Author: Susan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake–What’s Not to Love?

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, recipes

Yesterday was James’ Birthday so I took the opportunity to  try out a new cake I have been thinking of offering as a “Birthday” add-on to guests at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast:  a triple layer chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache icing.  Just saying it makes my mouth water.  And it… Read more »

Panoramic view from Shortoff Mountain

Ten of the Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina

Filed under: "Ten Best" Lists, Hiking

I say “ten of the best hikes” instead of  “the ten best hikes” for two reasons: there are so many great hiking trails near Asheville that even if James and I closed our Asheville Bed & Breakfast for a month we couldn’t complete them all, and what makes a hike the best?  Scenery, diversity, waterfalls,… Read more »

Mica is a multi-layered mineral with many uses

Mica and the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

Filed under: About Asheville, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, History

Admit it, you are intrigued!  What does mica have to do with an Asheville Bed and Breakfast?  Well, it all goes back to the original owner of the house at 177 Cumberland Avenue. Recently we were visited by the great-grandson of Vance Brown who owned the house from 1901 to the Mid-1940’s . Brown was… Read more »

Junction/Mouton Noir Dinner Oyster

Talking About Food and Wine In Asheville

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Restaurants, Wine and Food

Last night we were fortunate enough to attend “Mouton Noir Makes, The Junction Takes…A Wine Evening with Andre Hueston Mack” at the Junction Restaurant  in The River Arts District of Asheville. Readers of this blog know that everyone at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast is a big fan of the Junction. Last night’s dinner was… Read more »

Window Shopping for Dessert.  Was I really that young?

From Breakfast in Bed to Bed & Breakfast: How It All Began

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Innkeeping

As I have recently discovered, I can’t create a cookbook without some serious thought about what kind of cook  I am.  What were the influences that went into creating my recipes?  What is my style of cooking and who is my audience? What was my path from a life overseas to a small bed and… Read more »

What’s New in Asheville and at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, February 2016

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Innkeeping, Re-decorating, Restaurants, Wine and Food

An innkeeper’s life is never slow. Even when it’s winter and our guests are few and far between, we find things to do and ways to make our Asheville Bed and Breakfast better. All of the rooms have been taken apart and cleaned, supplies have been inventoried and repairs made, including our big project for… Read more »