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A Bed of Roses’ Top Three Romantic Places to Dine in Asheville

February 7th, 2016 by abedofroses

Compressed Melon Salad at Ambrozia

Compressed Melon Salad at Ambrozia

Bed and Breakfast owners are always asked to suggest Romantic Restaurants for their guests, especially around Valentine’s Day. In Asheville we have so many to choose from, but Bill and I have our favorites. Sampling our local restaurants is one of our favorite “perks” from running a B&B! For Valentine’s Day, or any romantic celebration, check out these three stellar Asheville Restaurants.


  1. Zambra–  Our #1 choice for a romantic dinner, the dimly lit Moorish décor provides all sorts of little nooks and crannies for a private supper of tapas amid throw pillows, beads, massive wooden columns and arches. It feels as though you’ve stepped down through the rabbit hole into a special magical world.
    The Moorish Décor at Zambra's

    The Moorish Décor at Zambra’s

    Local artist, Douglas Madaras, has designed the colorful interior using Spanish and Moorish influences. The meal is an adventure of course after course of Spanish, Portuguese, North African and Gypsy inspired small bites accompanied by an impressive selection of Spanish and New World wines. Partners Peter Slamp and Chef Adam Bannasch have created one of America’s most Romantic Restaurants right here in Asheville.

  1. The Red Stag Grill– Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel steps from the historic Biltmore Estate, the décor has been described as what George Vanderbilt might have built if he had created a rustic hunting lodge. I have never been a fan of Hotel Dining Rooms, but The Red Stag is much more than a Hotel Restaurant. It is our go-to place for special occasions. The atmosphere is elegant and sumptuous, the service is impeccable and the food is award winning. The Executive Chef, Scott Ostrander, uses fresh local ingredients to create what they dub “European comfort food”. This is the place to treat yourself and your true love like royalty!

    The innkeepers enjoying a romantic dinner at The Red Stag

    The innkeepers enjoying a romantic dinner at The Red Stag

  1. Ambrozia– Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall in North Asheville is a culinary gem. This out of the way spot is perfect for a sophisticated romantic dinner. The space is small and intimate, using a shotgun layout with a bar on one side and tables on the other, subtle lighting, glass and wood.
    Ambrozia's Website Homepage shows you a sample of what's to come!

    Ambrozia’s Website Homepage shows you a sample of what’s to come!

    The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with attentive staff who “know their stuff”. The menu is eclectic with Southern, Southwestern, Asian and Caribbean influences. As with so many Asheville Restaurants, fresh farm to table is key. The wine list is extensive and the craft beer selection is even more impressive. Discover this local favorite with the one you love!

Eating Indulgence at Cúrate in Asheville

September 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Curate Salad

A Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Salad

The other day, purely by coincidence, Bill and I and two separate couples staying at our inn enjoyed tapas at Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Well, it may have been less coincidence and more good taste and adventurous palates that led us all there. The carefully and artistically prepared authentic Spanish tapas have given Cúrate a reputation that goes way beyond Asheville. GQ magazine has even praised their “ace” patatas bravas, a traditional potato dish served in tapas bars in Spain. I love to cook so when I go out to eat I want something that is way too much trouble to cook for myself. That’s why I’ve always loved the appetizers best when going to fine restaurants. Those small morsels of delectable food are so labor intensive, but so good. Those jewels of flavor are what tapas are all about. It makes eating at Curate a pure indulgence.

Flambe at Curate

The view at the bar is part of the experience

We love to sit at the bar and watch the magic. The teamwork is impressive and professional. You can order your heart’s desire, watch them carefully and skillfully put it together, present it to you beautifully, then do it all again!  The staff there is incredibly knowledgeable as well. I know nothing about Spanish wines, but each waiter and waitress can describe in great detail the subtle nuances of each of their wines, and it’s an extensive list. When I asked why they were cutting slits in the bottoms of plastic cups I got a fascinating explanation of how they make individual servings of their pound cake by injecting gas into the batter in the cups rather than using yeast, necessitating the slits for the steam to escape. I had heard that the Executive Chef/Co-owner, Katie Button, had interned at the renowned elBulli in Spain. Arguably the most famous restaurant on the planet, elBulli is associated with molecular gastronomy. While the cuisine at Curate is strictly traditional Spanish, you can see the influences from her impressive background.

Curate Restaurant in Asheville

Curate in a restored 1927 bus depot

The restaurant is a family affair, with her husband Felix Meana, formerly the “Chef de Rang” of elBulli, is the Director of Front of House Operations, her mother Elizabeth Button, a successful caterer with impressive credentials of her own, is the General Manager and co-owner, and her father Ted Button is the Financial Manager and co-owner.

In Spanish Cúrate means “cure yourself”. Whatever ails you, food like this certainly will make you feel good.

Wine & Dine Romance Package

March 31st, 2012 by abedofroses

Wine & Dine photoCelebrate 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.

Bon Appetit!

Add this package to any of our rooms for $130.


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A Relaxing Day Trip to Black Mountain- The Front Porch of Western North Carolina

March 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Black Mountain General Store

Downtown Black Mountain nestled in the mountains

Just 15 miles from Asheville is the quaint town of Black Mountain, nestled in the mountains and overflowing with charm. That small town feeling makes for a relaxing day trip of hiking, shopping or enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of their restaurants or cafés. We did just that the other day and took in the beautiful mountain views on the quick drive into town. With a history steeped in the arts, Black Mountain has lots of art & craft galleries to browse through as well as artists studios and unique gift stores. From the 1930s until the 1950s Black Mountain College brought the focus of American culture and arts to the mountains of North Carolina with a dazzling array of artists and thinkers associated with the college. John Cage and Buckminster Fuller taught there and Albert Einstein served on the board of directors to mention just a few. Fuller’s Geodesic Dome was created there.

Mountain Dulcimer Players

Instruction on the Mountain Dulcimer at Song of the Wood

Black Mountain is still a hub of creativity in a peaceful, slow paced way. I could have stayed all afternoon in the dulcimer showroom and workshop where Terry Read Smith crafts beautiful instruments. I particularly loved his richly toned and intricately carved hammered dulcimers. His sister was demonstrating and instructing a customer on a mountain dulcimer at the time and I couldn’t leave without buying one of Terry’s own CDs. Their shop is aptly called Song of the Wood.

Antique stores and gift shops drew us in as well, and we couldn’t miss the old fashioned general store. It was almost warm enough to eat on the lovely patio at the Black Mountain Bistro. Instead we lingered over lunch within a glassed-in area of the restaurant that gave us the views and feel of the patio.

Black Mountain's Lake Tomahawk

The Fountain at Lake Tomahawk

After lunch we explored the neighborhoods, admiring some of the older homes, (our weakness!). We’ve always been hooked on Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture. We took a lovely stroll around Lake Tomahawk before heading home. All in all, a relaxing getaway for a few hours.

If you go, don’t forget the Black Mountain Music Scene as well. In addition to outdoor festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Groovin on Grovemont, Park Rythyms at Lake Tomahawk, the local clubs offer a wide range of live music drawing fans from around the area.

You can find more photos of Black Mountain in our photo gallery.