Asheville is a city of breathtaking art deco architecture and a rich history, but the reason why those old-timey buildings are still around is not as romantic. As a town, it’s recovery from the Great Depression in the 20s was a long and arduous road, and those buildings were not rebuiltre-built because the city had gone into financial stagnation.
The rose that is today’s Asheville bloomed out of those difficult times. Now, it’s earned many nicknames, from ‘one of the most romantic cities in the south’ to ‘the happiest place in America’. So if you’re looking to be happy in love with some place (or someone), this is the perfect city for you to visit. And to make your stay easier, we’ve picked out 5 gorgeous HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals that capture Asheville’s intimate charm.
1. The Mermaid Cottage (from 117 USD)
The mermaid cottage is a tiny sanctuary for two with the loveliest personal touches and details. The cottage aims to capture elements of the Mediterranean and France with its clean cut white walls and Parisian chic simplicity.
The breakfast area has a reading loft which is perfect to cosy up in, chic and wooden-framed. The colours chosen blend in nicely with the greenery outside. Artistic details and pieces like the whale with flowers and the tableware with gold detail give the place an artistic, lived in feel. The bedroom in this HomeAway is simple, small and romantic with a wide window just above your bed. Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping so close will make you feel like a Cinderella. Perhaps the bath tiles are what gives this cottage it’s name - the penny tiles are an iridescent rainbow hue, changing colour as you shift your angle of view.
This is an adorable cottage, very artsy and comfortable. (…) The bed was very comfortable and the cottage was clean. There is no TV (not a problem for us) but there is free wifi. We were able to bring along our dog, which was great. You can tell from the photos that the owner is an artist - I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to visit Asheville - really gives you a feel for what Asheville is all about as a community. Ellen Aeschleman
The Mermaid Cottage In West Asheville
Area: Bradley St
Price: from 117 USD
Number of Guests: 2
2. Suite at Bittersweet (from 215 USD)
Need a sweet escape in the mountains? This vacation rental suite on Elk Mountain will suit you perfectly. Waltz into your HomeAway from home for the next few days down the catwalk leading up to your mountain abode. If you like the freshness of the cold mountain air, step outside and enjoy a magical twilight view you thought you could only find in novels. The bedroom, on par with the rest of the listing, is comfortable and functional. Sleep snugly under warm covers after a day of adventures in the area.
I cannot recommend this suite high enough. The pictures and description are accurate, but still can’t do this location justice. The views are spectacular, the suite is fully stocked with everything you could need, and you will love your time here. I was travelling alone, taking a break from a long road trip, but absolutely will be returning with my husband for a romantic getaway. If you want an escape, or just a home base while you’re enjoying everything Asheville and the mountains offer, this place is for you. Darcy Marcks
The Suite at Bittersweet
Area: Elk Mountain Scenic Highway
Price: from 215 USD
Number of Guests: 2
3. Spanish revival apartment (from 110 USD)
When you think of sexy and romantic, do you hear the strum of the Spanish guitar playing in your head? Then this vintage, restored 1920s apartment is all you need. Located in central Asheville, this vacation rental charms with its collection of local art, modern amenities and carefully curated antiques. It’s got this sensual maroon couch in the sunroom, waiting for you to cuddle with your partner or a book. The beds are plush and bedsheets tasteful and chic. Those soft fluffy sheets are great for a siesta or two. The bathroom even has a bathtub for you to relax and wash up at the end of a busy day around town.
My husband and I got married right outside of Asheville and decided to have a long honeymoon at this apartment. This place was so clean and nicely decorated. We felt right at home in the neighborhood too. It’s a great neighborhood to walk in, so we met several neighbors. Everyone was so nice and friendly, especially Shay and David the owners. They recommended some beautiful hiking spots and great restaurants too. We fell in love with the town and hope to come back and stay at this apartment next year for our anniversary. China & Devon
Historic 20's Spanish Revival Apartment
Area: Merrimon Ave
Price: from 110 USD
Number of Guests: 4
4. Telescopes, Hot Tub and Adventures for Two (from 173 USD)
If your idea of a romantic getaway involves whitewater rafting, hiking in beautiful forests and stargazing, this homeaway suits you to a T. This plush HomeAway mountain cabin comes with a 20 jet hot tub, a high power telescope, excellent wi-fi and travel guides. All of the amenities - your bed, the dining space and spots for stargazing fit neatly into one another. This vacation rental is no-frills, no-fuss and charming. This queen bed with luxury bedding is placed right next to a large window which looks out to the lush, large forest that you can spend the day exploring, giving you the feeling of being in a sanctuary in nature. Remember to bring your own hiking gear because the surrounding environment is perfect for it. Bask in the magic of the trees towering all around your home. And when you get back inside, be free to enjoy that spectacular all around view in comfort.
The cabin is exactly as described and photographed. Everything we needed was supplied. Tammy is easy to communicate with, and once arriving we didn’t need a thing. The surrounding area and Asheville are filled with many things to do…..and the cabin was so nice that some times we didn’t want to leave it……so we didn’t! The hot tub at night was a plus. We’d love to go back in the snow. Thank you Tammy. Marcy Rosenthal
Area: Nearest road is Black Oak Cove Road
Price: from 173 USD
Number of Guests: 2
5. Mimi's Cottage (from 171 USD)
Hidden within well-trimmed gardens and century old oak trees likes this colourful, fairytale HomeAway cottage that is absolutely perfect for any couple who wishes to explore the vibrancy that Asheville offers. Enter and experience the homeliness of the cottage. Look forward to romantic candlelit dinners for two at this quality wooden table. Snooze in a beautiful, clean bedroom upstairs with an upper window detail to let morning light flood the room to awake you. In house amenities like a bathtub and in-unit laundry machines make sure that your vacation is less about administrative planning and more about enjoying quality time with your loved one. It also comes with a wrap around porch to view the majestic trees around your house. Enjoying this proximity to nature in one of the most romantic cities in America is a memory you’ll want to hold on to forever.
This little place has it all. Easy access to Biltmore Village, Blueridge Parkway and downtown Asheville. Driving North or South on the Parkway is amazing. Perfect little trip for our first year anniversary! Bonus: The owners of this little cottage were a pleasure to chat with!!
'Mimi's Cottage' in Quiet Urban Setting!
Area: Devonshire PL
Price: from 171 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Asheville is magic from another time
There are so many art galleries and natural sceneries to enjoy in this city which enjoys its local talent and backdrops. So many reviewers and travellers talk about how enraptured they are by Asheville’s charm, so come and book your perfect HomeAway vacation rental to experience it yourself.
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