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Wildberry Lodge

135 Potato Branch Road, Leicester, North Carolina 28748
Innkeeper(s): Glenda and Ken Cahill

Beat the heat this summer! 25 Apr 2017, 6:48 am

This year in the Asheville area we had one of the mildest winters ever on record. It was cold about two times and that is only because a front came through and brought a little snow. Then without hesitation it popped right back up into the 50’s and 60’s…and even into the 70’s. Don’t get me wrong, none of us were complaining (although the plants were super confused) but it got the Wildberry crew wondering how hot this summer is going to get! I am already scurrying trying to remember the best spots to beat the heat and cool off this summer. Some of them are our tried and true go-tos while others we look forward to experiencing for the first time this year!

 

  • Swimming holes! The West coast may have their glacier fed lakes but we southerners have our swimming holes and we couldn’t love them more! One of the most fun-filled swimming holes I know of is Sliding Rock located in Brevard. It’s a waterfall/natural water slide! You climb up the stairs to the top of the 11,000 gallons of cascading water and slide down into a refreshingly cold 6 ft deep pool. It’s a one of a kind of experience!
  • Splashville! Located smack dab in the middle of downtown in front of the court house is Splashville; a place to relax and play in the synchronized water spouts. Often times on the weekends there will be a band playing in the amphitheater right in front of Splashville. Grab a drink, cool off and listen to some jams!
  • Mitchel! This iconic mountain happens to be the highest point on the eastern coast. And lucky for us it’s only an hour away. What better way to cool off than to ascend to 6,684 feet above sea level and bask in the glory of incredible 360 views of the mountains? Seriously though, even in the peak of the summer it might be wise to bring a light jacket just in case.
  • River Tubing! Want to enjoy the summer like a local? Then it’s off to the river for you! The French Broad River brings thousands of people to its banks each year to take a dip and float effortlessly on its currents. Check out Zentubing.com for a great place to start!
  • Grab a cold one! Whether it is a beer or a margarita, let that tall cold glass sweat, not you!!! Check out New Belgium Brewing for a beer. You can enjoy your brew underneath the shade of trees along the river. It’s quite nice. And head on over to the Lucky Otter for that margarita! They are the best in the land. Cheap but high quality (and strong).
  • ICE CREAM! Did summer ever exist without ice cream? Not in my lifetime, or yours, and that’s all that matters. Because a summer without ice cream is like the Wildberry Lodge without bacon or Calvin without Hobbes….it just doesn’t make sense. The Hop in my opinion has the best ice cream in the area but we also have Kilwins and the Ultimate Ice Cream Company. If you are into gelato might I suggest Chocolate Gems located in downtown off Broadway.

Bed and breakfast verses hotel 18 Apr 2017, 7:57 am

Bed and Breakfast verses hotel

There is nothing wrong with either a B&B or a hotel. It all comes down to the preference of the individual. I am, however, completely biased. I LOVE working at a bed and breakfast and am here to sing its praises. I recently stayed at a hotel and was reminded quite quickly about the differences between the two. So in case you were curious about what sets a bed and breakfast apart from a hotel, I am here to help break it down. And remember, I’m team B&B!

 

Amenities

Surveys show that travelers are extremely attracted to amenities that are included with the price of the room. I think this is one of the most practical ways in which they differ. Breakfast is included with the price of your room, always! We offer a four course gourmet breakfast and will do variations per guest’s request. A hotel may or may not offer a basic continental breakfast and it is not always free.

We also offer two libraries for you to peruse with a large assortment of books to enjoy.

At check-in time a bed and breakfast will provide a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres and snacks to help fill your belly after your long day of travel. At a hotel you can expect a vending machine and $5 bottles of Dasani.

Hotels charge $$$ for the use of mini bars. Upon arrival we treat you, free of charge, to a glass of wine. 

You get complimentary Wildberry water bottles to use when out in town or on a hike. They are BPA free and recyclable. We are committed to lessening out impact on the environment. 

Good luck finding free Wi-Fi at hotels. It’s rare but happens to be a mainstay at a bed and breakfast.

Parking is always free at a B&B but is often costly when trying to park at a hotel.

And I think the best amenity of all is the COFFEE! A bed and breakfast will serve you good quality coffee throughout the day. Hotel coffee is almost guaranteed to be crap.

 

Hospitality

When you enter our bed and breakfast, you enter the Innkeepers home. They treat you like family and greet you with warmth and genuine enthusiasm. Staying at a bed and breakfast is so much more personable than staying at a hotel.

