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!"