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Videos of Black Mountain

Here is a video of Black Mountain when we were blessed with 11 inches of snow on January 22, 2016.  Arbor House of Black Mountain is shown 4:44 minutes into the video.  Keep watching as it shows our wonderful Lake Tomahawk and the views around the lake right outside our door.  Thank you Tom S for for including the house in the video. January 22nd 2016 – Black Mountain Snow of 11 inches Additional Videos of Black Mountain by Tom S      

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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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Christmas Holidays at Arbor House of Black Mountain

We want to share the ambiance of Arbor House of Black Mountain during the Holidays.  Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the universal celebration of New Years.  Pictures are being posted in our Photo Gallery.  Lake Tomahawk Parks and Rec has lights up by the lake.  The town of Black Mountain is also beautifully decorated and Monte Vista has 25 business-sponsored Christmas trees on display.  

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Improvements to Lake Tomahawk December 7th, 2015 to March 1st 2016

Arbor House of Black Mountain will  be providing a 15% discount to all rooms this winter except holidays. In December, Lake Tomahawk will be drained in order to remove 5,000 cubic yards of muck. It will alter Lake Tomahawk’s landscape of one of Black Mountain’s most popular attractions this winter. The process is meant to improve the appearance and water quality of the lake. It will be drained completely and empty for as long as three months. Work begins after the Circle of Lights, the first weekend of December. Dredging is expected to begin at least a month after the lake is drained. The sediment will be drying for the month allowing it to be pushed into rows for further drying before removal. Silt in the lake leads to lower water levels in an already shallow body of water, which increases the water temperature. Shallow, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Improvements to Lake Tomahawk’s water quality will improve the quality of the Swannanoa River.

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Dining in Black Mountain

Artisan Gourmet Market – Coffee & Wine Bar. 2 East Market St. (828)357-5500 www.artisangourmetmarket.com Cafe/Wine Bar – Mon-Sat. 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-8pm. Sun 8am-3pm. Market -Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Wine Tastings Thursdays, 5pm-7pm. Euro-Breakfast, Mon-Sat 8am-11am, Sun 8am-3pm Berliner Kindl German Restaurant & Deli -121 Broadway (828)669-5255 www.berlinerkindl.homestead.com Sun. 11:30-3:00 Mon-Sat 11:00 am-8:00 pm. Authentic German Restaurant with European atmosphere. German beers, wines and import store. Black Mountain Ale House-117-C Cherry St.-(828)669-9090 www.blackmountainalehouse.com Open Mon.-Thurs. 3pm, Fri. – Sun. 11:30am, Sun. Brunch 11:30-3:00pm. 19 beers on tap. Steaks, salads, burgers, wings, etc. Full Bar *Black Mountain Bakery -102 Church Street (828)669-1626 https://www.facebook.com/blackmountainbakery Closed Sunday & Monday. Open Tues.-Sat. 8am-4pm. A full service bakery and relaxed cafe with light lunch menu. Inside & outside seating. Special order breakfast trays, box lunches, and dessert trays. *Black Mountain Bistro – 203 East State Street (828)669-5041 www.blackmountainbistro.com Closed Sunday. Mon.-Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm inside & outside seating. Fresh, quality Southern fare including daily specials and a diverse selection of sandwiches and soups. Black Mountain Ciderworks – 104 Eastside Pr. #307. (828)419-0089 www.blackmountainciderworks.com Tap Room open Wed-Thurs 3-8pm. Fri 2-9pm, Sat1-9pm. Handcrafted, Small Batch, Artisanal Ciders from local apples. Blue Ridge Biscuit Company & […]

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Taxis for Black Mountain

Rockin’ Black Mountain Rides – Call Danny (828)357-8399 Asheville Taxi Co – (828)333-1976 New Blue Bird Taxi Co – (828)258-8331 Checker Cab Service – (828)254-1155

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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 http://www.burntshirtvineyards.com/ Sun-Thurs 12-6 pm  Fri & Sat 12-7 pm    

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Wedding Proposal in Garden

Congratulations to Phillip and Kelly!   We are so honored you felt the gardens of Arbor House of Black Mountain was the right place to propose.  Kelly said she knew something was up since you only live a half hour away.  What a special way to propose Phillip.  We are so tickled  you for let us to post this momentous occasion.  Thank you!  Our very best wishes for a happy and enduring  marriage.    

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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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