Recognizing our Military veterans is something that The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House eagerly participates in every year. We are proud to be a member of this national tribute which thanks service members and their families for their sacrifice. Being a veteran of the Viet Nam era, I know how much these signs of appreciation would have meant to me.
Therefore, The Wright Inn bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC, is offering free rooms to veterans and their guests on Wednesday November 11th. Please call (828) 251-0789 to reserve your spot.
Guests will be asked to abide by our inn cancellation policies so although we will not be charging Veterans for their rooms we do require a credit card on file in case of no shows.
Please join us for a special day in Asheville in honor of your service.
February 5 through May 25, 2015, the Biltmore House will feature an exhibit of clothing from the PBS series Downton Abbey. These costumes were worn by the cast.
Currently the House is displaying a gown worn by the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) on the second floor as a preview for the exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”
Dark Red Dress Worn at Dinner: Black Tail Suit with Waistcoat, White Shirt and Tie Worn for most formal occasions
More than forty costumes exhibited in groupings inspired by the show and real life at Biltmore includes military and servant uniforms along with clothes worn by the aristocracy.
Maids in line
The clothes harken back to a more Gilded Age and comparisons can be made from Downton to the Biltmore, an estate of the same era.
The Biltmore Estate doesn’t have a big collection of clothing from the Vanderbilt family. They have a few great dresses and for some reason, a lot of shoes. These are displayed on a rotating basis at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village on the estate.
The period costumes in the exhibition cover the period from 1912 through WWI and into the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s.
Non-pass holders can purchase tickets for a regular estate visit and there is no additional ticket required for the exhibition.
Just before Christmas, Bob and I decided we had earned a respite from the bed and breakfast, so we attended “Gimcrack Day” at the Thomas Wolfe House. It had been a while since we visited the museum and house, so we thought it would be an interesting thing to do.
Thomas Wolfe, probably Asheville’s most famous author, wrote of his childhood, “he was liberally dowered with bright painted Gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart, he hated those who advocated useful gifts.”
“Gimcracks” can be defined as a cheap and showy ornament; a knickknack. In keeping with Wolfe’s advocacy for cheap and showy ornaments or knickknacks, the museum offered visitors an opportunity to make little Christmas ornaments to take home. Everyone there was so friendly and made the experience so pleasant. They served hot chocolate and cookies while you were busy working.
My Little Angel
Bob and I returned home with our very own Gimcracks, cute Christmas Angels made from coffee filters, which we added to our tree.
While there, after putting our treasured Gimcracks in the car, we went back in to tour the museum and the boarding house that was run by his mother where he grew up. We had a very knowledgeable guide and it was time well spent.
There are so many things to do while in Asheville, but time spent at the Thomas Wolfe House will add greatly to your visit.
Our Holiday Biltmore Estate Package includes 2 daytime tickets (good for 2 consecutive days) to The Biltmore Estate including the Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery.
For guests staying at our bed and breakfast inn for three+ (3) consecutive weekday evenings (Mon-Thursday), we will provide 2 FREE Upgrades to The Biltmore Candlelight Extravaganza! Experience this beautiful home lit only by candlelight and firelight.
These passes MUST BE scheduled in advance due to being Date/Time specific, so please call (828) 251-0789 to reserve your tickets and request an entry time.
Tickets are reduced to $50.00 (per Ticket+tax). Candlelight Upgrades are NO CHARGE for our three night guests.
Offered November 30, 2014 through January 3, 2015.
Asheville’s peak fall leaf color (as of 10/24/2014) is in Hickory Nut Gorge. This is less than a thirty-five minute ride from our Asheville bed and breakfast Inn, with many spectacular miles of beautiful fall color between here and your destination.
As autumn winds down, we begin gearing up for the Christmas Holiday. The major area attraction here is of course Biltmore House, which begins its 38 year of welcoming the public in for the Holidays. This year’s theme is “A Vanderbilt Christmas” in honor of George and Edith and the positive impact they had on this area.
This daytime celebration goes from November 7th to January 11th. Candlelight Christmas Evenings are available from November 7th to January 3rd.
Book your room early to insure your first choice is available and go to www.biltmore.com to look at your ticket options and prices. Make your plans now to avoid disappointment.
Exciting news from the Asheville Downtown Association:
Oktoberfest is returning on October 11, 2014
Time: 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.
Location: Coxe Avenue Downtown’s South Slope
The festival will begin with a parade down Coxe Avenue. Immediately following there will be a ceremonial tapping of a keg which will open festivities. There will be tastings from many local breweries and many brewers will feature some of their seasonal ales. Brewers will be available to discuss their beers.
The Stratton Mountain Boys (an oompah band) will return for their 6th visit to entertain the crowd with their yodeling and Polka music.