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Trolley Tours are a Great Way to Experience Asheville

August 8th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Taking you on an adventure this time around, we have a guest blog from my parents (Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast resident innkeepers), who ventured out with some friends of theirs visiting from Indiana.   There isn’t a better way for them to get a good feel for our fair city than to hop aboard a historic trolley tour.

And so, off they went to the Asheville Visitor Center to board the Gray Line Trolley. The Visitors center is 5 blocks from this Asheville Inn. The trolley tours are fully narrated by a professional tour guide, who is well versed in historic tid bits about the city of Asheville. One great thing about taking the trolley is that you get to let someone else hold the wheel – letting the driver worry about traffic and parking and allowing you to enjoy the sights without causing any traffic mishaps.  Plus, the ticket is good for 2 consecutive days and you are allowed to hop off the trolley at any one of the stops and get back on when you feel like it. Every 30 minutes the trolley glides by each stop. The cost is 21.00 per adult and 10.00 for children ages 5 – 11.  They also offer AAA and AARP discounts of 2.00 per ticket. For your convenience we sell the tickets from our Asheville  bed and breakfast .

After departing the Visitor Center, the trolley made its way through the Montford Historic District, which just so happens to be where our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is located.  This District Montford retains more than 600 buildings, most of which were built between 1890 and 1920, and includes a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during the turn of the 20th century.

Famous Asheville architect (and supervising architect of the Biltmore House) Richard Sharp Smith designed many of the residential homes in Montford. Smith’s architectural leanings contribute to the character of this area.

Montford has always been primarily residential, but also has a history of including several board houses and sanitariums (for the treatment of tuberculosis and other ailments) included in the neighborhood mix.  In recent years, Montford has developed into a bed and breakfast community with numerous inns included in the mix.

Also within the Montford Historic District is Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery,  It is the cemetery where you will find the final resting place for Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (better known as O. Henry) as well as Confederate General Robert B. Vance and North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance, among other Asheville luminaries.

The large houses that line the streets of this neighborhood reflect a more prosperous time in Asheville.  Montford and Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The district is located an easy walk or bike ride from downtown Asheville.

Unfortunately, it misses passing our inn — also a “Robert Sharp Smith” — by a block. Their trolley cruised by an old home which years ago was a sanitarium. It is where Zelda Fitzgerald, the beautiful debutante flapper from Alabama who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age stories was a patient and where she died in March of 1948.

After leaving Montford, the trolley meandered through the Grove Park neighborhood until it reached the Grove Park Inn. It is here that George Vanderbilt stayed during his first trip to Asheville. My parents and their friends decided to jump off the trolley and check out the Grove Park Inn, more specifically the spectacular view of the mountains from the terrace. The trolley guide informed them it was this terrace where George Vanderbilt looked out and decided he would buy all the land he could see.

Next stop: the Thomas Wolfe House.  Your trolley ticket allows you free admission to the historic home where the writer, Thomas Wolfe lived as a boy. Mr. Wolfe is also buried at the Riverside Cemetery.  Hopping back on board, the trolley headed toward downtown and into Pack Square.  Following the depression, many art deco buildings were constructed and through the years the city has tried to retain the architectural heritage by maintaining and restoring these beautiful structures.  After driving through the square the trolley made its way over to the Haywood Hotel. Everyone was ready to stretch their legs so they hopped off and wandered around downtown for a while. They strolled through the Woolworth building which houses 2 floors of artist galleries and an old fashion soda fountain. They then crossed the street and indulged in some sinfully delicious chocolate at the Chocolate Fetish, a local Chocolatier,some might say “chocolate artists.”

Rejoining their fellow tourists, and a few locals enjoying the tour, the trolley made its way down toward the French Broad River.  The River Arts District is currently experiencing a major resurgence and is quite the happening place these days. Several breweries are moving in and more restaurants are surfacing in this lively center of art, artists, galleries and studios.

The trolley then headed south to Biltmore Village. Biltmore Village was built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1890′s as a classic planned community at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Today the Village is a cottage community of shops, restaurants and art galleries. At this point everyone was getting hungry so they departed the trolley and walked around the Village, which has tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks. They ended up at Chelsea’s Tea Room for afternoon tea and finger sandwiches. They sat outside in the lovely courtyard and despite the warm temperatures they really enjoyed themselves…even the men. As they strolled back to the trolley stop they passed some of the original buildings, such as All Souls Church (now All Souls Cathedral) the church built for the Vanderbilt’s, the old train depot which is now a restaurant, and some of the original estate cottages.

Although you can take the entire tour in about an hour and a half, this little adventure took all of 5 hours.  Crazy kids!

