Monday, January 30, 2012

Asheville Tail Gates Markets Weave a New Tale

We love so much about Asheville NC- not the least of which is the presence of tail gate markets.  Soon though, Asheville Tail Gate Markets Weave a new tale.  A Tale of  PROLIFERATION.  Asheville City Council took up a measure and the city will make more room for tail gate markets inspired by the idea of being able to offer low income residents the opportunity to gain greater opportunity to purchase healthy foods.  They voted unanimously to allow these markets at schools in residential areas & churches as well.  The hours they can operate are between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and they are not to be present during the regular operational hours of these host locations so that the traffic to access them worsens that occasionally found on narrowed streets worsened by cars being able to park on both sides.

These tail gate markets are universally popular with most visitors to our Asheville Lodging, especially regional travelers as they do not face the obstacles of getting the goods they purchased home that our fly-in's do.  Our guests truly enjoy finding local honey, mustard, moonshine, veggies and more and often choose these as gifts to return home with  and present to loved ones.This link  Mountain Tail Gate Market Association provides a really comprehensive list and armed with it, you can bring a piece of Western North Carolina home keepin Carolina always on your mind.  Come stay with us At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, it's like a breath of fresh air!   

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfast suggests an Idea for fun when on Shoestring budget

Accommodations have seasonal components and travel in winter or shoulder season is nearly always ripe with bargains. Once you are ensconced in the Asheville Lodging of your choice, our Asheville Bed and Breakfast suggests an idea for fun on a shoestring budget.

North Carolina has fantastic National & State Parks. Pisgah National ForestSmoky Mountain National Park to name just a few.  2011 saw increasing traffic  with record 14.25 million visitors to parks around the state.  Travel close to home has likely been the expected offshoot of a less than robust economy spurring consumers to looking for more economical outings.  Hiking, biking, photography and more can be enjoyed year round providing not only a great day out- but an opportunity to get a bit of exercise.  Come see us here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn-Our winter specials are calling your name and your hiking boots need a bit of use...So, lace up & spend a day  enjoying the fantastic views,  learning about and being physically present in nature. It will clear your head...I promise!   

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

Monday, January 23, 2012

Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast and the reality of the hidden bargain-Part Two

This is the follow up of another blog in which I highlight Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast and the reality of the hidden bargain.
I once had a caller At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn who was a very up front guy.  He was humorous from the start and basically just chatted me up for a bit on the phone with some enquiry questions about how long we had owned the inn, did we enjoy it etc. We had a nice talk.  Just out of the blue, he said.." Do you really think that bed and breakfasts are a better deal than hotel?"  Not missing a beat, I replied "Absolutely I do."  I continue my reasons started in the January 12 Blog below.

1.  Most folks are visiting an area because some aspect of this location interested them. Now, hotels have concierge service as we discussed in the first blog- but innkeepers not only reside in the area but many of them have lived there for a long time.  They too have interests and likely some of them are the same things that interest you.  I say this because in owning our inn for nearly 13 years, I am now of the opinion that each inn, different as they all are, attracts folks not so dissimilar to the owners of the inn. Likely this occurs as most guests are attracted to an inn's website.  Most owners figured larger than life in the design of their site.  They delivered their hopes, loves, concepts of beauty and style to their site and guests that seek them out found resonance. Hence, similarity and like kind.  So, when you tell your innkeeper your hopes and dreams of "things to do" on vacation... they not only likely know where you can accomplish this but where the best place is to deliver exactly the experience you were searching for.

2.  I addressed in the earlier blog about inns being a more intimate venue.  Regardless of your personality; introvert, extrovert or your desire to be intimately engaged with either guests or your innkeeper, I still extoll the preference of a smaller venue.  Why?
When one gets into "hundreds of rooms" it would simply be impossible to dedicate the exactitude to so many that can be accomplished in smaller venues.  Further, the cookie cutter deal existent in other accommodations really take the "cozy" out of travel.  Relaxation is contingent on comfort.  Innkeepers take comfort to a new level.
I am not only referring to comfort in your physical surroundings but also and most importantly, to your psychological surroundings.  Innkeepers deal with people every day and not surprisingly they become very intuitive about what will make each individual guest feel comfort.  Even less surprising is that many innkeepers had professions in which they were "people assisting" in whatever form that took long before they donned innkeeper hats.  If, for example, you are a person that prefers not to engage personally with others and think that precludes you from being an inn-goer.  Au contrair!  If you would prefer to have less than more contact with your innkeeper- this will likely be apparent to your innkeeper and providing your personal space will be their pleasure.  If the morning breakfast is something you would prefer to enjoy only in company of your own companion- most inns can help you achieve this goal.  Coffee can be had on the porch or you can arrive toward the end of the service meaning most folks are finished, will vacate the table and leave you in blissful peace to enjoy your morning paper or dedicate yourself to your companion.   

