Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Asheville Welcome to Storm Rum Bar & Bistro

It is always a wonderful thing when a new dining opportunity presents itself and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast would like to offer a warm Asheville Welcome to Storm Rum Bar & Bistro.

Guests love Asheville for a plethora of reasons not the least of which is our vibrant, diverse and creative dining scene. No stranger to restaurant land this new owner, formerly plied his craft in the low country of Charleston to rave reviews. That said, he thinks the diversity here is better and we agree.
 Looks like this new offering located on North Lexington Avenue and it's owners David LeBoutillier and chef, Owen McGlynn believe that a "good meal should tell a story."  Intrigued?  Me too.  I am going to buzz over and see what kind of novel they can make for me....Hey, that's even sounds fun- now doesn't it?  

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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Life Lessons provided by Octogenarian to Asheville Bed and Breakfast

During our tenure here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn,  we have always reveled in the age differences of guests choosing our inn for their Getaway.  Recently we benefited from Life lessons provided by an Octogenarian.  She came alone to the inn and was not in the least concerned with fitting in to the very "youth oriented" crew we had on board that particular weekend.

She was embracing her age, claiming it fully and seemed genuinely not only comfortable- but even grateful regarding her age. Further, she stated it was among the happiest and most contented times of her life.  Curious, I asked if she was at liberty to share the reason for her feelings.  She complied and we discussed it all for the better part of an hour.  The hour was golden and in the full belief that the wisdom she shared with me could benefit us all mightily, with her permission I will share some of her thoughts.

Most of the feelings she shared were not gender specific but as I feel the first one largely was-- I will begin there.  Her belief was that women were slaves of fashion expectation, looks and being judged exclusively on their outward appearance. In view of that, they were made to feel that they had to keep up with all parts of that.... even that which was physically uncomfortable e.g. heels, hose, and all the trappings of glamour.  She felt that now this part of her life was largely behind her save that which she wished to engage in to make her self comfortable with her outward appearance.

She believed that elders with the benefit of years of making conclusions, interpreting behaviors, recognizing patterns, were blessed with enhanced problem solving skills and hence were in prime position to make wise and right calls the first time around.

She found that with all the tasks that used to be "on her plate" and the organizational abilities she had developed in response to manage them effectively .....that now,  with many of those responsibilities  removed she had a very significant amount of unscheduled, free time.  It allowed her to take a class, learn something new, travel or develop a skill about which she had long held interest.  To the benefit of all,  this particular woman had chosen to offer volunteer hours, mentoring skills and just help of any kind to many.  All those in receipt of her many kindnesses offering her love, friendship, gratitude and as much company as she needs or wants.  She feels well loved and never lacks for company. 

At this point in our discussion, I asked her opinion of the reputation some seniors gain for being grouchy.  She didn't buy it and felt instead that the age was not the culprit.  She asked if I knew grouchy young people who were often in a bad mood and lived lives of discontent.  I responded that I did.  She laughed and said, "Well, they will be old one day too."  They will likely be the same way then.

At this point she turned the tables and asked if I liked being my age.  I said that I did.  She was curious as to why.  I said that earlier on I had been tentative regarding many things.  Often, despite much thinking and analysis while I made a decision,  I was, on occasion, unsure of my decision.  I know myself much better now.  I know the things that will leave me at peace and the things that won't.  I finally am able to hear the voice of my heart and my head and I listen when they speak to me in the knowledge that to do other than that will result in lack of inner tranquility. I have faith that largely my decisions are sound.   She completely concurred.

Lastly, she said that she is finally able to take each single day as it is in the absolute knowledge that she has less of them moving forward than she has already enjoyed.  She feels lucky for each one and no longer builds her happiness upon real or imagined goals like finding man, having children, getting a certain job.  She is happy in the moment and each moment builds upon another and rather than be a slave to the expectations of what she thought her life would bring to her she takes enjoyment in what it is right now at this moment.  I knew this and the reset of what she said was fraught with hard earned wisdom and felt it to precious to keep.  Hence the blog.  I hope she will come again to our home.  I know I have only touched the surface of all she has to share. 

