Sunday, October 30, 2011

Anthony Bourdain-Asheville North Carolina

Alert-Alert-Alert All Foodies...Anthony Bourdain-Asheville North Carolina Saturday, November 5 2011  and our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast will ever vigilant on the lookout for any new, trendy recipes emerging from his visit here.  

Likely, his show taking place from 8:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium,  will further cultivate his image as "cuisine's bad boy" as he puts Asheville through the paces of food explorations in a manner not always seen in our midst.  For those of a mind to meet Mr. Bourdain there are VIP tickets still available which include a Post Show Meet & Greet, a book signing and VIP Private Reception at our own downtown Curate Bar and Tapas.

His book Kitchen Confidential published in 2002 blew the lid off the restaurant industries carefully crafted sophisticated style to reveal behind the scenes, unvarnished restaurant pranks, personalities and a few less savory items and he moved on in true literary fashion taking on each new topic with the same zeal and unforgiving edge he has come to be known for. 

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast; Best Fall Muffin-Cinnamon Ripple

 Fall is a favorite time of the year for us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn often evoking sweet memories of the sounds of  bright, bold tree colors, the sounds of crunching  leaves under foot and the wonderfully warm aromas of  cinnamon; your Asheville bed and Breakfast Best Fall Muffin-Cinnamon Ripple.

Cinnamon Ripple:  Set oven to 375 Degrees    Bake 18-22 minutes contingent upon your oven. Check at 18 with toothpick.  You can bake longer... You cannot
bake shorter!

2 1/2 cups of All purpose flour                                    Cinnamon Ripple
1/2 cup of sugar                                                                1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder                                                       1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. baking soda, sieved                                              1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt                                                                          2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1  stick unsalted butter (8 T) Melt.
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla or 1/2 vanilla bean scraped

Put all dry ingredients in bowl.  Mix buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter into solution.  Pour the wet into the dry and mix just a few turns.  Dot with the cinnamon ripple mixture and mix just enough to distribute fairly evenly.  The true secret of a tender muffin is not to OVER MIX.  If there is still a bit of white flour showing....No worries.

Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin cups.  We use Texas muffin tins here and if you use smaller ones, this recipe will make many more muffins.

No one will have to call the lucky recipients to the table.  This is the muffin I choose to bake when I have folks that are not morning people as a rule and may arrive a bit late at our breakfast table. It renders nearly perfect attendance!

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Expecting Vampires, Zombies and Make Up Madness of all Kinds

Halloween 2011 will be our 12th candy handout here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  As our guests already know, our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Expecting Vampires, Zombies and make up of all kinds will not be too much of a deviation from years gone by.

Typically as the sun first sets and sometimes slightly before that.... the little tykes make their way to the inn usually under power of their Mom's or Dad's dressed as ...Oh let's remember.....Ladybugs, Wood Fairies, Inch Worms and more.  My favorite recollection in this age grouping was the dinosaur.  Standing in at about 4 years old, his little dinosaur self straggled up our few front steps, reaching our door with his tail draped out behind him.  He was so precious, said precisely the words I was sure had been drilled into him during his walk from his home to our front door..."Trick or Treat."  Adorable was he and we told him so....Per his tutoring I am sure....he began his oh so courteous exit with " thank you Ma'am" and began to turn around to meet his Mom still on our front pavers waiting for him.  It was at precisely this moment when things began to be a bit mucked up.
Making a left turn as he was attempting to leave our porch his dinosaur tail, an oh what a tail it was,  failed to cooperate with him in the least!  He was turning his little body but the tail was completely failing to accompany him and what small modicum of progress it did make negotiated its way under the rockers on my porch getting hopelessly entanged in the the chair and causing the little fellow such frustration that as it continued he yelled out to his Mom. "Ma, you're gonna have to come up here and help me.  My tail is stuck."  This was an accurate assessment of the happening but with his Mom, my husband, my sister and myself sliding him forward down the steps while the crew of us were actively managing the tail....Well, it all ended up ok in the proverbial END.

Historically, much later in the evening the older teens come out.  I am expecting big things this Halloween as there are now professionals in our Grove Arcade offering make up suitable for a theatrical production this year.  It is called Make Up at the Grove Park and whether the night requires Dracula Fangs, Make up of the Zombies, Frankenstein, or you just want to get girled up  ...Oh, excuse me, I meant to say "Ghouled Up"-- they've got you covered or uncovered...Your Choice!

