My husband and I frequently visit Asheville. We have stayed in the property located on the Biltmore grounds, along with many other properties downtown, especially ones that were dog-friendly. We were given a gift certificate for the Black Walnut as a Christmas gift, as the gift-giver had heard about how kind they were to pet owners.
As we began planning for our annual Labor Day getaway last fall, we decided to use our gift certificate and stay at the Black Walnut. I called and spoke to Lori, who set us up with the Camellia Room. I explained we would be bringing Redmond, our gentle, loving 3 lb. Pomeranian, and she expressed much delight over meeting him!
Unfortunately, two weeks before our stay, Redmond passed away due to two congenital heart defects he had suffered from since birth. We decided to take our trip to Asheville anyway, almost as a recuperatory trip, after being completely heartbroken from our loss.
When we arrived at the Inn, the owners wanted to meet Redmond. We explained he had just passed away, and they were exceptionally apologetic. They truly love their own pets, and understood the pain I was experiencing that weekend - my first trip without Redmond.
The next day, after our room had been freshened up, we returned to our room and found a note placed on the bed for me. The note was from the owners, Peter and Lori, once again expressing deep condolences over the loss of Redmond. I was so overwhelmed by their kindness and this gesture that was so above-and-beyond anything that had ever been done for me by any other place I have ever stayed. I still have the letter in a little memory box I keep with Redmond's things.
Along with that experience, our two night stay was just wonderful. Peter explained to me his affinity for jams and preserves (which I share), and both mornings I had some of the best preserves I have ever eaten. I enjoyed walking around the Montford neighborhood and seeing many examples of mission-style and Craftsman architecture. Downtown is a 10-15 minute walk away...we kept our car parked at the inn, except for nighttime trips downtown.
My husband and I usually like to stay at different places every time we go, so that we get many experiences in Asheville. We may just have to break that habit...we absolutely loved the Black Walnut.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience our elegant style of southern hospitality and warm, personal service in our historic Arts and Crafts home. The dining here is as exquisite as the surroundings! A vacation at The Black Walnut is a truly quality experience with true value and true luxuriousness. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Walnut Hotel Asheville
- Black Walnut b&b Inn