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Spring Flowers Blooming in Asheville, NC

May 30th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

peonieThe spring gardens this year are magnificent at our Asheville bed and Breakfast. Everywhere you look flowers are blooming.  We have been cutting peonies (my favorite flower) all week for the Inn.  The scent throughout the house could not be lovelier.  I will be so disappointed when we see the last of them, which unfortunately is going to be soon.  I won’t be sad too long because next up to bloom will be the Hydrangeas, another favorite of mine.  As of today, we still have blooming rhododendron, azeleas and Mountain Laurel.  In the perennial garden there are hostas, astilibe, Bellflower, Green and Gold and native Jacobs Ladder just to name a few.  We have a slope of iris and blooming rose bushes that will continue through summer.

Our perennial garden is way out of control and will need some love and care this fall.  We will be doing a lot of separating and replanting in the fall.  There is no shortage of space for us to keep expanding the perennial garden.

azaealasWe have had a lot of rain this spring which has been a blessing and a curse. The yard is really green and lush but the gardens have been plagued with a lot of weeds.  It seems the 20 yards of mulch we laid in April has been of little help keeping the weeds at bay.   Almost every day you can find my dad out in the yard on his knees working away pulling weeds. He use to maintain the entire yard and gardens, but  it’s become a little too much for him to handle so, Jose our “yard guy” has  been doing a great job keeping up with the  almost 2 acres of gardens and yard.

Just a few blocks away from this Asheville inn is the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. There you will find a collection of 600 species native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.   The Garden is home to 50 species that are considered uncommon, rare or endangered.  Within the ten acres that comprise the Gardens, a walking trail forming a half-mile loop leads visitors across bridges spanning streams, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. At this time of year the slopes are covered with thousands of flowers such as Trilliums, Crested Dwarf, Spring-beauties, Wild Geranium and Foamflower.  As we move into Summer the gardens will be full of members of the Aster family such as Joe-pye Weed, Blazing-star, Goldenrod and Coneflower. For a full description of blooming flowers by month, please see their website. Admission is free but a donation is recommended.

blooms- 6It’s also a great time to visit the North Carolina Arboretum.  The 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest is located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a 10 minute drive from Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast . There are over 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails. For a short but beautiful hike we recommend the Azelea Collection Trail (.5) mile. The trail takes you through the National Native Azelea Collection and the Fern Loop. The Fern Loop takes you along a natural mountain wetland where you will encounter a Rhododendron thicket. Admission is 8.00. For more information visit their website.

Although spring and early summer are a gardener’s paradise, natural beauty abounds all year round in Asheville.  All of the pictures were taken at this Asheville B & B. Please visit our website www.pinecrestbb.com or give us a call 888-811-3053 for more information or booking your reservation.

 

 

 

Special Rates this Weekend (June 1-3, 2012) at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast

May 31st, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Take advantage of our special rates this weekend, June 1st through 3rd.  Enjoy a quiet weekend at this lovely historic Asheville Bed and Breakfast. We offer a grand breakfast, delicious afternoon deserts, complimentary beverages, luxurious accommodations and lush grounds.  The forecast for Asheville this weekend calls for sunny conditions and in the low to mid 70′s.  Perfect weather to enjoy the gardens at the Biltmore Estate, take a hike, drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and walk to downtown for dinner at any one of the fabulous downtown restaurants. We sell 2 day Biltmore Estate tickets at the lowest rate of $45.00 per ticket. Please let us know in advance of arrival if you need tickets.

June 1 – 3, 2012 Special Rates!
  • The Grace suite normally $220.00 per night, this weekend only  $195.00 per night.
  • The Wible and Thomas Wolfe suites normally $195.00 per night, this weekend only $ 175.00 per night
Accepting one night reservations. Taxes are not included.  Book online or call 888-811-3053 to reserve your suite at this Bed and Breakfast Asheville.

Scenic Drives from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast

September 13th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Asheville’s proximity, snuggled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, provides guests to this Asheville Bed and Breakfast easy access via car and no shortage of opportunities to see the rolling landscape from the crest of the mountains that run primarily southwest – northeast.  North on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Craggy Gardens and Mount Mitchell. A short drive north from Asheville (24 miles from downtown) will take you up about 3,000 feet in elevation to Craggy Gardens and their Visitor Center (where you can pick up a trail map) with great views to the east and to the west. There is a large picnic area and a short hike to the top of Craggy Pinnacle. Continue north on the Parkway for nine miles and turn left onto N.C. 128 to Mount Mitchell State Park. This peak, the highest east of the Mississippi River, provides 360 degree sweeping views. In addition to expansive views, the Park offers an observation tower, hiking trails, picnic areas, a natural history museum and a restaurant.  You can return to Asheville via the same route.

