Regarded as a “literary colossus of his age,” Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He is most often regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular. In fact, it has been recognized as one of the most influential works to have ever been written.
A Christmas Carol was first published by Chapman & Hall on December 19, 1843. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter man who receives supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Those visits result in an ideological, ethical and emotional transformation.
Dickens’ novella is noted to be one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. Still, it brings unforgettable images of darkness and despair. Scrooge is thought to be the embodiment of winter. His cold heart is restored, just as spring renews life.
As A Christmas Carol rejuvenated old Christmas traditions, a tradition will continue in 2014 at the Orchard Inn. Our five Dickens Dinners have become a highly anticipated annual tradition. It is truly the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit. On December 6, 11, 13, 19, or 20, you’ll enter our spectacular living room with a roaring fire in the fireplace. You’ll gaze at our beautifully decorated 10-foot tree with candles burning all around. The smell of evergreen will fill the room as you taste spiced wine and enjoy the soft joyous sound of holiday music.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7. Everyone will enter the dining room at the same time, however, so seating is limited. A sumptuous four-course special holiday meal will excite your taste buds, such as: Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Austrian Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Baby Greens Salad with Orchard Inn Dressing, Choice of Crispy Duck with Homemade Mango Chutney or Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Rosemary Infused Pears or Fresh Local Rainbow Trout Almandine, and a choice of two fabulous desserts.
In between each delicious course, the Orchard Inn’s very own Mr. Pickwick will read from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. After dinner, everyone will come into the candlelit living room to listen to the end of the story and toast to the spirit of Christmas with a Smoking Bishop (a hot spiced port wine).
Set aside these dates in December for a Dickens Dinner. The cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of the upstairs rooms at the Orchard Inn for only $120.
Our charming and elegant Asheville area bed and breakfast is the perfect destination for those looking for picturesque natural sights and comfortable hospitality. In addition to the guest rooms in the main building, we have five cottage suites complete with fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private decks.
We guarantee this magical holiday evening at our 12-acre mountaintop retreat to be one you’ll always remember. The Inn will offer wine and beer and does suggest jackets for gentlemen. Make your reservations now by calling 828-749-5471.