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CLM Winter 2018 Food Section

GREAT GETAWAY What Will

GREAT GETAWAY What Will You Eat for Breakfast? TEXT BY HEIDI BILLOTTO PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY Whenever the urge for a quick getaway hits, it’s nice to know that the eclectic city of Asheville, NC is only a short drive away from Charlotte. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to go back several times during each and every season to take it all in. Asheville is a walking city and a city with something for everyone. Think festivals and street fare, art and music, shopping, museums and historic homes to tour. This mountain city is a place to see it all throughout the year, from the color in the fall, to the peaceful snow of winter and the waterfalls in spring and summer. Of course, a huge part of any trip to Asheville is food and drink – literally hundreds of wonderful chef-driven restaurants you simply must try for lunch or dinner from Cucina 24 and The Admiral to Curate and Nightbell, from Taco Billy to Doc Chey’s Noodle House, from The Hop Ice Cream to The Sunny Point Café, from a cold beer at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium to a craft cocktail at Sovereign Remedies … I could honestly write for pages on all the dining and drinking possibilities Asheville has to offer. But I will save more on all of that for another time. Today I’m talking breakfast, and my go-to serves the best three-course breakfast in town – the great news is it has 15 different locations from which to choose! That’s right, the best breakfast in Asheville, and to my mind the best lodging experience, is at any one of the 15 member inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. Each of these inns wows guests daily with fabulous three-course breakfast fare all included in the price of your stay. My husband Tom and I, prefer a B&B over a hotel whenever we travel, and try to stay at a different inn each time we visit Asheville, even if our trip is only a quick overnite. Each experience has been delightfully different, but all featured a three course made-to-order breakfast, taking in any dietary restrictions guests might have and then far exceeding our every expectation. If you stay more than a night (which you should definitely plan to do), you won’t eat the same thing twice; and at several inns, innkeepers have told me that they keep a record of what guests have been served so that a second trip – even years later – won’t result in a duplicated breakfast menu. The attention to detail for the first meal of the day has been over and above each and every time. From fresh made croissants and made-to-order crepe service at the Sweet Biscuit Inn to the exquisite melt-in-your-mouth lemon pancakes at Chestnut Street Inn, breakfast is a “white tablecloth” experience (with or without the actual white tablecloths) you will enjoy at a specific seating time with the other inn guests. It makes for a wonderful way to get to know the innkeepers a little better and to meet some new friends as well. The photos here are meant to whet your palate for more, and all are breakfast dishes from the six inns where Tom and I have both had the pleasure of staying over the past year or so. Just nine more visits, and we will have tried them all! You’ll find these same photos (as well as recipes for each dish) in the new Asheville Bed & Breakfast Cookbook – Morning in the Mountains. The book is available at each member inn, at bookstores near Asheville and online at ashevillebba.com/cookbook. Breakfast aside, these innkeepers not only greet Quiche Provencal from Carolina Bed & Breakfast Banana Crepe Stack Cake from Chestnut Street Inn 25 | C HA R LOT TE L I V I N G

Roasted Red Peppers Provencal from Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Asparagus with Taleggio and Cheese Straws from Engadine Inn & Cabins Sweet Drop Biscuits with Fresh Berries and Cinnamon Biscuits from Beaufort House Inn and Sweet Biscuit Inn you as if you were family and provide you with a wonderfully comfortable and often historic place where you will rest, relax and feel at home; they are also the very best of concierges, providing maps and details on all the where-to-go and what-to-see details of just about anything in the city and surrounds that tickles your fancy. Need reservations? They are on it and can often get you in a place you’ve been dying to try or suggest a new little neighborhood spot they love and know you will too! Interested in beer, liquor and wine? Your innkeeper can give you the 411 on what’s hot and what’s not and will fill you in on all the newest breweries, distilleries, and wine and cheese shops to see, go and taste. And if what you want to do is just hang and relax? These inns offer simply beautifully appointed accommodations and provide access to great common area space where you can catch up on reading, stroll through the gardens, rock on the front porch, get some work done if you must or take a walk in and around each individual historic or treelined neighborhood. And at night, before you go up to bed, fresh baked cookies or sweets appear as if by magic to add that little sprinkle of sugar to end the day on a sweet note! You’ll wake to the aroma of coffee brewing, and before you know it, your threecourse way to start the day awaits… Treat yourself. Plan an Asheville trip, make your reservations at one of these area inns today. Be prepared to be blown away by the three-course breakfast and more! If you’ve never stayed at one of these B&B’s, fair warning here that it will only take one trip to get you hooked… I can promise you that your first stay, won’t be your last! For more information and links to the websites of all the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Inns, visit AshevilleBBA.com.. ■ Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Apple Cranberry Compote from Wildberry Lodge Italian Egg Cups with Proscuitto de Parma from A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast C H A R LOT TE L I VI N G | 26

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