b'Creative Mountain Food Tours'http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/b''en_USIn The NewsWed, 12 Apr 2017 20:47:27 +0000The Prettiest Town to Tour In!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/the-prettiest-town-to-tour-in/<p>Black Mountain, North Carolina earned the title of "America's Prettiest Small Town!" Check out some reasons why our little town rocks:&nbsp;https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2017/03/13/5-reasons-why-black-mountain-nc-is-americas-prettiest-small-town/</p>Alli GribbenWed, 12 Apr 2017 20:47:27 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/the-prettiest-town-to-tour-in/Great Article on Creative Mountain Food Tours!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/great-article-on-creative-mountain-food-tours/<p>Check out this article published in Pink Magazine out of Hilton Head NC! the writer visited Black Mountain, stayed at the Inc on Mill Creek and took a foodie tour with us! &nbsp;<a href="http://itsallpink.com/features/item/the-inn-on-mill-creek">http://itsallpink.com/features/item/the-inn-on-mill-creek</a></p>Alli GribbenWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:02:31 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/great-article-on-creative-mountain-food-tours/CREATIVE MOUNTAIN FOOD TOURS EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCEhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/creative-mountain-food-tours-earns-2016-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence/<p>Black Mountain, NC &ndash; May 29, 2016. Creative Mountain Food Tours today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor&reg; Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to receive this certificate of excellence on behalf of TripAdvisor. From day one we have strived to provide exemplary service to our customers, with the goal of giving them an experience they will remember for days and years to come&rdquo;, said Sandi and Len Eskew, Owners of Creative Mountain Food Tours. We love Black Mountain and are proud to introduce our guests to such a wonderful town!&rdquo;</p> <p>"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,&rdquo; said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. &ldquo;This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.&nbsp;</p>Alli GribbenSun, 29 May 2016 19:30:28 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/creative-mountain-food-tours-earns-2016-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence/Mother&#39;s Day Dessert Tourhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/mothers-day-dessert-tour/<p>Treat your mom or friend to a sweet Mother's Day adventure! &nbsp;Creative Mountain Food Tours will be offering a Mother's Day Dessert Tour on Sunday May 8 in Black Mountain. &nbsp;Stroll through our historic town and experience desserts from 4-5 local restarurants on this guided walking tour starting at 2:00 pm EST. This tour is open to everyone so you don't have to be a mom to join us! &nbsp;<a href="http://www.creativemountainfoodtours.com">Book Now</a></p> <p><img src="/static/media/uploads/img_2197.jpg" width="326" height="245" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></p>Alli GribbenFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:10:30 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/mothers-day-dessert-tour/Treat that Special Someone to a &quot;Foodie&quot; experience on Valentine Weekendhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/treat-that-special-someone-to-a-foodie-experience-on-valentines-weekend/<p>Make a reservation today for an Ultimate Foodie Tour or Dessert Tour on Valentine Weekend. &nbsp;Treat that special someone to an experience to remember! &nbsp;Beat the crowds and do something different! &nbsp;Visit 5-6 Black Mountain eateries in an afternoon, stroll through town and immerse yourself into everything this quaint town has to offer. &nbsp;Visit<a href="/"> www.creativemountainfoodtours.com</a>, click on "view calendar" at the top of the page to see dates and times and&nbsp;to book a tour.</p> <p><img src="/static/media/uploads/img_2234.jpg" width="326" height="245" /></p>Alli GribbenMon, 18 Jan 2016 20:01:05 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/treat-that-special-someone-to-a-foodie-experience-on-valentines-weekend/Give the Gift of &quot;Experiences&quot; this Season!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/give-the-gift-of-experiences-this-season/<p><img style="vertical-align: bottom;" src="/static/media/uploads/give_experiences.jpg" width="521" height="600" />Purchase a Creative Mountain Food Tour Gift Certificate between November 27-Dec 31, 2016 and receive $5 off each ticket.&nbsp; Use the promotion code "experience" when purchasing at <a href="/gift-certificates/">http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/gift-certificates/</a>.&nbsp; Gift Certificates will be valid now through December 2016.&nbsp;</p>Alli GribbenFri, 27 Nov 2015 13:44:41 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/give-the-gift-of-experiences-this-season/Bachelors and Bachelorettes Take Creative Mountain Food Tourshttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/bachelors-and-bachelorettes-take-creative-mountain-food-tours/<p><img style="float: left;" src="/static/media/uploads/image1.jpg" width="228" height="161" />Want a unique way to host a bachelor or bachelorette party? Book a walking foodie tour! A great way to spend time together in a fun, creative and delicious way! Recently a&nbsp;young lady&nbsp;booked a dessert tour with us and it was a complete surprise to the bride! She and the whole bridal party strolled through Black Mountain eating delectible desserts at five local eateries while getting to spend valuable time together.