Friday, April 29, 2011

Asheville Herb Festival Fuels my Basil Pesto Extravaganza

One of the most wonderful weekends to be found in our Asheville hamlet is the Plant/Herb Sale, AKA Growin Wild in Western North Carolina at the Farmer's Market.  The Asheville Herb Festival fuels my Basil Pesto extravaganza every year. Basil will only be a small part of the herbs, plants, accessories etc. that will be available at this sale.  The home gardener can usually find anything from pineapple sage; one of my special favorites to chocolate mint, johnny jump ups and everything in between.  There will be vines, japanese maples, fresh produce and more.  It is such a wonderful, joyful, out in the air entertainment! Happy dogs on lead, some music playing and joyful excitement is tangible as those gardeners who have been "holed up" all winter long finally get back to growing things again.  Come out to the Framer's Market and join us and if that is simply not possible enjoy this recipe that I often make for weddings at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Basil Pesto

3 cups chopped fresh basil
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/8 cup walnuts
2/3 cup fresh grated parmesan
2 T. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coriander

Place the basil in your blender. Instill 1 T. of the oil and blend basil into a paste  Gradually add in the pine nuts, walnuts, cheese, all spices and remaining oil.   Continue to blend till smooth. 
Things I have used this on.  Bread, pasta, filling for shells or mixed in veggies for extra flavor.  I have also added it to vinegar and oil to enhance the flavor of a salad dressing.  Wherever you put it....You will love it there.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Souls of Asheville North Carolina

I drive down Merrimon Avenue every single day usually processing a laundry list of things I need to do, grocery items needed for the day or some other element necessary for the running of our bed and breakfast. People watching along the drive provides an opportunity to observe the souls of Asheville as they move through their day.

There is a woman in my path on Merrimon Avenue.  She is only one of many mentally ill folks making the streets of anytown, USA their home since the government decided they could not fund the programs once helping them through their illnesses to stake a claim on their lives. She pulls her belongings in a wheeled tote while holding another bag as well in her other hand. She is disheveled, always has a raincoat on and is generally screaming so loud that I  hear her clearly even with the windows up.  She is obviously involved in discourse with the unseen more times than not. It is never peaceful in nature as evidenced by both her strident body movements and desperate, pained expression. She invades my thoughts often even when she is no where in sight.  I wonder if she is warm, I wonder if she has had anything to eat, had any place to take a shower. I wonder where night will find her and if she will be safe.

Once, I observed her on a particularly difficult day and I pulled my car over thinking I would approach her in an effort to help.  I lost my nerve once pulled over fearing that in her clearly delusional state she might perceive me as an unfriendly force and react in kind.  My fear of being injured disabled my desire to assist. I know other people see her too. She is likely in the thoughts of many. Our thoughts will not help her and likely she lives her life so beleaguered by the voices of the unreal, she has little time to seek any reality of her own thought, no less have any belief that she may be in the thoughts of others. Confusion, fear and her illness are eating her alive as she walks among people not so very different than she is, save her illness.  Though I don't know her, I know I have failed her and in failing her, I have failed some humanity test where there may be no real answers.
Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves Penzey'sBlueberry Cream Cheese Squares

 Blueberry season is coming to the mountains. Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves Penzey's Blueberry Cream Cheese Squares . I made a valiant attempt at growing blueberries here at our inn and the growth part was successful....the harvest part...Not so much.  It seems our bird population here made off with them before I could harvest them.   We often choose to celebrate the arrival of the blueberry season by using the blueberries in cereal, yogurt-granola parfaits or pancakes but when I read this recipe I knew I would make this.  Let me know if you do.  It was a real hit.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Squares

 Prepare 9" X 13" pan buttered lightly.

1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 cups fresh blueberries
1 package of graham cracker crumbs (about 4 cups of finely crushed graham crackers)

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
1- 9 oz. package of non-dairy whipped topping, thawed.  One cannot use real whipped cream in this preparation. It will not hold up.