South on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Mount Pisgah and Graveyard Fields. Drive south on the Parkway for a gradual climb with lots of tunnels and beautiful vistas. About 15 miles from Asheville is Mount Pisgah, a favorite hiking and picnic spot. The Pisgah Inn there offers good food and views from 5,000 feet in their restaurant that is open from April-October. Continue another 10 miles to Graveyard Fields (another popular hiking spot). Just before Graveyard Fields are great views of Looking Glass Rock. Return the same route back if you want a leisurely return or drop off the Parkway via Rt. 276 to Brevard (stopping for ice cream before taking Rt. 180 back toward I-26 and Asheville.

Cold Mountain Loop
This approximately 85-mile loop drive is a beautiful, hilly, curvy drive through a very rural area around Cold Mountain, made famous by the novel and major motion picture. From Asheville, travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. To view the famous peak, stop at Cold Mountain overlook at Milepost 411.9. (The views from the overlook are spotty with overgrown trees blocking most of the view. For the best view, go to the Wagon Gap Road Parking area at Milepost 412.2. Then walk back north on the Parkway a short distance.) At Milepost 423.2, take N.C. Highway 215 north for 13 miles. If you want to drive an extra 8 miles roundtrip to go to the base of the hiking trail, turn right onto Little East Fork Road. Views of the mountain here are very limited. Back at N.C. 215, continue for 5 miles. N.C. 215 will turn into Highway 110. Continue 5.3 miles. In Canton, turn right onto U.S. Highway 19/23 north. Turn left onto Church Street, and right on Newfound Road. Go 1.6 miles to I-40 East to return to Asheville.

Black Mountain Rag to Chimney Rock
Take exit 64 off Interstate 40 at Black Mountain to follow the Black Mountain Rag, a scenic route named for an old fiddle tune about the dark green Lauada Firs that give the Black Mountains their name. In musical terms, a “rag” is a tune with multiple twists and curves up and down the scales. This scenic route twists and turns through the mountains like the music itself. Coming from Asheville, turn right off the exit ramp at Black Mountain and follow N.C. 9 south towards Bat Cave. The road winds along the Rocky Broad River, joining Hickory Nut Creek near the intersection of U.S. 64, U.S. 74 and N.C. 9 at Bat Cave. Turn left and follow N.C. 9/ U.S. 64 east to the village of Chimney Rock. At Chimney Rock Park you can drive to the top of the Chimney overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge. Continue past Chimney Rock to see beautiful Lake Lure. Turn around at Lake Lure and head back. Instead of returning via N.C. 9 in Bat Cave, follow signs for U.S. 74 back to Asheville.

Our beautiful Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in Asheville is close to everything you want to do and see this fall!  For details and reservations at our inn visit www.Pinecrestbb.com.

Fall is Coming Soon to this Asheville Bed and Breakfast

September 9th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Fall is just around the corner and with the burst of cool weather this gorgeous Labor day weekend leaves are already starting to show some color. As the cool Autumn breezes start to to be felt, the most oft-asked question at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast  is: “When is the peak color weekend?”  It seems like every year the color change gets later and later. Last year the leaves peaked (depending upon location) around Halloween weekend.  But, no matter when you plan an autumn visit to this Asheville Inn, you can always take a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to find the best color. In early October you can head north on the Parkway to take in the highest elevations, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens and Grandfather Mountain areas. By mid-October color should be in full swing heading south on the parkway,  Mount Pisgah, Black Balsam, Devil’s Courthouse, Waterrock Knob and Graveyard Fields,. It will also be peak color in the Highlands area, with plenty of waterfalls to enjoy, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Around the third and fourth weeks of October the city of Asheville will show it’s brightest colors. Head to Chimney Rock area (elevation of 1,300 feet) the end of the month and beginning of November and take a  ride to the top of Chimney Rock or take a boat tour on Lake Lure. As you can see, no matter when you visit this Asheville B & B you will be able to take in the beauty of Fall.  This schedule could, of course, change and will vary according to the temperature and rainfall we get between now and then.  We are beginning to see the first signs so you may want to go ahead and plan your trip.

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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