For more information or to book a room visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Not Your Usual Gingerbread Competition………coming soon to the Grove Park Inn Asheville

November 18th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

New this year, The Grove Park Inn will be featuring a Gingerbread Doghouse Competition & Display December 4 -7.  Similar to The National Gingerbread House Competition, contestants will construct a doghouse made entirely of  dog-edible materials.  A panel of judges will select winners in each category and display attendees will each vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

This fundraising event, to be held at their historic country club, will benefit local pet charities Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Humane Alliance, and Paws on a Mission.  This Asheville Bed and Breakfast still has some availability that week so call soon to make your reservation or visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.  Of course, the Grove Park Inn is still having their Gingerbread House competition.  This is the 19th year for this holiday tradition.

If you’d like to catch the magic of this and all the other spectacular Christmas events in Asheville this holiday season, visit us at www.Pinecrestbb.com or call for details. Our cozy Asheville Bed and Breakfast is serving up gourmet breakfasts and a heaping hot cup of hospitality this season. We’ll help you arrange your day trips and plan your holiday shopping excursions, then send you to the best restaurants in Asheville to have lunch. Click here to make a reservation at our Asheville Inn. Hope to see you for the holidays!

 

Grove Park Golf Special offered by this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast

July 7th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

golfing ashevilleGolf with the great ones at the Grove Park Inn  this year and save more than 40% by staying at this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast.  Take a walk through history at the golf course that first opened for play in 1899 and was redesigned in 1924 by the great Donald Ross.  This course is rated as one of the best in North Carolina  and Golf Digest, in 2004, named as “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.”

We are able to offer our guests over 40% savings on greens fees. Play 18 holes between now and October 31st for $75 before 3 p.m. After 3:00 p.m. play for $65.  November 1st through December 31st play for $50. These rates are subject to availability so call Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast and let us secure your tee time at these special rates. Learn more about the Grove Park Inn golf course.

Walk in the footsteps of such golfing immortals as Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. Recent exhibitions have featured PGA stars Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chip Beck. Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player have also walked these legendary fairways and greens.

Call Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn for details at 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com for information.

Jazz It Up While You Visit this Asheville Inn

January 7th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

“The Big Easy” comes to The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with a special New Orleans-themed All That Jazz Weekend! January 28-30, 2011. 

Enjoy afternoon and evening concerts in the Grand Ballroom, numerous jazz performers in the Great Hall, themed culinary delights, and much more as they celebrate the history and heritage of “All That Jazz.” Performers will include Henry Butler & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Ellis Marsalis Quartet. 

Book your room at ourAsheville Inn and take a short drive (5-10 minutes) to the Grove Park and enjoy listening to some great Jazz. At Pinecrest B&B Inn, you can enjoy peace and quite without the Grove Park prices or crowds plus you get easy parking, a  yummy breakfast and delicious afternoon treats.

Visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com for room reservations at our bed and breakfast and information about winter rate specials and Valentine’s Day packages.


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

November 16th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

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.

All That Jazz Weekend

January 11th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

All That Jazz Weekend

All That Jazz Weekend

Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
but the piano’s hot
It’s just a noisy hall
Where there’s a nightly brawl
And All That Jazz!

January 21 through January 31, 2010 the Grove Park Inn hosts it’s annual Jazz Festival.  The Grove Park Inn’s “All That Jazz Weekend” has earned national recognition as one of the premiere jazz festivals of the southeast.  Performing this year  are John Pizzarelli and the GRAMMY-award winner David Sanborn.  Tickets can be purchased online through the Grove Park Inn.  Stay at this premier Asheville B & B, in the historic Montford neighborhood of Asheville, and it is a quick jaunt over to the Grove Park for all that jazz.  


Asheville Gingerbread House Competition and Display

November 20th, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Contestants from across the country will bring their gingerbread house masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn this holiday season. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition display is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.

The 2009 National Gingerbread House Competition will take place on Nov. 16, 2009 and the gingerbread houses will be on display from Nov. 18, 2009 – Jan. 3, 2010.  Guests staying at our Asheville inn can view the houses Monday – Thursday, when the display is open to the public.

Guided Tours are now available through the Grove Park Inn. Go behind the scenes and to the front of the lines with their newest addition to the world of gingerbread!  Guides will share stories about the artists and their houses, details about the construction of unusual entries, and a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the judging, competition and display itself.  These specialty tours are available Monday-Saturday throughout the display period.  Ticket prices are $10 Adults; $5 Children (12 & under).  Please contact Stacy or Janna for more information.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit North Carolina; let the warm hospitality at our Asheville bed and breakfast make you feel right at home.

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