Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Inn, Your Asheville Best Bed and Breakfast

Not to place you under undue pressure, enhance the stress you already feel building as you flounder about the malls trying to make some good choice on the perfect gift for your loved one and our Christmas Inn, your Asheville Best Bed and Breakfast wants to make it all easier.

Part of the distress of buying gifts, aside from being able to gather the funds together, is trying to make a choice that the recipient will enjoy.  This entails the need for all kinds of knowledge that you may or may not have.  Sizes (this one factoid is designed to drive you completely mad- as one manufacturers size 8 may be another manufacturers size 4) making "getting this right fraught with all forms of potential for error.  Then there is the item they want one at all, if so,  what color would they like, what style etc?

Take heart, because who would not want a bit of time away?  A time of togetherness, fun, exploration, good conversations because, away from all life's distractions, there is time to have them coupled with total relaxation.

At Cumberland Falls North Carolina Bed and Breakfast offers an intimate and private luxury setting making anyone a great Christmas Gift.  Our guest rooms are all well appointed and newly renovated providing two person Jacuzzi tubs for relaxation, king/queen beds with sheets so soft drifting off into the best sleep of your life will be effortless, cuddly robes provide the perfect evening attire to conduct a "raid" of the home baked treat bar and perfect settling down with a special cup of your favorite tea in front of a crackling fire with a loved one.
We frown on the idea of working vacations but don't let something you "must" take care of delay your trip because our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast has free WIFI so if being CONNECTED is a must...Look no further.  

We are close to both Biltmore Estate and within walking distance of downtown Asheville.  If putting the icing on the cake is your idea of perfect...Check out out our Free Candlelight Christmas upgrade on our home page under the Innkeeper's Notes.  Trust me, even Santa can't deliver a better present than that! 

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Asheville Performing Arts from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Asheville has a rich performing arts climate. in view of the small size of our little community.  Visitors and folks who choose to call Asheville their home are always astounded with the variant Asheville performing arts from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

If you are looking for a bit of light Christmas fare, take a trip to Tinsel, Texas & you will not stray from a good choice if you attend Asheville Community Theatre's, Dashing Through The Snow.  Submitted for performance by  Asheville's famous trio playwrights, this story involves the arrival of guests to the Snowflake Inn and believe me when I tell you....having personal experience with this particular set of will want to believe that these guests could not possibly be real.  I am here to tell you that you would be wrong. 

Call 828-254-1320 or visit them on the web at the link above.  We would love to invite you to make a special night of it with a stay At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. A funny play, a delectable dinner prepared by the creative chefs Asheville is gaining notoriety for & ending the evening perfectly with a romantic night at our inn before a roaring fire and enjoying your two person Jacuzzi.  We are only moments by car and within walking distance of the theatre.  Now, after you see this play- you are going to want to Check In just to assure yourselves that the guests portrayed in this lively comedy are not representations of real people you could meet.  Don't worry, we'll talk you through it until you feel safe again. 

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011, Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

My sister and I have had a long standing love affair with the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Thanksgiving 2011, Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast owners note will not prove an exception.  Rather than the premature, blatant, discordant, unattractive commercialism often associated with Christmas as retail, rather than the message have become more and more entrenched in our lives...Thanksgiving seems able to retain its purity as it concentrates on the more family oriented values, home, hearth and togetherness.  Whether we are able to physically be with our family or distance, job responsibilities or the like mandate this visit to occur on the phone lines, it has always seemed this holiday cannot help but bring to mind scenes of family, times gone by and all the wonderful love, laughter and memories of Thanksgivings past.

Every year I concentrate on really making a conscious effort to be truly thankful about at least 5 things.  It has proved an interesting exercise over the years and I invite you to try it along with me.  Even in the very challenging times our country and economy are facing, 5 things are never hard and they work magic in your head.  If you do it, share with me what yours were.

Here are mine:

1.  This year our servicemen and women serving in Iraq,  who have sacrificed so very much for us, will not spend another Christmas in country.
2.  This year my family both immediate and extended are primarily healthy.
3.  For this year, Gary and I remain employed when so many in our country wake up wondering what they will do to earn a living.
4. This year many people in our country have become galvanized to seek a better solution for their country and they are speaking their discontent and resolve that things become more equitable in a clear voice.
5. This year we remain blessed to live in the United States of America.
6.  We are blessed with good friends. 

