Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Haunts in Asheville

 Halloween engages nearly everyone's imagination from the very young really not knowing what to expect to elders remembering either their own Halloween haunts in Asheville or the joys of watching their little ones experience trick or treat for the first time.

The actual trick or treat part, when I was a girl, was pretty much relegated to those 12 and under.  Older kids generally had parties or sought out some other thing to occupy their evening. It would seem now though that many adult sized teens, clearly not even in costume, use this holiday primarily as a source to  replenish their fading "goodie stores."  Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast is one block from the main street in the historic section of Asheville and we are mobbed with children seeking treats.   They are all absolutely adorable and likely in tribute to the highly arty environment of Asheville- it is apparent the the surrounding art scene bleeds (if you will forgive the pun) through.  Trick or Treaters are are generally not in typical costume.  We have seen costumes called "Wall Street" -defined as black leotards with pink slips stapled to it and a tragedy face.
The Bucket List-She arrived at the door as a teenage fairy with beautiful, glittery wings and decorator bucket on her head with flyers from ziplining, Horseback Riding, Rome, Tuscany, skiing, food pictures, sky diving and more fun stuff to do before leaving this world. 

That said, if you weren't invited to a party and are not charged with taking little ones about your neighborhood  and  you are less than interested in a night home handing out candy, are not faint of heart and seeking some scary Halloween Fun as only Asheville can dish it out-I've got the ticket for you.

About 15 minutes from Asheville, on gore soaked ground, a young bride perennially roams the night looking for her groom who will never come.  The Lively's and the Tate's had many moons of "bad blood" between the families but as young love goes, little Missy took quite a shine to Billy Joe Tate and the two had pledged their love and an elopement was planned and set-Only Billy Joe never showed.  It seems night after night Missy waited and some say the pain of this ongoing disappointment did things to her....Bad things.
Though this will likely more than get your Halloween Scare on- the Torture Chamber, the Maze and the Evil Circus (new in 2012) should send you completely over the edge.  Between The Woods, The Farm and The Haunted Hayride coupled with the 2012 additions mentioned earlier-Well, let's just say in the approximately 50 minutes of this Self guided tour you will likely live out all your worst Halloween Fears and be prepared to say a prompt, if goulish goodbye to Halloween 2012. 

Happy Halloween Haunts in Asheville!

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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Treats from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 One of the many glories of living in a neighborhood is that when the kids come out to trick or treat, the kids already know you  and so do their parents.  Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast loves to do something really fun for those kids so we have developed 2 so easy, but cute as pie ideas for Halloween.

For most of us, while the will is strong...the time may be weak leaving most of us back to the same old, same old regarding Halloween treats.  Don't get me wrong....Nothing wrong with a Snickers here and a Butterfingers there.  These ideas are so cute and so easy though it may just inspire you to get out of the rut, be brave and explore a new option or two.

Idea One:

Make Brownies.  You may use your favorite recipe or a quite honestly, some of the box brownies are simply awesome.  Rather than make them thick, spread them out in a larger sheet so that the end product is slightly over 1/2" tall.  Get some Halloween cookie cutters and while they are still warm...Not hot...Go to your pan choosing the best location for your cutouts to maximize yield and cut them out.  Put directly on a wire rack to cool.
Make a chocolate glaze and coat the top of the brownie and use candy to highlight say...the red eyes of a bat.
Or White sprinkles sprinkles to make lines on say, a coffin.  It is fun, delicious and creative.

Idea Two:  Cookies on a Stick.  So convenient and so "immediate gratification" for kids.
Make any sugar cookie recipe.  Decorate your cookie ball with either sprinkles in black or orange or both or you can use some of the fun Halloween sugar candy decorations in the bakery aisle.  Put the stick through the ball (the stick should be horizontal).  Depress the cookie with a spatula to flatten it out just a bit and help to secure the stick to the cookie.  Decorate and bake.  When I use this idea with cookies on a stick I do not chose a cookie that has to be baked any hotter than 350 degrees.  I also soak the sticks in a bowl of water the night before and take them out to dry about 1 hour before I plan to use them
Kids love these and you'll love watching their eyes light up when they see them.

Happy Halloween from At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn  

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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Moogfest 2012 in Asheville

For those of you who are currently wondering what in the world a Moogfest 2012 in Asheville means.  This event is a celebration of the creative energy of Bob Moog-developer of the synthesizer and Asheville native son.

