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Spring Flowers Blooming in Asheville, NC

May 30th, 2013 by stacy

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.

 

 

 

Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers

March 26th, 2012 by stacy

Welcome spring with acres of azaleas, thousands of tulips and spring blooms at Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers.  During April, thousands of tulips in the Walled Garden and around the estate will shine in various colors.  By May, the show continues with irises, peonies, and acres of azaleas, with summer annuals soon to follow.

Also enjoy live music daily in the Biltmore House and the Conservatory;  Biltmore  has a “Ask a Gardner” station featuring horticulture experts who can answer questions on the weekends;  Daily “free” seminars at A Gardner’s Place  located in the Conservatory and Music in the Bandstand at Anter Hill Village every weekend starting at 4p.m.

Notify us in advance and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will have your tickets here on arrival. Take advantage of our 2 day tickets for a special rate of $45.00 per ticket any day of the week.

Our Asheville Inn welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your trip planning. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 or visit our website at http://pinecrestbb.com/

No Rest this Winter for the Innkeepers at this Asheville Inn

March 1st, 2011 by stacy

It’s winter in Asheville which means it’s low or should I say “slow” season. We should be resting and gearing up for our busy spring, summer and fall….right. Not a chance this year. We have been very busy with winter cleaning, painting and refinishing our floors. The Wible and Thomas Wolfe suites at our Inn have a fresh coat of paint and very shiny floors.  The entrance way, stairs and upstairs hall have also been spruced up with fresh paint. Our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast is ready to welcome in Spring.

On that note, last Spring we spent a great deal of time in our expansive and lovely yard planting a new perenial garden around the stone patio. We also planted  shrubs, trees and flowers and are excited about seeing all of it come into bloom very soon.  In fact the warm weather last weekend sprang up the Crocus giving us a glimps of Spring.

It’s never too early to be thinking about Spring travel. For reservations or information about our Asheville Inn, please call 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com.

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Asociation Tour of Inns

March 1st, 2011 by stacy

The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association is hosting a tour of member inns on April 16 and 17, called the Spring INN Asheville Tour of  B&Bs.  This fundraiser will be benefiting MANNA foodbank. This 2-day event offers a glimpse into our historic residences while providing delicious, culinary treats along the way. Each Inn has partnered with a local, independent restaurant. This Asheville Bed and Breakfast has partnered with Limones Restaurant, known for their inspirational Mexican and Californian cuisine. Tour goers will  also be able to enjoy the gardens of some of Asheville’s finest historic properties.

Tickets are $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple and cover both days of the tour and can be purchased by credit card online at www.ashevilleabba.com through April 8th and at the Asheville Shop in the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center beginning April 10th. Tickets purchased through the Asheville Shop are $30 per person or $50 per couple (check or cash only).

Welcome Bags with the Tour brochure/map/ticket will be available for pick-up for online pre-orders and walk-in purchases at the Asheville Shop between April 10-17.

Your Tour Brochure is your ticket and must be presented at each Inn on the tour in order to enter.

Also available is an opportunity to win a $250 Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Gift Certificate. Cash only raffle tickets cost $5 each or 2 for $9. Only select Inns will carry raffle tickets so be sure to visit them all!

As a guest of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast you will recieve two complimentary tickets, so book soon and take advantage of this offer. For more information call 888-811-3053.

Antler Hill Village at Biltmore Estate

February 24th, 2010 by stacy

Spring 2010 brings the opening of Biltmore Estates eagerly awaited new Antler Hill Village. This will be a new space at the Blitmore Estate to enjoy with your entry fee. Antler Hill Village will include a new exhibition space, village green with live entertainment, dining, shopping, and a new outdoor adventure center.

New areas to Explore at the Biltmore Estate

New areas to Explore at the Biltmore Estate

Also part of the project, Biltmore Winery will offer a newly-designed tour and tasting areas. The existing interpretive farm area with historic barn, kitchen garden, and farmyard will be incorporated as well.  Find new fun in a historic location!

While Antler Hill Village is new, the area has long been a gathering place; just above the village was Antler Hall, a residence and social hub for estate families from George Vanderbilt’s time into the 1930s.  Discover new exhibits, entertaining, new dining and shopping, plus a revitalized Winery tour.  Tickets can be purchased at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast for $60.00 per person.  Tickets purchased at this Asheville Inn are valid for two consecutive days.

Summer at the Biltmore

July 24th, 2009 by stacy

Come to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and visit the Biltmore Estate.  Enjoy the breathtaking gardens and recently revealed rooms.  Be one of the first to see a special part of Biltmore House that’s been closed to visitors for nearly 100 years! Explore a suite of Biltmore’s grandest guest rooms restored to its original splendor, and discover stories of what made Biltmore House a home. One of the best views of the garden from inside the Biltmore is from the windows of the newly opened Louis XV suite.

You can also enjoy Summer Evening Concerts at the Biltmore from July 23 – August1, 2009. Experience music at one of the most unique venues — a live concert at the Biltmore Estate.  Performances are held on the South Terrace, with the backdrop of the sun setting behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Biltmore web site.

The all-star lineup includes:

Thursday July 23: An Evening with Mercy Me

Friday, July 24: ABBA, A Tribute

Saturday, July 25: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

Thursday, July 30: Tom Jones

Friday, July 31: Rick Springfield

Saturday, August 1: The Oak Ridge Boys, Doc Watson and David Holt

Visit the Flower Carpet, a dramatic, one of a kind flower garden on the South Terrace of the Biltmore Estate August 14 – 30.  This year’s fleur de lis design is created with more than 100,000 colorful plants covering nearly one quarter of an acre.  Biltmore will be offering self guided candlelight tours of the Estate and Flower Carpet.  Contact the Biltmore directly for dates and ticket information.  The Biltmore Estate is just a 10 minute drive from Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast.

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