3.  Just like home, only better.  This phrase is said so many times in our reviews posted on Google, Trip Advisor, YMLP and other review sources that I set about to discover some actual benchmarks that I thought were measureable to get a better understanding of the comment.

a.  Experience:  When evaluating vacations and deciding which ones were WOW and which ones fell short, one is generally not evaluating any one specific restaurant, activity etc.  They are evaluating the sum and total experience. I firmly believe in all the possible items of measurements...Inn Owners make that experience a better one.

b.  Service:  Everyone loves a fine breakfast.  Most of us don't get one at home.  We content ourselves with a bowl of cheerios, a piece of fruit.  Why?  We don't want to take the time to make it and to be honest....We don't want to clean it up and the "little elves" are off for the day.
Home only better- could possibly entail that lovely breakfast is presented for your enjoyment.  It is hot, fresh, locally sourced when possible and presented for you as a feast for your eyes and palate.  Oh, and by the way...our little elves did not get the day off.  So, when breakfast is finished your hardest job going forward is to decide how you will be enjoying the rest of your day.

Service however, transcends dining and you will enjoy it in spades At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  It is really quite simple.  Whatever would make your day better in any way...It's about you and we would like to help it happen in any way that will make you smile. 

Do you need to smile a bit more?  Would you like to have someone care about whether your day is stacking up as a good one?  Could you enjoy a few lovely nights away in a quiet, serene but oh so fun place complete with people on hand to see to it that if you are thinking about it and believe it would be fun- they can help you find it?  We specialize in all the above and would love to make it a great day for you At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. Call us  or visit us online. Winter Rates are sizzling hot! Smile More, come see us!


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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine's Day, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

The other day I walked into CVS on a mission to purchase a birthday card for my brother-in-law.  All you wife's know my plight as I am sure you are relegated to the same taskings.  Much to my shock and horror there on the shelves were...You guessed it...Valentine's Day cards which got me immediately to thinking of Valentine's Day, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Have you all noticed that they barely let the Christmas trees get removed from the stands when the retail assault gets renewed with gusto?  Crimmies, we just got Christmas down at our Asheville lodging and already we must begin again.  Ok, my rant is over.  Sometimes, a girl just has to vent.

Onward and upward to Valentine's Day.  Most of our guests will celebrate on the weekend preceding Valentine's Day but inevitably some will choose to celebrate on the weekend following Tuesday, February 14-Valentine's Day.  Anyone celebrating at our Asheville Historic District Victorian Inn will remember Valentine's Day 2012 Forever!

I speak to many people trying to plan something special for that weekend that personifies romance.  Women and Men call- Each dedicated to planning something special and memorable for their loved one.  They consistently vacillate between the choice of roses or chocolate never seeming to be entirely satisfied with their choice of one over the other. 

This ongoing dilemma is the reason for the special we are offering with a two night stay on any weekend in February by phone request.  We are calling it: The Red Rose and Chocolate Truffle-Valentine's Perfected!  So, if a perfect Valentine's is what you are searching for...Your balancing act is over.

Call the inn, book a 2 night weekend and we'll take care of the rest.  You'll see, you really can have it all here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  828-253-4085/888-743-2557.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Mourning Shelby Anne Sprowls Wilkie

Many people in Asheville and I suspect outside Asheville as the news leaks out will join our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Mourning Shelby Anne Sprowls Wilkie.  I was readying myself for work early in the morning when the radio station I listen to first announced they were searching for a young woman who was employed at the radio station and was at that time only missing.

Having volunteered  for many years in the field of domestic violence coupled with the knowledge that though we are often taught to use care around strangers....Generally, women are killed by people who know them. Actually they are twelve times more likely to die at the hands of someone they know. As of figures compiled in 2010, North Carolina has the dubious distinction of ranking Number 4 in the nation in Domestic Violence Deaths perpetrated against women.

Rather than concentrate on the facts of domestic violence this particular Blog is dedicated to Shelby.  She was a Mom.  Her daughter,Sydney Anne, will never know her Mother.  Only three months old, she will miss all the wise counsel,years of dedicated love, laughter and camaraderie that would have developed over the years as Moms and daughters are wont to do.

She was a daughter...Many of you reading this blog have children and when, as in this case, the natural order of things in which the Mother dies first is superceded by violence- this devastating loss takes on an edge that I imagine (blessedly, I do not know) leaves one keening in pain for a very long time.  Barbara Jan's life will never be the same. Her father, Bill I am sure will feel the same loss of his baby girl.

