Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gatewood Hall Gracious Home Presents Trunk Shows and Specials This Weekend!

To help you get you ready for the Holidays we will be adding even more fun to Light Up Blue Ridge this Saturday November 27, 2010!!

We will be hosting Trunk Shows and special friends from some of our favorite lines like Beloise, Waxing Poetic, Pure Sanctuary, and Lenny & Eva Jewelry. Steve the owner/designer from True Riches will be here with some of his wonderful new one-of-a-kind crosses and we will be showing some cool belt buckles from a great line called Princess & Butch.

We are the place for Gracious Gifts and we can't wait to see you this weekend!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Join Gatewood Hall for Blue Friday & Light Up Blue Ridge!!

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and we are celebrating in Beautiful Downtown Blue Ridge!! The fun starts early on Friday November 26th. You've heard of "Black Friday"...well, we will be celebrating "Blue Friday". It will be old-fashioned shopping at its best! Stores will be opening early, and staying open late!! There will be early bird specials and strolling holiday entertainment!
The fun continues into Saturday, November 27th, for Light Up Blue Ridge!! Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive by train, there will be entertainment by Bartlee Norton and 64 Highway, and Maxwell Taylor. (Maxwell is WONDERFUL! We discovered him a few years ago when he performed at our friend Marlis' birthday party in Atlanta and we have enjoyed him ever since!). At dusk the lighting of the great tree is always loads of fun!! Please be sure to come downtown and see us! Remember our customers are welcome to park in our private GH lot behind our building!! (Please be sure to come in and get a parking pass)
We can't wait to see you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gatewood Hall The Place For Gracious Gifts & Holiday Decor

We've been busy elves this week finalizing our all of our Christmas decor and goodies for you! This year we are telling three holiday stories!

The first is "Shiny, Silver & Bright", our main tree is decorated in silver, platinum and mercury glass. I love the silver, glitter and bejeweled butterflies & dragonflies. What really makes this tree pop is the way Shawn layers everything. The silver glitter fern fronds, berries and leaves just add that dramatic, sparkling touch!

The second story is "Vintage Christmas". Think vintage look chocolate molds, cloaked Santa's, glitter snowmen, ornate holiday cards and beautiful canvas holiday journals! Don't you love the cloche ornaments above? In the Victorian days industrious mothers used old jars and would make similar ornaments using bottle brush trees and holiday toys.

The third story is "Redefined Rustic" in our Lodge Lounge we have decked the tree with beautiful mercury glass fish, acorn and pine cone ornaments. We have some beautiful bird ornaments and great looking bird nests to hide in the tree! Add in some hand blown and painted hunting (complete with the ATV), boating and fishing Santa's and as usual we have redefined Blue Ridge rustic! We also have some great looking deer statues, and stag heads that are in a natural finish. I love the artificial magnolia leaf wreaths, they look so real!!

Just arrived new Swedish "good boy & girl soaps" that are so fun and they smell like gingerbread cookies! They will love to wash their hands when it is with Gingerbread Soap! "When the kids are good and wash their hands, they deserve a treat, and one that's really neat! Like a warm bath to give them dreams of yummy gingerbread cookies and mugs of cocoa and cream". They make GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!! We also just received some fun PEACE and JOY soaps for the older kids!

You will love the new Juliska Wreath and Boxwood pattern for the holidays. They also have some beautiful new gift-boxed items that are well-priced. The cheese platter and knife is sure to be a favorite gift year round!

Finally, just in time for getting your home ready for the holidays, we have received some furniture from our recent High Point market trip. This leather and one of a kind vintage prayer rug chair above is wonderful!

We have four new styles of dining chairs that can be covered in many different fabrics. All of them are very comfortable which we felt important so that you and your guests can linger longer after a special meal! Right now we are offering a 30% discount on these styles!
Come in today and see us!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cucina Rustica Is Always A Treat!

This past Saturday night we enjoyed dinner at Cucina Rustica and as always it was OUTSTANDING! Cucina is always consistent, since they opened we have never had anything but excellent meals there. I have tried most of the items on the menu and you can't go wrong with anything. It is always a perfect choice to take your visitors.

Cucina features Italian country cuisine with definite highlights of chef Isabella's northern Italian heritage (her father is a well known chef also). The emphasis is on light, flavorful but not overpowering sauces and fresh ingredients. To add a special touch, a wood-fired oven is used to prepare baked dishes. The main entrees and pastas include favorites such as: Crespelle al Forno, Baked Spinach and Ricotta Crepes (heavenly!), Fillet Mignon with Porcini sauce (Shawn's Favorite), Tortellini All Nonna which is Meat-filled tortellini tossed in a rich cream sauce with prosciutto, peas and parmigiano (my favorite!) or even a traditional Pizza Margherita. They usually have daily specials that are out of this world. The dessert choices include several wonderful delights including the Tiramisu Della Mamma (it is absolutely the best Tiramisu that I've ever had). The separate dining areas allow for seating of private parties. For those who enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer with their dinner, Cucina Rustica is one of the first restaurants in Fannin County to receive a pouring license.

If you haven't been to Cucina Rustica you really are missing out! I promise you will love it. Owners John and Isabella along with their excellent, well-trained team will take great care of you, and you will leave in happy bliss! Located only about five minutes from downtown Blue Ridge at 76 Forge Mill Crossing in Morganton. It is best to make a reservation by calling 706-374-7474. Go treat yourself and tell them we sent you!!