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Nothing Like a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree – Let this Asheville Inn be your Guide

November 18th, 2011 by Diane Rogers

Let this Asheville Inn be your guide to the best fresh cut Christmas trees in WNC! We are so fortunate to live in western North Carolina, the number two state in the country for growing Christmas Trees! There are 3 farms within 30 minutes of Asheville and many more as you drive toward Boone.  One of our family favorites is Sandy Hollar Farm located in the beautiful Sandy Mush area about 30 minutes north/west of Asheville.  Every year we head out to Sandy Mush, which  also happens to where our good friends and well known organic farmers, Vanessa and Alex Brown call home.  Our kids always enjoy the hayride up to the meadow passing llamas and goats,  where we pick  and cut down two Frasier Firs — one for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and one for our private home.  Each of the farms listed below offer hay rides and other holiday festivities. Rounding out the family outing, Santa often shows up so the kids can sit on his lap and tell them what they would like for Christmas. To start your holiday season visit us at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC and take advantage of all the holiday festivities. Visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

You can certainly get into the holiday spirit with so much to see and do.  Most folks will want to visit the Biltmore Estate, which is all lit up for the holidays.  If you’ve been good, you will want to walk around downtown or in Biltmore Village to knock some items off of your own Christmas list.  Adding a trip to the country to cut your own tree might just become a family tradition of your own.

Sandy Hollar Tree Farm
63 Sandy Hollar Road
Leicester, NC 28748
828.683.3645
Choose & Cut Christmas Trees, Christmas Tree Live, Christmas Trees, Hay Rides, Tours, Wreaths. Sunday-Saturday 9 am-4:30 pm; Open seven days from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the weekend before Christmas. Buy wreaths, garland (roping), decorations, refreshments, and crafts. Hay rides to the tree fields and marshmallow roasting on weekends.
Directions from Asheville: About 20 miles from downtown, follow Patton Ave/ U.S. Highway 19-23 South. Take NC 63 (Leicester Highway) 11 miles to North Turkey Creek Road (left). Go 1 1/2 miles to split, veer right onto Early’s Mountain Road. Go six miles. Farm is second drive on left past Robinson Cove Road (Sandy Hollow Lane).

Mehaffey Tree Farm

24 Corner Drive
Waynesville, NC 28785
828.926.1424
Open daily, except Mondays 9am-5pm from mid November to Christmas Week.
Enjoy a trip back to your own childhood by selecting your own Christmas tree from among acres of beautiful Fraser firs. Sometimes Mother Nature provides a light dusting of snow to make your visit even more magical. Their specialty is high-quality Fraser Fir trees. They cut your favorite tree, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley & Waynesville. They offer paved access, plenty of parking, restrooms, and even free refreshments in a heated section of their Morton building. They have five to12 foot trees, plus wreaths, roping and tree stands.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Travel 3.1 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Grindstone Rd. Travel 1.3 miles on Grindstone Rd. to Hemphill Road, Turn right on Hemphill Rd. and travel .1 miles to 24 Corner Drive.

Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees
13623 Highway 212
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828.656.8100
This “no-frills” tree farm is a short distance off I-26 near the North Carolina/Tennessee line. They produce Fraser fir Christmas trees for choose-and-cut. Visitors will find the farm by the large American flag painted on the barn. You’ll be surrounded by hillsides of trees and fields with cows, goats, and a llama or two. Donna and Chipper Jones and their children grow 80,000 Fraser fir on 55 acres of their 300 acre farm at elevations of 3200 to 4800 feet. Open early November through December 20, dawn to dusk.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-26 West toward Weaverville, Take Exit #50, Flag Pond Rd., Turn left at Higgins Creed Rd., Go 1/4 mile and turn right at T-intersection onto old Hwy 23., Go almost 2 miles and turn left at TN-352., Go 4.5 miles to NC line and the road becomes Hwy 212. The farm is 1/2 mile.

Asheville’s premier food event, the Taste of Asheville, will be held on November 17, 2011 at The Venue at 21 North Market Street from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This highly anticipated annual fundraising event, held by the members of Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), will feature food from 37 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries. “ We are very excited about this year’s event as it has a record number of participating restaurants and will feature some of Asheville’s top chefs,” says Steve Frabatore, AIR’s president. “These same restaurants are participating in our 2012 AIR Passport, which will be kicked off that same evening ”. The AIR Passport program offers discounts at many of Asheville’s top restaurants while encouraging passport holders to try new restaurants.

For reservations at our Asheville Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

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

November 18th, 2011 by Diane Rogers

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!

