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.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Smiles and Greets "Moogfest 2011"

So, how many of you know what a "Moog synthesizer" is? Maybe quite a few of you.  But for those who don't, it's a musical instrument whose sounds are created entirely electronically. And Robert Moog himself, was here in Asheville and was the developer and 'prefecter' of this new musical medium...in the 1960s. My first experience with it was in 1964 when I heard and then purchased a 33rpm record called "Switched-on Bach" featuring Bach fugues and gigues like you had never heard them! In those days, Moog had to lay down the music tracks one at a time as harmony and a true keyboard was not yet in operation. It was, as they say "iconic"...truly revolutionary. I still have that recording, and a DVD put together more recently by his daughter.

Asheville's Moogfest last year was a great success with musicians from all over the world who use synthesizers.The variation in the types of music is as large as your imagination. And this year, "Moogfest 2011" is this weekend right here in Asheville, in a variety of venues around town just blocks from our Asheville bed and breakfast.  So come on over to Asheville. See the mountains with the copper and bronze shades of Fall leaves and listen to some of the most inventive music that you'll ever hear. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast is Smiling at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Yes, lucky us!  If you're coming to Asheville this weekend, you're in for a treat.  Just a few blocks from this Asheville bed and breakfast, at the Asheville Civic Center, is the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands from today through Sunday.

  If you want to see the very best of "hand-crafted", the members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild will show it to you.  Coming from all over the South, these talented craftspeople gather twice a year in Asheville where the Guild is based.  The array of crafters is amazing. You'll see hand-made musical instruments...and people who know how to play them will be there to entertain you. Hand-made glass  is beautiful and the people who create it are a delight to talk to. Jewelry is as individual as the people who wear it...you will not be disappointed if you look for a piece that seems to express you, too. Need a place to sit?  Chairs, benches and more wood working are there for your pleasure...Pottery?  Breathtaking talent.

    Need more encouragement? The weather forecast for is weekend is great.  The mountains around Asheville, and near our Asheville bed and breakfast , have been transformed  by the Fall leaves into an exquisite tapestry. And of course Asheville has all of its food and wines and breweries that make this area a "happening" place at all times!  I hope I'll see you there!



   


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Invites You To Enjoy Fall in Asheville

In each season , in and around Asheville and always near our Asheville bed and breakfast, there are days, or sometimes weeks when you would like to "bottle" the day and save it forever. Well, today was just such a day. And we're due for more of them.  The mountains of green around Asheville are turning yellow and orange. They look like a tapestry with colors blending in and standing out. The sky was bright blue with a few clouds floating by. The sun felt warm on my face. The temperature registered  70 degrees on our back porch. Ah yes, a perfect Fall day!

 If you know Asheville, even a little, you'll know that you don't have to leave Asheville to see the mountains and Fall color. All around town, as you stop at an intersection or park your car, you're very likely to see mountains.And the lovely thing about that is you can see miles and miles from many locations around town.  Just today on my way back to the Inn from doing some errands, I came west on route I-240. Between exits 6 and 5, I could see more that 20 miles out to Mt Pisgah (where George Vanderbilt had a hunting lodge in the 1890s...it stands out because it has a radio tower on the top). Glorious!

    I hope you'll have an opportunity to visit Asheville...and of course, our Asheville bed and breakfast! The views, and the weather willing, are just wonderful in October! y'all come!




Sunday, October 2, 2011

Asheville Celebrates with "Guys and Dolls" Through Next Weekend

 Did you know that Nathan Detroit has come to Asheville?  Detroit in Asheville? Yes! And right near our Asheville bed and breakfast.  Especially if you know that Nathan Detroit (a gambler and life-long-avoider-of-marriage) is one of the many memorable characters  in the musical "Guys and Dolls" With one of the most fabulous Broadway musical scores ever created by Frank Loesser, "Guys and Dolls" will steal your heart and make you smile.

  So while you're watching this Asheville Community Theatre production, and maybe also tapping your toes... or briefly wondering whether you too could do that particular dance move...the story of some very lovable gamblers ( involving the 'famous floating crap-game in New York..') and some very dedicated soul-savers unfolds.  Naturally, as in the good-old-days, the good guys eventually win...and some guys who never would have thought about trying it, even sign-on to become good guys. A lovely story of a bet, of  love ('Your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love...') and the satisfaction of (at least occasionally) doing the right thing at the right time ('Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down your rockin' the boat...')

   So remember, you have through next weekend to take in "Guys and Dolls":  Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th at 7:30pm at A.C.T. in Downtown Asheville and Sunday October 9th at 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Part III: Abbington Green Sees Monarch Butterflies on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wow!  Lucky us!  At this time of year Asheville, location of our Asheville bed and breakfast, and most especially on the Blue Ridge Parkway just about 20 miles south/west of Asheville is the place where you may get a glimpse of the incredible Monarch butterfly migration.Between milepost 408 (Mt Pisgah) and Milepost 425 or so, on the Parkway, you'll find places to pull you vehicle to the side and see the wonderful views...that now include these orange and black beauties for a short while.

   Every year those amazing critters make a migration of thousands of miles from the northeastern United States to Mexico to pass the Winter. West Coast populations of Monarch also migrate through Texas to Mexico. But now is their time in North Carolina.  I saw several in my Asheville bed and breakfast gardens just yesterday, right in the middle of Asheville. So come quickly!  You will see early leaf color at higher elevations on your drive on the Parkway and see this extra, added, special variety of Fall color in the form of the amazing Monarch butterfly migration!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Part II: Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves a Drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a narrow, very long...about 480 miles...National Park..and you can get to from our Asheville bed and breakfast in about 5.5miles. The Parkway is one lane in each direction, no guard-rails in lots of places and views galore to take your breath away. Because it's a National Park and not a highway, there's no commercial traffic on it.

   And maybe you can guess what's coming next. Hmmm, let's see. One lane each way, no trucks, winding roads at high elevations with lots of places to pull over and admire the incredible views...What kind of vehicles do you think you'll find?  Yes, you guessed it! Motorcycles!  All kind, all sizes, some pulling small trailers, some with a partner...Lots and lots and lots of motorcycles. Surely the Blue Ridge Parkway is "motorcycle heaven"!

   On a drive south, toward Cherokee from Asheville, I only had in mind to get to a great hiking spot called "Graveyard Fields", about 25 miles and back. It's located close to milepost 418 and has a lovely walk that includes a waterfall. Great spot! But on the way down and turning around to come home, I counted 61 motorcycles!  I was really happy with the car windows rolled down, but I can easily imagine that they were having an even better experience with the sweet-smelling air in their faces, taking their time and no trucks!  Indeed, it's truly "motorcycle heaven"!. And "heaven" for a short or a long drive in your vehicle, too!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This Weekend Come the Asheville Greek Festival!

   Right here in our Montford Historic District, in fact just about a block from our Asheville bed and breakfast, the annual Greek Festival is coming this weekend!  From Friday through Sunday, September 23rd through 25th, you can have fun and get to know our Greek neighbors. The Festival includes music, Greek dancing groups and entertainment. Greek cooking demonstrations will also show you how to enjoy some signature dishes in your own home, too.