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Things to do in Asheville NC from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast ,3

I am reticent to divulge that on the rare occasions we actually leave Asheville and go to another town we sometimes forget what it means to be a tourist.  I believe this stems from being so very familiar with things to do in Asheville NC from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast, 3 that being "not in the know" is now an entirely foreign experience.  It is in this vein that I submit the following blog which is going to give you the SKINNY on the Tour Kind of experience in Asheville ...Always good because if you don't even have a clue about what any city has going on .....It  becomes more difficult to even begin to figure out what you would like to spend your time there doing.  Hopefully, this blog help you put your most informed foot forward. 

On the last day of our Savannah trip some years back we finally hatched the grand idea to board their Historic Trolley.  Clearly, this would have been a much better idea on Day One.  Maybe it would be for you too so I will begin there.

Gray Line Trolley  Our friend Bruce Casperson  is affiliated with this tour company and we think they do a wonderful job not to mention that red is one of my very favorite colors.  A trip on this fine trolley will provide all the information you need to decide where you will best spend your time in Asheville.

Ghost Tours:  Every really fun town has its fair share of specters, ghosts and more.  If you want a really fun way to explore Asheville's take this tour. 

Asheville Walking Food Tours:  Many of our guests love good cuisine and in fact Asheville is gaining significant notoriety as a creative cuisine location as well as spawning more than a bit of interest in the whole "slow food" "farm to table" idea.  In the news, as more than an occasional happenstance, every kind of food borne illness the most recent being the cantaloupe issue ....Preceding that the tomato, sprouts issue, headlining nightly has made...Knowing where your food comes from is now more than a convenience.  It is an idea that is gaining a foothold by more than "Asheville types" as a safety measure.  These tours are a great way to learn our very walkable and contained downtown/Biltmore Village and also explore types of cuisine experiences Asheville has to offer. This tour was hatched by Chris Ortwein who was previously in the Asheville Bed and Breakfast business
There is another of these tours recently launched called Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours as well.

History At Hand Tour:  If you really want the "real deal" and origins of any city.  How did it start? History, movers and shakers and all the deal breakers....This tour is for you. 

I will end this Blog with that old but very wise adage as true today as it was when the film of this same name was released in 1949, " Always Leave Them Laughing." 

La-Zoom Comedy Tours: This tour company provides everything from Haunted Tours to Holiday Tours and everything in between.  They approach their jobs with vigor, hilarity and want to show you a good time. 

So book a Tour to begin your knowledge and enjoyment of the city our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn loves so well and we'd love to help show you Asheville by hosting your stay with us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. 


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

Friday, November 18, 2011

Things to do in Asheville NC from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast ,2

 Every day here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn we host guests from all over the country at our Asheville bed and breakfast and whether they hail from the North, the South, the West Coast or Mid West the questions are always the same.  Patti, Gary, is there any thing you all can come up with regarding Things to do in Asheville NC from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast? For all the times it has been asked I decided it would be a great plan to separate out types of things Blog it.
The first Blog was dedicated to a short but meaningful list of Antique shopping and this Blog will be spot on for the what I call: The Active Sect. We have dealt personally with all of these companies & consider them among the best this area offers not only for their expertise but their customer service and relations.  Armed with this list you are certain to enjoy the time of your lives.  Enjoy! Using the links employed in this blog you will be able to obtain all the information necessary to plan a trip to Asheville NC that you will never forget.  We would be happy to host your Asheville getaway and can help orchestrate the best vacation you have ever had.  Give us a call At Cumberland Falls North Carolina Bed and Breakfast. We'd love to help you plan your best vacation ever! 

