Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Southern Conference Basketball-Asheville Civic Center

Much attention has been directed to the return of the men and women's Southern Conference Basketball to Asheville. Asheville last hosted this event in 1995 but from March 2-5 of this year, 23 men's and women's teams will play 21 games at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.
The Socon, as it is known by those following basketball, features teams that are athletically gifted but have not, for one reason or the other garnered the attention of the elite in college basketball. Asheville Civic Center-Now named U.S. Cellular Center- has recently undergone a  5 million dollar plus face lift in preparation for the return of this event and fans will benefit as they enjoy both the new seating and a state of the art sound system.

Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of the civic center and would love to host your stay in Asheville. Our home offers the convenience of not having to drive to this well attended event hence, no parking-no hassle.  Give us a look www.cumberlandfalls.com. 
Please feel free to call the inn to book your reservation and we'll happily supply details on Socon and ticket information

The civic center is well placed for convenience to shopping our vibrant downtown Asheville, enjoying Asheville cuisine gaining more and more notoriety daily and also the well celebrated art galleries and antique shops.  Downtown can more than offer diversion for any one arriving in Asheville traveling with a basketball aficionado but not sharing the passion of the game.

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

Friday, February 24, 2012

Asheville Cyclocross

 Temperate weather, completely awesome natural beauty and our beloved Asheville itself makes our city a natural choice for  the site of the 2014 and 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships.  Asheville cycling is everywhere you look from our town's center to the forests surrounding Asheville.  USA Cycling, the national governing body who bases out of Colorado Springs  sent Kelli Lusk, the national events director, to Biltmore Estate for a visit and even the weather in Asheville offered the most benevolent of gifts as the 60 degree temperatures &  sun laden sky presented on cue to appropriately host her visit. Biltmore is one of three potential locations being evaluated to host these events.

Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, joins the rest of Asheville as we  put our hopes, prayers and best Asheville welcome forward in hopes that our city, if chosen,  would be the first in the Southeast to host this event.  This coup would be another "Asheville first" and we would all enjoy the 5 day long event, the opportunity to show off our area and all it has to offer as we showcase this event.  Further incentive-  the economic boom to the area which could be worth a million or more.


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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easter Cookie Recipe, Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Though most of us are still very much immersed in winter, I find my thoughts turning to Springtime.  Desperation for this winter to be over largely drives this fantasy I confess- but further, I bake for Easter and so I can be prepared when I have the time, I shop for the goodies for my Easter Cookie Recipe Asheville Bed and Breakfast style...Which...translated means ahead of time. 

Thought you might like to sink your teeth into this perfectly delightful cookie which was part of a neighbor's Christmas package to me. When I first tasted it, I saw visions of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and the like dancing through my head though the snow was falling outside.  It is perfect for Spring and hope you offer it as gift for the Easter Bunny.  A happy bunny is a generous bunny.  Plentiful chocolate can be so hard to find.

Cornmeal and Lime Butter Cookies          Preheat oven to 350 degrees

3/4 cups butter, softened.  No margarine please!
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp. finely shredded lime peel
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Course decorating sugar (any color will be fun for kids and adults alike)

Cream butter until fluffy adding powdered sugar and salt.  Beat in as much of the flour as possible with mixer and not creating too much torque.  Add the rest of the flour, corn meal, lime peel and vanilla using a wooden spoon.  (This activity may prove aerobic in nature...enabling you to eat one free cookie after the baking.)
Cover and chill one hour.  Roll out dough until 1/4 " thick.  Using 2" cutters cut dough out arranging 2" apart on un-greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with decorating sugar and bake around 8-10 minutes until a light brown around the edges.  
May be frozen or stored for 3 days in tight container.  Completely cool before stacking. 


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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Special, Asheville Getaway

 Unbelievably enough, February is over half complete and before anyone can even believe it, the first day of Spring will be arriving along with much anticipated warmer weather, spring bulbs eagerly breaking the surface and summertime on the horizon.  So, before you miss the opportunity to enjoy the best Asheville Bed and Breakfast Special securing your most romantic and intimate stay capturing  the best pricing we offer all year....Give us a a call or book online At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  We'd love to host your stay and our close proximity to downtown opens up the very best North Carolina Romantic Getaway out there. Accolades well deserved tout Asheville as a culinary mecca with performance arts galore and scenery that is just this side of heaven.

Hope to see you soon!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whitney Houston

Music sounds the human heart in ways that cannot be completely tracked by even the most complex neurological interpretation mechanisms. It can evoke memories from brains no longer capable of even recalling their children's name or their own. It defines our life and times and in seconds magically transports the aged and less aged to entirely different time frames than that in which they are living.

This morning on Good Morning America, as we now begin the re-hash of the death of Whitney Houston, Robin Roberts was speaking to Celine Dion.  Celine blessedly was not politically correct.  She stated honestly, clearly, concisely and for all to hear the words "danger" "drugs" "bad influences" and more.
She discussed the Hollywood lifestyle with drugs to wake up, drugs to perform, drugs to relax after the performance and drugs to go to sleep.  She gave good advise.  Do your work, enjoy it and go home.  Go home to those that really love you. Your family, your daughter.  Not your music....YOU. Good advise I think.

