Monday, October 12, 2015

Microbreweries & Brew Tours near 1898 Waverly Inn


Microbreweries & Brew Tours near 1898 Waverly Inn

This area has more breweries than you would ever guess. And, every brewery is different, with their own unique style and atmosphere. There are over a hundred local beers. Asheville was named Beer City USA four years in a row and the area continues to receive awards and recommendations for the local brew scene.

Southern Appalachian Brewery

Right around the corner from 1898 Waverly Inn, Southern Appalachian Brewery is a lot of fun! The tasting room is family friendly. The outdoor tasting area is "friendly dog friendly." They offer their own German Pilsen, Belgian Blonde Ale, Belgian Artisanal Amber, Wild Belgian Amber, Copperhead Amber Ale, Belgian I.P.A., India Pale Ale, Black Bear Stout and Seasonal Beers; all on draft just 30 feet from where it’s brewed.

There is also wine, soda and bottled water.  Nearby Underground Baking Co’s delivers huge fresh soft pretzels daily Wednesday to Sunday. And in the summer local food trucks serve a variety of fun food. And check out their live music schedule:

Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is right around the corner from Southern Appalachian Brewery.
  • From the parking lot, turn left.
  • At the end of the block, turn right on Bearcat Blvd, up the hill.
  • Over the hill Bearcat Blvd ends on Locust St.
  • Turn right, the brewery if on your left.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

When Sierra Nevada found the need for a second brewery, they chose Mills River, just 20 minutes from 1898 Waverly Inn. Among other reasons, they cited the quality of our water, connection to the outdoors and quality of life.
"We were charmed by the people and environment in Asheville. We love the sense of the outdoors and connection to the land, as well as the amazing beer culture and brewing scene that has sprung up in this area over the past decade."
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Mills River Taproom and Restaurant
Visit the brewery. The site is beautiful. Enjoy a meal at the Mills River Taproom and Restaurant. Dogs are welcome on the Back Porch and in certain areas of Upper Park.  The Sierra Nevada Gift Shop sells the classics and limited and specialty beers, as well as a selection of wearables, glassware and specialty items.

You can take a brewery tour and, if you’re over 21, enjoy an educational tasting of Sierra Nevada beers right next to the open fermenters.

There is also a Natural Resources Tour of the brewery’s grounds. Learn about sustainability practices and innovative initiatives based on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s philosophy to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” The tour ends with educational tastings award-winning brews at the Estate Garden.

Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is about 20 minutes from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River.
  • Take Main Street toward Asheville.
  • In about half a mile, you'll see Rite-Aid on your left. Take the left fork onto NC-191 N/Haywood Rd.
  • In about 7 miles, stay to the right on NC-191.
  • In a little over 3 miles, turn left onto Ferncliff Park Dr. There are signs.
There are too many Microbreweries and Brew Tours to mention, but here are some others:

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Friday, September 11, 2015

More to do when you visit Biltmore

Have you ever visited the Biltmore House, Gardens and Grounds?

There is more to the Biltmore Estate than you may know.

Here are some of the other things you can do when you visit Biltmore:


Your admission includes a self-guided visit to Biltmore House and the Antler Hill Village and Winery, with free Winery tour and tasting.

