Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn
Innkeeper(s): Valerie, Julie & Gabrielle Larrea
Solution to Your Valentine's Dilemma - an Asheville Bed and Breakfast Visit! 6 Feb 2012, 5:34 pm
Yes, Valentine's Day is fast approaching. That's the event, besides an anniversary or a birthday, when a special celebration is definitely in order.You know, the day when that little guy with the wings and the bow and arrow (Cupid) comes by and makes sure your love is proclaimed again!
What to do?
Did you forget it? Already have other plans lined up? Well, we have good news: Valentine's Day, February 14th, is on a Tuesday this year! So that means there are TWO, count 'em, TWO weekends when you can celebrate Valentine's Day this year: Either the weekend of February 10th OR February 17th.
So, reserve your special Valentine's Day getaway ASAP! It's easy to book your stay here at Abbington Green using the "Check Availability, Rates and Book" located in the upper right-hand corner of any page at our website www.abbingtongreen.com. Then let us know her favorite romantic flowers, chocolates and beverage...give us your budget and we'll make sure it's waiting when you check in...or order on your own and have it delivered on your check-in day. Either way, it's a win for you and the one you love!
Romance, understated English elegance and a relaxed, truly friendly atmosphere are waiting for you at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn! See you soon!
Another Anniversary for Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and Another Year Begins! 3 Feb 2012, 8:30 am
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn's Nineteenth Anniversary is today! And so now, our 20th Year begins!
When I started this bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC in 1993, renovating this grand historic home from top to bottom ( that had been designed by Biltmore's Supervising Architect) and then winning the prestigious Griffin Award for Historic Preservation, nine other bed and breakfasts were already open in the Montford Historic District here in Asheville...Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn was the 10th one to open. Today all the others are still here, but only one has the original owner/ Innkeeper...and that is Abbingotn Green!
I remember that one of the other Innkeepers asked me in 1993 how long I expected to stay in Ashevlle as a bed and breakfast Inkeeper. I replied, "I'm in this for the long haul...whatever that turns out to be." Even I probably would not have guessed that I would be here to start the 20th year today! But here I am, and still pleased to be here!
So many things have happened since 1993 to change the way our guests find and choose where to stay.It's hard to believe today that there was a world of bed and breakfasts without cell phones, very few personal computers, no real internet, no "apps", no blogs, no twitter, no facebook, no Utube. But that was the world where we started in 1993. Guests found b&b accommodations using books purchased at the local bookstore.
For a portion of my 'previous lifetime' as a banking executive, I was product manager for telemarketing, ATMs, debit cards and "PC Home Banking" - from 1988-1993! That was all new technology in search of a market. While well-established in Europe, it was virtually non-existent here in the U.S. But at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Spring of 1996, when I asked guests who had booked a reservation, "How did you first hear about us?"...the answer started to be, "I found you on AOL." I thought, "Ah-ha! We've finally reached 'critical mass" for the internet!" And so we had.
Many other things besides technology have changed since 1993...including many lovely updates to Abbington Green ... all King beds, all fine whirlpools/showers, all with fireplaces, all with flat screen TVs (including one suite with 55" 240Hz LED 3-D HDTV), all with WiFi, all with luxurious fine linens and glorious fabrics....and also an elegant, mainly organic breakfast served on crystal and china each morning at 9am!
But some things you can be sure will never change: our lovely historic Inn; our award-winning gardens; and a place where you'll experience welcoming, relaxing, luxurious and gracious surroundings that will be truly memorable... and a genuinely friendly atmosphere that are all part of our "bit of Britain close to home."
Happy Anniversary, Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast!
Asheville Bed and Breakfast Welcomes the Holiday Season! 12 Nov 2011, 11:54 amYes, it's beginning...the Holiday Season! My favorite time of year! And we're happy and totally decorated for the season! Magical lights and decorations are everywhere.Warm and friendly greetings await you!
Across town from our Asheville bed and breakfast, Biltmore Estate is all decked out in spectacular fashion. This year the theme is featuring the World travels of George Vanderbilt.A guest pass purchased here at Abbington Green gets you a 2-consecutive daytime visit for $55. each... less than the price of a one-day visit purchased at Biltmore's gate.
