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Spring is Officially Here! April in Asheville.

April 7th, 2014 by abedofroses

Magnolia blossoms

Magnolia blossoms

The Cherry Blossoms and the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom, but the real sign of Spring in this city tucked in the mountains is the first Drum Circle of the season!  This past weekend kicked off the Spring Season in Asheville with the first Drum Circle on Friday night in Pritchard Park and the season’s first Downtown Asheville Art Walk. Biltmore Blooms is already in full swing as well, as more and more of those flowering bulbs are filling the gardens of America’s Largest Home. This week also marked the opening of the North Asheville Tailgait Market at UNC, a long awaited harbinger of good eating ahead. Before you know it every weekend will be hosting a street festival with live music, art and great local food. After a cold cold winter across the country we’re all ready for that!

Pritchard Park Drum Circle

The Drum Circle in Pritchard Park

The Drum Circle is a must-see tradition in Asheville that will get you moving! Every Friday night dozens of drummers come together at little Pritchard Park in the heart of downtown and all kinds gather to dance, tap and enjoy the rhythm that you can literally feel from blocks away! Great people watching too!

Glass hands

Meditation in Pink by John Littleton & Kate Vogel at the Blue Spiral Gallery

Asheville is a mecca of artists and crafts people. Another Friday evening tradition takes place on the first Friday of every month from April until December. More than 20 downtown galleries, studios and museums host the Downtown Asheville Art Walk from 5-8PM. All are within a half mile radius so you can take a leisurely stroll and see why Asheville is called the “Paris of the South”. Many serve up light hors d’oeuvres with their art to wet your appetite for one of the myriad of independent local restaurants that will dot your path.

Asheville is also known for keeping it local. Our excellent independent restaurants stress fresh farm to table cuisine and with over 17 local tailgait markets we all can share that local flavor. Our favorite is the North Asheville Tailgait on the UNC campus. In a lovely shaded setting, the market is a social gathering place as well, with live local music, crafts and baked goods along with the farm fresh food. You’ll find local cheese makers, jams and sauces, even hot foods and native plants for sale.

farmers market

The North Asheville Tailgate Market

Spring in the mountains is truly a special time.

Romantic Springtime Getaway Package

April 1st, 2014 by abedofroses

Biltmore Booms!

Biltmore Booms!

The mountains are alive with spring flowers everywhere and the gardens here in the Montford Historic District are bursting with color. Come soak up the spirit of spring on our cozy front porch and stroll through the gardens at the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Blooms Festival runs from through May 23rd this year. Start off with a fresh bouquet of flowers, chocolate truffles and a sparkling beverage waiting for you in your room. Then enjoy dinner at your choice of outstanding independent local restaurants. Two tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Gardens as well as Antler Village and the Biltmore Winery are included and they are good for two consecutive days, so you will have lots of time to tour the mansion and enjoy the beautiful gardens. This package can be added to a two night stay at any of our rooms for $230.  Good through June 10th.

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A Bed of Roses Premier Blue Ridge Hiking Package

March 31st, 2014 by abedofroses

The Blue Ridge Parkway just North of Asheville

The Blue Ridge Parkway just North of Asheville

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Western North Carolina have abundant and incredibly scenic hiking trails complete with stunning waterfalls and mountain views and we can help you discover them!

Stay at A Bed of Roses B&B and get off to a great start to your adventures with a healthy and delicious 2-course gourmet breakfast.

We will provide you with your choice of definitive trail guides from Pisgah Map Company, now featuring elevation profiles. Choose either the South Pisgah Ranger District guide, including Bent Creek or the DuPont State Recreational Forest guide. These are gorgeously produced by a local company with local knowledge and include clearly labeled trail names, must-see waterfalls and descriptions of popular mountain bike rides.

DOUGH- chef owned bakery/market/eatery

DOUGH- chef owned bakery/market/eatery

For lunch on the trail we will provide a choice of boxed lunches from DOUGH, an innovative chef-owned market, bakery, eatery and cooking school located right here in North Asheville. Choices include wraps or hoagies, including vegetarian or gluten free options with fruit and one of 3 varieties of Route 66 chips.

Your goody bag also comes complete with a survival bracelet. This is not just an attractive piece of jewelry, it can be deployed to help you in case of emergencies.

Survival Bracelets- not just  jewelry!

Survival Bracelets- not just jewelry!

Each bracelet contains 10-12 feet of MIL-Spec 550 Paracord when unraveled. Paraviral produces these bracelets and gives directions and suggestions for using them for tent repair, fishing, construction of an emergency shelter or hauling up to 550 lbs.

After your day of hiking look forward to a relaxing warm soak in one of our jetted tubs. Wrap yourself in a luxurious robe and enjoy a cup of tea with our delicious home baked cookies.

This package is available with a stay in any of our unique guest rooms for $50.

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Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade is the Culmination of Months of Serious Partying!

March 1st, 2014 by abedofroses

King Tony Rogers and Queen Michella Bella Roche!

King Tony Rogers and Queen Michella Bella Roche!

The Mardi Gras Parade is Sunday March 2nd and the weather is going to be perfect for the zany and hilarious party. The costumes and floats are always fantastically creative and with a theme of “Where the Wild Things Are” we are really looking forward to a great show!