 

Environment

Bed and breakfasts are more of an organic version of the hospitality industry. No two B&B rooms are the same which is in stark contrast to the cookie cutter rooms of hotels. I love the homely atmosphere as opposed the more corporate environment of hotels. Chains just lack those personal touches and attention to detail that I have grown to appreciate so much!

An added touch is the cozy fire-pit we set up for you and provide smore-making to make it that much more special of an experience. 

 

Price

For what you get, you often pay way less. Getting more bang for your buck is a definite perk when staying at a B&B. We also have amazing packages available that drive the value home!

 

 

 

 

Edible plants to try while hiking 11 Apr 2017, 9:00 am

 

Spring is here and I am bursting with excitement that the time has come again for hiking and picnics. These two things complement each other quite nicely in my life because I wildcraft herbs pretty frequently. Wildcrafting herbs adds layers of fun to your hiking experience. It is something you can do by yourself, with friends and even your children.

So what is wildcrafting anyway? Put simply, it is gathering any plants or herbs from the wild. When I was in herb school my favourite thing to do with the class was to go on field walks and munch on our chlorophyll filled friends. We learned about the nutritional value of each plant and how to use them in our daily lives. Now whenever I go on a walk into the woods with my son, he too is pointing out all the herbs and knows which ones are good to taste and eat. It’s so much fun!

I would love to share with you some of my favourite herbs to harvest when out hiking. I chose these plants because they are easy to identify and perfectly safe to try.

 

Plantain- There is two types of plantain, broad leaf and narrow leaf. Both are equally usable. Plantain can be put into salads as it is high in vitamins A, C and is calcium rich too. Not only can you eat this plant as a green but it is also one of the most widely used plants for healing cuts and scrapes! It can help take the itch and swelling down from ant bites and bee stings.

 

Dandelion- Dandelion is one of the most cherished plants by herbalists and simultaneously viewed as a nuisance of a weed by most suburban Americans. Dandelion leaf is a powerhouse of nutrients! It contains 535% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K which is arguable the most important nutrient known for building bone density. They are high in fiber and contain vitamins A, C, B6 and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. You can eat this raw in a wild salad or you can take some home and steam it into a veggie stir fry or add it to a soup! I like to pluck the flower heads and make teas with them and pull the flowers off and sprinkle them onto my salad too. It’s good for you and looks pretty too!

 

Lemon balm- This is a plant that I find growing all over the place. You’ll know it is lemonbalm because it will look similar to a mint but smell strongly of refreshing lemons! Lemon balm is known for its soothing effect on our nerves. It can help you to de-stress when made into a fresh tea. When I find it out when hiking I like to pile a bunch into my water bottle and let it infuse. It tastes AMAZING. Lemon also happens to be anti-viral and can be used on cold sores.

 

Chickweed- I love this plant. It is so beautiful and luscious looking. Of course, it’s nutritious too! Chickweed is another wonderfully mineral rich plant that you can add to salads and stir-frys. Chickweed has good amounts of selenium, silica, manganese and calcium. I also like to use this in conjunction with plantain if I have a bug bite of any kind, especially when accompanied by itching.

 

Yarrow- Yarrow is a powerful yet gentle herb. Powerful enough to stop bleeding in deep wounds and gentle enough to give to children in times of a fever. In fact, this plants latin binomial is achillia milifolium. It got its name Achillia because the Greeks recognized the importance of this herbs are a potent wound healer. It was said that Achilles used this herb on the battlefield so the Greeks took seeds of yarrow to each battlefield ground and planted the seeds to ensure that they had plenty of yarrow to treat their wounds. This plant is a must have in first aid kits and would be the first plant I would turn to if my loved ones or I suffered a deep cut or laceration. You literally pack the herb into the wound. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and will help stop bleeding.

 

Pine- Pine trees are everywhere around here and one of the best known nutritional benefits of the pinus genus is how high in Vitamin C they are. Vitamin C is water soluble so it’s best to make a traditional tea or sun tea out of it. They are also fun to just munch on!

 

Please be sure to identify these plants properly. Grab a good field guide and cross reference. Although I picked plants here that do not have risky look alikes it is still important to always know exactly what you are picking. Once you branch out I promise it’s worth it! I try to encourage all I can to get to know our locals plants and see what useful additions they can make in our lives. It helps to connect us to our environment and recognize its inherent worth.

