We are planning a trip to Asheville for a big anniversary, this October. I know it is busy season, so we want to book accommodations very soon. I am having a hard time deciding between downtown (in which case I think we would stay at Haywood) or a B&B. If a B&B, I would want some place not too "frilly" or "precious," (I don't have much use for lace canopy beds), really high quality, and not too far from town. Suggestions? Or maybe it is more convenient to stay at Haywood, and not have to drive home from dinner, find parking, etc. I realize this is personal preference, but interested in any insights and any great Inn or B&B suggestions.
Also, any suggestions for an "anniversary dinner" restaurant? The kind of food is less important to us than that is be terrific for what it is. Do Asheville restaurants tend to allow corkage? (I am not trying to save money on wine, but would like to bring a "once in a decade" type wine to a special dinner).