If you know anything about Asheville, then you know that its charming, historic inns and bed and breakfasts are what set it apart as a premier destination in the south. With the exception of the Grove Park Inn and Spa, you simply aren’t going to find luxury resort style accommodations in Asheville. However, what Asheville lacks in luxury, it makes up in charm and southern hospitality that can be found and experienced at one of the many bed and breakfasts around the city. Here are 5 Asheville bed and breakfasts that should be on your list when planning your trip.
1. 1900 Inn on Montford. A hallmark mansion in Asheville, the 1900 Inn on Montford is one of the city’s most popular bed and breakfasts, and difficult to get a room on short notice. Originally designed in 1900, the home has been restored and now stands as one of only a few North Carolina bed and breakfasts to be named an AAA four diamond award winner. Amenities of note include high-speed Internet access, live music on the weekends and the inn welcomes pets.
2. Bent Creek Lodge. This Asheville bed and breakfast is perfect for the travelers that want a retreat away from the hustle and bustle. Bent Creek Lodge is typical of what you might expect from a backcountry lodge deep in the mountains, yet it is convenient to downtown Asheville. Complimentary high-speed Internet access, nearby hiking and spectacular views are some of the highlights.
3. Chestnut Street Inn. Another one of Asheville’s early 1900 restored mansions, the Chestnut Street Inn is conveniently located near downtown. The highlight is the complimentary three-course breakfast that is served each morning. It’s also one of the few area inns that offers in-room massages.
4. Bella Luna Inn. The Bella Luna Inn, located in Black Mountain, may not offer the same grandeur as some of the other bed and breakfasts in Asheville, but it offers a cozy, intimate setting that is perfect for a retreat. The house is small, with only a few rooms, but rooms connect, which are perfect for traveling with a family or a group. It’s within walking distance of Black Mountain’s boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
5. The Biltmore Village Inn. This Asheville bed and breakfast offers one of the best views in the city, with a beautiful 360-degree view of Asheville and the outerlying mountains. The inn is located just a few blocks from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Rooms come with private baths, with most of them having whirlpool tubs.
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