Asheville is in the 3rd year of this event taking place October 26 and 27 showcasing music in nearly any form you can dream up.  Electronics will be a highlight but the diversity of the music might surprise some. Co-producer of this Asheville evening is also one of the most well known concert event  promoters in the southeast, Matt Hendrickson,  and he brings his talents to continuing to improve and tweak this concert venue establishing it as a "must go" in the music industry.

Though the concert is not a Halloween eve event, concert goers are encouraged to dress up in costume as what's a few days between music friends.  Rock, avant garde and a D.J. spinning tunes cannot always be found in the same space.  Asheville innovates everything and this festival will prove no exception.

We'd love to host your Asheville stay and we are so close to Moogfest walking is no problem.  Set your night to music-our inn is happy to tune it all up for you.   

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Within Walking distance from At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is within walking distance of At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn and this fact is not lost on our guests.  This event has fans both in the tourist and local camp sometimes making parking in the downtown area a bit challenging.  No worries at all for guests at our inn though.  A leisurely 15 minute stroll will easily take you to the U.S. Cellular Center.
Dates:  Thurs-Sunday October 18, 19, 20 and 21.  Times:  Thurs-Saturday: 10 A-6P  Sun: 10A-5P.

For those not familiar with this local event I'll say that it is not an arts and crafts affair.  The types of things you'll see are of extremely high quality, very often unique and one of a kind pieces.  Metal, glass, potttery, textiles,wood -from very upscale furnishings to quality dresser boxes, canvas, jewelry- both fine and fun, music, food and more.  Should you find yourself in the market for a special treasure be it birthday-anniversary-Christmas or other- With over 200 vendors it is likely you will not be disappointed in your quest. 

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

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Very best places to view Fall Color in Asheville North Carolina, Graveyard Fields

One of the very best places to view fall color in Asheville North Carolina, Graveyard Fields! Gary and I love this hike and take it often both to the lower falls as well as to the higher falls.
It is only about 45 minutes away and would definitely be on our short list of Great things to do, Attractions in and around Asheville NC. 

We have many regional travelers as guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and many of them come from topography not as challenging as that we experience in Western North Carolina.  We try to take care in recommending hikes to our guests for that reason.  This hike is moderate both in incline at only 300ft. and also is both well tended and at 3.4 miles -easy to just enjoy being outdoors.  Further, it is stunningly beautiful in both summertime ( with an added bonus of some swimming holes along the way just in case you need an excuse for a cool dip in seeking some relief from the heat.)
In fall, it is an all time Asheville local favorite for great family times.  Have a great time of your own and find your way down our spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 418.8.)    At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn can help you with the picnic.  See our A Tisket-A Tasket- A Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Basket Special we are currently making available for our guests.  Make a special memory, enjoy being outdoors and experiencing a fall color display you will not soon forget. 
Happy Fall and Happy Leaf Looking!

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Flavors At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

It is hard to pick a favorite season for your romantic weekends and getaways in North Carolina but odds are the majority would likely pick fall.   Just like certain seasons of the year lend themselves to specific activities; the kitchen also seems to lend itself to fall flavors At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn at this time of the year.  Thoughts of spicy Pumpkin Bars, crispy apple rhubarb cobbler, soft cranberry cookies, frittatas resplendent with the vegetables so freely available at our local tail gate markets, root vegetable soups and everyone's completely perfect family recipe forPumpkin Pie all come to mind.

A absolute guest favorite at our inn is Pumpkin Creme Brulee and we are happy to share it with you today. Made the day before it makes for a perfect and applauded fruit entree/dessert.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. 

3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream or for less calories whole milk
1  1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 nutmeg
a dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Whisk eggs and brown sugar until thoroughly blended and sugar crystals absorbed.  Add heavy cream, all spices and salt. Divide contents into ramekins that will bake in a water bath coming half way up the ramekin. Bake only until set and remove from oven. Allow to cool and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. When ready to serve dish sprinkle 1 T. of sugar on top and caramelize with chefs torch until nicely brown-generally about 1-2 mins.  Allow the sugar to cool before serving to your guests as this can cause a serious burn. 

This will be the biggest hit.  It is completely lovely when you are on for large crowds because the entire prep can be done the day before leaving only the caramelizing to do before presentation.  Purr-fect....You'll see.

Have a wonderful fall and let me know if you make it.

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