Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cheap Eats

Christmas has come, the packages unwrapped, put away and the credit card bills are on their way.  Now comes the time for some economic belt tightening helping to free up a bit of cash enabling us to actually pay for the items we bought.  

That said, Christmas, while Merry, can be exhausting leaving us with a bit of want for someone else to do the cooking.  Nine Mile is your ticket.  Sometimes the term "cheap eats" can be dive like.  Nine Mile is firmly and loyally supported by locals.  Once the tourists dine there....they wish they were the locals.  The entrees are Caribbean fusion. All heat ratios can be accommodated with appropriate notice to your server.  From red hot to mild, they do it all-Well! Their well prepared, locally sourced food is a joy to all of us fortunate enough to live in the historic district.

We often recommend this place for our guests just arriving after long periods of time in their vehicle because it is a 5 minute walk from the inn.  Aside from this, it is some of the most inspired food vibe in our city developing quite the rep. for being a foodie haven.  This place is both vegetarian friendly and vegan friendly.  They are just friendly period and always so customer oriented that it is both a pleasure to dine there as well as make referrals for others to do the same.  

We are happy to share our favorite choices from their menu.

Patti:  Meshach, More Fyah, One Foundation

Gary:  Meshach, Nine Mile, Negril Nights

So, don't feel too bad about having to take a break from haute, dining.  Though Nine Miles will not fleece your wallet, what you eat will make you feel just like they did.

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

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tupelo Honey Cafe

 Part of the fun of hosting visitors to our city is the joy of directing them to dining locations that really fit them personally. Each guest is seeking a different experience.  Some, are very uber-cuisine and are searching out the most elegant, formal place in which to enjoy their meal with their eyes on innovative cuisine, artfully presented and sophisticated in delivery to mark a special celebration in their lives.

Many more are looking for a homey experience and Asheville delivers that in spades.  One of the more popular of those experiences would be our Tupelo Honey located downtown.  Locals eat here and more than a few visitors find their way there too.  We were here before Tupelo Honey Cafe, arriving in 1999- but not by much.  They opened their doors to their downtown location in 2000 and though the original owner has moved on the new owner continues the farm to table traditions that put this place on the map.

If you are of the mind to find some comfort food, expertly prepared using local ingredients in a homey but well kept atmosphere find your way to this charming cafe.  Frankly, as anyone in the service industry knows the food is important but the greeting is fundamental.  They get that premise at Tupelo Honey Cafe.
Some innkeeper and guest favorite menu over our near 14 year experience with this dining draw would include: (but would not be limited to)

Low Country Shrimp, Eggs Crawley (a spectacular take on the traditional Eggs Benedict using Crab cakes rather than Canadian bacon), trout, biscuits with fresh blackberry jam/honey side-starter, Fried chicken BLT, Sweet Potato pancakes and the greens take on an entirely different dimension. 

These folks will open their 5 restaurant by then end of 2013 and their eyes are fastened on several other future locations.  It might even be that one of them will be in your neck of the woods.  They might take their wares far and wide but we had them first and only wish them well. 

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

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Theatre in Asheville, Montford Park Players

 We are always amazed, even after having lived here all these years, at the diversity and opportunity to enjoy live theatre in Asheville and Montford Park Players are one of our most valuable resources.
The main thrust of this group of thespians is to offer  to our lucky community and surrounding areas an opportunity for exposure to the glory of Wm. Shakespeare and other classical theatrical works.

Our B&B in Asheville is so appreciative to be able to offer this awesome entertainment option to our guests.  The outdoor amphitheater is blocks from our inn and in 2014 a huge expansion will break ground bringing to life the dreams of many volunteers who have worked tirelessly with this group for many, many years.  Hazel Robinson, our next door neighbor, decided in 1973 that Asheville could benefit from its very own Shakespearean company and she worked diligently toward that end founding the Montford Park Players. 

While customarily offering free performances as the Hazel Robinson Amphitheartre, the holiday performances of Charles Dickens's, A Christmas Carol will be held in the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville 80 Broadway Street Asheville NC. This production celebrates the 200th year of Dickens's birth.  Performances are  began December 6 and will continue through December 23, 2012. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Afternoon matinees: Sat-Sun only at 2:30p.m.   Tickets are $12-15 contingent upon where you sit.
Youth tickets are slightly less.

We are planning to go so I will update on this blog later.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Trees in Asheville NC

It's that time of year again-in which households all across America are searching for just the right Christmas tree.  Christmas trees in Asheville NC can be found anywhere from our awesome Tail gate markets dotted in locations across the city to the Farmer's Market. Private lots in various neighborhoods also have trees available.   

Sometimes though, the family Christmas tree can be transformed into more than a purchase.  It can become an experience! That is what The Cartner Family Tree Farm offers locals.

My husband & I first became acquainted Sam Cartner, the patriarch of this business based in Newland, NC after Gary's parents moved just up the road from Sam and his wife, Margaret in their retirement years.  A section of Cartner property was at the base of the mountain on which they made their retirement home. Sam and Margaret welcomed them heartily to Newland and when we visited, Doris, Gary's Mom insisted we meet the Cartner's.  They graciously showed us their lovely tree farm and we excitedly selected our special tree during our stay with Gary's parents. They explained it would then be cut at the appropriate time and shipped to us in Florida.  Awesome!

At that time I was still working as a registered nurse and Gary for Florida Power and Light.  Never in a million years did either of us imagine that over 20 years later, we would own an Asheville Bed and Breakfast in the very same town in which one of Sam and Margaret's sons, David & his bride,Ginny would practice law @ Cartner and Cartner.
Sam and Margaret have now placed the tree farm with them.   Currently, concurrent to  maintaining their law practice in Asheville, he and his wife operate the family tree farm. Taking on different responsibilities they both are intimately involved in the maintenance of this over 300 acre family business. 

So, if you are looking to start a very cool family tradition that your kids will remember long after the standard trip to the Christmas tree lot- Pack the kids in the car and in an easy 1.5 hours easy drive you will find yourselves at Cartner Tree Farm.  There you will be provided a measuring stick, a tag and led to the area of trees in which you will find your perfect Christmas tree.  Just like magic, your tree will be harvested and contained in a handy dandy net.  Well trained staff place it in your trunk or on top of your vehicle and off you go.

My child, now over 40   was delighted beyond measure with this whole procedure.  We were living in Florida at this time and the idea of selecting her special family tree held magical appeal.  I think it will for your family too.  Happy Christmas Tree hunting.  Thank you Sam and Margaret for years of wonderful Christmas memories for both our family, my husband's family and I am sure many others.

Oh, thanks also for the help that long ago snowy night when arriving late from our trip from Florida to NC, a tired child in tow- as inexperienced Florida folks nearly driving off your snowy mountainside you rescued us with a tow. Not only tree folks, but fine folks for sure.   

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