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Past and Present Celebrities Who Chose Asheville as Their Home

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Asheville is a small and unique city, especially the number of buildings still in use from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau centuries.   The exteriors as well as interiors are wonderful back ground for films, as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate.  But we are also unique in the number of novelists, actors and musicians who were born or raised in and around Asheville.  From the Past my favorite was Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She resided in Asheville for the last 12 years of her life.  She was beautiful, an author, ballerina, an icon of the Flapper of the 1920’s.  Unfortunately she also had mental illness which was exacerbated by her being married to F Scott Fitzgerald.  She admitted herself to Asheville’s Highland Hospital, off and on during her last years, as well as continued to write.  She died in a hospital fire here.  There is a plaque on Broadway (the next street over from us)  pointing our where she burned to death.  Other celebrities are the iconic Thomas Wolfe (author-Look Home Ward Angel- early 20th Century) the boarding house he grew up in is in downtown Asheville.  He is buried in Riverside Cemetery which is located in the Montford Historic district where we are.

Current Celebrities is our Caleb Johnson, the 2014 American Idol winner.  Andie McDowell lives in Biltmore Forest (Cedar Cove series on Hallmark channel), Warren Haynes, vocalist and songwriter for The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead- holds Christmas concerts in Asheville to giving  proceeds to charity attracting national acts and featuring local artists for the last 20 years. Gladys Knight, lives in Fairview just outside Asheville city limits, know for her music in the 60’s and 70’s called the ‘Empress of Soul’.  Steve Martin resides in Brevard, just 45 minutes away from Asheville.  Besides an accomplished comedian and actor, know around here as an accomplished musician with his Banjo. Roberta Flack singer and songwriter was born in Black Mountain just aoutside of Asheville.  Her music is legendary in Jazz, R&B, Soul and folk.  Harry Anderson just lives down the street from us on Flint.  Harry was one of my favorites on the TV show Night Court, as the judge, but is also a well known magician.

So as you walk down the street keep your eyes open.  You may bump into your favorite basketball player, actor, author or musician…or you may have dinner right next to them……..but don’t stare or interrupt…….just smile and nod with a gentle “I see you, welcome’ and respect their privacy.  We love to protect and allow any celebrity a normal life.


My Stay At Woods Hole Passage Inn

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Woods Hole


It is always an eye opening experience for an innkeeper (me) to stay at another B&B.   You never know if you will be disappointed  and I have been with some I have stayed in.  You also have to fight the urge to clear the breakfast table, forgetting to sit and let someone else wait on  you!

I was traveling with family and my 4 year old grandson, he was my travel partner and sleep mate.  It can be rather difficult to locate B&B’s that allow children.  And when you do, they are usually not as quiet and luxurious as an all adult inn.  There is always an exception and that is found at Woods Hole Passage Inn.  My grandson and I shared a room and it could not have been better!  The mattress, pillows, lighting and bathroom was just what we were hoping for.  We had a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan, my grandson then spotted a blue sparkling fish swinging above the fan!

The old house itself used to be a barn, but you could not tell.  The grounds were beautiful and very deep.  Plans are in progress for a fish pond.  One special touch were small to tiny bird houses, in all colors, mounted on treated and recycled dead tree limbs of various lengths and  interesting shapes.  Such a sweet touch and very green to not mount or hang them from all the trees.  The bird houses come from a craft class they taught to children during the summer, they also had a Fairy House class.

The owners are Martha and Julie.  They have 3 daughters (two are identical twins) who are so sweet and they have a toy box for visiting children.  Upon entering you are greeted with such friendliness you feel yourself sigh with relief, instantly starting to relax.   The grounds and the house are surrounded by tall thick bushes which mute road noise, so it was very quiet.  Breakfast was delicious and beautifully plated by Martha who is a Pastry Chef.