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

Friday, October 21, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn Accommodation- End October Specials

Our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn Accommodation  - End October Specials.  Falls is a hugely busy time for the inns of Western North Carolina but nearly always the very last week of that time can provide a great opportunity for folks with the flexibility to travel mid- week to see vibrant fall foliage at a discount.

With our Pain at the Pump Special we are offering an unadvertised 3 night special for October 25, 26 and 27th which customarily, as it is October High Season, is a black out period.  So if seeing Fall is your mission, you are flexible to travel on those 3 nights and the mood is striking you....Book your 3 night stay with us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, see the colors and get the 5% discount which most certainly help pay for your gas, buy lunch or even a modest dinner.  Hope to see you soon At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Eagerly Anticipates Asheville Antique Fair-65th year

Asheville air is crisp and clean and fall is here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Eagerly Anticipates Asheville Antique Fair-65th year featuring over 30 antiques dealers and their cache of treasures. Begun modestly as a conversation between 2 Asheville women on a train- destination New York City to enjoy N.Y.'s famed antiques fair and culminated in the development of Asheville's very own fair gaining a notoriety all its own.
The show will include but not be restricted to fine quality period furniture.  Fine art, prints, ceramics, jewelry and silver will also be showcased in this yearly Asheville event.

This is their first year at their new location in Crowne Plaza and will be held November 4, 5th and 6th.
If you are in need of feathers for your nest, are a lover of finely crafted furniture or believe that all the craftsmanship of years past are a treasure worthy of preservation  you will enjoy this opportunity to view the contents of these fine examples of the best there ever was & all that may never pass this way again.  

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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Moogfest-An Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn Musical Delight

Moogfest-An Inn Musical Delight will be held this year on Friday, October 28, 29 and 30.  Music lovers from far and wide will converge on Asheville NC to the music of some 60 acts, workshops, panels, films, paintings and more.

It did not escape the attention of the Moogfest organizers that the dates of this very special Asheville event coincides very closely with the ghostly holiday of Halloween.... So to mark the inaugural year of MOOGFEST,there will be a Moogfest Pumpkin Carving, bring your pumpkin and carve out the night with some of the most creative folks in the music world and make Moogfest 2011 only the first of a yearly sojourn to the outer limits of Asheville where things go "bump in the night."  Photograph your pumpkin entry for submission and the creation receiving the most "likes" on Facebook carries the win!

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

LaZoom-Creative fun from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

Guests are always so complimentary regarding the sheer number and variety of things to do in our Asheville hamlet and LaZoom-Creative Fun from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn is always a crowd favorite.

There are several tours this company provides:  City Tour, Halloween Tour, Art Tour and Happy Holidays Tour.  As we are broaching first on the second most celebrated of holidays...Yes, you guessed it....Halloween I  will start there to tell you that running Tuesday-Saturday-If You Dare Tour is in session.  For $20.00 per ticket it may prove more fright than you can possibly bear.  Once you step on board with Ghoulish Gary anything can happen and usually does...Further,  they guarantee at least one "ghost sighting." Not really a kid friendly tour.     

The City Tour is really more of a "show on wheels" supplying the kind of insider information not available anywhere else provided you can stop laughing long enough to hear it. 

LaZoom Art Tour:  If Asheville takes anything would be the arts.  Though you are stepping on the "big purple bus" rest assured, led by a local folk art guide,  you will be escorted through the finest art districts of Asheville from downtown to West Asheville and our River Arts District.

Holiday Tour:  Running only in November and December and elevating the term "holiday" to another level entirely.  So, if Tom Turkey is appearing a bit hum-drum and another Christmas Carol may be more than you can take...On this bus...You can meet a real fruitcake, see Frosty as never before and through the performance art of the talented troupe on this bus enjoy some holiday side splitting laughter.  So, if you know someone who generally has a bit of the bah humbug blues at holiday time-LaZoom can't be beat!

