Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year's Eve Thoughts from your Asheville Historic District Victorian Inn

 Nearly every evening we watch all or some portion of the nightly news.  I am sure many of you have been watching too as night after night brought stories of unselfish giving from strangers, most of whom wished to remain anonymous, to those in need throughout this country in this challenging economy.  They called to mind New Year's Eve Thoughts from your Asheville Historic District Victorian Inn

So often as nightly news stories of suicide bombers, church bombings, famine, genocide, child abduction, murder, mayhem and more waft across the airwaves it should surprise no one that it would be easy enough to grab on to the idea that there is little to be hopeful about.  This Christmas Season, first as as drip burgeoning into a river the reports of random acts of kindness abounded.
Lay-aways paid off in the hundreds, breakfasts taken care of by anonymous patrons, coffee paid for when you order it by someone already having driven away from the drive-in window... their good deed done. A little girl seeking to make potable water available for those for whom this is a luxury and more.

My brother and sister-in-law sent me a cool video in the week before Christmas entitled, "Where is the line to see Jesus?"
The gist of the video is that the reason for the Christmas season is often lost in the flurry of purchasing and the seeking of retail heaven.  Somehow, each night I heard the tale of another "act of goodness" done on behalf of others it made me know for sure that despite the suicide bombers, despite all those that would seek to wreak havoc, create chaos, death and destruction and to proliferate this behavior in this world....There is a clear and present glimpse of the "others."  Often "the others" don't get sufficient air time- not being as salacious as their polar opposites but their presence is every bit as real.  In the Year of 2011, lights were lit, kindness recorded and discussed and the darkness ebbed a bit for all of us.

Happy 2012 and I look so forward to seeing all that it will bring.  Our wishes for you are simple.  Health, joy and the presence of loved ones to light your life! Pass it On!  

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

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Iraq-Thoughts from your Best Asheville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast

Nearly 9 years ago the United States of America entered the country of Iraq (again) with Operation Instant Thunder. Save the 4,000 or 5,000 troops that will remain "in country" to use an old Vietnam War term, all our troops  will be gone.  There are some closing thoughts on Iraq from your Best Asheville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast. 

Some things we might have gotten wrong: 

1.  There were 19 terrorists involved in September 11, 2001.  15 were from Saudi Arabia.  2 from U.A.E.  1 Lebannon 1 Egypt. Conspicuous in its absence: Iraq.

2.  WMD.  Not so much. 

3.  Despite claims by then Assistant to President Bush on Economic Policy, Lawrence Lindsey,  that the expected cost of the Iraq invasion and subsequent regime change would cost between 100-200 Billion.....He was ridiculed by Rumsfeld and Mitch Daniel, the Budget Director for his estimate after they described him using such words as "boloney" and "very, very high" in reference to his cost estimate. His job was lost for his honest commentary. The final cost of this war is expected to burgeon to 3 TRILLION DOLLARS!

4.  Faring equally badly were others trying to be real about the cost of this war in human terms.   Appearing before a committee in front of Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense, Gen Eric Shinseki met with similar types  of insults to his also inaccurate estimate that the Iraq invasion might take several hundred thousand U.S. troops.  In fact, more than 1.5 million Americans have served in the Iraqi war.    More than 4,500 of them gave their lives in this war and more than 30,000 wounded- Which fails to include the estimated 100,000 suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

5.  A "hot button" topic in the current news cycle is the 99% vs. the 1%.  While an important discussion wages regarding the distribution of wealth in this country for the purpose of this blog look at these numbers in another way.  If 1.5 million served in Iraq- half of one percent basically did this work for our nation.  Not even 1%.  I recently heard one of the talking heads and he quipped  that of course we should support the troops because we don't want TO BE THE TROOPS.  Clearly, the above percentage bears this out.  If there is anything fair about a war.... When The Dreaded Draft was still IN, the real, dirty, down in the trenches truth about WAR was shared more equitably.  All of us had a "dog in the fight" or the potential to have one.  Even some obscure senators kid shipped off to the Ivy League as an avoidance of this duty found, to their dismay, if they partied too hardy and got booted from academia...they too were subject to the long & always hungry arm of Uncle Sam!

Some things I pray we get right:

1.  To the less than 1% that exclusively shouldered this horrific  burden our county took on while the rest of us enjoyed tax breaks and never had to worry about being one of "The Fallen" regardless of our view on the "rightness" of this war....We owe them a debt.  If all we can get right is this one, singular, honorable obligation we cannot fail to do it.    

