Arbor House of Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast

207 Rhododendron Avenue, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711

Overnight Blueberry French Toast 23 Nov 2020, 1:49 pm

The first two years, Innkeeper, Theresa solely ran the B&B. This was one of the recipes she perfected for her guests. Her husband, Chef Jim could not believe she was serving this breakfast. He despised cream cheese. After he came on board full-time, he found out how much our guests loved this breakfast. Empty plates all around. Now Jim schedules the breakfast so he can have an extra slice. My how things change. Enjoy!!

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Arbor House Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Guests favorite carb breakfast. They try not to clean their plate, but it is irresistible.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Blueberries, Breakfast, French Toast, Yummy
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10


  • 9 x 12 glass pan


  • 1 1/2 loaves day-old French bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 12 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries you can use Dole frozen blueberries when fruit is out of season

Cream cheese mixture

  • 1 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1/4 Confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 zested lemon


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • cup water
  • 2 Tbs Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tbs Butter


  • Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish. Pipe cream cheese on top. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.
  • In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 45 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.
  • In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast

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Arbor House Bacon 18 Nov 2020, 9:00 am

We have guests who frequently return. On one of their last visits, they said they had become allergic to pork. We told them it would be no problem since most of our sausage is typically chicken based. We are so sorry you won’t be able to have bacon anymore. They both had alarmed faces and said they were allergic to the sausage seasoning. By this time we were all smiling. They fessed up they just wanted bacon every morning.


Arbor House Bacon

Arbor House Bacon is so yummy, repeat guests request it when they make their reservation.


  • Wright’s Thick Sliced Pecan Smoked Bacon or any Thick Sliced Smoked Bacon
  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar per slice
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper per slice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cove a baking sheet pan with foil (to ease cleaning)
  • Place a baking rack on the sheet pan
  • Lay out strips of bacon on rack
  • Coat with Brown Sugar and Cracked Black Pepper
  • Bake for 45 minutes (or until desired doneness is reached)

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COVID-19 Safety Dance! 9 May 2020, 6:26 pm

Last updated:  5/17/2021

We have been debating what to do with the CDC lifting the mask mandate.

North Carolina NCDHHS will continue to have strong public health recommendations for individuals to continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they can’t maintain six feet of distance. But that anyone who is not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all should still wear a mask indoors.

The CDC and North Carolina health has left each business owner to determine their own masking requirements. We are not feeling ready to be indoors without a mask on unless everyone is fully vaccinated. We had our first house full of vaccinated people. We must say, it was lovely to see everyone’s smiling face this morning.

Arbor House, for now, will still require masks in our indoor common areas and six-foot distancing outside unless you can show proof of being completely vaccinated either by card or a picture of your card via phone. Jim and I will continue to put our masks on whenever you walk in and will only take them off with that confirmation.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this decision-making process. No one wants to take off their mask more than we do. But, we want to make sure we do so safely!

Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions and concerns.  We really appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon!  Stay safe, strong, and positive!

We encourage you to book online through our secure website or phone the inn at (828) 357-8525 for the best booking experience.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones 8 May 2020, 5:40 am


Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Serves: 12 Scones
Servings 12


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly grated zest from one lemon
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup soured milk directions in notes
  • 1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of salted butter


  • Place a rack into the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest.
  • Cut butter into smaller pieces and with a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and soured milk.
  • Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it just comes together. Then using a rubber spatula, knead and fold it together about 8 to 10 times.
  • Prepare a flat surface by dusting it with flour, and turn the dough out onto it.
  • Divide the dough in half and pat each into a circle approximately 5 inches in diameter. Cut the dough into 6 wedges and transfer the entire disk of dough to the prepared baking sheet. Cutting it before baking allows for easy separation, but keeping the wedges together during baking allowed for the scones to be bit more moist than is typical.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops are lightly golden and firm. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
  • In a medium microwavable bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and butter.
  • Place bowl into the microwave and set on high for 45 seconds.
  • Whisk again to mix well, removing any lumps and allow to sit for a few minutes to cool.
  • Drizzle over scones and serve.