    My Mother and Dad, who traveled pretty extensively, always said that the Greeks are great cooks! So this weekend you won't want to forget the famous Greek food available at the festival...eat in or take out the specialties...main courses, salads or their fantastic desserts.Yum!

   From 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. I hope you'll drop by and enjoy yourself and then take a walk around the Montford neighborhood!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Recommends 31st Annual Heritage Weekend

   Today and tomorrow,  just 3 miles up the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 382) from the entry near Asheville's route 240 and not far from our Asheville bed and breakfast, at the Folk Art Center is celebrating it's 31st annual Heritage Weekend. The events include clog dancing and music plus demonstrations of Appalachian crafts of all kinds. And ever see a sheep shearing...for real?  Well, you can see how it's done!  That is, after the border collies 'cut' the sheep out of the herd.

      Do you have any caned seats on your dining chairs at home?  Well, if you do...and even if you don't... you may be very interested to see a chair caner actually do that, too. And as for the rest of the chair...legs, arms, back and all...chair makers will be there, too. Many of these skills have been passed from generation to generation in these mountains. So the current makers learned their skills throughout their whole lifetime.

    And back to the shorn sheep: what happens to the wool? Well, watch the wool being dyed with natural flowers and minerals.  Then see how the wool is carded and then spun into thread. See a loom working to create the fabrics that folks have worn for many years. Or ask the beekeepers how they dress to approach their beehives to see what the bees are doing. Watch quilts being constructed or a whittler making toys for the kids.It's like stepping into the old-time mountains all over again...a real connection to the rich mountain heritage of the area where Asheville is located. I hope you can come!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves a Drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway, Part I

 The Blue Ridge Parkway is only about 5.5 miles from our Asheville bed and breakfast, so it's very easy to get to it. And my first visit to Asheville was 20 years ago. I was here for just six days and walked out of Asheville saying, "Except for my freshman year at Duke university, my home has always been with 25 miles of the Empire State Building, but I am supposed to be in Asheville."  Less than 18 months later, I was permanently in Asheville as a bed and breakfast owner.

   Yesterday was one of those days that you wish you could put in a bottle and save for  remembering.  In Asheville, temperatures started out in the low-50s and by afternoon, were about 80 degrees. After some errands were done, the Blue Ridge Parkway was 'calling my name'.  So I drove south, my favorite way to go.  And the air smelled sweet of grasses and trees.

   You don't need to drive very far from Asheville to get to beautiful views and higher elevation. So I headed for Mt. Pisgah, just 14 miles from where I got on the Parkway. To get there you pass through seven small tunnels, all created during the Great Depression. Overlooks are abundant and on a couple of them you can see both south and north from one overlook. There are place where you can look out and see nothing that man has made! Stunningly beautiful.We are the everlastingly grateful beneficiaries of those efforts.

   When you get to Mt Pisgah, you not only can walk to the summit, or see the place where George Vanderbilt, first owner of Biltmore House had a hunting lodge, but there's a small lodge and restaurant just a few hundred yards away.. The overlook from the lodge offers fabulous views including Looking Glass Rock.  Driving beyond Mt Pisgah, there are several other places to enjoy Looking Glass Rock,  in particular. It's a great granite-face mountain the glistens like a mirror when its wet. Truly an inspiring sight. And I met a couple at one of the roadside overlooks who were on their honeymoon. They are  from Wisconsin and they had climbed that impressive rock earlier in the day!  And the young man was born in the Wisconsin town where my daughter had lived for several years...truly a small World! You've simply got to love this area!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Smiles at the NC Mountain State Fair

It started this weekend, and it's a favorite attraction each year in September...It's the NC Mountain State Fair. Have you ever been to a fair? What do you remember best about it? The rides? The cotton candy? The prizes for sheep and pigs, for goats and cattle?  The prize-winning fruits and vegetables? Home-baked pies? Well, over at the WNC Ag Center, about fifteen minutes from our Asheville bed and breakfast, the Mountain State Fair has all that and more!

This is an old-fashioned fair plus great local music acts, acrobats and a circus complete with clowns, jugglers and a trapeze act! So a visit to the Fair, just like a visit to Asheville, offers great variety...and who could forget the food!  The fun things you remember from when you were a kid!

The weather forecast is great this week, so plan on stopping by... the Fair opens at 3pm and is open 'til 11pm through Wednesday and open 'til midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Hope to see you there!






Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves Tiffany Glass Visiting Asheville

Visiting Asheville at Biltmore Estate, just across town from our Asheville bed and breakfast, until October 23rd is a wonderful collection of Tiffany glass. Louis Comfort Tiffany started a glass making factory in Corona, New York in 1892. He had traveled in Europe years earlier, had seen examples and was familiar with ancient glass making traditions in Rome, from the ruins of Pompeii and, of course, the traditions of Venetian glassmakers.

In 1894, Tiffany received a patent for what was called "Favrile glass". This was a process where color and pattern was added to glass so that patterns remained clear but were in the glass rather than painted on the surface of the glass. In 1896, the first Favrile glass was produced. So when George Vanderbilt acquired some Tiffany pieces, in the "art nouveau" style, this was brand-new, contemporary, modern stuff!

Most familiar to us these days are lamp shades, usually hanging pendant glass lamps or floor lamps, with leading between the individual pieces of glass that create a mosaic-like effect. But the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany was much broader. His company received many commissions for elaborate stained glass windows in private houses and in churches which depicted both natural floral and botanical subjects as well as human figures and full landscapes. Vases, bowls dishes were also produced. The peacock feather was also a familiar motif.

In New York City today, where most of George Vanderbilt's family lived, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a number of wonderful examples of Tiffany's art including the "Autumn Landscape" stained glass window. And if you travel just up the Hudson River just north of New York City to a property called Lyndhurst that belonged to a wealthy New Yorker before the end of the 19th century and is now managed by the National Trust, you can see a particularly fabulous table lamp whose shade looks exactly like folded linen fabric, but is layers of white-on-white glass. Or you can travel over to Brooklyn and see a Presbyterian Church whose stained glass windows were all created by Tiffany and Company.

But we are fortunate now, while you're in Asheville visiting Biltmore, until October 23rd, you can see many examples of Tiffany's factory and pieces signed by Tiffany himself. I hope you have the opportunity to look carefully at the glass pieces. You will likely be rewarded and amazed at the craftsmanship, exquisite designs and detail. Hope you have the chance to come see!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Alerts You to New Asheville Zip-Line Adventure

Great news all you "fun seekers"! It's here! Just about 5 minutes from our Asheville bed and breakfast, the new zip-line adventure has come to Asheville. You may recall our Facebook post about the early information a few months ago. And now it's really here.

Ever imagine yourself...like Indiana Jones or even Tarzan...moving through the tree canopy, up where the birds fly, high above the ground? Well, if you have, this is going to be fun!

