Enchanting Water Falls in our Mountains

courthouse-fallsApplewood Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  Slammed right next to us is Transylvania County.  This county encompasses the Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park and the DuPont State Forest where The Hunger Games was filmed.  All three forests contain approximately 250 absolutely breath taking water falls.  This is the highest concentration of natural waterfalls in all of the United States, occurring due to the unique geography and climate.  That is why this area is known as the Land of the Waterfalls.

In the center of these natural wonders is the city of Brevard and Brevard College, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is just 30 miles southwest of Asheville.  It is quaint little town with many cultural aspects, great restaurants and festivals.   For seven weeks from June thru August continuously over the last 76 years, the Brevard Music Center has brought celebrated musicians and tomorrows stars together on the lush 180 acre campus for the Brevard Music Festival.  With such a close proximity to Asheville, this only ensures your theater and musical experience available.Slick-Rock-Falls-bridal-veil-falls

Back to the Waterfalls and there are 21 worth hunting without straining yourself.  They are located in  Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest , Blue Ridge Parkway, Highway 215 and Toxaway Sapphire Area.  A magnificent brochure is available: 1-800-648-4523 or at Applewood Manor Inn B&B, as well as online- www. visitwaterfalls.com.  This pamphlet gives detailed instructions on where to find each waterfall as well as a photographs to entice your interest.  Some require a strenuous 1 1/2 mile hike others are a short paved path to view the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi, the Upper Waterwater Falls.   It is small effort and the reward is breath taking beauty.





online as well as online 1-800-648-4523





My favorite time of the year in Downtown Asheville


Every year I can hardly wait for the end of June through the end of August.  Something so special occurs that makes Asheville even more unique and outstanding.  In recognition of the cultural experience the city erected a permanent stage to ensure this free attraction continues in the center of town.  I am talking about Shindig on the Green.

Every Saturday, with the exception of Belle Chere weekend (last weekend in July) or torrential rains, in the center of downtown Asheville is where the 47th season of free Blue Grass, clogging, square dancing, western North Carolina traditional music and other dance performances.  This is held out of doors, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.   There are even informal musical jam sessions all around the stage .  With our new food truck venders, there are plenty of refreshments, as well as our many spectacular restaurants just around the corner.

Shindig on the Green begins around 7pm and continues until 10pm.  You sit amongst all ages, some people on blankets, some folding chairs.  Little children will be dancing close to the stage and even teenagers are enthralled.  You used to be able to bring your dog but they have banned that now.

The blue grass is knee slapping, wholesome and happy music.  If you live here, you always see friends and neighbors. If you own a Bed and Breakfast you always see some of your guests.  This is family entertainment sharing the joys of life and a living culture that is all American and all Asheville.



Simple solution to lasting Flower Bouquets

We always like to have fresh flowers at Applewood Manor for the guest to enjoy while they are staying with us. For a year or so I was using the small packets that come with bouquets to keep the flowers from wilting too soon.  They really did not work as the flowers wilted quickly.  I also observed/smelled the bacteria growth in each vase, a sight/smell which only a Beta fish would love.  Dissatisfaction and frustration was growing, especially with at least twelve small vases to contend with.

Thanks to the internet, I spent a bit of time investigating recipes that logically could work and not just the repeat of old wives’ tales of aspirin, changing the water daily, etc.; as if I had time to change the water in all the vases in the MacIntosh, Granny Smith, Northern Spy, York Imperial, Cortland Cottage and the Winesap as well as all the vases in our dinning room!  This recipe has been simple, inexpensive and successful for the last 6 years. It is time to share the magic.

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Bacteria free long lasting flower water:

  • 3 jiggers of regular bleach (if using 1 1/2 oz jigger just use 2)
  • clear soda pop to 2 cup line
  • tap water to 4 cup line
  • stir mixture to blend

In a glass 4 cup measuring bowl mix the above ingredients.  Pour into container/vase for flowers.  Store left over flower water mixture for next arrangements in empty 2 liter soda pop bottle well marked – DO NOT DRINK .  Store at room temperature and shake before using if it has sat. Note:  Do not be concerned if the mixture does not have a fizzle.  The fizzle has nothing to do with the use of the mixture for cut flowers.

What you have is a fluid mixture with sugar to feed the flowers as well as water to keep them fresh.  The bleach kills all bacteria that would have formed off the stems and eliminating foul odors.