Monday, January 31, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Enjoys Biltmore Estate Wine Popularity

A secret to most, our beloved North Carolina ranks seventh in the entire country in wine production. Our inn enjoys Biltmore Estate Wine popularity and marvels that, despite the rhetoric about the Napa Valley, Biltmore Estate is the most visited winery in the entire United States. Does the number one million astound you? Wine tourism is a hot topic in our state.

Established in 1971, in a carefully selected location on the estate, the first plantings were French-American hybrids. Vinifera plantings followed; carefully chosen and overseen by William A.V. Cecil always with his grandfather's vision that the estate be self-supporting. Just as it was hoped, the demand for Biltmore Wine continues to grow, prosper and innovations continue under the leadership of Bill Cecil, Jr., current CEO and president of Biltmore Company and great-grandson of Biltmore Estate owner, George W. Vanderbilt.

Patti and Gary Wiles,  Innkeepers 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Biltmore Estate Package

One of the most awesome sights Asheville North Carolina has to offer is Biltmore Estate. Our  B&B offers Package deals to avail our guests the experience of this French Renaissance chateau. We have lived here for nearly 12 years and have looked upon America's largest privately owned home many times never ceasing to be impressed by its commanding beauty. The spires, the architecture, the expanse, the interior... all impressive of course, but as a gardener my love is of the land (some 8,000 plus acres) this magnificent estate occupies. All Irish folks are lovers of the land.
If you are a gardener,it is guaranteed to impress and if not, 16th century original art, a library of over 10,000 volumes, 70 foot ceilings, 250 plus rooms, a vineyard, winery and summer concert tour will surely sweeten the pot. We'd love to help you with a Biltmore Estate Package designed just for you.

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine's Gift Extraordinaire from Asheville's Premier Bed and Breakfast

I realize it is frightening to comtemplate only slightly over one month post Santa's arrival but Valentine's Day is next. This could be a daunting dilemma but we have your back with Valentine's Gift Extraordinaire from Asheville's Premier Bed and Breakfast.

I invite you to contemplate the misery you will be in gentleman while trodding desperately from store to store with each sales associate you encounter asking personal questions about your beloved; the kind you likely have either no answers for at all or potentially more problematic, the wrong answers. They will want to know favorite colors, sizes, lengths...Why the questions go on and on. It's enough to make one shun personal relationships entirely just to avoid the anxiety!

Buck up, pick up the phone and call us. We can turn your sweaty, anxious, potential trainwreck into a romantic love story featuring you...Yes, you as the hero of your own epic. Not every day a person gets to do that.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

At Cumberland Falls Spicy Pretzels

In the back and forth of Christmas gifts of the heart many are becoming home made. That kind of gift is so appreciated and the time, thought and energy that goes into the preparation makes is a Gift of the Heart. A friend of mine, Bonnie Marsh, also a wonderful innsitter for whom the bell tolls, gave us a magnificent one this past Christmas. We had to beat ourselves away from them and you will too. She had received it from a friend of hers (Carrie) and don't know whether she customized it some before she made the pretzels given to Gary and I but now I too have customized them into At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn's Spicy Pretzels. Make them at you own risk:

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Spicy Pretzels:
Pre-heat oven to 200 Degrees.

1 bag of Snyder's Pretzels. I used nuggets because they are easy to eat, not messy and hence subject to being crumbed all over the inn.

Spread these about a 13"X9" pan.

In a bowl:

1/2 pack of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch Dressing (Bonnie used regular Ranch packet and they too were wonderful.) I just like the bite of a bit of heat.

1 tsp. garlic powder (more if you like)

A smattering of cayenne pepper. Don't go too crazy because if you are already using the Spicy Ranch, it could become too intense.

1 1/2 tsp. of dill. I imagine that you could use any spice at all you like. I made another batch as Dill/Chive and added a morsel of white sugar as I baked them and stirred trying for the salty-sweet thing I so love. I used fresh spice and think it made the pretzels what they were.

3/4 cup of vegetable oil or olive oil. (The next time I make these, I am going to reduce the oil to 1/2 cup and see if I think the flavor is adversely affected.

Mix up all the above until they are very well blended. Please feel free to experiment with the above ingredients as you wish. I did and produced great results.

Pour this mixture as equally as possible over the pretzels. Stir and bake for 15 mins, repeat this procedure until the pretzels have been in the 200 degree oven for one hour.


Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, January 23, 2011

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn alerts all Lion's Den Lovers

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn was originally built in 1902. Those of you who have graced her halls in the nearly 12 years we have owned our inn know that this home has worn many hats over her years from ranging from Bible Repository, to boarding house to private residence and now a bed and breakfast. While she is a grand old girl; every woman needs her upkeep. Through the years since our purchase of this "wonder of Victorian architecture" we have noted (as all owners of older homes will tell you) that a large part of keeping your home well kept and spiffy is to address things in a proactive manner. In other words, don't wait until it is broken to begin the fix. We have altered air conditioning to provide greater guest comfort, replaced the back porch, painted and winterized our inn, enhanced the man made waterfalls in the back, broadened the size and scope of our gardens and all this in addition to ensuring that it has "wow" quality from a guest perspective.

