Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nick's Notes 2.1.2015 - Amber's Story


Amber's Story

I was driving home from work one day on highway 95 in Boca Raton Florida, and noticed other cars with their break light on.  There was a small puppy in the middle of the highway, so I pulled over to the side of the road and called her to me.  She came running, frightened and shaking into my arms.  I put her on the floor in the passenger side of the car. 
 
 She was so small, and her head looked too big for her body.  I took her home to show Steve what I found.  When we opened the car door she leaned over and threw up.....she got car sick.  Steve and I both thought the same thing................we don't need a third dog. 
 
I took her to our vet to see if she had a micro chip to identify who she belonged to.  There was no chip, no collar or tag, but just a scared 4 month old puppy that was in good shape.  We tried to find out who she belonged to and in the meantime named her Amber for "Amber Alert."  She loved playing with Cassie (Boxer) and Chance (Golden Retriever) in our yard and they looked after her too.  Chance would tolerate her climbing and chewing on him and Cassie would play with her for hours.  We knew then Amber had found her new home and she would stay. 
 
Little did we know at the time we would end up losing Cassie and Chance a month later....only 10 days apart.  First, Cassie developed a brain tumor, went blind in one eye and started having seizures.  Ten days later Chance started to moan when he would lay down.  The vets determined cancer in his abdomen.  Sad and heartbroken, we went home from the vet to be greeted by happy and lovable Amber.  I truly believe things happen for a reason in life.  That's why I found Amber................she was given to us to help us through a sad time for both of us.
 
But there is a very happy ending for all of us.............Amber in now 4 years old and grew into a beautiful girl, no longer gets car sick, and is always happy and loveable. 
 
 
She knows a few tricks and literally gives a hug.  For those of you who know me, I like giving hugs too.....so I had to teach her.   She is great when she meets guests at Abbington Green, and a few guests have even taken her for walks.  She has adapted to the Inn lifestyle and likes to play when other dogs come to stay at the Bed and Breakfast in our  Pet Friendly Suites.  She is known as "Lady Amber Abbington."  Everyone who meets her instantly falls in love with her............and when you meet her you will see why.  Amber is a part of our family in Asheville at Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn.
 
All the best...Nick

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fabulous February

 
What comes to mind when you hear the word February? If you are like us, we immediately think of hearts and flowers, chocolates and romance...and we can help you out with a few of these! You can make your stay with us even more special by pre-ordering chocolates, flowers and one of our pampering in-room spa services for your stay...on our website www.abbingtongreen.com or by calling ahead (828)251-2454 and scheduling a treat for you and your sweetheart.
 
And, to make February a little more fabulous, we have lifted the 2-night minimum stay at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn for the entire month, including the Valentine's Day/Presidents Day weekend!
 

 
Book now...we'll even have a little treat for you on Valentine's Day!
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Welcome, 2015!

New year, new blog post! As we have been updating things here at the Inn, we set our sights on updating our blog for our inn, Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn.

With that, it seemed like a natural thing to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about who I am and how I ended up owning this beautiful inn located in Asheville, North Carolina...

I'm Nick Poulos and owning an Inn has been a long time passion of mine. Fifteen years ago I began a file folder of ideas, articles, and clipping of things I would want in my Inn one day. Meanwhile, my 30 year retail career in Senior Management, continued to develop my skills and financially support my dream.

I lived in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC early in my career and frequently visited Asheville. I think that's when I fell in love with the beauty of Asheville, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and all there is to do in the area. I knew once I started looking for an Inn, Asheville was the place I wanted to be. The moment I walked into Abbington Green, it felt like home. The historic charm, the modern conveniences, and the close proximity to downtown encompass what I would like in an Inn.

As a Regional Vice President for Williams-Sonoma in the Southeast, my passion for cooking had grown. I enjoy entertaining guests and friends. There is nothing better than conversation and sharing stories while enjoying a delicious breakfast in the morning. How your day begins is important to me.
 
My education in hospitality, and my Greek heritage, has taught me the importance of making guests feel welcome. I have a sign that hangs outside the front door that reads, "What I love most about my home is who I share it with." That's what you will find in Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn.

I hope to see you soon, Nick

Monday, February 6, 2012

Solution to Your Valentine's Dilemma - an Asheville Bed and Breakfast Visit!


  Yes, Valentine's Day is fast approaching. That's the event, besides an anniversary or a birthday, when a special celebration is definitely in order.You know, the day when that little guy with the wings and the bow and arrow (Cupid) comes by and makes sure your love is proclaimed again!

   What to do?

    Did you forget it?  Already have other plans lined up? Well, we have good news: Valentine's Day, February 14th, is on a Tuesday this year! So that means there are TWO, count 'em, TWO weekends when you can celebrate Valentine's Day this year: Either the weekend of February 10th OR February 17th.

