Monday, August 29, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Chooses Circle in the Square for Favorite Sandwich Fix

 There is an old family joke my Mom used to tell me about my Aunt Darlene who notoriously refused to don the mantle of "cook" taken up by most of the five sisters choosing instead the lowly, albeit versatile sandwich as her favorite food.

I do not reject the art of cooking.... clearly....I own a bed and breakfast but I will also honestly confess that there are days I do not wish to deal with cooking at all but this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast chooses Circle in the Square for favorite sandwich fix. A properly chosen sandwich can be a work of art and also fulfill many of the food groups and this place is reliable.
The bread choices are anything you can think of from whole wheat to rye. The veggies can be added either as generic lettuce & tomato or the less traditional choices of banana peppers, red peppers, green peppers, onions  and the choices of cheese are varied. It can be entirely vegetarian with eggplant, roasted red peppers and more or Boar's Head meat, always fresh, as an alternative.

The owner, like myself is a native New Yorker which brings me to tell you that if you find yourself in need of a New York slice of Pizza....look no further because your ship has come in.  You'll get a warm New York welcome from Richard or his son, Peter and no matter what you order- it will be served fresh, delicious and with a smile from people glad to see you. Always makes the day better!    

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

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast anticipates the Goombay Festival

Asheville is never lacking for something to do.  In May, on the third Friday, the music of Friday After Five is a summer nights signature, June is Beer city and all that jazz,  July is Shindig on the Green's turf and not to be outdone by the earlier summer months Asheville Bed and Breakfast anticipates the Goombay Festival August 26-27 & 28.

Asheville's Festivals are notoriously free as is Goombay Festival.  This extravaganza- with music out of Africa and West Indies is by benefit of the YMI cultural center and can be found on Eagle-and Market Streets where the sights, sounds and delicious tastes of Caribbean and Africa abound and  are served up to the beat of steel drums.  Take in the view of the colorful costumes, feathered headdresses and masks that can be a bit scary as you enter the Goombay!

So whether it is: Gombey = Rhythm
                         goombay = Bahamas
                         Bumbay = Jamaica

It all adds up to the dance....Fine dance, great food, spectacular sights and awesome fun!           

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Asheville is one of the most beautful places in America 2011- Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Agrees

Most of the time when one inhabits one place or another as a place to live, it has much less to do with any particular affinity for this place than it does with job location. We were foot loose and fancy free and could have  chosen any place to live but Asheville is one of the most beautiful places in America 2011- Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast agrees.

We were not even surprised that in the contest that GMA ran this year about the top 10 most beautiful places in America that Asheville found itself a "front and center" contender.  Asheville is a wonderful blend of urban convenience, arts galore, cuisine extraordinaire; superb and diverse, creative, well educated (University of North Carolina, Warren Wilson, Mars Hill College, Montreat College, Western University and our own A-B Tech all an asset) and unfailingly polite citizenry.  Very family and community centric offering a much needed foil to the ego centric community from which I came in which there was not one iota of care given to those less fortunate save to get them on the bus to go back to Homestead Fl. before nightfall.  
From the buskers whose magic melodies float on the soft breezes downtown to chess games that go on into the night at Pritchard Park as owners walk their smiling canine friends watching as dusk comes to the mountains...all of it magic.

Pastoral  beauty, majestic mountain vistas normally captured only on postcards and the unfamiliar presence of quiet known only in the forest need not be imagined for it is ours.  A stream coursing over rocks creating a soft, consoling sound as it makes its way down the valley. Day done, muscles well worked & spent but happy, a renewal and sense of happiness yours for the taking for just  the cost of a pair of serviceable shoes. One last look before leaving may find a blazing poppy colored sun amid gossamer clouds of purple and gray bidding you adieu and wishing you well.  A day well spent-Priceless!

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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Garden Moments at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

Yesterday was garden day.  One of my guests on departure joked about my work partner and husband of 40 years having me outside doing the hard work when out of my mouth spontaneously came, "Oh no, its some of the best moments of my day" acknowledging honestly that the garden moments at our Bed and Breakfast are priceless to me.

A garden provides many things.  A place to nurture, scenes of beauty, opportunities to develop patience, moments of hope, the joy of working hard and the reveal of what that hard work has brought into being, the faith to give things a second or even a third chance, knowledge of the earth and seasons and broader knowledge of the plants themselves, an opportunity to watch things grow, mature and move through their life cycle enhancing the understanding that this cycle is shared universally by all that lives... from people to animals and plant life.  I have learned much as I garden.  In watching a plant that is doing poorly in one location thrive in another- I learned that just because you may not be thriving where you are does not mean you cannot thrive.  Further, the hardest thing for this particular gardener is the truth that in keeping a beautiful, healthy and well tended garden one must be unforgiving about things that just don't work in the garden  anymore and they must go to make a place for something that will thrive.
Bad experiences are like that. Everyone has them.  They have had their place in a life, they have left their mark forever- but they need not be all there is to the story.  In your story you can just decide that they just don't work in the garden of your heart anymore and they can be banished. I told you there were lessons to be learned in the garden and they think I am just out there playing with dirt.     

