Thursday, August 30, 2012

Asheville Brewfest 2012 Bed and Breakfast Package

Asheville Brewfest 2012 Bed and Breakfast Package can provide a wonderful opportunity for those "lovers of the hops"  to enjoy both the craft beer phenomenon that is sweeping the nation as well as stellar accommodations. This much anticipated event is sold out for 2012 but At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn has tickets and we'd love to host your stay. 

 For the last several years running Asheville has been dubbed Beer City, USA -this year sharing the accolade with Grand Rapids.  Guests at our B&B in Asheville choose this destination for a number of reasons.  Many cite the favorable climate, for some the edgy music and art scene remains an alluring draw, still others seeking great nature experiences which surround them in our pristine area and the culinary, slow food, farm to table aspect lures still others -but always and ever present is the glory of craft beer.

It is possible to sample over 50 local brews in our little hamlet and both New Belgium as well as Sierra Nevada, in awareness of this, have chosen Asheville to brew beer.  Coupled with this Green Man brewing and Lexington Avenue Brewers are expanding their already vigorous operations. 

We would love to host your stay in Asheville NC and we DO HAVE tickets to Brewfest 2012.
Come see what all the excitement is about, have a cold beer and chill out.  Asheville is just the place for a perfect weekend away-any way you like it. 

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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Asheville Olympic Cycling Star

 Asheville is a biking friendly city.  There are new biking paths underway every single year.  Asheville strives to develop more and more bicycle friendly paths seeking both fitness venues as well as a more green city and clean air fueled by legs pumping rather than gas pumping. Many of the guests that have stayed with us over the years at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast are ardent cyclists and dedicate no small amount of their vacation time to exploring the many trails Asheville offers from Biltmore Estate to the Point Lookout Trail near Asheville encompassing staggering beauty as it winds through Pisgah National Park.

All hearts in Asheville were with Lauren Tomayo, Asheville resident and cyclist extraordinaire as she, complete with olympic dreams firmly in tow headed to London to represent her country and earn a Silver Olympic medal medal.

She and Mike, her husband touched down at home in Asheville on Monday August 13 greeted by much of her family and all the proud hearts of Asheville beating out their unqualified pride and support.

Lauren Tomayo, you did yourself, your family, the United States of America and Asheville proud.   

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Asheville, Educational Bus Tour

Asheville, Educational Bus Tour available. Asheville to be Western North Carolina Historical Association's Bus Tour Cherokee departure point for an exciting educational trip.  Each year, in Cherokee, NC, the Annual Festival of the Southeast Tribes occur and this year the WNC Historical Association took advantage of that yearly event to spawn a wonderful bus adventure to Cherokee.  In all the years of hosting guests at our luxury inn, we have noted the keen interest our guests express in visiting Cherokee and how they feel their time spent at the Cherokee Indian Museum brought value, education and a far greater understanding of the history of our country to their lives. In keeping with this, I am both blogging about this very neat tour offering as well as putting it on our home page so guests booking with us during this time can choose to engage in this awesome opportunity.  

The itinerary:

The bus departs the Smith-McDowell House right here in Asheville, NC at 7:30 A.M.  No stragglers please.

The bus group gets to meet the Principal Chief of the Cherokee's at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian as the first stop.

Participants take in the museum housing 11,000 years of the rich ancestral history of the Cherokee Nation as well as enjoy a traveling exhibit:  Emissaries of Peace.

An oral history of the Cherokee by Jerry Wolfe

Noon:  Traditional fare Cherokee meal

Broad overview of the history and background of the Cherokee nation by Barbara Duncan, Ph.D.

Contemporary Issue facing the Cherokee's today by Carmaleta Monteith, Ph.D. 

Tour of the Oconaluftee Village

Free time in which to enjoy either S.E. Tribes Festival or Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative & Medicine Man Shop

6:00 P.M.-Bus Returns to Asheville

This would be an awesome experience for anyone and for families could bring forth really interesting discussions about fairness, equality ,truthfulness, the balance of power, honor and the value of keeping your word.