Don't worry, the equipment that supports your "flight" on Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures over at the Crowne Plaza Resort is inspected and tested for minimum standards for 5,000 lbs....and the maximum size of the human who can participate is 250 lbs. And 5 start times are available every day for a "full course" time of about 2 1/2 hours. The cost is $79 per person. Kids 10 years old and up ( like me!) who weigh a minimum of 70 lbs. up to a maximum of 250 lbs. can participate. For more specifics take a look at www.ashevilleziplinecanopyadventures.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves a Ride 0n theBlue Ridge Parkway

Here in Asheville NC, just a few minutes from our Asheville bed and breakfast, the Blue Ridge Parkway can provide great 'touristing' for a long or a very short break. Today, we took a short drive over to picnic by the Folk Art Center and then to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor center.

As an Asheville B&B owner,in my 19th season here, it's still a treat to go to the Folk Art Center. Right on the Parkway, it's open all year starting at 9am every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The building itself is quite interesting, a blend of modern glass and multiple levels with walkways rather than stairs. It's surrounded by trees so it also fits the Parkway environment very well.

Artist exhibition space showcases members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the largest juried guild of crafters in the southeast and based here in Asheville. Currently new members of the Guild are on display. Thread, metal, clay and wood are all materials that are put to amazing use by the artists...producing sculpture, pots, fabrics, quilts, multimedia constructions and some furniture. Ingenious and whimsical are both words that you will think of when you describe many of the pieces.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is just a mile or so from the Folk Art Center. It's a wonderful, rather new building combining steel and glass with barn-style roof construction that makes use of beautiful wood. There you find the history of the Parkway...begun as a WPA project during the Depression, and surprisingly, the last portion was completed in the 1980s. And when you visit, don't miss the film about the Parkway and the cultural heritage in the nearly 500 miles of mountains it crosses. Well worth seeing!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Enjoys a Side-Trip to NASCAR!

Yes, it's true. This Asheville bed and breakfast owner is one of the most unlikely prospects to enjoy a NASCAR event. After all, most of my favorite cultural-event-life involved the New York Philharmonic orchestra, New York City Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Opera. Although I have to say, I was also always a New York Rangers hockey fan and I grew up near an Air Force base...so loud noise ( by the planes) and collisions( by the hockey players) were also things I looked forward to.

So, not too far from Asheville (an hour and a half, lovely drive over the mountains), Bristol Tennessee is the location of the Bristol Speedway...a HUGE NASCAR venue. So why am I excited about going? Well, son-in-law is a fan, he knows a lot about cars in general, and about NASCAR specifically, so I have an 'expert' to explain everything and he'll be very excited about the whole thing. With all that, I figured if I was ever going to go to a NASCAR event, this would be the way to go.

Off we go to Bristol. I had asked him in advance, how many people the stadium seats. His answer: "Oh, I think about 160,000." Now, he's a really smart guy, but I was really skeptical...160,000? That's huge. Yankee Stadium and the Meadowlands together would not get you to 160,000...So, I googled it. Sure enough: 160,000 is the seating capacity. In fact, Bristol Speedway is the largest outdoor arena in the U.S.!. Wow, that's a lot of people....including many who bring their small children (with ear protection), because NASCAR has done a ton of work for years to ensure that this is a family-friendly event. (Who knew?)

When you arrive, everything seems huge: The distance you have to walk after you parked your car in what used to be cow pastures...the length of the jitney bus ride to get you to the stadium... the stadium itself, located on the top of a hill so it looks like a huge spaceship has just landed from Mars (Think: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"!)...the number of enormous trailers, painted with portraits of the drivers and teams, where you can buy anything imaginable with your favorite driver's picture on it...RaceTV show being broadcast from an outdoor, mobile studio, so you can wave at the cameras and see your favorite drivers being interviewed, live...Seems like a great big carnival, only there's no ferris wheel!

Oh yes, then comes the race! But even before that , there's a fly-over of some military jets....super loud. And the race drivers are all introduced...each one driven around the half-mile oval track in big black pick up trucks with the driver standing inside. Forty-three cars came out to start the race after speeches by local politicians and race sponsors. Each of the 43 cars has about 850 horse power. Let's see: that's 43 times 850 = 36,550 horse power! Until you experience it, you have NO idea how loud that is! (especially since Bristol is an oval track with stadium seating around all of it. It's like sitting in a bowl...the sound stays IN.)

Vroom, vroom...I'm sitting in the stands with a bottle of water in my hand. My hand is perfectly still...but the water is jumping wildly around in the bottle. Wow! That's the sound waves from all that horsepower hitting the water ( and you) while the race is going on! It's a very exhilarating experience! (My theory: You're getting so much massage from the sound waves, your adrenal glands are thinking you're running, too!)

Round and round they go. You can see the whole track if you're just high enough up in the stands, so you never lose sight of your favorite cars or drivers. Two-hundred, fifty times in this race, around they go. So bumps and a few spin-outs. But because the track is short, only about 128mph is about the top speed on the straightaways, even the crashes and scrapes can be fixed in a jiffy and the car gets back on the track. Pretty cool. It goes by much faster than you think because there's always something to look at...including HUGE TV screen on a column in the center of the track...and son-in-law has a 'race radio' with a splitter and ear buds for each of us, so you can also hear the professional commentary if you want.

An entirely surprising (to me) and amazing and generally fun way to spend an evening...and not too far from Asheville and our Asheville bed and breakfast!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Suggests That You "Beware of the Ides of March"!

What else could we be referring to except Asheville's Montford Park Players performances of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Located outdoors in the Monford Historic District, just blocks from our Asheville bed and breakfast, at the "Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre" these performances are great family entertainment.

Since 1972, the Montford Park Players have been bringing Shakespeare's plays to residents and visitors to Asheville. And another fine feature of these outdoor productions is that they are free! ( Naturally donations are happily accepted, but you need not feel compelled to donate...after all, "the play's the thing..."!)

So come this weekend or next...productions are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. Bring a picnic if you like, and a blanket or folding chair to sit on and you'll be "good to go"(not a Shakespearean expression!). "Julius Caesar" runs these next two summer weekends through September 4th. It may not actually be the month of March right now, but we know that we must all, "Beware of the Ides of March"! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast ServesUp Lovely and Organic Breakfast!

Today I spent part of the morning at one of the more than one dozen tail-gate markets that are near our Asheville bed and breakfast. Participating farmers, bakers and candy-makers set up under small tents with a central aisle for people (and their pets) to walk. Lots of friendly conversation was going on; sellers, buyers and just folks enjoying the time together.

It was a warm summer morning and lots of local families and visitors were wandering up and down the tented facilities. We saw fresh cut flowers. Plant growers had herbs for sale while others had shrubs and some unusual varieties of iris. Meats and cheeses from the farmers that produce them were on display. Many varieties of tomatoes, including heirloom varieties tempted us. Information and photos about the produce was posted by some sellers, so the experience was also educational.

The guests at our Asheville bed and breakfast will find that tomorrow's breakfast, served elegantly on crystal and china as we do everyday, is also enhanced by some of the fruit that came from the local orchard. They will see fresh-cut flowers in the Dining Room...varieties that are not growing in our English gardens here at the Inn, but add a bright splash of color to the house.
They will have some country ham that comes from a local farm that raises hogs and beef, sheep and poultry sustainably.

