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Trolley Tours are a Great Way to Experience Asheville

August 8th, 2012 by stacy

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.

Art Safari a ten minute drive from this Asheville Inn

October 4th, 2011 by stacy

On October 29-30 take a short drive up to Weaverville, a unique small mountain town, and enjoy the Weaverville Art Safari. Twice a year, 40 artists of the Weaverville Art Safari invite you to a free, self-guided tour of artists’ home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. Many of the artists and craftspeople of the Safari who call Western North Carolina home choose to live and work here because they are inspired by the beauty of the world renowned landscape.

The Art Safari provides a chance to wind through the backroads and main streets of  Weaverville, Alexander and Barnardsville on a self-guided driving tour. Artists are on hand to talk about their creative processes and exhibit their latest creations. Works of art showcased during the event include pottery, handmade glass, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, paintings, drawings and fiber art. Select studios offer public demonstrations and door prizes. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Feel free to call our Asheville Inn at 888-811-3053 to make reservations or visit www.pinecrestbb.com for more information about our historic Asheville NC Bed & Breakfast.

 

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.

Reserve Your Room at this Asheville NC Inn August 6th-8th for an Art Filled Weekend.

July 29th, 2010 by stacy

Start your stay at this Asheville, NC Inn with a stroll around the lively sidewalks of downtown Asheville for the free Center City Art Walk on Friday August 6. Galleries stay open Friday evenings four times a year to showcase new shows and artists. You can walk to 30 galleries in the downtown area — enjoying the fine art and crafts that they have to offer –  including exhibitions featured at  The Haen Gallery and 16 Patton! Also don’t forget to stop by Jewels That Dance, one of Asheville’s finest jewelry galleries showcasing the design studio of goldsmith Paula Dawkins, and celebrating its 26th year in historic downtown Asheville. Gallery Minerva has a new home at 8 Biltmore Avenue. Also a must see is the region’s largest studio glass art collection The Bender Gallery.  And that is just Friday.

On Saturday, after feasting on a wonderfully prepared and very filling breakfast at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, head down to Biltmore Village for the free Village Art & Craft Fair.  This event takes place at the historic and beautiful Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village (near the entrance to the Biltmore Estate). The fair hosts 125 artists from 20 states representing the full spectrum of craft media – jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.

The festival is also on Sunday noon to 6. We recommend taking a trolley ride to Biltmore Village.  Board your trolley at the Visitor Center and enjoy a beautiful ride through Asheville. Tickets can be purchased at this Asheville Lodging or at the Visitors Center just 4 blocks away.  Tickets  for adults are $20 per person; Children (5-11 years) $10.  This is a great way to get familiar with Asheville and  as a bonus get dropped off at the Village to enjoy the fair. When you are ready to head back, hop back on the trolley and take a leisurely cruise through Asheville. The trolley will drop you back at the Visitors Center just 4 blocks from this Asheville, NC Inn.

Trolley Tours of Asheville

November 12th, 2009 by stacy

During your visit to Asheville, North Carolina and this Asheville Inn enjoy a ride on a Gray Line Historic Trolley Tour.  There is no better way to discover what Asheville has to offer than on a Gray Line Trolley Tour.  Hop on board one of the RED trolleys for a fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes and hot-spots of Asheville.  Learn about Asheville’s early settlers, famous citizens and illustrious authors through interesting stories and colorful anecdotes.  The tour includes our own diverse Montford Historic District, the Grove Park Historic District, the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, award winning Grovewood Gallery,  Art Deco-rich Downtown, the River Arts District and the quaint historic Biltmore Village .

Enjoy the tour at your own pace.  Remain on board the trolley for a  1.5 to 1.75 hour tour, or hop-off at any of Gray Line’s 9 trolley stops to shop, dine and explore, then re-board the next trolley to continue your tour.  Join the tour at the Visitor Center or any tour stop and enjoy a beautiful ride through Asheville. Tickets can be purchased at this Asheville Lodging or at the Visitors center just 4 blocks away.  Tours run seven day a week, March thru December. Tickets  for adults are $20 per person; Children (5-11 years) $10 and children under the age of 5 are carried free.  This is a great way to get familiar with Asheville.

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