October 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
September 30th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands represents the proud tradition and standards of excellence embodied in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, which was formed in 1930 to help support and market for Appalachian craftspeople.
September 18th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
Saint Patrick’s Day is a long way off but that doesn’t mean you can get your shamrock on until March rolls back around – Shamboozle Fest 2013 is right around the corner!
What’s a Shamboozle Fest, you ask?
August 27th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Are you still scrambling to organize something fun for this Labor Day weekend? Well, we have one room available at our luxurious bed and breakfast, only minutes from the Biltmore Estate. We invite you to come and join us for Friday night!
The Geranium Room is a great place to call home during your getaway. Located on the second floor of the inn, the Geranium Room has a queen bed, soaking tub, plush terry robes and an flat screen TV with DVD.
The Biltmore Concert Series Wraps Up This Weekend
The timeless group The Beach Boys will be the last musical performer on Friday night, August 30 for the Biltmore Concert series.
Stunning views of the Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains make this a great locale for a concert under the stars! General Admission tickets are $54 and can be purchased online at the Biltmore website.
The Beach Boys continue perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their debut over 50 years ago. Expect to hear your favorites, like “Surfin’ Safari,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “Good Vibrations.” The show starts at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, comedian Bill Engvall will take the stage at Biltmore. Sharing the humor in everyday situations is Engvall’s specialty. Engvall was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which are some of the most watched movies and specials in Comedy Central history. Bill’s first album, “HERE’S YOUR SIGN,” was certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks.
Lodging Near the Biltmore Estate
No matter what brings you to the Biltmore – whether it is musical performances, history, gardens or architecture, our B&B is less than one mile from the entry gate.
August 1st, 2013 by Katie Pate
Enjoy an amazing American musician in one of America’s most magnificent settings: the Biltmore Estate.
Cherl Crow’s show is the first installment of the Biltmore Concert Series, a group of live music events taking place at the Biltmore each August.
Stunning views of the Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains make this a perfect locale for a concert under the stars!
Cheryl Crow will be kicking off the series this weekend on August 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. Known for her free-spirited, fearless and fierce style, Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger and has released seven studio albums, selling more than 35 million records worldwide. From humble beginnings as a jingle and back-up singer, Crow has reached the level of stardom which most musicians only dream about. Her songs include “All I Wanna Do”, “Soak Up The Sun” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road.”
Biltmore Concert Series
See the full lineup below so you can decide which weekend you would like to attend.
- Casting Crows ~ August 16
- The Temptations & The Four Tops ~ August 23
- The Beach Boys ~ August 30
- Comedian Bill Engvail ~ August 31
Buy tickets online at the Biltmore website. Ticket prices range from $45 – $70, depending on the show.
Lodging for the Biltmore Concert Series
Our Inn is less than a mile from the Biltmore Estate! We have two rooms available in the B&B for the Cheryl Crow show – the Carolina Room and the Library Room. The Carolina is a second story room with a fireplace. The Library is a bright room with lots of shuttered windows and bookshelves on the first floor.
For The Temptations and Four Tops on August 16, we have our Magnolia Room and Tiffany Rooms available. The Tiffany Suite is a very private room at the back of the home with a King size bed. The Magnolia Guestroom is inviting as well as gracious, located on the second floor with a soaking tub in the private bathroom.
July 10th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Bele Chere is the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast. The three-day festival encompasses the streets of Downtown Asheville with live, original music all day and night for more than 200,000 festival-goers. Bele Chere means “beautiful living” and indeed, this festival offers the unique opportunity to see, taste and hear why North Carolina and Asheville in particular is one of the greatest places in America. Experience our region’s finest art, cuisine and music at Bele Chere, taking place this year from July 26-28, 2013.
Bele Chere Festival Hours and Locations
Friday: 12 -10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Admission is Free!
The Festival takes place in downtown Asheville, with Pritchard Park as the epicenter of activity and road closures occurring several blocks out in each direction. There are five live music stages, as well as two different food courts and the Arts Park. Since downtown Asheville is less than two miles from our Inn, consider biking to the festival. There will be a bike corral where you can safely and securely store your bike on Patton Ave. between Asheland and Coxe Aves.
If riding isn’t your thing, be prepared: parking will be difficult downtown during the festival.
Arts at Bele Chere
The Arts Park features some of the best artists of Bele Chere. See handmade (and purchase) jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork, paintings, and metalwork. The Arts Park is located at the corner of Patton Ave. and Church St.
Artists not featured in the Arts Park exhibit throughout the festival grounds. Although artists come from around the country, local exhibitors are encouraged, especially artists from Western North Carolina. Handmade arts and crafts exhibitors include metalwork, fabric, paint, ceramics, woodwork and a variety of other mediums.
Lodging for Bele Chere – Asheville’s Signature Arts & Music Festival
Since our bed and breakfast is less than two miles from the venue, we are a perfect choice for any festival-goer coming from out of town! Enjoy a hearty and satisfying breakfast each morning, preparing you for a full day of music, art and more delicious food and drinks.
