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Special Fall Farms and Artisans Tour

July 20th, 2015 by abedofroses

Enjoy a picnic and wine tasting at Addison Farms Vineyard

Enjoy a picnic and wine tasting at Addison Farms Vineyard

This Fall get off the beaten track and enjoy the autumn colors of one of the most beautiful valleys in Western North Carolina. A Bed of Roses, along with the Inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, is offering our guests a rare opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Big Sandy Mush where families have farmed among the rolling hills for generations. The Sandy Mush Artisan Trail will lead you along country roads from the studios of local artisans to farms and vineyards where you will enjoy tastings and discounts and get to meet the people who make this charming community in the mountains special and unique.

Pick blackberries at Sandy Hollar Farms!

Pick blackberries at Sandy Hollar Farms!

Stay at A Bed of Roses for two nights between September 1st and November 15th and when you add the Fall Farms Package to your stay we will provide you with a map for your independent driving tour as well as a picnic lunch to enjoy at Addison Farms Vineyard.

  • At Addison Farms Vineyard you will enjoy a wine tasting including an attractive complementary wine glass to take home. Receive 10% off all wine purchases.
  • Another farm on the tour will be Sandy Hollar Farms where you can pick-your-own blackberries or shop for honey and beeswax candles. Inn guests will receive 10% off their purchases at the Farm.

    Yes, they're really eating whisky mash!

    Yes, they’re really eating whisky mash!

  • Visit the home of Whiskey Pigs, raised on the whiskey mash from Troy & Sons distiller. Reeves Home Place Farm will offer a 10% discount on meat and eggs.
  • A stop at the Long Branch Environmental Education Center will give you an opportunity to see a solar farm in action, designed for research, education and conservation. You can buy apples and cider and get valuable conservation tips.
Meet local artists and craftspeople

Meet local artists and craftspeople

And be sure to visit and shop at the local artisans’ studios and workshops along the way! Sandy Mush’s remote beauty has attracted many artists to the area.

  • Visit fiber artist June Hawkins while you are at Sandy Hollar Farms.
  • Nationally known potter Matt Jones can be found at Jones Pottery where you can view his decorative painted pots.
  • Laurie Brown has been quilting for 40 years, and you can see her quilts and get to meet the artist where she works.
  • The workshop of broom maker Marlow Gates and photographer Diana Gates is on the tour as well. Friendswood Brooms creates brooms that are truly pieces of art, and some are even displayed in museums.
  • Christine Hield’s studio, Sky Dance Artworks, houses her oils, watercolors and acrylic artwork including portraits, landscapes and more abstract works.

    Landscapes by Christine Hield

    Landscapes by Christine Hield

Add this package to your reservation for $50/couple>>

2 night stay required.

Fall Foliage in the Mountains of Western NC- Asheville’s the Place

July 31st, 2011 by abedofroses

Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville is at the tail end of 3 days of the Bele Chere Summer Festival right now. Four sound stages are set up with live music, artists from all over the country are selling their crafts, street performers, food vendors, and cold beers, many locally crafted are everywhere. It been hot in Asheville and misting tents are set up downtown to keep the revelers cool. All of Asheville seems to be one big summer party.

But I’m remembering those cool nights of autumn in the mountains right now! Guests are calling with October reservations and asking for Fall Foliage predictions and it seems a million years away from this summer heat with all of its festivals, but it’s not!  Before you know it the colors will start appearing, first at the mountaintops and then in glorious bands, working their way down the mountains. All the different elevations in the area mean one of the longest-running fall foliage seasons in the country. The days are still warm in the fall and the sun illuminates the brilliant colors. The Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville is full of great places to view the show, take a hike, stop for a picnic and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains. The Parkway may even add a rest stop soon with views of the Asheville skyline. We’ll keep you posted! Navitat has zipline tours through the forest canope that are even more beautiful and peaceful in the fall. Soaring through the treetops, you will suddenly come upon a stunning mountain vista on your way to the next landing flatform in the trees. A guided canoe trip down the French Broad River offers a unique view of the colors. You may even want to enjoy the panorama of the blazing mountains from a balloon ride across the Hominy Valley! And of course, The Biltmore Estate and Gardens are a thing to behold in the Fall with the Biltmore Forest in full autumn glory rising behind the mansion and the gardens specially planted for the season.

Whether you’re exploring in Dupont State Forest, climbing Chimney Rock or visiting Pisgah National Forest, during the day, Asheville is the perfect place to come home to. At the end of the day you’ll find plenty to do in downtown Asheville. The nights cool off just enough to enjoy a sweater while you eat outside at one of Asheville’s many sidewalk cafés. Asheville has a myriad of great independent restaurants, most emphasizing locally grown foods. There’s sure to be live music in town and artists displaying their work outside the Grove Arcade or at the Art in the Park Series at Pack Square. If you’re in the mood for theater, October offers everything from Romeo and Juliet with the Montford Park Players, to Angels in America with the North Carolina Stage Company.

The color show is predicted to start this October 4 through the 14th at the highest elevations above 5,000 feet just north of Asheville. Look for color on Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens or Grandfather Mountain. October 12th through the 21st look to the mountains southwest of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway including Mount Pisgah and Devil’s Courthouse.  October 18th through the 26th the mountains surrounding Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway should be at peak color, between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. October 26th through November 5th the show shines brightest right in Asheville itself at 2,000 feet. This is the time to visit the NC Arboretum or Dupont State Forest. The Biltmore Estate will be at peak color then as well. October 27th to November 6th look to Lake Lure and the Chimney Rock area.