Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Package at Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast

Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Package at Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast is available with scheduled 3/night mid-week stay.  We have heard our guests as they express their joy at being in our extraordinarily beautiful area and able to experience the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the spectacular views it provides.

As readers of previous blog posts know, we believe this area is redolent in natural beauty and are always delighted when we can assist guests in finding some of the special locations we have enjoyed since relocating here 13 years ago.  In keeping with that, we are offering our Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Package At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn packed with all our fondest wishes that guests will find "their" special place on our parkway and enjoy the unparalleled beauty they will find there enhancing their love of our beloved Asheville.  Please see our home page at the Innkeeper's Notes for more details on this package and give us a call.  We'd love to tell you about it.     

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

Friday, September 21, 2012

Get them to the Greeks,Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Part of the added guest bennies and inherent in choosing to stay at a local  inn is the first hand council offered freely by the innkeepers about the area's finest in anything and everything.  In keeping with that tradition,the guests staying with us on the weekend of September 28 will return to the inn grateful that we helped  get them to the Greeks,Asheville Bed and Breakfast style.

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church is a moments stroll down the street to the left and during the Greek Festival there is every opportunity to have a fine dinner, lunch, shop, enjoy a cooking lesson, purchase a Pashmina of vibrant color and a texture so soft you'll feel wrapped up in a cloud. Learn a new dance to the beat of Greek tunes in one of many live music productions daily. All fans of Spanakopita and Souvlaki be on the alert as both are on the menu as well as Baklava freshly prepared and ready for your enjoyment.
Friday, September 28, 2012      11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2012  11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 1  11 a.m. 7 p.m.

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

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Package at Your

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

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Alliums, Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 Gary and I hail from Florida before moving to Asheville and the wonders of seaonal gardening were not available there.  I love the fall season in this area of the country not only for the unparalleled beauty of the season but also it's nearly time for planting Alliums, Asheville bed and breakfast picks.
I was always aware of hyacinths, tulips, daffodils having seen these in New York as a girl.  My friend, Valerie, introduced me to Alliums when I moved here.  I love them.

A bit about Alliums.  Allium in latin is: garlic. They are kin re: genus to French shallots, onions, leeks and the much sought after locals- ramps.
Casually referred to as onion genus noted for forming an unbel at the top of a leafless stalk.  Bulbs arrive for planting in all sizes from 5cm-10cm. In our climate, they thrive as perennials either by bulbs reforming at the crux of old bulb or can be produced at the tips of rhizomes or stolons-Some smaller alliums have tuberous roots.

When they bloom,in spring or summer depending upon your bulb selection, they are distinguished by globular balls, which upon closer inspection, are actually ever so numerous tiny little blooms all coming together to make this round appearance.  Tiny flowers,hundreds, each within a larger sphere.  They are delightful in and of themselves and as if that is not enough, they have pest repellent qualities and deers don't find them appealing.  If you haven't tried them in your garden they are reliable, stunning, gorgeous and can be coupled with mountain bells, a host of other plants or used simply by themselves to create a showstopper in your garden.

Some of the additions to the already planted alliums here at our B&B in Asheville for the 2012 selections will be:

Allium Graceful:  New and I think will prove perfect with already planted Drumstick Allium.  Both will bloom in early Spring and Graceful(16-18") will tuck nicely under the taller Drumstick (20-24") while complimenting each other with  their similar and compatible colorings.

Persian Blue Allium:  Tall, powerful and blue.  Gardeners love blue & a true blue is not easily come by in the plant kingdom.  Couple this 34-36" inch allium with your taller hosta's- Sum and Substance or Sun Power would be awesome choices.

Plant on, after a long winter...we all need something to look forward to!     

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

Asheville B&B Finds Flatrock Playhouse An Asheville Treasure

Art is everywhere in Asheville. Our Asheville B&B finds Flatrock Playhouse an Asheville treasure-an opinion universally shared by our guests At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn who will undoubtedly be inspired to attend
a very special production, Asheville based and inspired-Zelda, An American Love Story.  This play will take the stage on October 3-18 2012 and is a story steeped in all things Zelda.

F. Scott Fitzgerald cannot be conjured up in thought or print without the addition of his beloved Zelda.  Asheville, home to many authors and final resting place as well, spins many yarns about this duo-one due out this Spring by Bruce Johnson-Tales of the Grove Park Inn.  Even more salacious tellings are available regarding her hospitalization at Highland Hospital in the Montford area of Asheville (having the former name of Dr. Carroll's Sanatorium) where Zelda was admitted and received treatment episodically over a 12 year period beginning in 1930.  Her relationship with her husband, fueled by alcohol, excessively consumed by both of them, created intensely personal displays that were provided for the public on a routine basis.

It is thought by many that more than a few of the writings of Zelda Fitzgerald  found their way into stories published by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Some borrowed in part and sometimes completely then to be published with the bylines of F. Scott Fitzgerald -Some of this with her consent and some of it without any consent at all.  Zelda, by all accounts, was a woman born ahead of her time and hence much of what she could have contributed was ignored.  An avid writer, reader, accomplished dancer and outspoken in a time in which women were expected to function as adornments only may have fed both her overuse of alcohol and subsequent mental health problems.

In the field of mental health care- the topics of addiction and mental health can be associated occurrences but even experts vary on which of these elements in those individuals affected by both diseases is the primary.

I'll be going to see Zelda at Flatrock Theatre and hope to see you there. Sometimes, when the words "mental illness" and "alcoholism" come into usage the rest of a person is discounted and considered invalid.  Often, that is to miss the point entirely.    

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Asheville Rocks at Points of Light

 Everyone knows the drill about all the cool things you observe in your own town that you promise yourself you'll look into the next time you pass that way.  Then, something comes up and that time never comes.  For a very long time my husband, Gary, wanted to see a store in our community housing geodes, rocks, crystals and more...So, on his birthday-we made it and I'm here to say Asheville rocks at Points of Lights.

This store is completely awesome.  From the Singing Bowl demonstration to the jewelry, spheres and shiva linghams- we were fascinated.  There are so many things to see we spent more than 2 hours there.  Books deciphering information about crystals, their formations, where they are customarily found, healing powers commonly associated with them and more.  There are also classes and educational opportunities offered through the store.

I hope some of them are in the winter time when we might go. After New Year's Eve celebrators- the hard cold comes to Asheville.  With it, our guest population tapers off for a time, save some of my past guests specifically waiting for that time of year to book their lodging at our Western North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn, purposely avoiding the crowds. Freed up, with a bit with more time on my hands than is customarily mine, I can think of no better way to spend it than learning more about the earth and all the geological influences that brought into being  the lovely, mysterious and supremely beautiful specimens at Points of Light.  It has captured my imagination and I believe it will capture yours too.

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