Combine the corn starch, sugar, water and blueberries in a med. saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until you note thickening and is bubbling, stirring regularly.  Cool.  Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press half of the buttered crumbs in the bottom of your buttered 9X 13 pan.

Beat the cream cheese until softened.  Combine in the sugar whipping until smooth.  Add vanilla.  You will need to combine the cream cheese and butter for long enough to actually mix the sugar avoiding the grainy feel.  Gently fold in the whipped topping.  Spread 1/2 of this mixture over the crumbs. Spread 1/2 of the blueberry filling over the cream cheese layer.  Add another cheese layer followed by another blueberry layer in that order ending with the remaining crumbs.

Chill overnight. Serve to grateful recipients.  Wait for it....Applause! 

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

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sweet Potato Wedgies- a Penzey's Treasure now adopted by our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 Below you will find a delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Wedgies-A Penzey's Treasure now adopted by our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

4 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 T. canola oil per potato
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. cracked rosemary
1/4 tsp of ground cumin
1/4 tsp. of penzey's pepper (or other)
1/4 tsp. of kosher salt

Peel and cut potato into wedges.  Brush with oil and sprinkle with spices. Bake the taties at 375 degrees for 25-30 mins., turning one time 1/2 way through baking process. 

This recipe has been adopted by our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is a take off of a Penzeys Spices recipe that they send in those handy-dandy newsletters. All of these recipes are sent in by cooks using their spices.  We use those recipes or variants of them often and love Penzeys.

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

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Leader of the Band has Died

 One of the most important challenges of having a successful bed and breakfast is offering a warm, welcoming environment and engendering feelings peace and happiness in your guests.  The Leader of the Band has died but he offered us the very best lessons hospitality has to offer during his tenure with us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.

We bought our inn in 1999 and had no experience at all with Koi fish.  Part of the charm of our back property is the pond in which Bubba made his home.  Every person who comes to our home no doubt enjoys the gardens and  the small wooden footbridge has been the scene of more than one engagement.   Flowers and peaceful surroundings are always appreciated but flora is not everyone's bag.  Bubba, the Southern gentleman Koi fish, had universal appeal.

The guests to our inn have off street parking and as they make their sojourn to our front door, they passed the Koi pond.  Bubba was always glad to see them and he was quick to let them know that as he made his approach to the side of the pond extending his best fin forward in greeting and friendship. His delight in seeing a visitor was palpable. His demonstrated eagerness to make a welcome personal, special and meaningful won him many hearts.  He leaves behind many of his breed but he was a stand alone Koi.  We miss his friendliness, his joie de vivre and his true servants heart as he welcomed our guests.

Learning the importance of hospitality as only he could deliver it was a joy.  You know, in the religious community there appears to be great debate regarding whether animals upon their death, go to heaven.  I have always believed they did.  I have had dogs that, had they been human, would have been canonized and no one with degrees in hospitality was able to receive guests in a more heartfelt sincere manner than Bubba.  May God bless his 80 years on this earth and enjoy him as much as we did. 

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mom and Asheville Innkeeper pondered the Easter Bunny

Though Easter was primarily a religious holiday at our home we also welcomed the pageantry of the Easter celebration with decorations and flair.  Every year of my life since age 20 when I became a Mommy, I have decorated our home for Easter and participated in egg dyeing but always this Mom and Asheville Innkeeper pondered the Easter Bunny.  Rabbits are "live bearers" and  I have often wondered what in the world the Easter bunny had to do with eggs.  The tradition is adorable.  I mean- what's not to like about beautifully colored eggs being transported in a "cute as a button basket" by none other than an adorable, fluffy and very soft rabbit?  Well, except that they don't lay eggs! 

The inclusion  of eggs in the Easter ritual began in the Roman empire and southwest Germany.  The german people actually made the eggs as something of a confection using pastry and sugar as their components.

