Category: History

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 »

So it’s Winter. Doesn’t Stop Asheville!

Filed under: About Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, History, Things to Do

It’s cold outside (as if you didn’t know that). But the cold doesn’t stop Asheville!  Here’s a quick round -up of some of the things we have seen and done from our base at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in the past week. 1) Upstairs-Downstairs at the Biltmore.  Last week, my daughter, Sarah and I… Read more »

A Real Life American Downton Abbey: The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Filed under: Biltmore Estate, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, History

One day in the late 1890’s a young girl presented herself at the backdoor of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s spectacular mountain estate, The Biltmore.  Anna Matilda Scarborough had been living with her father, brother and stepmother in the tents of a logging camp in Western North Carolina when she found herself tragically orphaned.  With little… Read more »

Segway in Asheville!

Filed under: About Asheville, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, History, Things to Do

  Pretty much every day, three times a day, a group of people pass by the Carolina Bed & Breakfast riding on Segways.  We wave at Wes, the tour operator, and say to each other that someday we will have to try the Segway tour of Asheville.  Well, that someday was this past Wednesday. But… Read more »

The Art Loeb Trail at Black Balsam Knob

Filed under: Blue Ridge Mountains, Hiking, History, Nature, Outside Asheville

“Who is Art Loeb and what do you have to do to get a hiking trail named after you?” I wondered as James and I drove towards Black Balsam Knob and Tennant Mountain.  (I also wondered why heating systems are called “the heat” while air cooling systems are called “air conditioning” but that’s another story…. Read more »

Fine Craftsmen in Asheville, NC

Filed under: About Asheville, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, History, Re-decorating

  There is a stereotype of the North Carolina Mountain man as being rough, uneducated and uncultured but like any stereotype its truth is far from all-encompassing.  For me, an unexpected and greatly appreciated aspect to life in Asheville is the number and quality of fine craftsmen who live and work here. It has been… Read more »