Bed & Breakfasts Are Better

Staying at a Bed & Breakfast is better for so many reasons. Read more.

No Adulting Here.

Cleaning, cooking, working, and playing with the kids (adulting in general) takes it toll. I guess I didn’t realize how much I needed this weekend away until I opened the door to our room at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC. The Hummingbird Room as it is aptly named for the framed original wallpaper that hangs historically over the mantle. I gazed longingly at the tall four poster, mahogany rice bed with it’s white crisp covering and the numerous pillows that beckoned me to kick off my shoes and relax my tired feet. The house was quiet as I stretched out on the soft bed. I was overwhelmed by the peace of knowing that I wasn’t going to be disturbed to break up a sibling squabble or clean up spilled juice. It had been too long, and I was ready to take off my adulting hat.

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

The original hummingbird wallpaper.

We came to the right place: Carolina Bed & Breakfast.

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Owners, James & Susan are in the business of putting their guests interest first. Married for 37 years, parents to 3 grown daughters and former expats to Paris, Hong Kong, England and Singapore, they could sympathize with the weary traveler (parent). The couple works together using their strengths to provide guests with a customized stay.  James, a retired financial executive uses his outgoing, intuitive personality to talk with guests and direct them to a restaurant, bar, music or activity that fits their interests. While Susan combines her large family cooking expertise with her growing knowledge of international culinary practices. Prior to our arrival, Susan called me on the phone to discuss any dietary restrictions and how she could accommodate our needs. The couple’s impressive knowledge of Asheville is due to their active involvement in the community, the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association and their once a week date night to visit a new or updated restaurant.

The Highlights

Breakfast.

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Coulis.

Each morning James greeted us in the dining room beside the coffee and tea station. After the pleasantries of asking how we slept (Which was incredible, I might add.  No tiny people crawled into my bed and the mattress felt brand new), our first course of fruit was served. The presentation was impeccable as a simple yogurt parfait was creatively transformed into a masterpiece. It tasted as delicious as it looked. The main course consisted of a quiche with asparagus and on Sunday the classic Belgian waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Susan prides herself on using fresh, seasonal produce & locally sourced food when possible.

Bed & Breakfasts make a perfect escape for tired parents with personalized service, gourmet food and rival any hotel.

Belgian Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Cream with a side of Bacon.

 

Hors d’oeuvres & Wine

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

 The evening began at 5:30 p.m. in the parlor when Susan began serving her beautifully crafted snacks on the wooden coffee table. Coconut shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, and old-fashioned cheese crackers delighted your taste buds and paired nicely with the Biltmore wine. It was easy to fill-up on the appetizers and wine, but between chatting with the other guests (We met a couple who understood the weary parent syndrome. Their 3 children were staying with grandparents), it was time to discuss your evening plans with James. Tell James your favorite food, music or drink, and James would recommend the perfect restaurant that matched your preferences complete with reservations, detailed walking (the house was a 3/4 mile walk to the center of downtown) or driving directions. We walked to dinner both evenings, and after indulging in mouthwatering meals and wine, we stumbled safely home each night.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Raspberry Coulis

Basilica of St. Lawrence, downtown Asheville.

Turn Down Treats & Cookies

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If the daily gourmet breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and Biltmore wine weren’t enough, we were pleasantly surprised to find a sweet treat in our rooms each night. The fudge brownies were my favorite and were quickly devoured after our evening walk. A cookie jar with the most delectable cookies was available throughout the day as well as coffee, tea and cold beverages.

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Activities

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Chimney Rock

Activity abounds in Asheville, NC, and the tricky part is deciding exactly what-to-do. There’s the Biltmore Estate, shopping, the art district, downtown, outdoor activities and hiking. We decided on hiking, but once again there was a variety of options- DuPont Forest, Pisgah National Forest, Chimney Rock, and Grandfather Mountain just to name a few. James and Susan are both avid hikers, and helped us narrow our choices. James was willing to lend us his day packs for a longer hike, but we stuck with a moderate hike with a beautiful view and waterfall at Chimney Rock. There was even an on-site deli/gift shop near the top of our climb which made for an excellent spot to catch our breath and have lunch.

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock.

Packages & Inns

The Carolina Bed & Breakfast is one of 16 inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. The Carolina Bed & Breakfast is currently offering a Cooking package that includes a 2-night stay, all the amenities listed above, a 3-hour cooking class with Susan, a copy of Susan’s cookbook-Our Family Table: Recipes & Lessons from a Life Abroad ,and 10% off  dinner at Chiesa Italian Restaurant.

It was nice having someone else pamper us this weekend. Grandparents watched our kids. Susan and James treated and directed our getaway while us weary parents were refreshed, refueled and ready to conquer the challenges of parenthood. Until next time…

Bed & Breakfasts are made for weary parents. Be pampered and treated to gourmet breakfast, snacks and dessert. A stay that will rival any hotel.

Carolina Bed & Breakfast is located in Asheville, NC. It is a member of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. The Association is comprised of 16 inns located in Asheville and the surrounding areas. Their goal is to educate current and future guests on the excellent value offered by their high-quality inns across a variety of price points and amenities.
Disclosure: Thank you to the NC Bloggers Network and the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association for working with me on this stay. I received a complimentary stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Meals and activities outside the inn were at my own expense. All opinions and experiences are my own.
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14 comments on “Bed & Breakfasts Are Better”

  1. I’m so glad you had a fabulous time.

    We all deserve these times. And Happy Anniversary.
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    1. Rachel says:

      Thank you. It was a wonderful time. I hope to go back and explore more of Asheville.

  2. Liz says:

    I’ve heard good things about the Carolina B&B so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay!

    1. Rachel says:

      I’m not surprised the Carolina B & B has such good reviews. I was impressed by their knowledge of Asheville.

  3. Trish says:

    This sounds so amazing! WOW! I could relate to needing a getaway and now I want one so badly. Glad you had a great time and had the chance to have some fun, rest and renew.

    1. Rachel says:

      It was a wonderful time. I was really impressed by their superior customer service. You should plan a getaway!

  4. Ann says:

    My parents are coming soon and I can use a night away like this. Because of the brownies and chess pie.

    1. Rachel says:

      You would love it. It’s like the comforts of home without all the work.

  5. John says:

    Sounds like y’all enjoyed your stay in Asheville. Glad to hear that.

    1. Rachel says:

      It was a great trip. I hope to go back and do more exploring. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. We stayed at a B&B in Asheville several years ago, it was amazing as Carolina Bed & Breakfast does too. I could dive into those brownies and vanilla panna cotta! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!
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    1. Rachel says:

      It’s amazing how many nice bed & breakfasts are in Asheville. I can’t wait to go back.

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