Other tours are at an additional charge. 
  • Audio Guide to Biltmore House
    This 90-minute audio tour gives information about the architecture, design, and artwork as you are guided through the house. Learn more about Vanderbilts, their guests, and their staff as you are   conducted through Biltmore’s grand rooms by our curators and hosts. Neckloop telecoil couplers are available for those hearing impaired.
  • Kids’ Audio Guide to Biltmore House
    This 90-minute audio tour is fun and entertaining for kids. It is narrated by Cedric, the Vanderbilts’ Saint Bernard. Cedric guides young guests through amazing rooms in Biltmore House, sharing stories about the Vanderbilts and living in America’s largest home.
  • Guided Biltmore House Tour
    A 90-minute personal tour of the Biltmore House. The guide will tell you interesting stories about parties in the house, information on artifacts, personalities of friends who visited, and ways the family spent time on the estate.
    2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily with exceptions.
    Advance reservations are required.
  • Rooftop Tour
    A 60-minute personal tour of areas not on the regular house visit. Enjoy amazing views from rooftops and balconies and get a closer look at the design and construction of Biltmore House.
    10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. daily
    Advance reservations are required.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Guided Upstairs – Downstairs Tour
    A 60-minute guided tour that focuses on servant life at Biltmore. Visit the domains of the butler, head housekeeper, and lady’s maid. Visit a suite of guestrooms and learn about grand house parties hosted by the Vanderbilts. Learn more about the cutting-edge technology that kept America’s largest home humming.
    10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. daily
  • Premium Biltmore House Tour
    A two-hour guided tour with your own personal guide. This exclusive tour includes areas seen in the Upstairs - Downstairs Tour, Rooftop Tour, and House Tours.
    10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. daily
    Two-day advance reservations are required.
  •  Legacy of the Land Tour of Estate Grounds
    A motor coach tour of the estate - learn about the history of the land, structures, and former residents. You’ll visit areas not usually open to guests.
    11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. daily
    Advance reservations are recommended.
  • Vine to Wine Winery Tour
    A tour of areas on the estate not normally seen by guests, including a trip to the vineyards and a walking production tour for guests over 21 years. See how Biltmore grapes become award-winning wines. Sample wine tastings throughout the tour and conclude with a grand tasting.
    Tickets must be purchased by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the tour.
    Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 p.m.
  • Winery Production Tour
    Go behind the scenes at the Winery to learn about how Biltmore wines are made. From the fermentation and barrel rooms to the bottling line, you’ll get a view into the art and science of winemaking. Guests must be 21 and older to be served alcohol.
    2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. daily
    Reservation required.
  • Red Wine & Chocolate Seminar
    For guests over 21 years.
    Register at the Winery entrance in Antler Hill Village.2:00 p.m. and 4:00 daily
  • Biltmore Bubbles Tour
    A 45-minute program focusing on Biltmore sparkling wines. Guests tour the champagne bottling room, learn Biltmore’s sparkling wine making process, and taste all six of Biltmore’s sparkling wines. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend.
    5:45 p.m. daily

What else is there to do on the Biltmore Estate?

Included with estate admission

  • Hiking
    There are nearly 22 miles of well-maintained hiking trails. Or wander the 2.5 acres of manicured gardens. Stop by the Antler Hill Bike Barn or Outdoor Adventure Center for a detailed trail map and orientation.
  • Bicycling
    Bring your bike to explore miles of paved and wooded bike trails. Stop by the Antler Hill Bike Barn or Outdoor Adventure Center for a detailed trail map and orientation. Or rent a bike on the estate. The have a variety of bikes and options to choose from.
  • Antler Hill Village & Winery Access
    A casual and relaxing way to extend the Biltmore experience, Antler Hill Village & Winery connects the estate’s past and present with dining, shopping, exhibits, world-class food and wine, and more.
  • Winery Tour
    Your hosts will walk you through Biltmore’s winemaking process in the historic Winery building, originally the Biltmore Dairy Barn.
    No reservation required.
    Sign up at the Winery.
    *Guests must be 21 and older to be served alcohol.
  • Live Piano Music in the Library Lounge
    Enjoy classical and contemporary favorites on the grand piano in the Library Lounge.
  • Live Jazz in the Library Lounge
    Enjoy live jazz from some of the area's finest musicians with your favorite cocktail in the Library Lounge.
  • The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad Exhibition
    An intimate look at the family that created Biltmore.  This exhibition sheds light on the time the Vanderbilts spent as a family at Biltmore and beyond.
    Located in Antler Hill Village.
  • Pisgah Playground
    Antler Hill Village has a playground featuring activities that connect the estate’s past.

