March 4, 2016
Fabulous Fireplaces and Cozy Spots – Come Settle In
Posted by: Asheville BBA
Whether you’re gathering with girlfriends, seeking solace solo or looking for a place to snuggle, check out this roster of lovely fireplaces and cozy nooks.
The following are just a few of the rooms waiting to greet you at the 16 inns of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association. Our innkeepers are all about attention to detail – and providing the ultimate experience.
Fire Up Your Appetite
At Carolina Bed and Breakfast, innkeeper Susan Murray is known for the conversation-starting appetizers offered to guests in the late afternoon from from 5 pm to 7 pm, before guests disperse for dinner. She also leaves a nightly sweet treat in the guest rooms too.
This winter, the fireplace in the Hummingbird Room inspired mouthwatering confections such as a Mojito Cupcake topped with a candied mint leaf and a Pepsi-Cola Cupcake with Salted Peanut Icing. Hungry for more? Check out a variety of recipes, on her blog.
Pretty in Pink
The Turret Suite at A Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast takes up the second floor on the front side of the house. The bedroom is cradled in the turret of the house; a bath with jacuzzi and rain shower waits in the middle.
This cozy sitting room flanks the other side with a little balcony overlooking the front gardens. A couch to the left of the fireplace calls for a good book; a coffee corner with a mini Keurig, mugs and wine glasses sustains late-night whispered conversations.
A Confession From Innkeeper Doniel Winter
When the temperatures dip and the inn isn’t so full, you just might find Doniel Winter of ASIA Bed and Breakfast Spa in the Finnish Sauna. “I’m out there plenty of nights during winter, especially when it’s freezing out,” he says. The cedar-lined Finnish Sauna will allow for six, but guests at this inn can enjoy it in seclusion for two, as well.
The ancient health benefits of sauna, combined with the courtyard’s chilly outdoor shower create alternating sessions of hot and cold to promote circulation and detoxification. “You’ll sleep like a baby!” Doniel says.
Step into the Library
At the Beaufort House Inn, guests gather in the Library every afternoon for wine and local craft beers. During the Victorian era, the Library was the “gentleman’s parlor” and the adjoining smaller room was the “ladies’ parlor.” Innkeepers Christina and Jim Muth made the original gentlemen’s parlor into their Guest Library by adding books and putting a gas insert into the original tile fireplace; they also made it co-ed!
“Here, guests regularly discover that they went to the same public school or college and share friends and acquaintances – and then the stories begin!” says Christina.” Some couples even head off to dinner together or book their return visits for the same time.
Romancing The Stone (Fireplaces) at Crooked Oak Mountain Inn
This inn tucked into the treetops offers multiple spots to take it easy. Consider the comfy leather chairs in front of the large stone fireplace in the Great Room. The fireplace hearth is cut from original road curbing from the early days of downtown Asheville. Innkeepers Patti and Bear Strelec found it when they were renovating their property.
Another “hot spot” is the outdoor fireplace on the patio. When Patti and Bear build a fire, the flames are like a magnet. Guitars and guests with wine glasses have been known to gather here and spark instant friendships as they talk about their day’s adventure in the mountains.
How To Relax After Sightseeing
We couldn’t resist including the nook sporting a sophisticated decanter and cordial glasses beside the baby grand piano at 1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage. Innkeeper Frank Salvo is a favorite stage actor at the Asheville Community Theatre, so it’s not surprise that he includes something “a little different.”
Guests will enjoy sipping Amaretto, an almond-flavored, Italian liqueur, after a day visiting the Biltmore Estate or the River Arts District.
Toast the Day from the Tub…or the Sofa?
That’s the dilemma facing you in the Captain’s Room at Engadine Inn and Cabins at Honey Hill. Innkeeper Rick Bell says, “While it’s not our largest room, it’s one of the most popular. It offers a clawfoot tub with a shower AND a cozy couch. Both are situated with a view of the room’s fireplace.
From what we hear, many guests take advantage of both perspectives!”
Cuddle Up in the Magnolia Suite
Innkeepers Gary and Cindy Broaddus at North Lodge on Oakland are partial to the fireplace in one of their favorite rooms, the Magnolia Suite. A cozy fireplace with original millwork and brick hearth invites your choice of music and beverages.
Consider the “Love 100” Playlist from Spotify, a list of the greatest contemporary and classic love songs of all time. With smooth soul classics to ballads, there’s something on this list for everyone.
The 16 inns of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association invite you to come find a place to relax. Check inn and room availability and book online, or call 828-250-0200 for more information.
Gift certificates are available, too.