&nbsp; &nbsp;An experience to remember!</p> <p><img src="/static/media/uploads/image2.jpg" width="228" height="164" /></p>Alli GribbenSat, 12 Sep 2015 13:56:12 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/bachelors-and-bachelorettes-take-creative-mountain-food-tours/July 3-4 Weekend Special in Black Mountainhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/july-3-4-weekend-special/<div></div> <div>Want a great way to start your&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://1" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1">July 4th</a>&nbsp;Weekend? Sign up for one of our Creative Mountain Food Tours this weekend in Black Mountain and save! &nbsp;Local brew and great food awaits our guests&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://2" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="2">on Friday afternoon</a>&nbsp;at Pub and Grub Crawl in Black Mountain or an Ultimate Foodie Tour showcasing Southern inspired cuisine&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://3" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors-result="3">on Saturday afternoon</a>. &nbsp;Book your tickets for either tour using the promotion code "fireworks" at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.creativemountainfoodtours.com/">www.creativemountainfoodtours.com</a>&nbsp;and receive a 10% discount off each ticket. &nbsp;Bring family and friends and sip, stroll, taste and explore with us this weekend!</div>Alli GribbenMon, 29 Jun 2015 16:08:31 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/july-3-4-weekend-special/In The NewsWalking Food Tour Company Expands as Anniversary Approacheshttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/walking-food-tour-company-expands-as-anniversary-approaches/<p></p> <p>Walking Food Tour Company to Expand Offerings as Anniversary Approaches</p> <p>Black Mountain, NC &ndash; Creative Mountain Food Tours will be celebrating its one year anniversary this month and couldn&rsquo;t be more pleased with the success thus far. Over 800 tour guests from 28 states, Canada and the UK have been delighted to experience Black Mountains&rsquo; southern charm and hospitality. Participating restaurants and shops have loved entertaining the guests and are looking forward to repeat visits from &ldquo;day trippers&rdquo; who participated in the tours from over 70 cities in NC!</p> <p>Owners Sandi and Len Eskew are celebrating the company&rsquo;s anniversary by expanding the offerings in Black Mountain to include a &ldquo;Round the World&rdquo; tour. Currently there are three tour theme options available: the Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour, the Ultimate Foodie Tour and the Pub and Grub Crawl. The tours are conducted on weekend afternoons and incorporate small plate tastings in at least five restaurants in walking distance of one another. All tour stops include meet and greets with the chefs and owners, who provide information about themselves, the cuisine and fun trivia about their historical and architectural surroundings.</p> <p>The Round the World Tour will provide guests with yet another option to experience a taste of Black Mountain with an International flair. Beginning June 27, guests can walk and visit a variety of internationally inspired shops and restaurants. This excursion will include tastings with such partners as Europa, a European gift shop; Berliner Kindl, one of the oldest and best German restaurants in Western NC; Dobra Tea, a Japanese inspired tea house; FRESH, a local Italian favorite; Visions of Creation, a unique shop with Scottish and Columbian owners; and La Guingette, serving sweet and savory crepes, tamales and empanadas.</p> <p>To book tickets on any of the walking food tours or to get more information, visit www.creativemountainfoodtours.com.</p> <p>- ### -</p>Alli GribbenSat, 13 Jun 2015 12:51:23 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/walking-food-tour-company-expands-as-anniversary-approaches/In The NewsFathers Day Gift Ideahttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/fathers-day-gift-idea/<p>Why not give Dad a great experience he will remember? Take him on a Pub and Grub Crawl or Ultimate Foodie Tour in Black Mountain this Fathers Day weekend (June 19 and 20). &nbsp;It's a great way to spend time together while sipping and tasting great local food and drinks.<img style="float: right;" src="/static/media/uploads/img_1982.jpg" width="265" height="170" /> If you can't make it Father's Day weekend, we have many other dates available this season. To make your experience even sweeter, use the promotion code "dad" when booking your ticket and receive a discount. &nbsp;Tickets need to be purchased in June in order to receive the discount but can be applied to any tour through September 2015. &nbsp;We also have gift certificates that can be emailed or mailed to that special person. &nbsp;Check out our website at www.creativemountainfoodtours.com to book a ticket, purchase a gift certificate or learn more about our tours.</p>Alli GribbenThu, 11 Jun 2015 14:41:53 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/fathers-day-gift-idea/New &quot;Round the World&quot; Food Tour in Black Mountain - Launching in June!