At an additional charge

  • Private Guided Horseback Trail Ride
    Western-style guided ride on beautiful trails through the woodlands and meadows of the Biltmore Estate. Private Lunch Trail Ride is also available, including a picnic lunch.
    Suitable for beginner to intermediate-level riders.
    Minimum age is 8 years.
    Two-day advance reservations are required.
  • Segway Tours
    A variety of Segway Tours are available. The guided tour begins with thorough training conducted by expert guides. The basic tour begins down a paved path to the Lagoon and cover 3.5 miles on a paved trail. The Off-Road Segway Tour consists of paved and off-road surfaces. After very thorough instruction and training exercises, your expert guide will lead you on 5.5 miles of trails.  Or take a more challenging ride on the Deerpark Trail, all the way to the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The West Side Segway Tour crosses the French Broad River to the west side of the estate along 7 miles on gravel roads. Enjoy beautiful views and learn about the agricultural facilities.
    Advance reservations recommended.
  • Carriage Ride
    A relaxing journey with breathtaking views of Biltmore’s scenery on a 12-passenger wagonette drawn by Belgian draft horses. One child 5 years and younger free per paying adult.
  • Private Carriage Ride
    A Private Carriage Ride for up to 4 guests is available.
    Three-to-four-day advance reservations are required. Also available for weddings.
  • Self-Guided Kayak Trip
    Float down the gentle French Broad River as it winds through the estate. Single or tandem kayaks are available.
    April-October, dependent upon weather and river conditions.
  • Guided Raft Trip
    Float down the gentle French Broad River as it winds through the estate.  Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide paddles your raft.
    April-October, dependent upon weather and river conditions.
  • Fly-Fishing Lessons & Fishing Activities
    A variety of fishing lessons and activities are available. Learn the essentials of casting taught by world-class Biltmore instructors. Available lessons include casting, presentation, landing the fish, water safety, and knots.
    All Orvis equipment provided.
    Minimum age is 12 years.
    Other fishing activities are available.
  • Guided Fly Fishing Adventures
    A guided river float trip or an exciting wade trip on a private trout stream (intermediate to advanced skill only).
    Includes lunch.
    Minimum age is 12 years.
    Two-day advance reservations are required.
    NC fishing license required.
  • Two-Hour Kids’ Fishing
    Kids can fish in the Lagoon with a fishing instructor using conventional spinning or baitcasting rods and tackle. All fishing equipment is provided.
    Minimum age is 7 years.
  • Land Rover Lessons
    The basics of expedition-style driving customized to your skill and comfort level. Obstacles such as steep ascents, descents, and more offer an exciting adventure. Up to three participants in each vehicle.
  • Land Rover Trail
    Increase your skill level and introduce more advanced driving techniques. Courses can be customized to cover specific techniques like winching, expedition planning, and navigation. Up to three participants in each vehicle.
  • Full Day Land Rover Experience
    A truly customizable experience. Whether it’s your first time out or you’re looking to hone your off-road skills, the Full-Day Experience provides the most flexible and individualized adventure. Up to three participants in each vehicle.
  • Land Rover Ride-Along Expedition
    Not ready to drive, but want to see what it’s like? Let an expert driver take you over broken bridges, climb large boulders and rocks, and go on a sideways adventure tackling hills at new angles.
    Book on the day of your visit.
  • Land Rover Kids Adventure
    Children can climb behind the wheel of an electric mini Land Rover. All vehicles have limited speeds, are accompanied by a qualified instructor, and include instant remote cutoff switches.
    Advance reservations are recommended.
  • Clay Shooting
    In the Sporting Clays Lesson you learn the techniques of shooting clay targets with a high-quality Beretta shotgun from an expert instructor on our estate.  The Advanced Sporting Clays Lesson allows experienced clay shooters to take their skills to the next level with an advanced sporting clays lesson. Learn skills and techniques that will increase your scores and consistency.
    A high-quality Beretta shotgun will be provided.
    Ready to test your skills? The Clay Shooting (Trapper Program) 5-Stand or Sporting Clays course is for experienced shooters. Test your skills on targets thrown from traps in various combinations. Includes 50 shells, a high-quality Beretta shotgun, and more. Instruction not included.
  • Full-Day Shotgun Sports Clinic
    Spend the day with an expert shotgun instructors honing your skills.
    Students will receive Basic-Advanced instruction in techniques of shotgun shooting.
    Includes lunch, 100 shells, a high-quality Beretta shotgun, and more.
Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is a little more than 30 minutes from the Biltmore House.
  • Turn left from the Inn, toward Asheville.
  • Stay on US-25 for about half an hour.
  • You will see the Biltmore Estate Entrance on your left.