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

Monday, October 10, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Lost in Eliada's Annual Corn Maze

I would be the last one to tell you that I have a fantastic sense of direction.  I mean, I can say that I am able to find my way out of a paper bag effectively...but I was really not in expectation of your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Lost in Eliada's Annual Corn Maze.  Corn Mazes have always intrigued me for an usual reason.  I like the neatness of hay rolls adorning fields.  Being a city girl this sight was not something I routinely saw and I just thought they looked very neat and orderly scattered about the fields.

Fast forward to the Eliada Annual Corn Maze.  We went out there with friends and it was dark.  Very dark.  Just as a helpful hint....I think should I ever darken the door of the corn maze again I will choose a night with the full moon.  It's so much easier to see yourself getting hopelessly lost with a bit of moonlight.
Anyway, we start into the corn maze and we are talking to each other bit by bit ...First one of us could not hear the others....then two of us were out of voice range...well, as you can see by the start of this, it wasn't too long until I was hoping for a St. Bernard to come and find us.  Then I started hearing cricket noises and the girl with me says. "Is this the year of the cicada?"  Paralyzed from that remark and the possible implication of one of those creatures emerging from the noises I was hearing (believing its origin to be cricket based), I redouble my efforts to locate the EXIT.  This, I assure you was easier said than done.  I did mention it was very dark didn't I and frankly, bugs and I are not on warm and fuzzy terms.

Oh, heck, Go...Live Dangerously....It's for charity for heaven's sake!  The maze is open till October 30, 2011 this year and always looking to serve- I have taken the liberty of locating your full moon night.  Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  Trust me...It will help! 

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

Friday, October 7, 2011

Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Trekkers and the Balsam Trail near Mount Mitchell

 In the full and certain knowledge that October is going to be a very busy time, your intrepid Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Trekkers and the Balsam Trail near Mount Mitchell became a bit better acquainted lest the whole Season of Color come and go and we didn't actually get out and experience it real time. There is a peace to be had in the forest that helps you mirror that in yourself.  Greens unlike any usually encountered & light phenomena that make majesty out of the ordinary.  

Mount Mitchell's claim to fame- the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains as its summit reaches 6,684 feet and is located amid a 1,855 acre national park.  Many hiking trails are present in the area including to Mount Craig, the second highest peak in the Eastern U.S. 

The first thing I noticed when we exited the car was the overwhelming and welcomed pine scent that was abundant in the air.  It was intense and awesome though only October.....Christmas became more real for me at that very moment.  The Balsam Trail was completely awesome and though marked and "easy" trail I would also state that for folks that are "vertically challenged" there are a lot of rocks requiring surmounting up and then down.  We hike routinely and my legs have been sore for two days.  I would do it all again even if exercise did not prove sufficient motivation for the lovely smell of pines wafting on the breezes and the perfect views of all the glory God has made.  At this challenging time in our country,  it is truly the breath of fresh air that can benefit us all

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

Monday, October 3, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn Awaits The March of the Living Dead-AKA Zombies

 When I say the words, "Asheville has a creative edge" believe what I tell you our Inn Awaits The March of the Living Dead-AKA Zombies.  Imagine yourselves as a visitor in a small southern city, Asheville of course, (Where else?)  having just planned on a nice fall stroll about the quirky, fun downtown having just enjoyed a beer or an amazing supper.  You and your companion spot in the street immediately before you a being, sounding and looking very much like a Zombie.
I know you have heard that old adage, "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck ...It is probably a Duck..."
In this was a Zombie; many of them in fact.  I wish you could have heard our guests' delight.  Some of them so frantic at this sighting they called us immediately. Many others raced, their cell phone pictures in hand, straight back to the inn to show us in person toting their phone pictures as they likely thought we would not believe unless we saw.   We would have believed...We've lived here long enough to absorb the complete unpredictability and spontaneous fun of this town by now. 

In fact, should you have a penchant for the macabre, the organizers of this event would love your help and you can contact them at  If you are a gifted make up artist or feel the calling to make zombie-esque moans, groans and halting movements while sporting that "torn to shreds" designer look ....Please, don't hesitate a moment because they VANT you now!

I am sort of sorry that due to permits, security and crowd concerns and the like it has been moved from the downtown area but delighted it will at least be somewhere.
Be at Biltmore Square Mall on October 22-2011 to see the residents of Asheville "putting on the Halloween" as you have likely never seen it before.

We just love this place!  

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