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Chorizo Frittata 17 Jul 2019, 1:36 pm

Arbor House Food Breakfast Chorizo Fritatta

Chorizo Frittata

Servings 6


  • 1 pound chorizo
  • 1/2 Large sweet vidalia onion (macédoine cut)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 10 eggs whisked
  • 1 mild diced green chiles – 4 ounce can
  • Salt TT to taste
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mexican 4-Cheese Blend Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero & Quesadilla Cheeses (Spanish Manchego works well too)
  • 1 Roma tomato Slice lenghtwise into 6 slices
  • 1 avocado halved then each half sliced into 9 pieces
  • green onions sliced, for garnish
  • cilantro diced, for garnish
  • Freshly course ground black pepper for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place an 10 inch well seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and break into small piecesas it cooks. Once halfway cooked , add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are soft and translucent.
  • Hand whisk together eggs, green chiles and salt.
  • With the cast iron skillet over medium-low heat, pour the egg mixture on top of the chorizo then let the mixture cook for 5-10 minutes while very slowly working the eggs into the chorizo.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top and put into the oven to cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted
  • Pull from oven and add tomato slices in 6-spokes from center, return to oven for 15-25 minutes or until center has set and cheese has browned nicely
  • Garnish with sliced avocado, green onions and cilantro and freshly cracked black pepper! Serve with Theresa’s Chili Chocolate Cappuccino Muffins, a Fresh Tomato, Cilantro and Black Bean Salsa and a lime zested fruit of your choice.

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Capital at Play Arbor House of Black Mtn Bed and Breakfast Video 1 Mar 2019, 12:12 pm

Stay with us

We enjoyed our 60 seconds of fame. We hope it will bring a smile to you face. Come and stay at our home away from home. We take our queues from you on how much or how little attention you wish during your stay. Come and experience our bed and breakfast, our lovely community, Biltmore, and Asheville.

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Things to do … 1 Mar 2019, 12:00 pm

The Arbor House of Black Mountain is perfectly located.  Walkable to downtown Black Mountain with Pisgah , Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake Tomahawk views.  This rivals Biltmore and Grove Park Inn views.    We want to share the resources we use to get up to date information on our lovely town and surrounding areas.  We hope you will honor us with your stay at Arbor House of Black Mountain and provide this unique on stop shop for the best sites to help you find out “What is Going On”.

Explore Black Mountain with lots of restaurants, shops, music, and Camps 

Explore Black Mountain  Black Mountain – Events, Businesses, Relocation
Black Mountain News Black Mountain News with Dining and Tour Quick Links
Creative Mountain Food Tours Awesome Foodie, Pub Grub, and Private Tours in Black Mtn
Pisgah Brewing Brewery with Concerts and local Music – 4 miles away
Black Mountain Cider Works Uniquely locally pressed ciders and mead beside Pisgah Brewery
White Horse Black Mountain White Horse Black Mountain – lots of music in downtown Black Mtn
Montreat Hiking  Montreat with Hiking Trails – 5 minutes away
Swannanoa Valley Museum Hiking Programs and History Center in downtown Black Mtn
Black Mountain Arts  Gallery, Theatre, Clay, Classes, Concerts in downtown Black Mtn
Ridgecrest Camps Summer Camp for Boys, Summer Camp for Girls, and Camp for Families
Ridgecrest Conference Center Spiritual Retreat Center
Camp Rockmont Christian Camp for Boys at Lake Eden
Camp Merri-Mac  Christian Camp for Girls in Montreat – 5 mins away
Lake Eden Arts Festival Connecting Cultures and Generating Unity – 4 miles away

Expand Further out from Black Mountain 

Blue Ridge Parkway Interactive Road Closure Map – great resource
Mountain Express Asheville NC  Weekly Newspaper of WNC – Western North Carolina
Explore Asheville  Explore Asheville Event Calendar
Warren Wilson College  Top US Work Study Liberal Arts College
North Carolina Waterfalls Catawba Waterfalls and Linville Falls are the closest to B&B
North Carolina Wildlife Fishing, Boating, and Conserving – Guides in Black Mtn
Lake James State Park  Swimming and Fishing

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32nd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 15 – 17, 2018 6 Feb 2019, 6:51 pm

For the past 30+ years, Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, including new collectors, veterans, curators, craftspersons, authors, builders, architects, designers, editors, and bungalow owners, have traveled to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville for the annual Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show in February. The three-day conference is usually a sellout, with 1,500 attendees and more than 2,000 tickets sold for the antiques and contemporary crafts show. And winter is a great time to visit Asheville.