Guidelines for hiking 4 Apr 2017, 7:04 am

We have visitors come from all over the world to experience hiking in the southern Appalachia. This is to be expected since we have some of the most serene and monumental views on the entire east coast.  Some travelers are experienced hikers while others have never hiked a day in their life. Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend who fell into the latter category. He was slightly afraid to try hiking for no other reason than he had not done it before and wasn’t sure what to expect.

It got me thinking about how many other people out there prevent themselves from experiencing the pure joy of hiking solely based on a fear of the unknown. Hiking is not going to be like walking into a scene from ‘Into the Wild’ nor will it take a page out of ‘The Hills Have Eyes’.

I have outlined some dos and don’ts and general guidelines to follow for our beginner hikers.  These simple suggestions will make sure you get the most out of your hike and stay safe in the process.

 

  • Choose a hike best suited to your physical ability and comfort level.
  • Always check the weather in advance before you leave. This is a must! If there is any chance of thunderstorms I’d take a rain check. You never want to be caught up a mountain during a lightning storm.
  • Wear proper hiking shoes and boots. Ankles can twist easily if walking on rocks or uneven landscape. Protect your feet at all times!
  • Do not over pack. You would be surprised at how heavy a mere extra 5 pounds can feel.
  • Taking a basic first aid with you is a good idea, just in case. When I am hiking in the summer months the one thing I always bring are tweezers just in case I get a tick on me.
  • If you have any intentions of leaving a well-marked trail it is crucial that you have a map of the area just in case you get lost. GPS on your phones may not work wherever you decide to hike.
  • Please remember to stay hydrated! Due to many of our hikes being in higher elevations the air is much dryer. Bring that water!

 

 

Something that most of us hikers like to practice is something dubbed “low impact hiking”. Many of our lands here are protected and we like to ensure that they are respected when we visit. These mountains, woodlands and valleys are home to so many creatures and we have no right to go into someone else’s home, uninvited, and make a mess of things. The popular saying “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” rings true here. This means no littering, messing with wildlife or disturbing the land. Please refrain from starting fires unless in a designated fire ring at a known camp ground. Also, refrain from starting a fire during a dry spell.

 

But most importantly…..HAVE FUN!

 

 

 

Berry picking season is near! 28 Mar 2017, 9:29 am

 

 

Hand picking some of nature’s candy is one of the greatest simple pleasures in my life. When I am loading up buckets full of berries while enjoying the sunshine and birdsongs, somehow market berries in the grocery store just don’t do it for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of continuing to buy blueberries way outside of their season but they really do lose their luster.

Picking my own fruits while spending time in nature builds a special kind of relationship with my food that I would otherwise be lacking. I get to know the farmers and gardeners that put their heart and sweat into making the experience possible. I hear their story and the lands story. I learn about the unique little niche they have created along with the triumphs and struggles of keeping a fruiting ecosystem happy and healthy. It’s awesome.

The Edible Garden in Asheville is a place I love to go to for some snacks! They have an assortment of apple trees, pear trees and persimmons too. I met a man while I was there once. He was with his little girl gathering persimmons to bring home and make pie with. He shared some of their fruit with me as well as a story.

He told me about how the Cherokee used to gather buckets and buckets of unripe persimmons and smash them to make a sort of slushy out of them. Then they would go to the river where fish were swimming and dump the unripe persimmon slushy into the water. It would temporarily shock the fish and cause them to float up to the surface where the Cherokee would quickly grab them.  Yet another reason to get out into nature to gather your food! Sometimes you meet interesting people with interesting stories to tell.

Other than the Edible Gardens, we have designated U-pick farms all over the place. With spring nearly in full swing, I’ve got the scoop on some of the best places for a memorable U-pick experience. Here are three of my top picks.

 

Flying Cloud Farm- This family owned farm offers a self-service U-pick stand on their farm. Not only can you pick from fresh organically grown squashes and berries such as blackberries, blueberries and strawberries but they also offer U-pick flowers. Buckets range in price from $5 to $25 and you get to fill the buckets with flowers of your choice. You even get to cut them. It’s a wonderful concept and optimizes that southern charm we all love so much.

1860 Charlotte Hwy. Fairview, NC. (828)768-3348

 

Dogwood Hill Farm- This gorgeous 10 acre farm is located in quant Weaverville. Here you have your pick of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, concord grapes, cherries as well as an impressive selection of heirloom apples.

