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Fiber Day at Craft Guild in May

March 22nd, 2015 by Chris Sparks



Asheville offers a rich variety of opportunities to our guests who love crafts and learning about the heritage of crafting in this region. A particular draw is the Folk Art Center, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just minutes outside of town. The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, an 85 year old organization dedicated to “bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the shared benefit of education, conservation and marketing”. The Guild represents nearly 1,000 craftspeople in 9 southeastern states across the Appalachian mountains, and the Folk Art Center features three galleries, a bookstore, a library, the Allanstand Craft Shop, and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk.

Visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby from March to December, and the Center also has special events, including the annual Fiber Weekend, coming May 9 and 10. Craftspeople will demonstrate their skills throughout the day on Saturday including sheep shearing, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting and more. On Sunday, the Folk Art Center’s auditorium will be transformed into a runway for the Sixteenth Annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art.  Fiber artist Liz Spear will emcee the event.  Styles showcased will range from contemporary to traditional, from funky to classic, made by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and other regional artists.  Throughout the fashion show, Liz will explore many fiber art processes, and focus on the various schools and studios in the area which offer classes in textiles to everyone from the beginner to the experienced fiber artist.   There will be two separate showings of the Fashion Show, at 1 and 3pm.

The Folk Art Center is a highlight for anyone who loves fine crafts, and afterward, you can take a drive or a hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy all the natural beauty of spring in the mountains.


“B&Bs for Vets” Campaign

September 18th, 2013 by Chris Sparks

Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Gives Back with “B&Bs for Vets” Campaign


Seventeen Asheville inns will offer 51 free rooms to US military personnel on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013. Make reservations now.

Asheville, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2013) The seventeen inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association ( are proud to offer 55 rooms free-of-charge for a one-night stay on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 to retired and active US military personnel.

Part of the national “B&Bs for Vets Campaign,” ( the Asheville inns are all participating for the first time this year. Since 2010, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast has participated and encouraged fellow association innkeepers to get involved after having a positive experience.

The offer from all inns includes the complete bed and breakfast experience with full breakfast and may also include restaurant discounts or coupons as available. To book lodging at one of the Asheville inns below, visit and contact the individual inn of choice. Inn policies apply and may differ from inn to inn.

The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association expects all rooms to book. When all inns are full, potential guests may place their names on the waitlist (first come, first serve) by emailing contact information to .

The inns participating include:

1. 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage,

2.  The Reynolds Mansion,

3.  Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast,

4.  Hawk and Ivy,

5.  Applewood Manor Inn,

6.  1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House, ,

7.  Beaufort House Inn,

8.  Dry Ridge Inn,

9.  The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast,

10.  Sweet Biscuit Inn,

11.  A Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast,

12.  Crooked Oak Mountain Inn,

13. Carolina Bed & Breakfast,

14. Honey Hill Inn & Cabins,

15. North Lodge on Oakland B&B,

16. Chestnut Street Inn,

17. 1847 Blake House Inn Bed & Breakfast,


The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association is a group of diverse inns located in Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area. Each member inn must favorably reflect the Association’s high standards by providing superior quality, ambience, guest service, amenities, and outstanding host integrity and hospitality.

The association invites visitors to re-think their lodging options and check in for a sumptuous overnight stay and breakfast. Then, enjoy the best tips, hints and travel advice from local innkeepers who know the area well. Guests who choose an Asheville bed and breakfast experience a getaway built around their unique needs and preferences.

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B&Bs for Vets is a national campaign sponsored by the BETTER WAY TO STAY, a grassroots campaign sponsored by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. The veterans outreach program launched in 2008.

Asheville Beer Week

May 6th, 2013 by Chris Sparks


Asheville Beer Week



The 2nd Asheville Beer Week is coming up May 25th – June 1st and will be filled with opportunities of all kinds to celebrate craft beer. Events of the week include tastings, tours, meal pairings, speakers and educational activities. The week long celebration will culminate on Saturday, June 1st with Asheville’s 4th annual Beer City Festival at the Roger McGuire Green. There will be dozens of breweries and plenty of live music at the festival. The festival is a ticketed event, and we recommend you get your ticket soon. Don’t worry, though, there’s plenty of other opportunities to participate if the festival doesn’t work out. The website,, promises an app to help you keep track of everything, but your innkeeper will have plenty of good suggestions to help you choose the activities most appealing to you.


  • May 25, 2013 – June 01, 2013
  • Location: Various Breweries Around Asheville


April 7th, 2013 by Chris Sparks



If you are a craft beer lover, you probably know Asheville is “Beer City USA”, but maybe you’re looking for a special reason to visit our city and an Asheville Bed and breakfast.  This is it! The Best Firkin Beer Festival is happening April 27, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. More than 23 breweries will be serving cask conditioned, barrel aged and specialty beers at this pre-prohibition era festival.

We beer lovers know “Firkin” as cask. Firkin beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Rounding out the festival will be the fantastic tunes of The Big Nasty Jazz Band and classic eats from The Lowdown Food Truck.

For Tickets click HERE!