June 22nd, 2013 by Katie Pate
Do something different this Saturday night – come to Asheville’s Shindig on the Green! Taking place every Saturday night of the summer, starting next week on June 29 and running through August, this gathering of local and visiting musicians is not-to-be-missed.
- Stoney Creek Boys (A long-standing house band for the Shindig)
- Bluegrass & Old Time String Bands
- Big Circle Mountain dancers
- Clog Dancers
- Smooth Dancers
- Ballad Singers
More about the Shindig on the Green
Lodging for Summer Travels in Asheville
June 8th, 2013 by Katie Pate
This summer in Asheville, have a farm to table dining experience, mediated through art. Brought to you by American Folk Art and Framing, a Southern Folk Art gallery. Enjoy contemporary pottery and other medias that express the bounty of the season.
Running from June 6 to 26, explore paintings and pottery which pay homage to the joy of growing, preparing and serving this season’s abundant crops. Many of the artists represented by American Folk Art are themselves living lives deeply rooted in agrarian culture. The rituals of planting by the moon, preserving crops, picking flowers, farmers markets and sharing the abundant times with neighbors are often the themes of folk artists work.
The earth’s gifts will be honored in this show which includes potters Chad Cameron Brown, Michael Kline & Kim Ellington; along with painters Lucy Hunnicutt, Liz Sullivan & Darrell Loy Scott, and remarkable jeweler Jane Harrison.
American Folk Art & Framing is located at 64 Biltmore Ave.
If you would like to see more Folk Art, check out the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Folk Art Center. The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. The center houses three galleries, a library and Allanstand Craft Shop, as well as an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk. Beginning in March each year, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby. The Folk Art Center is located in east Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a seven minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast near the Biltmore Estate.
American Culture and Exploration in Asheville
Whether you are interested in works created by local artisans, or high art within sculpture gardens and museums, we have a wide array of art and culture to experience in Asheville. The Biltmore Estate is probably one of the more well known historical and artistic sites in our area of the nation. Our Inn is one mile from the Estate. Come and explore the beauty of American history this summer in Asheville!
May 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate
At the Studio Stroll in Asheville’s River Arts District, all of the work is locally made and guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. Visit the artists’ studios to find special gifts for your family and friends or yourself!
The River Arts District Studio Stroll, taking place this summer on June 8th and 9th, is the first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists’ studios in the region. Located within 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River, enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities with the artists in their studios.
About the Asheville River Arts District
Bordered on the West by the river, the district encompasses several blocks, from Depot Street, up to West Haywood Street. This neighborhood is home to more than 165 artists with working studios inside turn-of-the-century industrial buildings. You can find an amazing range of art in every medium – from sculpture to to pottery to traditional raku (Japanese style hand made bowls).
There is lots of free parking in the district, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking from one gallery to the next. Interspersed among the galleries are restaurants, bars and a brewery, so come with an appetite – for art and a meal!
Here are just some of the types of works (and a couple of artists) you can expect to find when visiting the River Arts District:
- Fiber/Textiles: Wedge Studios with Karie Reinertson and Naomi Diamond Rodgers
- Mixed Media: CURVE studios and garden with L. Balombini and Celia Barbieri
Lodging for an Asheville Vacation
Whether you come at the beginning of June during the Studio stroll, or anytime over the summer, we hope you will make the North Lodge bed and breakfast your home away from home in Asheville. We have six guestrooms with all conveniences and a complementary breakfast served every morning at 9 a.m.
May 1st, 2013 by Katie Pate
The Montford Music and Arts Festival is the largest one-day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina. This year the festival hits double digits, as this is the 10th year in a row it has taken place. Join in the fun, rain or shine on Saturday May 18, 2013. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running till 7 p.m. The festival is free to the public and handicap accessible.
The festival encompasses two tree lined streets in the historic Montford community, about two miles from our bed and breakfast. Most of the homes in Montford were built between 1890 and 1920 and include a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during this period. Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combined with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like motifs.
Over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activities will be at the festival. Two stages, one on each street, will offer the perfect setting for non-stop entertainment and over 20 bands and musical acts.
Location and Transportation
The festival takes place on Montford Avenue and Soco Streets just down from the Asheville Visitors Center. A special bike corral will be set up again for our many bikers. Parking is available throughout the neighborhood.
Lodging in Asheville
Our B&B is on a quiet residential street only one mile from the gates of Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville. The Inn is a restored stone home from 1904 and offers six comfortable and bright bedrooms with plush bedding and ample amenities. We offer central air conditioning, Wi-Fi wireless internet access, cable TV, a flat-screen LCD TV and private bath in each guestroom. In addition, the Inn boasts an elegant and relaxing garden complete with a gazebo. And of course, a home made breakfast is served each morning at 9:00 a.m.