Education of the Arts and Crafts collector has been the goal of the annual gathering since the beginning. The event is unique for its full range of offerings for the passionate collector and those interested in the Arts and Crafts period. The three-day agenda includes lectures, small group discussions, special exhibitions, book exhibits, a contemporary crafts show and the finest of the antiques shows devoted to the Arts and Crafts period.

Dealers not only show their wares (both old and new) but also participate as lecturers and small group discussion leaders, generously sharing their knowledge with attendees, who range from entry level to mature collectors.

Reserve your tickets and room reservations early. Grove Park and most of the nearby bed and breakfast inns sell-out.

There are three choices for tickets. For those who want the complete Arts and Crafts experience, including a room at the Grove Park Inn and entry to all of the seminars, tours and discussion groups, the Grove Park Inn (800-438-5800) has an Arts & Crafts Weekend Package. 

Those who plan to stay elsewhere, but want to enjoy three days of seminars, demonstrations, tours and discussions, as well as entry to the shows each afternoon, can purchase just the three-day Seminar Package ($150) through Bruce Johnson’s office (828-628-1915). Those who only want to shop the booths of 125 exhibitors selling furniture, pottery, metalware, jewelry, artwork, lighting and textiles each afternoon can buy a ticket good for all three days for $10 at the door.

See the agenda & more info on the event website.

The three selling shows will be open on Friday from 1-6 PM; Saturday from noon until 6 PM; and Sunday from 11 AM until 4 PM.

Home Tours
Each year, since the beginning of the Arts & Crafts Conference, the Asheville-Buncombe County Preservation Society has organized a three-hour afternoon bus tour that has included stops and interior viewing of up to four homes of interest to Arts & Crafts attendees. Docents accompany each tour, both on the bus and inside each home, giving a brief history of Asheville and the homes on the tour. $35/person

Walking Tours
After meeting you at the north fireplace in the Great Hall, Sue will take you on an informative journey through the Grove Park Inn and back in time. You’ll discover why the elevators are hidden inside the fireplaces, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived for two years – and nearly died. You’ll climb up to the Palm Court – the hotel’s hidden lobby – and learn about their ingenuous ventilation system and see how the original Arts & Crafts stencils were uncovered and restored. Also tour nearby Biltmore Industries, begun in 1901 as a woodcarving class for the sons of Biltmore Estate workers and grew to include the weaving of homespun cloth on oak looms, carving bowls and bookends and building handmade furniture.

Read about other Asheville area art shows and events.

History of Grove Park’s Arts and Crafts Conference

Founded in 1988 by author, collector and former high school English teacher, Bruce Johnson, the Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show has been recognized for more than two decades for its dedication to the education of the Arts & Crafts collector. Each February Johnson brings to the Grove Park Inn the foremost authorities, authors, dealers, publishers, speakers and craftspersons from across the country – all assembled each year in one historic hotel for one historic weekend. New collectors learn more here in one weekend than they can in an entire year anywhere else. And experienced collectors keep coming back to renew treasured friendships and to increase their knowlege and appreciation for the Arts & crafts movement.

Recognized for its emphasis on the education of the collector, this conference has set the standard by which other Arts & Crafts events are measured, providing collectors with the opportunity to see more, learn more and do more in three days than most of us could in an entire year. The seven seminar presenters arrive knowing that they will be speaking to one of the most demanding – and appreciative – audiences they will ever face. The leaders of the numerous Small Group Discussions are so enthused about their subject that they often volunteer months in advance.