Merry Christmas Troops! I cannot think of a brighter, more thrilling Christmas gift than to see the young, hopeful, joyful faces of those service members finally leaving Iraq and coming home. It surely is our most Shiny Gift.  

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Decorations in Asheville from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Christmas decorations in Asheville from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast could not help but to include Festival of Lights.
From 6-9 p.m. each evening at Lake Julian through the 21st of December you can, as Gary and I have every single year since our arrival here in 1999, take the magical journey through this awesome display. Lights shining brightly in every color and display of the rainbow.  No kidding, there are more than 50 fantastic scenes depicted in all their shining glory and you can do nothing but feel good as you drive through such a festive sight.  Very affordable at only $5.00 per car; a portion of this goes to support Special Olympics.
Take the kids after your Sunday family dinner, visitors to Asheville are welcome, make a special memory.  You'll be glad you did! It will warm your heart and do your community some good in the bargain with your support of the kids participating in Special Olympics they can continue to do their community proud.    

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

Monday, December 19, 2011

Gifts of Christmas, Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Inn

This morning in our Asheville Bed and Breakfast I was in the kitchen preparing breakfast for our guests and I had an early riser.  I asked him how his evening went and how he was feeling this morning.  His response was so completely awesome that I have decided to include it in this blog.  He said, "If I was any better I couldn't stand it."  This gentleman is elder, he is pre-diabetic and deals with severe knee pain daily but this was his response.  As you might could anyone maintain a "case of the grumpies" in the face of such a cheerful greeting? This cheerful greetings set my mind to remembering something my Nana had told me years before.  She maintained it all through her life to the very end...Attitude is Everything.  In everyone's life there are days when quite simply, you just aren't feeling it.  My guest changed my morning with his completely uplifting greeting.  What a gift!  A Cheerful Dispostion... even in the face of obvious challenges.
Gift Number 1.

Have you ever been in a crowd of people just milling about as we all do in pursuit of errands or just getting from here to there when you see someone single themselves out with a full face smile?   Smiling creates miraculous results.  Research shows that the results of a previous smile from a stranger enhances later better and more helpful behavior toward others.  It further substantiates that it directly influences the behavior of non-smilers creating both more smiling behaviors as well as more more helpful behavior in those smiled at.
It costs nothing, enhances our own mood and engenders both smiling and more cooperative behaviors in others so....
Gift Number 2-  Give a Smile!

The Pay It Forward Principle:  We own At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn and consequently, I spend more than a bit of time in the grocery store.  Every morning here at the inn we begin our guests day with a three course gourmet breakfast served by candlelight.  Right before Thanksgiving....Now you know what a scary encounter that can be.  I digress.  In these days of economic distress, a woman had her coupons on the top of her shopping cart and as someone was breezing by the coupons took flight and were cascading all over the store.  A congress of women were scampering all over the supermarket floor trying to locate and rescue her coupons laughing their heads off in obvious enjoyment of the commonality of the situation.  Clearly, with so many coupons on the loose, this woman would have spent much time locating them and picking them up but many hands made light work as all joined in a moment of spontaneous fun in the form of a good deed. Gift Number 3- In whatever way you can...Pay it Forward and do a good deed. 

All of us are pretty much taxed to the max daily.  It seems that a casualty of this type of life is our closeness and real contact with each other.  In what is heralded as the "most connected generation ever",  we have largely lost touch.   I am not talking about Facebooking 500 friends where your sole responsibility is sharing some part of your day with the masses (assuming they care) and moving on.  This type of communication involves interfacing but not in a meaningful way with anyone. Relationships are fragile and require more than a Facebook entry- so for the few folks that are at the core of your life and fundamental to the quality of that life...Don't keep it a secre.... let them know that.
Send a card, pick up the phone, be in touch..Not when YOU need something.  Maybe they need something.  You will never know if you don't ever ask and your conversation consists primarily of what is happening in YOUR life.  You must be a friend to have one.  Cultivate them....they are the garden of life.
Gift Number 4-Friends.

Enjoy your Gifts.  They are of the lasting kind.  They cannot be the wrong color, size or variety.  They are the blessings of this world and the key to the next.

Merry Christmas!

