Monday, September 28, 2009

At Cumberland Falls to Participate in Asheville's Christmas Gingerbread Tour

Calling all folks that love the smell, sight and eating delights of GINGERBREAD; and who doesn't?
Our  inn is a member of Asheville Legendary Inns and delighted to be a part of a Christmas Gingerbread Tour that  debuts this year. We would like to have you come and experience the Art and Magic of Gingerbread and the Holiday Season with us.

This tour is new to Asheville and will be a yearly event.  2009's Theme is taken from Clement Moore's beloved Christmas poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Our tour includes transportation by our Gray Line Trolley which will transport you to four of Asheville's finest inns & on your journey there will be songs and music of the Holiday season that will have you singing out loud.  It is our fervent hope that each inn will hear our guests coming long before we see you at the front door. We are known for our very fun guests. Every inn will have a Gingerbread House scene depicting some part of this beloved poem. Come and reclaim your childhood with us as you view the decorations lovingly placed, the lights burning bright, the glow of fireplaces and houses of Gingerbread as your imagination takes flight.
Last one on the trolley is a rotten egg! Go to our Gingerbread site for tickets, dates and details.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monarch Butterflies' Flight Through Asheville, N. C.

There is magic in the air in Asheville and we want to share it with our guests. What magic you ask?

One of the many blessings in Asheville is an annual phenomenon of nature in which we Ashevillians get to view the passage of thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies as they make their way across to Mexico.

Now, this is nature and as we all know, Mother Nature does not operate by clocks but rather by an internal mechanism known only to the earth. This spectacle usually begins mid September and goes on for several weeks once it starts. For sure it began after the 19th of September this year as we and several of our guests went looking for the lovely sight and it would appear they "slept in" that day.

Generally, they are spotted on the Blue Ridge Parkway about 35 minutes south of Asheville. According to the Parkway folks, the altitudes at which the Monarchs fly make it difficult to experience the viewing of this exodus anywhere else along their trip home to Mexico. At over 5,000 feet Wagon Wheel Gap provides the optimal viewing area in which these ethereal, winged creatures are offered up as a vision as they make their way home.

So, come on over, we'll have breakfast here At Cumberland Falls and try and find the magic of the Monarchs.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Monday, September 21, 2009

Things That Go Bump In the Night in Asheville, North Carolina

This week it is feeling Fallesque.  I can smell it and feel it in the air.  Autumn has always been one of my favorite times of year.  I mean, what's not to like?  Cooler temperatures, leaves beginning their metamorphosis from beautiful and varied greens to the kalidoscope of colors that Western North Carolina offers up each year as a precious gift to locals and visitors alike.  Favorite,snuggly sweaters get to come out of exile, apples are tasty and plentiful and yes, there's All Hallows' Eve; also known as Halloween. 
Halloween actually has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival: Samhain.  This was a time dedicated to taking stock of supplies and slaughtering the required amount of animal protein deemed necessary for impending winter.  That's all fine and good, but let's talk candy......
Breathes there a child or an adult for that matter that isn't gobsmacked by the idea that there is going to be free candy? Ok, now let's be realistic.  Always and everywhere there will be some participators in this fest that will just buy anything to get the job done!  Candy no one really gets thrilled with and wants to give away. These pitiful specimens will be what I have always termed " loser" candy. However, lurking deep within every Trick or Treaters soul beats the yearning heart of a child (or a desperate adult furtively waiting either in the wings or at home) just lusting for a Hershey Bar, Butterfinger, Baby Ruth or some fun item they had "back in the day" like Dot's, Bit O'Honey, Chunky or Goobers. Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end. Why, you didn't even have to have them x-rayed. 
Gary and I will be on the porch again this Halloween waiting to see all the creativity, innocence, fun and fright this year's children have in store for us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast.  Crack out the sweater and join us.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Astounding Asheville will capture you!

I admit it!  I am in love with Asheville.  This love affair caught me quite by surprise.  Gary and I came to Asheville not in small part in response to his job at a Florida utility company transferring us from our long time home to a location neither of us was fond of.  Not being ones to accept adverse living conditions, we began proactively searching for a new place to love.  Following the old adage, "you can never go home again" we began the process of ferreting out a new place to call our home.
Frankly, we had raised our child in Pt. St. Lucie, Florida, it was the beginning of my nursing career lasting many years & now filled with a lifetime of patients that were also friends, Gary had done most of the work of his adult life in there as well.  We were leaving a lifetime of memories and friends to find our new place.  I was, to say the very least, skeptical about the liklihood of finding a place that would ever feel like home again. 
Home is a feeling of the heart, a place where your soul feels it has found a place of peace.  It is sometimes an intangible that denies description achievable in words.
I believe now, after residing here for 10 years, that Asheville claims its own.  When I arrived, my response was nothing short of visceral.  I, who on occasion must search for complete certainty in many things, was captured.  I cannot identify why or what save to say I knew I belonged here.  Though my feet had never trod this ground before, I was home.  I was claimed!  In discussion after discussion with folks from every walk of life, the very same thing is repeated to me over and over as they share their stories of capture and surrender to the magic that is Asheville
I am going to end this saga with some of the accolades this small gem of a city has garnered but the real story is much more difficult to define.  It is a matter of the heart.
Join us here, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast.  You too may wish to be captured.