Shelby Anne was 38 years old and was, by all accounts a person who would have, given the chance, provided much love, friendship, kindness and smiles to light the lives of many had she not been killed by someone who had vowed to love and cherish her.

I didn't know what the blog of today was going to be.  I was reading the Asheville Citizen Times Obits. The first line of Shelby's obituary said, "Shelby Anne Sprowls Wilkie , 38, of Hendersonville died January 2, 2012." when something in me screamed NO.  Shelby did not die.  Shelby was murdered.  I understand our Citizen's Times has to use the word died because though her husband has confessed to her killing, we must preserve the rights of the murderer.

Just to be clear Shelby was murdered. We must be able to use that word if we are ever to address the issue effectively.  Maybe some day we can even become as protective of the murdered as we are of the perpetrators.
For those living in Asheville or wanting to help this victim of domestic violence there is fund established for Baby Sydney at mix 96.5. It won't bring her Mother back but as a society, to our shame, it seems all we are prepared to do.          


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

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Asheville Rocks in the Winter Too

If you are of the mind to take advantage of some of the sizzling hot winter specials your best Asheville Bed and Breakfast, At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn is running....Look no further for fun things to do because Asheville Rocks in the winter too.  

Music Fun:

5th Annual Celtic Adventure Weekend:  February 3-5, 2012 will showcase Gaelic Storm, McPeake and Colin Grant- Adams.  Tickets:  $25-30.00.

Tickle Your Funny Bones:  24th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend.  March 9-11 2012.  Comedians, Kathleen Madigan, JR Brown, Ryan Hamilton, Mike Armstrong, Mike Green, Rachel Feinstein, Andrew Kennedy and
Ralph Harris will have you rolling in the aisles.  If laughter is curative it will for sure be a very healthy way to start the New Year.  Tickets: $30-40.

Hope you can be there and know you'll have fun.  We are minutes from both of these venues and would love to host your time here in Asheville North Carolina introducing you to a place we know well and love so.  

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfasts and the reality of the Hidden Bargain

Innkeeping, as all who do it know, is a labor of love.  It is also reasonably restrictive and unless in the care of an able innsitter,  innkeepers are sometimes unable to really travel just for fun and so having done a short trip recently, I would now like to present to you Asheville Bed and Breakfasts and the reality of the Hidden Bargain.

I mentioned we took a trip.  Ok, so we only went to Savannah and it was for a day and a half.  That said, we couldn't sleep in our car so the procurement of some form of accommodations was necessary.  We are curious just like all travelers are curious prompting investigation of hotel offerings in Savannah.  Our mission was to compare cost vs. value.  We have owed At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn for nearly 13 years now and in that time and even before then,  the very obvious benefits to travel consumers that bed and breakfasts offered were obvious.

1.  Breakfast is Free.  It is not only part of your experience but it is served in complete beauty.  Whether you find yourself searching for elegance or casual- Your breakfast in a hotel and the experience in dining you will be treated to in a bed and breakfast are a world apart.  The visual feast of your table setting will not fail to delight you, I promise, nor will the food you are served fail to make you wish you had chosen this option much earlier.   It will be freshly prepared, with carefully chosen ingredients and designed to please.

2.  You will not find extra charges on your bill at Check-Out to cover a valet that you did not ask for nor require simply because the hotel property does not have adequate parking so they must hire folks to drive your car to another location (not accessible to you now- save having the valet re-deliver it-so for God's sake don't forget a shoe, your deodorant or your favorite book) to park it.  Our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast offers the additional security of off street parking at no charge.  Further, if you forget your book....this does not require anyone, save yourself, to go and retrieve it.

3. Concierge is not something that you must procure when it is available and the Concierge has been scheduled then.  Your innkeeper will either be "in house" ready, willing and able to provide both suggestions as well as directions to a venue that suits you to a T or they will be available by phone to you to achieve the same end.
 Further, they live in the town and often have access to folks who can make the impossible happen easily.

4.  Smaller venues like bed and breakfasts do not make their money (even the largest of them) on the masses.  They stake their reputation on the line and make their mark in a very different market model than hotels.  They earn each and every guest they get and because they are genuinely dedicated to the most positive guest experience they spare no effort to see that the total guest experience from the room to the exploration of the town is positive.  In medical terms, they called this approach "holistic" and it is also in business terms very smart.  Advertising is not only costly, it is often difficult to appropriately target & results can be vague and is subject to many factors.  It is a far better expenditure of your time and money to put all the resources at your command dedicated to guest retention.  They have chosen your property among many other options available to them.... All you have to do is create an experience that keeps them there.