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

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Five Best Christmas Gifts of 2011 from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

Last night on the news they stated that we are a nation of "procrastinators."  Clearly these folks don't know the people I know or this information would not have been relegated to the newsworthy category...That said we have the scoop on Five Best Christmas Gifts of 2011.

1.  We have a wonderful  December Mid Week Stimulus Package.  If the person on your Christmas list is able to travel Mid Week....this is the package for you!  Wonderful room price discounts available with a 2-night stay. 

2. Christmas Candlelight Special :  With a 3 night booking at our inn and the purchase of Biltmore Estate passes- We'll take care of the upgrades required to attend Christmas Candlelight. 

3.  Mid Week Prime Time Temptress:  With a 3 night Mid Week stay and one ticket purchased here at the inn...We'll take care of purchasing the other one.

4.  Pain at the Pump-Save Cash for Gas Special:  With the flexibility of mid week travel and a 3 or 4 night stay- Discounts are yours just for the asking freeing up helpful gas money for your trip.

5.  The Perfect Christmas Gift:  A gift certificate allowing the recipient an opportunity to enjoy all that our inn has to offer.  A downtown location, the privacy of a smaller property, two person Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, impeccable linen with cozy down comforters and pillows and a three course gourmet breakfast that has become our hallmark redeemable by the recipient in whatever denomination you choose   At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn will generate an attractive Gift Certificate for you to present.  It is sure to warm the heart and delight the spirit of anyone you love that needs a bit of a break. 

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

Friday, December 9, 2011

New Year's Eve from At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

Sooner than any of us will believe , 2012 will be dawning and already we are asking ourselves that age old question, "What are we going to do for New Year's Eve?"  I know of no other holiday that drives such expectation resplendent with its potential for change and hope of  better circumstances than we currently find ourselves in.

New Year's Eve from At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn has hosted guests for very nearly 13 years of New Year's celebrations.  Weddings have joined lives here on that date, honeymoons celebrated coinciding with this sparkling New Year and hopes, dreams and wishes of every kind have been shared with us as we collectively leave behind the perceived disappointments, anxiety & sadness we experienced in the current year while vigorously pursuing the New Year with hope in our hearts.

Music can lighten the mood, revive happy memories, and inspire "remember when" moments for all of us.  So if you are of the mind to boogie, dust off your dancing shoes and head into a night where the Big Band Sound of The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra can provide an Asheville opportunity for a random act of fun.  Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (admission at 7:40 p.m.) $35.00 will by you a both an evening of more fun than you can shake a stick at and maybe you can even find your "dancing machine."

We'd love to host your stay and our inn offers proximity to this event in less than 5 minutes.  Your morning will begin with a three course gourmet breakfast that can't be beat and the casual elegance and unparalleled service our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is known for.    

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Secret of Christmas Fun, from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

The holidays are a mixed bag for most of us.  Family gathers, dinners to be planned, houses to decorate and baking to be done, just when the tree is finished...all the lights go out and time becomes a premium.

Many of the guests at our inn have stated that the secret of Christmas fun can be found in not taking all this too seriously.  Just possibly putting  too much of a burden on "getting it all done" may leave you with all of it done and too tired to enjoy it.  Taking some time out just for yourselves can help put you in the Ho-Ho-Ho Spirit of Fun. Special times shared in the company of family and special friends will later become shiny memories of our lives.

So,  At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn would like to offer you a glimpse of something sure to make you smile and could become The Secret of Christmas Fun from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Make a trip to Asheville!  Clearly, Asheville knows how to have a good time.   We'd love to see meet you and host your stay.  Click the At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn link above to view our rooms and make a reservation.  Claim Christmas 2011.  You won't be sorry.  Check out the News from the Innkeeper for Package Specials designed to create Holiday Magic!

Merry Christmas!  May the reason shine the Season  for you all and it is our hope that your brand New Year will be full of health, happiness and love!

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

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Introduces, Carolina Mountain Christmas Spectacular

 For most of us, Christmas is a very special part of the year and brings with it an emotional component.  Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast introduces Carolina Mountain Christmas Spectacular to ensure that your Christmas is nothing short of wonderful and memorable. Check out their site at the link for times and  dates.

Biltmore Baptist Church began a Christmas tradition humbly 15 years ago with angels wings made of cardboard.and homemade costumes.  They now showcase 800 participants with professionally designed sets and lighting while still seeking to relate to the viewers the real meaning of the season.  It is a sight for the eyes and a treasure to the soul.

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