369 Ox Creek Rd. Weaverville, NC.  (828)645-6286   dogwoodhillsfruit@gmail.com

 

Hickory Nut Gap Farm- By far one of the most well-known farms in the WNC area; Hickory Nut Gap offers blackberries, black raspberries and red raspberries starting in June. By Autumn they have a U-pick pumpkin patch.

57 Sugar Hollow Rd. Fairview, NC.   (828) 628-1027  hickorynutgapfarms.com

 

The Taco Temple in Asheville! 21 Mar 2017, 9:40 am

 

soft taco

 

In the mythos of the Mayans and Aztecs, they believe that maize is sacred and woven into the very fabric of our creation. After tasting the goods at the Taco Temple it seems only fitting that they would bestow themselves that name. I for one, worship their tacos. And just like in the Mesoamerican cultures, it all starts with the corn.

I am extremely impressed with the corn tortillas served at the Taco Temple. They are made fresh and from scratch every day with house ground corn sourced from small farms in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are surprisingly thick and moist and effortlessly hold the weight of the generous fillings that go into your taco.

I usually get the baja and loreto tacos. The baja is fried pacific cod with cabbage and baja sauce. The loreto has tangerine-pasilla chile shrimp and let me tell you now that the shrimp are cooked to absolute perfection. They are juicy and incredibly tender and they do not short you any. I have also tried the borracha and al pastor tacos, both perfectly spiced.two soft tacos

 

I appreciate many things about this place. Namely, their ethics when it comes to how they approach food. They have no microwave and no freezer which ensures us, their patrons, that we are being served the freshest possible ingredients on the daily. I have some knowledge of the inner workings of running a kitchen and having no freezer or microwave cannot be easy! So my hat is off to them for pulling it off.

The Taco Temple may get their food out to you fast but they definitely seem to be a part of the slow food movement. The take the time to slow roast the pork on a spit and slow cook the chickens in a rotisserie all day, making a delectably tender and flavorful meat for your tacos and/or tortas (basically a Mexican sandwich).

 

Mview of dining areay only complaint about my experiences here are the margaritas. They are very good, very pricey and very small. Bummer. They do make up for it with their fun drink menu though. Hibiscus lemonade, horchata, Mexican coke and sangria are all available. This is the first place I have gone to for Mexican food where they offered horchata which is impressive enough for me!

 

If you find yourself hungry in Asheville and got a hankering for some vitamin T, then head out to the Taco Temple! They are located at 132 Charlotte St, Asheville NC.

taco temple building

 

Hours

Monday-Thursday 11-9

Friday and Saturday 11-10

Sunday- Closed

 

10 FREE things to do in Asheville 14 Mar 2017, 8:21 am

 

 

If you are anything like me, you like to have fun but you like to watch your wallet even more. Luckily I live in an area that provides lots of activities that appeal to a wide range of interests that don’t cost a thing. Sometimes the best things in life really are free. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look!

 

  • The Montford Park Players are an outdoor theater troupe that act out Shakespearean plays at the Hazel Robinson amphitheater. They perform every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) starting in June and ending in September. It’s a must see!
  • The River Arts District is an outstanding place to stroll through to fill that artsy nook in your heart. I enjoy getting a drink and walking around watching the potters throw the wheel and the glass blowers inflate molten glass into beautifully intricate designs.
  • The Asheville Urban Trail is a 1.7 mile long trail that weaves its way through the city showcasing some of the amazing architecture as well as events and people that are unique to the area. There are 30 stations and each is marked with a piece of art and a bronze plaque that tell the story of the cultural point of interest.
  • Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is located in West Asheville and is probably the best music venue in Asheville right now. On Tuesdays they offer free concerts and host bluegrass musicians!
  • Throughout the summer we host a variety of festivals that don’t cost a penny to attend such as Shindig on the Green and Downtown After 5.
  • For the longest time I thought you had to pay to take tours of all our local breweries. I was very happy to be proven wrong! Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Highland Brewery all offer brew tours of the facilities free of charge. You also get to sip and sample as you go. Win-win!
  • The Botanical Gardens of Asheville is place that makes you feel completely tucked away from the city and hugged by flowers. You can enjoy the creek that runs through the gardens as well as some peaceful picnicking and napping areas. Definitely a place to unwind and relax. The gift shop is a great place to get some souvenirs too.
  • Of course, hiking! There are countless of incredible hikes that appeal to all preferences. Whether you want waterfalls or swimming holes, you can find it here. Easy hikes, difficult hikes, scary hikes, meadow hikes, pasture hikes, flora hikes, fauna hikes, high elevation or lower elevation hikes. Hikes, hikes, HIKES! (Tapping into my inner Dr. Seuss)
  • Art galleries! We have hundreds of them! The highest concentration of galleries is located downtown with over 30 of them to browse. Most of the galleries are open during daytime hours but a lot of them will close on Sundays.
  • I can’t possibly talk about free things to do in Asheville without mentioning the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s the piece de resistance of our area! You can joy ride for hours upon hours and the views never get old. Some of my favourite memories of living here is stopping at the various drive ins and just taking in the majestic views of the mountains and trying to burn the images into my mind