The people of Germany settling in Pennsylvania Dutch country of the United States are responsible for the Easter bunny also known by the name of  "Osterhase" arriving in the United States.  The children of the community were to build brightly colored nests, hiding them about.   Their rewards were very much driven, as Santa Claus legend goes, by their good behavior as to whether decorated eggs were placed  in their baskets.  
Eggs, rabbits and hares are long noted as symbols of fertility.  The eggs and their fertility quotient coupled with the fact that rabbits not only give birth to large litters but can have these litters several times a year.  It is said that female rabbits can actually conceive an entire new warren of bunnies while already in a state of  pregnancy  giving rise to such popular sayings as, "to breed like bunnies" or to" multiply like rabbits." 
Spring, being a time of re-birth and renewal, it is really not too surprising that both rabbits and eggs have taken their place in becoming the quintessential fertility symbol.

It is surmised, though not known that the coloring of the eggs to beautiful shades is tied in some manner to the  profusion of flowers spring is known for producing in nearly every color imaginable.  In earlier days, the Eastern Orthodoxy typically chose red dye for the eggs as a symbol for the blood of Christ sacrificed on the cross.  Green, another popular color, in honor of all the newly noted green shoots sprouting up from the ground as part of the end of winter and Springs abundance.

So, as we all go to the table with our children and grandchildren to begin yet another egg dyeing session and contests to see who can render the most beautiful of  specimens- I hope I  have provided fodder for what should prove to be an interesting trivia exploration with the younger sect. In thinking of this discussion, I am already laughing thinking of the strange permutations our kids will make in the re-telling of this story to their friends and teachers. I see some interesting days ahead if your child is anything like mine was.  Enjoy!

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

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stunned by Sports violence

My now completely defunct love affair with team sports began while working in the emergency room of my local hospital as I, along wth the rest of the country, began to take note of the increasing statistics regarding  escalating domestic violence episodes associated with Super bowl Sunday.  That said, this innkeeper is stunned by Sports violence.

Bryan Stowe, before he was viciously beaten to a pulp in a Los Angeles parking lot after leaving a baseball game, was a colleague in that he worked in the medical field.  He spent his working hours in service to others likely saving lives of those in his care. At 42 years old he was also both a father of two young children as well as a husband.

On March 31 of this year he became something else;  a victim of crime. Can anyone wrap their head around a man being beaten with such sustained ferocity, vigor and intention to maim for wearing clothing signaling his team preference to a sporting event?  The trauma to his head after being repeated struck, beaten and kicked resulted in sustaining traumatic brain injury sufficient to produce a coma. I am not able to even comprehend this type of raw violence in response to a GAME.

Sports can bring many hours of enjoyment and entertainment.  It can be a source of camaraderie, team work, excellence and sportsmanship. That said, there is an extremely aggressive component to the world of sports. That aggression seems to bring out dark personality components in players and spectators alike.  Episodes of this kind are not unique but rather frighteningly common.
The sports industry as a whole would show real care, insight and intelligence not often credited to them to take a hard look at themselves, their messages and their intent. Their fans deserve no less. Play hard can be subject to interpretation and the ramifications can be life altering and forever.      

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fastest Dinner on Record from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

How many times do you find yourself going out to dinner, usually ingesting something much more unhealthy than you would make at home and the primary reason you are doing this is ...It's perceived as being less trouble?  Here is the fastest dinner on record from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

Tomato Quesadilla:  (Variations at your will)

1 can of diced tomatoes- I use the ones called petite diced ( with spices, fire-roasted or whatever strikes your fancy)
2/3 cup of frozen corn

1/3 cup chopped onion
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

2/3 cup rinsed black beans
1/4 or less tsp. of ground red pepper  * Do not add this if you have chosen fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
7 ozs. monterey jack cheese (I buy the one already shredded)

Add tomatoes, corn, beans, onion, cilantro, garlic salt,red pepper and lime juice all together in bowl.

