There's an old saying here at this Asheville bed and breakfast and all around the world that, "On St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish!" We would certainly subscribe to that! After all, who can't appreciate the Irish patron saint of a country who is supposed to have driven all the snakes out of Ireland? What's not to love...
And if you've had the good fortune to live in or to visit Ireland, you know that in Ireland the grass is an almost unimaginable color of green. Think, if you can, what the color of the 13th green of the Augusta golf course is. And remember that the golf course has been babied and watered and fertilized and tended every day so it will look like that when you see it on TV. But just imagine, in Ireland, the countryside looks that green naturally! Mother Nature is in charge of that...amazingly beautiful!
So the day of St Patrick's is often a great time for a parade...especially where we have large Irish-American populations like New York City and Chicago, to name just two. The sound of bagpipes also comes to mind along with drums, and off we march!
And speaking of Chicago, they always make the river bright green one day a year, each St Patrick's Day. Who could forget standing on a windy day in Chicago for the parade wearing a down coat and boots, as I myself have done, while the native-Chicagoans arrived at the parade in shorts and tee shirts?! I guess "cold" can be a relative term. And who could forget that very same St. Patrick's Day parade as portrayed in "Ferris Buehler's Day Off"?
Lucky for us, St. Patrick's Day comes with its own traditional foods as well. Corned beef with cabbage and potatoes is a steamy, hot meal for what is often a really cold day. And my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe has always been a favorite at our house and at this Asheville bed and breakfast.
Now that Asheville NC is also "Beer City USA", according to a national poll, it means that not only do we have fabulous homegrown beers and ales, but that on St. Patrick's Day you can find many imported ales and stouts that would make any Irishman or woman proud! Come over to Asheville for the "wearing of the green"... and come for a stay in Old World comfort at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast, too!