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Labor Day-Play More/Work Less Special

Though Americans do not "work the most" on a global comparison, with Mexico currently holding that title....Nor do they work the least- with Belgium holding that title.  That said,  most of us feel we work too much. Labor day is September 5 this year and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Labor Day-Play More/Work Less Special may be right up your alley in your efforts to hold on to the last vestige of summertime.

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn we are hoping to entice you to go ahead and make Labor Day a three night weekend on this last blast of summer 2011.  In keeping with that idea, if you add Thursday, Sept 1 to the Fri-Sat or add Sunday, September 4 to the Friday-Saturday we are going to feed both your sweet tooth and your soul.
Gary or Patti, will put the chocolate sauce on and make a platter of their famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries perfect for feeding your loved one in the Jacuzzi and man (or woman for that matter) "shall not live by bread alone" so enjoy the beauty of gorgeous rose petals in your tub while leisurely lounging as the last bit of summer 2011 floats by.  

This special will be posted on the Innkeeper's note Page so look for it there and call the inn to claim by mentioning Play More/Work Less.  Happy Labor Day you all!

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

Monday, August 15, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast tries Jack of Hearts

 In Asheville proper and in the immediate outlying areas lie an amazing assortment of restaurant choices. There are offerings of Nepalese, Indian, Thai, Bar B Q, Italian, Mexican, good ole American and more.

Always feeling American and having not seen our Weaverville friends in too long a time, we try Jack of Hearts.  No one having come to Asheville has not heard of Jack Of The Wood.  They are a smoke free pub coupling both fine tunes and fine food... in that it is yummy. Great craft beer can be enjoyed there as well.  The same gentleman, Joe Eckert has brought his magic to Weaverville so off we went to meet our friends in Weaverville at yes, you guessed it, Jack of Hearts.

Housed in what was once the old fire house on Main Street in Weaverville, it was Jack of Hearts that set the stage for our reunion with well loved, old friends.  Well, heck, we're all old--- but that is a tale for another day. 

Easy to find making a right on Main Street and immediately located on the left, its cool,  fun interior and outside seating will all contribute to this becoming "the place" in Weaverville.  Further, while owning a restaurant is many an entrepreneurs dream, it is not an easy undertaking and experience is priceless.

Well, with Laughing Seed, City Bakery and Jack of the Wood all on his resume, one can feel "in good hands" with Mr. Eckert.  Food was fun, creative, served hot- complete with good service and most importantly was very  good.

So, if you are in the mood to get out a bit and enjoy a fun, new, not your usual grind dining experience... Try them out.  Bring good friends and meet up at Weaverville's old fire house now Weaverville's newest and coolest restaurant: Jack of Hearts.   

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Noting of Busker Nation

 Asheville has notoriety.  From its weird eclectic and famously creative vibe to our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Noting of Busker Nation.  Confession is, they say, good for the soul so now would likely be the time to tell you that I had no earthy idea what the term Busker was  the first time I heard it. This word comes from the word-busk...meaning to entertain by dancing, singing or reciting on the street or in a public place.  There, in that one definition you have a glimmering of the heart and soul of Asheville.

On nearly any spring or summer evening,  the rhythm of the night finds its melody floating through the streets of Asheville.  Street musicians can most often be found near Pack Square, near our friend, Malaprop's Bookstore,(love that place for the best new read around) near the Flat Iron Building on Wall Street, Pritchard Park scene, or near the Grove Arcade.

Our city wisely does not require licenses for these folks and has only a few restrictions on their craft choosing, as the locals do, to consider themselves lucky for such magic in their midst.  Most city mandated restrictions are safety related as in.... they cannot block establishments doors.
They also cannot solicit donations but the locals and frankly most visitors, having chosen Asheville for its artistic and music flair, are more than generous and would not have to be solicited so thrilled to have such an electric atmosphere to visit. 

So, if as Gloria Esteban always sings with gusto, "the rhythm is gonna get you" may you be so lucky as to have it get you in Asheville. 

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast loves Asheville Community Theatre

 What seems a lifetime ago...but was really only 12 years ago we arrived in Asheville NC to purchase our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast.  One of the many attractions of Asheville was this city's very active Community Theatre because our Asheville Bed and Breakfast loves Asheville Community Theatre.

We are so blessed in our small town to have such an active and very vibrant art community woven strongly into every aspect of art in our city.  From performance art wonderfully displayed by ACT and other small community theatres both in Asheville as well as communities close by- to every other conceivable type of artistic pursuit.  

Coming very soon:   Guys and Dolls- September 23-October 9 2011 .  Take your imagination to New York City in the 1950's as displayed in this vintage classic featuring songs you know well...."Luck Be a Lady" & "Sit down, You're Rockin the Boat"  will be center stage Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. For $19.00 in economic consideration for Senior and Students to Adults at $22.00. 

