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Biltmore Estate Holiday Ticket Special Now Available

October 19th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

biltmore xmasCelebrate the holiday’s at America’s largest home; Christmas at Biltmore Estate starts November 7 through January 11th. Be dazzled by the magic of Biltmore’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Step back through time, take a candlelight stroll and see hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias, thousands of twinkling Christmas lights, dozens of decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and choirs singing carolers.

Purchase your day time holiday tickets to Biltmore Estate now through Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast  and receive the added benefit of receiving a 2 day admission, plus an optional Candlelight evening upgrade. Our tickets are valid for any consecutive 2 day entry.  Adult Daytime tickets are $52.00 and with the Candlelight Christmas upgrade, just $68.00. Taxes are included. Be mindful that Gate entry at the Biltmore on Saturday’s in December and the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year will be $74.00 plus tax and an additional $15.00 plus tax for the Candlelight upgrade.

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn can procure your tickets and make your Candlelight reservation. Candlelight Evenings are by timed entry and must be reserved. Please call 828-281-4275 to book your stay and purchase your Biltmore Estate tickets.

Best Fall Activities in Asheville

October 7th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Fall Foliage in Asheville North CarolinaThere’s no shortage of great fall activities in and around Asheville to keep residents and visitors busy in at this beautiful time of year in Western North Carolina. The question then becomes, what are the best fall activities? Here we’ve attempted to compile a list of the top 10 things to do near Asheville this fall. Check out our list:

  1. Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway and the scenic 193-mile section near Asheville for the best leaf peeping and mountain view this fall. Be sure to take a blanket, jackets and a camera as you set off to explore one of America’s most scenic roadways. Check with your Innkeeper for recommendations on the best overlooks and stop-offs. Check out not to be missed spots like Skinny Dip Falls, Chestoa View at Milepost 320.8 and the Folk Arts Center.
  2. Take in the views by zip lining through the wooded hillsides around Asheville. Navitat Canopy tours have been called “one of the best in the nation” by USA Today. Right outside Asheville, Navitat is the adventurer’s way of experiencing nature with a little adrenaline rush thrown in to keep it interesting.
  3. Head south for a day in the Town of Lake Lure. Try Trout fishing in the Rocky Broad River or rent a bike and check out the Town’s new trail system at Buffalo Creek Park. The best way to see the leaves is with a guided boat tour of the lake. Call the Lake Lure Marina for details at 828-625-1373.  Or check out the Lake Lure Arts Festival, October 18-19, 2014.
  4. Visit nationally acclaimed Chimney Rock State Park for a trail hike you’ll not soon forget. The trails range in skill level from easy to strenuous. Click here for Trail Maps. Just 25 miles south of Asheville and situated close to Lake Lure, the Park is located in Hickory Nut Gorge, home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, making it one of the most bio-diverse parks in the state.
  5. Spend a day at the legendary Biltmore Estate. Tour the Biltmore house, sample your favorite wines at the Winery, have lunch at Cedric’s Tavern, take in a hike along the French Broad, a Segway tour,  horseback riding or just enjoy a peaceful stroll through the gardens. The opportunities are endless.
  6. Soak in the hot natural mineral waters in your own private tub at the Hot Springs Spa. Follow that up with a relaxing massage for two or other spa treatment. Sit in a rocking chair on the porch gazing at the mountains after you take in the waters and a massage. You’ll thank yourself later. It’s the epitome of relaxation.
  7. Take a tour of Asheville’s many breweries. Behind-the-scenes guided brewery tours are a great way to sample local beers and tour the area at the same time. You’ll learn about the nuances of different beer styles and get the inside scoop on the brewing process. Asheville Brew Cruise offers a range of public and private tours.
  8. Canoe, kayak or raft down the French Broad, Pigeon, Nantahala, or Nolichucky Rivers. Whitewater Paddling magazine named Asheville, North Carolina, as a “Top 10 Whitewater Town.” There are so many ways to get White water rafting Asheville NC lodgingout on the water and take in nature this fall, just pick your favorite river destination, select an outfitter that operates on that river and start paddling! All companies provide rafting guides, so no experience is necessary. A few to choose from are the French Broad Rafting, Green River Adventures and Nantahala Outdoor Center.
  9. Go west young man! West to the town of Cherokee, about an hour from Asheville. Cherokee is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and rich with tradition, history plus interesting museums and shops. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian tells the story of the Cherokee people and sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. The nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village is a Living History Museum portraying life in an 18th century Cherokee Indian village.
  10. Check out one of the many fall festivals Asheville is famous for. One of our favorites is The Fall 2014 LEAF Festival, October 16-19, offering an unstoppable lineup of performing artists and a plethora of community dances to partake of including Salsa, Swing, the Waltz, contemporary, Contra; plus poetry and puppetry and a sampling of healing arts workshops and folk art exhibitions. This event sells out fast. For tickets visit http://www.theleaf.org/tickets/.

