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Inn on Main Street Asheville NC Bed & Breakfast
88 South Main Street
Weaverville, NC, 28787, USA
(828) 645-4935

Young adventure seekers return

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When the recession hit, our sorest loss was the number of young couples we had visit Inn on Main Street. We can only suppose that the credit crunch and insecurity about their jobs made them tighten their belts more than others.

Young folks bring a hope and vitality to any group, and we especially like young folks because they tend to like the outdoor attractions that we love here in the mountains surrounding Asheville and Weaverville.

We're grateful now that our younger guests are returning in greater numbers, and bringing their sense of adventure.

A daily deluge brought some recent guests of the younger persuasion our way, Dayami and Sean from Miami. They'd originally planned to stay in some rentals near Hot Springs, but learned that their accommodations fell victim to days of torrential rain that ushered July in this year. They called us, and we had an opening.

I get energized just hearing their agenda. Ziplines at Navitat Canopy Tours. Horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Whitewater rafting.

They were a sweet and fun couple, and we hope they'll return. We have trails and waterfalls to share, many more rivers to raft, and of course more breakfasts to savor.

Posted on July 7, 2013

Banana baby watch in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Banana blossom

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Our grove of bananas here in paradise

You might say we've been expecting for some time at Inn on Main Street. This baby has been about 12 years in the birthing.

We traded our old bistro tables and chairs to Stephen Painter several years back for a couple banana plants that he said were cold-hardy to Michigan. No, they don't grow green and bushy through the winter, but you can leave the tubers in the ground after the tops freeze each winter, and they'll come right back in the spring, even here in the mountains. Those two trees developed into a couple groves of trees, one of which makes the area around our koi pond look like a slice of Costa Rica. Our guests get a kick out of it, and the question always comes up: "Have you gotten any bananas from them?"

As Stephen, who owned Painters Greenhouse for years, tells it, a banana plant has to produce a certain number of leaves before it will flower and bear fruit. And that process normally takes two years. When winter kills the plants to the ground, the counter starts all over again next spring. We have potted banana plants that haven't produced flowers after a decade of uninterrupted growth, so we resigned ourselves to going 'nannerless.

A couple days ago, Nancy spotted what appeared to be an ear of corn growing out of one of the plants. It's a flower bud as big as Popeye's forearm, but without the anchor tattoo. The husk is starting to peel back, revealing the stamens. That last winter was so mild that our plants somehow beat the freeze, I guess.

We hope our Florida friends will forgive our breathless banana baby watch, but we can't help but get excited. We hope to keep providing updates and show the monster blossom to all our guests. And if we actually get bananas after all, so much the sweeter.

Posted on July 12, 2013

Asheville's rain creates road cycling bonanza

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We've had a bounty of rain at Inn on Main Street lately. Around Weaverville and Asheville, the ground has become saturated and slipped away under roads and houses.

That misfortune translates into a fantastic opportunity for cyclists. Shifting ground created a crack in the Blue Ridge Parkway, forcing the Park Service to close the scenic highway to traffic between Bull Gap near Weaverville all the way to Mount Mitchell.

There's an exception for bicycle riders. Walk your bike around the barricade and you have miles of America's most scenic highway to yourself and a handful of other riders, with no fear of getting hit by a car.

We often ride up there in the winter when the barricades are closed, but occasional ice and fallen branches can cramp the style of a serious rider going 40 mph on a downhill. Conditions now are ideal.

Posted on July 16, 2013