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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.

 

Asheville’s New Adventure Park in the Trees

May 2nd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

adventure park 2We 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.

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.

Visit this Asheville Inn and Take Advantage of Biltmore Estate Ticket Specials

September 7th, 2011 by Lisa Lidback

Daytime Biltmore Estate Ticket Special
Enjoy the Biltmore Estate during your stay at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast. Adult tickets purchased at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast are good for 2 consecutive days at a rate of $50.00 per ticket November 1 through December 31, 2011. Saving you $9.00 per ticket off the 1 day Biltmore Estate gate price. Your estate admission includes a self-guided visit of Biltmore Estate, access to the vast gardens, Anter Hill Village, free wine tasting and a guided tour at the winery, dining and shopping opportunities and free parking.

 

Christmas at Biltmore Special

Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures beginning November 4th. Evening Candlelight Tours begin November 11 through December 31, 2011. Upgrade your Daytime Biltmore House ticket to include a Candlelight Tour for a total cost of $65 per ticket. Buy your tickets through this Asheville Inn and save up to $30.00 per ticket. Tour space is limited. We recommend you call Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast directly at the time you book your room reservation, so we can reserve your tour time.

Call Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn for details at 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com for information.

Tiffany Exhibit at Biltmore Estate this Summer

July 5th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Enjoy the Tiffany Exhibit at the Biltmore Estate this Summer through October 23, 2011. See a  remarkable collection of 45 stained glass lamps and objects created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and The Tiffany Studios. The exhibition, organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York, features Tiffany’s most admired designs drawn from the natural world.

In addition to the exhibition, the talented landscape and floral designers at Biltmore are incorporating Tiffany-inspired elements throughout the gardens and in Biltmore House:

  • Dramatic 40-foot dragonflies created from flowers and foliage, resembling Tiffany’s iconic stained glass fixtures
  • Floral décor in Biltmore House inspired by Tiffany’s love of botanicals
  • Unique 24-foot “Living Wall” of flowers, foliage, and vines mimic stained glass, next to the Conservatory

This stunning exhibition is included in your estate admission. The Biltmore Legacy hosts the exhibit in the Antler Hill Village. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Just one more reason to visit the Biltmore Estate this summer.

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn is just 12 minutes from the famed Biltmore Estate. For more information about our Asheville Bed & Breakfast or to make a reservation, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Zip up to Navitat Canopy Tours Easily from our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast

June 14th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Get ready to see the world in a new and different way. Hidden in a secluded mountain cove only 20 minutes north of Asheville and a short drive from our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, the Navitat Canopy Adventures zip line canopy tour.  Navitat Canopy Adventures takes guests on a thrilling and educational adventure high in the trees of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Fast, smooth zip lines stretch high above the forest floor; skillfully crafted platforms nest seamlessly (and securely) in large beautiful native trees; and sky-bridges span forest sections teeming with natural wonder and leading to magical surprises like a grand old blooming Tulip Poplar tree.

Navitat Asheville was recently named “one of the best in the nation” in USA TODAY’s “10 Great Ziplines Across the USA!”  I recently went on an afternoon canopy tour and have to say it was a blast.  There were 8 participants in our group and 2 guides. I thought that I would be scared and nervous….but not all.   The views were spectacular and I got to exercise my inner Tarzan (or Jane in my case).  I entered feeling a bit apprehensive about sailing through the forest, but left with my face hurting from grinning so much.

To schedule your canopy tour, contact Pinecrest Inn at 888-811-3053. For more information visit www.pinecrestbb.com or click here for inn discounts and special offers.

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Asociation Tour of Inns

March 1st, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

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.

Reserve Your Room at this Asheville NC Inn August 6th-8th for an Art Filled Weekend.

July 29th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Start your stay at this Asheville, NC Inn with a stroll around the lively sidewalks of downtown Asheville for the free Center City Art Walk on Friday August 6. Galleries stay open Friday evenings four times a year to showcase new shows and artists. You can walk to 30 galleries in the downtown area — enjoying the fine art and crafts that they have to offer –  including exhibitions featured at  The Haen Gallery and 16 Patton! Also don’t forget to stop by Jewels That Dance, one of Asheville’s finest jewelry galleries showcasing the design studio of goldsmith Paula Dawkins, and celebrating its 26th year in historic downtown Asheville. Gallery Minerva has a new home at 8 Biltmore Avenue. Also a must see is the region’s largest studio glass art collection The Bender Gallery.  And that is just Friday.

On Saturday, after feasting on a wonderfully prepared and very filling breakfast at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, head down to Biltmore Village for the free Village Art & Craft Fair.  This event takes place at the historic and beautiful Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village (near the entrance to the Biltmore Estate). The fair hosts 125 artists from 20 states representing the full spectrum of craft media – jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.

The festival is also on Sunday noon to 6. We recommend taking a trolley ride to Biltmore Village.  Board your trolley at the Visitor Center and enjoy a beautiful ride through Asheville. Tickets can be purchased at this Asheville Lodging or at the Visitors Center just 4 blocks away.  Tickets  for adults are $20 per person; Children (5-11 years) $10.  This is a great way to get familiar with Asheville and  as a bonus get dropped off at the Village to enjoy the fair. When you are ready to head back, hop back on the trolley and take a leisurely cruise through Asheville. The trolley will drop you back at the Visitors Center just 4 blocks from this Asheville, NC Inn.

August 6th-8th is a Busy Weekend for Guests of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, it’s also the 64th Asheville Antiques Fair

July 29th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

It’s really a fun-filled, action-packed weekend — even for Asheville, August 6th -8th. Guests at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast can take in the Center City Art Walk, , (in and around downtown Asheville), the Village Art & Craft Fair (in Biltmore Village) and the 64th Asheville  Antiques Fair at the Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville.  The Asheville Antiques Fair is the oldest antiques show in the south. More than 50 invited dealers will showcase American, English and Continental antiques from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century; featuring furniture, silver, jewelry, prints, crystal, books and more.

Special events include: Heirloom Roadshow, offering verbal appraisals, expert lectures and exhibits. Visit the Fair 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday.  Admission is $10.00.  Leave your car here at your Asheville B & B and walk to the Civic center or, if you think you might melt on the way, park in the Civic Center parking garage nearby. With all this walking about, we will make sure our guests are rested and well fed.

Visit “Beer City, USA” and stay at this Asheville Inn.

June 8th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

The results are in and Asheville, NC has emerged as this year’s champ in the annual Beer City USA poll.  Asheville edged Portland in the online polling that concluded last week. Asheville got 39.9 percent of votes compared with 34.1 percent for Portland.

Last year, Asheville and Portland tied in the annual online poll conducted by the Examiner’s  Charlie Papazian. It’s a title the beer community in Asheville, which consists of nine breweries, plans to celebrate.

One way to sample the local brews is to take a Brews Cruise tour.  Asheville’s brewing

Asheville Beer City U.S.A

 community continues to grow and Brews Cruise offers an insider’s take on the best craft brewed beer that the Asheville community has to offer.  Start your visit off by booking a reservation with this Asheville Bed and Breakfast and let us line you up with the Brews Cruise.  Whether you are a local or just visiting, Brews Cruise ( http://www.brewscruise.com) will provide you with a personalized tour and VIP treatment at the area’s finest breweries.  Join them on one of their evening cruises and enjoy fresh samples of beer that are brimming with personality.

Pinecrest is a historic Asheville  North Carolina Inn and Bed and Breakfast, located in the Montford District, just a short distance from downtown, the Biltmore estate and all that Asheville has to offer. For more information, visit us at www.Pinecrestbb.com

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