No matter what you do in Asheville this fall, make our Asheville Bed & Breakfast your home base. Enjoy a sumptuous, three course, home cooked breakfast made from locally sourced meats, breads, cheeses and more. Then let our amazing hosts Jenna and Stacy help you plan your daily adventures. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Visit www.pincrestbb.com for more information or click here for Inn Reservations.

 

Biltmore Estate is Blooming

March 7th, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

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Image Source: Biltmore Estate

Think it’s too early to visit the Biltmore gardens? Think again. A little bird told us that the tulips are already in bloom over at the Biltmore gardens looking as beautiful as ever. So don’t let the cloudy weather fool you!

The famed estate’s notorious display of spring flower power, once called the Festival of Flowers, appears to have been officially renamed Biltmore Blooms.  The spring event runs from March 20-May 23, 2014. If you’ve never been, you’re missing a real treat. How often do you get to see over 100,000 tulips in bloom? By the end of the month, the gardens will be full of blossoming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring time favorites. In late March and early April you can also catch blooming shrubs and trees like the forsythia, spirea, and magnolia. In mid-April visitors will see the hybrid Darwin Tulips at their peak, as well as dogwoods and redbuds.

In addition to the sheer beauty of the event (which is enough for me), you can also take advantage of these free special activities going on during the festival from March 20th-May 23rd:

  • Weekends from 11am-4pm, guests may visit “Ask a Gardener” stations in the Walled Garden hosted by Biltmore’s horticulture experts.
  • Gardener’s Place seminars; learn to create beautiful floral arrangements. Daily at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Live music offered daily at the Conservatory, Antler Hill Village or Biltmore House.
  • Rose Garden – International judging May 23rd
  • Grape Stomp at the Winery: Every Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m.

The breathtaking grounds of the Biltmore were designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. When you go, be sure take a picnic lunch and a blanket for maximum enjoyment.

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets through the Biltmore Estate by clicking here. Biltmore offers tickets at a reduced rate when purchased 7 days in advance. Of course we can also assist you with obtaining tickets once you arrive and help you with your daily itinerary. For room reservations at our award winning Asheville Bed & Breakfast, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or 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.

 

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival & Biltmore Estate Christmas Celebrations

November 23rd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

Looking for ways to put some nostalgic holiday fun into your next visit to Asheville?  Then don’t miss the enchanting display of lights and ornaments at the Biltmore Estate this Christmas.   Experience a magical visit to Biltmore during their Candlelight Christmas Evenings November 9 – January 4th. Take a stroll by firelight and candlelight and enjoy the bmcbeautiful display of over 50 Christmas trees and hundreds of poinsettias displayed throughout the estate.

To help you get into the holiday spirit there will also be choirs singing European carols, vintage ballroom dancers, and dramatic Christmas readings. The Front Lawn of the Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling lights.

Candlelight evening ticket prices includes daytime admission to the estate grounds, winery, gardens and Riverbend Farm and nighttime admission to the Biltmore House Candlelight Evenings (by reservation only).  Book online at www.biltmore.com 7 to 14 days in advance and take advantage of discounted ticket prices.

For more holiday festivities in Asheville, join the revelry at the Biltmore Village Dickens Christmas Festival. Horse drawn carriage rides and period dressed carolers make this a very special holiday weekend December 6-8th.  Put these festive Asheville events on your must-do-list while visiting our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville this holiday season. For Inn reservations, call 888.811.3053.

Top 3 Friday Night Events in Asheville

May 14th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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.

Winter Holiday in Asheville

January 10th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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.

Christmas 2012 at the Biltmore Estate

November 6th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Biltmore Estate Christmas VacationNovember 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.

For more information on your visit to the Biltmore Estate please email this Asheville Bed and Breakfast or call us at 888-811-3053.

Trolley Tours are a Great Way to Experience Asheville

August 8th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Taking you on an adventure this time around, we have a guest blog from my parents (Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast resident innkeepers), who ventured out with some friends of theirs visiting from Indiana.   There isn’t a better way for them to get a good feel for our fair city than to hop aboard a historic trolley tour.

And so, off they went to the Asheville Visitor Center to board the Gray Line Trolley. The Visitors center is 5 blocks from this Asheville Inn. The trolley tours are fully narrated by a professional tour guide, who is well versed in historic tid bits about the city of Asheville. One great thing about taking the trolley is that you get to let someone else hold the wheel – letting the driver worry about traffic and parking and allowing you to enjoy the sights without causing any traffic mishaps.  Plus, the ticket is good for 2 consecutive days and you are allowed to hop off the trolley at any one of the stops and get back on when you feel like it. Every 30 minutes the trolley glides by each stop. The cost is 21.00 per adult and 10.00 for children ages 5 – 11.  They also offer AAA and AARP discounts of 2.00 per ticket. For your convenience we sell the tickets from our Asheville  bed and breakfast .

