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Valentine’s Day Weekend at Arbor House

Perhaps you have been busy since Christmas or have not been able to really connect with your sweetheart.  Arbor House of Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast is where you want to have your relaxing and enjoyable Valentine’s experience.  We are small B&B with a cozy feel.  Arbor House  is providing a small box of our local chocolates from Kilwin’s in your room.  The theme can continue with an option of rose petals on the bed.  Our homemade baked treat will be heart-shaped decorated cookies.  We will have gel icing if you want to customize a cookie for your sweetheart.  Staying with the theme, an early Saturday evening social with Strawberry Mimosas will be served.  Come stay with us and have a sweet experience.

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What is going on in Black Mountain, Asheville, and WNC

The Arbor House of Black Mountain is perfectly located.  Walkable to downtown Black Mountain with Pisgah , Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake Tomahawk views.  This rivals Biltmore and Grove Park Inn views.    We want to share the resources we use to get up to date information on our lovely town and surrounding areas.  We hope you will honor us with your stay and provide this unique on stop shop for the best sites to help you find out “What is Going On”. Explore Black Mountain with lots of restaurants, shops, music, and Camps Explore Black MountainBlack Mountain – Events, Businesses, Relocation  Visit Black Mountain                       Black Mountain Facebook Page Black Mountain News                      Black Mountain News with Dining and Tour Quick Links Pisgah Brewing                                  Brewery with Concerts and local Music – 4 miles away Black Mountain Cider Works         Uniquely locally pressed ciders and mead beside Pisgah Brewery White Horse Black Mountain         White Horse Black Mountain – lots of music in downtown Black Mtn […]

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Black Mtn. Marathon and Mt. Mitchell Challenge

Black Mtn. Marathon and Mt. Mitchell Challenge Saturday February 24th Both races are sold out, but we are here to pamper you before and after the race.  Lake Tomahawk is a good place to observe the beginning and end of the race. Here is the official site.    http://www.blackmountainmarathon.com/ The Challenge begins at dawn in Black Mountain, the quaint “front porch of Western North Carolina”, and follows trails to the “rooftop” of Western North Carolina, the 6,684′ summit of Mount Mitchell – eastern America’s highest point – then return to the start/finish area!  With a starting altitude of 2,360′, the elevation gain for this 40-mile run will be 4,324′ – in the first 20 miles! Race founders Wendell Begley of Black Mountain Savings and Trent Thomas from Black Dome Mountain Sports saw a need for this kind of event for both the elite athlete and the weekend warrior. Their goal was to design a race that was attainable physically while offering the opportunity to test oneself against the often-uncooperative forces of nature! The Marathon runners start side-by-side with the Challengers and duplicate their course to the Black Mountain Gap overlook on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here, at an elevation of […]

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Special Pricing at Arbor House from January through March

Dear potential guests, It is a good time to find out what is happening in Black Mountain and stay with us at a discounted price.  All of our rooms have been discounted from 10 – 20% off.   Please consider us your place to stay.  We have four rooms in the B&B.  For those who have children under 12 or have pets or just want more privacy we have a Studio vacation rental on the property.  Still leary?? Please look at our TripAdvisor reviews.  We are very appreciative of our previous guests and humbled by such glowing letters. Warmest Regards, Jim and Theresa/Owners and Innkeepers  

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Round Trip for Winery Tour from Arbor House

Carolina Mist Winery 126 Mulberry St. NW Lenoir, NC 28645 828-754-4660 www.Carolinamistwiner.com Tues – Sat 1-6 pm  Sun 1-4 pm   Silver Fork Winery ***  5000 Patton Road Morganton, NC 28655 www.Silverforkwinery.com Tue-Fri 1-7 pm Sun 12-5 pm   Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery 4040 James Drive Hudson, NC 28638 www.sixwaterpots.com Fri-Sat 1-5 pm  Sun 2-5 pm   South Creek Vineyards & Winery 2240 South Creek Road Nebo, NC  28761 www.southcreekwinery.com Wed-Sat 11-5 pm  Sun 1-5 pm   Waldensian Heritage Wines 4940 Villar Lane NE Valdese, NC 28690 Thu-Sun 1-6 pm     Falderal Winery ** 131 3rd Avenue West Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-693-7676 www.Falderalwinery.com Tues-Fri 11-6 pm  Sat 10-5 pm   A little out of the way, but one near Chimney Rock Burntshirt Vineyards 2695 Sugarloaf Road Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-685-2402 Sun-Thurs 12-6 pm  Fri & Sat 12-7 pm   Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards 2588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-685-4002 Mon-Thurs 11am-6 pm  Fri & Sat 11am-7 pm      