    So, reserve your special Valentine's Day getaway ASAP! It's easy to book your stay here at Abbington Green using the "Check Availability, Rates and Book" located in the upper right-hand corner of any page at our website www.abbingtongreen.com. Then let us know her favorite romantic flowers, chocolates and beverage...give us your budget and we'll make sure it's waiting when you check in...or order on your own and have it delivered on your check-in day. Either way, it's a win for you and the one you love!

    Romance, understated English elegance and a relaxed, truly friendly atmosphere are waiting for you at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn! See you soon!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Another Anniversary for Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and Another Year Begins!


 Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn's Nineteenth Anniversary is today! And so now, our 20th Year begins!

   When I started this bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC in 1993, renovating this grand historic home from top to bottom ( that had been designed by Biltmore's Supervising Architect) and then winning the prestigious Griffin Award for Historic Preservation, nine other bed and breakfasts were already open in the Montford Historic District here in Asheville...Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn was the 10th one to open. Today all the others are still here, but only one has the original owner/ Innkeeper...and that is Abbingotn Green!

  I remember that one of the other Innkeepers asked me in 1993 how long I expected to stay in Ashevlle as a bed and breakfast Inkeeper. I replied, "I'm in this for the long haul...whatever that turns out to be." Even I probably would not have guessed that I would be here to start the 20th year today! But here I am, and still pleased to be here! 

 So many things have happened since 1993 to change the way our guests find and choose where to stay.It's hard to believe today that there was a world of bed and breakfasts without cell phones, very few personal computers, no real internet, no "apps", no blogs, no twitter, no facebook, no Utube. But that was the world where we started in 1993.  Guests found b&b accommodations using books purchased at the local bookstore.

   For a portion of my 'previous lifetime' as a banking executive, I was product manager for telemarketing, ATMs, debit cards and "PC Home Banking" - from 1988-1993!  That was all new technology in search of a market.  While well-established in Europe, it was virtually non-existent here in the U.S.  But at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Spring of 1996, when I asked guests who had booked a reservation, "How did you first hear about us?"...the answer started to be, "I found you on AOL." I thought, "Ah-ha! We've finally reached 'critical mass" for the internet!"  And so we had.

  Many other things besides technology have changed since 1993...including many lovely updates to Abbington Green  ... all King beds, all fine whirlpools/showers, all with fireplaces, all with flat screen TVs (including one suite with 55" 240Hz LED 3-D HDTV), all with WiFi, all with luxurious fine linens and glorious fabrics....and also an elegant, mainly organic breakfast served on crystal and china each morning at 9am! 

  But some things you can be sure will never change: our lovely historic Inn; our award-winning gardens; and a place where you'll experience welcoming, relaxing, luxurious and gracious surroundings that will  be truly memorable... and a genuinely friendly atmosphere that are all part of our "bit of Britain close to home."

Happy Anniversary, Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast! 

  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Welcomes the Holiday Season!

Yes, it's beginning...the Holiday Season!  My favorite time of year! And we're happy and totally decorated for the season!  Magical lights and decorations are everywhere.Warm and friendly greetings await you!

  Across town from our Asheville bed and breakfast, Biltmore Estate is all decked out in spectacular fashion.  This year the theme is  featuring the World travels of George Vanderbilt.A guest pass purchased here at Abbington Green gets you a 2-consecutive daytime visit  for $55. each... less than the price of a one-day visit purchased at Biltmore's gate.

    Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn is all aglitter as well. You'll see 11 full-size Christmas trees: some are outdoors on our porches and decks while others are indoors where it's cozy and warm. Our lights are LED so we're responsible from an energy-saving point of view...and LED lights have amazing brightness and sparkle. In the main floor rooms, collections of holiday wreaths, Santas and reindeer are on display. Advent calendars, some dating back nearly 50 years, are in dining room windows. And breakfast is served on Christmas china and crystal for even more sparkle with your mainly local and organic, gourmet breakfast. Just right to put you in the Christmas spirit and put a smile on your face.

So come see us and experience the magic of the Holiday Season and old fashioned 'comfort and joy' with us! Now through January 7th.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Alerts You To The Asheville Cinema Festival

  Starting this Thursday, and all very near to this Asheville bed and breakfast, the Asheville Cinema Festival is around town through Sunday November 6th. More than 35 independent films covering a wide spectrum of types and filmmakers from all over the world will be featured here.

   The films are award-winning feature films, shorts, documentaries, student films and foreign films and all are ready to go.  And more than 17 filmmakers will be attending to add their expertise and answer questions from film audiences. And the film education basis of the Festival will include panels and workshops will include film industry professionals.So this is yet another of the unique and exciting aspects of a visit to Asheville. For more information and tickets please look at www.ashevillecinemafestival.com.