 

It’s Not Too Late to Book a Room November 17 and Sample “Taste of Asheville”

November 16th, 2011 by Diane Rogers

Taste of Asheville, Asheville’s premier food event, will be held on November 17, 2011 at The Venue at 21 North Market Street from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This highly anticipated annual fundraising event, held by the members of Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), will feature food from 37 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries. “ We are very excited about this year’s event as it has a record number of participating restaurants and will feature some of Asheville’s top chefs,” says Steve Frabatore, AIR’s president. “These same restaurants are participating in our 2012 AIR Passport, which will be kicked off that same evening ”. The AIR Passport program offers discounts at many of Asheville’s top restaurants while encouraging passport holders to try new restaurants.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening and the sale of the Passports will go to benefit AIR’s “Chefs of Tomorrow” scholarship at AB Tech. Tickets for the event are $70 for a single ticket and $125 for a pair. Tickets will go on sale October 3rd on the AIR Website www.airasheville.org.  Call today and book your room at the Asheville Bed and Breakfast 888-811-3053 or visit our website and book online www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

 

Oktoberfest Downtown Asheville October 8, 2011

October 2nd, 2011 by Diane Rogers

Photo Courtesy of www.exploreasheville.com

Autumn is here and time to get out your lederhosen and polka down to Wall Street, a quaint cobblestone street with an old world feel for Oktoberfest Asheville.  Join all the folk on October 8 for some good food and delicious beer.  The festival is a mix of Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s own twist mixed in.   Asheville was recently recognized as “Beer City USA” making this event a perfect opportunity to sample biers from our local award winning breweries.

The event will feature tastings from Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers. Also, Wall Street restaurants will be preparing authentic German fare including bratwurst, schnitzels and traditional sides.

The Stratton Mountain boys will be on hand providing lively Polka music which means lots of dancing will be going on. Advance purchase tickets are $25.00 per person, and $35.00 the day of event. Tickets will be available September 1 at ashevilledowntown.org. And the best news of all… you can walk from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

For more information about the Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Asheville or visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

Stay at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast & Check out the Latest Additions to the Local Food Scene

August 30th, 2011 by Lisa Lidback

Cúrate

At the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, we take our restaurant recommendations seriously. For such a small hamlet, Asheville has a remarkable array of dining experiences to offer. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes in to ensuring our guests have a wonderful visit to our fair city. Recently, our research took us to two of the newest arrivals to the local restaurant scene — Cúrate and Storm. Both are located downtown, but are on the southern edge, stretching the definition of a “leisurely stroll” from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Unless your aim is to walk off dinner, you may want to consider another mode of transportation.

Cúrate is a traditional Spanish tapas bar. The atmosphere was casual and bustling with patrons. We enjoyed an array of small plate specialties from the traditional tortilla espanola (spanish potato and onion omelet) to the more creative plates like pimientos de piquillo con queso de cabra (peppers stuffed with goat cheese), espinacas a la cantalana (sauteed spinach with raisins, apples and pine nuts) and the bocadillo catalan (special-made Spanish sausage with piquillo pepper confit )and our table favorite.

Felix, one of the co-owners, takes great pride in his wine selection and we would have to say he is on the right track. After sampling several throughout the evening, we settled on a beguiling 2009 Finca Resalso – Tempranillo as our favorite — scurrying around the following day to see if our friends at the Wine Studio could procure this velvety elixir. Alas, to no avail.

You can tell that service is emphasized here. Despite a very busy night, our server took excellent care of us and guided us through the rather extensive menu selections.

Storm, which bills itself as a Rhum bar and bistro, is just around the corner from the Orange Peel (and is open late nite to satisfy your post concert hunger). In keeping with the Rhum bar theme, we quenched our hot summer thirst with a rum and ginger beer cocktail (one of many creative cocktails that they offer).

Another tantalizing menu is offered up here — we started with a cheese board that rivaled any we have had elsewhere. Moving on to some of the selections, we tried the grilled hangar steak, the East Fork Farm Lamb and the Scallops. All three dishes were wonderfully prepared. And as an added bonus Storm also offers a small plate/large plate option. With an eclectic and welcoming interior (and a great outdoor space for cooler eves), Storm is another excellent addition to the fabulous Asheville lineup of dining treasures.

And so now, we have two more stellar restaurant offerings for our guests to enjoy.

In our effort to deliver the greatest Asheville experience, we will continue keep up the research and let you know what we find. It’s hard work, but we do so with our guests in mind. For more on Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

Walk to the Bele Chere Festival from our Award Winning Asheville Bed & Breakfast

June 13th, 2011 by Diane Rogers

Stay at our historic Asheville Bed & Breakfast this July and walk to all the festivities at Bele Chere July 29-31. Bele Chere is the largest free music festival in the Southeast! Enjoy arts and crafts, free music, entertainment and great food. The festival is committed to a diverse musical line up and features local, regional and national performers in all musical genres. Over 16 local restaurants will be serving an array of food delights. Don’t miss live music on four stages like Apache Relay, Big Gigantic, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mambo Sauce, Marc Broussard, Papadosio, Hoots & Hellmouth, Railroad Earth, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Rebirth Brass Band and more.

Visit www.pincrestbb.com or call 888.811.3053 to book your reservation at our Asheville Inn today. Pinecrest bed and breakfast in Asheville is just a short walk from all the action in downtown Asheville, N.C..