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Sends Medical Minute

Prior to the purchase of our inn in 1999 I had spent much of my adult working life as a Registered Nurse.  Thought it might prove interesting to include some of the "up to the the minute medical information", much of it obtained through nursing journals and the like.,  So, as part of the Blog, Medical Minute will be included if I hear something intriquing.   Everyone, looking for a vacation or not, has some interest in medical trivia or just cool findings regarding your health.

This bit may make you wish to "shoot the messenger" but restrain yourself please.  It would seem that those of us, just hitting or a bit into their 50's share the physiological fact that our hippocampus is likely shrinking.  This area in the brain is located in medial temporal lobe.

So much for all that but for purposes of this article- it is the shrinking of this area and what we can all do about it that matters. One of the many functions of this "seahorse" shaped brain structure,  is it's function in the formation of new memories, initial learning, spatial tasks particularly having to do with finding the way to a hidden goal; e.g. navigation.  Thus the size of the hippocampus and abilities in the cognitive areas are linked.

There is a silver lining.  Adults taking only 3 walks of at least 40 minutes a week for an entire year gained the benefit of all the known pluses associated with regular exercise in addition to this, their hippocampus averaged a 2% growth in that year. That's likely a better deal than you are getting on your bank C.D. Dust off those tennis shoes and get to it.

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Home is where the Heart Is and this Asheville Budget Option is Awesome

Home is is where the Heart is and this Asheville Budget Option is Awesome.  Though one's abode is focal to the center of most people's lives, Asheville is suffering the same plight that is affecting many others cities in our nation and that is a lack of affordable housing. There is a very cool company, Compact Cottage Company,  in our midst that is seeking to provide green, unique, space contained housing at more affordable pricing.  While this would not work in bed and breakfast-land, we have hired enough folks in Asheville to know that locating lodging in this area is sometimes daunting,very expensive and hard to find. 

From 120-640 square feet and that large one is deemed (growable)- these cottages supply not only space but a vast array of choices as to how to apply that space.  It can have electricity, or not, plumbing or not.  Due to its more restricted sizing and the footprint of the house being small, so is the environmental impact of these structures allowing for minimal land disturbance coupled with the likelihood of less tree removal.  Further, they are built as green as can be from the recycled wood siding pre-treated against both termites and fungus in the most non toxic way complete with a 50 year guarantee. Flooring is either "green" carpet or bamboo which is renewable.
Sherwin Williams paint is used is odorless, no VOC paints. They have way better than average coverage usually ensuring that one coat is all you need.
Roofing can be metal or any other choice but the metal has a lot going for it.  It's long life, water collections attributes and attractive, eclectic look make this cost contained choice an attractive one.

Patti and Gary Wiles,  Innkeepers 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I Scream-You Scream-We all Scream for Ice Cream & Asheville's is Inspired.

The city has been a bit toasty of late as again we are again expecting near 90's before this weekend is over.  Summertime calls to mind that vintage melody I Scream-You Scream-We all Scream for Ice Cream ; Asheville's is Inspired.  When it comes to the subject of ice cream, Asheville exhibits the same character traits as it does in the inspired, creative cuisine it is rapidly becoming known for.  It is the personal mission of the innkeepers of our inn to make sure you know what's out there in local Ice Cream Land so here goes:

The Hop:  A long time Asheville favorite in August celebrating it's 33rd birthday. They will help you in the struggle to get more veggies into the body of your little ones showcasing such favorites as Spinach ice cream with raspberry swirl.  Ok, spinach won't cut it?....No worries as there is also Sweet-beet ice cream.  Greg, one of this store's owners, is of the belief you would not even know the spinach was in the ice cream save for him telling you.  Of course, they also sell the regulars like say my particular favorite, Mocha Oreo.   As the berry season moves in later in the summer, there will also be blueberry, mulberry and blackberry. Two locations:  721 Haywood Road in W. Asheville and Merrimon Avenue St. 103 in North Asheville.  More info can be located on their website:  www.thehopicecreamcafe.com

