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Biltmore Package

January 10th, 2014 by abedofroses

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate and Gardens

$104.86
Package is for two daytime tickets at the Biltmore Estate, the Winery and the Gardens. The tickets may be used on two consecutive days. Pricing already includes sales tax. Effective March 20th through January 1st.

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Christmas with a Twist: Unique Asheville Holiday Performances

December 20th, 2013 by abedofroses

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Asheville is always unique and Christmastime is no exception. Along with the traditional performances of The Nutcracker etc. we have some interesting and fun twists on holiday tradition.

The Asheville Community Theater (ACT) is presenting David Sideris’s hilarious and irreverent “Santaland Diaries”  December 19-22. In this one man show, a stint as a Department Store Elf is recounted in side-splitting, witty detail.

Another one man tour de force is being presented at the NC Stage Company until December 28th. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol presents a very different take on Dickens’ classic tale. Based on a best-selling book written in 1995, play-write Tom Mula explores the life, death and heroic efforts of Scrooge’s former business partner to save his soul.

Earlier this month The Diana Wortham Theatre offered The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a quirky, fun and colorful ballet based on ETA Hoffman’s original novella. Creativity, great costumes, fantastic sets and student involvement along with the professional dancers made this a wonderful annual family event.

The Diana Wortham also hosts A Swannanoa Solstice, a performance that celebrates the holiday music of the Appalachians and their Celtic, Scots-Irish roots. This one day performance on December 22nd is another annual event and features Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock as well as mandolins, dulcimers, celtic harp and many special guest musicians, dancers and storytellers.

These are just a few of the unique traditions that Asheville offers for celebrating the season. Happy Holidays from A Bed of Roses!

 

Asheville Over the Holidays- It’s not just the Biltmore!

November 25th, 2013 by abedofroses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

There’s a chill in the air and Asheville just held their Holiday Parade and Jinglefest to kick off the holiday season. I’m a purist and refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving, but guess what? Thanksgiving is here! And Christmas is my favorite time of year. The Biltmore Candlelight Evenings are just magical and we will be going again this year as well as arranging for lots of tours for our guests. But there is so much more to do in Asheville around the holidays than just The Biltmore, as gorgeous as it is all dressed up for Christmas.

The Grove Park Inn is hosting the 21st National Gingerbread Competition with entries on display now through January 2nd. These are not your everyday Gingerbread Houses! The rules require that the entries be made of completely edible materials with 75% gingerbread, but you would never know it! Seeing is believing in this video from RomanticAsheville.com. Even without the Gingerbread, the Grove Park Inn is worth visiting while you are in Asheville. Built in 1912 using granite boulders hauled from Sunset Mountain, the original Inn is stunning architecturally and has hosted 10 presidents as well as numerous celebrities, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Thomas Edison and Harry Houdini.

The Historic Grove Park Inn in a vintage photograph

The Historic Grove Park Inn in a vintage photograph

The hotel was originally furnished with pieces from the Roycrofters of East Aurora, New York, one of the most important designers and manufacturers of Arts and Crafts furniture and many pieces remain. A little known attraction on the grounds, away from the main hotel and spa, is an antique car museum and The Grovewood Studios, Gallery and Sculpture Garden with it’s own interesting history, revitalizing the Homespun Shops that once housed Biltmore Industries.

You can find more holiday spirit at the Smith-McDowell House, where they decorate Asheville’s first mansion and oldest structure with period Victorian decorations, fresh trees and garlands, and displays of holiday traditions. Built 20 years before the Civil War, the antebellum mansion, built on a plantation just south of downtown Asheville is now a museum. The museum grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1900.

Our own Montford Historic District will be showing off our Christmas Décor on the  Montford Holiday House Tour December 14th. The historic district includes Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival and Dutch Colonial homes built during the 1890s to the 1920s. Tickets for the self guided tour can be purchased at the Visitor Center Gift shop after December 1st. A Bed of Roses is on the tour this year and we’re looking forward to all the holiday festivities!

Festive Participants in the Asheville Holiday Parade

Festive Participants in the Asheville Holiday Parade

Check back here for updates on more Asheville Holiday events including concerts and holiday performances.

