2014 Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair is Aug. 2-3


About 20 minutes east of the Inn on Mill Creek B&B is Historic Biltmore Village, a cluster of shops, art galleries and restaurants in what was a planned community of English-style homes built in the 1890s. Biltmore Village is just across the street from the entrance to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, where George Washington Vanderbilt and his family lived. Mr. Vanderbilt played an integral role in the construction of Biltmore Village, which includes a church – the Cathedral of All Souls – that he had built and where his daughter, Cornelia, was married.

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2014 Sourwood Festival is August 9-10

[photo credit: sourwoodfestival.com]

One of our favorite small town festivals is coming up on August 9-10, 2014: The Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, NC. This is a free street festival where you can browse 200 art and craft vendors, honey vendors and more. That’s an amazing amount of cool stuff to see in a downtown that is about four blocks. Lots of fantastic local food, live music, and even kids’ activities are also part of the Sourwood Festival, which is named after the sourwood tree that honeybees pollinate to give us our fabulous local honey that we use in breakfasts at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B. And we have plenty of sourwood trees here inside Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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Herb Garden Makeover

The Inn on Mill Creek Bed & Breakfast has
a small herb garden within the Pool Garden (our garden that used to be a
swimming pool way back when). At our elevation in the North Carolin mountains, 2,300 feet above sea level in Zone 7b, some herbs overwinter just fine, while others are basically annuals. This means our herb garden has changed its look practically every year. But over the course of six years, one thing has remained certain: the Herb Garden has slowly become nondescript and has lost its identity, blending in with the rest of the Pool Garden over time.

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July 2014 Exhibit at the Red House Studios and Gallery in Black Mountain

As you know, we at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B are big supporters of our talented local artists, including those who are members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League. So we wanted to make sure you knew that the SVFAL has an art exhibit showing in July of 2014, called People, Places and Things, at the home of the SVFAL, the Red House Studios and Gallery near the Monte Vista on West State Street in Black Mountain.

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North Carolina Mountain Birds: Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B

Summer is here and that means a myriad of songs are brought to us each day by nature here at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B inside Pisgah National Forest: bullfrogs, crickets and of course, birds, to name a few. And you know if something has “song” in its name, you can count on it being part of nature’s summer live concert series. Thus, we’ve given the Song Sparrow our June entry in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn series on the blog for 2014.

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July 4, 2014 Events around Asheville, Black Mountain and Old Fort

Montreat Parade [photo credit: veganlibrarian on Flickr]

Exciting news: All of the towns around the Inn on Mill Creek Bed & Breakfast — Asheville, Black Mountain, and Old Fort, North Carolina — will have fireworks displays this year! Of course, there are other events going on, and if you want to avoid the crowds, we can help with that as well. Here’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods during the 4th of July weekend:

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Guest Favorites Garden June Update

Hydrangea in the Inn on Mill Creek Guest Favorites Garden

As we head into summer, our Guest Favorites Garden is slowly beginning to take shape. We added a beautiful hydrangea near the stone-faced column and planted three dark pink/red azaleas in the shady portion of the garden. In addition, we added a barberry bush and shasta daisies to the sunny portion. Keep in mind we get plants from nurseries and let them fill in over time, so our plants are “babies” this year.

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