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Need a Ride in Black Mountain

We have Uber in Black Moutain, but it can be sporadic.  You can definitely get Uber from Asheville for any trips back. On Uber you can find Cathy Hubbell.  Cheaper to go through Uber, but can call her at 828-767-2721 Harry’s Car Service call or text at 828-774-8178  – needs 24 hours notice Asheville Taxi Co – (828)333-1976 New Blue Bird Taxi Co – (828)258-8331 Checker Cab Service – (828)254-1155

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We Celebrated our Second Year Anniversary

Jim and I are so happy to celebrate our second year business anniversary as of June 1, 2017.  Our view from our Secret Garden spot.  We love our beautiful Black Mountain with the art and music events, 33+ shops, and 40+ restaurants.  The people are so friendly and welcome dogs in town.  We do go to Asheville for special occasions since it is only 15 minutes away, but always glad to come back to our relaxing town.  During an interview, I was asked “What are your best memories in the past year? Mother and Daughters, friends and families getting together under one roof.  There is so much laughter and warmth in the air. Making permanent friends with people who stay here.  I love knowing my repeat guests and we have a great talks.  A few of them are now living here in Black Mountain. Our first wedding.  A lovely couple had their second wedding here on site.  A couple of their friends came to stay with them for three days.  It was more work than we had originally thought, but it was so fun to get the experience and be part of such a happy occasion. How did the tag […]

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Conga Bars from Arbor House of Black Mtn NC

Conga Bars – Arbor House of Black Mtn NC  Ingredients: – 1 cup Pecans (Toasted/Chopped) – 1.5 cup Unsweetened shredded coconut – 1.5 cup AP Flour – can substitute Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour – 1 tsp Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 12 TBS Unsalted Butter (Melted & Cooled) – 1.5 cup Light Brown Sugar – 2 Eggs (Slightly Beaten) – 4 tsp Vanilla Extract – 2 oz Bran – 2 oz Oats – 4 oz Dried Fruit – 4 oz Chocolate Chips OPTIONAL (Duke Mansion uses no chocolate chips and calls it a breakfast bar)   Directions: Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Toast Nuts & Coconut Sift dry ingredients together Whisk butter and brown sugar together until combined. Add eggs & vanilla extract and mix well. Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture; do not overmix. Fold in coconut and nuts (add optional chocolate chips here) then turn batter into prepared pan Bake until shiny, cracked, golden brown (aprox. 22-25 minutes). Cool on rack, unpan, wrap in plastic wrap & store in freezer

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Our guests LOVE real maple syrup

Today, Don, from Green Mountain Maple came to our house.  We had requested a gallon of their 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup after tasting it at a Black Mountain Festival.  As part of their service, they delivered it to my doorstep.  Whoa..now that is called service.  Whenever serving my guests, I put out the best rated store syrup and real maple syrup.  Guess which one everyone chooses?  I am trying the amber first and have samples to test with my future guests on the light and dark syrups.  This should be fun.    They even provided a sample of maple cream.  Guess I am going to have to find a cinnamon roll recipe to indulge my breakfast crew.  If you like the syrups, please “like” Green Mountain Maple on Facebook.  Green Mountain Maple Facebook Link   Real syrup lovers came to our B&B and voted on the syrup.  The dark amber won by a smidgen.  Love the comment from one of our guests.  “You could put this on cardboard and it would taste good.”  My response, “Well guess I don’t need to make oat blueberry pancakes anymore”.  LOL…gotta love it Brian.

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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m2) of living area). Still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age. In 2007, it was ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

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