An Asheville, North Carolina Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Asheville, NC 28801

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One Room Left for Friday Night of Labor Day Weekend!

August 27th, 2013 by insideout

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.

A view of the Blue Mountains from the Biltmore Estate.

A view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Biltmore Estate.

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.



Sheryl Crow Kicks Off the Biltmore Concert Series

August 1st, 2013 by insideout

Enjoy an amazing American musician in one of America’s most magnificent settings: the Biltmore Estate.

Can you imagine having a concert on the other side of this home?? The 2013 Biltmore Concert Series starts in August.

Can you imagine having a concert on the other side of this home?? The 2013 Biltmore Concert Series starts in August.

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.




Bele Chere Festival

July 10th, 2013 by insideout

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.

Map of Bele Chere Festival.

Map of Bele Chere Festival.


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.



Shindig on the Green

June 22nd, 2013 by insideout

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.

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join in the good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. The Shindig on the Green features a stage show and informal jam sessions around Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown around sunset (or 7:00 p.m. for those who need more details) and play until 10:00 p.m.
Concessions are available. Enjoy beautiful music and dance traditions from the Southern Appalachia during a lovely summer evening in the mountains! This is a great free event.
Some of the musicians, artists and musical styles you can expect to hear at the Shindig:

See characters like this at Shindig on the Green!

See characters like this at Shindig on the Green in Asheville

  • 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
  • Storytellers

More about the Shindig on the Green

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. Their mission is to preserve the tradition of music, dance and storytelling in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green usually attracts between 3000 and 5000 participants each Saturday – for free – throughout the summer. While this event is of course popular with locals, visitors from all over the state and the nation come to play music, listen to stories and watch dancing in beautiful Asheville.

Lodging for Summer Travels in Asheville

We hope when planning your trip to Asheville this summer, or whenever you visit our city, you consider staying at the North Lodge on Oakland Bed and Breakfast.


Folk Art in Asheville

June 8th, 2013 by insideout

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.

Renovations made to the Folk Art Center earlier this spring.

Renovations made to the Folk Art Center earlier this spring.

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!

River Arts District Studio Stroll

May 19th, 2013 by insideout

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).

Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District

Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District

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!

Mediums Represented

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:

  • Clay
  • Fiber/Textiles: Wedge Studios with Karie Reinertson and Naomi Diamond Rodgers
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media: CURVE studios and garden with L. Balombini and Celia Barbieri
  • Painting
  • Glass
  • Mosaic
  • Jewerly
  • Photography
  • Wood
  • Sculpture

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.

10th Annual Montford Festival

May 1st, 2013 by insideout

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 Montford Street Festival

The Montford Street Festival

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.


Lake Eden Arts Festival 2013

April 22nd, 2013 by insideout

The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is a treasured tradition for many families and friends across the southeast and beyond. It’s been said that a weekend at LEAF can leave you feeling like you just completed a  year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey. A few aspects that make LEAF such a unique festival: a family friendly atmosphere, diverse arts and music, beautiful natural setting, and the intimate size. This year’s LEAF festival takes place May 9-12.

The Arts at LEAF

Handcrafts and Folk Arts: Creativity Abounds among more than 50 artisans, contemporary and folk, selling their original artwork. Enjoy pottery, paintings, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments & bring something home with you.

Yoga Barn at LEAF.

Yoga Barn at LEAF.

Healing Arts: Relax at LEAF. Experience healing traditions (like yoga and tai chi) and ancient arts with more than 40 workshops (for free) or treat yourself to a massage, rolfing, acupuncture & more (these many have a fee) with a healing arts practitioner.

Poetry: LEAF’s Poetry SLAM is not to be missed! Nationally recognized poets & daring novices blaze with energy, authenticity and power. Slammaster James Nave’ awards the winner $1000 on Saturday Night in Eden Hall.

Culinary Arts: LEAF offers gourmet international festival food. All food is freshly prepared on site.

Music at LEAF

With six stages and four days of festival, there are more musical performances than you can possibly attend! Here are some of the headliners:

  • Mavis Staples
  • Ozomatli
  • Steel Pulse
  • Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
  • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
  • Abigal Washburn

See the full lineup on the LEAF website.

LEAF Venue

LEAF sits below Mt. Mitchell with mountain lakes and rolling hills in small town of Black Mountain, about 15 miles from our bed and breakfast in Asheville. 600 stunning acres feature mountain views, hiking trails,  barns, streams, and lakes for canoeing, swimming, and the zooming zipline.

While there is camping on site, if tent life isn’t for you, come and spend the night with us!



Broad River Rafting

March 30th, 2013 by insideout

The French Broad River, which flows through Asheville and winds through the surrounding mountains, offers everything you could want for a fun-filled day in the great outdoors!

There are both white water rafting trips and calm canoe rides to be had on this river. You can also head north of Asheville or south and find great routes and guides to bring you on a float trip.

For example, the tour group French Broad Rafting Expeditions, in Marshall, is about 30 minutes north of the B&B and offers both whitewater and calm water trips. Experience the excitement of riding through whitewater rapids while enjoying the natural beauty of the Pisgah National Forest. During the trip, the guide will teach you the names of the rapids, the history of the river, basic paddling techniques, river safety information.

Get ready to get wet during a white water rafting trip down the French Broad River

Get ready to get wet during a white water rafting trip down the French Broad River

But most of all, you will have a fun and safe rafting experience. A nine mile trip costs $75, includes lunch and lasts 5-6 hours.

Or, if something more serene is what you would prefer, head south of Asheville to Rosman for a guided canoe trip with Headwaters Outfitters. They have a ‘signs of spring’ tour right now, where you paddle downstream eight miles, perhaps through some of the most beautiful sections of the French Broad River. Join an experienced river guide and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage! The trip costs $55 and requires reservations and lasts about 4 hours.

Make North Lodge on Oakland Your Home Base!

For all of your adventures in and around Asheville, whether it be the Biltmore Estate or the French Broad River, we hope you will choose to call North Lodge bed and breakfast your home in Asheville. Along with beautiful guest rooms and delicious breakfasts included in your stay each morning, we can help you plan your trip, make reservations and facilitate any other concierge services you may need. Let us help you explore our corner of North Carolina!


Biltmore Festival of Flowers

March 15th, 2013 by insideout

The Biltmore Estate is an American version of Downton Abbey. The main house is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States at over  175,000 square feet with over 250 rooms. The owners are still Vanderbilt descendants and today it stands out as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, the time period after the Civil War, when the nation experienced huge economic growth.

The estate also has beautiful grounds and significant French and English style gardens. Biltmore-festival-of-flowers

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