Thanksgiving Dinner at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn

The 1889 WhiteGate Inn hosted the 2nd. annual Thanksgiving dinner for guests. The entire staff and Frank & Ralph participated in shopping, preparing dishes, setting up the dining room, serving, cleaning up, and sharing the left overs. Brenda organized the event and planned the menu, assigning tasks to the group. She was responsible for cooking … Read More

“Swamped With Orchids”

Its hard to believe that another orchid show is almost here. Next Thursday I will be carrying 20 or so blooming orchids to the NC Arboretum to put in the WNC Orchid Society exhibit. I never know what I will have blooming from year to year but there are always a lot of orchids blooming. … Read More

PAII Convention in Austin, Texas

Frank And Ralph are heading to Austin, Texas Sunday for the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) Conference. We went to our first conference 8 years ago in Providence RI. and have been hooked ever since. We haven’t missed one in 8 years (Pheonix, Myrtle Beach, Anaheim, and Atlanta), and are already looking forward to … Read More

Winter Outings in Asheville

Come enjoy winter in Asheville and you’ll be amazed at what there is to do. Check out the Top 12 Winter Outings in Asheville. As always, the Biltmore Estate and Winery is a destination and a real value in the Winter Season. New restaurants, bars, and breweries have opened in downtown Asheville. The Asheville Downtown … Read More

Asheville Foodtopia

Another great addition to Asheville as a destination for “foodies” is the recent addition of the Asheville Food Tours. As described on their website, “Discover the unique flavor of Asheville on our guided walking tours of the city’s culinary treasures in historic downtown Asheville, one of the nation’s premier food destinations and home of the … Read More

Bed and Brew Asheville

Beat the winter blahs with Asheville’s Winter Warmer Beer Festival at the Haywood Park Hotel on January 23rd. The fun goes from 3-7 PM with 20 regional breweries, live Music by Woody Wood and Brushfire Stankgrass, and delectable treats provided by The Lobster Trap. Stay at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn and you can walk to … Read More

Hurricane IDA… Ida Claire?

OK … So we make the decision to take a vacation. It has been three years since we actually went somewhere just to get away and have fun and relax together. New Orleans has been a place that we have loved for many years and we set the date to go, November 8th. The hardest … Read More

Fall in Western North Carolina

Since moving to Western North Carolina the one thing that has never ceased to amaze us is the beauty and grandeur of our surroundings. Fall in the mountains is a magical display of color intermingled with the abundance of wildlife that are preparing to settle in for the winter. Both the bears and elk are … Read More

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