The Lion's Den remains the favorite room in our home for my husband but after a critical, if loving, look at its faux paint, we have determined that our beloved Lion's Den needs a bit of fine tuning on the walls. So, we are now exploring colors,character and paint processes to determine what the new wall decor will be. No worries Lion's Den lovers, we will keep the flavor of this well loved room seeking only to make a good thing extraordinary. Keep posted for new pictures and the "reveal" of the Lion's Den new wall look.

Chris Barrow, from Sundance Interiors, our trusty paint artist will, I am sure, make his customary magic.
He has maintained all the walls of our home since we purchased it and we marvel at his work. We think you have marveled at it too. So, I'll end with an ode to the beauty and history of these old mansions kept alive by those of us who love them by John Keats.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let Asheville Be your Muse

Sometimes, especially for the outdoor appreciator among us, winter seems a bit too cold and always too long. Take heart, let Asheville be your muse and plan to attend The Fine Arts League of The Carolinas workshop availability. Asheville NC is always a place of interest so plan a getaway and we would love to be your hosts.

The League will be hosting one or two day workshops and I am so thrilled to show you just some of the opportunities to unleash your artistic potential.

Let Asheville be your Muse!

January 28-29: Portrait Drawing
28-29: Still Life Painting

Feb 11-12: Self Portrait
Feb 11-12: Stone Carving
Feb 25-26: Etching
Feb 25-26: Portrait Drawing

March-April-May events still forming and if you are pre-planning a visit at that time you can call for information: 828-252-5050.
Space is limited and these courses popular so sign up today.
At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn will provide flawless directions for you to follow to the classes on Depot St. and a gloriously wonderful breakfast to begin your day in the very best way.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Monday, January 17, 2011

Asheville Has Some Big Winter Shows Planned.

Winter does not have to be blue in Asheville North Carolina because Asheville has some big winter shows planned.

Many of the guests At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, most especially some of my return guests seeking the peace, quiet, reduction in crowds and serenity Asheville can offer at this time of the year, seek winter for their visits to our inn. Now, in some places everything completely dies in the winter time. Why there may not even a good meal to be had. So not Asheville.

For those in the planning stages of their potential winter break I wanted you to have this information in advance just in case you need some help planning your Asheville getaway

January 18, 2011 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: Robert Plant(formerly of Led Zeppelin) and Band of Joy.

January 23, 2011 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: America's favorite father figure, Bill Cosby for night of comedy sure to produce belly laughs.

February 16, 2011 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: Lord of the Dance.

February 19, 2011 at Asheville Civic Center arena: Bassnectar

March 1, 2011 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: Celtic Women with Songs from the Heart.

March 5, 2011 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium: Bright Eyes.

Asheville will be cold no doubt but your heart and mind will be reelingly warm with all this excitment sure to make the cold nights of winter pass quickly.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Friday, January 14, 2011

Asheville Upcoming Happenings from At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

I will begin this blog on upcoming events with another Moogfest in the planning. Knoxville, Tenn. promoter, Ashley Capps is promising a redux of the first extremely successful and well attended Moogfest held on October 29-31, 2010 the scene of thousands of music-lovers descending on downtown Asheville over the Halloween weekend. As soon as there is more information about the details, I will blog about it here. For the guests At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn this was a huge event, second only to Beerfest so I promise full and complete disclosure as soon as more concrete details are available.

Actionfest, a forum for those loving movies with gusto will air this year at the Carolina Cinema on April 7-10, 2011. Now, the girls might/or might not wish to enjoy a Spa day rather than endure the white knuckled experiences these flicks usually provide. If a facial sounds more calming than the rocket belt flight and Chuck Norris appearance fans enjoyed last year, party on. You be your own lead dog.
I mean, there is something to be said for a "rocket belt" transportation system. Wonder how much the gas for those puppies are?

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Asheville is BEER CITY

While not a particular favorite of mine for sure....folks seem to like all things beer. Asheville is beer city. It would seem that all beers are not created equally and quality, variety, ingredients, brewing style and the like all morph together to create a very varied beer scene well appreciated by connoisseurs of this alluring beverage. To hear my guests discuss this libation and the waxing poetic phrases attached to it while not something I can actually "get" in a visceral way clearly is a hot topic among beer lovers. What do I know about beer anyway? I am fixing their breakfast.

Asheville Beer City Festival's finds its planning and implementation well underway in preparation for a second successful year. Stay tuned to this Blog for all the latest information designed especially for all you "slaves to the brew."

