July 19th, 2012 by abedofroses
A Detail from Jen Swearington’s “The Sea Dream”
The Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a wonderful showcase for the best artists in the Appalachians. This weekend will draw over 200 artists and craftspeople to the US Celluar Center right here in Asheville to display their art, give demonstrations and listen to and play live music from Western North Carolina. Twice a year the Southern Highlands Craft Guild sponsors this show and it’s a must see event for anyone who loves traditional and contemporary crafts. Long before we moved to the Asheville area I would schedule my trips here to visit family around these fantastic shows. The Southern Highland Craft Guild has a long and distinguished history and the fairs have been a local tradition since 1948. Acceptance into the Guild is based on a rigorous jury process, so these artists are definitely the cream of the crop.
Wendy Seaward’s “Delirium”
You will see an incredible mix of traditional works with contemporary interpretations of life and nature in the southern mountains. Crafts like hand hammered ironwork and intricate baskets are displayed side by side with whimsical brightly colored polymer clay creations or quilted and stitched mixed media illustrations that tell stories of the imagination. The guild was chartered in 1930, springing from the dream of Frances Goodrich, a Yale graduate and missionary who moved to Buncombe County in 1890. She joined with other leaders of the Southern Arts and Crafts movement in the 1920s and the birth of the guild can be traced to a meeting of these leaders at the Penland School in 1928. It is now one of the strongest craft organizations in the country, operating the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from Asheville, and conducting educational outreach as well as hosting two major shows a year. They still have close ties to the Penland School of Crafts and the John C Campbell Folk School. If you can’t go to the show, be sure to visit their gallery and shop at the Folk Art Center on your next visit to Asheville!
July 11th, 2012 by abedofroses
Worried about your B&B visit?
Let’s face it. Innkeepers aren’t supposed to say this but there are some guests that are just “difficult”. You can usually tell from the first phone call. They may demand answers to what seem like a million questions or call into question the innkeeper’s basic policies or ways of operating. But it’s not their fault. They aren’t trying to be difficult just to ruin our day. Coming to a B&B requires a leap of faith. You do need to give up control over many things that are basic to your day-to-day life, and that’s not always easy. The first thing to remember is that your innkeeper wants you to have a wonderful time at their B&B and they will go out of their way to ensure that, to a point. An inn’s policies may seem arbitrary from the outside looking in, but there are usually good reasons for them. Things like when you drink your first cup of coffee or what you eat for breakfast may have to be determined by the innkeeper. Your habit of an egg over easy every morning at 6AM may have to be broken if your B&B’s kitchen isn’t set up for short order cooking. On the plus side, you’re likely to trade that familiar breakfast for a two or three course gourmet treat served at 9AM! You may not be able to check into your room as soon as you arrive from out of town. Unlike a hotel, there may not be a “desk staff” that is there 24 hours. When you do check in, however, you’re likely to meet the owners in person and get advice on what to see and do in their town, as well as being personally welcomed into their home. You give to get.
Here are some things that you can do that will avoid head-butting with your hosts and make your stay an enjoyable and stress-free one.
Find out what an inn’s policies are. They are usually posted on the website and most B&Bs will include those policies in their reservation confirmation email.
Decide for yourself what you’re willing to give up control of and what you’re not, then shop around for an inn that can accommodate you. Some inns have multiple seatings for breakfast and others can’t do that. Some can take pets and others can’t. Don’t choose an inn that can’t possibly accommodate you and try to force them to make an exception for you. It’s akin to trying to change a spouse after the wedding. Better to pick one you like to begin with!
That being said, if you’re not sure how flexible a policy is, contact the B&B’s owners. Communication is the key! Some may offer an early continental breakfast for those who can’t stay for the larger meal and a phone call or email to the innkeeper can clarify that. This is also true for special diets. Most will do their best to accommodate dietary restrictions, but always check with them in advance. It may require the innkeeper to adapt the menu for the rest of their guests or to make a special trip to the store. If the website says check-in is between 4 and 6PM and you just can’t get out of work early enough to make that, give them a call. They may or may not be able to check you in later depending on the inn.