1.  Navitat Canopy Tour  
2.  NOC known affectionately by the locals but is: Nantahala Outdoor Center
3.  Huck Finn Rafting
4.  RO Franks Aviation Company
5.  Asheville Hot Air Balloons
6.  Star Watch Night Vision Tours
7.  Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
8.  Smoky Mountain Jet Boat Rides
9.  Appalachian Amusement Center
10.Brown Dog Adventure Tours

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mother's Birthday-The Rose

Our family was always small (entire Father's side missing) but what we lacked in size we made up for in intensity, feeling and celebration.  For as long as I can remember, holidays were special with birthdays not only serving as time markers but more importantly as halcyon moments-Mother's Birthday and all our birthdays were celebrated in wonderful, if not costly manners.

Ours was an "all girl" crew headed by "The General" AKA as my Nana with my Mom, Adjunct General next in the pecking order followed, certainly not least by- Nancy Carol Neely, our beloved Aunt Nanc...Co-conspirator in all thinks fun so long as they were not injurious.  She was a dancing maniac often jiving to the tune of some pop song then on the radio we were all singing like mad fiends at the tops of  our voices in our make believe Top 40 production.

My sister and I often reminisce about those days and smile.  Our celebrations were of the nature that cannot be bought at any price.  My Mom, the consummate homemaker, decor designer with a far more challenging budget before her than any contemporary paid designers from that day to this  had been working on "the set" also known as our home for days making it beautiful. All her considerable talents had been brought to bear in decorating for the upcoming birthday celebration.  This was inclusive of but not limited to determining and shopping for the menu dedicated exclusively as a tribute to "the birthday girl."  There were signs all over the house wishing them a very special day, reminding them of the day of the week they were born, the story of their day, the hour of their arrival moment and their favorite colors were used as a personalized tribute to the birthday celebration.  In short, we were blessed with far more than money could possibly buy.  We were freely provided with the kinds of celebrations money simply cannot buy.  We were blessed with a "worker of magic"  on a labor of love who not only expected your very best always (no excuses-ever), believed in your special qualities when you seemed quite ordinary, cheered for your victories and also really valued your innate qualities enough that she quite simply demanded all your best and more.  At times, it was past daunting and often one fell short.  

November 15 is my Mom's birthday.  This year will be our second one without her. My head is alive with her words, her voice resonates in my memory always.   At 59 years old when fatigue or carelessness would tempt me to render less than my best efforts on any project....I hear her still saying that she knows that I would not want anyone to see or hear whatever the faulty work is- really believing this was my best ....because I know it is not and I begin again.  No general, or second in command ever generated any more loyalty, dedication to purpose and interest in the mission than our women did.  The like of them...this world will not see again.  I will  though and on that day my "lonlies" will depart and I will be filled with joy.   

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Things to do in Asheville NC from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast -1

Everyone likes vacation time but I know I am not alone in thinking that while "new vistas" are a lot of fun and interesting they can also be challenging in what to do.  Hence, Things to do in Asheville.  Most of the time I at least try to be amusing in these Blogs but this list, my fine friends, is going to be a laundry list just perfect for shopping through. Further, many of the places on this list can be mapped out  using our interactive map.

This is going to be a multi part Blog and we are going to start with Antiquing:

Sweeten Creek Antiques
Screen Door
The Captain's Bookshelf (antique books)
Village Antiques at Biltmore
Tobacco Barn

Just these entries will keep you more than busy for a week.  Re:  Antiquing....There is a phenomenal festival happening in Asheville yearly, Asheville Antique Fair, that I have blogged about in more detail in previous Blog posts  This year it was November 4, 5 and 6th but you antique mavens, and you know who you are, will have to plan to BE HERE for this special event next year. It is not to be missed....But hey, a year is a long time to wait so in the meantime, the above will keep you more than busy I assure you!
Shop Strong-Shop On!

Patti and Gary Wiles,  Innkeepers 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 Thanksgiving is a time of year that evokes memories of home, aromas of well loved food and anticipation of family not often seen.  We think all of this can be best enjoyed with Easy Thanksgiving Recipes from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast enabling the hostess to have the makings of a great dinner well underway and enough time to relax and enjoy such a special holiday. 
We love all the organic, plentiful selections of squash available here in Asheville and nearly always incorporate it into holiday dinners in some fashion.

