Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blue Ridge Breakaway, Cyclists Ride the Mountains of Western North Carolina

 The Blue Ridge Breakaway is a first year cycling event happening in Haywood County, home of Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina. This will be an annual event supporting the initiatives of Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.
The Blue Ridge Breakaway will be held on August 21, 2010 with staggered times beginning at 7am. This long distance ride will feature four different courses a cyclist can take. It will attract beginner cyclists to avid riders.There will be the Hawk @105 miles with elevation from 2310-6129 ft., Trout @66 miles with elevation from 2431-3153 ft., Panther @40 miles with elevation of 2306-3264 ft. and Rabbit @24 miles with elevation from 2431-2858 ft. All the rides will begin at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
 This year we are expecting between 200-400 participants. It's a great time of year for everyone to come out and cycle the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cycling will be another outdoor sport that will attract a different type of person to our area. The scenic beauty will be showcased throughout the ride. So come join us on August 21, 2010 and have the ride of your life. 

All of our guests registered for this race will be given a pre-race breakfast grab and go bag and we will garage your bicycle as part of our concierge service. Give us a call @ 1-800-293-6190 and reserve your room now!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Geocaching In Waynesville, North Carolina From Andon-Reid Inn

So what exactly is this geocaching anyway? I've been reading about it for the past couple of years and it sounds like a real adventure. Sort of  like orienteering in the 21st century, but instead of a compass you use a GPS...technology. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. 

This past week we had some guests stay with us who had about 10 different caches they wanted to find in the area. They kept inviting me to go along with them and today I had some time. What a blast!  All the caches were close to our bed and breakfast and they were all different. Some we found and some we didn't.

Do any of you geocache? Is that something you would like us to offer as a package? Let us know, I think it would be a lot of fun!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Breakfast! Our Favorite Meal At Our Waynesville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast

 Breakfast is a very important topic when we receive calls from potential guests. Of course we understand this, it is all part of the bed and breakfast experience. At Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast it is definitely a special occasion every morning. I would say that our breakfast has become renowned.

By now all of you know that I love to cook and bake. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment when, at the end of breakfast everyone has a huge smile and full bellies.

We start off the morning with a coffee and tea bar at 7am, for those early risers who like to read their book or daily newspaper on our wrap around porch or in the winter by fireside. Breakfast starts at 8:30 for our feast. Ron gathers everyone around so that you can  choose where you would like to sit. We have place settings in the dining room or Garden room. If you would like to have your significant other all to yourself just let us know and we will set a table just for you. If you have to leave for an early business appointment or your white water rafting trip is scheduled first thing, we offer you an earlier breakfast time or we can pack an amazing "grab and go" bag. Flexibility is the key.

We always start with your choice of juice. Ron serves a couple of juices that mix well together for the Andon-Reid Special, such as grapefruit and cranberry or orange pineapple. Next we serve our fruit course. We only serve the freshest fruit, therefore, what is in season. One of the most popular dishes is my Baked Pears that I demonstrated on WLOS Carolina Kitchen, the noon news program in Asheville. Most of the my fruit dishes are topped with my homemade granola which is out of this world.

Each day I prepare an entree in which I can acquire the freshest ingredients. One day savory the next day sweet. The Mexican Frittata is always a winner served with my homemade cornbread, honey butter and turkey kielbasa. When our guests see my Baked Pancakes come out, they flip. They always say "how do you do that?" The pancakes are filled with sauteed fruit and are usually served with scrambled eggs and thick sausage links. One of the things I learned as an Innkeeper was how to make chicken sausage. It is a real treat and I try to serve them often. There are several different mixtures, but my favorite is carmelized onion and apple. Mmmm

The last course is our dessert course. Yes,dessert for breakfast. We are known for this. It can be anything from frozen peanut butter pie with chocolate drizzle, Choco-Mania which is a dark chocolate souffle cake or strawberry cheesecake sliders. All I know is that I have fun making them and our guests have fun devouring them.They're like kids in a candy store.

Last but not least it's important for all of you to know that many of our guests do have special dietary needs and we cater to them all. Whether you are lactose intolerant, diabetic, vegan, gluten free or low carb, we've got you covered. My background is nutrition and it has come in quite handy these past 5 years.

Well, that's our breakfast experience and remember...
Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!  ~James Beard

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Folkmoot USA Near Asheville At Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

There are not many towns like Waynesville, North Carolina that get to host a festival called Folkmoot USA . Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. The 2010 Folkmoot Festival will take place on July 22 – August 1 throughout eleven counties in Western North Carolina. While there are over 300 international festivals like Folkmoot USA across the globe, Folkmoot is one of only two international folk festivals in the United States.This year we are celebrating 27 years with 9 countries participating. The countries invited to perform in the 2010 Festival include: Russia, Latvia, UK (Irish step dancers), France, Switzerland, Peru, Jordan, Portugal and Poland.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. The opening ceremonies start off with the Parade Of Nations which is on July 23 at 1PM down Main Street to the County Couthouse. It's amazing to watch the different countries parade down the street in their festive garb holding the flag of their nation.

Not only do we have the Parade of Nations on July 23rd but the  Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Run is on Saturday, July 31st  in front of the Folkmoot Friendship Center. The closing ceremonies on July 31st, International Festival Day, is a full day of dancing, food, music and more held on Main Street in Waynesville.

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast is fortunate to be right in the middle of all of this fun! Come join us for the festivities. Tickets may be purchased online at www.folkmootusa.org, or by calling the Folkmoot ticket office. If you call and make a reservation at our bed and breakfast, as part of our concierge service, we will take care of it all for you.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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