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.
How wonderful is it that so many people have been inspired to restore, maintain, and open their beautiful homes to guests in the historic Montford neighborhood just outside downtown Asheville?!?
Prime examples of that warm hospitality Asheville’s known for are The Lion and The Rose Innkeepers, Jim and Linda Palmer.
Just after checking in, Linda showed me to a Butler’s Pantry area off the dining room, where snacks and drinks are available for guests. Yes, I stayed over for a night during the Christmas 2013 season. They did a beautiful job decorating the inn.
The Holger Nielson Room was delightful. Bed linens were especially luscious. As you can see, there’s plenty of light for reading in the comfy wingback or in bed, which I did even though every room (including this one) has a TV and DVD player.
Do you have white guest towels at home like I do? Tell me you don’t worry about guests leaving behind mascara, foundation, or lipstick. This black “makeup” towel is clever and doesn’t detract one bit from the pleasant en suite bathroom.
Gourmet breakfasts are served at the inn’s large dining room table.
Jim does all the cooking and can’t be sure, but I have a feeling Linda does the decorating. The table, set with many special touches, was gorgeous.
They’re not kidding when they say they serve “gourmet” breakfasts.
This day, we began with a (shake-your-head-slowly-from-side-to-side trying to remember the last time you had one) warm baked apple complete with fruit and cinnamon filling.
Smiles around the table could not have gotten any broader as Jim served his “Bruschetta Eggs”.
A “WOW!” dish. Taking center stage, a square of puff pastry cradling creme fraiche topped with finely diced, seasoned heirloom tomatoes mixed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil, that had then been topped with slices of Gruyere Cheese before being baked in the oven. Two over-easy eggs were added to each Bruschetta on plates sporting crispy bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic just before leaving the kitchen.
Don’t know how he did it, but the water chestnuts were crispy-crunchy inside that cooked bacon!
You can find Jim’s Bruschetta Eggs recipe in the “Savour the Inns of Asheville” cookbook. Many of the 17 Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association members have copies on hand.
Another fabulous place to stay when visiting Asheville!
The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast
276 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801