The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses- Aromatic Spice Cookies

October 28th, 2013 by abedofroses

Spice cookies are perfect for Fall

Spice cookies are perfect for Fall

Perfect for a crisp fall day. Come back to the inn from hiking in the western North Carolina Mountains and curl up by the fire with some spice cookies and warm apple cider or tea! .

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar for rolling

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1cup sugar, melted butter and egg in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Stir in molasses
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger
  4. Blend into the molasses mixture
  5. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°

  1. Put remaining sugar in a small deep bowl
  2. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and roll them in the sugar
  3. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  5. Dust with confectioner’s sugar (optional)

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Oct. 17-20, 2013 Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

September 28th, 2013 by abedofroses

 

Work by Paula Marksbury

Work by Paula Marksbury

The Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a wonderful showcase for the best artists in the Appalachians. Twice a year, in July and October, the Southern Highland Craft Guild presents this outstanding exhibit of traditional as well as contemporary crafts and artwork at the US Cellular Center. I never tire of going to it. The fair has exhibited work by Guild artists since 1948. Many of the artists display their work year after year, and you can see how they develop and change over time. But there are always surprises too. My experience over the years of going to this exhibit is that it’s part great shopping for one of a kind gifts and part fine art exhibit. The level of the work can be art museum quality and is just a joy to explore. With the work of over 200 juried artists being shown and sold, there is something for every artistic taste. The rich diversity and talent attracts collectors and gallery owners as well as shoppers.

Wendy Seaward's "intuitive beading"

Wendy Seaward’s “intuitive beading”

A Tiny Sampling of What’s in Store:

One of the artists returning for this show is Wendy Seaward. She calls her stunning intricate jewelry “intuitive beading”.

Her work ranges from very affordable one-of-a-kind earrings to amazing beaded masks and neck piece collages of stones and beads.

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn is another artist returning for this show. He posed with his incredible clay works for me during the July Crafts Fair.

Rebecca Kempson’s intricate and incredible life-like dolls will be there as well and they are totally riveting to look at.

The guild also hosts craft demonstrations throughout the fair in keeping with their traditional mission of educating the public about the history of crafts in this area of the country and the techniques used. Watch George McCollum create a white oak basket from tree to completed basket. Dede Styles will be demonstrating spinning and the use of natural plant dyes to color yarn. There will be demonstrations of less traditional crafts as well.

One of Rebecca Kempson's haunting dolls

One of Rebecca Kempson’s haunting dolls

And there’s music too! Mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Hot Duck Soup will play old time music with the help of “kazoos, slide whistles, banjos, guitars, ukes, an antique cornet, washtub bass and the Cacophonium” on Friday the 18th. Other performers will play everything from gospel, to bluegrass, to American Swing-grass.

Tickets to the 66th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands are $8 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Hours are Thurs-Sat 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM.

September 16th, 2013 by abedofroses

B&B for Vets Program

B&B for Vets Program

This Veteran’s Day we have reserved our two most luxurious rooms for active or retired military and their spouses as part of the B&B for Vets  program. In an effort to thank you for your service B&Bs across the country are donating free rooms for the night of November 11th. We are proud to participate in this program along with all the other members of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. Area restaurants have also added free or discounted meals to the veterans who stay in our  rooms that evening. Once all of the 52 rooms that have been donated by ABBA are booked you can add your name to a wait list.  You can find more information on the program and book your free room at The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association website.

The Best Waterfalls at DuPont State Forest

September 9th, 2013 by abedofroses

High Falls at DuPont State Forest

High Falls at DuPont State Forest

Right now is the perfect time to tour the waterfalls of Western North Carolina. This summer’s wet weather has cleared so we’re having sunny warm days and cool nights, yet the water levels are still high enough to give us a great show cascading over the rocks. And everything is lush and green! Labor Day is over so the crowds have thinned as well. DuPont State Forest, usually very popular, was not very busy at all the other day and offers the most spectacular waterfalls just a short hike from the parking areas. Scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed here and several of the waterfalls were featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans. You’ll see what attracts film-makers to this beautiful place!

