Charming comfort in Asheville, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
“It feels like an apartment!” I said when opening the door of my guestroom to Claudia Hickl, who owns and operates Sweet Biscuit Inn with her husband Christian, after she’d left me briefly to fetch a glass of wine.
She’d escorted to my room, explained that breakfast would be served at 8:30 a.m., showed me a few things (like how to operate the TV remote control), then went to pour me a glass of Chardonnay. She returned with the wine plus a bowl of mixed nuts. “I didn’t think you’d want anything heavy,” she said, “since you were eating rich food throughout the day.” Exactly.
As a contributor to the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association’s new cookbook, “Morning in the Mountains,” Claudia knew that I’d attended the book’s launch events and indulged in tasty samples of several recipes. The snack she offered was simply perfect.
She departed and I was free to relax in privacy, a well-earned reward after a busy day.
My guestroom was divvied up into three distinct rooms: a spacious entry, bathroom and bedroom. (No kitchen, so not exactly an apartment, but there’s no need to cook when staying at a bed and breakfast inn!) The house may be historic (it’s a Colonial Revival from 1915), but the sparkling clean bathroom had an ultra-modern European sensibility with its black-and-white color scheme, step-in shower, suspended sink, and luxurious hand-held shower head. The desk in the bedroom would have made it convenient to pull out my laptop and get some work done, if I’d been motivated to do so. Instead, I read. The upholstered chair and plush mattress were both super comfortable.
After a night of deep sleep—uninterrupted by the creaks and pops that might be expected of any old home, neighborhood noises or the sounds of fellow guests—I awoke refreshed.
“You’re going to love breakfast,” one guest whispered as I took a seat at the dining room table. She and her husband had been at the inn four nights. “Every morning it’s different, but always delicious!”
The three-course breakfast lived up to the hype. The raspberry salad topped with white chocolate mousse was followed by asparagus frittata with salmon and asparagus mousse—the entrée recipes can be found in “Morning in the Mountains.” As a final flair, fresh crêpes were made to order. (Sweet Biscuit Inn doesn’t necessarily serve sweet biscuits for breakfast each morning, as one might assume.)
“As in France, we list the crêpe options on a chalk board,” explained Christian as he held up the list. I chose Nutella and banana, a delicious decision.
“Everything we serve is fresh and homemade, whenever possible prepared from local and organic ingredients,” said Claudia, a France-trained chef.
The German-born couple came to the U.S. in 2012 from France, where they’d also run a bed and breakfast, when their son attended school in Asheville. Sweet Biscuit Inn offers their unique blend of Southern and European hospitality, a fusion that proves impossible to resist.
My schedule didn’t leave time to linger, but as Christian carried my suitcase to my car he said that he’d read about Getaways for Grownups and agreed with our policies. “We allow children,” he said, “But we do not allow them to run around screaming.”
No children were on the property during my stay, and he says that for the best odds of an adults-oriented experience it’s best to visit during the week and whenever school is in session. But you can simply ask about other bookings when making a reservation and choose dates that fit your expectations, desires and needs.
Sweet Biscuit Inn is a charming bed and breakfast, thanks especially to its elegant, personable, interesting, friendly owners. Stay here and you may gain new friends. You’ll definitely feel welcome and well fed.
- Check in between 3 and 6 p.m; check out by 11 a.m.
- 7 guestrooms
- 4 guestrooms plus the Carriage House offer Queen beds; three guestrooms offer King beds; the upstairs suite can accommodate up to 4 people while the Carriage House can accommodate 6 (including 2 young children)
- All guestrooms offer private full baths with antique tubs or Europeans showers
- Free parking
- Free Wireless Internet access
- Three-course breakfast included in the overnight rate
- Dietary needs and restrictions accommodated as much as possible with advance notifcation
- Non-smoking property
- Dogs permitted in the Carriage House only
- 2-night minimum on weekends
- Convenient to all Asheville attractions
- Odds of Encountering Children: Vary, but possible. For the best odds of an adults-oriented experience, stay during the week and/or during the school year. January is typically adults only.
Sweet Biscuit Inn
77 Kenilworth Road
Asheville, NC 28803
- Get the recipe for Sweet Biscuit Inn’s cheese pillows, served at evening wine socials, in Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association’s new “Morning in the Mountains” cookbook.
– Photos courtesy DK Communications Group for Sweet Biscuit Inn, a member of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association
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