What you may not realize is that the planning and celebratory events leading up to the grand parade and Queen’s Ball began many months ago. The Mardi Gras season was officially kicked off on 12th night, January 6th, 12 days after Christmas. On this magical evening the King and Queen of the 2014 Mardi Gras were crowned. Asheville’s own Short Street Cakes hands out slices of King Cake to all supporting members vying for a chance at Royalty. Whoever gets the slice with the Mardi Gras Baby in it gets to choose their “royal consort” and lead the parade. But long before that the fun began. Last Easter, March 31st, on the eve of April Fool’s Day, while last year’s parade was fresh in everyone’s mind, the volunteer members of Asheville Mardi Gras hosted the Fool’s Ball.

A Float from the 2012 Parade

A Float from the 2012 Parade

The theme was cross-dressing and it was free to 2013 Mardi Gras members. The next party was May 19th with the annual Mardi Gras Picnic. Then there was “a Mid-Summer’s Night Mardi Gras”, a 2 day party in Black Mountain at the Whitehorse and the Grey Eagle in Asheville presented by the Bayou Diesel Band. Finally on November 8th the Mardi Gras Theme Reveal Party was held and the Krewes knew what they had to do! After the official 12th night kickoff there was one more event before the Parade, the 6th Annual Cajun Cook Off on Feb. 9th with an art and oddities auction. You can see, membership in this group is a fun year round activity with three different levels of membership, Beads for a single membership, Doubloon level for up to 8 members and Golden Coconut, dubbed “The VIP shizzle” for up to 30 members.

The Parade Route

The Parade Route

The Parade starts a 3PM on Wall Street. The route takes a right on Battery Park, a left on Haywood to Page and back around to Battery Park. The Queen’s Ball takes place after the parade at Pack’s Tavern featuring Empire Strikes Brass.

Join the fun and get inspired to form your own Krewe for next year!

Check back for photos of this year’s parade in our photo gallery.

A New Year’s Retrospective of 2013 from the Pens of Our Guests

January 10th, 2014 by abedofroses

Online reviews are wonderful- there’s no better way of getting the word out there about a place you love (or not!). But the things guests write in our guest books are so much more personal and expressive! We don’t get a chance to read them every day, but how rewarding it is when we do! They share not only their feelings about their stay at A Bed of Roses, but what’s happening in their lives- their new marriage, their baby coming, their travels and the new places they discovered in Asheville. And the hand drawn illustrations are the best! Here are a few of our favorites from 2013.

We love the little drawings!

We love the little drawings!

April 1, 2013

Our first trip to the cool city of Asheville was made perfect by our gracious hosts Bill & Emily. They love what they do and it shows! We enjoyed downtown, (especially Jack of the Wood pub) and our travels and hiking through the Blue Ridge Parkway (do hike the Frying Pan Tower!) We will definitely be back!

Joel and Andrea

Fort Wayne IN

10-14-13

Recipe for a perfect day in Asheville:

  1. Wake up in a lovely room. Enhance your shower with plushy towels and a chic robe.
  2. Ease into the morning with hot coffee on the porch. Breath deeply. Relax.
  3. Get fueled for the day with a large and sumptuous breakfast by Emily & Bill Stir in some stimulating conversation.
  4. Add a hike along the Laurel River and a drive through Autumn Splendor on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  5. Return for a short nap, with Fall air drifting through the windows (after a cookie!)
  6. Enjoy a famously succulent dinner at the Grove Park Inn – world class tastes & view.
  7. Come home to the SWEETEST B&B in Asheville.
  8. Turn out the lights and dream about tomorrow’s breakfast!

Thanks, Emily & Bill for your TLC! Blessings!

Cathy & Rusty

Olympia Washington

People come from all over the world to experience Asheville.

People come from all over the world to experience Asheville.

Dec 2013

We came to Asheville for our last couples getaway before we have our first child in April. Emily and Bill provided a warm atmosphere and a lovely home for us to enjoyl I am sad to be leaving behind the cozy Carolyn Gray room and Emily’s amazing breakfasts! Thank you for everything!

Zack and Taylor

April 2013

We had a wonderful stay high up in the cozy “nest” with the best breakfasts, very delicious and creative*, we had yet during our 7 weeks travel through the Eastern U.S. Emily and Bill are wonderful hosts. Thank you very much.

Barbara and Wolf

Athens, Greece

*not to forget with beautiful Baroque music

 

The brief message and the wonderful little sketch made this one like a Haiku poem.

The brief message and the wonderful little sketch made this one like a Haiku poem.

November 5th 2013

Beautiful house and

beautiful hosts.

Delicious breakfasts.

 

 

 

Dec 2013

As a honeymooning couple, we needed a cozy retreat to relax and spend time together. Emily & Bill provided us (along with the help of Judith & the cats) with the most perfect spot to spend our first days together as a married couple. They provided the most caring and heartfelt service and we were blessed with the hospitality! We will try to take on their sweet tradition of a candlelit dinner together in our married days to come! Thank you for everything!

Blessings,

Raj & Sara

PS Breakfast was superb!

May 2-13

We came to A Bed of Roses to celebrate our first year of marriage. This was our first time experience staying at a bed and breakfast and our standards are now set HIGH. Emily and Bill are such lovely hosts and know how to make your Asheville experience incredible. Ensure you attend breakfast EVERY morning to enjoy their sensational breakfast creations!

Ben and Kara

And thank you to all of our guests for making this another exceptional year at A Bed of Roses! This is why we love this job!

Emily & Bill

Owners/Innkeepers

A Bed of Roses

 

 

 

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)
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