Add to all that our regular ingredients that always include local organic dairy products, organic eggs and other organic fruits and you'll get the flavor of what breakfast is all about at our Asheville bed and breakfast. It's about healthy, organic and very elegant. It's about friendly and relaxed and it's about you!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves Late Summer at the NC Arboretum

Surrounded as Asheville and our Asheville bed and breakfast is by mountains and forest,what would make the North Carolina Arboretum stand out? Why would more greenery be important? Why would you want to spend time visiting the Arboretum if you live in Asheville or if you're visiting this area?

Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned landscape architect of the late-19th century and designer of the drive and the gardens for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate, dreamt of establishing an arboretum on the Biltmore property here in North Carolina. However, he died in 1898 before that dream became a reality.

But that dream was not forgotten and was taken up in the 1980s with a feasibility study for a mountain arboretum. By 1986 a 426-acre site was selected adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Asheville and the work began in earnest. The property's 'mission statement' includes acting as a education and cultivation resource to this area, the state and the nation. Teaching teachers and enthusiasts, cultivating demonstration gardens, acting as a focal point for conservation...all these things can be found at the Arboretum.

And not to forget the everyday Arboretum visitor who will be happy to find a place to walk and breathe and smile. So I am happy to suggest that you put on a pair of comfortable shoes and add to your visit to Asheville a visit to the Arboretum!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes Three More "Shindig on the Green" This Season!

That's right, at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville, less than a mile from this Asheville bed and breakfast, Shindig on the Green has three more dates still to go this season. This coming Saturday, August 20th, then again August 27th and then on September 3rd.

And you can count on Shindig on the Green, the music fest that boasts the longest run of any folk festival in the whole country...some46 seasons...to bring music, clogging, hand clapping, smiles, story-telling and cheers. Whether it's old-timey bluegrass or ballads, the music will engage you. And there are more crinolines and twirls than you've seen on a dance floor in a long time!

So mark your calendars, this is fun. And you've got three more chances to enjoy it! So come on down!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Looks Forward To Asheville Food and Wine Festival and Open Studio Day at River Arts

Yes, yet again Asheville is absolutely packed with fun stuff to do and see this weekend. Starting at the Grove Arcade, Downtown and less than a mile from our Asheville bed and breakfast, the Asheville Food and Wine Festival gets underway. Designed to showcase our area's chefs, farmers and food producers, the great samplings are paired with the increasing number of great regional wines.

August 12th (Friday) from 7:30-9:30pm, just the day before the Saturday "Grand Tasting", you can drop by to sample the "sweet" side of things: that includes champagne, dessert wines, specialty cocktails and locally sourced desserts. A few tickets remain, so you still have an opportunity to enjoy this event. Go to: www.wncmagazine.com/wineandfood/sweet.

And for Saturday, this is one of the "second Saturday of the month" dates when the River Arts District artists and art organizations host studio and gallery openings, classes and workshops. Always a fascinating area to explore. Check out more at www. riverartsdistrict.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Suggests Visits To Asheville's Tailgate Markets

Asheville's reputation as a "foodies" heaven is well deserved. Near our Asheville bed and breakfast, in and around Downtown Asheville, are owner-operated restaurants in great number. The emphasis on fresh local food, in the restaurants and on our own tables at home, is something that has taken hold here for years. And taligate or farmers markets are great sources for your home table, or even for a snack if you're on vacation here in Asheville.

And keeping its reputation of jumping in with enthusiasm, Asheville has more than a dozen tailgate/farmers markets at this time of year. Some are seasonal, open starting in March or April, while others have permanent locations and operate all year.

The newest market location is very near our Asheville bed and breakfast, right here at the edge of the Montford Historic District. Just behind the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor Center, the Montford Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. A treasure-trove of yummy things to eat, ingredients for your supper and flowers for your table, these markets are just fun to visit. You'll smell lovely things, see bright colors and taste unique and very fresh food. Healthy and fresh is also great fun! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Hopes You'll Make It To Friday With Fireworks At The Asheville Ballpark





Yes, here in Asheville we have the good luck to have many entertaining events. And not far from our Asheville bed and breakfast is historic McCormick Field....the home of our minor league ball club the Asheville Tourists. And this friday, August 5th is the final date that includes one of my favorite things after the game....FIREWORKS!

What could be more quintessentially representative of good ol' fashionedAmerican summer event than baseball, especially when they include fireworks right after the game?! And a good time will be had by all family members. The park is small enough to provide great views. Every seat is a good seat. And at an affordable price, too. Hot dogs, burgers and all the food that you might remember from when you were a kid, too.

So, if you have Asheville on your destination list for this weekend, be sure to arrive early enough to get over to see the Asheville Tourists for a really fun time followed by more fun...the fireworks! Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Gets Ready For The 39th Vill age Art& Craft Fair

Asheville and our Asheville bed and breakfast can always tell when August has arrived: The Village Art&Craft Fair takes over the grounds around the Cathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village. And this is the weekend... August 6 and 7 is it!

This year promises to carry on the 39 year old tradition with 118 artists, including 43 artists from North Carolina. You can expect a wondrous array of jewelry, ceramics, wood, metal and fiber arts as well as painting and prints. So wandering through the tents and booths, then lunching or snacking on some homemade goodies prepared at the church-sponsored booths will make for a fun afternoon.

The Village Art&Crafts Fair will be ready from 10-7pm this Saturday and noon-6pm this Sunday, August 6th and 7th. And, another great tradition of the Fair are the t-shirt and poster that are based on original art each year.. This year's design is the work of artist Daryl Slaton. You won't want to miss the design! See you there!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Says, "Bele Chere is here!"

Yes, awaited every year, in Downtown Asheville (and within walking distance of our Asheville bed and breakfast)...Bele Chere! This street festival that has food, fun and lots of music!

There are four street stages in Downtown, far enough apart so as not to interefere with one another... with music on all of them. Bluegrass, rock, jazz, 'electropop', Americana, soul and honky tonk, Bele Chere has it all. The music kicks off on Friday about 4:30 pm; about noon on Saturday and about 12:30 on Sunday.

So come and wander the streets of Asheville to see crafters and just plain 'stuff', eat, and listen to the great diverse universe of music that is so typical of Asheville! Come on over!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Gets Ready For "Bele Chere"Festival!

This weekend Asheville welcomes the 33rd annual "Bele Chere" street festival in Downtown Asheville. It's close enough to our Asheville bed and breakfast to walk there, if you like...a pretty good plan since it's attendance over the three festival days has been measured in the past at 300,000 people!

What you can expect:1. Music in abundance. Stages are located around town and a variety of bands are always expected. 2. Street vendors. Crafts and fun stuff , some serious, some cute and inventive. 3. Food. Downtown restaurants are mostly open plus lots of outdoor food....some from the local restaurants, some of the casual hot dogs and such. 4. Lots of company. There will be crowds, usually not in a hurry....just casual, as we hope you will be.

So mark your calendar for next weekend. "Bele Chere" festival is on the way!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Awaits the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Yes, this week and weekend Asheville and our Asheville bed and breakfast welcomes "The Guild Fair". It's a twice-a-year gathering of the largest juried guild of crafters in the southeast. Once in July and again in October. And the Asheville Civic Center, about a half mile from our Asheville bed and breakfast location in the Montford Historic District, is the venue.

