Plotting to catch Cupid’s attention? We polled the innkeepers of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association for the best romantic places. You’ll fall in love with their answers–and find some good spots to steal a kiss, too.
Love With a Victorian Accent
At the Beaufort House Inn, there’s a “kissing nook” on the landing of the winding, wooden staircase, original to the 1894 house. Charlton Heston lived here for a short time, and romantic places abound at this Victorian bed and breakfast. Their front porch gazebo invites both couples and crowds.
Once guests force themselves to leave the house, innkeepers Christina and Jim Muth recommend a romantic stroll on the front lawn of the Biltmore House & Gardens. Tip: The new “Fashionable Romance” exhibition featuring wedding gowns in film and Vanderbilt heirlooms runs February 12 through July 4, 2016. The Biltmore House is America’s largest privately-owned home.
Wrap up your day or toast your beloved at the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar. Christina likes telling guests about this used bookstore and its “glowing atmosphere with intimate seating corners.” Cheers!
Romantic Places: Dinner, Anyone?
Crooked Oak Mountain Inn is nestled on a mountaintop wrapped in trees and rhododendrons. A fire pit sizzles and spits on temperate nights, inviting storytelling and guitar playing. Innkeepers Michael (most people call him Bear) and Patti are former caterers. They know their way around the dinner table…and Asheville restaurants, too.
Their top romantic places recommendation is Zambra. Travel + Leisure describes Zambra as a “colorful, secret world…designed by a local artist, the low-lit retreat is accented with Moorish arches, wooden columns, and booths lined with throw pillows.” The restaurant serves an eclectic tapas menu with Spanish, Portuguese and North African accents and local North Carolina ingredients. You’ll likely encounter a belly dancer, too!
Hankering for a view of the Asheville skyline? Patti and Bear recommend the Sky Bar at Asheville’s historic Flatiron Building for a drink or coffee. It’s especially lovely (and also busier) at sunset.
A Place to Stroll
Emily and Bill, innkeepers at A Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast, worked together in the medical profession as a medical illustrator and photographer in Boston before focusing their artistic passions on the inn.
They recommend wandering the sculpture garden at The Grovewood Gallery as one of their favorite romantic places. The gallery is a family-owned gem, adjacent to the grounds of The Omni Grove Park Inn. Emily says you can find a bench or intriguing sculpture hidden away here…and enjoy a few intimate moments.
Heartpounding Hikes and Drum Circles
If the weather is good, Susan and James from Carolina Bed and Breakfast encourage guests to grab a picnic from the nearby Greenlife Grocery and take the five-mile hike to John Rock in the Pisgah National Forest.
Closer to the inn, they recommend the Asheville Drum Circle at Pritchard Park, a free event occurring every Friday evening in downtown. (The drum circles move indoors during the winter).
They tell guests to end the evening with a dessert at Katie Button’s second restaurant, Nightbell Restaurant & Lounge.
Finally, Susan says the swing on the front porch of their 1901 American Craftsman-style home is one of their guests’ favorite romantic places, too.
Heat Things Up in Hot Springs
More than one inn recommended taking a picnic and hiking the Lover’s Leap trail in Hot Springs, NC. It’s about 45 minutes away from Asheville. The Appalachian Trail goes right through the center of this quaint mountain town. Take the 1.6-mile loop from downtown to Lover’s Leap. If you’re in fair shape, this hike will get you breathing hard and take about an hour and a half.
After the hike, innkeepers Gary and Cindy from North Lodge on Oakland Bed and Breakfast recommend the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The resort’s written history dates back to 1778 when white settlers discovered the springs – and artifacts used by Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee used the springs for their curative powers. Plan to relax with a couple’s massage followed by sparkling wine and a private mineral bath.
Arturo and Emilie at Chestnut Street Inn will pack a bath mat, towels and even a rubber duckie for guests heading to Hot Springs. They’ll book their favorite tub for you, in advance.
Whatever the occasion, the 16 inns of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association offer a unique gateway into Asheville. Our innkeepers might even have additional romantic places to share by the time you arrive. Check inn and room availability and book online, or call 828-250-0200 for more information. Gift certificates are available too.