Smoked gouda and broccoli egg casserole recipe 7 Mar 2017, 8:31 am

Smoked Gouda and broccoli egg casserole

 

Glenda makes this mouth-watering egg soufflé every Saturday at the lodge. It is unparalleled in texture and flavor and pretty much the only reason why I work there. I come for the food. I mean, don’t we all?

I have wanted to make her recipe at home for quite some time now but chicken out every time. What if I mess up? What if it does not live up to the soft, creamy and savory wonderfulness that is Glenda’s magical egg soufflé?!?!?

Once I remedied myself with the fact that it is indeed Glenda’s magical egg soufflé, which comes with cozy Saturday memories of eating with the crazy wildberry crew; accompanied with laughs, stories and love…I realized that I didn’t even want to try. That delicious dish is already spoken for.

I did, however, go into a casserole making frenzy at my house trying out different ideas in hopes to create something separate but just as amazing. Thus was born my Smoked Gouda and Broccoli Egg Casserole. If casserole worship is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Ever.

This is a rich and filling casserole while having the added plus of being a healthy and guilt-free breakfast with all the veggies I load in. Oh, it’s also gluten-free!

 

What you’ll need:

10 eggs

One head of broccoli, sliced thin

Half a pound of dutch smoked gouda (basic smoked gouda works just fine but if you can find the dutch stuff, use it! It is very creamy!)

1 medium to large zucchini, coarsely chopped

Half an onion, coarsely chopped

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 tsp granulated garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Pie dish (or any baking dish that is roughly the size of a pie dish)

 

Directions:

Whisk eggs in medium sized mixing bowl. Grate the gouda and then add to the whisked eggs. Add paprika and garlic and set aside.

Start sauteing onion with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil (any fat will do, your choice) until the onion starts to brown. Add in the zucchini and broccoli and cook until it’s tender but still slightly firm. Salt and pepper your veggies to taste after they are cooked.

Add the veggies to the eggs mixture and stir around. Add into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

I say “about” because it seems like egg dishes have a mind of their own. One day it’s done in 30, and the next day it’s done in 45. So just keep an eye on it. This dish is pretty hard to mess up! And the best part about this way of cooking is how easy it is to be creative with it. Depending on what I have in my fridge at the time, sometimes I do spinach and shitake mushroom instead. Or sun dried tomatoes with diced ham. As long as you use the base of eggs with the smoked gouda, the rest is entirely your playground to experiment with!

Fun historical facts about Leicester and our foothills 28 Feb 2017, 9:03 am

Lately I have been spending time unearthing some of the little historical jewels of Leicester, NC and our surrounding foothills. Although keeping up with present day localities is a must for anyone interested in having a firm grasp on what our city and small-town neighbors represent; knowing where we came from and how we got here is critical for appreciation and a deeper understanding of what our culture is all about.

Ethnically speaking, WNC had three major contributing groups that built the foundational aspects of our area. They were the Native Americans, Africans and Europeans. These diverse groups of people weaved a beautiful mosaic of heritage that we still see thriving today.

ulster scots in north carolina

There was, however, one particular group of people that arrived which had left the most notable of impressions and that was the Scotch-Irish settlers.  They hailed from the Ulster region in Ireland and are also referred to as Ulster-Scots. They helped shape many of the quintessential small mountain town living that we still prosper today such as crafts, music, story-telling and their methods for agriculture.

Leicester’s (pronounced Les-ter) history seems to truly blossom once the founder staked his claim to usher in a new era; oneof traditional living with a touch of modernity (while the Ulster-Scots kept to themselves in the mountain valleys in attempts to preserve their own unique heritage).

