Asheville's winter weather is very unpredictable. Last year we had just a light dusting of snow on a few days - that was it. This winter we had no snow until February, but it sure made up for lost time.
It may be winter here in the Southern Highlands with the occasional snowfall, but the weather still allows for quite a few great hiking days.
The Christmas decorations at the Biltmore House have become one of the largest holiday displays in the Southeast. Candlelight Evenings are even more magical as they allow guests to experience the hundreds of lighted trees both outside and in the home.
We had the biggest Halloween turnout ever this year at The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast in Asheville.
On October 31, 2013, The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfastis excited to be a part of Go-Trippin with Ghosts and Goblins: Halloween History, Happenings and Haunts. On Halloween, starting at 4pm, meet us on the porch at the inn, where you will receive a walking map that will take you through the Montford Historic District as well as Riverside Cemetery.
Heather has worked as our assistant at The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast for over 7 years - longer than anyone else. She is not only like family now but has become an important part of the day to day operation of the business.
This August she married her long time friend and lover, Austin, at The Farm just outside Asheville. It was a small wedding, but filled with the people most important to the two of them and in a beautiful rural setting.
If you were lucky enough to grow up in an area of the country that had fireflies, you probably remember the excitement and magic they created every summer when they appeared at the end of dusk.
Pizza Pura is a new restaurant in the River Arts District (or RAD for short). The owner/operator husband and wife team of Ben Mixson and Laura Reuss also own White Duck Taco, which is very popular with locals and tourists and is also in the RAD.
We have visited Italy and have a family heritage from Naples, so we love pizza. The pizza at Pizza Pura is the best we have had outside of Italy and our Aunt Josephine's.
We attended a jazz concert at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville recently and it was impressive. The musicians were first rate, the food was good, and the newly renovated space is "big city" modern and sophisticated yet laid back - like the rest of our town.