Saturday, April 28, 2012

Biltmore Concert Series

One of the highlights of summertime at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is categorically Biltmore Concert Series. 2012 will brings headliners all of us will be cheering for. Take a beautifully star lit night with the Smoky Mountains in the distance and add these fantastic acts and you have a magic moment.  

August 9, 2012- Steve Miller Band An American Band formed in 1965 San Francisco.  Hit singles include:  Fly Like an Eagle-Heart Like a Wheel and Take the Money and Run.

August 11, 2012- Peter Frampton- English born but a naturalized American his trademark sound rings true in crowd favorites- Baby I love your Way, Show Me the Way and Do You Feel Like We Do.

August 18, 2012-KC and The Sunshine Band-Shake-Shake-Shake, Shake your Booty and That's the way I Like It made us know that the musical invention of this American Classic band is the way we all like it. 

August 24, 2012-Allison Krauss and Union Station-her song from the Songwriter Series with Union Station-Lie Awake left us all begging for more. 

 August 25, 2012-Chris Tomlin harkens to American Christian Contemporary Music which is beautifully exemplified in his hit-How Great Is Our God.

September 1, 2012-Foreigner-British-American rock band who made us all take notice with hit single-Feels Like the First Time and just kept them coming with Cold As Ice, Double Vision and the infamous Head Games which nearly everyone who had ever been in a relationship could identify with.

Bring your music soul mate and get thee to Asheville to experience the sounds, sights and the magic of Biltmore Concert Series 2012. 

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Asheville Brews

Asheville has distinguished itself repeatedly in various ways.  It has gained notoriety for being a culinary mecca, art world find, music weaves the streets in notes melodic, scenes of wonder and awesome beauty from numerous vantage points throughout the city and now, Asheville Brews.  Claiming the title of Beer City USA for the third year running beating out the expected winner; Portland with ease our small Asheville craft beer scene is thriving.  Just in Asheville with the 10 microbreweries crafting beer patrons have more than 50 local flavors to sample.

All this, before Sierra Nevada, , ever announced it's opening in Asheville for the year 2014 having chosen it's new French Broad River site in Mills River  only 15 miles south of Beer City.

No time at all elapsed when competitor New Belgium, our country's 3rd largest producer of craft beer also tapped Asheville's vibrant River Arts district, a mere 1/2 mile from downtown, as it's new home for a 2015 opening.

So, if you have interest in "the joys of the hops" you can find it all here in spades.  Check out At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn's  Brewgrass  Festival Bonanza Package under News from the Innkeeper at the bottom on our home page.  This very popular festival will have some of the best Asheville brews all in one convenient location on September 15, 2012. 


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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Asheville Homegrown

I am in love with Asheville North Carolina. From the moment I walked out of the Asheville airport in 1999 and my husband and I  subsequently purchased our Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast -I have been smitten.  For one, Asheville is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever been privileged to visit.  Secondarily to that, we have it "goin on" here and that is truly real.  Home grown is more than a byline in Asheville, it is the real deal.  From the vibrant tail gate markets featuring, fresh, locally grown produce to the lamb, fish and beef locally grown to Lusty Monk mustard to moonshine.... We do it all-Well!

Now, my own personal favorite....Bread....It is in my neighborhood baked by Jennifer Thomas, a resident in our historic neighborhood.  Jennifer is no stranger to the food scene.  Formally trained in both baking and pastry arts at our local AB Technical College, whose curriculum has gained national recognition, she took that training to the next level tackling the expansion and inspection necessary to use her home kitchen to create a neighborhood sensation when in 2009, she opened Montford Walk In Bakery using inspiration and interest garnered during an internship at Wake Robin Farm Bakery.  There is nothing pre-made, no store front, just fine- beyond excellent- bread.

I have asked to be on her mailing list and so...If a loaf of extraordinary bread sounds as preferable to you as it does to me to the lowly T-shirt usually offered as the vacation remembrance, we just might be able to hook you up-Asheville Style!

