Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nick's Notes 4.17.2015--North Carolina Local

North Carolina Local

Owning Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn in Asheville, NC has already taught me a lot of valuable things in life. I'm meeting wonderful people from all over the world as they come to enjoy the beauty of Asheville and all that NC has to offer a visitor. It's my personal expectation that Abbington Green also offers History, Style and Romance with a connection to North Carolina as well.

History:
It begins with the history of our home, designed by Architect Richard Sharp Smith, who was one of the Architects at Biltmore Estate. I love sharing the history of this house with its two main owners, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Peyton. This house is known as the Jackson-Peyton House on the National Historic Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Style:
Decorating Abbington Green has been fun. We've added our personal things with things we have found at one of the many local antique stores in Asheville. Some recent additions are the stained glass windows and game chest in the living room containing games for guests to enjoy.
We've also partnered with 10 local Asheville, NC Artists and they have transformed our second floor hallways to showcase and sell their work.  Guests enjoy, looking at the pottery, ceramics, paintings, mosaics, and furniture. Many have then gone to the galleries in the River Arts District to make their purchases.

Romance:
Guests continue to comment on how much they enjoy our bath products in our rooms. Our lip balm, bath salts, shampoo, conditioner and lotion are all made locally in North Carolina.

Our Social Hour at 5 PM each evening continue to feature local NC cheeses and meats. Additionally, we serve hot appetizers I make daily, and red and white wine.
Breakfast is what I enjoy the most. We use as much local and organic products as possible in our breakfasts. From apples that we get from a local orchard in Hendersonville, NC, cured meats, Ivy's Homemade Jams, to the organic produce, eggs and dairy products. The details of our breakfasts are important to me as part of the NC experience.
I have a lot of "Pride" in North Carolina and recently added the NC Flag to the front of our home. I truly want our guests to explore Asheville, the Blue Ridge Mountains, amazing local restaurants, and the local NC things...............and in the evening return to Abbington Green to experience a little more of North Carolina History, Style, and Romance.

All the best, Nick.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Nick's Notes 4.3.2015--A Tale of Two Easters

A Tale of Two Easters!


Growing up we always celebrated only the Eastern Orthodox Easter which can vary in the date some years from the Western Christian Easter. I remember as a kid being able to buy all the Easter Candy on SALE after the Christian Easter for our Easter Baskets. This year Orthodox Easter is 1 week after Christian Easter. I thought I would explain a little bit this week about why there is a difference and what some of the Greek Traditions we will be doing at Abbington Green for the next two Sundays to celebrate both Easters....which I now celebrate.

The formula for Easter-"The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox" is the same for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but churches base the dates on different calendars. Western Churches use the Gregorian Calendar and Orthodox Churches use the older Julian Calendar. The two churches vary on the definition of the vernal equinox and the full moon. The Eastern Church sets the date of Easter according to the actual, astronomical full moon and the actual equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem, site of the Crucifixion and resurrection. The Eastern Orthodox Church also applies the formula so that Easter always falls after Passover, since the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In the Western Church, Easter sometimes precedes Passover by weeks. 


Either way..............now I celebrate both and still enjoy some of the Greek traditions such as Cracking Eggs and a wonderful Leg of Lamb with Orzo Pasta for dinner. What we are planning to do at Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 5th and Sunday, April 12th is Crack Eggs together before breakfast begins at 9 AM. The rules: The game is called Tsougrisma in Greek and it involves two players at a time and hard boiled decorated Easter Eggs. Each player holds an egg, and one taps the end of her/his egg lightly against the end of the other player's egg. The goal is to crack the opponent's egg. This continues until one player successfully cracks the eggs of all the other players is declared the winner and is said, will have good luck during the year. Once your egg is cracked you can then crack the backside of the egg with other players that also have one side cracked already to see who will win with the backside of the egg. It should be a fun time here and from all of us at Abbington Green...........Happy Easter and Happy Passover!



All the Best, Nick