Memorial Day Getaway

 Memorial Day has long been considered the “blast off” of the summertime so your Asheville Bed and Breakfast wants to help begin your very best summer with a perfectly selected Memorial Day Getaway.

Arrival:  Friday, May 25 2012.  Hopefully, the powers that be at your job take pity sakes on both you and themselves by clearing the decks  a bit early enabling everyone to hit the ground running on this fine weekend.
This would possibly allow you to be on the road and make the 3:00 p.m. Check in at our premier Asheville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast.  After a treat and glass of frosty beverage…first stop….Asheville’s Red Trolley.  Always a great place to start when arriving in a new city for a great overview. The drivers serve up a plethora of interesting tid bits about all things Asheville as the tour moves through the various areas of our city.  When it returns to Asheville’s Chamber of Commerce parking lot,  that is a great time to take to the streets of downtown Asheville. Take in the night view of our fair city and  enjoy tapping your feet to the night music of buskers adorning the streets.  Seeking a lovely evening meal.  No worries!  Selections could include Circle in the Square downtown location (the other on Merrimon) for a NY state of mind SLICE, Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant, Chai Pani, Indian Street food or Market Place for some highbrow, locally sourced and very delicious American continental and that is just to name a few.
It is very likely that as you emerge outside  from whatever dining establishment you have sated your culinary muse in…the sounds of the Asheville Drum Circle will be on display. Follow your ears to Pritchard Park and join visitor and local alike as the drums beat out a magic all their own weaving the beat into everyone present from toddler to elder. After your first night in Asheville, not to worry you are only a 6 block return walk from downtown to your Asheville B&B.
Feeling like a ride instead.  Taxi’s about $5-6 and you are home! Need a midnight snack.  We got you convered. Nightie night!

Saturday, May 26 2012.  Wake up will not prove a hardship as our bed and breakfast delight our guests with an awesomely fresh, locally sourced, three course gourmet breakfast served by glow of candlelight.  This much anticipated guest event is a crowd favorite and some of our regulars are known to entertain themselves before coming downstairs by attempting to discern elements of the breakfast solely by the aromas drifting up to their room.  Some enjoy startling success.
One of the uniquely beautiful delights of Asheville, figuring larger than life  in  the attraction folks have to Western North Carolina, is the exquisite natural beauty of this region.  So once breakfast is completed, we want to send guests to places that showcase this beauty.  One of our favorites is Dupont Forest.  A short 45 minutes from the inn but light years removed from urban, this gorgeous place waits to unveil all its attributes to visitors.  From the strength of the glistening waterfalls which you will hear before they become visually apparent to the vast vistas able to be viewed from lookouts along the way-Dupont Forest is a highlight for Gary and I.   It is a place we visit every time we can break away from our responsibilities at the inn.  By late afternoon, you may wish to return to the inn for some of our fabulous treats which can be enjoyed on either the front or back porch or the comfortable wooden seating throughout our garden perfect for whiling away a bit of time while making plans for dinner.  We’d love to help you find just the right place for the appetite we know you worked up a the park.  After dinner, take thee to The LAB (Lexington Avenue Bar-you guessed it….It’s on Lexington Avenue.)  Thurs-Fri-Sat will usually find some local band mixing it up there while you find a glass of vino or house drink special that finishes up the night to perfection.  Want to put on your boogie shoes?  Try Tressa’s or Stella Blues or explore your  extemporaneous side and dance in the street like a local. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012.  One of the glories of any federal  holiday is the American tradition or getting Monday off.  Yea and God Bless the USA!  Breakfast will again be the mornings highlight and will provide all the fuel you need  for the day ahead.  We can’t quit now for goodness sake,  it’s your last day.
Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned estate on the east coast and it would be sad to leave our surrounds without exploring the gardens of the picturesque 8,000 acres and the French Chateau that is an architectural monument particularly in view of it’s date of construction- 1895.  Suffice to say that lo these 13 years later and as many times as I have seen this edifice coming into view; it never fails to impress.
Between your excursion through the house and even a modicum garden tour plan to dedicate a minimum of 4-5 hours to this endeavor.  You could have lunch or dinner there too if the mood and the appetite strike.
Should you finish the Estate in time, cruise on over to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce where you could meet up with our friend, Wes, at Moving Sidewalk. He would be delighted to take you on a very specialized Asheville tour…the Segway.  Don’t be daunted, after a bit of instruction, you’ll be tooling around the parking lot a the chamber like a professional and then the real tour starts.  Downtown, the Montford Historic District or Riverside Historic Cemetery are customarily offered on the tour.

Dinner time can find you seeking another of Asheville’s culinary expositions or back at Biltmore for a visit to one of the four restaurants they have on property or in Biltmore Village where The Fig Bistro, Rezzaz or Corner Kitchen might be right up your alley.  Asheville has nearly anything you would want to eat and your innkeepers can give you the skinny on the best of the bunch based on your personal preferences. 

This itinerary is but one of so many that could be changed and adapted as needed to fit your personality and lifestyle to a T.  Our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast really is a Better Way to Stay.  We hope you’ll give it a try and we know it will be your most memorable  Memorial Day ever.  I haven’t even gotten to White Water Rafting, the zipline tour at Navitat, Horseback riding or hiking with the bears…..Oops, was that my outside voice?

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