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Leaf Festival 2012

One of Asheville's favorite yearly festivals is by far and away LEAF Festival 2012.  This year's May fest is scheduled for May 10, 11, 12 and 13 and will be found neatly nestled below Mt. Mitchell in Black Mountain very convenient to Asheville.  A great treat for the guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast always interested in area traditions, music and art all of which can be found in spades at LEAF.  For three days on four stages old traditional sounds of diverse cultures ring through these hills with representation of African, French, Latin, Cajun, Celtic, Blues and more just stirring your soul with the mountain magic we are noted for.

Find your dancing shoes too with Contra, Swing, Waltz and more as you soar across what is likely the largest dance floor to be seen in the south.  Not to worry if Fred Astaire is NOT your name, as there are workshops in whatever of those dance languages best suit you scheduled throughout the day.

Ok, boogy shoes in tow, you've danced your Asheville off and now...Famished is your middle name.  How does some serious interaction with international cuisine sound to you?   Yes, I thought so and even better- it is fresh and prepared on site. 

The only thing left to do is purchase your ticket.  They can be for one day or all the days.  Also, try and carpool there as the line for all those crazy folks that actually thought they would have success just "dropping in" and gaining entrance that day are all trying to get in too. The line is beyond the pale.
Hope to see you there! 

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfast

If your travel plans are bringing you to Asheville I would like to consider choosing an Asheville Bed and Breakfast for your lodging needs.
If I had a nickel...Ok, times are inflationary-so let's say a dime- for every instance in which a "new to B&B's experience guest" currently staying with us said this was their first bed and breakfast experience ever while resoundingly proclaiming it would not be their last I would have a robust amount of money.

At my last reading on this subject in industry publications I believe that under 1/5 of the traveling public actually give any thought to choosing a bed and breakfast for their accommodation needs while traveling.
This is amazing to me.  There are likely 25,000 inns and B&B's in the U.S. and Canada and so it would not appear that lack of opportunity is the causal factor.

So, in the interest of changing your mindset, BetterWayToStay has come up with even more reasons why your choice of a bed and breakfast could change the whole experience of your vacation from another hum-drum travel fraught with irritation at getting lost everywhere you go to a stay so great you will never forget it.

Bed and Breakfasts are not Cookie Cutter:  None are alike so if you are a trendsetter seeking unique experiences and not a square box you will be in nirvana.  Each inn is decorated as individually as you decorate your own home...because you see, they ARE our homes.

Breakfast: Yogurt is a fantastic thing as is your favorite bowl of cereal cereal.... but folks they call it vacation because it is supposed to be special.  Your bed and breakfast experience will deliver that "special" in spades.  Value-value-and more value.  Coffee and afternoon treats- On the house.  Breakfast is nothing short of an event.  I invite you to read the reviews written on our breakfast venue here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn and you'll know there was no cold cereal served here.  How does Eggs Benedict sound to start your day served on lovely china, with some fresh squeezed juice and some crispy bacon????

Bed and Breakfasts are Internet operations most of us seeking a strong Internet presence and knowing it is fundamental to our business success so most assume you may need to be online too.  For this reason, in 96-98% of inns, this is a free service for guests.  Further, many times, it's as simple as a WEP key and you are "wireless".  Now, who wouldn't rather work in a garden or on a shady front porch?  Can I have a show of hands?

Check us out. I guarantee, you're gonna like what you see.  

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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Value Packages

 While all the analysts purport that the economy is "looking up" an Asheville Bed and Breakfast Value Package is always a good thing. April is a bit before Prime Season so thought you might like to explore the possibility of getting to Asheville North Carolina before the throngs of summertime descend.  
We have developed some super packages that just might be right up your alley for the month of April.  They can be easily found on our Notes from The Innkeeper area on the home page At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Spring Tour/Historic Red Trolley:  This fun red trolley really has the "scoop" on all things Asheville.  It is a fantastic way to begin a trip by introducing you to many of the events, places and activities you might wish to explore a bit more.  Check out this package which can be optioned with either a 2 or 3 day stay.