Ultimate Ice Cream Company:  Kiosk (62 1/8 N. Lexington Avenue) coming soon to an alleyway right next to our beloved and delicious Bouchon Restaurant, an Asheville favorite dining spot providing comfort food with a French flair.
Just a few of their frozen confection offerings:  maple-bacon  ice cream (not kidding), toasted pine nut& black pepper, cherry- goat- cheese  and goat-cheese fig.  Also, for the more delicate in constitution and less trendy, the usual suspects customarily found at an ice cream store near you. More information: 2 locations.  1070 Tunnel Road and 197 Charlotte St.  

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

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Innkeeper is stunned by Sports Violence-Part 2

Vancouver, British Columbia is the home of the most recent display of Sports gone wild.  My last blog about this topic reflected my observing of this phenomena which will now be recounted in Innkeeper is stunned by Sports Violence-Part 2.  A blog post will be issued in response to each occurrence of this type and perhaps the repetition will be responsible for generating discussion and evaluation of the wild dog pack behaviors fueling these completely unbelievable occurrences.

In response to the loss of a GAME played in Vancouver, British Columbia between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley cup finals an angry mob of fans flooded the streets and commenced a four hour melee of drunken violence. Just a small representation of their behaviors would include setting cars (belonging to others;not their personal vehicles) on fire, settting garbage cans afire, smashing windows, broking into department stores in the area as a prelude to looting them, four stabbing- creating such fear and chaos that first responders were having difficulty accessing the area to help those victims that were injured.  Many of the perpetrators were observed recording their own descent into madness on their cell phones as they rampaged, destroyed and created a war zone of their own city.  

I do not subscribe to the theory that alcohol is completely responsible for bad behavior. It has long been my feeling that it is used as one.
Exhibit One:  A man engaged in viciously beating his wife and terrorizing his innocent children as they observe their fathers incomprehensible actions seems to be able to "immediately terminate that out of control behavior  when the police knock on his door.   Even if one did advocate that theory, generally speaking, the choice to drink is an individual one and help is available for those who, realizing it has undesired behavioral implications on them,  would like to stop drinking.  That said, though there are those who "drink responsibly" perhaps  it would be a better idea for alcohol not to be served at these sporting events.  Instant insanity appears to be only the spark of a loss away and perhaps the "gasoline" of alcohol is a catalyst best removed.   

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A-Tisket, A-Tasket-An Asheville Bed and Breakfast Basket

Summertime calls for a venture into the wilds bearing food.  It's just tradition.  Besides, one cannot disappoint the mosquitoes, flies, ants and other fauna that await you there-A-Tisket, A-Tasket-An Asheville Bed and Breakfast Basket.

All jokes aside, summer picnics are Americana so along with a package our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is offering to encourage your exploration of our area, I wanted to provide the location suggestions to some of the most beautiful places on he planet for your special picnic.  Whether the picnic is to be the scene of your "hoped for"  engagement or just a place with your special person far from the maddening crowd- you will find on this list some of the best of the best.

Close In to Asheville: 1.   French Broad River Park.  Intersection of Amboy and Meadows with the meandering French Broad River as your softly rolling companion, this site is lovely. 

2.  Biltmore Estate: I have lived in Asheville for nearly 12 years.  The life of an innkeeper may not always allow for long excursions into the woods, time being a scarce commodity...Enter, Biltmore Estate.  It is easily one of the most beautiful specimens of forestry in our area.  From the Swans in the pond area to the more densely forested areas- a picnic here while close in, will transport your soul to a tranquil place.   

Into the Wilds: 1.  Dupont Forest-If I have time to drive a bit (about 1hour from the inn) there is no more beautiful place on the planet. There are not many places in the world where- right above your perfect picnic rock- is a magically beautiful, plunging 120- foot waterfall.  Awesome is not enough to say. You have to be there to know.

2.  Waterrock Knob:  Paradise found at MM 451.2 on our beloved Blue Ridge Parkway. Free for the viewing at 6,292 feet--- find your patch of grass or a picnic table while taking in the view of 50 miles (more on a less foggy day) of beauty unsurpassed anywhere.

Check Out our Facebook page At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn for the last Perfect Picnic Spot.  After all the time we've lived here (12 years), we just found it ourselves. Hope while you're there, you'll LIKE US.   

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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Summer Specials

The long awaited summer is finally here and so are Asheville Bed and Breakfast Summer Specials. In response to the high cost of fuel and economic uncertainty,  coupled with consumer confidence at an all time low with 78% of Americans believing the recession may not be abating and dealing with the fears that a double dip recession is not an impossibility, we thought these packages might be just the first aid kit needed to patch up your languishing summer vacation plans.

 While all of these things are on the radar...Also on the radar is the real need for our guests to be able to find some time away. We hope you have a moment to check out our Innkeeper's News box and find the getaway may not be as implausible as it initially appeared.

Hope to see you soon.  Have the very best of summers and Be Cool!


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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fireflies trip the light Fantastic - Asheville North Carolina

There is something about summertime that calls forth the child in all of us.  Long days at the beach,lake, park or forests and the essence of freedom that sounds deep in our bones.  Ok, we're not kids anymore but we can still recognize and take joy in something cool and you have three days left while Fireflies trip the light Fantastic-Asheville North Carolina. I will be telling all the guests at my inn about this right after breakfast.  Heck, it isn't every day that the dark night is set aglow in such a special display and it is sure to set your mind to remembering the soft, warm nights of summer when magic was free for the taking. 

The Elkmont section of the Smoky Mountain National Park will be closed through Sunday from 5p.m.till midnight where you can find the magic of summer again as you join the rather large crowd that will gather there to watch the synchronous fireflies send sparks of light through the night as they flash.  Tens of thousands of these fireflies light up the night and are thought to be the only type of firefly capable of synchronizing their lighting patterns though other types of fireflies also call the Smokies their home.  Entomologists believe this behavior is designed to lure females to the site for purposes of ...You guessed it...Mating.

Since 2006, the national park mandated access to view this phenomenon only by trolley which begins transporting visitors at 7:00 p.m.from the Sugarlands Visitor Center though the parking lot may fill much sooner so popular and unique is this event. Every once in  a while in these ancient mountains they show us the unbelievable...Like the monarch butterflies on their trip through our mountains and now these winged little lanterns on display.  Though they live only 21 days- they are guaranteed to take your breath away.    

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Asheville's Awesome Moog Fest-SAVE THE DATE

Readers of my last blog entry at least know the origins of this  "wild word" Moog.  In honor of the contribution to the music industry which was revolutionized, changing the entire world of music with his inventions of synthesizers, Asheville will continue to party hardy on October 28-29 and 30, 2011 as it launches the 2nd Moogfest in tribute to Bob Moog's legacy.

Last year's inaugural Moogfest 2010 found 24,000 people in attendance listening to some of the most extraordinary music of their lives.  As one young woman put it though she had not heard of some of the acts contracted for the event, before nights end- they had become her favorite group. There will be locations throughout downtown Asheville (Asheville Civic Center, The Orange Peel Social and Pleasure Club and others) and true to the persistent personality of the inventor this fest celebrates, some of the acts contacted, but unable- due to scheduling conflicts- to attend Moogfest 2010 will be there will bells on for Moogfest 2011. Tangerine Dream had to opt out for 2010 and will be rocking Asheville along with over 60 of their contemporaries. 

Ticket Sales began on Saturday June 4, 2011.  Cost:  $149.50 No word yet on the availability of "one day" passes as word of this fest spreads, it becomes more dicey.  It's proximity to Halloween should make for a scary, good time.  Last year, at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, one of our guest returned to the inn with rather startling reports on the entirety of downtown Asheville being overtaken by people in costumes with teeth, blood and graying faces.  I think she might have watched one too many episodes of The Walking Dead....Moogfest 2011- BE THERE OR BEWARE! 

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

Monday, June 6, 2011

Asheville Celebrates Moog Music

Having lived in Asheville, NC for nearly 12 years following the purchase of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast,  we have a deep awareness of the heart of music existent in our adopted home.  On nearly any evening, sweet melodies of every kind of music can be heard emanating from clubs and street minstrels alike as Asheville celebrates Moog Music. Completing the move to their new near downtown location, will complete the transition that crowns  downtown Asheville more than ever, music central! Moog Music will  design and sell synthesizers, guitars and other electronic musical interests. 

Robert Moog, the original driving force behind Moog Music, founded his company in N.Y. state in 1953 first opening as R.A. Moog. Later, in collaborative efforts with Herbert Deutsch, a musical child prodigy recognized for his extraordinary musical talents at a very early age, they began research and development on a new kind of instrument to aid composers in their work. The upshot of this blending of talents resulted in production of some of the most popular synthesizers of all time.

Robert Moog died in 2005 but the current company president,Mike Adams, who grew up in Asheville, pushed their new downtown location helping Asheville to cultivate an already well established reputation of being a music town.  Asheville welcomes Moog Music and looks forward to all of the unique guitar designs, the Moog sound lab and the cutting edge synthesizers sure to have their cutting edge beginnings there.  

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

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ripe Summer Tomatoes on the menu at our Ashville Bed and Breakfast

One of the very best elements of summertime by far and away are vine ripened, fresh tomatoes.  A guest gave me this recipe and every year you will find ripe, summer tomatoes on the menu at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.  We incorporate them every which way but loose in the summertime and one of the guest favorites is the following recipe.

Italian Tomato Bread:               Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

1/2 loaf of Ciabatta bread -Cut into 1" pieces or pulled if you want a more rustic appearance
6 T. of good quality olive oil (to be divided)
4 large tomatoes, diced
1 red onion peeled and sliced very, very thin
4 fresh basil sprigs chopped
3 T. of champagne or pear vinegar
1 T. honey
1 T. dijon mustard
1 T. minced garlic
2 T. vegetable broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
1-8 oz.fresh mozzarella ball-cubed small

In a large bowl toss bread and with 2 T. of olive oil.  Then, arrange bread on baking sheet and toast until crusty.  Approximately 10 mins. In large bowl, combine onions, tomatoes and basil.  Set aside.

In large bowl, combine onions, tomatoes and basil setting aside.

In small bowl, whisk vinegar, 4 T of olive oil, honey, mustard., garlic and vegetable broth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Pour vinaigrette over tomatoes mixture and toss to coat.  Gently fold in bread and mozzarella.

Serve immediately to what I assure you will be a rounding sound of applause.

Bon Appetit!

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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Asheville Is Experiencing Early Dog Days of Summer

For all those looking for warmth...Awaiting a glorious vacation in the sun...Look no further because Asheville Is Experiencing Early Dog Days of Summer.  It has been 12 years this month since my husband and I moved to Asheville and purchased our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast.  This is absolutely one of the warmest Springs we have ever experienced here.  Some long timers here will tell you that Western North Carolina does not get hot.  Not true.  We have had some 90 plus days during even our relatively short tenure but most often that occurs in summertime which does not even officially begin for nearly three weeks.

Today saw 92 degrees in our beloved city. Gary and I are currently serve the breakfast and immediately head for the garden to begin what needs accomplishing on any given day before it gets any later and hotter.  We are postponing the breakfast clean up for later in the day so that we can get trimming, weeding, deadheading, watering etc. accomplished before it becomes totally stifling out there.

Why, just the other day I thought I heard the snails, so happily enjoying ingesting my new seedlings, frying in the sun.  I think they are turning themselves into fried snails.  I almost felt sorry for them but in that I believe in karma....and as those little buggers continue their destructive path through my beautiful garden leaving some of my flowers looking much like Sherman's infamous May march through Atlanta... my sympathies are a bit lacking.  I am thinking of sending some kind of message to their leader in an attempt to offer a hostage plant in return for the safety of the others.  Possibly I have been outside weeding too long.     

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