New Pedestrian Bridge over the Little River

New Pedestrian Bridge over the Little River

The park has made several improvements this year. The High Falls Access Area is now home to the new Aleen Steinberg Visitors Center and new restroom facilities. A pretty new Pedestrian Bridge spanning the Little River now leads from the expanded Hooker Falls Parking area to the Hooker Falls and Triple Falls trails.

Main access is at the High Falls Access Area but if you park at the Hooker Falls lot you can take an easy hike that includes three waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Hooker Falls is only 15 feet high but pretty and is a short walk from the parking area.

Triple Falls

Triple Falls

Returning to the pedestrian bridge you can then hike about a half mile to Triple Falls for much more spectacular views. There are some great vantage points from the trail and from the picnic area above but you can also walk down the steps to the base of the middle falls. I think I counted 111 steps but it’s well worth it and the folks at Western Piedmont Community College, who build the steps along with DuPont Staff, mercifully built in benches along the way to rest on your way back up!

The full view of High Falls

The full view of High Falls

The trail continues to High Falls which is 150 feet high and almost as wide. This section of the trail is fairly level and it surprised me to see how calm the Little River is between these two large waterfalls. By the time you can hear the falls you’re almost there. There are good views from the trail and beyond the overlook is a set of stairs and an uphill path to another picnic shelter with views.

If you have more energy than we did that day, or if you access High Falls from the High Falls Access area and it’s new trail connector you can continue to the covered bridge above High Falls with a view of the water spilling over the falls. At the other side of the bridge is the way to Grassy Creek Falls via Buck Forest Road and the Lake Imaging trail. Lake Denise is beyond that with crystal clear waters and swimming allowed.

Bridal Veil Falls from the back on ncwaterfalls.com

Bridal Veil Falls from the back on ncwaterfalls.com

We didn’t make it to Bridal Veil Falls but it’s one of the few waterfalls that you can walk underneath and view from behind the water! The Last of the Mohicans showed the falls from this perspective. Bridal Veil Falls is the first of the waterfalls on the Little River.

The DuPont State Forest is a short drive from Asheville occupying over 10,000 gorgeous acres between Brevard and Hendersonville. For more information go to their website http://www.dupontforest.com. Don’t miss information on the Tour De Falls coming up October 12th and 13th.

For more photos of Waterfalls in the Asheville area go to our Photo Gallery!

 

 

Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses: A Romantic Honeymoon Breakfast for Two

September 7th, 2013 by abedofroses

An Intimate Breakfast for Two

An Intimate Breakfast for Two

There is nothing like opening the front door of your inn to a bride, still in her wedding dress, standing there with her new husband, straight from the wedding reception. That’s one of the best reasons for being an innkeeper. We recently had some newlyweds that were lucky enough to have the whole inn to themselves for one night of their honeymoon. We served them this elegant but easy two-course breakfast at our romantic little table for two.

  • Persian Watermelon Salad
  • Chived eggs in Puff Pastry
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Chicken Apple Sausage
  • Juice and coffee
Chived Eggs in Puff Pastry with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Chived Eggs in Puff Pastry with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

 

For this menu you start the side dish first.

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven for 400°.
  2. Wash and chop 2 medium to large Red Bliss Potatoes into a medium dice.
  3. Peel 1/2 of a large Sweet Potato and chop into a medium dice.
  4. Combine into a ceramic casserole dish. Add chopped fresh rosemary and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with Olive Oil.
  5. Bake for 1 hr., stirring well once after 30 minutes

 

The Main Course consists of eggs served in a nest of puff pastry. While the potatoes are roasting:

  1. Whisk 3 eggs per person with 1 Tablespoon of creamy ranch dressing per person.
  2. Add chopped fresh chives to taste and put aside.
  3. For the puff pastry you can use the canned pastry sheets* made by the folks who brought you canned crescent rolls. These are the perfect size for 4 servings. (When we prepare this breakfast for two, we get to have some too!)
  4. Lay the pastry sheet out on a wooden surface and cut into 4 squares.
  5. Spray a Texas Muffin Tin with nonstick spray and arrange the pastry squares in the bottom of each one with the corners draped over the sides.
  6. Put aside until the first course is prepared.
Persian Watermelon Rose Salad

