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Inn Cats – Nadia and Sasha celebrate a Memorial Day Birthday!

May 30th, 2011 by abedofroses

Sasha & Nadia in the window

Sasha & Nadia

Nine years ago today Bill and I raced against time to get from Boston to Salem, MA to adopt 2 kittens before they were taken home with someone else. We had dutifully mourned the passing of our beloved 19 year old Niko, a long haired Tortoiseshell, for a full year before thinking of adopting a kitten again. By the time we were ready, we were surprised to realize that cats had their litters in the spring and the shelters were empty. We called every week to see if they had any kittens to adopt and finally a litter of three arrived in the Northeast Animal Shelter. A breeder of Himalayans had given these to the shelter because a long-haired tabby intruder had ruined their chance to sell the kittens.

Sasha our inn cat

Sasha as a kitten

The three kittens showed their personalities from the start! We wanted female cats and struggled with the decision to take the two girls, but not their brother. Luckily he was claimed while we were still there processing the adoption. We took Sasha and Nadia home and thinking that they were too tiny to handle the stairs in our big Victorian house, we kept them in the bedroom suite for the first day. When we finally opened the door they literally flew down the stairs at breakneck speed to explore. We never underestimated them again! Sasha, the affectionate laid back one, went blind in the last couple years. We’re not even sure when because she never missed a beat, adapting so seamlessly to her new situation that it’s only when she gets excited that she will bump into something and reveal her disability. We worried that moving after 8 years to another, totally different, big Victorian house would be a difficult adjustment for a now totally blind cat. NOT! The owner’s quarters are way too small for Sasha. She can’t wait to get to the “big house” every day. And Nadia, always a social cat, loves to loudly greet people at the door demanding that they acknowledge her as queen of the house. She may try to jump right in your suitcases if she likes you! Two more perfect inn cats we could not have asked for. Happy Birthday Nadia & Sasha! Go to our Facebook page to see more pictures of our birthday girls.


Asheville Area Events – Free Concert Series Thursdays 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Prichard Park

May 26th, 2011 by abedofroses

Prichard Park Concert Series

Free Concerts at Prichard Park

Yet another reason to visit Asheville mid-week! Homegrown in Prichard Park is a new free concert series featuring local singer-song writers every Thursday night throughout the summer. Presented by 98.1 the River, the series starts this Thursday with Jenny Greer of Jen & The Juice. Prichard Park is right in the center of down town Asheville so it is easily accessible and a vibrant part of the eclectic Asheville scene.

Homegrown in Prichard is part of the Prichard Park Cultural Arts Programs put on by the Asheville Downtown Association. This year they are partnering with WNC magazine and 98.1 the River, a great independent radio station, to put on events all summer long.

Other events in the park are Hoop Jam Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30pm and the Saturday Umbrella Market from 10am to 2:00pm. Asheville Hoops with Melanie MacNeil entertain and instruct you to music by George Pond on Tuesdays. The umbrella market features homegrown arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, flowers, tomatoes, herbs, and more!

Friday Night Drum Circle

The Friday Night Drum Circle

Prichard Park is also home to the famous Friday night Drum Circle. For nine years people have gathered in the park to dance and make music together. It’s a wonderful tradition and a memorable one. Dozens of drums resonating in this mini-amphitheater created by rock faces and trees!  Bring a drum and join in!



First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What are the amenities like at a B&B?

May 13th, 2011 by abedofroses

Jacuzzi in the Turret Suite

Jacuzzis and plush robes

This is the latest in our series, First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?

People considering a B&B for the first time usually have lots of questions about what to expect.

One of the most common questions is “will I have my own bathroom?” Over 97 percent of the time innkeepers provide a private bath in some if not all rooms, according to PAII, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. 94% of all Bed and Breakfast rooms have private baths. In fact, many inns have luxury items such as Jacuzzis, like we do at A Bed of Roses. The inn’s website should indicate whether a bath is shared or not and don’t be shy about asking. Each room at a B&B is likely to have different amenities, including the size, shape and type of bathroom. Premium branded toiletries are almost always provided in your bath as are robes. Some inns even offer their luxurious robes for sale.

“Can I get a king-size bed?” Each inn and each room is likely to offer different choices. Those furnished entirely with antiques, like ours, are unlikely to have king-size beds. They just didn’t exist in Victorian times. Most antique beds in B&Bs have been modified to be able to accommodate queen size mattresses. Many inns furnished with reproduction antiques or new furniture will offer king-size beds. Most inns will offer luxurious bedding and linens. The room photos will give you a hint of what is to come. The bedding should look inviting and plush.

Fireplace at A Bed of Roses

Curl up by the Fireplace with a good book!

Your room will most likely have a TV, and some sort of internet connection. Nearly 90% of B&Bs offer free wireless internet according to BedandBreakfast.com surveys. At A Bed of Roses, we provide free WiFi throughout the house. Or you may just want to curl up by the fire. Many inns, like ours, have fireplaces in the rooms or in some of the common areas. Books, magazines, newspapers and board games are commonly available, as are brochures, menus from area restaurants and maps.

B&Bs come in all different sizes and architectural style. Typically they have 4 to 11 guest rooms, with 6 being the average. Inns and B&Bs are frequently historic properties with unique architecture, adding to the charm and variety of the amenities. According to PAII 36% have some sort of historical designation granted by historic preservation organizations. Your inn may have a story to tell!


Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8 and Montford’s Annual Music and Arts Festival May 21st.

May 6th, 2011 by abedofroses

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari Studio Tour

The Art Safari free self guided studio tour is this weekend. Forty-six artists will be there and so will we!  Weaverville is just 15 minutes north of Asheville and it’s a quaint little town, well worth visiting, that many artists have chosen for their home. There are so many great artists in the Asheville area. The studio tours give us an opportunity to see them at work as well as shop for that one of a kind gift. It is mother’s day weekend, after all! This is the Art Safari’s 10th year and it’s their biggest tour to date. You can take a peak at the artists that will be on the tour at their website www.weavervilleartsafari.com as well as download a brochure with map. The tour is self guided and goes from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th.

Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival Poster

Montford District Music and Arts Festival

A little closer to home, look for the upcoming Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival on May 21st . The Montford Historic District is where we, at A Bed of Roses, are proud to be located. It’s a unique community filled with historic Victorian and Arts & Crafts homes and an eclectic mix of interesting folks. Their Big Spring party will have two performance stages, food, arts & crafts as well as plant booths. You’ll see everything from Chinese Dragon Dancers to Shakespearian actors from the Montford Park Players strolling through the fair! Check out the Festival video done by Montford resident Susan Stone of Stone Digital Media at http://vimeo.com/susanstone/montford-music-and-arts-festival.