I love Robin Roberts but it seemed this straight talk from Dion was received with discomfort from Robin. Dion was frustrated by the fact that nothing....not her responsibilities to and love for her daughter, her love for her Mother or even her care for herself saved her from the ravages of her lifestyle.  The toxicology on Whitney Houston will be a laborious process and not available for weeks but drugs killed Whitney. Many loved her but none could save her. To her peril, she could not save herself.

Whitney Houston voice was powerful, ethereal, magic and to my ears the most beautiful enchanting sound ever.  I loved her music.  It brings this Asheville Bed and Breakfast owner back immediately to my Mom, now gone from me.  We spent countless hours singing Whitney's songs to the tops of our lungs all the way to and back from Winter Park, Fl. on the many journey's we made as I collected her for visits at my home.  Whitney sounded my heart, every emotion I ever felt and called my most visceral emotions to the surface with ease.

I mourn her passing as an artist but more than that, I mourn her passing as a person, as a Mom, as a daughter and as a woman.  I think her loss at 48 years old is a tragedy but less to the magic of the music she brought than to the woman who gave her birth and the girl, who as her daughter,will now grow into womanhood without her Mom.
That is what we should be mourning today. I acknowledge the truth of all those saying Whitney Houston will "live forever in her music" but somehow I am thinking that playing the tunes will offer cold comfort to her child, her Mother and her family.  They were more into the flesh and blood than the legend.
Maybe we all need to think on that.       

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

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day, Asheville Bed and Breakfast ideas!

Valentine's Day is a retailers dream as all the commercials on television touting what form of platinum, gold, diamonds or other glittery procurement will put a smile on your beloveds face attest to.  Valentine's Day, Asheville Bed and Breakfast ideas are less pricey and some of them have actually been shared with us in the nearly 13 years we have owned At Cumberland Falls North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Some, I have employed as a Mom and a wife.

Valentine tip # 1 for your child:  The night before Valentine's Day, tuck a little card on your child's pillow (whatever their age) using this as an opportunity to share with them all the great qualities you see in them that make them one of your favorite Valentine's & favorite people.

Valentine's tip # 1 for your spouse:  Marriage and the daily demands of life sometimes leave little time or energy for the very real, but often unstated thoughts of love you feel for your beloved.  Leave a small personal note in his shoe or taped to the steering wheel of her car. Write the words you often feel too busy to give voice to. The special shine of this will remain in thought long after the necklace or ring are lost. 

If a bit bigger budget exists, we'd love to help you take advantage of The Red Rose and Chocolate Truffle-Valentine's Perfected package at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.  We'd love to host your Valentine's day and offer a peaceful, fun retreat time in which all the demands of your life ebb for a moment in time and the focus can be on each other.  Check it out...Valentine's Day 2012 can be awesome.     

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

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Look at the Landscape of The Hunger Games from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 We thought you might enjoy a look at the landscape of The Hunger Games from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast. We join in the excitement felt in our area as we approach the March 23, 2012 premier of The Hunger Games.  A few days from now, on Feb 6, our blog post discusses the back story of the protagonist in the movie.

Katniss Everdeen was a product of Appalachia.  The topography around Asheville, sharing the characteristics of that area, was chosen for filming.  It occurred to me that you all might like to see a photo depicting the kind of landscape she would have seen during her "coming of age" time. It conveys a beauty all its own-both rugged and serene and proved the honing stone by which Katniss Everdeen was preparing for her future when, in her attempts to save her sister from the Lottery, she volunteers herself for the games.   

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

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sweet Treats Donated by Tupelo Honey Cafe appreciated by our Asheville Bed and Breakfastak

We share something important & sacred with many of our guests here At Cumberland Falls North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn; we served in the United States Armed Forces.  As such, sweet treats donated by Tupelo Honey Cafe so appreciated by our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.

One of the many joys of living in Asheville and in fact a big consideration in our choosing this location is its well deserved reputation for being a community with a big heart.
Tupelo Honey Cafe is reflecting that big heart with their decision help bring "Operation Tupelo Pies" to fruition.  Ask any service member, male or female, serving in any location what is the most important time of the day and they will respond in unison with "mail call."  Each of them, regardless of duty station are always glad for anything from home.

A pie coming in the  mail...Now, that is golden.  Tupelo honey will send out all these pies, fresh from the oven, packed in ice so they arrive perfect.  After that, they would love community involvement and are encouraging Asheville area residents to buy a pie for a soldier too.  So, if you really want to support the troops- Make it tangible- ...make 'em smile with a pie which can be ordered at this link http://shop.tupelohoneycafe.com/

Valentine's Day, as well as all holidays spent a long way from home and loved ones, can be a sad day.  In truth, a cup of coffee and a piece of pie will not fix the world but it is an easy way to let someone far away know they are in thought, appreciated and absolutely not forgotten.

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