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A Bed of Roses Highlights Local Artisan Foods

January 7th, 2016 by abedofroses

Asheville DirectOur Local Asheville Artisan Foods Package

Stay at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast and bring home a curated sample of authentic local Asheville Flavor! The “”buy local” culture is strong here, supporting a large community of local farms and fresh, delicious locally produced foods and beverages. Bring a taste of Asheville home with you! We are working with Asheville Direct Gallery of Local Brands, located in downtown Asheville, to bring you two amazing collections.

Try topping Dolci di Maria's gluten free brownie with Postre Caramel!

Try topping Dolci di Maria’s gluten free brownie with Postre Caramel!


Asheville Made Dreamy Desserts for Two:

  • 2  Dolci di Maria gluten/Dairy Free brownies
  • 1 tube of Postre organic World’s Best Caramel Sauce
  • 2 chocolate chip Dolci di Maria biscotti
  • A sample of Sivermoon chocolates
  • 2 Waynesville Soda Jerks Soda, 1 Lavender Lemon and 1 Blueberry Basil

Add to any 2 night stay at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast for $40.

Book this package with your room reservation >>

Locally Crafted Chips, Dips and Jams:

Savory Chips, Dips and Jams

Savory Chips, Dips and Jams

  • 1 Box of Roots and Branches Crackers, Herb Garden
  • 1 container of 3 Graces Goat Cheese
  • 1 container of Roots Humus, Roasted Red Pepper
  • 1 jar of Imladris Farm’s Apple or Pumpkin Butter
  • 1 jar of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon’s Roasted Tomato Jam
  • 1 jar of Copper Pot Peach Shine or Blueberry Bourbon Jam
  • 2, 6 oz bags of Gourmet chips, one Pisgah Wild Herb and one Hops & Cheddar

Add to any 2 night stay at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast for $60.

Book this package with your room reservation >>

Must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to your stay at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast.

Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Spotlight on New Morning Gallery and the Amazing John Cram

November 22nd, 2014 by abedofroses

Dennis Thompson's Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

Dennis Thompson’s Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

When we at the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association decided to compile a curated list of the best Holiday Shopping destinations in Asheville to share with our guests, New Morning Gallery was at the very top of my list. My family and friends have been the recipients of New Morning Gallery one-of-a-kind gifts every year for nearly as long as the shop and gallery has been open. Long before I lived in Asheville my family introduced me to this exquisite collection of unique arts and crafts and it’s been my go-to place to buy gifts ever since. In that time I’ve witnessed how one man over the course of 40 years spearheaded a renaissance here in Asheville, not just with one wonderful gallery of gifts. When John Cram opened New Morning Gallery in 1972, Asheville was not yet the cultural destination that it is now and he played a big part in bringing art and culture to the city. This is evidenced by the State of North Carolina awarding him it’s greatest civilian honor in Fine Arts in 2013.

Poster for this past year's Art & Craft Fair

Poster for this past year’s Art & Craft Fair

He created the Annual Village Art & Craft Fair shortly after opening New Morning Gallery.

He then went on to help revive Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville by opening the Blue Spiral Gallery. He bought the theater next door that was known for screening porn movies and made it into The Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville’s home for art and independent films. Then Bellagio, “art to wear” in Biltmore Village followed with one of a kind fashion and Bellagio Every Day on Biltmore Avenue downtown.  We are so honored to have John Cram and his “Blue Spiral” of shops and galleries participate in our Asheville Inn-siders Holiday Package. Watch him talk about his life and how Asheville has grown and come to life in this video.
The Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Play Package is available Nov. 19, 2014 to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2015. Add it to any two night reservation at A Bed of Roses now.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands and Klay Hawk Dolls’ Creative Fantasy World

October 21st, 2014 by abedofroses

Karen Hawkins with some of her creations

Karen Hawkins with some of her creations

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands just wrapped up its three day show at the US Cellular Center in Asheville and we never miss it. This juried exhibition with demonstrations and live regional music brings together the very best craftspeople in the area, all members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

We would like to highlight one of these talented artists, Karen Hawkins of Klay Hawk Dolls, based in Leicester, NC. Her figurative sculptures take you to a magical world of elves, fairies and trolls, all richly costumed and expressively sculpted and posed.

Karen's "Twilight Dryad"

Karen’s “Twilight Dryad”

Many of these one-of-a-kind dolls are posable and some come with enchanted environments with fellow creatures. The humor and imagination of her work is simply delightful.

With a BA and Masters degree in Fine Arts, Karen taught art in the public schools for many years and now that she has retired she devotes herself full time to creating magic. She continues to teach as well, conducting workshops from her studio for beginner to advanced students. Her work heading up GoFigure, a figurative artists group here in Asheville, continues to connect her to the schools. For the third year, in conjunction with the Buncombe County Library, they are celebrating Reading Awareness Month by providing Storybook Characters to the Library. They will also be visiting local schools during the month of March to share their work and the books that inspired them. All the works will be 3D characters inspired by children’s literature.

A look at the whimsical world of Klay Hawk Dolls

A look at the whimsical world of Klay Hawk Dolls

Come to Asheville this April to see the celebration conclude with a month-long exhibit at the main branch of the Buncombe County Library in the heart of downtown Asheville. You can also learn more about Karen’s work at her website klayhawkdolls.com or GoFigure’s website.