June 6, 2014
Upon first entering The Bywater, you might mistake it for your average bar; however, step out back, and you’ll discover over an acre of sprawling land right next to the French Broad River. Locals often bring along their “best friends” (The Bywater is doggie-friendly) and simple, organic fare to prepare on the Bywater’s plentiful outdoor grills.
So, kick back with some of the best brew that Asheville has to offer and wave to passing kayakers and “tubers” along the river, as you take in a live band (often playing at The Bywater – check their calendar) and a slice of the laid-back locals’ scene. Disclaimer: This experience may lead to sleeping in, wearing flowers in your hair and trading in your former ambitions for a pair of birkenstocks!… lol.
June 2, 2014
I must be the luckiest innkeeper in the world! Right now, as our fresh breakfast breads are baking, I’m listening to live opera wafting from the kitchen and melding with the rich hints of cinnamon and chocolate goodness escaping from the oven.
You see, one of my staff members, Mr. Dwight Chiles just also happens to be quite an accomplished vocalist and thespian. He acquired a BA in Music with a concentration in opera, from our local Brevard College. Turns out, Brevard is not only the renowned “Land of Waterfalls” (as our guests regularly confirm, after hikes through its spectacular trails), but it’s also the land of Don Giovanni and Carmen… at least, as far as Dwight is concerned.
In addition to being a member of the Asheville Lyric Opera, you can also see Dwight perform with the Montford Park Players, at their outdoor, Shakespearean amphitheater which is just blocks away from Applewood. We highly recommend booking a reservation at the Caribbean fusion restaurant Nine Mile and, then, heading over the to amphitheater for their current show.
When you visit us, feel free to ask me or Larry for tickets. Also, if you can catch him in the halls (or, better yet, in our piano parlor) Dwight gladly takes song requests!