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Breakfast at Mast Farm Inn Simplicity Restaurant

Breakfast at Simplicity Restaurant Mast Farm Inn

When we walked from the Granary Cottage to the main house at the Mast Farm Inn we passed by this beautiful garden where the Chef gets some of his greens and vegetables.

Front Porch Dining at Simplicity Restaurant

Seating was available outside, but we chose the small, cozy dining room inside…

Breakfast Tables at Mast Farm Inn's Simplicity Restaurant

This first course was a gorgeous (and delicious) bowl of oatmeal with organic milk, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and fresh mixed berries…

Oatmeal at Mast Farm Inns Simplicity Restaurant

The second course included natural eggs, scrambled with cheese and herb butter, tomato, sausage, homemade biscuit, and cheese grits. Simply perfect, just like the Farm…

Second Course Breakfast at Simplicity Restaurant

Of course, juice and coffee were included, and the coffee at Simplicity is a special blend made just for the Mast Farm Inn. It’s the best. The breakfast menu changes each day of the week so check the Mast Farm Inn web site to see what’s planned.

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Sensational Dinner at the Mast Farm Inn

Picture Inside Dining Room at Simplicity Restaurant

There was nothing “simple” about our dinner at the Mast Farm Inn’s “Simplicity” Restaurant. In fact, our dinner was truly one of the very best we’ve had in Western North Carolina. The casual dining room was warm and inviting. The entire staff was remarkably friendly. And the food was fantastic. We started with soup and appetizers. One of us had sweet potato bisque soup with crispy sage and chow chow garnish…

Sweet Potato Bisque Soup

The other enjoyed butter poached scallops with smoked eggplant, golden beet, radish and pistachio…

Scallops With Eggplant

We split a salad of mixed greens and flowers from the Farm’s garden, with mustard seed vinaigrette, and crispy Thomasville Tomme cheese…

Garden Flowers and Greens with Thomasville Tomme Cheese

For entrées one of us had pork tenderloin brined in sweet tea and sage, smoked over hickory, with potato puree, sauteed garden greens and blueberry moonshine sauce…

Pork Tenderloin at Mast Farm Inn's Simplicity Restaurant

The other entrée was North Carolina Golden Tilefish (the Filet Mignon of NC fish), with chickpea dusted sesame and Parmesan garden bean salad and roasted fingerling potatoes and king trumpet mushrooms…

NC Golden Tilefish With King Trumpet Mushrooms

For desert we split a mixed berry cobbler with house-churned maple ice cream…

Mixed Berry Cobbler With House Churned Ice Cream

Andrew Long is the Executive Chef of the Mast Farm Inn’s award-winning Simplicity Restaurant. Andrew, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, came to the Inn from Storie Street Grille in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, where he built a solid reputation for serving creative cuisine focused on high-quality local products.

Simplicity Restaurant at the Mast Farm Inn is open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Call 828-963-5857.

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Great Stay at the Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC

Historic Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC

We spent the night last week near Boone, North Carolina, at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis. When the opportunity arose for us to stay at this world renowned historic country inn, we couldn’t resist. The parlor in the Mast Farm Inn has a cozy fireplace, and I’m sure it’s a treat on cold winter days. We were happy to see a familiar book (our Blue Ridge Travel Guide) on the coffee table…

Picture of the Parlor at the Mast Farm Inn

Thankfully, there were copies of Blue Ridge Travel Guide in each of the seven guest rooms in the main Farm House, including Nell’s beautiful room…

Nell's Room at the Mast Farm Inn

…and Cousin Sarah’s cozy and romantic room…

Cousin Sarah's Room at the Mast Farm Inn

In addition to the Farm House guest rooms, there are several quaint, private cottages and rustic cabins on the grounds. We were originally booked in the Loom House log cabin…

Loom House at Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC

The Loom House is “the first house, a two-room log cabin…built between 1810 and 1812…[it] remains today as the oldest inhabitable log cabin in North Carolina… [and] it is called the ‘Loom House’ because Aunt Josie Mast turned that original log cabin into a loom house and became celebrated for her coverlets, rugs, and handbags. Some of her coverlets are in the Smithsonian today,” according to the Mast Farm Inn web site.

Loom House History at Mast Farm Inn

When we arrived we found our accommodations were upgraded to the Granary Cottage across the road from the Farm House, and adjacent to the Historic Mast Farm Inn Barn…

Working Barn at the Mast Farm Inn

The Granary Cottage is very private and has its own parking area…

Picture of the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

When we stepped inside we were surprised at the size. It was much more than we needed, with a large sitting area…

Living Area of the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

Here’s a photo from the loft above…

View of the Granary Cottage Living Area from the Loft

And there’s a bed in the loft…

Loft Bed in the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

Plus two other bedrooms and two full baths. We chose the cozy room downstairs…

Cozy First Floor Bedroom in the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

There’s an even larger bedroom upstairs with a soaking tub and a separate shower…

Large Bedroom in the Granary Cottage

From the deck behind the Granary Cottage we enjoyed a beautiful view of the mountains, serene pasture, and corral…

Pasture Behind the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

The next morning we awoke to a foggy mist with goats and horses running in the corral…

Animals in Pasture Behind the Granary Cottage at the Mast Farm Inn

…and a spectacular breakfast (in a little while we’ll describe our delicious meals at the Mast Farm Inn’s Simplicity Restaurant). The staff at the Mast Farm Inn is remarkably warm and hospitable. The inn is located at 2543 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 (map). For reservations and lodging information at the Mast Farm Inn call (828) 963-5857 or visit the Mast Farm Inn web site here.

LaZoom – A Little History And A Lot Of Laughs

LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours in Asheville, NC

We finally rode the open-air purple bus with LaZoom Comedy Tours in Asheville, NC. What a hoot! The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” took on new meaning. It was the fastest hour-and-a-half we can remember. If you haven’t taken the tour, lighten your load and as LaZoom says, “Get on the bus!”

Redneck Earlene Hootch, Tour Guide, LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours, Asheville, NC

A few years ago we saw a bumper sticker on a car that said “Keep Asheville Weird” and LaZoom is definitely helping. Nothing was off limits to our hilarious, redhead (and self-described redneck) tour guide, Earlene Hooch, in her muumuu from Good Will. She pointed out (and took shots) at almost everything weird and sacred to Asheville, from the rich, trust-fund-hippies to the eat-local and gluten-free fanatics.

Sister Bad Habit, LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours, Asheville, NC

Talking about sacred, Sister Bad Habit is also very entertaining. Somehow she gets off the bus numerous times and catches up to it later wearing different outfits and skits. Every encounter was hilarious.

Funny Skits On The Lazoom Purple Bus Comedy Tour

You’ll find yourself laughing throughout the trip, and like us, you’ll wonder where the time went (and wish it didn’t have to end so soon) so check out LaZoom online here. And for additional pictures of the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour click here.

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