Month: July 2014

Wine & Cheese, Anyone?

Cheese hour at Applewood Manor in Asheville NC

We have a motto, here, at Applewood:  “There’s absolutely nothing that wine & chocolate can’t solve!”  That must be why both our commons room and music room boast crystal jars of yummy, cocoa delights.  Go ahead… grab a handful!

In addition to your 3-course breakfast, we offer a wine & cheese hour (and a non-lactose snack of Salsa & chips or Hummus & Pita chips) from 5:00 to 6:00pm daily.  This is one of my favorite times, as I’ve usually finished most of my day’s tasks (like baking fresh bread for the morning) and am waiting for those new guests to check-in.  It is so rewarding to listen to the lively banter from our visitors enjoying a glass of red or white wine.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, to hear about their respective cultures and adventures, and this encourages others to meet those staying with us.

Wine and cheese hour is also the perfect time to unwind, before dinner.  Guests often spend the time catching up with friends from breakfast and perusing our Applewood Restaurant Guide – a binder filled, quite literally, with almost every menu available in Asheville!  This guide can acquaint you with Asheville’s diverse culinary landscape, and Larry and I can help you to make reservations at any local eateries you may wish to explore.  Don’t worry if you are not a wine person, you can always BYOB, we always have soft drinks sitting out, I can make Lemonade or if it is the right time of the year, local cider.




A Harley, My Husband’s Midlife Crisis Answer

Grandson filling in for Larry at Applewood manor in Asheville NC

Grandson filling in for Larry

I was a bit leery of my husband, when he decided he needed to purchase (second hand of course) a motorcycle so he could experience what Western North Carolina had to offer for recreational and avid motorcycle enthusiasts.  Since he is only 6 generations from this Asheville/Buncombe County area where he was raised and had his children, he is a walking encyclopedia on off highway and scenic routes for miles from North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina.   All day trips to relax, regroup and private time.

After research and ‘lady luck’ he found just the motorcycle he wanted. A Harley Sportster 1200 I think a 2007 or 2008.  It has a Maroon body and front fender, lots of chrome and noisy.  He has added things such as a high back support for me, new tires, louder horn, speedometer, saddle bags, and more.  Helmets, leather jackets with protective panels, gloves, Harley boots and more.  I have to admit he looks rather sexy in his riding outfits and on the motorcycle.

He is a cautious rider, and prefers the windy off main roads routes.  He especially loves to go to Hot Springs for a very short ride.  His bother-in-law rides with him and yes, the have ridden the ‘Tail of the Dragon‘ !  As long as the weather is sunny and there is nothing demanding his attention at Applewood Manor Inn, he sets out for an hour or two.  He even tries to educate our grandchildren about motorcycle safety for the future.


Shrimp on the Barbie… I mean, on the Braai

Shrimp on the Barbie







On June 21, Saturday,  Wines of South Africa “From BBQ to Braai” came to Asheville’s organic Katuah Market(from 2:00 to 5:00 pm).   Braai is the South African word for “barbeque”, doubling (as it does, in English) for both the name of the actual grill and also the amicable gathering of people around it.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) originally started the event to introduce Americans to the multi-faceted culinary traditions of South Africa, which fuse European, African and Asian influences.  This year, renowned Chef Hugo Uys (of longstanding fame in New York City, but originally from Johannesburg) will create original dishes that pay homage to both South African Braii and good ole, down home, North Carolina BBQ.  To top it off, he’ll pair each dish with a South African wine.

Perhaps, best of all, proceeds from the affair will go to benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.  Eating delicious food, drinking great wine, learning new culture and helping others, all in one afternoon?… Sign me up!