Patch is part of the Pisgah National Forest and is 300 acres of a grassy bald at an elevation of 4600 feet and the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) passes through the area.

This past weekend, my family and I ventured up to Max Patch for a short day hike, which even our 7 year old could master. Having read about the fairly easy loop around the bald and interested in the view, we thought this would be a pretty good fit for the day. We headed out with a picnic around 11:00 and hit the road. We took 40 west to exit 7, which is a beautiful drive. Once we exited we turned right onto a gravel road and drove another 6 miles of switchbacks through the Pisgah National Forest. You can’t miss the parking area at the end of the road and just below the grassy dome.  Getting out of your car you are instantly wowed!

One of the reasons Max Patch is so appealing is it offers something for everyone. You can hike around the bald on one of 2 loops or you can just take a short walk up, up, up to the summit, but well worth the very short steep hike.

After checking out the map (displayed at the trailhead), we decided on the 2.4 mile loop, which circles the mountain for magnificent views from all sides. As you leave the parking lot, take the trail on the left which is also the AT. It makes its way up the grassy bald, through shaded forest and meadows — finally emerging on the back side of the dome with a short uphill that delivers you out onto the top of the grassy bald and to the most amazing, breathtaking, 360° view of the southern Appalachian mountains.

After taking several pictures at the first trail junction, which presents another option to summit the dome, we took a left and continued along the way, looping around the bald through forest and meadow, stopping for a picnic and finally up the summit from the back side. The summit is a pasture of wild flowers and breathtaking views and caused the girls to break out into an over the top rendition of “The Sound of Music.”  I can’t think of a better picnic spot or a place to star gaze. We decided we would have to comeback another time at dusk or even a night trip for the stars.

As we headed back in the early afternoon, we decided to venture over to Hot Springs, NC and visit the Hot Spring Resort for a mineral springs soak. Hot Springs, located along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, is a town rich in history and natural allure. The hot 100° mineral water was first discovered by Native Americans over 200 years ago.  The town’s name comes from the hot springs and this little town tucked away in the mountains has been a resort destination since the turn of the century. Hot Springs serves as an Appalachian Trail town, passing right through town as it passes along the ridges of the Southern Appalachian Mountains (from Georgia to Maine). At the heart of this town is a 100 acre Resort and Spa featuring private modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the picturesque banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River. The resorts tubs are supplied with a continuous flow of natural mineral water. We soaked for about an hour and then got some ice cream downtown (just across the street and across the railroad tracks), finally heading back into Asheville only 30 minutes away.

We had a wonderful family outing and so can you! As you can probably imagine, this can also make a great trip just for the two of you.  If you are spending a few days in Asheville, this is an easy way to see the remarkable mountains and enjoy the great outdoors.  This is just one of the day trips that we can recommend to our guests.  Whatever your pursuit — scenic views, a hike, some awesome waterfalls or just a scenic drive, we can offer some suggestions that will help you make the most out of your visit to Asheville.   Call Stacy at 888-811-3053 or email innkeeper@pinecrestbb.com for more information and let this Asheville Inn  be your guide. Need a place to stay? Check out our Bed & Breakfast specials.

Our Asheville B & B Association has a New Look !

May 2nd, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is a member of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association.  For over a year now the ABBA has been working on a new Logo,  new Website and an interactive Kiosk, which will be placed in our Asheville Visitor Center. Visitors can engage with a touch-screen interactive display on the kiosk and select a Bed & Breakfast based on individual needs. Guests can  can book online right at the kiosk, or make a phone call, to secure their stay.

The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association is comprised of some of the most beautifully decorated historic Inns in Asheville.  And while each of these 16 homes is charming in their own way, they are not memories of grandmother’s house.

On May 8, 2012 we will be unveiling the new Kiosk, website and logo at  our ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Asheville Visitor Center.

To visit our own historic Asheville Inn, go to www.pinecrestbb.com today.

 

 

Montford Music and Arts Festival in Asheville

April 11th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The Montford Music and Arts Festival is the largest one day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina and will be in its 9th year  May 19, 2012. Head  out the door of this Asheville Inn, turn left onto Soco Street and you are there, it’s that close.

The festival has really grown  the last few years and now includes two streets in the Historic Montford District.  The homes built in Montford Most were constructed between 1890 and 1920, and include a variety of architectural influences in Asheville during the turn of the 20th century.  Any street could have a  Queen Anne, Victorian and Arts and Crafts home on it. Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast was built in 1905 and embodies a traditional tudor style architecture.

Over 100 art, crafts, food and plant vendors will be located on Montford Avenue and Soco Street.  Two stages, one on each street, will offer the perfect setting for all day fun and over 20 bands and musical acts will take the stages. The festival is an exciting way to experience one of Asheville’s most fascinating neighborhoods.

Come rain or shine and join in the fun on Saturday May 19, 2012, at 10:00am and running till 7pm. The festival is free to the public. Take in the festival while staying at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Reserve your room online at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 877-811-3058 to book your room.

