Monday, October 25, 2010

Biltmore Candlelight Tour, Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

When planning your stay at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast, our Waynesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast, you must leave time for the Biltmore Candlelight Tour. I'm letting you know now because tickets go quickly.

The Biltmore Estate creates a unique experience for all their guests during the holidays.The Estate turns in a winter wonderland with vintage costumes, choirs performing traditional holiday music,beautiful greenery, lavish light displays and a massive 55-foot Norway spruce decorated to the hilt. It's absolutely breathtaking.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings will be held Nov. 12 through Jan. 1 and require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission. Candlelight Christmas Evenings tickets are available by reservation only (starting April 1), and include an evening self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens and Biltmore Estate Winery. For Candlelight Christmas reservations, call 800-413-9787 or 828-255-1319 and then press 3.

Spend the early evening at The Biltmore Estate and then the night with us at Andon-Reid  Inn Bed and Breakfast only 30 minutes away!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Community Theater,Haywood Arts Regional Theater, Waynesville

Our community theater, Haywood Arts Regional Theater located right in Waynesville, NC is the region's award winning theater company, performing a year round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House in downtown Waynesville. This beautiful state of the art facility situated on an eight acre national historic site opened in 1997 and sits in the shadow of Cold Mountain. HART's productions have attracted audiences from throughout the region for more than two decades.

The HART Theater is one of the many attractions near our Smoky Mountain vacation bed and breakfast. The next production is one you won't want to miss!

“The Little Foxes”
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Wanda Taylor
Weekends, November 5-14
In the midst of some families are little foxes, scheming and vying for the prize and feeding off the misfortunes of others. Regina is one of the most skilled and ruthless. When she and her two brothers scheme mercilessly to make a fortune on a new cotton mill, Regina will let nothing stand in her way not even her husband's life or her daughter's love.

Enjoy your night at the Haywood Arts Regional Theater and come back for a nightcap with us and relax in the Garden room in front of a glowing fire.

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

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Apple Harvest Festival In Waynesville, North Carolina

Enjoy all the fun at the Apple Harvest Festival in Waynesville, North Carolina on Saturday, October 16th.This will be the 22nd year for this fine venue.There will be apples, apples and more apples plus mountain music and dancing. More than 125 exhibitors will be showing their wares. Imagine ice cold cider, fried apple pies, apple cakes and more. Join in on the fun! Take home a peck of locally grown apples from the county apple growers association.

To celebrate this time of year I find all my apple recipes and start baking! This is a favorite from These individual desserts are fun, modern version of pineapple upside down cake.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cakes
    2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
    1/4 cup water
    2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    4 large Granny Smith apples (about 2 pounds), peeled, cored, each cut into 8 wedges
    1 3/4 cups cake flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup whole milk

    Vanilla ice cream

Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup water in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until color is deep amber, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with pastry brush dipped into water, about 8 minutes. Working quickly, divide hot caramel among six 1 1/4-cup custard cups. Using pot holders to protect hands, tilt and rotate custard cups to cover bottoms with caramel. Set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apple wedges and sauté until just tender, about 12 minutes. Arrange apple wedges in bottoms of caramel-lined custard cups.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and remaining 3/4 cup sugar in another medium bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time and beat until well blended after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with whole milk in 2 additions. Spoon batter over apples in custard cups, dividing batter equally (about 1/2 cup for each).

Bake cakes until light golden around edges and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto plates. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

We love doing dessert for breakfast at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast. This one is a winner!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina My Zimbio
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Candy In Waynesville, North Carolina

With Halloween right around the corner, the first thing that comes to my mind is candy. I can think of two stores that we have in downtown Waynesville with delicious confectionery. The Mast General Store has barrels full of candy for you to pick and choose from. Fill your basket with whatever you want and then take it to the cash register. Once they bag it find the closest bench, open up your bag of goodies and it takes you back to yesteryear.
The Chocolate Bear is a purveyor of fine chocolates. It is a beautiful store wafting in  wonderful smells of chocolate. The moment you walk into that shop you are greeted with "chocolate eye candy" and welcoming shopkeepers. Whenever we have a special event going on at our Waynesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast I make a visit to The Chocolate Bear so that our guests can experience the taste of this chocolate.
Here is a Halloween snack I put out during the month of October courtesy of my daughter:
Mix together 1 cup of salted peanuts and 1 cup of candy corn...salty and sweet,tastes just like a Payday Candy Bar Mmmm.

Happy October everyone.

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