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

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast waits for Rain

 This has been a summer that the nation will not soon forget.  Texas experiencing more than 30 days in a row with temperatures 100 degrees and above and our Asheville NC Bed Breakfast waits for rain.
It would not be polite for those of us in Asheville NC not to be grateful and gracious about the fact that while we have experienced temperatures above our norms, we have managed to avoided the blistery, killing heat much of the east, west and central parts of our country have been dealing with.

That said, my zinnias, roses, phlox, coneflowers, lazy susans, hosta, coleus and even some of the aged and very established plants on our property are looking "hang dog" as my Nana would have said.  They are showing physical signs of this ongoing period with nearly no rain at all by displays of  limp and droopy foliage and completely hung over posture. Every time I see them I feel sorry for them.

Polling guests at the inn from various parts of our United States several of them have shared some remedial measures that have worked for them:

1.  Mulch, mulch and more mulch.  I hear you saying you can't afford it.  Consider the cost of watering and the replacement cost of mature plant life and likely you will come to the same conclusions I have....You can't NOT AFFORD it.

2.  Water not more than 2 X per week and water thoroughly and providing each plant deep drenching.  The tendency is to skimp as you see your water meter breaking speed barriers.  Poor choice.  In thorough watering, while initially more water may be used, the roots of plants will extend to that depth to plumb the water.  Deeper roots create not only healthier, sturdy plants but also avoid a lot of surface root problems that worsen in the heat as those roots are exposed and baked by the sun.

3.  Avoid fertilization at periods of intensive drought.  It propagates tender growth that will not fare well in intense heat. Further, the stimulation of new growth and its sustenance requirements create more stress on the entirety of the plant.

4.  Avoid any new plantings in times of extreme temperatures.  New plantlings can require an "adjustment period" and the increased temperatures and lack of rain can make this adjustment worse making the start of the newby more difficult than need be.

5. Water in the morning hours if possible allowing the water on the plants to dry before night fall.  Plants in hotter than normal temperatures- coupled with no rainfall are already under duress.  A fungus or other blight will have a faster and more devastating  effect on a plant already under stress.   

Now, if all this fails....Well, there's always the naked rain dance.  Be afraid.....Be very afraid!

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn-Perfect Chocolate Crispie

 Every once in a while a guest at our inn shares a recipe with me that is for sure a keeper.  When she presented this jewel to me she stated it was a perfect companion for a hot cup of tea...Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn-Perfect Chocolate Crispie was born. She did not lead me astray!  So, the next time this old world is getting you down and you need a cup equilibrium in the form of a great cup of tea.  Put one of these gems on the side of your plate and I assure you things will be looking up nearly immediately.

Chocolate-Pecan Crispies:  Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda/1/2 salt
10 T. unsalted butter, melted and then cooled
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup of sugar
2 T plus 2 tsp. light corn syrup
2 T. whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 T. of strong coffee
1 cup chopped pecans/walnuts
1/2 cup semi sweet morsels (for drizzle on top of cookies)

Whisk flour,cocoa, soda and salt in medium bowl.  Stir butter and the next  5 ingredients in bowl until smooth in consistency.  Stir in flour mixture and nuts stirring about 50 X .   Do not overbeat.  Cover and chill until firm enough to scoop....(will take at least 4 hours.)

Can be made a day ahead.
Using 2 T. of dough per cookie roll in your hands into a ball.  Using fingers make ball into a disk.  Repeat with all dough.
Place on sheet 5" apart.  Bake 10 mins. reversing sheets 1/2 way through bake.The cookies become crispy as they cool.  Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled cookies and allow to sit about 30 mins. before serving.

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

Monday, August 1, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast-Birds of a Feather Relocation Program

Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast-Birds of a Feather Relocation Program was a dicey proposition. Frankly, had I had any hope whatsoever that I would prove even modestly successful regarding keeping the baby Blue Jays out of the driveway.... moving them would have been the last thing on my mind.  They were so frail and tiny that to even touch them was to risk their injury.  Armed however with their most serious intentions to live in the driveway and my absolute certainty that this would ensure their demise-We moved them per the last Blog on this topic.

Frankly, for several days post that time I was concerned that in my efforts to save them, I had inadvertently assisted one of many neighborhood cats in obtaining a fine feathered feast for dinner that evening.  I no longer heard the parent birds calling as clearly as I had.  That calling was what had alerted me to the whole episode of the nest falling and the baby birds being dislodged to begin with. Their intense calling was audible even inside the inn and there was also much swooping across our driveway by the parents so close to the sun room's windows that I noticed them.   

I am happy to report that today....I heard them again.  Parents screeching and remaining in the same area of the back property hour after hour.  I have not yet seen the babies but believe by  the behaviors I am observing in the elders that the kids are all right and the parents have taken up their mission again to teach these fledglings the ways of  bird world  survival just as Keith at Western North Carolina Nature Center said they would.

A big shout out to those folks for saving the wedding day and the fledglings. If you are looking for a great volunteer place and all kinds of new knowledge about avian as well as other native NC wild things....they could use the help I am sure. 

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