Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bird Watching, Birding Tours Off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Grosling
With Spring coming upon us so early our Waynesville bed and breakfast has  had  many inquiries about the bird watching and birding tours we ran last year off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Are we doing it again? Obviously it was a big hit. With more than 20 species of nesting warblers, grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers, flycatchers, orioles and more, we decided to put together another birding tour package.Visiting birders can expect great days afield, even during the summer. Throw in cool mountain mornings and dazzling wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and birding just gets even better.

Our bed and breakfast, near Asheville, is offering half-day and full day guided tours. The tour will actually begin with having breakfast with your guide, where you will learn what to expect including likely species, route, weather forecast  and more.

Your guide, Don Hendershot, is a naturalist, freelance writer and biological consultant. His column “The Naturalist’s Corner” has appeared weekly in the Smoky Mountain News for more than a decade. His fascination with the outdoors led to a degree in Wildlife Conservation from Louisiana Tech University.

Tours kick-off early at our North Carolina bed and breakfast, with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Birders will leave the Inn, promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will provide snacks and drinks for the half-day tour and snacks, drinks and a brown-bag lunch for the full day trip. Half-day tours normally return to the Inn between 12 and 1 p.m. and full day tours generally return between 5 and 6 p.m. There will be refreshments and a chance to visit while tallying the day’s species upon.

Bird watching in the Great Smoky Mountains
So if you are planning to visit Western North Carolina and searching for any particular bird species that occurs in the mountains give this package a try. If you are a birder(s) with specific target species we can help you create a package to fit your needs!

Add $219.00 for a half day and  $279.00 for a full day to the guest room of your choice. These prices are for double occupancy plus 11% tax. 

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Festival of Flowers, Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC

Celebrate Spring at the Festival of Flowers at the Biltmore Estate , near our our Asheville, NC bed and breakfast. Enjoy an estate-wide event celebrating the beauty of George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate, including gardens and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.
Festival of flowers at the Biltmore Estate

Additional Festival of Flowers activities will include

  •     Live music daily in Biltmore House and the Conservatory
  •     "Ask a Gardener" station featuring Biltmore's horticulture experts answering guest questions on the weekends
  •     Daily complimentary seminars at A Gardener's Place in the Conservatory:
            Culinary Herbs and Edible Flowers, 1:00 p.m.
             A Pot for Every Plant, 2:00 p.m.
            Celebrate Spring with Wreaths, 3:00 p.m.
  •     Music in the Bandstand at Antler Hill Village every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 4:00 p.m.
The Festival of Flowers starts April 7, 2012 and runs till May 20, 2012! See it all for $10 less when you buy your tickets 7 days in advance online.

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Moody Blues, Harrah's Event Center

Moody Blues

Don't miss the Moody Blues who will be performing at Harrah’s Event Center, Cherokee on Friday, March 30 for a 9:00PM show. Ticket prices $45, $55, $75.

They have been musical leaders since the 60's.Hits that are here forever such as "Nights In White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon."

Come for the day and stay with us at our Waynesville bed and breakfast. enjoy our quaint town full of fun stores, antiques and art studios. Then catch a great dinner at one of our many restaurants and off to the concert you go.

Call 800-745-3000 for ticket information.

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patricks Day,Waynesville Bed and Breakfast,Irish Stew

 St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and at our Waynesville bed and breakfast we'll be serving up some traditional fare. No, not Corned Beef and Cabbage but an actual Irish Pub Beef Stew that I enjoyed years ago when I lived in Boston. There was a great little pub on Beacon Street called Emmet's. I found the recipe and have been making it ever since.
Irish pub beef stew in a bowl

Start the recipe the day before and refrigerate overnight. Then reheat the next day. The flavor comes out even more.

Irish Pub Beef Stew

    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)
    6 large garlic cloves, minced
    6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
    1 cup of Guinness beer
    1 cup of fine red wine
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 tablespoon dried thyme
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    2 bay leaves
    2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
    3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
    Salt and Pepper
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Working in batches if necessary, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until nicely browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over. Continue to cook in this manner until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2. While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

3. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Be sure to serve Irish Soda bread with this hearty bowl of goodness.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6.

Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit!

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Events In the Asheville and Waynesville, NC Area

The Asheville, Waynesville NC area has plenty of events and performances for everyone to enjoy during the month of March. It's exciting to know that the Moscow Festival Ballet will be at The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville,  presenting "Giselle" on Friday, March 9th at 7:30.
Hart Theater logo
Our Waynesville bed and breakfast is minutes away from Haywood Arts Regional Theater  where "The Story of My Life" will be performed. It is a soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever. It will be on stage  March 9-11 and March 16-18 at the Feichter Studio.

Back to Asheville, on March 13th and March 14th, the Diana Wortham Theater will be spotlighting The Diavolo Dance Theater. A spectacular show full of stunning, innovative movement on over sized surrealistic sets and everyday structures. Here's an example of what you will in store for.

There is always something to do when you visit our Smoky mountain bed and breakfast. March is a great time to be here!

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