In the historic Montford district, a short walk from great restaurants
Exhibits Southern hospitality and charm in nearly every detail
Wine and cheese happy hour on the porch
Quiet location with several private seating areas around the garden
Scrumptious and filling three-course savory or sweet breakfast served daily
Thoughtful touches in rooms include fresh flowers and handmade soap
Rooms have super-comfortable beds; some have fireplaces
Turndown service includes chocolates on pillows
Breakfasts can accommodate special diets
Historic downtown Asheville is at least a 15-minute walk away
Few amenities; no gym or pool (typical of a B&B)
This lovely, six-room property combines hotel-like amenities -- free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, fax and copy machine, bathrobes, and even turndown service -- with unique extras like scrumptious home-cooked breakfasts, daily happy hour on the porch, and special touches like fresh flowers and handmade soap in every room. The Applewood radiates southern warmth and welcome, with innkeepers who emphasize both community and privacy for guests. It is an ideal place for couples, groups of girlfriends, and small families with older children. Business travelers and parents with small children would likely be better equipped at larger hotels, as this hotel lacks amenities like a fitness center and pool.
Colonial manor with historic charm on a private acre
An ivy-lined driveway winding past tall pines and leafy trees arrives at the three-story Applewood Inn, dating back to the turn of the century. The bright red colonial home with clean white trim is surrounded by lawns and gardens, where guests can relax at shaded tables and chairs. Inside, the inn has been carefully decorated with patterned rugs, lacy curtains, and antique wooden furniture, including a beautiful grand piano and grandfather clock in the parlor. The innkeepers have maintained much of the original décor and added to the unique family heirlooms throughout -- breakfast is served with WWII-era silverware. The long dining room table, flanked by a cabinet of trinkets and fine china plates lining the walls, looks like a quintessential Southern home -- which is how The Applewood feels in every corner and airy porch (there are at least three, all equipped with plenty of chairs and a swing).
On a quiet street in historic Montford, walking distance from restaurants
Many guests of The Applewood choose to drive to downtown Asheville (five minutes) rather than walk (15 to 20 minutes), but the walk is pleasant, through the charming and historic Montford neighborhood and past many delightful cafes and restaurants. The Inn sits on its own private acre-and-a-half of land a block away from the relatively bustling Montford Avenue and Montford Park. Asheville Regional Airport is just over 20 minutes away by car, the University of North Carolina at Asheville campus is about a 15-minute walk, and Haywood Park in the middle of downtown Asheville is about a 20-minute walk.
There are five suites to choose from, as well as the stand-alone Cortland Cottage. All are immaculately clean, warm, and welcoming with charming B&B-style: painted iron or wood-framed beds, leather or floral-upholstered armchairs, patterned rugs, doilies, and antiques. Each room has a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and iPod dock, plus special touches like fresh flowers, bathrobes, and handmade lavender and oatmeal soap. Daily turndown service includes chocolates on pillows. All rooms have private bathrooms with shower/tub combos. Some have fireplaces and private balconies with Adirondack chairs. The Cortland Cottage is the most private option, located 30 feet away from the house and equipped with a two-person bathtub, mini-fridge/freezer, wet bar, and coffeemaker.
Three-course breakfast, daily happy hour, and handmade soap
The amazing three-course breakfasts (included in the rates) are a top feature at The Applewood, offering made-from-scratch items like lemon bread and granola, and rotating between savory and sweet; chefs can also accommodate special diets. Breakfast is served by candlelight, with WWII-era silverware that was owned by the innkeeper's grandmother. In addition, the inn offers daily free happy hour on the front porch with wine, soda, and homemade snacks. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the property, and there is free Wi-Fi, on-site parking, and coffee and tea all day. Guests have access to fax and copy machines, puzzles and games, and a grand piano and guitar.
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