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/round-the-world-tour-launching-in-june/<p>Did you know that Black Mountain is not only a hidden culinary gem for all things Southern; it also has a variety of internationally inspired shops and restaurants?&nbsp; Beginning in June, Creative Mountain Food Tours will be launching a second tour offering on Saturday afternoons. Now you will have two tours to choose from on Saturday afternoons with a completely different experience.&nbsp; We will continue to offer the &ldquo;Ultimate Foodie Tour&rdquo; and will add the &ldquo;Round the World Tour&rdquo;.&nbsp; This walking food tour will include such partners as <b>Europa</b>, a European gift shop; <b>Berliner Kindl</b> one of the oldest and best German restaurants in Western NC, <b>Dobra Tea,</b> a Japanese inspired tea house; <b>Fresh</b>&nbsp; -Italian fare; <b>Visions of Creation</b> &ndash; Scottish owner and Columbian jewelry maker and <b>La Guingette</b> serving sweet and savory crepes, tamales, empanadas and more!&nbsp;<a href="http://my.getinsellout.com/providers/creative-mountain-food-tours/skus/round-the-world-tour/buy?pl=-1">BOOK NOW</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Alli GribbenMon, 18 May 2015 21:23:47 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/round-the-world-tour-launching-in-june/Mother&#39;s Day Gift Ideahttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/mothers-day-gift-idea/<p><img src="/static/media/uploads/slides/slider_187080428.png" width="305" height="110" /></p> <p>Mother's Day is right around the corner but your mother may not be! No time to shop, buy and ship so why not give a Creative Mountain Food Tour Gift Certificate! &nbsp;Conveniently emailed directly in time to give her a perfectly delicious gift! &nbsp;Gift Certificates can be used on any of our tours and do not have an expiration. Go with her or encourage her to take a friend on these walking food tours&nbsp;through the quaint town of Black Mountain! &nbsp;<a href="https://my.getinsellout.com/providers/creative-mountain-food-tours/gift_certificates/new">Click here to purchase!&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Alli GribbenThu, 16 Apr 2015 01:51:46 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/mothers-day-gift-idea/Private Foodie Tours in Black Mountain http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/private-foodie-tours-in-black-mountain/<p>Groups of all kinds are contacting Creative Mountain Food Tours to schedule private walking food tours in Black Mountain in 2015!&nbsp; Recently, a Girl Scout leader called to arrange a "Round the World" tour for her group of 10 year olds.&nbsp; At the end of May, over 50 RV Rally attendees are interested in experiencing Dessert and Foodie Tours as well as our Pub and Grub&nbsp;Crawl.&nbsp; Coming in June, we will be hosting a group on a College Church retreat as well as two girl's weekends and a neighborhood ladies group!&nbsp; In the fall, at least 5 couples from Philly are asking us to arrange multiple activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Give us a call at (828) 419-0590 so we can help arrange an experience to remember!</p> <p><img src="/static/media/uploads/winter_pic.jpg" width="152" height="161" />&nbsp; <img src="/static/media/uploads/hidden_lake_group.jpg" width="152" height="156" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Alli GribbenTue, 14 Apr 2015 13:02:29 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/private-foodie-tours-in-black-mountain/Happy Customer!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/happy-customer/<p>A couple from Boone took our Ultimate Foodie Tour on Saturday and he was very pleased with his experience; so pleased he posted this blog....</p> <p><a href="http://blog.lookingforthelongride.com/2015/03/31/getting-out-of-dodge-for-a-food-tour/">http://blog.lookingforthelongride.com/2015/03/31/getting-out-of-dodge-for-a-food-tour/</a></p>Alli GribbenWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:51:42 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/happy-customer/Food Lovers Weekend in Black Mountainhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/food-lovers-weekend-in-black-mountain/<p>Food Lovers Weekend - April 17-18</p> <p>The Red Rocker Inn invites you to join their FOOD LOVERS WEEKEND April 17 &amp; 18. We're starting with a six-course... wine dinner on Friday. Saturday begins with a cooking class at 11 am followed by a walking restaurant tour with Creative Mountain Food Tours at 2 pm. Still hungry? Have a bite for dinner either at The Red Rocker Inn, or elsewhere and then come back for decadent and romantic Fireside Desserts at 8 pm. The entire weekend is $120 per person or sign up for just the wine dinner for $60 per person. Call The Red Rocker Inn at (828) 669-5991 to reserve a spot and receive additional information.</p>Alli GribbenMon, 23 Mar 2015 01:52:56 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/food-lovers-weekend-in-black-mountain/In The News&quot;Off Season&quot; does not pertain to Creative Mountain Food Tours!http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/off-season-does-not-pertain-to-creative-mountain-food-tours/<p>Black Mountain's "off season"&nbsp;is typically&nbsp;the months of January - April when tourist traffic is down and&nbsp;business is slow.&nbsp; Creative Mountain Food Tours; in its first year of business, decided to challenge the "off season" by offering tours during this time to help stimulate the economy.