Biltmore Estate Packages

Explore the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore Estate with these 2, 3 and 4 night packages.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"The traveler sees what he sees..."

"The traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see."  

 The traveler sees what he sees...” This quote has really stuck with me for the last few weeks.  English writer, GK Chesterton said this one hundred years ago. It still applies today. 

The travelers that come to experience some of the amazing adventures this area has to offer remind us every day of how lucky we are in so many ways. 

 We spend a great deal of time at the inn researching and fine tuning itineraries and sometimes...all of those lovely people that turn us on to the myriad of places and things are forgotten. Tourists, tourism, ebb and flow of the market place become the words of choice.

Today? “Travelers” is the word. I am picturing our 'travelers' meandering through the gentle mountains of Western North Carolina finding new treasures and stories that they will share with us on the porch before dinner.

 A change in perspective is a wonderful boost to the morale!

We hope we've given you another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla and Deborah
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Have you ever seen a double rainbow? How about a third or fourth rainbow?

Have you ever seen a double rainbow? Have you ever heard of a triple rainbow? Or even a fourth rainbow? 

Here’s how you see a rainbow:

The sun has to be at an angle of 42 degrees, so in the morning or in the evening. If there is rain nearby, stand with the sun at your back. The lower the sun, the more brilliant the rainbow.

This works with fountains and waterfalls, too.

A double rainbow happens when each raindrop reflects the light twice. It is backwards to the first and dimmer.

Here’s how you see an incredibly rare third or even fourth rainbow:

There has to be rain and the sky has to be very dark. That’s because the third rainbow is even dimmer than the second and the fourth is dimmer still. If the clouds part enough for the sun to peek through brightly enough to create a double rainbow, turn around. The third and fourth rainbows, called tertiary and quaternary or third-order and fourth-order rainbows will be around the sun. Remember, the closer to sunrise or sunset, the more likely you are to see them. Put your hand over the sun so you can look.

I once saw a third rainbow. I was wearing polarized sunglasses. When I took the sunglasses off, it was gone.And it didn't come out in a photo at all. I've been looking for them ever since.

Depending on the time of year, you can see spectacular rainbows from some of the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks. You can get spectacular photos near local waterfalls if you get there early enough in the morning or later toward evening.

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We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of North Carolina Field and Family has an article on our Historic Hendersonville!

The Spring 2015 issue of North Carolina Field and Family has an article on our Historic Hendersonville!

Small Town, Big Fun: Historic Hendersonville offers a mountain-sized assortment of shopping, arts, recreation and family-friendly fun

“Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Historic Hendersonville beckons visitors with its breathtaking scenery, cool mountain climate, vibrant arts and cultural scene, and abundance of outdoor activities.”

The article talks about our pedestrian-friendly downtown, with quaint shops, museums, restaurants and cafes.  It mentions our restored Historic Hendersonville Train Depot, Mast General Store, Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium, the Antique Toy Museum, Henderson County Mineral and Lapidary Museum and the Hands On! children’s museum.

The article features Flat Rock Playhouse theater and the Music on the Rocks series.   Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel is in the Oakdale Cemetery. Carl Sandburg  completed a third of his works at his home and farm here, open year round.

Outdoor recreation mentioned includes kayaking, rafting and ziplining, golfing, hiking and mountain biking. DuPont State Recreational Forest has 10,000 acres of forest, trails and waterfalls.

The article concludes, “One of Hendersonville’s greatest amenities is its Southern hospitality.”  

We agree!

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC
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