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn is all aglitter as well. You'll see 11 full-size Christmas trees: some are outdoors on our porches and decks while others are indoors where it's cozy and warm. Our lights are LED so we're responsible from an energy-saving point of view...and LED lights have amazing brightness and sparkle. In the main floor rooms, collections of holiday wreaths, Santas and reindeer are on display. Advent calendars, some dating back nearly 50 years, are in dining room windows. And breakfast is served on Christmas china and crystal for even more sparkle with your mainly local and organic, gourmet breakfast. Just right to put you in the Christmas spirit and put a smile on your face.
Asheville Bed and Breakfast Alerts You To The Asheville Cinema Festival 31 Oct 2011, 1:49 pmStarting this Thursday, and all very near to this Asheville bed and breakfast, the Asheville Cinema Festival is around town through Sunday November 6th. More than 35 independent films covering a wide spectrum of types and filmmakers from all over the world will be featured here.
The films are award-winning feature films, shorts, documentaries, student films and foreign films and all are ready to go. And more than 17 filmmakers will be attending to add their expertise and answer questions from film audiences. And the film education basis of the Festival will include panels and workshops will include film industry professionals.So this is yet another of the unique and exciting aspects of a visit to Asheville. For more information and tickets please look at www.ashevillecinemafestival.com.
Asheville Bed and Breakfast Smiles and Greets "Moogfest 2011" 27 Oct 2011, 12:58 pmSo, how many of you know what a "Moog synthesizer" is? Maybe quite a few of you. But for those who don't, it's a musical instrument whose sounds are created entirely electronically. And Robert Moog himself, was here in Asheville and was the developer and 'prefecter' of this new musical medium...in the 1960s. My first experience with it was in 1964 when I heard and then purchased a 33rpm record called "Switched-on Bach" featuring Bach fugues and gigues like you had never heard them! In those days, Moog had to lay down the music tracks one at a time as harmony and a true keyboard was not yet in operation. It was, as they say "iconic"...truly revolutionary. I still have that recording, and a DVD put together more recently by his daughter.
Asheville's Moogfest last year was a great success with musicians from all over the world who use synthesizers.The variation in the types of music is as large as your imagination. And this year, "Moogfest 2011" is this weekend right here in Asheville, in a variety of venues around town just blocks from our Asheville bed and breakfast. So come on over to Asheville. See the mountains with the copper and bronze shades of Fall leaves and listen to some of the most inventive music that you'll ever hear. You'll be glad you did!
Asheville Bed and Breakfast is Smiling at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands 20 Oct 2011, 4:11 pmYes, lucky us! If you're coming to Asheville this weekend, you're in for a treat. Just a few blocks from this Asheville bed and breakfast, at the Asheville Civic Center, is the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands from today through Sunday.
If you want to see the very best of "hand-crafted", the members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild will show it to you. Coming from all over the South, these talented craftspeople gather twice a year in Asheville where the Guild is based. The array of crafters is amazing. You'll see hand-made musical instruments...and people who know how to play them will be there to entertain you. Hand-made glass is beautiful and the people who create it are a delight to talk to. Jewelry is as individual as the people who wear it...you will not be disappointed if you look for a piece that seems to express you, too. Need a place to sit? Chairs, benches and more wood working are there for your pleasure...Pottery? Breathtaking talent.
Need more encouragement? The weather forecast for is weekend is great. The mountains around Asheville, and near our Asheville bed and breakfast , have been transformed by the Fall leaves into an exquisite tapestry. And of course Asheville has all of its food and wines and breweries that make this area a "happening" place at all times! I hope I'll see you there!
Asheville Bed and Breakfast Invites You To Enjoy Fall in Asheville 12 Oct 2011, 2:33 pmIn each season , in and around Asheville and always near our Asheville bed and breakfast, there are days, or sometimes weeks when you would like to "bottle" the day and save it forever. Well, today was just such a day. And we're due for more of them. The mountains of green around Asheville are turning yellow and orange. They look like a tapestry with colors blending in and standing out. The sky was bright blue with a few clouds floating by. The sun felt warm on my face. The temperature registered 70 degrees on our back porch. Ah yes, a perfect Fall day!