Stay 3 nights and enjoy a Forth night Free-At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  A fantastic way to capitalize on a more intensive stay with another whole night to pack in all the fun you know you need.

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Spring  Primetime Temptress:  If traveling mid week is your itinerary, you're planning at least a 3 night stay and Biltmore is a "must see" on your Asheville adventure....We've got that covered.

Lastly, for the stressed beyond the boiling point folks and you know who you are .....We have the Cure:
At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Celebrate Spring Spa Madness.  Book two nights at the inn, book one massage here and we'll be happy to treat you to the second one.
After your massage, a  lovely soak in the jetted tub cannot fail to perk you up, lighten your load and feeling more human again cannot possibly lag far behind.  

As sure as April showers bring May flowers -Our April Specials have a value you really don't want to miss.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Biltmore Estate, Festival of Flowers

Gary and I have lived in Asheville very close to 13 years both of us loving the outdoors.  One of my most favorite places to see all the beauty of nature is Biltmore Estate, Festival of Flowers.  Those of you who have been our guests know that the garden At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn is a loved place.  We never leave this home during each Spring and Summer we have lived here that we don't find something wonderful to create yet another point of beauty in our garden. It is a passion we share equally.

It is a special delight for us as you might imagine to see all the plantings at Biltmore House.  They too, in all seasons, have some seasonal point of interest bringing special beauty to their gardens.  Spring, after the long winter's nap, brings Festival of Flowers to Asheville. The wonder of over 100,000 spring bulbs in variant shapes and colors will surely blow your socks off. It is something you have to see to believe.  Why, it's enough to make even the "black thumbs" among us dust off the gardening gloves and seek to create the wonder and magic found only in the garden.   

Biltmore's Festival of Flowers: April 7-May 20, 2012.  We can help you with tickets and we'd love to host your stay to the Asheville we know and love! 

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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gingerbread Bundt Cake,Favorite Cake Recipe

One of the neat things about being an innkeeper is that many folks who choose bed and breakfasts over hotels make that choice because they are foodies.  They enjoy excellent cuisine and enjoy sharing their own recipes and that is how I came to be in possession of Gingerbread Bundt Cake.  In my guest's family, they make this lovely cake as an Easter tradition embracing either option of the delish topping options of orange or lemon cream. When the cake is out of the pan and ready for serving, they spoon chosen topping over the top as a welcome to spring and the Easter Season. 
I am going to make it this Easter and am putting it in this blog so that perhaps some of you will join me.  We can tweak it as we see fit or decide that it is quite simply, perfect, exactly the way it is.
Let me hear from you if you make it! 

Gingerbread Bundt Cake:    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and lightly flour a bundt pan before you begin so your pan will be ready.

3 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground Saigon cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown dark sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulphured molasses
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. finely chopped candied ginger for zestier cake (optional)

1 cup sifted powered sugar
1 T. real lemon juice or real juice of an orange
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Stir together flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and soda. Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl cream butter with mixer on high, add brown sugar and beat till light and fluffy.  Add eggs and molasses beating until well mixed.  Alternately add flour and water beating on low speed after each addition until combined.  Do not overbeat or cake will be tough.  Stir in vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 40-50 mins (dark pans bake faster.)  A toothpick should come out clean when inserted at center.  Cook cake in pan on rack until bottom of bundt pan is not hot when touched.

Orange or Lemon Cream

In small bowl whisk powdered sugar, lemon juice or juice of an orange (both orange and lemon are a stellar accompaniment to the cake so- your choice.  This topping is a glaze....after mixing the above ingredients together if you feel the need to thin the texture down a bit add either the lemon or orange by 1tsp. a time until desired consistency is achieved.  For a bit of a fancier with orange or lemon curls. 

I look forward to your participation and evaluation so let me know if you do make it. Would you change anything? Leave it as is?  Dish it up and tell us all. 

Happy baking & Bon Appetit!

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