What's New at Abbington Green...
January is usually a pretty slow month for Tourism in Asheville, in fact the Asheville Convention and Visitor's Bureau has dubbed this time of the year the "Undiscovered Season". We though, have been keeping pretty busy as a team here at Abbington Green, working on special projects and doing a lot of planning for the future.
I thought I would take some time to fill you in on some exciting things happening at Abbington Green for 2017. Our weekends this month have been busy and the Inn has been full of guests, but during the weekdays, the Abbington Green Team has been keeping busy with other things...
The month started with taking down and storing our Christmas decorations. Over 20 trees, 180 Nutcrackers, and all of the outdoor lights got boxed up and put away for another year. Let's just say that with all of the decorations put away, the house looks so much larger!
This was our 3rd year of participating in the Montford Historic District Tour of Homes. We had over 600 people tour our B&B from 1-5 pm on December 10th. Once again, we had Santa on our front porch and a full table of holiday cookies and hot cider in the Dining Room at Abbington Green. I'd like to take a moment to thank Greg, Dennis, Carey, Zack, Katie, Ivy and Ken for all of their hard work that day.
Next on our list for the month was our semi-annual deep cleaning project. The Housekeeping team led by Greg cleaned and detailed each room from top to bottom. For those of you who know me, I have high standards and cleanliness is a top priority at Abbington Green every day.
The third project we are taking on this month is publishing our next volume of our cookbook--A Taste of Abbington Green, Volume 2. Guests continue to ask for recipes that didn't fit into Volume 1, so we decided to go ahead and create Volume 2. It will contain the following 8 sections: Fruit Courses, Cakes and Breads, Side Dishes, Breakfast Main Courses, Social Hour and High Tea Entertaining, Cookies, and we've updated this next volume to include two new sections that feature our Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Favorites and our Natural Indoor/Outdoor Home and Garden Remedies.
The biggest news that I get to share with you is the realization of the second part of my dream for Abbington Green is finally coming true. My original dream for over 15 years was to open a Spa with a small Bed & Breakfast attached all on the island of Santorini, Greece.
With the tough economy in Greece, I had to adjust my dream to making it happen in the U.S. So here we now are, in beautiful Asheville, NC, with a wonderful Bed and Breakfast...but no spa. My dream just wasn't complete.
Our handyman, Dennis, has been hard at work with the Parlor renovation project. He's been calling it the "Sparlor".
He has refurbished and repurposed an antique cabinet into a sink and has added French Doors, circa 1908, with their original hardware. Both were great local finds for us at the Tobacco Barn, my favorite antique store.
The Spa at Abbington Green will offer our guests (and eventually locals!) the opportunity to expand their experience and relaxation time at Abbington Green. It fits right in with my philosophies of providing our guests exceptional service and the experience of locally sourced, North Carolina products.
I owe a lot of my being able to achieve my dream of adding a Spa here at the Inn to 2 people: Steve and Carey. Steve continues to believe in me and to support my dreams. Having Carey as our GM has allowed me to take on new things and to grow the idea of having the Spa come to reality at the Inn.
All the best,