Persian Watermelon Rose Salad

For the first course:

We inherited this refreshing watermelon salad recipe from the previous innkeepers here at A Bed of Roses and we love it. The sweetness of the watermelon is combined with sweet dates and set off perfectly with salty pistachios. A little detective work led me to the original source of the recipe. The link to the complete recipe is here at The Nourishing Gourmet. It’s simple to prepare and the organic rose petals and edible rosewater raise this fruit salad to the level of “elegant”, especially if you own a melon scoop. We serve it in dainty glass bowls.

Put aside the watermelon salad and start the eggs.

  1. Melt a tsp of butter in a large nonstick frying pan. When the foam subsides pour the egg mixture into the pan and turn to low.
  2. If preparing enough eggs for 4 you will cook for approximately 20 minutes, using a spatula in long slow strokes to keep the eggs from sticking. If preparing just enough for 2 it will take a few minutes less, but beware of cooking them too fast or stirring them too often. Turn the heat off and cover when the eggs are still slightly wet and serve the first course. The eggs will continue to cook.
  3. While the eggs are cooking bake the puffed pastry squares in a preheated 375° oven for 11 minutes. If you don’t have a second oven or toaster oven you can bake these before the potatoes and reheat just before serving.
  4. To serve, mound the eggs lightly into the puff pastry cups, spilling over a little.
  5. Sprinke the roasted potatoes with seasoned salt and serve alongside the egg cup.
  6. Garnish with a slice of fresh ripe tomato, green and yellow pepper slices and parsley.

*Just a note: when I first bought the inn I diligently searched for puff pastry recipes online, but when I found them they almost always said making it from scratch was time consuming and unnecessary. The frozen puff pastry is fine. For this recipe the canned sheets make the perfect amount and add a touch of sweetness to complement the savory eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

An Exciting Upcoming Theater Season in Asheville

August 26th, 2013 by abedofroses

Montford Park Players

Hamlet at Under the Stars

Asheville offers a rich cultural environment with a diverse and active live theater scene. In addition to some great live music, this year has some really exciting stage productions. From Hamlet, concluding the Montford Park Players summer outdoor season, to the innovative Diavolo Dance theatre shaking up the Diana Wortham Theatre in October, there’s something for everyone. The Montford Park Players perform in our own historic neighborhood under the stars during the summer and in the historic Masonic Temple Theatre during the winter. You can get the VIP treatment at their productions when you stay at our B&B or any Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn.

La Reina

La Reina

The NC Stage has been putting on professional theatre in downtown Asheville since 2002 and their season begins on September 18th with a world premiere, “Stalking the Bogeyman”, based on a powerful story first aired on NPR’s This American Life. The Asheville Community Theater (ACT),  is one of the oldest community theatres in the nation and has lots of fun in store this season. “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Caberet” and “Spamalot” are just a few of this year’s offerings on the ACT stage. The Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina, is just a 30 minute drive away. Their current production is the thriller “Deathtrap” with “CATS” coming in September. What I’m really excited about, though is the line-up this year at The Dianna Wortham Theatre at Pack Place right in downtown Asheville. Big name live music, comedy, dance and multimedia stage productions are coming to their Mainstage Series. They just finished up La Reina, an epoch spectacle blurring the genre lines, combining dance, acrobatics, ancient texts, magical costumes, light, shadow and soundscapes to explore power and transformation. How does one follow a show like that? They do it with Ruthie Foster, Sandra Bernhard, Chic Gamine, The Diavolo Dance Theatre and the incredible Japanese drummers of Yamato.  

Other live theatre venues in the area are the Sourthern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) at Mars Hill College, The Anam Cara Theatre Company performing eclectic, avant garde theatre in West Asheville and the Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. In the small town of Burnsville you’ll find the Parkway Playhouse too. You can find an interesting article on the Parkway Playhouse and their artistic director in last Sunday’s Citizen Times Living Section.

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