quiet residential street with trees and sidewalk

Hidden Gems of Montford

June 8, 2022


When traveling to Asheville, where you choose to stay can be the deciding factor in the success of your trip. Though it’s fun to range out and explore the wild, it’s also nice to know that a decent meal and a night out are just a few convenient steps away.

The historic Montford neighborhood was already a popular destination long before Asheville ranked on the travel listicles of Conde Nast and TripAdvisor. Several of the old family mansions of Early Asheville have been transformed into luxurious bed and breakfasts that are situated with easy access to everything.  

In 1977, the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Notable architect, Richard Sharp Smith, built Carolina Bed & Breakfast.

Montford Mornings are Paradise

When you stay at one of Montford’s neighborhood bed and breakfast, mornings will become your favorite time of day.

white plate with peach turnover, avocado, beans on potatoes for breakfast
Start your day with homemade breakfast!

 

Tuck-in to one of the innkeeper’s gourmet breakfasts- like the one at Pinecrest – then walk it off with a stroll around the neighborhood. From spring to fall, the streets turn into tunnels of greenery and flowers. Gardens truly come alive and overflow into sidewalks.

 Make sure you don’t miss the art installation in the front yard of 153 Cumberland Ave.  There is a random juxtaposition of children’s bikes, dolls, and other objects that is otherwise known as “the dead Barbie graveyard.”  The goats and the chickens are real.  Only in Asheville!

Urban hikes are often underrated, but this is one you are sure to love. You can make your way down to the nearby Reed Creek Greenway, then continue on to the Botanical Gardens. There’s no lovelier, nor more convenient way to enjoy the beauty of the Appalachian fauna.

Lunch & Dinner

In recent years, Asheville has become renowned for its many incredible restaurants – and Montford is no exception. 

For lunch – pop in to All Day Darling. This little spot has become a favorite among Asheville locals. If you’re staying at one of the pet-friendly bed and breakfasts, like 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House, you can take your pup along for some sunbathing on the patio.

Dinner in Montford is a no-brainer. For the last fifteen years, the neighborhood has turned to their beloved Nine Mile, which has become a staple of the city. Whether it’s just a Wednesday night or an anniversary celebration – Nine Mile won’t disappoint.

diner at outdoor table being served food at Nine Mile restaurant
Nine Mile is loved by locals and visitors!

Spas in Montford

Nothing says “I’m on vacation” quite like a bit of pampering. A restorative spa experience is easy to find in Montford. Depending on where you stay, your bed and breakfast may have a spa in-house like at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn & Spa

Even if your massage therapist isn’t waiting at the top of a flight of stairs, your innkeeper can certainly recommend a great experience that’s just as convenient. Don’t forget – innkeepers are a visitors’ greatest resource for information about the area.

A Night Out in Montford

When the sun goes down, the lights go up in this Asheville neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for a new kind of date night, or an activity perfect for the whole family – you will want to catch a show by the Montford Park Players.

2 actors on a stage, 1 lay dying with another actor looking on in Shakepearean costumes
Photo credit: Montford Park Players

In years’ past the troupe has performed productions ranging from James and the Giant Peach, to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Pro-tip: Take your own chair or blanket to really get comfortable.

Make It Montford

For your next Asheville vacation, make your way to one of Montford’s historic B&Bs. With the help of your innkeeper (aka: your local expert), you can create a trip that is truly unforgettable.

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