Heat cast iron skilled over med. heat only to brown and melt cheese.  Place tortilla on skillet. Spread about 1/3 cup cheese of one side of each tortilla.  Spoon 1/4 cup salsa in over cheese. Fold tortilla in half over filling.  Can serve as whole or cut into slices.  Sour cream on side.  Delicious, healthy and less than 20 mins.  You couldn't even be seated and order ....No less be served in that much time.  

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Tabbouleh Triumph Recipe

I would say it has been many years since some of our favorite guests, Jan and Amr have been to stay with us.  When they first stayed with us, they were a newly married couple and they left us this Asheville Bed and Breakfast Tabbouleh Triumph Recipe...Well, that's what I named it because my replication of Amr's able efforts was a triumph for me.  Trust me, it will be for you too as this side dish will become a healthy, awesome side to nearly any lunch or dinner meat you are serving and will become a crowd favorite. Now they have young children and getting away is not as easy as it was. Earlier days and the memory of Amr in my kitchen creating this dish, chatting about how he and Jan met, their early lives as children in Iraq and Jordan respectively will always be a fond memory of our earliest years of owning our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

Enjoy the dish remembering we are a part of a much expanded world.

Tabbouleh Triumph Recipe:

1/2 cup course bulgar
2 cups chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup mint
2 medium, ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers (kirby or European-you won't have to seed the euro.)
peel them, seed of necessary and chopped up reasonably fine.
1 scallion, finely chopped
1/2 cup yellow pepper, chopped
small onion, chopped fine
garlic 2 small cloves minced
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 fresh lemon juiced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Pour 1 cup boiling water over bulgar with 1/4 tsp. of salt in a bowl.  Cover and let stand until it is tender.  (Dependent upon how soft you like it will take 20-30 minutes.  Drain this in strainer.  Press when cool enough to remove excess water.
Mix the bulgar with all remaining ingredients.

Let me know if you like it!  

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

Monday, April 11, 2011

Downtown Asheville Jewels close to Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Most of the guests we host at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast arrive at our inn in privately owned vehicles.  This weekend presented as a perfect opportunity to showcase our downtown Asheville jewels close to Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Another way of saying those locations easily accessed without benefit of a car.

While there is not only a red trolley in Asheville offering our guests touring opportunities all throughout the downtown area and outlying areas offering on/off options... our guest wanted to tour the city on foot.  Our challenge was to select fun, eclectic shopping & dining opportunities for this guest without benefit of transportation.  Here is what we came up with.

Pack Place:  There is something for everyone.  Health Adventure, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Asheville Art Museum and Diana Wortham Theatre.

Lunch:  Anything that could whet your appetite will likely be found in our downtown- home to some of the most creative chefs in the country.  I am not much into chain restaurants when I travel thinking that if you need a fix at one of them...Well, you can do that at home.  That said, I encourage our guests to explore our distinctive, local dining options. Following this advice, she landed at Posana Cafe, a favorite of ours and seeking to enjoy an early lunch salad, reported a fantastic lunch experience.

Next up, more exploration of downtown shopping.  Lexington Avenue can find exploration of anything from european antiques to irreverant  political bumper stickers and new age books on the side.  Haywood Road has two of my local for the mind and one for the sheer beauty.  Malaprops Book Store, established in 1982 stands as the regions largest, locally owned, independent book store. This is a must see if you are reader, gift buyer or  love great coffee coupled with a fine local pastry.  If not restrained, I could easily pass 3 indulgent hours in this fine store.
Now, sated with books, right up the block one can either pursue active enjoyment (buying) or passive enjoyment(viewing) of some of the most sparkly, beautifully crafted and unique jewelry ever at Jewel's That Dance.  I would like them to dance right into my life....and my guest shared this passion and bought a bauble or two.

