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Snow Falls on this Asheville B & B

December 31st, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Last Friday and Saturday over a foot deep blanket of  snow fell in the Asheville, N.C. area. By 2:00 in the afternoon on Friday, our Asheville B & B had lost power which wouldn’t return until sometime late Saturday afternoon. Adventures abound as incoming guests were stranded on I-26 just 20 miles south of Asheville from Friday afternoon until they arrived on our doorstep at 6:00 on Saturday morning.  Unfortunately, the heavy white stuff took several trees and there are too many limbs down to count.  Despite the problems the weather presented it was a beautiful winter wonderland.  Although Asheville used to see more snow, they have not seen this much in many years.  We have shared some pictures of  the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, N.C. following the storm.  We still have snow in the front yard, but rest assured that there is a clean path to the front door.

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Journey to Asheville’s Foodtopia

September 13th, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Asheville, North Carolina is rapidly becoming a food paradise – some have even proclaimed the city the first “Foodtopian” society — boasting 17 farmers’ markets, 135 independent restaurants and seven local breweries. Locals and visitors alike are lucky to find themselves in a place where the quality of food, and where it comes from, and how it is grown are so important.

Guests visiting the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast marvel at the abundance of local restaurants and are amazed at how many restaurants incorporate local seasonal ingredients into their menus.  At Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast we have also embraced this concept by using locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables purchased from organic farmers at the local tailgate markets.  We procure our breakfast meats from Hickory Nut Gap Farm just down the road in Fairview.  The Ager family strives to mimic nature in a “perennial polyculture” that includes open fields and woodlands, grass-fed cattle, pastured turkeys and chickens, lambs and pigs, and even pastured egg production. “We maintain open land the way that nature has always done it,” says Jamie Ager.  When customers buy the Ager’s meat and eggs, sold under the business name Spring House Meats, they get delicious foods from humanely raised animals.

At our food markets, you can find everything from local free-range meats, trout caviar, hand-picked blueberries, heirloom apples, sorghum and local honey to artisanal breads and cheeses. At Asheville’s restaurants (and Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast), farm-to-table meals that feature seasonal ingredients are easy to deliver with the access to abundant farming community.

A sampling of what our guests have found on the table this summer:

Full Sun Farm, Big Sandy Mush, NC

Full Sun Farm heirlook Tomatoes and Blueberries

Local blueberries make their way into our waffles, muffins and coffee cakes.

Fresh strawberries can be found in our granola-yogurt parfaits.

Heirloom tomatoes, from Full Sun Farm, are stacked on our Eggs Benedict.

Zucchini bread includes locally grown vegetables pulled from the dirt the day before.

Farmer’s Market Frittata is loaded with locally harvested vegetables.

French Toast is made from Chiabatta bread baked daily and purchased from City Bakery

A crucial ingredient in the Apple Pound Cake is Golden Delicious Apples from Hendersonville.

Join us at this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast to start your journey to Asheville’s foodtopia!

For a sampling of recipes please view the ” Most Requested Recipes at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast”

Lucious Veggies Gorgeous North carolina Sunflowers

Jamie Ager, Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Jamie Ager, Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Sante Wine Bar downtown Asheville, NC

August 13th, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Santé Wine Bar is located in downtown Asheville in the north east corner of Asheville’s Grove Arcade, just a pleasant walk away from our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.   Sante’s is a wonderful  place to start your evening whether it’s on their large outdoor patio or in the main bar with it’s various nooks and crannies. If you are a wine enthusiast you will be impressed by the variety of wines and if you are a novice Sante’s is a great place to get your feet wet. You might want to start with a flight of Santé’s signature wines, which change frequently.  The wide variety of wines may include California Cabernet Sauvignon’s, Pinot Noir and  Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Sante’s also offers light fare. They have several cheese boards to select from.  We particularly enjoy the cheese board featuring a delicious true Bleu Cheese, Jarlsburg, Brie,and Chevre served with grapes and olive mélange. They also offer dips of all sorts.  A must on the menu is the Chunky Pesto Dip, which is twist on an old classic it’s made with whole pine nuts, ricotta, hand chopped basil & parmesan.

The owners relocated to Asheville after selling their homes in California. It was their feeling downtown Asheville was just the perfect place for an affordable wine bar and they couldn’t have been more right. Glasses of wine start at $4.50 and the most expensive bottle tops out at $55.00.  The best part is you can purchase a bottle of the wine you fell in love with and take it home or back to our Asheville, NC  Bed and Breakfast!

Sante Wine Bar a short walk away from our B & B
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