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Springtime in Asheville- Our Top Ways to Make the Most of Spring in the Mountains

March 24th, 2016 by abedofroses

Magnolias in bloom

Magnolias in bloom

My number 1 favorite thing about Asheville- Springtime!

Spring here in the western North Carolina Mountains is long and glorious. It is my favorite time of year. The afternoon sun is warm and the mornings are crisp. Everything is starting to bud and a fresh green gradually spreads over the hillsides. It’s the perfect time to see the mountain landscapes, before the leaves on the trees are so large as to obscure your view. First are the Lenten Rose Hellebores popping up through last Fall’s leaves as soon as the days begin to warm.

The Lenten Rose

The Lenten Rose

Then the flowering trees blossom in colorful waves, from Magnolias to Redbuds to Bradford Pears to all varieties of Cherry. Soon will come the dogwoods and azaleas. The spring festivals and events have already started too and there’s so much to do this time of year in and around Asheville. Here are some ways to enjoy the mountain spring in and around Asheville.

  1. The Biltmore Gardens

    The Biltmore Gardens

    Biltmore Blooms! This festival of flowers started March 19th and runs through the end of May. The meticulously tended formal gardens of America’s largest home are a delight to visit, even if the magnificent Biltmore Estate and winery were not over the top enough!

 

 

A Bradford Pear Tree in Bloom

A Bradford Pear Tree in Bloom

Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway! This scenic drive literally wraps around the city of Asheville. Part of the National Park system, it winds 469 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wide range of elevations, just in the Asheville area alone, means that a rich variety of flowering trees and bushes can be found throughout the Spring and Summer. A guide to when and where to find peak blooms can be found at the Blue Ridge Parkway Association. Or you can call (828) 298-0398 and select option 7 for the up to date local wildflower report. The Blue Ridge Parkway is well known for it’s Flame Azaleas, Catawba Rhododendron’s and Mountain Laurels.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Attend one of the many Floral Festivals happening this Spring in and around Asheville! The Asheville Orchid Festival is April 15-17th. Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Orchid Society, this is a judged show held in the Education Center at the NC Arboretum. They are also hosting the Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show April 30th to May 1st. Along Bent Creek you will find the amazing collection of the National Azalea Repository!

The View from Our Front Porch

The View from Our Front Porch

There are plenty of other Festivals going on as well, from the Photo + Craft Festival March 31st, to the Appalachian Trail Founder’s Bridge Festival Saturday, April 9, 2016 or the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest April 24th.

Or you can just enjoy sitting on the front porch at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast, sipping a lemonade and taking in the scenery in our rose garden!

The 9th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival – Come meet our neighbors May 19th!

April 1st, 2012 by abedofroses

Montford Arts & Music Festival

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.

Folk art doll

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 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!

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