“Tank You” for Staying at this Asheville Inn. Save $15 & 15%

May 23rd, 2011 by Diane Rogers

As our way of saying thank you, this Asheville Inn has teamed up with seven other inns and nine Asheville, NC restaurants to bring you special discounts that may help to ease the pain of filling your gas tank for your summer trip to the mountains.

Through September 1st, book two nights Sunday through Thursday and we will give you back $15 on your total room charge before tax AND you will receive a coupon for 15% off in food at your choice of some of the best restaurants in town!  Participating Restaurants include:  Avenue M, Carmel’s Restaurant & Bar, Cucina 24, Fig Bistro, Frankie Bones, Limones, Market Place, Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Rezaz, and Zambra Wine & Tapas.  You must mention the package at the time of booking with this Asheville Bed and Breakfast in order to qualify.  Additionally, this offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.  Asheville is quite famous for it’s epicurean offerings and so we strongly recommend contacting us ahead of your visit so we can secure a reservation at your choice of restaurant.

Total value of this package could be $25 or more depending upon your choice of restaurant and is offered as a meaningful way to help visitors to Asheville pay for their gas. For more information, visit our Asheville Bed & Breakfast at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Asociation Tour of Inns

March 1st, 2011 by Diane Rogers

The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association is hosting a tour of member inns on April 16 and 17, called the Spring INN Asheville Tour of  B&Bs.  This fundraiser will be benefiting MANNA foodbank. This 2-day event offers a glimpse into our historic residences while providing delicious, culinary treats along the way. Each Inn has partnered with a local, independent restaurant. This Asheville Bed and Breakfast has partnered with Limones Restaurant, known for their inspirational Mexican and Californian cuisine. Tour goers will  also be able to enjoy the gardens of some of Asheville’s finest historic properties.

Tickets are $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple and cover both days of the tour and can be purchased by credit card online at www.ashevilleabba.com through April 8th and at the Asheville Shop in the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center beginning April 10th. Tickets purchased through the Asheville Shop are $30 per person or $50 per couple (check or cash only).

Welcome Bags with the Tour brochure/map/ticket will be available for pick-up for online pre-orders and walk-in purchases at the Asheville Shop between April 10-17.

Your Tour Brochure is your ticket and must be presented at each Inn on the tour in order to enter.

Also available is an opportunity to win a $250 Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Gift Certificate. Cash only raffle tickets cost $5 each or 2 for $9. Only select Inns will carry raffle tickets so be sure to visit them all!

As a guest of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast you will recieve two complimentary tickets, so book soon and take advantage of this offer. For more information call 888-811-3053.

Pinecrest B & B Biltmore Specials & Valentine’s Day Getaway Packages!

January 4th, 2011 by Diane Rogers

Stay at our romantic Asheville Bed and Breakfast this Valentine’s Day and take advantage of our Valentine’s Getaway Package offer. Book a reservation for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get a free Biltmore Estate ticket. Book 2 nights’ accommodations at our historic Asheville inn and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne or a box of award winning European style chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville.

While staying at Pinecrest B & B January 2nd through March 31st  stroll the Biltmore Estate . Biltmore Estate tickets are reduced to $29.00 if purchased through the Biltmore Estate 7 days in advance and $39.00, if purchased within 7 days or at the gate.

Plan your getaway to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.

Play in their 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor their restaurants‘ exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.

Take advantage of special discounted winter rates at our Asheville, N.C. Bed and Breakfast from January 2nd through March 31 and save up to $30.00 per night. Read more about the winter special rates here or call for details 888-811-3053. For more information visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

Asheville Walking Food Tours

November 12th, 2009 by Diane Rogers

While staying at this bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC enjoy a tasting of Asheville one bite at a time.  Asheville Food Tours offers two walking tours of historic Downtown Asheville restaurants and a tour of the Biltmore Village area restaurants.   During your 2 to 2.5 hour guided tour you will visit  approximately 10 to 12 establishments. The tours include tasting an array of extraordinary food and beverages and meeting the chefs and often time the owners of these unique culinary hot spots. Sample artisan cheeses and choice meats from local farms, crusty baked breads snatched from local ovens, rich hand-made chocolates and dynamic beer from  local microbreweries.   Tours are held on Tuesday through Saturday 2:00 -4:30.  Winter season rate is $25.00 per person and Spring, Summer and Fall rate is $39.00 per person. The tour also includes a return trip 10% discount Passport to participating establishments. Book your stay with this Asheville North Carolina bed and breakfast and we’ll assist you with reserving your seat on this fabulous tour.

Rezaz Kitchen

Rezaz Kitchen

Rezaz Restaurant

Rezaz Restaurant

Wayside Bar and Grill

Wayside Bar and Grill

Mark owner of Wayside briefing the tour

Mark owner of Wayside briefing the tour

LaPaz Mexican Restaurant

LaPaz Mexican Restaurant

Chelsea's Tea Room

Chelsea's Tea Room

Corner Kitchen

Corner Kitchen

Fig Bistro

Fig Bistro

Fig Bistro Kitchen

Fig Bistro Kitchen

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

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