VIP ticket holders will receive access to the festival 1 hr before the festival starts and will receive a free t-shirt.

When, Where and How Much?

  • April 27, 2013 – April 27, 2013
  • Location: The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Times: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Addmission: General Admission: $40; VIP: $65

18th Annual Bluegrass First Class

February 10th, 2013 by Chris Sparks


It is already time for the 2013  festivals to start in Asheville and the Asheville Bed and breakfast Association is gearing up for your visit to Western North Carolina. The 18th Annual Bluegrass First Class Festival has some of the best bluegrass acts in the country rocking out all over the Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort, all weekend. If you need a more relaxing amenities, check out one of our beautiful Bed and Breakfast locations.

This Fridays’ show will feature the amazing Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. The Grascals, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper along with the traditional sound of The James King Band.

On Saturday  Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,The Bluegrass Album Band, , Russell More & IIIrd Tyme Out, local comedian Dillon, Lonesome River Band, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

To buy tickets click here!

To reserve a room at one of our inns click here


2013 SoCon Basketball Championships

January 27th, 2013 by Chris Sparks


It might be the end  of January but everyone at the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association is already getting excited for March Madness.  On March 8-11 Asheville will be in a full court press to host the 2013 Southern Conference Basketball ChampionshipsThe champion of the SoCon will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

You can catch some great basketball and this is also great opportunity to explore downtown Asheville. No other southern city has as many locally owned restaurants, galleries and the best B&B’s around!

Click here to reserve a room at an Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association inn.

Click here to buy your tickets to the Southern Conference Basketball Championship.

For all of the latest news on the Socon go here.

Asheville Restaurant Week FEBRUARY 1–7, 2013

January 14th, 2013 by Chris Sparks

Asheville Restaurant Week

February 1-7th marks the first annual Asheville Restaurant Week.  Asheville’s food scene is admired around the country, and our chefs’ committment to fresh local ingredients, creativity and excellence is clear in every bite. Self-proclaimed the first Foodtopian Society, (link to we have nearly 250 independent restaurants, 20 regional tailgate markets and a growing number of craft breweries.
Asheville Restaurant Week is your opportunity to sample many of these restaurants for incredible prices. Participating restaurants will offer a menu ranging from $15–$30 per person for lunch or dinner. Staying at an Asheville Area Bed & Breakfast means you will guarantee yourself days with 3 perfect meals and advice from knowledgeable innkeepers. A listing of participating restaurants and more details can be found (here)
And finally, if you’re really going to go all out, then attend Bites…and Sips, the official kick-off event for Asheville Restaurant Week. Join 20 restaurants, six breweries and the Biltmore Winery on January 31 from 6-9PM at the Kimmel Arena on the UNCA campus. Tickets are $50 per person and more information can be found here.

Romance for the new year

December 31st, 2012 by Chris Sparks



Asheville Bed and Breakfast innkeepers know better than anyone, our guests enjoys a romantic getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year explore a new adventure for Valentines Day.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you through beautiful western North Carolina into river gorges, across lush valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Travel in style in a 1940s-era bar, lounge and dinner car. This Valentines day you can take your sweetheart on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad the PEANUTS Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Excursion and Valentine Sweetheart Train.
On February 9th at 11:00am, the train will travel to Dillsboro for a 1 ½ layover. Enjoy special Valentine’s activities as well as a relaxing afternoon in the quaint town of Dillsboro.

Reflecting on 2012 at ABBA

December 17th, 2012 by Chris Sparks

This has been an exciting year for the innkeepers of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. With the next to last blog post of the year, we wanted to recognize some of these changes .
We began the year by rebrandeding ABBA with a wonderful new logo designed by Asheville’s very own Sparking Design. We then redesigned our website for better functionality for our guests. To top it all off, we launched an ABBA kiosk at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce to help serve our clients passing through Asheville and needing a place to stay.
We close 2012 by welcoming Crooked Oak Mountain Inn as the newest member of Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association.
We would like to thank everyone who supports the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association and all of the small businesses in the Asheville area.



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Holiday Shopping in Asheville

December 3rd, 2012 by Chris Sparks

Let holiday shopping be a revelation this year. Asheville can kindle your spirit with its independent and friendly shops, art galleries, antique stores, excellent restaurants and cozy cafes. The knowledgeable innkeepers at Asheville B&Bs will deftly guide you through the plentiful shopping options based on your interests and needs. You can actually savor the sights and sounds of the season on our lively and pedestrian friendly sidewalks or get it done quickly with the personal attention and short lines at one of our downtown boutiques. Perhaps you’ll visit a local gallery or the Folk Art Center and find the perfect one of kind gift. And then you can calmly contemplate your dwindling list as you nosh on delicious and inventive treats at one of our fine eateries. It’s all waiting for you here in Asheville, NC. Delight in this season and its tasks, and at the end of the day, your Asheville B&B awaits you with a restorative light-filled atmosphere.


Remember, there is still time to make your shopping easy by buying a gift certificate from Asheville Bed & Breakfast.  Purchase the perfect holiday present for your loved one.