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Exploring the River Arts District, Asheville NC

October 1st, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

This past weekend we explored the up and coming River Arts District. It’s been a while since we ventured down there in the evening and “wow” has it grown. There are several new galleries, restaurants and even an electric bike shop. We met up with our good friends who happen to also own a Montford bed and breakfast just a few doors down from us on Cumberland Avenue. It’s always nice to have an innkeeper friend you can call on at five till 9 in the morning when you realize you are missing one of the key ingredients for your breakfast, like butter or eggs and even 2 slices of bacon. Thanks James and Susan. They have been great friends and a source of support in many ways.

We began our evening at The Magnetic Field – a bar, restaurant and theatre venue. This is a great place to catch dinner and a show. The plan included dinner and the first performance of the evening (at 7:30). On this particular evening, they were featuring “MILF the Musical” and later in the evening “No she didn’t…Good Girls Gone Bad and the Dances that Happen” — probably not a show that has been cleared for family entertainment.

I am usually a wine drinker and rarely venture down cocktail road, but our friends were very excited about a favorite drink that was fortuitously featured on this special evening out and so we all went along for the ride. Our friends first experienced this delicacy while visiting Peru and have rarely seen it on a menu in the homeland. So if you go…even if it’s not on the menu, see if you can order a Pisco Sour Cocktail. You won’t make any friends with the bartender – it is a high maintenance drink –but this concern will melt away after just one and you can restore the relationship with a decent tip. This cocktail was invented in Peru around 1900 and uses Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy and “it’s to die for!” The brandy itself is a bit stark, but when skillfully mixed with the other ingredients (sugar, egg white, lime juice), it becomes a smooth, frothy refreshment pleasure. Avoiding the risk of damaging a long-established relationship with your favorite bartender, I am going to include the recipe at the bottom of the blog so you can try this at home.

The dinner menu is small but focused on quality and features local and seasonal ingredients. I had local trout that was on a bed of butter beans and sea island peas over a lovely cauliflower puree and surrounded by a brown butter sauce. The portion was the perfect size and just scrumptious. My husband enjoyed the flat iron steak with roasted fingerling potatoes, local shitake mushrooms, sautéed greens and a Cabernet demi-glaze. The meat was very tender and the sauce a perfect accompaniment to the plate. Our friends enjoyed a plate of local cheeses, crab bisque soup (which had a nice little kick) and peel and eat shrimp which were a good size and fresh and tender. The service was also “spot on”.

As can be the case with dinner theater, the dinner component can be quite lacking. This is not the case at The Magnetic Field. This restaurant can stand on its own merit. Everyone had a great meal and great fun at the “theater” portion of the evening.

Next on our list is the Junction (which is located just up the block from Magnetic Field) and is also focused on local and seasonal ingredients. It is rumored they just may have the best burger in town…as self-proclaimed experts on the topic; we’ll be the judge and let you know. For more recommendations on great dinner spots don’t forget to ask your innkeepers at this Asheville bed and breakfast.

Pisco Sour
• 1/4 cup (2 oz.) pisco (grape brandy)
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
• 1 teaspoon pasteurized egg whites
In a blender, whirl 3 ice cubes, Pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (you’ll no longer hear the ice cracking against the side of the blender) and serve straight up in a martini glass with a dash of aromatic bitters and a wedge of lime.

For more information or to book a room visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053. We look forward to hosting you at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast very soon.

Fun Things To Do in Asheville in July

July 13th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

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.

 

Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers

March 26th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

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/

Leaves by day and Moogfest by night.

October 4th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

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.

 

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

July 15th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

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.

Pull up to this Asheville B&B, drop your bags and walk to the Bele Chere Music Festival

July 15th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

Our Asheville B & B is just a stone’s throw away from July’s best music festival! On July 23, 24 and 25, 2010 the largest free street festival in the southeast reigns. In all it’s glory Bele Chere is here again. Enjoy arts and crafts, free music, entertainment and great food. The festival is committed to a diverse musical line up and features local, regional and national performers in all musical genres. There are four stages that run bands all day for the three day period. Over 16 local restaraunts will be be serving up their grub in the two food courts. Wonderful restaurants frequently visited by guests of this Asheville bed and breakfast are featured this year. Grab a yummy bite from the Corner Kitchen, Bouchon, Cucina 24 and the Lobster Trap. For those interested in a cocktail, alcoholic beverages are served on Friday and Saturday only. Pull up to this Asheville Inn, drop your bags, park your car and walk to this fun filled FREE festival.

Visit www.Pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811.3053 to book your Asheville Bed and Breakfast reservation today.

Asheville B & B and Summer Concerts at the Biltmore Estate

April 6th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

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

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.  


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