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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.

WNC Chef’s Challenge

May 29th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The WNC Chefs Challenge competitions are underway  Tuesday nights at Pack’s Tavern  in downtown Asheville. The Asheville area’s coolest culinary competition is back going strong.  Fourteen of the areas top chefs square off in weekly match-ups that determine who triumphs as  Best Chef in WNC.

At each challenge,  the two chef teams prepare  six dishes – three from each team.  Earlier in the day the chefs are given a   “secret ingredient” that has to be featured in each culinary creation.  The diners are not told which team prepared each dish and score the dishes using the same guidelines as a professional food critic. At the end of the evening the scores are tallied and the winning team moves on to the next round.

The last two teams standing  will face off during the finale at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting on August 23, 2012.

Want to judge for yourself ?  Call Pack’s Tavern at 225-6944 to reserve your space. Tickets are $49 per person and do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. For additional information speak with Stacy at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast.

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.

 

December Special at this Asheville Inn

December 1st, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Stay at this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast for 2 nights Sunday through Thursday in December and receive $30.00 off your stay.  What can you do with $30.00 in Asheville, North Carolina- let us list the ways…….

Visit The Chocolate Fetish and stock up on locally made delicious Chocolate.

Looking for some Holiday Cheer head over to The Wine Studio, voted The Best Wine Shop in WNC, and pick up some beautiful wines or locally crafted beer.

Hop in to Olive and Kickin, purveyors of the finest, freshest extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from all around the world and pick up some great Holiday gifst. Experience the ultimate foodie adventure – a walk through various regions of the world where these fine extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and spices can be sampled – right here in Asheville!

Venture down Haywood Street and stop in to the famed locally owned independent and fabulous Malaprops Bookstore for great gift ideas. Have a cup of coffee and pastries in their coffee shop and browse through the many books. Stop in to Sensibilities Day Spa and pick up some lovely bath and body care products, handmade jewelry and scented candles. Head further down Haywood and venture into the Woolworth Walk a uniquely Asheville experience; a privately and locally owned gallery in the heart of downtown, located in a historic building and representing local artists almost exclusively, it is without a doubt “Worth the Walk”. Located in the Woolworth Walk is an Old Fashioned Soda Fountain. While deciding on the gifts you want to purchase enjoy a milkshake or ice cream sundae.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Chelseas Tea Room in Historic Biltmore Village.  Choose between the Tea Plate with an amazing selection of sweets and savories or the Cheese board with a selection of cheeses, grilled bread and fresh fruit. You may choose from Elmwood Inn Fine Tea or choose from our array of other black and herb teas.

We can send you to any number of locally owned restaurants where $30.00 will get you a great lunch.

The list could go on forever…Asheville boasts so many wonderful locally owned shops where you can find interesting and fabulous holiday gifts. Stay at this Asheville Inn and take advantage of  this special.

For more information call our toll free 888-811-3053 or visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

Fresh Local Strawberries from Full Sun Farm Served up here at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast

May 10th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

From farm to bed and breakfast table, Asheville’s Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast works with local farmers to bring you delicious and healthy local food.  Strawberries have come in early at Full Sun Farm and we are serving them up at breakfast.  These ripe, red, juicy fruits come from our friends at the farm which is located in Sandy Mush (about 45 minutes from Asheville).

This small, family farm is run by Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell.   They reside on the farm in an old farm house with their two young daughters, Ada and Belle.  Their mission at the farm is to nurture their family and community by growing beautiful, healthy produce through good land stewardship.  They apply organic farming methods to grow vegetables, berries, and cut flowers on their 17 acre farm. They also have three greenhouses where they start their transplants from seed and grow tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers.   All of their produce is sold locally and Alex and Vanessa are well known at the farmer’s markets.

When visiting this Asheville NC Inn this summer you will get the chance to taste their delicious blueberries in our Blueberry Waffles, their vegetables in out Farmers Market Frittata and the lovely summer squash in our zuchini bread. As Julia used to say: “Bon Appetit!”

