Searching online for the perfect place to stay when you’re traveling can be stressful. If you’re like me, you look at lodging websites, carefully examining ALL the photos – especially shots of breakfast, if it’s offered. Then you go to TripAdvisor, Yelp, or both, reading reviews and looking at ALL their photos.
Your search for places to stay in Asheville just became easier! After a most wonderful opportunity came my way in the form of an Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association invitation to tour some of their Inns along with my friend Nichole Livengood, of Gap Creek Gourmet, I feel confident recommending any of their member Inns.
Who knew there were so many unique Asheville area Inns and Innkeepers!?! We’re not talking cookie-cutter by any stretch of the imagination. This article is part of a series in which you’ll get a feel for some of the seventeen B&Bs that are part of the Asheville Association.
Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
Sometimes I like the anonymity of hotels, but more often than not, B&Bs are my cup of tea. Innkeepers are a special breed. They like people and often like to cook lovely afternoon snacks and special breakfasts.
I’d seen Pinecrest B&B many times when parking for the annual Asheville Greek Festival held at the church next door. Last month my friend, Nichole Livengood (Gap Creek Gourmet), and I had the opportunity to spend the night.
We stayed in the Cowley Room, set with two comfortable twin beds made up with exceptionally nice linens. French Broad chocolate bars, fresh flowers and a hand-written welcome note were waiting for us on a sweet antique dressing table just inside the door.
Nichole arrived in time to enjoy what she describes as “the best brownie she’s ever had”, one of the homemade desserts Pinecrest Innkeeper Stacy puts out each afternoon for guests. By the time I checked in, it was too close to dinner for a brownie, but I shamelessly secreted one of them away for later that evening.
Early risers find their way to the bright sun porch for self-serve coffee or tea. In the evening, wine is available here. It’s the perfect spot for reading the morning paper, catching up on email – via good Wi-Fi throughout the B&B – or chatting with other guests.
There’s something about breakfast around a large, beautifully set table, exchanging stories with a group of interesting folks.
This morning, we started off with a fresh strawberry parfait, banana bread, coffee or tea.
Followed by our choice of French Toast (bread from Asheville’s beloved City Bakery) served with home-made syrup, and local Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties
or, Oven Roasted Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Frittata with Hickory Nut Gap sausage patties. Both were delicious.
After breakfast, Nichole and I spent some time chatting with owner Janna and her co-Innkeeper/daughter, Stacy, in . . . you guessed it, the kitchen. It’s a testament to Janna and Stacy, the cooking/baking magic that happens in this nice, but utilitarian space.
When you stay at Pinecrest, be sure to ask about the famous architect that designed a major addition to this 1905 Historic Montford area home, why it was so unusual that he took on residential work, and the possible reason he did so. Intrigue . . .
Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
249 Cumberland Ave
Asheville, NC 28801