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Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Review by Carolina Epicurean

January 23rd, 2014 by Stacy Shelley

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast 

(Originally published at http://carolinaepicurean.com/2014/01/pinecrest-bed-breakfast/)

January 16, 2014

Searching online for the perfect place to stay when you’re traveling can be stressful. If you’re like me, you look at lodging websites, carefully examining ALL the photos – especially shots of breakfast, if it’s offered. Then you go to TripAdvisor, Yelp, or both, reading reviews and looking at ALL their photos.

Your search for places to stay in Asheville just became easier! After a most wonderful opportunity came my way in the form of an Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association invitation to tour some of their Inns along with my friend Nichole Livengood, of Gap Creek Gourmet, I feel confident recommending any of their member Inns.

Who knew there were so many unique Asheville area Inns and Innkeepers!?! We’re not talking cookie-cutter by any stretch of the imagination. This article is part of a series in which you’ll get a feel for some of the seventeen B&Bs that are part of the Asheville Association.

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Sometimes I like the anonymity of hotels, but more often than not, B&Bs are my cup of tea. Innkeepers are a special breed. They like people and often like to cook lovely afternoon snacks and special breakfasts.

I’d seen Pinecrest B&B many times when parking for the annual Asheville Greek Festival held at the church next door. Last month my friend, Nichole Livengood (Gap Creek Gourmet), and I had the opportunity to spend the night.

Nichole arrived in time to enjoy what she describes as “the best brownie she’s ever had”, one of the homemade desserts Pinecrest Innkeeper Stacy puts out each afternoon for guests. By the time I checked in, it was too close to dinner for a brownie, but I shamelessly secreted one of them away for later that evening.

Early risers find their way to the bright sun porch for self-serve coffee or tea. In the evening, wine is available here.

Carolina Ep_Inn3It’s the perfect spot for reading the morning paper, catching up on email – via good Wi-Fi throughout the B&B – or chatting with other guests.

There’s something about breakfast around a large, beautifully set table, exchanging stories with a group of interesting folks.

This morning, we started off with a fresh strawberry parfait, banana bread, coffee or tea.

Followed by our choice of French Toast (bread from Asheville’s beloved City Bakery) served with home-made syrup,Carolina Ep_Inn5 and local Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties or, Oven Roasted Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Frittata with Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties.

Both were delicious.

After breakfast, Nichole and I spent some time chatting with owner Janna and her co-Innkeeper/daughter, Stacy, in . . . you guessed it, the kitchen. It’s a testament to Janna and Stacy, the cooking/baking magic that happens in this nice, but utilitarian space.

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When you stay at Pinecrest, be sure to ask about the famous architect that designed a major addition to this 1905 Historic Montford area home, why it was so unusual that he took on residential work, and the possible reason he did so.

Intrigue…

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
249 Cumberland Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
828-281-4275
http://pinecrestbb.com/

Apple Picking is just Another Adventure to add to your Stay at our Asheville NC Inn

September 7th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Located just 25 miles south of downtown Asheville is one of the country’s largest apple growing areas.  North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, growing 65% percent of them. You can visit many orchards along US Highway 64, just a few miles east of I-26 (between Hendersonville and Bat Cave) and best of all they are free. The apple harvest season runs from late August to late October, and many of the orchards are open daily. Several of the orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples.  Listed below are three orchards near Hendersonville, NC, that are within a few miles of each other.

To make your apple picking adventures easy, we have highlighted some of our Asheville Inn’s favorites destinations. JH Stepp Farm’s Hillcrest Orchard is a fourth generation, 70-acre working farm with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Pick your own apples (or grapes or pumpkins) or shop in their Country Market that is open daily with apples, pumpkins, apple cider, apple butter, and apple gifts. Take a ride on the farm wagon on weekends through acres of orchard and Farmer Stepp’s pumpkin patch and grape vines. Drink a cup of delicious local fresh apple cider. Eat beside the orchard in the picnic area. Open August-November – 221 Stepp Orchard Dr., Hendersonville, NC 828-685-9083

While at Lyda farms, meet “Grandma Lyda” and stroll through the farmyard where you’ll see donkeys, goats, geese, ducks and chickens. They have crispy North Carolina apples straight from the orchard plus a large variety of pumpkins and winter squash (and other produce) that are great for eating or decorating. Beginning in mid-August, early varieties of apples such as Fuji, Gala, Ozark, and Gingergold are available. By Labor Day, Red and Golden Delicious apple varieties are available. In early October, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap and Fuji apples are available.  Open June – November.  3465 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 828-685-3459

Grandad’s Apples has pre-picked apples (peaches and pumpkins too!) or pick your own in the orchards. In Grandad’s pumpkin patch you will find pumpkins and jack o’lanterns in every size and shape. At Grandad’s Barn and Country Store, you will find a great selection of fall harvest decorations, apple peelers, apple bakers, and other apple gifts. Enjoy apple turnovers, apple bread, caramel apples and a whole lot more. And, don’t forget to try a refreshing cider slush or some hot cider! Explore their five acre corn maze. After visiting five different way stations, your corn maze adventure will be complete!  Open August to mid-November. 2951 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville, NC 828-685-1685

As our guest at this Asheville NC Inn, you can experience local apple fare (we serve mostly organic and local fare when and where available) and match our freshly made desserts with the season.  During the harvest season, our most popular dessert is the coconut apple cake made from locally procured orchards.  This homemade delicacy is moist and delicious with a caramel glaze and is a guest favorite.  No one said that an apple a day can’t come with a whole lot of caramel and coconut goodness.

For information about fall reservations at our Asheville Inn and Bed and Breakfast, visit www.PinecrestBB.com or call 888-811-3053.

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