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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.


Farm Burger on Patton Avenue


Love going to restaurants I have not tried!  This time it was Farm Burger on 10 Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville.  It has out door seating with bright red tables as well as indoor seating.  It is dog friendly if you sit outside. We went with another couple for lunch.  It was so much fun people and traffic watching, slowly going by. It was never a dull moment while waiting for your food.

Basically you read the menu off a chalk board or the menus in slots on the way to order, similar to Jason’s Deli or Mamacitas restaurant.  They do offer salads, a small children’s selection, Milkshakes and floats, beer wine, all local drafts, snacks, then your burgers, which you have free items to add to your burger, then $1 or $2 each side or burger additions, as well as sweet potato and hand cut fries and batter dipped onion rings.  They have in house *BlackBoard Burgers* that include vegan burger, pork chicken and goat cheese burgers.

Their burgers are grass fed, antibiotic free & hormone free, locally raised and ground fresh.  They do ask how you would like your cooked.  Their menu is seasonal and source is from North Carolina farms.

I ordered a *blackBoard Burger*  No. 1 which came with aged Vermont white cheddar and caramelized onions the for free I added sliced tomato, iceberg lettuce and Duke’s Mayo.  Then I orderd rings and fries with smoked paprika mayo, unfortunately I had to share!  It was absolutely delicious. They do have lunch menu where fries and drink are included.   You can go to their web site to view their menu and for more information.  It is worth a try if you just feel like a burger.