Check on-line reviews. If you’re afraid of being given an unfamiliar breakfast and all the reviews rave about the food it may make giving up control of that part a little easier. You can have faith that there will be something on the table you will like. Reviews can also give you a sense of how accommodating the innkeepers are and what to expect from the rooms.
Remember that the innkeeper is on your side! They really do want you to enjoy your visit.
A Bed of Roses innkeepers, Emily and Bill
June 3rd, 2012 by abedofroses
Flowers at last year's April Tour of Inns
On Saturday June 9th we are welcoming the public into our inn as part of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association’s second annual spring tour of inns. Tour goers will have two days, Saturday and Sunday to visit 15 of our historic B&Bs and their gardens. At each inn, an area restaurant will provide samples of Asheville’s renowned local cuisine. A Bed of Roses is partnering with BOCA this year, one of our favorite places to eat. BOCA describes their cuisine as “Modern American with a Latin Flair” – we describe it as delicious!
A part of the proceeds of the tour will go to the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) so the tour this year is really geared toward locally sourced foods prepared by the master chefs of our locally owned and operated restaurants. With gardens in full bloom It should be a treat for all of the senses!
Visitors learn the history of our B&B
We are proud to help support ASAP’s mission of promoting local food, increasing access to fresh healthy food and strengthening community farming.
Last year nearly 200 visitors came on the tour, all curious to see our historic properties up close. We really enjoyed sharing the history of our B&B and giving guests a chance to sample great local food. Asheville residents as well as out of town visitors all enjoyed the day and this tour promises to be even more fun!
Tickets are still available the day of the tour at any participating inn or at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. They are $30 each or $50 per couple (cash or check only).
For more information visit The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association’s new website at ashevillebba.com.
May 21st, 2012 by abedofroses
The Dragon Dancers
The 9th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival was a huge success this past Saturday. It was our biggest ever. Over 6,871 people came to the Festival! Bill and I got the rare opportunity to spend the whole afternoon listening to great music, chatting with neighbors and browsing all the colorful booths of art, one-of-a-kind clothing and local crafts and services. We even got to try out some acupuncture! The weather was perfect for strolling, the food was excellent- what more could we ask? We were only sorry that we could only stay to hear four of the sixteen bands that played on three different stages.
We heard everything from the traditional bluegrass of David Holt and the Lightning Bolts to the soul/funk/R&B of the Secret B Sides and the dreamy indescribably haunting sounds of The Judas Horse. It was a treat for the ears.
The Secret B Sides Performed
Our own Montford Park Players were there as well, performing scenes from their current production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). You’ve never seen Shakespeare performed quite like this! We can’t wait to see the whole performance when we get to sample our Montford Players VIP package ourselves. They let you actually get a walk on role in costume!
We were so impressed with the artwork this year. It’s not often that you see top quality fine arts at a street festival. Perry Houlditch was able to show us how his extraordinary paintings catch the sunlight and reveal the depth and radiance of his hand produced pigments.
Ond of Perry Houlditch's oils with handmade pigments
Cindy Riccardelli’s haunting dolls were on display as well. These are not dolls to play with. Each doll is a beautiful piece of art with it’s own personality and definite attitude!
The Dragon Dancers had everyone smiling as they snaked through the crowd and there were plenty of activities for the kids too.
We topped off the day with a relaxing lunch at Nine Mile. A perfect May afternoon in Asheville!
See more photos at our photo gallery!
May 6th, 2012 by abedofroses
ABBA's new logo
On May 8th The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) is unveiling a brand new look with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate our exciting new Interactive Kiosk at the Asheville Visitor’s Center. A Bed of Roses is a proud member of ABBA and we’re excited about this event! Now you can walk up to a beautiful touch screen animation of our new logo and request information on any of our member inns, search for inns by location or amenities and even book a room right there! We’ve been busy creating a brand new website with a new logo that we’re unveiling at the same time and we at A Bed of Roses are so proud of all the people in this great organization that have worked hard to get this project off the ground.
