I have a feeling some of our guests view our life, as innkeepers, as a constant Tea Party and relaxed rested hosts who sit and talk to our wonderful guests with a huge staff. Though this is partly true (especially the part about wonderful guests but not about the huge staff). Larry in reality is also: the manor house maintenance man, grounds keeper, plumber, electrician, resident tour guide (6 generations of Larry’s family from Asheville/Buncombe County), financial genius, problem solver, funny/teasing/joking breakfast waiter, reservation master, bus boy, PC problem solver, fill-in chef, jump cable expert for dead batteries in cars, architect and construction laborer for all outside structures (decorative arches, arbors and storage buildings accepted by our Historical Society) and finally an apple tree sprayer and trimmer in his spare time. We joke about who needs more than 2 hours sleep at night?
It amazes me of how much our past experience and how we grew up effects our present and future accomplishments. In my husband’s case it has become invaluable. Larry grew up on a farm and earned a double degree in Economics and Engineering from North Carolina State University. That has been put to invaluable good use!
Applewood Manor Inn B&B went from a large private family home to become a Bed and Breakfast in 1987. There have been 3 B&B owners/innkeepers and we are the 4th in Applewood’s history. Each owner contributed to it’s transformation but it was sourly mismatched and had a large amount of differed maintenance when we bought it. It has been indeed a joy to watch the old, well structured manor house and the large wild almost jungle-like grounds nudged into a quiet, restful, relaxed and non-stuffy destination for travelers.
The arrival of summer beckons both locals and visitors to gather in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park to enjoy an old-fashioned, Appalachian “Shindig on the Green“. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, and dance under the stars to the best blue grass that the region has to offer. The party will start around sundown, at 7:00pm and it is free!
The evening will include traditional music and dance, some planned performances and some informal jams. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in the festivities. It usually ends around 10pm.
This season’s Shindig series start on Saturday, June 28 and continues for most Saturdays in the summer (July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23, & 30). The only time it does not occur is if it is pouring down rain. Check the “Shindig on the Green” homepage or www.folkheritage.org for scheduling.
Best of all, it’s a short and beautiful walk through the historic district of Montford, to get from Applewood Manor to the Shindig (about a mile takes about 25 to 30 minutes). Perhaps, stop downtown for dinner along the way! You can always ask Larry or me for restaurant ideas and reservations, if possible. In fact they are now selling food at Pack Square Park.
Want to go where the locals go, here in Asheville? Check out The Bywater, quite literally a couple of minutes away from Applewood Manor Inn.
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.
along the banks of the French Broad River