&nbsp; The result:&nbsp; 8 tours;&nbsp;100 guests representing 15 states and 11 cities in NC!&nbsp; 100% of our guests loved Black Mountain, shopped and ate during their stay and ensured us that they will return.</p> <p><img src="/static/media/uploads/winter_pic.jpg" width="294" height="270" /></p>Alli GribbenThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:02:40 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/off-season-does-not-pertain-to-creative-mountain-food-tours/In The NewsSmall bites: A taste of Black Mountainhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/small-bites-a-taste-of-black-mountain/<p>A new business is opening in Black Mountain that&rsquo;s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain&rsquo;s picturesque downtown.</p> <p>A total of 13 carefully vetted, locally owned eateries and watering holes are participating, say the Eskews, who moved to a log home in McDowell County three years ago from West Virginia and have grown to love Black Mountain. At each stop, restaurant owners and chefs will greet and chat with tour participants behind the scenes about local culture, history and cuisine, they explain. Theme options are: Dessert Tour, Ultimate Food Tour and the Pub and Grub Crawl.</p> <p>The Eskews came up with the business idea while on on a food tour in Asheville last year. &ldquo;We saw this as something we can do together,&rdquo; says Sandi Eskew. &ldquo;Len always says that Western North Carolina draws creativity out of you that you never knew existed. &hellip; It&rsquo;s all about creating experiences for people that they will remember for years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>The tours launch on Friday, June 20, and are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays through November. Space is limited to 12 guests per tour. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 per person. Tours are open to all ages &mdash; except the Pub and Grub Crawl, which is only for ages 21 and older.</p> <p><strong>Written by Gina Smith via <a href="http://mountainx.com/food/small-bites-a-taste-of-black-mountain/">mountainx.com</a></strong></p>vannoppenMon, 23 Jun 2014 09:40:58 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/small-bites-a-taste-of-black-mountain/Food tours offer a taste of Black Mountainhttp://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/food-tours-offer-a-taste-of-black-mountain/<p>There&rsquo;s a new company in Black Mountain that will help locals and tourists alike discover the drinks, dishes, and culture that local restaurants have to offer.</p> <p>Sandi and Len Eskew will kick off their Creative Mountain Food Tours June 20. These tours will last from 2 - 5 p.m. on select Friday and Saturdays, and will incorporate small plate tastings in at least five local restaurants. Space is limited to 12 guests per tour.</p> <p>The Eskews emphasized that the tours are for both visitors and Black Mountain natives.</p> <p>&ldquo;Black Mountain is a hidden culinary gem, and we want to help friends and visitors explore a taste of the town,&rdquo; Sandi said. &ldquo;There are so many great restaurants in a small, walkable area.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thirteen restaurants will participate in the Creative Mountain Food Tours. The restaurants had to meet certain criteria - they had to be locally owned and within reasonable walking distance of downtown Black Mountain. All of the owners must know the history of the building or area in which they operate, and they must have a desire to share their story with tour-goers.</p> <p>&ldquo;The people who are most excited about this are the chefs,&rdquo; Len said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re looking forward to telling their stories and giving inside looks into their restaurants.&rdquo;</p> <p>There are three tour theme options available: the Dessert Tour, the Ultimate Foodie Tour, and the Pub and Grub Crawl.</p> <p>The Dessert Tour will feature a variety of sweets and will have non-alcoholic drink options available. The Ultimate Foodie Tour will resemble a progressive dinner and include a variety of small plate offerings, some of which will be paired with local beers and wines. The Pub and Grub Crawl will focus on local brews and snacks featured in Black Mountain restaurants and pubs, and is geared to adults 21 and over.</p> <p>The Eskews said that they will incorporate more than just food in the tours. Tour stops will include meet and greets with the restaurant chefs and owners, who will provide information about themselves, the restaurant, and the surrounding area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to make this an entertaining afternoon for our guests,&rdquo; Sandi said.</p> <p>The Eskews moved to the mountains three years ago, and quickly fell in love with Black Mountain&rsquo;s small-town feel.</p> <p>They came up with the idea for the company last year, when Sandi was on a food tour in Asheville. The Eskews often took family and friends on impromptu &ldquo;food tours&rdquo; around the Black Mountain restaurants, and wanted to expose more people to the wide array of the town&rsquo;s eateries.</p> <p><strong>Written by Katilin Mundy via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blackmountainnews.com/article/20140528/BLACKMOUNTAINNEWS/305280005/Food-tours-offer-taste-Black-Mountain">Black Mountain News</a></strong></p>vannoppenThu, 29 May 2014 20:36:23 +0000http://creativemountainfoodtours.com/blog/food-tours-offer-a-taste-of-black-mountain/In The News