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.
The Hawk & Ivy (website: http://www.hawkandivy.com/)
Eve and James Davis describe The Hawk & Ivy, their 24 acre Barnardsville (just outside Asheville) slice of heaven, as “A Holistic Country B&B Retreat”. And it is. Many folks write heart-felt comments about leaving recharged emotionally and physically after their stay.
We walked the property, touring the Farmhouse, Guest Cottage, organic gardens, rustic event barn and the lovely hill top where weddings and other ceremonies take place.
Eve does most of the cooking in the cozy kitchen James added on to the circa 1900 farmhouse. James pulls his weight as the “muffin man” – baking fresh muffins daily. They do an amazing job respecting various dietary needs while keeping everything natural and organic. Much of what they cook is sourced from their expansive organic gardens.
As we chatted, Eve added finishing touches to a simmering pot of Navy Bean and Garden Kale Soup, and put together a lovely salad made with, among other things, Cammomile and wild Daisy foilage, Cressy greens, and edible flowers. James popped spicy cornbread made with organic corn meal, Spelt Wheat and Amaranth into the oven so it could be served warm with lunch.
Just before lunch was served, it was time for the China game. Guests are invited to choose the china they’d like to use from a closet full of family heirloom sets (not pictured). This additional china storage area just off the kitchen was so inviting, I just had to take a picture.
A lovely fresh-baked bread was also served with lunch.
We were sent on our way with two of Jame’s muffins for later snacking: Apple Cranberry and Blueberry. Both were delicious and had been made with fruit from their garden.
The Hawk & Ivy is a perfect spot for retreats, workshops, weddings, getaways, or as a base for exploring Asheville and the surrounding areas. When you go, don’t forget to ask Eve and James to tell you the wonderful story behind their B&B’s name.