To book a room at our Asheville B & B, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Run the Black Mountain Marathon & Mt. Mitchell Challenge and return to this Asheville Inn to Relax

January 24th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Begin at dawn in Black Mountain, the quaint “front porch of Western North Carolina”, and follow trails to the “rooftop” of Western North Carolina, the 6,684′ summit of Mount Mitchell – eastern America’s highest point – then return to the start/finish area! With a starting altitude of 2,360′, the elevation gain for this 40-mile run will be 4,324′ – in the first 20 miles! Race founders Wendell Begley of Black Mountain Savings and Trent Thomas from Black Dome Mountain Sports saw a need for this kind of event for both the elite athlete and the weekend warrior. Their goal was to design a race that was attainable physically while offering the opportunity to test oneself against the often-uncooperative forces of nature! The Marathon runners start side-by-side with the Challengers and duplicate their course to the Black Mountain Gap overlook on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Here, at an elevation of 5,340′ and with an extraordinary view of Mount Mitchell as a backdrop, Marathoners will turn and retrace their course to the Start/Finish area in Black Mountain.

Whether you are running, a part of the support crew or just a part of the cheering throngs, end your day at this Asheville Inn.  Sink into one of our claw-foot soaking tubs to ease the days fatigue. Book your accomodations in the Grace room and sit in front of the fire to take the chill out of your bones then curl up in your comfy king size bed and enjoy get a good nights sleep. Wake up to the smell of breakfast being prepared. Let us send you out with a full tummy.

The race is Saturday, February 26th . It starts at 6:45am.  Marathon and Challenge competitors assemble on starting line at the bottom of Cherry St. in Downtown Black Mountain. Race starts promptly at 7am.

For more information about the Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Asheville or to check out winter room rate specials visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

Buy One Biltmore Ticket Full Price and Get 2nd HALF Price Here at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

December 1st, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

It’s Christmas at the Biltmore Estate and at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast we are giving you the gift of a Biltmore Estate “daytime” ticket half price when one “day time” ticket is purchased at full price through January 1, 2011. Gate Ticket price for weekdays including Sunday is $59.00 and Saturday ticket price is $69.00.  December 25 through January 1, 2011 ticket price is $69.00.  In addition to the half price ticket our tickets allow you to gain entrance to the Estate two consecutive days. You must mention this special when booking your reservation with this Asheville Inn.

George Vanderbilt introduced his new home to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895 with a wonderful celebration that continues today. Enjoy America’s largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments. Christmas at Biltmore during the daytime includes access to Biltmore House, the Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery. The village links to the Winery, where visitors may take a complimentary guided tour culminating with a complimentary wine tasting. You’ll also find Jolly ole Saint Nick at the Antler Hill Barn on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. through December 19.

You can also enjoy the Biltmore for Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Firelight and candlelight fill the house with a warm glow and accent delicate ornaments and priceless treasures, while the Front Lawn of Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling lights. The Candlelight Christmas visit will require the purchase of a “daytime” ticket for each person along with an additional $15 per person upgrade for the Candlelight Evening.

When reserving your stay with Pinecrest Inn Bed and Breakfast please let us know the date your party wishes to attend the Candlelight Evening and a time range that is convenient for you. We will contact the Biltmore directly and make the necessary arrangements. For more information please call 888-811-3053.

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.

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.

Asheville’s Summertime Downtown Fun Walking Distance from our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

July 15th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Summertime in Asheville, NC means guests at this Asheville Inn don’t have to look or walk far.  Every Saturday starting July 3 through September 4th Shindig on the Green takes center court in the heart of downtown. The Shindig features Appalachian Bluegrass music, local and regional talent and great food. After a four-year relocation to make way for renovations, Shindig on the Green returns to its original location in the heart of downtown Asheville at the new Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage shows will take place on the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running folk festival. And best yet, it’s also free. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join in for good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Locals, visitors and guests of this Asheville bed and Breakfast alike come together downtown around sundown, or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m.  Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.

Another notable FREE summertime favorite is Downtown after Five. Every 3rd Friday of the month from May through September Asheville jams downtown. A stage is erected on N. Lexington Avenue just north of  Hiawassee and south of the the I-240 overpass between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Enjoy amazing food from local restaurants and some good brew from local breweries. Take in the music and food while meeting new and old friends. This year’s musical lineup encompasses a variety of genres.

Visit www.Pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811.3053 to book your Asheville Bed and Breakfast reservation today.

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