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

Plant Restaurant in Asheville-Unique and Unexpected

 Plant, one of Asheville's newer restaurant arrivals has eluded our lunch visitation efforts on more than one occasion but Plant Restaurant in Asheville-Unique and Unexpected. Now, Asheville is blessed with more than one choice for both vegetarians and vegans and all of them serve up food suitable for the soul of anyone enjoying their veggies and fine cuisine.  Plant is a great addition.
We escaped our Asheville Bed and Breakfast on a late Sunday afternoon and failed...then on a Monday and failed and finally-Eureka Friday came & we hit pay dirt.  

One of our local papers had done a piece on Plant and mentioned their veggie burger so a thorough investigation of their menu proved interesting but unnecessary as our plan before even walking through the door was to split this behemoth for lunch.  It was a good plan.  That said, a soup special our young server was so kind to tell us about garnered my interest as well. It was a red lentil with curry.  It was superb.  We split that for starters.  Now, frankly this is billed as a bowl of soup and I would more have designated it a cup but either way-It was a glorious adventure.  Not for those that can't take a bit of heat but awesome and flavorful.

Ok, on to the burger.  Southern Living listed this fine creation in the top 10 veggie berger's in NC.  I completely agree.  It was fresh, hot, well seasoned and delectable served on Annie's ciabatta.  I'm not a vegetarian but plant has won my heart and there is not one doubt that some day when a plan of lunch escape is successfully launched At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn- our car will find its way to Plant with a new menu vision to explore.  Hope to see you there. You will not miss the chicken, the cow, the pig or other-I promise!

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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sourwood Festival near Asheville

 Just a quick post to let those of you planning to be in town for the weekend of Saturday August 11 and Sunday, August 12 to spend a bit of at the Sourwood Festival near Asheville.  If you are a honey officianado believe me, you will experience no better than Sourwood honey.  It is delectable and thoroughly deserving of a great biscuit or whatever your favorite use of honey finds it on.

If you think a day in the mountain sunshine coupled with fine mountain food, music and honey is not a bad way to spend an afternoon in Western North Carolina believe me some of the guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will not disagree with you & you'll find some practical applications of honey on our recipes page.  We hope to see you there.

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Asheville Garden Weddings

 Another day in the garden here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Wedding prep is in red alert because the wedding of Catie and Devin will be August 18 and our garden is the site of their nuptials.  The roses are in various stages of re-bloom, the phlox is gorgeous and thriving & the hydrangea is hanging low with blooms. Even the birds seem to know that something is in the works, hallmarked by greater frequency both in their appearances and also their calls.  A few weeds wanted to be present, also offering their happy support to the bridal couple, but they are not invited to the celebration this time.

We specialize in elopement weddings here and really love the intimacy involved in these affairs. When two people stand in our garden as just the two of them, alone together promising themselves to each other- it cannot be about the glitz, the pomp and circumstance...
Rather, it is about the love the couple share and their desire to commit that love and their lives to each other.  That is something special and rare-very apart from the oft described wedding bonanza. Each elopement can be startlingly different ceremonies,  reflecting the couple's unique personality.  Some, just like the couples themselves, are characterized as quiet, simple, rare. Sometimes, they are completely spontaneous, very funny, inspiringly impromptu and riotously fun.

Sometimes, they are larger ceremonies involving "the most special, long dreamed about, beautiful dress in the whole, wide world, family in tow, meaningful, specially ordered flowers, special everything  and a large grouping has gathered to usher this couple into their marriage.

Alternatively, in the quiet of our garden, dressed up or dressed more casually- One can spot two lone figures facing each other.   Fearlessly and faithfully they repeat vows offering the best and also the most challenging aspects of themselves to another for as long as they both shall live. It is perhaps the biggest act of faith either have ever undertaken.  It is a reason to celebrate!

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