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It’s the End of Summer and I Can’t Think!

August 31st, 2010 by Skyla Grimes

I’m not a writer, so I can’t have writer’s block. I’m not a blogger, so I can’t have blogger’s block.  But I’ve definitely been having trouble coming up with the topics and the energy to write anything. I think it all started in June when my dog, Hummer, passed away. Since then, I began working at Eagle’s Nest Foundation and July and August have been pretty busy months at the Inn. Between being depressed about losing my baby and dealing with the summer crush as well as a new job, I feel like I haven’t had the energy or inspiration. You’d think that with all the summer action around here, I’d have no problem coming up with interesting topics.

But I can’t think of ANYTHING that I want to/feel like write about!

I’m sure I could blog about the new piece of flooring in the kitchen I had done last week ($1600 later and it’s only 1/4 of the entire kitchen floor space). Or, I could talk about the Family Reunion Cruise I just returned from (I probably will share that soon). There’s also all the fun summer activities that took place in Asheville or the cool fall lineup, including the Flower Carpet at Biltmore and Octoberfest (another beer festival). There’s a wedding at the Inn this weekend that could inspire me to write and another one the first weekend in October that I’m preparing for. Lastly, I could always talk about my super sister, Jessica, and her admirable battle with breast cancer these past six months (another probably will blog).

There are definitely lots of topics to write about. I just need to find my mojo and get back into the groove.  I’d really love to hear from anyone (professional writer, blogger, or novice) what tips they might like to share with me and the general public about how they deal with the infamous “block” that invariably happens.  What can/do you do to get past it?

Asheville, NC B&Bs: Perfect for the Small Destination Wedding

May 9th, 2010 by Skyla Grimes

Asheville, NC has become a destination wedding locale in recent years. What exactly is a destination wedding? Well, it started out meaning an elopement where the people involved had to travel somewhere in order to get married. Now, it has expanded to mean a wedding at a location other than where the bride and groom live that can also include guests.

As such, Asheville is a great location for people to travel to to get married. This city and the surrounding area offer so much for the wedding guest and traveler. Some of the backdrops for weddings include hills and mountains, rivers and waterfalls, historical houses and loads of interesting architecture, gardens, barns, and even hot air balloons!

While Asheville has event locations that can accommodate hundreds and hundreds of guests with costs in the tens of thousands of dollars, this city is more receptive to smaller destination weddings with budget-conscious brides and grooms. We run the gamut of wedding/reception locations from small, quaint churches and B&Bs to large conference centers and, of course, the Biltmore Estate. What this city does not have, and probably never will, is the drive-through chapels you see in Las Vegas, although I get calls at the Inn from people looking to do the quickie ceremony. What people need to understand is that we are a destination wedding location, but we do not offer the cheap, cliche-type ceremonies you find elsewhere.

At Blake House, we can accommodate weddings up to 150 guests, but the average size that I see here is under 60. I have seen a trend in the past four years from larger groups to smaller groups, of just the closest family and friends. People would rather spend their money on a down payment for a house, than for a huge wedding attended by people they don’t know.  This bed and breakfast offers an alternative to the typical hotel banquet hall or conference space at a reasonable price. And Asheville is filled with wedding locations just like mine.

This past weekend, the Inn welcomed the Riddle/Robbins wedding party for a BEAUTIFUL wedding for just under 50 guests. I am posting several photos below (with permission from the bride and groom, of course). I was most impressed with the Mother of the Bride (MOB) and her incredible organizational skills. In no way was she overbearing or uncontrollable (we don’t see those kinds of guests here just by virtue of the types of people we attract at the Inn). Sharon should become an event/wedding planner because her attention to detail is just fabulous.  The colors chosen by the bride and groom were white, black, and lime green. The flowers included purple as well and I thank the MOB for generously donating the flowers to the Inn for our guests to enjoy this week.

The weather called for thunderstorms, wind, and low temperatures. We only experienced one of the three, wind and that was only in spurts. We did not have any rain and the low temperatures only went down to the 40s at night. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for the wedding ceremony, held at 3:00 pm.  The Rehearsal Dinner on Friday was catered by Luella’s Bar-B-Que and Colorful Palate catered the Wedding Reception on Saturday. The guests and I were impressed and happy with both, me with the professionalism of the staff and the wedding party with the quality of the food! Jeanne from Appearances Salon & Spa provided onsite makeup and hair services to the bride. The delicious carrot wedding cake was provided by Tiffany’s Baking Co. and the acoustic trio Strictly Clean and Decent played some fabulous bluegrass and folk music when the bride’s daughter walked her down the aisle as well as during the reception.

Please enjoy my amateur photos and let me know if you have questions. I am happy to discuss your wedding or other special event needs.

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