Author: Susan

The view from the top of Cold Mountain, NC

Picnic On Top of Cold Mountain

Filed under: Blue Ridge Mountains, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Fourth of July, Hiking, Nature, Outside Asheville, Things to Do

James and I are getting ready for another big hike, this time across the width of the UK.  It’s a long hike, 190 miles, and will take us almost three weeks to complete so we have begun training in earnest.  Of course it’s not really fair to call it “training” when it is so much… Read more »

Victory in The Garden!

Summer in My Asheville Garden

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

It’s definitely summer here in Asheville. The days are long (and hot) and my garden is growing like crazy, albeit helped by James’ faithful rounds of watering at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Our flower gardens are onto their fourth year and have moved from newly-planted to established.You have probably seen pictures of the flowers… Read more »

Getting the cookies in the right pose! (photo courtesy of Abby Murray)

Food Photography at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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

Things have been hopping here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  Not only has the season started for all things Asheville but I have also been working hard on my cookbook.  Those of you who follow this blog may remember that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to finish my second cookbook.  At the… Read more »

Lemon Swiss Roll at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

Lemon Swiss Roll: A Celebration of All Things British

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, recipes

I am making a Lemon Swiss Roll today for our guests at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It’s a light sponge cake spread with jam (or in this case, lemon curd ) and rolled up tightly then cut into slices so a spiral of lovely yellow filling shows. It’s because I am obsessed with the… Read more »

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 »