There is no doubt that Asheville is a popular destination for tourists looking for a quiet and relaxing B&B to use as a leaping off point to explore the city and surrounding mountain region. The city is littered with B&Bs, most of which can’t be differentiated from the B&B across the street. A few, though, like Cedar Crest Inn, stand out from the crowd. Not only does Cedar Crest Inn offer a unique location near Asheville’s Biltmore Village, it has also been renovated and maintained with an eye for historic detail not found in other similar properties.
A House with a Storied History
Cedar Crest Inn is made up of a series of houses, the oldest of which, the main house, was built in 1891. The house was constructed as a socialite mansion by many of the same craftsmen who built the nearby by Biltmore Estate. The history of the Cedar Crest Inn has not been quite as celebrated though as the Vanderbilt’s pride-and-joy. Over the years, the Cedar Crest Inn has operated as both a sanitarium and a boarding house. Today, the elaborate Queen Anne style house sits atop its hillside perch as a proud reminder of the past and a luxurious B&B.
One of a Kind Accommodations
Ornate is the word to describe every detail that goes into the property’s many guest rooms that are spread out across the main house, the two cottages, and the carriage house. While the guest quarters in the main house are the smallest, they are the most opulent. In particular, the Queen Anne bedroom with its dramatic draped ceiling is popular amongst guests. Room choices range from standard B&B offerings to one and two bedroom suites. All include bottle water, CD-players, robes, TVs, mini-fridges, individual heaters, and hairdryers. Some include fireplaces to snuggle up in front of on cold winters nights.
Plenty of Public Spaces to Relax In
While the main house rooms may fall on the small side, there are plenty of public spaces to make up for the tight guest quarters. The main floor consists of a series of quaint sitting rooms, all decorated with the same detail as the accommodations with paneled walls, beaded board wainscoting, fluted columns, and a Tiffany stained glass window. The most comfortable spot though is in front of the crackling fireplace. It calls for a glass of wine and a good book.
Exquisite Three-Course Breakfast
Breakfast is another area where Cedar Crest Inn stands out from the competition. Most B&Bs in Asheville have a strict breakfast seating time. Here, the rules are a little less stringent. Guests can amble into the dining room anything between 8:30am and 9:30am for their three-course feast. Like most B&Bs, no other meals are available, but water, coffee, and sweet tea are offered throughout the day. Wine and baked good are available from 2-8:00pm each day.
A Unique Location for an Asheville B&B
Cedar Crest Inn is uniquely located in Asheville’s popular Biltmore Village neighborhood, offering more of a relaxed vibe than the ebb-and-flow of downtown Asheville. Plenty of shops and restaurants are a short drive from the property. More important, the Biltmore Estate is right around the corner. For guests looking to tour the Biltmore Estate, Cedar Crest Inn sells tickets at a reduced rate.
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