The founders name was Leicester Chapman. His father was Robert Chapman and he was Captain under the Earl of Leicester known as Thomas Coke. Robert Chapman greatly admired Thomas Coke and the role he embodied as Earl of Leicester which is why he named his son in honor of that title and as well giving Thomas Coke the title of Godfather.

Leicester Chapman moved here when our town was called “Turkey Creek”. We still have many street names with Turkey Creek in the titles that give recognition to our towns past. Leicester Chapman was post master of Turkey Creek from March 1st, 1852 to October 30th, 1856. Records show that it was in 1859 that Turkey Creek was renamed to “Leicester”.

leicester new clip

The folks in Asheville objected to thename change and thought that Leicester sounded way too highfalutin for their tastes. They mocked the named calling people that lived in Leicester “lick skillets” but eventually settled on a deviation in the pronunciation of Leicester to which they pronounced “Lee-ces-ter”.

Interestingly enough, this deviation stuck. Most people today in Asheville still refer to our township as “Lee-ces-ter”.  Ashevillians seems to be 100% certain of this no matter how many times I try to correct them (“your name is Mudd”, anyone?).

I almost prefer “lick skillet” at this point…

Upon researching the history of Leicester I happened to un-root a fun little historical nugget! We are tied to Leonardo Da Vinci, artist, inventor, scientist and one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Bear with me, because it’s more of a tie to a tie.

The Codex of Leicester is a 500 year old notebook, 72 pages long, written by Leonardo Da Vinci. It also contains 18 sheets of folded paper written in his famed “mirror writing”. It was bought in 1719 by the Earl of Leicester. The manuscript at the time did not have a name thus it was namcodex of leicestered after the Earl of Leicester. And we have ties to the Earl of Leicester, now don’t we? Which obviously means we have ties to Leonardo Da Vinci. I’m pretty sure that makes us famous. Woohoo kids! We’re on the map!

The Codex of Leicester is the only work of Leonardo Da Vinci’s that is in North America, which makes it a pretty big deal. It was sold to Bill Gates in 1994 for the bargain price of $30,802,500. Of Da Vinci’s 30 published journals, the Codex of Leicester is arguably the most famous of them all.

 

 

 

How to get the most out of your B&B experience 21 Feb 2017, 5:59 am

 

I realize that some people have never even entertained the idea of staying at a bed and breakfast while others are simply unsure of what to expect and are hesitant to give it a try. We want you to get the most out of your bed and breakfast experience and thoroughly enjoy it! Outlined here are the ways in which to best enjoy all that our bed and breakfast has to offer and to answer questions you may have about the over-all experience.

Breakfast

Obviously, one of the main highlights of staying at a B&B is the homemade breakfasts!  We encourage you to share with us your preferences and dislikes. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies please do let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate you. Breakfast is an integral part of the B&B experience and we want you to be 100% satisfied. You can either make a note for us to read upon booking on-line or give us a call and tell us first hand. Never be afraid or coy about communicating your needs with us. We are happy to do it!

 

Travel Plans

Take advantage of the staff’s knowledge about the locale and the connections we have made! We are quasi travel planners and have great insight on how to make the best out of your plans for the duration of your stay. We have the lay of the land and can provide you short cuts that your GPS is not cool enough to know. Capitalize on our personalized travel advice for the best picnic spots, restaurants, swimming holes or hiking adventures! You can also utilize our blog and surf through many of the hikes and things-to-do in the Asheville area.

 

Accommodations

We love a good celebration at the Wildberry. If there is anything we can do to help you in your plans for a special anniversary, birthday or even planning a wedding please do let us know! We offer a variety of packages all of which we want to tailor to you. Get creative with us! Whatever we can do to help you create lasting and beautiful memories is worth the time and effort! We love what we do. Just make sure to let us know well in advance so we can make sure everything is just perfect for your arrival.

 

Flexibility and Freedom

There are some people who like the idea of a bed and breakfast but not necessarily the socializing aspect of it all. I am here to tell you that you are NEVER required to socialize. We are flexible and understand that not everyone wants the same thing. If you come to us in need of solitude and quietude that is perfectly fine with us if that is what you want. You do not need to mingle. You do not need to eat breakfast if you do not want to. If you want breakfast but do not want to eat with others we have no qualms setting that up for you. Remember, this is YOUR vacation. No breakfast? Great! Want to stay in your room the entire time and read a good book? Great! Want to sleep until noon? Great! And wow, I’m seriously jealous!

We thrive on communication here at the Wildberry. We want to meet your expectations and create a tailored-to-you vacation in every way we can.