Asheville, North Carolina's famous Riverside Cemetery is just two short blocks from The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast. Established in 1885, it has over 87 acres of beautiful rolling hills and century old trees. Neighbors and guests can enjoy the cemetery year round - it's like having a private park at our door step, and it is gorgeous in any season.
Fall foliage experts predict that this autumn may be one of the best in recent memory, with vibrant leaf color through early November.
Most people think that the poet Robert Frost believed that good fences make good neighbors, since it's a line in his poem "Mending Wall". However, when you read the poem, you'll see that Frost was ambivalent about the idea. We are also.
Steve & Sharon first stayed at The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast in October of 2004. We developed a special bond with them from the beginning. Although we don't share many of the obvious things that most friends have in common: age, background, profession; the bond developed anyway.
In her spare time, Heather Brannon - the Assistant Innkeeper at The Lion & The Rose, tends a neighborhood vegetable garden.
We used her tomatoes for our guests' breakfast the day after this photo was taken.
Serving and eating locally grown food is one of the many things for which Asheville is famous.
Every year at The Lion & the Rose in early summer the hanging ferns on the front porch become nesting sites for birds.
I first discovered this several years ago as I took down the hanging baskets to water the ferns in the shade of the side garden.
First, you see the nest.
La Primavera! Spring is the most beautiful season here in this plateau centered in the oldest mountain range in the world.