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Day Excursions from our Asheville Bed & Breakfast

July 10th, 2012 by stacy

Lately we’ve been recommending some day trips, that are easy to take from our Bed & Breakfast in Asheville. I have to say - these little adventures we have been going on have been pretty cool and lots of fun. Our latest expedition took us south of Asheville to Hickory Nut Gorge area, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.  Many of our guests ask about these destinations so we ventured down to check them out again. It has been some time since we were in that area and it appears that not a lot has changed. The view from Chimney Rock is still awesome and the town and the lake perhaps a little more touristy. If you are visiting just for a weekend, this is probably not a side trip we would recommend — since there is just so much to see and do in and around Asheville. If however, you are planning on staying longer, or if your trip into or out of Asheville can take you that way, then it is great way to spend the day or a long afternoon.

Lake Lure is nestled in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge and is fed by the Rocky Broad River that makes its way down a series of rapids through the Gorge.  Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County.  As of 2009, the population was 1007 – down 5 folks since 2008.  Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927 and acquired its namesake lake in 1965.  The town and lake make up all of 15 square miles and boasts a new marina and a beach front. You can rent just about every type of water craft at the marina or take an hour guided tour around the Lake. The guide lets you in on all the secrets of the lake including an underwater city and the scoop on filming of the Dirty Dancing movie. It is a picturesque lake and was designate one of the “top ten man made lakes” by National Geographic. We hit the beach and swam in the lake for a short bit before dark clouds and lightening swept in forcing us to change plans – much to the chagrin of our little tourist who was having fun on the two water slides.  We took a drive around the lake and ended up at “Larkin’s on the Lake,” situated as it name implies right on the water.  We sat outside under the awning, sipped on drinks, ate a bite and watched the storm roll in and eventually over us.  As the sun began to reappear, we ventured back out and headed back toward the beach and toward Chimney Rock about 2 miles away.

Once you turn into Chimney Rock State Park you drive along a narrow road, up and up, paying at the gate approximately half way up and then arriving at the Welcome Center, further up and approximately 3 miles from turning in.  Out of your car, you face a difficult decision:  whether to venture up to the towering 315-foot monolith located on the very edge of a mountain, perched above the Hickory Nut Gorge at 2280 feet, by your own two feet by trail OR take a leisurely 30 second ride up an elevator to the Old Rock Café and entrance to breathtaking views.  Built within the mountain is a 198 foot tunnel which cuts into the mountain to a 26 story elevator, which was constructed in 1949 (using 18 tons of dynamite).

Whatever your choice, you arrive at the top of the “Rock” where the gorge unfolds around you with a view that extends 75 miles with Lake Lure directly below.  I must confess that we took the elevator, but mainly because of the time we had and that we were tugging a 7 year old along with us.  The view was spectacular, but should come with a word of caution.  If you have any fear of heights, you may have some difficulty crossing the bridge and then walking up the stairs to the actual “rock”. It is well fenced and safe, but it could make anyone a bit nervous. Our son was a little hesitant, but we all made it out onto the rock and it was well worth it. Even though the focal point of the park is the “rock” there are many hiking trails and an amazing 404 foot waterfall.  The Park holds special events throughout the season so check before launching your own expedition at http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/index.php

The trails are surrounded by oak, hickory, maple, beech, poplar, locust and basswood harbor trees. The plant life includes rare and endangered wildflowers as well as native Solomon’s-Seal and Jack-in-the-pulpit.  An easy ¾ mile trek that leads to the aforementioned waterfall: Hickory Nut Falls.  If you have ever seen the movie, “The Last of the Mohicans” you are sure to remember the climatic fight scene at the end of the movie. This scene was filmed at the top of Hickory Nut falls.  It’s an easy walk and well worth experiencing. Admission to the park is a little steep at $15 per adult, but if you are planning a day of it, you will get your money’s worth.  You can eat at the café or take a picnic along.  Enjoy! For more information about accomodations or local attractions, please call Pinecrest Inn, a premiere Asheville Bed and Breakfast at 888-811-3053.

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

June 14th, 2011 by stacy

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.

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

January 24th, 2011 by stacy

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.

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

January 4th, 2011 by stacy

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.

Stay at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast and Experience the Grove Park Inn

November 16th, 2010 by stacy

golfing ashevilleStay at the historic Pinecrest Asheville Bed and Breakfast from November 2010 through  March 2011 and we will arrange greens fees of $50.00 per round for any of our guests at the Grove Park Inn.  Discover the course that Golfweek magazine included in its 2005 “America’s Best” listings and Golf Digest named in 2004 as “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.” Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the course is rated as the 8th best in North Carolina (with five of the seven courses rated higher located at legendary Pinehurst).

This is a shot-maker’s course, emphasizing accuracy over power in its 6,720 yard, par 70 layout. From beneath the crest of Sunset Mountain, the players’ ascent from the somewhat flat, yet undulating front nine to the gentle slopes and sometime steep inclines and descents of the back nine brings with it spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course is immaculately maintained and is considered one of the finest conditioned courses in North Carolina.

For more information about our romantic bed and breakfast accomodations, please visit www.Pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053 for reservations at our Asheville Inn.

Asheville B & B and Summer Concerts at the Biltmore Estate

April 6th, 2010 by stacy

While staying at this Asheville B & B, experience the fun and excitement of a live concert as some familiar faces roll into Asheville to play at the Biltmore Estate.  Enjoy rockin’ performances as you take in the view that made Asheville famous – watching the sun settle down behind the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Tickets go on sale at the Biltmore Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

2010 Biltmore Performances:

Biltmore Summer Concert Series

June 4                      Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

June 11                    The Original Drifters

July 16-18            Faith Renewed Celebration: Christian concert weekend at Biltmore
July 16                    Brandon Heath

July 17                   Gaither Vocal Band

July 18                   Sunday Worship with Gloria Gaither

July 22                   Mary Chapin Carpenter

July 23                   Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard

July 29                   An Evening with Steve Miller Band

July 30                   The Legendary Temptations

September 24       Christopher Cross

October 1               Kathy Mattea

Stay at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast and get tickets to Biltmore Estate. For summer concert series details, go to the Biltmore website:  http://www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/concerts.asp

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