 

 

Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers

March 26th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Welcome spring with acres of azaleas, thousands of tulips and spring blooms at Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers.  During April, thousands of tulips in the Walled Garden and around the estate will shine in various colors.  By May, the show continues with irises, peonies, and acres of azaleas, with summer annuals soon to follow.

Also enjoy live music daily in the Biltmore House and the Conservatory;  Biltmore  has a “Ask a Gardner” station featuring horticulture experts who can answer questions on the weekends;  Daily “free” seminars at A Gardner’s Place  located in the Conservatory and Music in the Bandstand at Anter Hill Village every weekend starting at 4p.m.

Notify us in advance and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will have your tickets here on arrival. Take advantage of our 2 day tickets for a special rate of $45.00 per ticket any day of the week.

Our Asheville Inn welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your trip planning. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 or visit our website at http://pinecrestbb.com/

TripAdvisor Recommends Visiting Asheville

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

TripAdvisor has announced that Asheville is one of 15 destinations on the rise for travel and tourism. According to their website, travelers are raving about this mountain town, and creating quite a buzz. This comes on the heels of another designation by TripAdvisor in October, 2011 when Asheville was voted by the website’s users as being a Top 10 Destination for Food & Wine.
Here’s what TripAdvisor had to say about Asheville:
There’s something about Asheville that makes its blend of remote Appalachian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication seem perfectly natural. The city abounds in cultural attractions and events, many stemming from the literary greats who have lived here. Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and O. Henry all once called Asheville home. The city has historically been a resort for the wealthy. But there’s also a friendly, small-town atmosphere; the city has a way of making visitors feel right at home. Located at the confluence of two rivers and nestled in the mountains, Asheville is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, who have their pick of hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning and many other activities. So breathe in the fresh mountain air, take a spin along “America’s most scenic drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway, and soak up the beauty and spirit of this lovely mountain city.
For reservations at our Asheville Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

 

Curate Bar de Tapas and the Fine Arts Theatre presents “El Bulli Cooking in Progress” March 5th

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

In celebration of Curate’s first anniversary the restaurant will host a showing of the movie El Bulli: Cooking in Progress at the Fine Arts Theatre on March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm followed by a  Q & A by Curate’s Katie Button and Felix Meana.

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” fastidiously documents one year in the creative life of the esteemed Spanish chef Ferran Adria.” New York Times. Hear about Katie and Felix’s experiences at elBulli, a restaurant the New York Times proclaimed, “The Most Influential Restaurant in the World.”

The start of a new career for Asheville’s own Executive Chef Katie Button, co-owner of Curate Bar de Tapas located downtown Asheville, who went from a PhD student studying neuroscience to helping her mother pursue her dream of opening a restaurant. Katie rapidly honed her culinary skills: apprenticing at Jean Georges in NYC for James Beard Award Winner Johnnie Iuzzini, followed by working for Jose Andres, winner of James Beard 2011 Most Outstanding Chef Award and Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio at The Bazaar in Los Angeles, CA. While working for Jose Andres ThinkFoodGroup, she fell in love with Felix Meana, Jose Andres’ consultant for new projects and the Chef de Rang (service manager) from elBulli, Ferran Adria’s famous restaurant in Spain. Felix introduced her to Spain and to the kitchen of elBulli.

Felix Meana, part of the family team which owns and operates Curate (and recent husband to Katie!), brought his many years of front-of-house management skills to create a restaurant in downtown Asheville reminiscent of his beloved country, Spain.

Tickets: $10.00 and $8.00 senior/children Available at the Fine Arts Box Office.

Need a cozy place near downtown to stay as you sample the culinary delights and fine arts of Asheville, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053 to book your reservation. Ask about spring specials at our Asheville NC Inn when you call.

 

Not Your Usual Gingerbread Competition………coming soon to the Grove Park Inn Asheville

November 18th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

New this year, The Grove Park Inn will be featuring a Gingerbread Doghouse Competition & Display December 4 -7.  Similar to The National Gingerbread House Competition, contestants will construct a doghouse made entirely of  dog-edible materials.  A panel of judges will select winners in each category and display attendees will each vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

This fundraising event, to be held at their historic country club, will benefit local pet charities Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Humane Alliance, and Paws on a Mission.  This Asheville Bed and Breakfast still has some availability that week so call soon to make your reservation or visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.  Of course, the Grove Park Inn is still having their Gingerbread House competition.  This is the 19th year for this holiday tradition.

If you’d like to catch the magic of this and all the other spectacular Christmas events in Asheville this holiday season, visit us at www.Pinecrestbb.com or call for details. Our cozy Asheville Bed and Breakfast is serving up gourmet breakfasts and a heaping hot cup of hospitality this season. We’ll help you arrange your day trips and plan your holiday shopping excursions, then send you to the best restaurants in Asheville to have lunch. Click here to make a reservation at our Asheville Inn. Hope to see you for the holidays!

 

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