5.  Cleanliness:  It would seem logical that attention to detail could be enhanced to a higher degree in a smaller, less trafficed arena than in a larger one.  Simple traffic creates more difficult cleaning patterns in hotels than exists in bed  & breakfasts.  Further, because they are smaller concerns, many with very high standards in fierce competition with all others in their area...they want to put forth their very best foot.  All of these B&B properties, even the largest of them,  have far fewer rooms and hence guest interaction opportunities to create a favorable impression. Hotels who routinely have 100's of rooms, a large majority of which are booked nightly, used roughly and worn in much heavier traffic patterns in a month than bed and breakfasts would experience in a year. 

These are only 5 reasons and I will include others in our next Blog.

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

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Recipes

I have dawdled around about getting my cookbook together as many of my Asheville Bed and Breakfast Recipes have been requested by guests.  In the interest of the fact that we have had a whirlwind of guests and I may not get to the cookbook in the immediate future, I am submitting today this beyond wonderful- Black Eyed Pea Salad my sister made for us on New Year's Eve night.
She got this out of Southern Living 2007 for a Mississippi maven who sure knew what to do with Black-Eyed Peas....It was so totally delish!  As you all know, good luck in the New Year is supposed to follow those that eat the black-eyed peas.  Now, I don't know if all that's so but suffice to say....Just in case I thought I'd better snarf down a few.  Wouldn't want to even begin 2012 without a few elements of good luck.  

GOOD LUCK BLACK-EYED PEA SALAD   (Well, heck, we can hope so anyway.  Can't hurt!)

2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed & drained
2 cups corn frozen, good quality corn
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 cup of your favorite Italian dressing
2 medium tomatoes chopped fine
4 green onions sliced
1-2 jalepeno peppers seeded and minced
1-2 garlic cloves minced

Put all of the aformentioned in a large baggie.  Allow it to marinate for 24 hours in refrigeration.  Drain off juices.  Place in bowl and stir in cilantro.  
Can be eaten on tortilla chips or just alone.You might want to serve a bit of sour cream on the side.  
Frankly, Jane brought over the chips for this dish and while tasty...This salad is totally fine as a stand alone deal.  No chips, no sour cream.  Just healthy and delicious. 
Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.  I will be making this as a stand alone dinner on a summer night in June with my family's world famous cornbread to be consumed on a front porch.  Ah summer....Not so much right now. this for 2013 and you too can find your best luck!  Or Not!  No guarantees on that.  

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Diane Wortham Theatre January 2012 Events from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Lest you begin thinking that there is nothing to do during your upcoming winter visit in Asheville....
Au Contrair!  Asheville continues its vibrant music theme throughout the winter months as Diane Wortham Theatre January 2012 Events from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast will bear out.  Follow closely now as we don't want you to miss a thing.

First up:

DePue Brothers Band: January 19, 2012.  The classically trained brother, tag teamed with a symphony take progressive bluegrass to a level you may never have experienced.  Though these brothers play as a group, they are classical violinists in their own right.  This spot on combo of classical, rock and bluegrass will likely provide a sound you will not soon forget. 

Susan Werner & David Wilcox:  January 21, 2012  Two voices, exceptionally attuned one to the other create a soulful, witty depth of sound and content any true music lover will receive as artistry.  Folk, Jazz and pop merge effortlessly in this duo's evening magic.  A solid performance not to be missed. 

Best of all, Diana Wortham Theatre is within walking distance of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and we have the rest of your awesome evening in the bag and found in the form of a perfectly created relaxing nest, fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs designed to enhance your evenings relaxation and the most beautiful, delectable "wake up" you've experienced in many moons.  Join us here At Cumberland Falls North Carolina  Bed and Breakfast for an evening of theatre and blissful peace.  You won't even believe the difference in the person you bring to Asheville and the person that leaves relaxed, refreshed and well rested.

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

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Watched BB King Sing The Blues

 B B King once said, “I think the clock is ticking, yes. In fact, I know it is. Frank Sinatra sang about the September of (his) years. I think I'm in the November of my years.”  Our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast watched BB King sing the blues several years back when our blues loving friends blew into  town.  From the moment he took to the stage, it was apparent that BB King may be "November" in his years but his sound is as tuned and soulful as ever.

If you want to hear the blues as never before, allow us to invite you to Asheville's Thomas Wolfe's Auditorium and watch the appointed king of the blues hold court with audiences as he has done for decades. 
BB King is the Blues in America and we'd love to invite you to take advantage of this national treasure.  We are within walking distance of the auditorium and would love to provide your Asheville accommodations for this special event.  Save the date: January 14, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and get ready for crying time again as BB King weaves his soulful magic cords around your heart. 

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