Corey and I celebrated our second anniversary with a trip to Greenville, S.C. and Asheville, N.C. This is one part of our series on where to stay in Asheville, N.C. Additional posts to this series will include a guide on where you should eat and drink.
There’s something endearing yet exclusive about staying at a bed and breakfast when you’re on a trip. The small, intimate atmosphere allows for a more personalized experience and connection with the owners and house managers. The space reflects the location, like the stately, centuries-old Roussell’s Garden in Savannah or the laid back, mountainous charm of Henson Cove B&B in Hiawassee, Ga. The owners pride themselves on breakfast, going to great lengths to ensure the most important meal of the day is as delicious as it should be. They pull out all of the stops such as freshly squeezed fruit juices, locally sourced meats, sweet bread dishes and savory egg meals. Instead of feeling like it’s a place to rest your head, it’s more like a place where you can decompress, experience and joy. This was no exception when we stayed at Pinecrest B&B, a member of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association.
When we walked into Pinecrest, we immediately felt like we were at home. The 110-year-old house exuded charm and character with its hardwood floors that creaked every so often, signs of a structure you know has been on Earth for a while. The foyer, living room and dining room were all adorned with antiques.
Special afternoon treats like candies, brownies and wine provided great respite and satisfied my sweet tooth. It was relaxing; the sleeping porch located at the rear of the house felt like an oasis in the middle of the forest.
The rooms were well-appointed and elegant, equipped with all of the necessities. Special touches in each room indicated they went the extra mile: Ghiradelli chocolates, makeup remover wipes, bathroom robes and bottles of water were all welcomed gestures. The pillowtop mattress, fluffy pillows and fresh linens created the perfect scene for restful slumber. It was hard to get out of the bed because it was so comfortable!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the food. The breakfast, which changes daily, was absolutely divine and catered to our dietary needs. We had the great pleasure of enjoying their powdered French toast on brioche bread dusted with powdered sugar and coupled with organic bacon, ricotta yogurt with mixed berries and a very berry breakfast bread for the first day.
The second morning’s breakfast consisted of warm banana bread, vanilla Greek yogurt with pineapples and pistachios and a savory wild mushroom bread pudding paired with tomato slices, avocado and local ham. It was obvious that Stacy and Janna, the innkeepers/owners, paid special attention to the details and spared no expense in providing the best for their guests. They made sure to bring out green tea with our breakfast and baked lemon bars per a guest’s request. They secured last-minute reservations for Corey and me to dine at the popular Limones and the hottest restaurant in town, Curate.
It’s no secret that this place is special. When we were staying there, there were several repeat guests who had been going back to Pinecrest for two, three or six years. With places like this, it’s hard to stay anywhere else in Asheville. And, with the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association, it’s possible to stay at this place or any of their other 16 B&Bs. Their website provides great background, allows you to view the properties and amenities and gives you direction on where you should stay based on your needs and preferences. We’d highly recommend it for anyone who wants to know where to stay in Asheville.
Have you been to Asheville before? Where did you stay?
Disclosure: Thanks to the great folks at Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association, Corey and I were provided with a complimentary stay at Pinecrest. Opinions are 100% our own.