Historic, homey accommodations in Asheville, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Since I’ve been married 20 years, it’s been awhile since I’ve chatted over breakfast about getting engaged. But the morning after my overnight at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina, I sat across from a young starry-eyed couple who’d made it official the previous evening during a candlelight tour of Biltmore Estate. Glowing and unable to stop smiling, their story—from how they met to how he’d knelt down in front of a Christmas tree with his great-grandmother’s ring in hand—provided entertainment and set a festive mood for all guests that morning. It was impossible not to get caught up in their joy.
While I can’t guarantee that your heart will grow three sizes during breakfast if you stay at an Asheville B&B this holiday season, this sort of experience is a real enticement to stay at a bed and breakfast: Whatever their stories may be, odds are that you’ll bond over a meal with fellow tourists in a way that’s far less likely to occur at a run-of-the-mill roadside hotel.
Even if you’re the only guests at A Bed of Roses B&B, you’ll have a grand, memorable stay.
Located on a tree-lined street in Asheville’s historic Montford district, A Bed of Roses B&B is based in Queen Anne Victorian style home originally built in 1897. It has been beautifully restored; the vibe is historic yet homey, welcoming yet offering privacy if and when you need it.
Park in the residential street out front or in the gravel lot behind the B&B, stroll up the walkway to the front door, and step into the warm, inviting space. Tastefully decorated with antiques, this B&B boasts five guest rooms with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and cushy beds. If you can’t figure out how to relax here, you’ve got serious issues.
Emily and Bill McIntosh have owned and operated this B&B for five years. It’s the couple’s first B&B, but they run it like lifelong pros.
“We’ve been planning it a long time, at least ten years,” says Emily. “We originally started out thinking about it because we wanted to continue to live in antique homes.” The couple has lived in four historic homes; most recently, a Queen Anne style home in Boston, Mass. “We did a lot of work on that home, it was a beautiful painted lady by the time we left,” says Emily. “But we didn’t have any time to live in it because we were working on it all the time!”
“The idea of doing a bed and breakfast appealed to us because we love antique homes, we love to garden and we love to cook,” says Emily. “So it kind of all went together.”
Before settling on this particular home in Asheville, the couple “looked all over the country at places to buy—it was fun research,” says Emily.
“Always the theme of where we’d look was ‘Where we want to retire,’” says Bill. “We’re not going to start up again after this.” They adore Asheville and its extensive grownup appeal.
From the start, the couple knew they wanted to create a romantic, adults-oriented inn. “We already knew that we didn’t want to allow children under 12,” says Emily. “And then the health department came in and made restrictions for age 15 and under that we couldn’t meet: Old houses like this just don’t have ready-made cabinets to hide cleaning supplies” and other potential hazards.
Great news for grownups! Only guests age 16 and older are permitted at A Bed of Roses B&B.
“Most of our guests are couples who come here for a romantic getaway or to get away from children,” says Emily. Music to our ears! Special packages are aimed at adults and romance.
Any time is a great time for a grownup getaway to Asheville and A Bed of Roses.
- Free Wi-Fi.
- Free parking.
- Located five and a half blocks from downtown Asheville and a 10-minute drive from Biltmore Estate.
- Two- to three-night minimum stay during holidays.
- No smoking and/or vaping.
- No pets, by official decree of the two resident cats.
- Check in 3-7 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
- Each morning a two-course breakfast is served at 9 a.m.
- Afternoon tea and fresh baked treats are served daily.
- Special diets accommodated whenever possible. Due to high volume during October and on holidays, however, all meals include eggs and/or dairy.
- Overnight rates from $119/night; rent the entire Inn for $793/night ($862/night in October).
- Odds of Encountering Children: Very low! Children under 16 not permitted. Hoorah!
Emily and Bill McIntosh
A Bed of Roses B&B
135 Cumberland Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
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