Since 1948, the Southern Highlands Craft Guild has been the high standard among artisans in the mountains areas of nine southern states. You can expect some wonderful treats when you go: Crafter's demonstrations, live music of our region and, of course, over 200 exhibitors will be there to show off their original and diverse artistry. Wood worked items and furniture. Hand-made glass. Musical instruments. Hand-made fabrics. Quilts. Jewelry.

So we hope that you'll experience Asheville, our Asheville bed and brekafast and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild Fair! Y'all come!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Gardens Include Some Red Hot Lilies




The gardens at this Asheville bed and breakfast are constantly changing....and as such, are a constant source of fascination. And what could be better than flowers that are beautiful and striking in the garden, but also that they attract hummingbirds? Well, these red hot lilies are called Crocosmia and "Lucifer" is the red hot variety!

These lilies have been blooming for a while now. They have fronds that produce bright red multiple blooms. They start blooming at the stem end and move forward toward the tip, until it's all in bloom.

And, as I mentioned, one of the very best things about Crososmia is that hummingbirds love it. So, if you sit quietly as these lovely booms are nodding in the breeze, the bonus is that a little 'hummer' may come along. And although the hummingbirds are not found on our guest register at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, they are an added attraction for the lucky guests who are in the right place at the right time! We hope we'll see you soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Says Summer and BBQ Ribs Go Together!

The "Carolina Mountain Ribfest", not far from our Asheville bed and breakfast at the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds, is everyday this weekend. Starting today and running through Sunday, you can come to taste, to get your fingers sticky, to enjoy the handiwork of some of the best award-winning barbeque chefs in this area. And after you've tasted and compared, you can also vote for your favorite to receive the festival's "Golden Pig Award" ( No, seriously...I did not make that up!)

And an outdoor food fest in the mountains, in the Summer...what else? Music, of course! Bluegrass, and 'hillbilly rock' are on tap for Saturday. Want more? Well, we did say they are all at the Fairgrounds venue...what else ? You guessed it! Rides. For kids but also for adults!

So if your plans are loose this weekend, head on over to Asheville. Stay with us at this Asheville bed and breakfast, and become an expert on barbeque at the "Carolina Mountain Ribfest". Yum!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Wishes All of Us, "Happy Birthday, America!"

Yes, today's the day..."Happy Birthday, to all of us!". At our Asheville bed and breakfast, we have the flag out, the bunting out on the porch rails and even had sparklers at breakfast today! We, the ones fortunate enough to have come here or to have been born here in America, are celebrating across the country. Even when times are difficult, and they certainly are now for a great many American families, in the past as well as today, our country represents freedom and opportunity. And sharing.

During the depths of the Great Depression, the family who owned the home that is now Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn here in Asheville, also shared its good fortune. Mr. Peyton was made Postmaster of Asheville in 1933, when times in America were very hard, indeed. It was good job. A steady job. A government job. And the family has told me that Mrs. Peyton put a table on the back porch of the house and would offer lunch every day to anyone who showed up.

Now and then, I like to remember just how lucky we are. On this 4th of July, I quote Wendell L. Willkie, unsuccessful GOP nominee for President in 1940 and a successful business person. All politics aside, it's good for us to keep some inspiration in our pockets for a "rainy day". Mr. Willkie said, simply: "I believe in America because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true."

Our Asheville bed and breakfast wishes you and yours a special "Happy Birthday, America!"

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Likes Baseball And The 4th of July





It's just about here! And our Asheville bed and breakfast always loves the birthday party for America...the 4th of July weekend! This year, since the 4th falls on Monday, we hope you'll be here in Asheville so that you can experience the fireworks on Sunday and then come on out to the baseball games on Monday and Tuesday for, yes, more fireworks!

America's pastime, baseball, is a real treat here in Asheville. The farm-team for the Colorado Rockies is Asheville's favorite team. Called the 'Asheville Tourists', the ball club has a really great venue. McCormick Field is an historic field, dating back to 1928 that has been recently updated so the whole experience is fun, fun, fun. And after the games on both Monday and Tuesday, fireworks are on tap for the end of the evening!

Fireworks, baseball, more fireworks, more baseball, more fireworks!Yes, this Asheville bed and breakfast likes that line-up! We think you will, too!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Likes Fireworks For July 4th Weekend!





Asheville is getting ready to say, "Happy Birthday, America" this weekend. At this Asheville bed and breakfast, we are, too! And one of my favorite things about July 4th weekend is that lots of fireworks are involved!

On Sunday, July 3rd, starting at 4pm, the Memorial Stadium is the venue for games, food, music and then fireworks at dark.

On Monday July 4th, the Asheville Tourists, the local baseball farm team for the Colorado Rockies will hear the familiar shout of, "Play ball!" The games are wonderful fun and you can count on a reasonable price and a great view of it all. And at the end of the game there will be more colorful, glorious fireworks! It will be a glorious "Happy Birthday, America" celebration for all!

And on Tuesday, the Asheville Tourists are set for another home baseball game... followed by, you guessed it!... more fireworks!

Our Asheville bed and breakfast wishes you a splendid 4th of July celebration, and we hope you'll spend it with us here! Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Serving You Breakfast, Says Asheville Bed and Breakfast, Is Both Elegant and Organic!




Here in Asheville we are fortunate to be surrounded by many local farms. They provide organic and sustainably produced eggs, milk products, poultry and meats as well as fruits and vegetables. So you can just imagine the bounty at all the many tail-gate farmers markets in the Asheville area are a popular spot for locals as well as visitors.

At our Asheville bed and breakfast, I believe that you deserve an outstanding breakfast each morning. And it will not only be elegant, served on crystal and china that reflect the "bit of Britain close to home" that is our theme, but also it will be made from substantially organic ingredients.

Why organic? Why does it matter enough to justify spending so much more to get all those organic products? Are not the "conventional" products just as good? Well, I have to say that I would have asked the same questions a couple of years ago. The answers now are that, no, many conventional products may incorporate unnecessary or harmful chemicals including antibiotics and growth hormones and pesticides... so generally, we'd be better off avoiding them when we can. And yes, the organic products are more nutritious...so our Asheville bed and breakfast is happy to emphasize serving you the best of the best!

And my breakfast philosophy, if you call it that, is that we provide something more akin to a lovely brunch each morning. It consists of several courses, chef's choice each day. It might also include something unexpected like a salad with an organic dressing along side the main course. It often includes a lovely piece of cake along side the fruit course. And on a busy day, in a setting very much like Thanksgiving Day dinner, you'll find people talking, relaxing, eating well at the start of a lovely day in Asheville! (Of course, we are also happy to do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions our guests may have...so we always ask about that in advance of our guests' arrival).

So we hope you'll visit our Asheville bed and breakfast soon. And when you do, your breakfast will be both elegant and organic!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Happy Father's Day From This Asheville Bed and Breakfast!