The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association consists of 16 member inns that come together to encourage visitors to experience Asheville from the welcoming home base of a B&B. It’s truly a “better way to stay” as the Professional Association of Innkeepers International has been saying with their campaign to educated the public to the exceptional experience that staying at a B&B affords.
Each and every inn in our organization has something different and exceptional to offer. An ABBA Inn may be a Queen Anne Victorian like ours, or an Arts & Crafts style home or a cabin nestled in the mountains. You can totally tailor your visit to Asheville to fit your style, your budget and your imagination by choosing an ABBA inn. You can call any of our inns or the ABBA main number and be assured that if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will help find an inn that does. We, as an organization make sure that all of our inns are of the highest quality so we can feel good about referring our guests to them.
ABBA, by operating as a group, can also offer special experiences and discounts for Asheville area activities. When you go to our new website you can visit our “Specials” page for opportunities available to ABBA inn guests only.
ABBA Ribbon Cutting Invitation
If you can’t join us at the Asheville Visitors Center, be sure to check out all the changes on our new website at http://ashevillebba.com!
April 1st, 2012 by abedofroses
Enjoy a Romantic Retreat
Make this an extra special occasion and experience all the romance of our charming historic inn. Relax by the fireplace or soak in the Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly. Indulge yourself with a chocolate truffle. Visit the grand Biltmore Estate and stroll in their gardens. Stop for wine tasting at the Biltmore Winery, then dine at one of our excellent local independent restaurants. This package includes 2 tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Winery; a gift certificate for dinner at your choice of local restaurants; a fresh bouquet of flowers along with chocolate truffles and a sparkling beverage presented in your room. This package can be added to a reservation in any of our rooms for $210.00.
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April 1st, 2012 by abedofroses
Montford Arts & Music Festival
A Bed of Roses is located in a wonderful historic neighborhood called the Montford Historic District. We feel so lucky to belong to this vibrant, friendly, and quirky as well as beautiful neighborhood. There is a rich diversity of architectural styles as well as people here, from Queen Anne Victorian to Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts. The streets are tree lined and filled with B&Bs as well as family homes and businesses. Even though it is a National Register Historic District, the residents of Montford express themselves through their homes. Porches may be adorned with paintings or a giant polar bear and you’ll see more vibrant colors than you might expect in a staid historic district. So it’s not surprising that our wonderful neighbors and the Montford Neighborhood Association put on one of the best and most unique Spring Festivals in Western North Carolina.
A folk art doll by artist Cindy Riccardelli
For the 9th Annual Music & Arts Festival there will be 2 sound stages, one on Montford Avenue and one for acoustic music only on Soco Street behind Nine Mile Restaurant (our favorite local haunt!) This is the largest one day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina, with over 20 bands performing and over 100 vendors displaying art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activities. The flavor of the community is retained by keeping the art, the food and the entertainment local. Artists lined up so far offer fine and unique jewelry, fiber art, pottery, paintings and wood etchings as well as mixed media. Browsing the booths you will find hand crafted bags and clothing as well as glass art and stunning paintings and photography by local artists.
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
David Holt the the Lightning Bolts are scheduled to return this year on the Montford Stage. David was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of fame and hosted The Folkways shows on PBS. If last year is any indication you will see a diverse sampling of music and art. The festival takes place on May 19th from 10AM to 7PM. You’ll be sure to see us there!
March 31st, 2012 by abedofroses
Celebrate that special occasion with a romantic dinner for two in one of Asheville’s outstanding independent restaurants. Arrive to flowers, chocolate truffles and a bubbly beverage in your room along with a gift certificate for dinner at the restaurant of your choice. See the dining section of our Asheville area attractions page for inspiration.
Add this package to any of our rooms for $125.
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