Moving on; the galleries.  Asheville has both a vibrant and profuse art community and frankly it would take days and days to do it any justice at all.  Our guest visited American Folk, Appalachian Craft, Blue Spiral, Ariel and The Bender Gallery and found many take home gifts at Woolworth Walk.

Long about now, she was thinking it was long past time to start back to the inn.  Initially, the plan was to walk back to our inn but having purchased more than she cared to haul back on foot she called a taxi.  Now taxi procurement in Asheville is generally not a completely prompt experience but my guest had a plan...She called them to pick her up at Marble Slab Creamery , downtown gourmet ice cream with the vision being if they were a bit late...Well, let's just say she would be well occupied.


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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A night a magic star viewing in Asheville

 Sometimes things are feeling a bit hum-drum and you need a bit of excitement.  Believe me when I tell you that's exactly what the folks at Star Watch Night Vision Tours plan to offer their guests with a night of magic star viewing in Asheville.  Last night, we were among the lucky few to be on the maiden tour.  What a blast.  We trekked off to Max Patch Bald in caravan with some awesome characters of a convivial nature and the conversation alone was worth the trip.  They provide transportation for their guests to the " location selection for the night" offering tour takers a relaxing chance to take in the breathtaking  sunset scenery Western North Carolina is known for.  Generally, a place is selected on the Parkway but it was having an issue or two so, ever the professionals, they sought out Plan B....Max Patch and what a plan it was!

After the beautiful ride to the selected site we all unloaded, gathered up some blankies, chairs, the night vision equipment, and even the kindly loaned hat for one of the tour takers who'd forgotten hers and off we went.  Now, for those of you not having knowledge of Max Patch Bald it is awe inspiringly beautiful.  Some of the party stopped off just a few feet from the parking lot, and sought their piece of heaven there.  Others of us continued on up to the top.  No matter though, the views are as awesome one place as the other.

We moved forward in ascent until we found our special place and camped.  Our able assistants and sure footed guides found a grassy spot, we all got comfortable there and then the magic commenced in earnest.  Now, though I served in the military my specialty area was not such that I had ever had "hands on" experience with night vision equipment.  It was a clear, unobstructed night and those glasses unfurled the glories of the universe just for us.  It was, quite simply, one of the best nights I have spent anywhere.  Planes, stars, the fingernail moon, satellites were ours and they were glorious.

So, if you are feeling a bit sluggish, confined, lacking in motivation, still have your winter funk in high gear...Give Dawn a call. She will help you FILL THE NIGHT WITH MAGIC. The guests at our B&B are a discerning crew and always on the lookout for the next big thing...They will not have to look further.  

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Asheville and the nation observe Governmental Ineptitude

 Asheville and our nation observe governmental ineptitude as this budget farce continues unabated in Washington.  Planned parenthood, NPR funding and clean air initiative as only several of many ludicrous, completely inane reasons why consensus cannot be achieved.  Are you jesting?  Having been involved in Planned Parenthood in my previous work before innkeeping, I can assure you there is not one dollar of government funded money subsidizing abortion.  It is funding much needed preventative women's health care. That said,  I repeat, are you jesting? If the real, stated agenda here is to cut costs... why have I not heard one word about corporate taxes,stripping tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans or touching the holy grail of oil profits in this country as a means test of where we could most easily make these cuts?    

During the 1995 government shut down at a cost to the American citizens of 100 million dollars a day with the final cost of this shut down at 1.25 billion dollars it begs the question...Does anyone there understand how to add and subtract?  Just the executive branch of government employs over 2 million individuals.

In 1995, just in the area of direct results to the closing of National Parks, the government shut down cost Americans 300 million dollars. One year post this shut down,  the small businesses dependent upon tourism dollars were still in decline. We own one of those small businesses; a Bed and Breakfast but we are only one miniscule increment of an entire nation watching while these fat cats in Washington in both parties dally, while dancing on a pin trying to survive their pitiable efforts in governing.  We simply must be able to demand better than this. One day while walking in our historic neighborhood during the 2008 election cycle, I noted a sign in our neighbors yard with amusement.  It said, "Through all the bums out."  I remember thinking at the time laughing at the directness and rather bitter message of this sign that it was a bit over the top.  Now, I'm not so sure.     

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers

Monday, April 4, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Early Spring Specials

Finally, at long last, though sometimes only in fits and starts... the shining promise of Asheville spring can be seen.  It was nothing short of inspirational to post this Early Spring Specials.  We have posted three of them this season and I sought to cover everything you have been dreaming of in the "land of vacations."

No one can even think of Spring without the pure joy of picnics.  A Spring picnic is a thing of beauty.  Unlike summertime, the bees are not as active, the later thriving mosquito population has not yet hatched and even the ants are not as work oriented (eating your picnic is their work)  as they will later become. If you are not a fan of being swarmed by bugs- this has to count in the plus column.  Further, it can be very pleasant outside providing a great opportunity to have the picnic to remember and not emerge feeling overheated and looking limp, damp and in general malaise.  Check out our specials online.  We supply the picnic! You can't beat that.

The next April special is dedicated to the sport my guests seem to enjoy most: Relaxation.  Spa opportunities coupled with romance.  If you are feeling a bit on edge, need some pampering and some down time...this is exactly what the Dr. ordered and one of the massages is "on the house."

Lastly,every guest would enjoy 3 nights away from it all. That said, sometimes while waiting for the perfect window to avail yourself of three nights when a getaway would actually be possible...Well, let's just say "that isn't going to happen."  This special is dedicated to those only having a short window but really wanting it to be something special and very romantic. Calling all birthday/anniversary folk with a blazing hot occasion calling for a fantastic celebration and a schedule making that highly unlikely. We've got your back.

Check out our site looking at the innkeeper box. Don't procrastinate. These specials are only valid through April and the wind...they are going, going, Gone!

Make your Spring happy.  We can help you with that and we'd love to see you.   

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

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Asheville Skies are Full of Hot Air...Balloons that is!

Spring is peeking out and the Asheville Skies are Full of Hot Air...Balloons that is!  We have been hosting guests at our inn for very close to 12 years now.  In all that time guests have expressed their pleasure at many of the experiences they have enjoyed during their stay  in Asheville. None is ever related with the breathtaking enthusiasm, sheer joy or overt exhilaration they convey in their sharing with other guests the thrill of their hot air ballooning adventures.  Why sometimes this very enthusiasm is almost enough for me to call up those hot air balloon folks myself and take my own flight.
Well, ok, maybe not.... but I am sold on the experience for others. That has been an enormous leap for me of the "feet firmly planted on the ground" variety.

Western North Carolina is noted for the exquisite beauty of their mountains and the views of Mt. Pisgah, Cold Mountain and Mt. Mitchell are all there for the flying;  Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains too. Flights routes differ but generally last about one hour and the natural beauty is reported to be so all encompassing, passengers report that time passes quickly.

Flights can be scheduled to be private or in tandem with a group as you desire.  Romance packages inclusive of champagne could create a proposal location that cannot be surpassed and one that will be remembered as long as time.

Most of our guests considering this endeavor ask about safety.  To that I would answer that there is little, if anything, in life that is completely without risk.
I would also add as an addendum that the two companies doing most of the flights in the Asheville area are long experienced in this field.  Their pilots are FFA certified and the training of their ground crew is both extensive, hands on and regularly scheduled. Both companies relate long histories of incident free flying.  Just the kind you'd like to experience so that any possible anxieties can be quelled and you can enjoy in complete abandon spectacular sights you will keep in "happy memory storage" for a very long time. 

Aviation R.O. Franks Company    828-242-5275.

Asheville Hot Air Balloons           828-667-9943

Patti and Gary Wiles