Yes, today's the day. Father's Day. The day when, at our Asheville bed and breakfast, and across the country, we honor the Dads in our lives. If you're lucky, this is the day when you give a hug, a slap on the back to the guy who has been your "Rock of Gibralter" when you really needed it. If you're far away and can't deliver that hug in person then a call or a note will be gratefully received, you can be sure. And if your Dad is no longer with us, then remembering him is a great thing, too.

And yes, I did mention Dads in the plural. That's because you don't necessarily have to have sired a child to be an extra-special provider, protector, comforter, baseball-buddy, teach-you-how- to-drive-a-stick-shift kind of person...in other words, perform the many varied roles of a "Dad". We salute all of you 'surrogate' Dads, too. You've made a huge difference in a child's life!

And not to forget the women...mothers, grandmothers, aunts and dear friends who are often called upon to fill the roles of a Dad, as well. Not always wished for, but always undertaken, these women have stepped up to the plate when a child needs it.

Happy Father's Day from our Asheville bed and breakfast...we especially salute all of you today and hope you enjoy your special day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cheers from Asheville Bed and Breakfast For Asheville Theater This Weekend

Lots of theater this weekend for your enjoyment. This is often the case here in Asheville NC. And more good news is, our Asheville bed and breakfast is less than one mile from all the Downtown theater venues. Here's three theater offerings going on this Father's Day weekend:

1. Asheville Community Theater (ACT) at 35 E. Walnut Street presents "The Dixie Swim Club" tonight Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. It's about five former college swim team members who spend a weekend together who have a lot to 'catch up' on and lots of opportunities to comment on each others loves...(You can just imagine...!) (828) 254-1320.

2. The Altamont Theater at 18 Church Street presents "Prime Ribbing". It promises to be a funny and tough political musical satire. Truly fun. Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 2:30 pm and 8 pm(828) 270-7747.

3. Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater (SART) is presenting "The First Baptist of Ivy Gap" . (828) 689-1239


Happy Father's Day all you Dads! Hope your weekend is terrific!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Welcomes a Farmer's Market to Our Montford Neighborhood!

Wow! We are so fortunate here in Asheville, NC to have a number of farmers "Tail-Gate" markets in the area. Some take place on weekends and others are during the week. And the newest of these markets will start next week on June 22nd, in the parking area of the Asheville Chamber/ Visitors Center...just blocks from our Asheville bed and breakfast.

"Fresh", "organic", "grass-fed" and other terms apply to the participants in these tail-gate markets. More and more local sources of quality food are appearing in our area, while others have been here for many years. And more and more people are finding that the care and vigilance that is applied to the purity in the production of our food is important to them.

We, at this Asheville bed and breakfast, agree that our food is an important issue in our lives. Whether it's 'gourmet' or 'home-style' meals, the quality and healthfulness of the ingredients are critical. That's why, at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast, most of the ingredients in your breakfast are organic and many are locally produced. We think you'll feel better and you'll feel better about what you eat! And since food is one of the great joys of life, we are very happy to share that with you!

Come and check out the Montford Tail-Gate Market on Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm starting on June 22nd. Our Asheville bed and breakfast believes you'll be glad you did!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Finds Asheville Full of Weekend Events!

Well, Asheville is very ready to celebrate with you this Father's Day weekend! This Asheville bed and breakfast is smiling once more with the fun that's lined up for you.

You can start off after your arrival on Friday with "Downtown After Five". Free, and very much like a block party, this series of musical events happen once each month, on the third Friday of the month...and the one lined up for June is this Friday, June 17th. It's just a 'hop, skip and a jump' from our Asheville bed and breakfast to Downtown where you'll find the the music and the party going on along North Lexington Avenue. And afterwards, you can wander Downtown to find a splendid meal at one of the many fun and fabulous eateries here in Asheville.

And for Sunday, Father's Day from 1-5pm, you won't want to miss the benefit Garden Tour, this year featuring gardens in the Kenilworth neighborhood. You can pick up your garden map at the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church and start your walking tour of more than a dozen gardens. Among them are a couple of outstanding gardens: The late horticulturist Doan Ogden's 6.5 acre property now belonging to the expert hands of John Cram and partner. It's a true treasure and includes what is said to be one of the finest moss gardens in the country.

The Kenilworth Tour also includes the garden of renowned garden writer Peter Loewer, who will be on hand to answer questions about the plants and the design of the gardens. Other artists and homeowners in the neighborhood will also be opening their gadens for what promises to be a feast for the senses and a learning experience for all. And Dad's on the Tour will get a boutonniere for the Father's Day occasion! Tickets are $25 per couple and $15 per single person.

So, yet another fun weekend awaits you here in Asheville...and of course, a stay at our Asheville bed and breakfast will put you exactly where you need to be to relax, and to get to the events you choose! See you soon!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Agrees, "What Is So Rare As a Day In June?...."




In 1848 the poet James Russel Lowell wrote,"...What is so rare as a day in June? The, if ever, come perfect days..." That famous quote is part of the poem "The Vision of Sir Launfal". At our Asheville bed and breakfast, we surely agree that if ever there were a perfect day, it would very likely be in June.

And those "rare" and "perfect days", very naturally, beckon us to step outside to enjoy the outdoors. And when we do, in June you will find the Asheville bed and breakfast garden filled with not only lovely flowers but heady scents. And partly that's because in June the lavender blooms.

Now as a dyed-in-the wool Anglophile, I also love lavender because it reminds me of some of the fabulous old gardens in England where I have seen it and smelled it. It also reminds me of some of the late-19th and early-20th century British garden designers like Gertrude Jekyll and Harold Peto who used lavender in their plans for its textural foliage, its bloom colors and, of course, for its scent.

Lavender, afterall, you would expect to have flowers that are, well, lavender. But, the color spectrum includes darker purple, lighter lavender, pink and even some white. I favor, not surprisingly, the ones most often used by those late-19th century English gardeners.
So at our Asheville bed and breakfast gardens, you'll see the varieties used by Gertrude Jekyll.

But, even when the blooms fade, the foliage holds that wonderful scent that is most noted for its ability to relax you. That's why you'll find perfumes, soaps, bath grains and oils all infused with lavender. And, some people favor adding it to foods and beverages, as well. But truth be told, all you need to do is walk past it and rub your hands on it. Ah, such a fragrance! So, come and enjoy it on some of those fabled"rare" and "perfect days'" that are here in June!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Looks Forward to River Arts District Sudio Stroll

Twice a year from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, The River Arts District studios are open for viewing and demonstrations of the artists. And the first of those is this weekend, June 11th and 12th! Just minutes drive from our Asheville bed and breakfast, or by way of the Grayline Trolley, the River Arts District holds many unique experiences of the vibrant world of art.

More than 150 artists are part of the River Arts District's more than 20 buildings that are located beside the French Broad River. Covering all mediums, these artists produce high-quality art and crafts that are well worth your attention. And the galleries, show spaces and active studios are intermingled with a variety of casual eateries including12 Bones Smokehouse, the White Duck Taco Shop, the Clingman Cafe, the Roots Cafe, Nourish& Flourish and the Wedge Brewing Company micro-brewery.

So come visit our Asheville bed and breakfast this weekend, and plan to visit the River Arts District Studio Stroll. We look forward to you visit!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Agrees, " No Price is Set on The Lavish Summer..."




Thursday, June 2, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Reminds That Asheville Tourists Baseball Club Has Fireworks on June 3rd!





The Summer weather is here and what do you think of when the weather is warm? Why, it's BASEBALL, of course! And our Asheville bed and breakfast is always happy to see the Asheville "Tourists" Baseball Club at historic McCormick Field. You may remember from the film "Bull Durham" that Asheville's McCormick Field is where the character played by Kevin Costner had hit his 247th career home run! The field, originally dating from 1924, has been recently renovated and it looks great.

Yes, Asheville has a Minor League baseball team...actually a "farm team" for the Colorado Rockies. And do you know why Minor League baseball is great? Because anything can happen!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to see a 95-mph fastball from the on-deck circle? And when was the last time you saw an inside-the-ballpark home run? Well, "sports fans", this is the place for you! Terrific seats, low price and a laugh or two with the Asheville "Tourists" Baseball Club mascot, "Teddy Tourist".
Well this Friday, June 3rd is very special at the "Tourists". Not only will there be a night game but immediately after there will be fireworks! This is the first of five games this season that will will feature fireworks after the game! What a great combination: America's sport of baseball and fireworks, too!

The next dates for baseball and fireworks are Monday, July 4th, Tuesday, July 5th, Friday, July 22nd and Friday, August 5th. So book your dates at our Asheville bed and breakfast and get ready for the fun.

You'll be humming "...Buy me some peanuts and CrackerJacks, I won't care if we never get back..." as you enjoy Asheville, baseball and fireworks. A great Summertime combination!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Gets Ready For Weekend Events

If, for one minute, you thought that the spectrum of interesting and fun events that are part of the Asheville event 'landscape' is not the broadest possible, then let's just look at a few events scheduled for this weekend, June 2nd-5th! And, since our Asheville bed and breakfast is located in the Montford Historic District, just on the northern side of Downtown Asheville, when you stay with us, you're also conveniently situated to experience all that Asheville has to offer.

1.The weekend events kick-off on Thursday and Friday evenings with the Asheville Ballet Conservatory presents the ballet Coppelia.

2. Friday evening from 5-8pm, is the Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk that includes over 20 galleries and offerings of music all around. And it's free!

3. Friday evening, Abbey Road Live!, a review about who else but the Beatles comes to town!

4. The 4th Annual Sculpture for the Garden starts with a reception at the Grovewood Gallery, located next to the Grove Park Inn, from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 4th. The work of more than a dozen artists' outdoor works will be represented.

5. The Beer City Festival on Saturday will showcase the many breweries represented and some food to match. A ticket is $40.

6. Saturday is also designated Clay Day at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Asheville. As this area is particularly known for its talented artisans, clay artists will be demonstrating their amazing skills. Free.

So I promised you a sampling of the wonderfully broad array of events that are located near to our Asheville bed and breakfast. Are you convinced yet? I expect you are! So I hope we'll see you here in Asheville this weekend, too.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Finds Asheville Has Been Named a 'Transition Town"

"Transition Town"? What's that?", you say. "Transition from what to what?", you say. All good, questions. On this day, set aside for remembering those who have given their lives to keep the rest of us safe, a serious topic seems appropriate. So let me tell you a little story.

I was glancing through the local, daily newspaper this morning at our Asheville bed and breakfast, as I usually do each day. In the second section, the one called " Mountains", on the left-hand sidebar, down below the report of a road accident and the closings of various municipal buildings and services for this, the Memorial Day holiday, was a very small article. Almost too small to be called an article, but I don't know what else to name it. But it caught my eye.

The headline said"Asheville named 'transition town'." So I was were you are...thinking "What does that mean?" So it seems there's a world-wide, truly grassroots organizing of communities called Transition Initiative ...373 throughout the world, including 87 in the U.S. It acknowledges the efforts of communities....now including Asheville, North Carolina...to plan a sustainable future in the areas of energy, climate and economics. In short, to plan for a future without dependence on fossil fuels, creating cleaner air and water, to ensure sources of wholesome, local-based food supply by supporting local farmers and reducing pesticides. Certainly sounds like the Asheville I know and love.

How to do these things? To start at the beginning, at the roots of each community, with groups of individuals with a common goal. Slowly, but continuously.In fact this afternoon is a meeting to get some people together to push forward. No easy, but truly a cleaner, sustainable future. Watch for more...The website that is the co-ordinating point for this initiative in the United States is: www.transitionsus.org.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes Events Happening This Memorial Day Weekend.

As we gather to honor those who have given their lives over many generations to keep us safe, Memorial Day Weekend is also the traditional start of the Summer season. In and around Asheville there are many "goings-on".

The Mountain Sports Festival includes a variety of events including a 10K Trail Run, Cycling races, a golf challenge and the French Broad River Triathlon. The Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile run, a 2.5 mile paddle on the French Broad River, an 11mile bike ride. Whether you wish to participate or just watch some of the events, it will prove exciting, we can be sure.

Did you know there are white squirrels in Western North Carolina? Well there are and they have their own festival! To celebrate the humans will have a 5K and and 10K race around the Brevard, NC area. And fun festival events( that always include food) will be going on this Saturday and Sunday.

And Summer must be on the way, because the Asheville Memorial Day "Pool-a-Palooza" will take place Monday from noon to 6pm. Wet and fun at theAsheville Parks and Rec. pool at Gashes Creek Road.

As always very close to our Asheville bed and breakfast, at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville, at 3pm on Monday, the Asheville Memorial Day Ceremony to honor our nation's fallen heroes and heroines.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gardeners Note: Asheville Bed and Breakfast Says A Walk Through the Garden is Positively Theraputic!

I talk about our bed and breakfast gardens frequently. There are a number of reasons for that: gardens can be enjoyed for a number of reasons. One is for their purely visual appeal. Colors and shapes of flowers and foliage are a wonder in their variety. They can be seen as an overall impression like a painting, or by its individual parts...the individual plants themselves. Silver-gray, bright green and chartreuse are all leaf-colors that are used to enhance the visual appeal of the garden. Bright sun or shade or a cloudy day will show you that the same garden never actually looks the same...the garden in the morning is vastly different from the late afternoon or early evening garden. The visual experience is always new.

Another way to experience our bed and breakfast gardens is by using your nose. Plant material and the earth deliver to you a whole new level of appreciation in the garden. Our garden is filled with plants whose scent is wonderful. Of course the flowers of roses, peonies, lavender and many others are heavenly. With many of them, you don't even need to be very near them to experience the wonderful fragrance.

But there are many sensory details and surprises out in the garden. Herbs are mixed in with the perennials and annuals. In fact, my favorite way to walk through the gardens includes touching many of the plants to release the scent from their leaves. Catnip, lavender, dill, fennel, creeping thyme and santolina are all delights to the touch and to the nose! And then there is the smell of the earth...on a cool Asheville morning, the smell of the damp ground is heaven!

And what does this all add up to? My vote goes for "theraputic" as the overall impression. A garden is a visually layered sensory experience. And to do it justice, you need to make yourself consciously slow down...and by doing so, this Asheville bed and breakfast garden will also encourage you to breathe deeply, move slowly and deliberately take in all that is around you. A truly lovely way to start or end your day in Asheville. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes One More Event for This Saturday

So, we hope you'll drop by the Montford Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, starting at about 10am. But Asheville is filled with fun and interesting, so here's another event for the early evening on Saturday. And it's free!

At 7pm, in the River Ats District, just minutes from our Asheville bed and breakfast, is a multi-media event involving mural artist Molly Rose Freeman. Working with her are Michael Libramento and Garth Grimball, providing music and dance.

So come down to the RiverLink Sculpture Garden & Performance Plaza located at 117 Riverside Drive across from the Cotton Mill Studios. The program is expected to last about an hour. For seating, bring a chair or a blanket. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Looking to "Montford Music and Arts Festival" This Weekend!

Yes, it's coming up this Saturday. This is the 8th year. And yes, it's going to be fun! It's a street festival that takes place on the streets of Asheville's Montford Historic District, just a couple of blocks from this Asheville bed and breakfast. Two stages are going to be set up: one on Montford Ave. and the other on Soco Street, and events will be on both stages all day.

Great music including Grammy Award winner David Holt plus so many more! Starting around 10am til after 7pm, the music, dance, arts and food make this event a fun-for-all-family-members experience. If you're looking for an old fashioned neighborhood street fair, come to Montford...the neighborhood named by "This Old House Magazine" as North Carolina's "Best Old-House Neighborhood"! Historic yet full of fun and good neighbors and lots of takent. Come by thia Asheville bed and breakfast, and sample the "Montford Music and Arts Festival" on Saturday, May 21st!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes the 75th Anniversary Season of the Brevard Music Festival

Not far from this Asheville bed and breakfast, about 45 minutes away is the Brevard Music Center. Each summer an incredibly broad range of music comes to Western North Carolina...along with luminaries from the music and opera world.For example, the music director is none other than Keith Lockhart, whom you may remember as director of the Boston Pops.

In 2011 the schedule begins Friday June 24th with a special 75th Anniversary Concert. From then, just about every day piano, orchestra, string quartets, vocal recitals take place and they promise not to disappoint. Many events also offer a pre-concert free lecture. Some events, including music student recitals are also free.

Over the July 4th weekend are several concerts celebrating America's birthday in grand style. And just a little different is the song-writer and performer Michael Feinstein with a show called "The Sinatra Project" on August 1st. And the grand finale of the season will feature none other than cello legend Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday afternoon, August 7th.

So this summer, come to Asheville and stay at our historic, award-winning Asheville bed and breakfast and then head over to the Brevard Music festival. You'll be glad you did. For more info about thye schedule take a look at brevardmusic.org.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast says Asheville NC is voted "Beer City USA" !

One first place win is good. Two wins are great. But what do you call it when you win three times in a row? Well, Asheville is calling it a "Three-peat" because Asheville has just been voted "Beer City USA" in a national poll for the third year in a row In fact, Asheviile got 46% of all the votes cast around the country!

The trend for small-batch beer and ales has been around in the USA for a number of years. It's caught on all over the country and some folks are even trying their own hand at it at home....would you call that "BIY"?

Asheville has many micro and nano-breweries with a history that goes back to the early-1990s. The first was the Highland Brewing Co. that had its start right in 1994 in Downtown Asheville just a few minutes form our Asheville bed and breakfast. Now there are more than 10 breweries and also "tasting rooms" where the officianados can partake of seasonal and unique brews. Why there's even a tour you an take that visits a number of breweries.

And coming up on the weekend of June 3-4th, the Beer City Festival will be a lively addition to Asheville's list of fun things to do. Come stay with us at our Asheville bed and breakfast and you'll be just minutes from Downtown Asheville and from all the varieties of food and beverage that Asheville has to offer!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Garden Note: Climbing Roses and Peonies in Bloom






Wow! There's almost no way to describe what our Asheville bed and breakfast gardens look like at this time of year...the climbing roses are showing their stuff and the peonies are just bursting forth!

Every year I'm speechless (well, at least temporarily!) at the show that is going on around the garden. The colors, shapes and fragrances are something I think I'm prepared for...But every year it's always even better than I remembered! And they don't require a lot of work, so you can really enjoy them without feeling that you need to baby them.

Climbing roses here at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn include the white r."Iceland"in the Chartreuse Garden, the tiny,pale pink multi-flowered r."Cecile Brunner" in the Parterre Garden and the 19th century, dark pink r."Zephirine Droughin" in the Lower Garden. And while these varieties can all rebloom during the Summer, the first flush in May is the super show that we wait for all year!

And traditional garden peonies (Peonia lactifolia) are in the Lower Garden and the Cottage Garden at our Asheville bed and breakfast. The p."Duchesse de Nemours" are the most fragrant and are white with creamy white centers. The p. "Sarah Bernhardt" are a multi-layered pink, and the p. "Karl Rosenfield" is a lovely magenta-red. Outstanding!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes The Montford Music and Arts Festival Coming on May 21st

Yes, this will be some party! The neighborhood street festival that is The Eighth Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival will have 2 stages, one on Montford Avenue and one on Soco Street, just a couple of blocks from our Asheville bed and breakfast. You can expect a super street festival atmosphere with music, dance, food, crafts and art... and lots of neighborhood and audience participation!

The entertainment begins at 10am on Saturday, continues til after 7pm. and includes the star-power of four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts. Drummers, marimba bands, blues and high-energy dixieland-style jazz...this Montford Music and Arts Festival has it all! Add to that fun games, activities for kids and lots of food to sample and you'll just begin to get the flavor of what to expect!

Asheville, and indeed the Montford Historic District that was recently named North Carolina's "Best Old-House Neighborhood" by This Old House Magazine, is known for its artists, writes and musicians. And this Asheville bed and breakfast extends you an invitation to stay with us at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn for the weekend and then stroll just a couple of blocks over to the Montford Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21st. We expect you'll have a lot of fun and return with a smile on your face!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Notes The LEAF Fest ival is Coming on May 12 -15.

Just a few miles east of this Asheville bed and breakfast, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, affectionately known as "LEAF", is coming once more to Black Mountain, NC from May 12th- 15th.Located in a scenic 600 acre area that was formerly the historic Black Mountain College, the festival setting includes mountain views, hiking areas and lakes.

What is the Leaf Festival? It's a wonderful array of music, dance, food, crafts and fun that also includes international and American cultural diversity. With stars like Voice of the Wetlands AllSTARS from Louisiana, Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the music also includes the wide-world with groups from Africa, Central America, and blues, folk and jazz and mariachi. Just about any of your favorites ( or your new favorites) will be there!.

Add to that contra dancing, puppets, steel drums a fiddle contest and a "poetry slam", LEAF is the very definition of 'diverse'. Oh yes, and over 50 'healing arts' professionals will be there to offer massage and other ways to add to your relaxation. Nothing like a lovely massage to feel great and relaxed!

So order your tickets online ( you will need them in advance) from the LEAF Festival 2011 website. And make your reservation here at our Asheville bed and breakfast so that Asheville can be your 'anchor' spot for your glorious visit to the Asheville NC area!