Money Magazine:  One of the Best Places to Retire
AARP: Best Place to Re-Invent your Life
Self:  Proclaims Asheville the "Happiest city."
National Geograhic Traveler: Asheville Ranked in the top 50 globally/top 10 nationally.
American Style: Number 2 of small cities in the annual "Top 25 Arts Destinations."
Where to Retire Magazine: Asheville one of its "Eight Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers."
Country Home Magazine: "2007 Best Green Places."
Southern Living:  Best of the South Readers Choice for Best Resorts/Hotels, Best Mountain Destination & Best Scenic Highway.
America's 100 Best Places to Retire

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Monday, September 14, 2009

October Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in Asheville, North Carolina

Join us for Music and Crafts in our beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains. 
All locals including Gary and I anxiously anticipate the upcoming 62nd season of the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. It comes again to Asheville October 15-18, 2009.  This event is not to be missed and connoisseurs and novices alike will align at this location to craft a collection, connect with mountain tradition and invest in regional culture of both crafts and music.
Experience all that downtown Asheville, N.C. has to offer not the least of which is this awesome extravaganza of art & music on display at our Civic Center. Enjoy learning opportunities provided by area experts on beekeeping, canning, preserving, coppering, heritage toy making, blacksmithing, natural dyeing, spinning and folk pottery.
This is event not be be missed and we hope to have an opportunity to enjoy it with you here At Cumberland Falls.
Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Friday, September 11, 2009

Autumnal Equinox Time Passages

Every year something special happens in September and most of us don't even notice.  It's called the Autumnal Equinox, which mean the equator has exactly twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness.  It's the Earth's way of saying "We've had a nice hot summer, now let's balance that with cool colorful fall."
The equinox used to be a big deal, sparkling rituals and festivals of harvest and gratitude.  These days we tell our time by cell phones nestled in our pockets rather than watching the sun lazily arch across the sky.  It's unlikely the Autumnal Equinox makes the cut for an alarm signaling a proper holiday (read as "purchase required").
I think that's the charm of this humble celebration.  It requires nothing more than gratitude.  We gather in our harvest, whether it be a literal harvest of fruits and vegetables, or a more metaphoric one of family and blessings, and send up a quiet "thank you".  The earth has once again provided all that is necessary for health and nourishment.  All we add is a bit of love, a thankful heart and if we're lucky, a dose of laughter.
Here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast we find ourselves grateful for the rain that cause our lovely plants to stretch up and bloom and the guests that chose to spend the night here trusting us to tend to and care about the little things for them just for a time.
Our harvest is plentiful, full of juicy memories, small slices of pain balanced with extra helpings of joy and we are grateful.
By Abigail Batton

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Garden Lessons At Cumberland Falls B&B

Normally At Cumberland Falls B&B we have a part-time gardener to help out with the garden work but lean times call for mean decisions and we made one! We were to be the only gardeners at the inn this year.
Gardening is hard work and done well it incorporates a lot of the qualities that compiled together make for a good life.
Gardening requires patience.  Who among us could not benefit from more of that?  It is not my strong suit by a long shot. Out there, I improve it.
Gardening requires faith.  Well, of course it does.  One places hands in soil- warm, soft and by volume far in excess of the tiny seed you place in it's care.  As a matter of course, you water, weed and care for this thing yet to be with all your childhood faith that in time something miraculous will occur.  One day, just like an unexpected gift, it does!  By magic (not really) a soft green shoot begins to break the surface of the dirt and stretch toward the sun and a plant has been born.
Gardening requires a well thought out  plan, constantly in evaluation, always evolving and changing, often drastically in moments as do the seasons that reign supreme in the realm of the outdoors.  Life can be like that too.  We can control our response to our situations in life but only someone that has not lived at all really believes that we have any further control over our lives than that. Just like the sudden downpour or a hint of sun peaking through the sky after darkness has prevailed,  life sends us on paths that are sudden, sometimes challenging and nearly always inconstant.
Gardening requires love.  Ok, maybe love is too strong a word but I really don't think so.  Show me a lovely, thriving, vibrant well tended garden and I will show you a labor of love.  The soul of the tender is rendered bare for all to view in the choice of a bold color when they felt surety, the choice of a meek, pale, delicate plant to soften some tougher scrubs surrounding it or perhaps the nursing of some lack luster performer sure to have been tossed if not for the prayer that it would one day be the most thriving specimen in the garden.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Asheville Theater

For all you girls of a "certain age" who find yourselves in examination of your life, wondering about the "what if's"--- I had to let you know about an upcoming production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville.

Not to spoil the plot but the backstory is one in which the characters (Maureen and her elderly mother) spend their days pretty much seeing which one of them can "get it over" on the other and the whole thing degenerates into rather perverse behavior on both parts.

The unexpected return of Maureen's old flame offers her a glimpse into something she had long since lost sight or hope of ever happening:    Escape. 

I will be there and all of us here At Cumberland Falls hope you will join us. What could be better?  Besides, it's fall and Asheville is enchanting at that time of the year. Hope to see you!

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Offers Fall Fling Special

Fall is a time of transition ... you can resist the cooling nights and the shorter days, or you can embrace it as we do here At Cumberland Falls!

From now through October 15, 2009, we invite you to bring the love of your life for a 2 or 3 night visit (mid week) to enjoy early Fall in the magic of our gardens.  Indulge in our scrumptious 3-course breakfast each day you are with us, take advantage of the 2 Biltmore Passes good for a 2-day admission we will present to you at check in, and delight in our gift of a rose and hand dipped chocolate berries in remembrance of your time with us.   Each of our guest rooms are appointed with all of your needs and comforts in mind.

Prices start at $448.00-$785.00

Taxes not included. Subject to availability & change, cannot be combined with any other offers.
Must be requested at time of booking.
Good September 2, 2009 thru October 15, 2009.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls