My wife and I arrived on Sat, 8/30 for our three night stay, and were welcomed by Howard and Kristen. After showing us our room and telling us about the inn, we were given recommendations for dinner. One of them, the Sunnyside Cafe, was within walking distance, so we went there for a great dinner of trout and salmon.
The inn was so homey and comfortable, we really didn't want to leave. On Sunday, we did run down to the folk out center on the Blue Ridge Pkw, and a visit to Black Mountain. When we returned to the inn, the wife took a nap in the room and I took a nap in the hamock in the back, near the hot tub, the grape vine, the bird feeders, the gazebo. There is also a stone patio out from the dining room where you can sit and eat breakfast, with a pool full of fish, and a small waterfall.
On Sunday we went to the BIltmore house, about 15 minutes away. That was a worthwhile tour, but we were frankly glad to get back "home" for a little relaxation before heading out for dinner.
Each room has a gas fireplace, a refrigerator (stocked with cold drinks, water, and beer, free for your use). As well as a TV with a DVD, and hundreds of movies down in the hall. And a clock radio with a CD player, two cd's, and about a hunder more downstairs in the hall. There is also a refrigerator there with cold drinks, beeer, and wine for the guests. And a one cup coffee maker for use when coffee is not in the dining room.
Breakfasts were fantastic each morning. I think my favorite was the stuffed French toast (recipe is in the Weaverville cookbook they have for sale - GET IT.) One morning our server (Howard) was dressed in Scotish kilts. He didn't play his bagpipe, but surely could have.
The best part of the whole think is how Kristen and Howard make you feel so welcome and comfortable. They are just fun, helpful people who you just adore from the start. And nothing was a bother for them. They do so much to make your visit a remarkable event.
We loved it, and will use this inn when we go back to Asheville.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dry Ridge Inn is as affordable as its keepers are informative – rates here are less than you'll find elsewhere. For less, you'll get more – easy access to Asheville and a quick return to a safe, small mountain town whose residents smile and say hello as they pass each other on the sidewalk. Indeed, you may find yourself falling in love with Weaverville as Howard and Kristen did when they moved here more than a decade ago. ... more less