Billy and Mike have completely renovated a historic Mansion with intriguing history into a great B&B right outside of downtown Asheville. They have merged historic relatives' photos, paintings and more, with their own family roots to form an eclectic and quite fascinating home filled with memories, both old and new, they love to share with guests. Scarlett and Rhett, their 2 English bull-dogs can hike up the 3 flights of stairs faster than any of the guests and are there to greet you upon arrival. Billy has published the history of the Reynolds' Mansion and its a must read as you cozy up in one of their guest rooms - not only for history of Mr. Reynold's fifth wife who was the last owner of the Hope Diamond, but for the history of the Louisiana young lady who graces the Dining Room as you enjoy a 3-course breakfast. Ask Billy to tell you her story and her 'ghost' who appears to have made a home at the B&B now. Billy and his staff will weave stories and provide tips for great places to visit, hike, antique, shop or eat as you sit with the other guests at the elegantly laid breakfast table. Ask Billy how may sets of dinnerware he has - they all have a story. We enjoyed wandering the Asheville and surrounding areaa - highly recommend the Walking Food Tour of Asheville, where we walked thruout downtown and got our bearings and history while enjoying tapa samples at 8 great different restaurants -- from homemade specialty chocolate shop, olive oil/balsamic 'tasting' shop with incredible products to a salt & spice shop - both of which we had to go back to and make some purchases - to sustainable restaurants that buy the freshest ingredients from local farms. Check it out under the B&B's 'things to do' link - and buy your tickets online. Billy was spot on re tips for dinner - and we loved the menu selection - greek, mediterranean at 'Stoney Knob Cafe' - with a very eclectic decor - where else could you get the most outstanding lobster bisque and entre of eggplant over a risotto cake w/ layers of spinach, topped w/ crushed sun-dried tomatoes and drizzled with fresh olive oil - while the Madonna sits one one side of you, a bullfigher on the other, and a picture of pin-up model Betty Paige looking over your shoulder. We always search out interesting B&B's and this one was great to explore Asheville, Chimney Rock, Maggie Valley and more, while coming back and sitting on the 2nd floor balcony with a view of Cold Mountain and its surrounding cadre of mountains at sunset, with the Smokey mist lingering thruout. Thanks Billy and Mike, Rhett & Scarlett for a great way to spend our 37th anniversary.
- Also Known As:
- The Reynolds Mansion Hotel
- The Reynolds Mansion Hotel Asheville
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places, The Reynolds Mansion was built in 1847 and is one of the few remaining pre Civil War homes. The mansion sits on a four acre site with spectacular views near the foot of Reynolds Mountain. With over 3,000 sq feet of porches, and 12 fireplaces, you'll feel the warmth and hospitality from the moment enter. ... more less
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