And this is not ‘just another show’ for the 125 antiques dealers and craftsfirms. Most of the exhibitors spend months assembling their inventory for this show, for with a limited amount of booth space, they know they have to bring exactly what you are looking for – and at a price you can afford. Regardless whether you are looking for new or old, this is a buying show.

The Books, Magazines and More Show continues to grow in popularity. Here is your opportunity to get autographed copies of new Arts & Crafts books, find out-of-print reference books or one signed by the prolific Elbert Hubbard himself.

When The Grove Park Inn opened in 1913, it was hailed as “the finest resort hotel in the world.” Illuminated with hundreds of Roycroft lighting fixtures and furnished with Roycroft chairs, tables, sideboards and servers, the Grove Park Inn was – and still is – a mecca for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts. The 142 original rooms in the Main Inn have been carefully restored to retain their Arts & Crafts flavor, as well as most of their original Arts & Crafts furnishings.

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Olympics at the Tyron Equestrian Center 24 Mar 2018, 4:23 pm

See beautiful horses and have an unique experience. There is nothing like this in the Eastern United States. It is only one hour away from Arbor House of Black Mountain. You can spend your second day in Asheville or at the Biltmore or just enjoy the lake and mountain views from our Bed and Breakfast.

The FEI World Equestrian Game 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) from 10 to 23 September 2018. Testing for the equestrian game happens in April. This is the Olympics of Horsemanship. It’s a spectacular venue and with eight disciplines. The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo in Mill Spring, North Carolina showcasing some of the top riders in the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Event disciplines. It is situated on a 1,600 acre site at the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The venue has 1,200 permanent stables, 12 arenas including a floodlit international arena with a potential spectator seating capacity of up to 12,000 and VIP seating for up to 1,500, a covered arena with 5,000 seats, and has a world-class cross country course that will be used for both Eventing and Driving. The venue is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for Endurance.

The FEI World Equestrian Games,  held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight World Championships at one event.  The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule.

Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts hunter/jumper horse shows in the spring, summer and fall. TIEC also hosts dressage horse shows as well as eventing horse shows. For specific show dates, please click here for the list of upcoming events. If you’ve never been to a horse show before, go to their Horse Show 101 page to learn about the competions.

Admission to all of our horse shows and events is free and no tickets are required. We hope you’ll bring the whole family or a car full of friends! Our special Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix show jumping events are also free – carousel rides, music and live entertainment included! For more information on Saturday Night Lights,click here.
TIEC is located conveniently off of exit 170 on US Highway 74, at 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC 28756.

Saturday Night Lights is a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping at Tryon International Equestrian Center on select Saturday evenings throughout the year. Bring the whole family: admission, parking and carousel rides are all free!

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Leaf Festival 6 Feb 2018, 5:54 am

The LEAF Festival is an inter-generational celebration of world culture that uses music, arts, and creativity to champion artistic expression, instill cultural competency, and build a diverse & welcoming community.  It is set amoung the Blue Ridge mountains, just below Mt. Mitchell and near Black Mountain, the LEAF Festival Black Mountain NC scenic lake setting is just four miles from Black Mountain.   Experience spontaneous and great music from many corners of the globe. A dizzying array of traditions unite to present a diverse range of cultures: African, Latin, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass and more. Discover new music and enjoy LEAF traditions during three days with four stages, jam tent, healing arts, poetry and African drum circle. Many of the 12,000 attendees camp for the weekend, creating a community of longtime friends. Day tickets run about $56/person. Weekend tickets including tent camping run about $184/person. Tickets are limited. Save by buying well in advance.

Arbor House of Black Mountain is only 3 minutes away from the Owen Middle School Parking.  Have fun at the event and a wonderful comfortable place to stay to relax and sleep.

Spring LEAF Festival – May 9-12, 2019
LEAF Downtown – August 2-3, 2019
Fall LEAF Festival – October 17-20, 2019

Leaf Downtown is in Asheville and is an international music festival at Pack Square Park downtown with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday until 10 PM. Free

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