Squash Casserole:  Serves 8-10 depending upon appetite.
Bake at 350 degrees. 

4 lbs. Yellow squash, washed, sliced
1 large Vidalia or Texas Sweet onion, sliced very thinly in circles and then separated
1 cup, good quality white Vermont cheddar grated finely
1 cup mayonnaise
2 T. fresh basil. If you don't buy the fresh and are using dry spice 1 1/2 tsp. is plenty
A dash of cayenne for zip
2 cloves freshly chopped garlic
2 large eggs, beaten well
2 cups soft fresh breadcrumbs (use real bread....not commerical crumbs.
1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese- divided
2 T. butter melted

Prep:  Boil the sliced yellow squash just until it is not hard.  Not till done.  This dish is baked at completion. When finished drain very well getting as dry as possible.   In a small skillet melt the butter and saute the onions until caramelized. Set aside this skillet-You are going to use again shortly.
Combine the squash, freshly grated cheddar, mayonnaise, eggs, cayenne, garlic and 1 cup of the soft bread crumbs.  Add 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan.
Spray 13" X 9" pan with Pam. Place mixture in sprayed pan.
Place remaining 1 cup of soft crumbs in a small bowl.  Add just a bit of dry oregano to the crumbs.  Place them in  in the skillet in which you caramelized the onions browning them in just a bit of good quality olive oil.
Sprinkle the crumbs over the squash mixture topping with the remaining Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. 

All of this, save the baking, can be done the day before.   You are going to be seeing more than the turkey gobble at this meal I assure you.  Enjoy and let me know how your guests respond to this dish.  Sometimes, when I fix this at home I dice up some beautiful tomatoes to go right on top.  Love tomato and squash paired and think you will too!

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

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Restaurants in Asheville from Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

One of the really fun things about Asheville is the variety of dining choices available for visitors.  Restaurants in Asheville from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast will outline a few of them & reflect some of our personal neighborhood favorites.

Located not more than a stone's throw are our neighborhood offerings:

Nine Mile:  On Montford Avenue, one block from our inn sizzles a sleeper restaurant one might pass if they didn't know of it's existence.  Small and minimalist, it offers within a vast array of choices largely Caribbean fare, craft beer, vegetarian selections all perfectly spiced whether you palate lends toward "caliente" or more mildly seasoned food. 

Tod's Tasties: I am not a regular purveyor of this local shoppe.  It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  On the first hint of Spring of this year after a long winter's presence we walked there from the inn more really just to "seek sun rays" on this beautiful day than to find the best cuisine in the city. That said, if you are of the mind for a sandwich and you like chicken salad with a bit of tarragon being a delightful addition to it, I recommend you try the chicken salad melt. Yummy and sincerely enjoyed just being outside at cafe tables while watching the rest of Asheville wake up from what had seemed a very long winter.

I will move forward to the downtown in upcoming blogs and let you all in on the good, the not so good and the sublime of our Asheville dining experiences. 

Stay tuned so you'll be prepared for your Asheville vacation!

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Unexpected Joys!

 Innkeeping ideally looks the a flawless, seamless, study in ease by which each guest is received, oriented to your inn, shown to their room, offered all the pleasantries and amenities of the house and a good time is hard to miss.  Our bed and breakfast is often the scene of unexpected joys in that in this world, where sometimes  it seems there little hope is to be found for the behaviors of humankind, I can find myself surrounded by that hope.

It demonstrates itself in variant ways-  A grouping of friends that could have sat only with each other note another guest would be left sitting at the table with no other guest having come down yet- so chooses instead to sit at the main table.  An elderly guest, experiencing a challenging arthritis day, finds unexpected assistance in the form of a hand extended by another guest, who only moments ago was a stranger.  Something wonderful can and does happen when sitting down for a moment of camaraderie and dining with others.  Conversations take their unexpected journey around the table, gleanings of the lives of those seated are pearls offered up for the observant, more solidarity found than anticipated, more commonality than differences.  Patience, kindness, concern, solace, friendship and  take their turns in the sharing at our dining table as lives enfold to become more than themselves in the joining of the family of man.  

Patti and Gary Wiles,  Innkeepers