Asheville Small Plate Crawl February 25-27, 2014

At the Applewood Manor, we are known as a foodie location and indeed that is an adjective that is well deserved with all our fantastic restaurants!  This up coming mid week, Tuesday thru Thursday, February 25-27, 2014 we will have another Small Plate Crawl.

All you need to do is go to the website and print out a AIRpass for each person in your party.  You bring that with you to have each participating restaurant mark that you ate there, leave this AIRpass at the last restaurant you visit and there will be a drawing for a prizes.  This website also allows you to check out the menus for the small plate crawl.  Not all entrees at each restaurant are part of the crawl.

The cost of the small plates will range from $3 to $8 each, some will be paired with Biltmore Estate

The participating restaurants are: downtown: The Lobster Trap, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Thirsty Monk, Jerusalem Garden, Posana Cafe, Chestnut, Zambra, Creperie Bouchon, Strada Italiano, Isa’s Bistro, Santw Wine Bar, French Broad Chocolates, Market Place Restaurant, Chai Pani (Meherwan Irani, chef at Chai Pani, is up for a possible James Beard Award this year along with Katie Button from Curate), Carmel’s Kitchen, King James Public House, Wicked Weed Brewing and Vincenzo’s Ristorante.  The Rivers Arts District has Blue Kudzu Sake.  Biltmore Village has the Red Stag Grill.  West Asheville has the Sunny Point Cafe.  South Asheville has 32*ICE BAR & Lounge and Pompodoro’s Cafe South.  If you go to any of the restaurants outside of downtown your entry for the prizes double for those restaurants. You also have to go to at least 5 restaurants to be eligible for the drawings.wines.  This cost does not include the tipping of the waiters that take care of you (they will be working very hard as they always do and deserve your tip).  I suggest you use cash only as this will speed up the time spent at each place.

It is is great way to have fun and get a taste of each restaurant.  Don’t worry you will not have to share plates, remember they are small plates!




27th Arts & Crafts Conference Show in Asheville, NC

2014 Grove Park Inn Arts&Crafts exampleThere is fantastic Arts & Crafts show this coming weekend, February 21 thru February 23, 2014 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  There will be 130 exhibitors on antiques ranging from the 1895-1939 and new art/crafts for sale.

For those interested in attending the seminars call 828-628-1915, Mr. Bruce Johnson is Director of the Conference.  A seminar package can be purchased for $150 for the entire 3 day conference besides viewing the booths without staying at the Grove Park Inn.  Those that just want to shop the booths and merchandise for sale you can purchase a ticket at the door for $10 each (students $5 and children under 14 free),  parking is free! This door ticket would be good for all 3 days afternoon entry to the display booths.

These booths are open on Friday, February 21, 1-6PM; Saturday February 22, 12-6PM and Sunday, February 23, 11-4PM.  The artists will be selling everything from textiles, jewelry, pottery, furniture, frames, rugs, lighting and so on.  This can be an education for old and new collectors as well as quality shopping for new crafts and art.  You can also go the a website www, for more information.


If you are looking for a weekend getaway and need a cozy Inn to stay and then come and stay with us! Applewood Manor Inn B&B has been awarded the honor of being designated as one of the Traveler’s Choice 2014 Top 25 B&B and Inns in the whole United States by TripAdvisor. You can go to


Lila & Maggie

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We have two Australian Silky Terrier mascots for Applewood Manor.   They are named Miss Maggie and Miss Lila.  Two totally different personalities, but mischievous little devils at heart!  Maggie (on left of above photo) is spoiled and a bit of a snob.  She will come when you call but she may get within inches of you and suddenly do an about-face!  She does not walk she SWISHES.  At nine years of age, she is now the alpha of our little pack.  She has taught Miss Lila every bad habit that a dog could think of, from barking to looking totally pitiful.  I swear she practices sad needy faces when we are not looking.  She also has an ability to scent other dogs before they even get out of the car for our pet friendly Cortland Cottage.  She has been part of our family since she was 12 weeks old, and though the runt of her litter, she is truly a beauty to look at.  Beauty or not, she ate our leather sofa, which is now reupholstered in NEW leather, and sits in the Winesap Suite on the third floor.  She also has consumed more than a few pairs of Larry’s shoes, during her puppy years along with a hearing aide or two!IMG_5400

Miss Lila (on left of above photo) has been with us for only a year and a half.  She is our approximately 7 year old Amish Puppy Mill Rescue Silky from Georgia.  She lived in a cage for those 7 years, made to have puppies (to sell to pet stores), has a tattoo in her left ear, had her babies taken from her and is missing 21 of her 42 teeth, all in the front!  She is petrified of most men; dare to ruffle her ears or move too fast, she yelps like you have killed her!  She is a sweet curious. faithful, loving little dog who was traumatized for most of her life.  To have endured that terrible living condition, I think she is remarkable!  Maggie adores her and Lila forces Maggie to be the alpha dog.  Lila will not go out without Maggie leading the way.  She is a bit of a Couch Spud being not large enough to be called a Couch Potato.  She hates getting up in the morning, so after treats or her breakfast she can be found under my computer, on a king pillow in the pantry, napping.  She has figured out that when breakfast dishes are removed she might pick up a morsel or two.  She is my constant shadow but until more time passes, we try to restrict her roaming the common area to keep her from being too frightened.  She has found her permanent home, we just need to make sure she knows she is loved and protected.  Everyone of our guests are so kind and understanding of her past, and allow her to approach them on her own accord.  She has been known to snuggle next to guests on the leather sofa in the living room during social hour, but she has to decide if she wants to.