When thinking about places to visit in North Carolina, Asheville is definitely one of the first places that comes to mind. Asheville is one of the few cities that can seamlessly combines the hustle and bustle of city life, with a rich history, and outdoor adventures. One day you can be enjoying dinner and cocktails in one of the many restaurants in one of the many downtown districts of Asheville including (but certainly not limited to) Biltmore Park, Downtown, Black Mountain, River Arts, Montford, etc. Then the next day you can stroll through the historic Biltmore Estate, which is the largest and most luxurious home in America or the Basilica of St. Lawrence, an architectural treasure of Asheville. And after that, you can take your adventure outdoors with activities like zip-lining at Navitat, hiking up Cold Mountain, or sliding down a natural waterslide at Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest. With so much to do and so much to see, a day trip is simply not enough for Asheville. So what better way to experience Asheville than by staying in a wonderful, historic hotel in the city where you can not only check out the attractions nearby, but also enjoy the historic nature of these hotels! So keep reading to learn more about some of the beautiful, historic hotels in Asheville, North Carolina for a vacation you will never forget.
Here we have the 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House. This Inn & Carriage House is one of the closest properties to the Biltmore Estate! It is also close to the Botanical Gardens and the US Cellular Center. Other popular attractions nearby include Wedge Brewery, North Carolina Arboretum, and the Funkatorium. Guests can choose from a variety of rooms here for a range of group sizes. Rooms for two guests include the Steven van Winkle room, Griffin Room, Celebration Suite, etc, which each have one queen bed; or if you are traveling with a large group you should check out the family friendly cottage that has one full bed and two queen beds (and is good for up to six guests). Each room and the Inn itself has beautiful details and exudes southern charm with its wrap around porch, hardwood floors, and antique-style decor! And aside from the beautiful rooms, each guest also can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast each morning - with the choice of a full American breakfast or a vegetarian breakfast! The 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House always leaves its guests very happy, and I’m sure you will love your experience there too!
You may recognize the name “Omni” because the Omni Grove Park Inn at Asheville is part of the popular and luxurious Omni Hotels chain you can find in a variety of destinations. The Omni Grove definitely lives up to its reputation with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a 10-minute drive to the Biltmore Estate, and a 15-minute ride to the North Carolina Arboretum. At the Inn you have the option of a variety of room styles including traditional, resort rooms, executive suites, and so many more (like the penthouse…). Rooms are furnished with classic oak decor, mini fridges, and more. There is also a subterranean spa, sports complex, and golf course on site. If you’re looking for a great meal, then check out the Sunset Terrace, Blue Ridge Dining Room, or the VUE. Omni has become a household name for luxurious resort living and the Omni Asheville does not disappoint.
The Haywood Park Hotel is actually located right in the Asheville City Center and only a 10-minute drive from the Biltmore Estate. Being in the city center also puts you at a five-minute walk to lots of shopping and entertainment plus the Asheville Civic Center, and a 10-minute drive to the University of North Carolina Asheville. As a guest here you will have your pick of rooms like the Master King Suite (one king bed, one sofa bed), Superior King Suite (one king bed, one sofa bed), Superior Two Queens Suite (two queen beds), and Grand King Suite (one king bed, one sofa bed). The suites are all furnished with flat screen TVs, mini fridges, Keurig coffee makers, comfortable furnishings and spa baths! When guests arrive they are greeted with complimentary champagne and then each morning of their stay they can start their day with breakfast from one of the restaurants on site, like Haywood Park Cafe or Isa’s French Bistro (did I mention breakfast was complimentary too?). Guests have loved their stay at the Haywood Park Hotel and you definitely will too.
Next here we have the Albermarle Inn, which is a bed and breakfast designed in a historic Greek Revival style, complete with the iconic white columns. The Albermarle Inn is just a short drive to the Biltmore Estate and Winery, Asheville City Center, and an even shorter walk to the Grove Park Inn. The rooms at the Inn are uniquely decorated with features like balconies, four poster canopy beds, and luxurious bathrooms. There is an array of rooms available for guests to choose from. You can stay in a Queen Room (one full bed), Deluxe Queen Room (one full bed), King Room (one queen bed), or King Suite (one twin bed, one queen bed). Furthermore, the Inn itself provides plenty of opportunities to get social with fellow guests. Each morning you can help yourself to a three course hot breakfast and then each evening you can mingle during the evening over hors d'oeuvres and beverages. You can even stroll through the gorgeous gardens or nestle up with a good book by the fireplace. No matter what your vacation needs, the Albemarle Inn will more than fit them.
Lastly, we have the beautiful and historic Princess Anne Bed and Breakfast in Central Asheville. The hotel is not far from the iconic Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Winery and just a 10-minute drive from Blue Ridge Parkway, a popular destination for outdoor picnicking and recreation. The Princess Anne itself has uniquely decorated rooms with warm wood floors, inviting colors and decor, along with room options like Superior Queen Suites (one queen bed), Deluxe Queen Rooms (one queen bed), and Master King Suites (one king bed, one sofa bed), each of which can accommodate two to four guests each, depending on the room. You will also get a gourmet breakfast each morning in addition to afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres each evening. With beautiful rooms and an amazing location, what’s not to love about the Princess Anne Bed and Breakfast?
Asheville here I come...
I mean ‘you’ come. Because these historic hotels are waiting for you, not me, well maybe both us…but don’t wait too long for this vacation of a lifetime.
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