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Asheville is Theater

Many moons ago when my husband and I began our search for a new place to purchase a bed and breakfast inn there were several criteria. We had spent the three years previous in a place where seeing a play or performance art of any kind was about as likely as pigs flying. When during our relocation search someone said the words, "Asheville is Theater" it immediately piqued our interest.

2011 will bring these words home in new and exciting ways. Though the fair Asheville had always been a strong art community in all ways that term can be interpreted, it's star is rising again in 2011. The Magnetic Field performance theatre located in our eclectic River Arts District is set to become a "destination location" for folks looking for theater. It's maiden performance hosted big crowds as they enjoyed,"The 27th annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular" and this theater is expecting to host another robust attendance for "When Jekyll Met Hyde" a macabre twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Looking east, another new theater venue is popping up. The Altamont Theatre will now occupy the space at 18 Church St. as its 120 seat black box space offers Asheville residents and vistors alike musical theatre designed for pure enjoyment.

The Masonic Temple (mentioned as part of At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn's previous blogs on Asheville Architecture) will enjoy a rebirth of use as our unique and very talented Montford Park Players ply their crafts on such productions as "The Patient" and "The Real Inspector Hound" at this location.

Coupling these new darlings with an already present and active Asheville Community Theater, North Carolina Stage Company, BeBe Theatre and the close proximity to Flat Rock Playhouse bodes well for thepians and thespian lovers alike as Asheville's theatre star rises high to the delight of all.
Let the show begin! I can hardly wait.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast offers the Gift of Tandoori Spice

The New Year is here along with all the resolutions typically made to have a more varied diet and live more in keeping with a healthy lifestyle.
Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn offers the Gift of Tandoori Spice in this blog. It is a magnificent change of pace to the tired chicken and turkey dish casseroles complete with entirely new flavors that I believe you will really like and may put a whole new slant on the age old quest "What's for dinner?" So, in keeping with being a bit more global, use this spice and let me know if you don't think it is really awesome. We did.
Mix some up for a welcome to a new neighbor, an inspired hostess gift, give some to your Mom or your newly independently living offspring. Hey, it's a New Year! Shake 'em up a bit.

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Tandoori Spice Rub:

1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. lemon zest

Whisk all ingredients into small bowl to blend. Can be made two weeks ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Asheville's Soft Blanket of Snow

Those of us lucky enough to be living in the wonderful city of Asheville have had more than a bit of contact with our snow shovels as recently as Christmas day which provided our own up close and personal Currier and Ives moment. Before we moved here and were still living in Florida, my husband and I actually took vacations searching for a bit of white snow of the type predicted to fall today; Asheville's soft blanket of snow.

It is such a beautiful sight to see. The creation of magic as those tiny, soft crystals dance their way out of the sky making all they surface softer, cleaner and somehow transfiguring the ordinary surfaces they perch on into "otherworldly." Whether swirling gracefully about your feet or pelting your car window, each occurrence seems to have a personality all its own. It feels a quiet hush, almost a pause when you venture outside into an atmosphere in which the potential for magic is magnified.

Last year, the first snow day did not find me At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn working as would have been the normal course of events. Rather, I was off and my sister and I decided to go for a walk to enjoy the first snowfall of the year.
We walked and walked on the clear white snow talking quietly. No one was about, no cars were out and it was almost as if there was no one else in the world save us two. Mesmerized as we continued our trek enjoying this majesty my sister quietly whispered, "Maybe we'll see one today." Lost in my thoughts and unsure that what I thought I'd heard her say was accurate I replied, "See what?" "A Unicorn", she replied. Now, some who have never been snow walkers might doubt this but for those of us with a bit of whimsy still in our souls and a remembrance of the inventiveness of childhood capes that when tied around our necks allowed us mere mortals the capability of flight...Well, you understand.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Tax Refund may provide a much needed vacation At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

The bad news is: It's tax season. The good news is a tax refund may provide a much needed vacation At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

Gary and I have owned our inn for over 11 1/2 years and we have, over that time, secured a reasonable amount of return business. Many of those guests have returned at the same time every year in celebration of a special event in the lives, a birthday, anniversary e.g. or a personal achievement of some kind.

We also have a specific set of guests that purposely chose to come during Asheville's winter months. Many, like my husband and I often did, don't make their homes in places that enjoy seasonal climate change and they are seeking cold temperatures and the possibility of encountering the magic of snow. I laugh every time a guest tells us that in complete camaraderie, knowing how many times Gary and I headed up north in pursuit of the exact same thing. We desperately wanted to be cold and hopefully find snow. Further, acting as an added incentive is the fact that winter, after Christmas and New Year's Eve At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn enjoys its lowest rates all year.

We hope to see you then. I can think of no better way to enjoy the additional funds from your tax refund than a stay in Asheville where any way you like it is the catch phrase of the day.

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast