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Winter Holiday in Asheville

January 10th, 2013 by stacy

Happy New Year ! This year marks our 10 year anniversary as owners of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by and here we are starting the New Year off much like last. The weather has been very mild, no snow and quiet. Even though January and February are usually slow months, it’s a great time to visit. The Biltmore Estate is still magnificent and less crowded. You can purchase your 2 day ticket for $35.00 from this Asheville Inn. Guests receive a complimentary audio guide with purchase. Children 16 and younger enjoy free admission.

Asheville’s restaurants are calmer – making reservations unnecessary on most nights and giving you some extra flexibility in your schedule. With temperatures expected to continue to be mild this year, outdoor hiking and activities are abundant. Strolling the streets of Asheville is a more leisurely and relaxed experience.

Here at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, our rates are reduced through March 31st. We also allow for one night bookings on the weekend, except certain holidays. This year we are offering an additional 5% savings if you book 2 weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) through March 31st in the Grace, Thomas Wolfe or Wible suites.

Valentine’s day falls on a Thursday this year and we expect that the weekend following Valentine’s day to be busy, so you may want to start your planning your get-away now. We would really enjoy the opportunity to host you during your visit to Asheville. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 for additional information or book online.

Fun Things To Do in Asheville in July

July 13th, 2012 by stacy

The latter half of July will be a busy time in Asheville.  Next Thursday July 19 the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands begins and goes through the Sunday.  This is not your local Church bizarre/craft show. This craft show features highly accomplished craftspeople from the Appalachian region. Each member is accepted into the Guild through a meticulous process.  Membership is open to artists living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. Visitors get to meet with these talented craftspeople, check out and even purchase their work.  This allows the visitor to learn more about their process and the inspiration behind their works.  Traditional and contemporary crafts highlight the fair. The fair includes scheduled demonstrations, individual exhibits, entertainment and local musicians honor traditional and bluegrass mountain music.

The following weekend Asheville swings wide the welcome gates to the city for Bele Chere the largest outdoor street festival in the south. Downtown streets will be closed to motor traffic and jam packed with good music, food and art.  Let’s just hope we get some relief from this heat wave we have been experiencing.  No worries though –there will be plenty of opportunities to satisfy any thirst or cool down.  The festival begins on July 27 and goes for two days with something for everyone.  This year’s musical lineup has changed a bit from years past and appears to be more focused on local and regional  bands, which in my opinion beats resurrecting Cheap trick any day, just sayin’…..no offense to the Cheap Trick fans out there.  Some of the local favorite acts appearing on multiple stages throughout downtown include: Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Lucero, David Holt, Larry Keel, Stephanie’s Id and Michael Reno Harrell.  For a complete list of the performers, go to: www.belechere.com.

Asheville is fast becoming a renowned food destination and this year the festival will also highlight many of the local restaurants that have been a force behind the city’s successful farm-to-table and local food approaches.  At the Taste of Asheville, you can sample local creations and meet many of the local chefs responsible for lifting Asheville’s food scene.

As you may have heard, Asheville is also the reigning king of Beer City USA. The local brew scene is HUGE and getting larger with the announcement that New Belgium and Sierra Nevada are adding facilities.  Some of the region’s best craft beers will be represented at this year’s festival – all for your drinking pleasure.  Fun fact: Benjamin Franklin’s oft-misquoted saying that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” has been altered through the years – no doubt by beer drinkers.  There is no doubt that this historical character did imbibe in a frosty lager on occasion, but what did cross old Ben’s lips between sips was actually a tribute to rain which nurtured grape vines to prosper and ultimately become wine.

Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.

                                                             -Ben Franklin

Regardless of your leaning, you will want to sample some of the regions best craft beer or beverage of your choice while at the festival.  Take in the festivities  while staying at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Reserve your room online at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 877-811-3058 to book your room.

 

Asheville, NC is a Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Vegan Diner’s Dream

February 28th, 2012 by stacy

Asheville, North Carolina continues to live up to it’s title of Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City.  Asheville is a vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diner’s dream. Starting in downtown Asheville and heading north along a 2 mile stretch of road, locals affectionately refer to as the Merrimon Shuffle, you will find two exclusively vegetarian restaurants; the Laughing Seed and  Rosetta’s, Posana, a gluten free restaurant, Plant, a vegan restaurant and VegHeads, a vegetarian drive thru. Only in Asheville.  Along the way you will also go by Greenlife  Grocery store which features everything from “simple vegetarian to “raw” cuisine in a mostly local food approach. And this is just the Merrimon Shuffle. You will find many more  food co-ops, grocers and other restaurants that fulfill the needs of any dining desires.

Asheville has built itself into quite the vegetarian-friendly city, and continues to add more animal-free  dining options.  The Laughing Seed, a perennial favorite  and well-known to visitors and locals alike calls itself a global fusion vegetarian restaurant and offers an eclectic vegetarian menu.  This Asheville tradition also serves organic, seasonal, farm-to-table, vegetarian cuisine with an international flair.

Global fusion is very much alive at the Laughing Seed.  Right now, you can experience the deep, slow cooked tastes of Thailand as well as the simple, but intensely satisfying flavors of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Sunflower seed pesto and cashew nut ricotta form a deliciously satisfying filling for their raw Spinach Pesto Manicotti.  Their sushi offering changes nightly, along with their pasta special and authentic Indian thali plate.  And nothing says “comfort food” more that their classic Harmony Bowl, Tempeh Reuben, or Tico Burrito

The new kid on the block, Plant, another farm-to-table  concept brought to Asheville by the partnership of Jason Sellars (the former chef at The Laughing Seed) and Leslie Armstrong and and Alan Berger (former owners of the best independent video store in the city — Rosebud.  Plant has only been open a short time, but is already drawing a sophisticated crowd who appreciates the quality of the food, prepared from fresh local ingredients. The farm-to-table concept is strong in Asheville and continues to grow, benefiting our local farmers and the restaurant clientele.

Plant, also a completely vegan restaurant, describes itself as “A restaurant with roots; sophisticated scratch-made food from the earth.” Nothing is served that is an animal or a by-product of any animal. This can be quite unnerving to the uninitiated, but trust us — your taste buds will revel in the new experience.  Our favorites were the Mushroom Risotto, the smoked Portabello and the truffle fries (of course).  We do hear that the Reuben and the Peppercorn encrusted Seitan are out of this world.

As a locally-owned independent business, Plant is committed to a deep concern for the environment, our individual and collective health, and ethical and compassionate lifestyles.  Success for them means that their guests feel rewarded for choosing the compassionate and exciting dining experience that Plant offers.

If you are looking for an epicurean adventure that is sure not to disappoint — shuffle up to 165 Merrimon Avenue (a short trip from this Asheville Inn.

Here at Pinecrest Inn Bed and Breakfast we strive to accommodate our guests special dietary requests. We source local and support our area farms and grocers. We also promote the restaurants that use the same approach.  For more information visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com or contact our Asheville Bed & Breakfast for reservations 888-811-3053.


Leaves by day and Moogfest by night.

October 4th, 2011 by stacy

Robert Moog

Moogfest is the annual event that honors the remarkable vision of Robert Moog and his amazing musical inventions that changed the course of music.  Moogfest is a 3-day, multi-venue event held in Asheville, NC – the place Bob Moog called home for the last 30 years of his life.  The 2011 festival will be held the weekend of October 28 – 30.  Moogfest will host artists and audiences from throughout the world in different venues across Asheville’s beautiful, historic downtown.

Moogfest celebrates Bob Moog’s legacy as a sonic pioneer, which will be the thread that unites the festival’s rich array of musical offerings.  While the wide range of Moog instruments – the Minimoog Voyager, the Little Phatty, the Etherwave Theremin, Moogerfoogers, and the Moog Guitar – will play prominent roles throughout the festival’s events, the artists performing will certainly not be limited to those who create their work on Moog instruments.  Instead, artists will be chosen for their role in creating unique and groundbreaking musical experiences that embody the essence of Bob Moog’s visionary and creative spirit.

In addition to fantastic concerts by renowned performers of all kinds, Moogfest offers opportunities to engage with the artists in panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and workshops.  There will also be interactive experiences for the audience to explore their own musical creativity with a variety of Moog instruments.  The festival also offers visual art exhibitions, installations, and film screenings throughout the weekend.

Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster through the Moogfest web site, as well as through the Asheville Civic Center Box Office. The ACC box office is located at 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801 and is open weekdays from 10:00AM – 5:00PM Eastern. You may purchase tickets via phone by calling (800) 745-3000.

Enjoy this festival from the comfort of our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC. Visit www.pinecrestbb.com to book reservations at our historic Asheville B & B or call 888-811-3053.

 

Oktoberfest Downtown Asheville October 8, 2011

October 2nd, 2011 by stacy

Photo Courtesy of www.exploreasheville.com

Autumn is here and time to get out your lederhosen and polka down to Wall Street, a quaint cobblestone street with an old world feel for Oktoberfest Asheville.  Join all the folk on October 8 for some good food and delicious beer.  The festival is a mix of Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s own twist mixed in.   Asheville was recently recognized as “Beer City USA” making this event a perfect opportunity to sample biers from our local award winning breweries.

The event will feature tastings from Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers. Also, Wall Street restaurants will be preparing authentic German fare including bratwurst, schnitzels and traditional sides.

The Stratton Mountain boys will be on hand providing lively Polka music which means lots of dancing will be going on. Advance purchase tickets are $25.00 per person, and $35.00 the day of event. Tickets will be available September 1 at ashevilledowntown.org. And the best news of all… you can walk from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

For more information about the Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Asheville or visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

Stay at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast & Check out the Latest Additions to the Local Food Scene

August 30th, 2011 by Lisa Lidback

Cúrate

At the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, we take our restaurant recommendations seriously. For such a small hamlet, Asheville has a remarkable array of dining experiences to offer. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes in to ensuring our guests have a wonderful visit to our fair city. Recently, our research took us to two of the newest arrivals to the local restaurant scene — Cúrate and Storm. Both are located downtown, but are on the southern edge, stretching the definition of a “leisurely stroll” from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Unless your aim is to walk off dinner, you may want to consider another mode of transportation.

Cúrate is a traditional Spanish tapas bar. The atmosphere was casual and bustling with patrons. We enjoyed an array of small plate specialties from the traditional tortilla espanola (spanish potato and onion omelet) to the more creative plates like pimientos de piquillo con queso de cabra (peppers stuffed with goat cheese), espinacas a la cantalana (sauteed spinach with raisins, apples and pine nuts) and the bocadillo catalan (special-made Spanish sausage with piquillo pepper confit )and our table favorite.

Felix, one of the co-owners, takes great pride in his wine selection and we would have to say he is on the right track. After sampling several throughout the evening, we settled on a beguiling 2009 Finca Resalso – Tempranillo as our favorite — scurrying around the following day to see if our friends at the Wine Studio could procure this velvety elixir. Alas, to no avail.

You can tell that service is emphasized here. Despite a very busy night, our server took excellent care of us and guided us through the rather extensive menu selections.

Storm, which bills itself as a Rhum bar and bistro, is just around the corner from the Orange Peel (and is open late nite to satisfy your post concert hunger). In keeping with the Rhum bar theme, we quenched our hot summer thirst with a rum and ginger beer cocktail (one of many creative cocktails that they offer).

Another tantalizing menu is offered up here — we started with a cheese board that rivaled any we have had elsewhere. Moving on to some of the selections, we tried the grilled hangar steak, the East Fork Farm Lamb and the Scallops. All three dishes were wonderfully prepared. And as an added bonus Storm also offers a small plate/large plate option. With an eclectic and welcoming interior (and a great outdoor space for cooler eves), Storm is another excellent addition to the fabulous Asheville lineup of dining treasures.

And so now, we have two more stellar restaurant offerings for our guests to enjoy.

In our effort to deliver the greatest Asheville experience, we will continue keep up the research and let you know what we find. It’s hard work, but we do so with our guests in mind. For more on Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

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

July 15th, 2010 by stacy

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.

Asheville Walking Food Tours

November 12th, 2009 by stacy

While staying at this bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC enjoy a tasting of Asheville one bite at a time.  Asheville Food Tours offers two walking tours of historic Downtown Asheville restaurants and a tour of the Biltmore Village area restaurants.   During your 2 to 2.5 hour guided tour you will visit  approximately 10 to 12 establishments. The tours include tasting an array of extraordinary food and beverages and meeting the chefs and often time the owners of these unique culinary hot spots. Sample artisan cheeses and choice meats from local farms, crusty baked breads snatched from local ovens, rich hand-made chocolates and dynamic beer from  local microbreweries.   Tours are held on Tuesday through Saturday 2:00 -4:30.  Winter season rate is $25.00 per person and Spring, Summer and Fall rate is $39.00 per person. The tour also includes a return trip 10% discount Passport to participating establishments. Book your stay with this Asheville North Carolina bed and breakfast and we’ll assist you with reserving your seat on this fabulous tour.

Rezaz Kitchen

Rezaz Kitchen

Rezaz Restaurant

Rezaz Restaurant

Wayside Bar and Grill

Wayside Bar and Grill

Mark owner of Wayside briefing the tour

Mark owner of Wayside briefing the tour

LaPaz Mexican Restaurant

LaPaz Mexican Restaurant

Chelsea's Tea Room

Chelsea's Tea Room

Corner Kitchen

Corner Kitchen

Fig Bistro

Fig Bistro

Fig Bistro Kitchen

Fig Bistro Kitchen

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

Stovetrotters Bistro

Sante Wine Bar downtown Asheville, NC

August 13th, 2009 by stacy

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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