If you know Asheville, even a little, you'll know that you don't have to leave Asheville to see the mountains and Fall color. All around town, as you stop at an intersection or park your car, you're very likely to see mountains.And the lovely thing about that is you can see miles and miles from many locations around town. Just today on my way back to the Inn from doing some errands, I came west on route I-240. Between exits 6 and 5, I could see more that 20 miles out to Mt Pisgah (where George Vanderbilt had a hunting lodge in the 1890s...it stands out because it has a radio tower on the top). Glorious!
I hope you'll have an opportunity to visit Asheville...and of course, our Asheville bed and breakfast! The views, and the weather willing, are just wonderful in October! y'all come!
Asheville Celebrates with "Guys and Dolls" Through Next Weekend 2 Oct 2011, 12:44 pmDid you know that Nathan Detroit has come to Asheville? Detroit in Asheville? Yes! And right near our Asheville bed and breakfast. Especially if you know that Nathan Detroit (a gambler and life-long-avoider-of-marriage) is one of the many memorable characters in the musical "Guys and Dolls" With one of the most fabulous Broadway musical scores ever created by Frank Loesser, "Guys and Dolls" will steal your heart and make you smile.
So while you're watching this Asheville Community Theatre production, and maybe also tapping your toes... or briefly wondering whether you too could do that particular dance move...the story of some very lovable gamblers ( involving the 'famous floating crap-game in New York..') and some very dedicated soul-savers unfolds. Naturally, as in the good-old-days, the good guys eventually win...and some guys who never would have thought about trying it, even sign-on to become good guys. A lovely story of a bet, of love ('Your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love...') and the satisfaction of (at least occasionally) doing the right thing at the right time ('Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down your rockin' the boat...')
So remember, you have through next weekend to take in "Guys and Dolls": Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th at 7:30pm at A.C.T. in Downtown Asheville and Sunday October 9th at 2:30 pm.
Part III: Abbington Green Sees Monarch Butterflies on the Blue Ridge Parkway 27 Sep 2011, 1:17 pmWow! Lucky us! At this time of year Asheville, location of our Asheville bed and breakfast, and most especially on the Blue Ridge Parkway just about 20 miles south/west of Asheville is the place where you may get a glimpse of the incredible Monarch butterfly migration.Between milepost 408 (Mt Pisgah) and Milepost 425 or so, on the Parkway, you'll find places to pull you vehicle to the side and see the wonderful views...that now include these orange and black beauties for a short while.
Every year those amazing critters make a migration of thousands of miles from the northeastern United States to Mexico to pass the Winter. West Coast populations of Monarch also migrate through Texas to Mexico. But now is their time in North Carolina. I saw several in my Asheville bed and breakfast gardens just yesterday, right in the middle of Asheville. So come quickly! You will see early leaf color at higher elevations on your drive on the Parkway and see this extra, added, special variety of Fall color in the form of the amazing Monarch butterfly migration!
Part II: Asheville Bed and Breakfast Loves a Drive on The Blue Ridge Parkway 23 Sep 2011, 2:17 pmThe Blue Ridge Parkway is a narrow, very long...about 480 miles...National Park..and you can get to from our Asheville bed and breakfast in about 5.5miles. The Parkway is one lane in each direction, no guard-rails in lots of places and views galore to take your breath away. Because it's a National Park and not a highway, there's no commercial traffic on it.
And maybe you can guess what's coming next. Hmmm, let's see. One lane each way, no trucks, winding roads at high elevations with lots of places to pull over and admire the incredible views...What kind of vehicles do you think you'll find? Yes, you guessed it! Motorcycles! All kind, all sizes, some pulling small trailers, some with a partner...Lots and lots and lots of motorcycles. Surely the Blue Ridge Parkway is "motorcycle heaven"!
On a drive south, toward Cherokee from Asheville, I only had in mind to get to a great hiking spot called "Graveyard Fields", about 25 miles and back. It's located close to milepost 418 and has a lovely walk that includes a waterfall. Great spot! But on the way down and turning around to come home, I counted 61 motorcycles! I was really happy with the car windows rolled down, but I can easily imagine that they were having an even better experience with the sweet-smelling air in their faces, taking their time and no trucks! Indeed, it's truly "motorcycle heaven"!. And "heaven" for a short or a long drive in your vehicle, too!