After departing the Visitor Center, the trolley made its way through the Montford Historic District, which just so happens to be where our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is located.  This District Montford retains more than 600 buildings, most of which were built between 1890 and 1920, and includes a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during the turn of the 20th century.

Famous Asheville architect (and supervising architect of the Biltmore House) Richard Sharp Smith designed many of the residential homes in Montford. Smith’s architectural leanings contribute to the character of this area.

Montford has always been primarily residential, but also has a history of including several board houses and sanitariums (for the treatment of tuberculosis and other ailments) included in the neighborhood mix.  In recent years, Montford has developed into a bed and breakfast community with numerous inns included in the mix.

Also within the Montford Historic District is Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery,  It is the cemetery where you will find the final resting place for Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (better known as O. Henry) as well as Confederate General Robert B. Vance and North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance, among other Asheville luminaries.

The large houses that line the streets of this neighborhood reflect a more prosperous time in Asheville.  Montford and Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The district is located an easy walk or bike ride from downtown Asheville.

Unfortunately, it misses passing our inn — also a “Robert Sharp Smith” — by a block. Their trolley cruised by an old home which years ago was a sanitarium. It is where Zelda Fitzgerald, the beautiful debutante flapper from Alabama who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age stories was a patient and where she died in March of 1948.

After leaving Montford, the trolley meandered through the Grove Park neighborhood until it reached the Grove Park Inn. It is here that George Vanderbilt stayed during his first trip to Asheville. My parents and their friends decided to jump off the trolley and check out the Grove Park Inn, more specifically the spectacular view of the mountains from the terrace. The trolley guide informed them it was this terrace where George Vanderbilt looked out and decided he would buy all the land he could see.

Next stop: the Thomas Wolfe House.  Your trolley ticket allows you free admission to the historic home where the writer, Thomas Wolfe lived as a boy. Mr. Wolfe is also buried at the Riverside Cemetery.  Hopping back on board, the trolley headed toward downtown and into Pack Square.  Following the depression, many art deco buildings were constructed and through the years the city has tried to retain the architectural heritage by maintaining and restoring these beautiful structures.  After driving through the square the trolley made its way over to the Haywood Hotel. Everyone was ready to stretch their legs so they hopped off and wandered around downtown for a while. They strolled through the Woolworth building which houses 2 floors of artist galleries and an old fashion soda fountain. They then crossed the street and indulged in some sinfully delicious chocolate at the Chocolate Fetish, a local Chocolatier,some might say “chocolate artists.”

Rejoining their fellow tourists, and a few locals enjoying the tour, the trolley made its way down toward the French Broad River.  The River Arts District is currently experiencing a major resurgence and is quite the happening place these days. Several breweries are moving in and more restaurants are surfacing in this lively center of art, artists, galleries and studios.

The trolley then headed south to Biltmore Village. Biltmore Village was built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1890′s as a classic planned community at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Today the Village is a cottage community of shops, restaurants and art galleries. At this point everyone was getting hungry so they departed the trolley and walked around the Village, which has tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks. They ended up at Chelsea’s Tea Room for afternoon tea and finger sandwiches. They sat outside in the lovely courtyard and despite the warm temperatures they really enjoyed themselves…even the men. As they strolled back to the trolley stop they passed some of the original buildings, such as All Souls Church (now All Souls Cathedral) the church built for the Vanderbilt’s, the old train depot which is now a restaurant, and some of the original estate cottages.

Although you can take the entire tour in about an hour and a half, this little adventure took all of 5 hours.  Crazy kids!

For more information or to book a room visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Special Rates this Weekend (June 1-3, 2012) at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast

May 31st, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Take advantage of our special rates this weekend, June 1st through 3rd.  Enjoy a quiet weekend at this lovely historic Asheville Bed and Breakfast. We offer a grand breakfast, delicious afternoon deserts, complimentary beverages, luxurious accommodations and lush grounds.  The forecast for Asheville this weekend calls for sunny conditions and in the low to mid 70′s.  Perfect weather to enjoy the gardens at the Biltmore Estate, take a hike, drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and walk to downtown for dinner at any one of the fabulous downtown restaurants. We sell 2 day Biltmore Estate tickets at the lowest rate of $45.00 per ticket. Please let us know in advance of arrival if you need tickets.

June 1 – 3, 2012 Special Rates!
  • The Grace suite normally $220.00 per night, this weekend only  $195.00 per night.
  • The Wible and Thomas Wolfe suites normally $195.00 per night, this weekend only $ 175.00 per night
Accepting one night reservations. Taxes are not included.  Book online or call 888-811-3053 to reserve your suite at this Bed and Breakfast Asheville.
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