My husband and I stayed at the Dry Ridge Inn for three nights. DRI was conveniently located in Weaverville, which is between Asheville and Mars Hill. We were in N.C. for a family reunion, and since we have family in both Asheville and Mars Hill, it was SO nice to be halfway between both cities.
Weaverville is a pretty town, about 20 mins north of Asheville. There's a great restaurant, Blue Mountain Pizza. We ate there on a Thursday night, and they have a great deal on Thursdays---a huge bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad and drinks for $12. We also had several people tell us to visit the bakery in town, but we never got a chance! Apparently it is really delicious!
The Inn was very pretty, yet not overly fancy...it was comfortable and homey. Some B&Bs are way too fancy and precious for my taste. You can walk around the inn and not worry about breaking stuff!
The yard around the inn was very beautiful and manicured. A koi pond and waterfall is located right outside the dining room---very serene and neat to look at.
We really enjoyed the hot tub! We hiked a lot on our trip, and getting in the hot tub after a long hike was so relaxing.
Breakfast was great---on the first day, we had stuffed french toast, sausage, cantaloupe and blackberries; day two was baked eggs with salsa and chopped ham, with a croissant and peaches with yogurt; day three was bluberry pancakes, bacon, bananas, raspberries and yogurt. Mini-muffins, coffee/tea and juice were served with all the meals.
Unlike other inns, where all the guests sit at one big table, the DRI had several small tables set up, so if you wanted to have a more private breakfast, you could, but you are close enough to the other guests to talk if you want.
We stayed in the Amanda Rose room, which is on the second floor. I like staying on the second floor at B&Bs, because I feel like there is more privacy and it is more quiet upstairs. AR had a very comfortable king size bed, sitting area, fridge stocked with drinks, and a roomy bathroom with a claw foot tub/shower. We are used to having central A/C, and AR room just had a window A/C, but the weather was cool in the evening, so we didn't use the A/C too much. However, the window unit was very noisy, so you couldn't really watch TV and use the A/C at the same time.
DRI was definitely a nice place to stay! Howard and Kristen are very in-tune with their guests' needs. From having a bowl of chocolates next to the front door, to having a bottle of wine, coffee, beer and soft drinks available 24/7, they definitely help guests feel at home. We sure did!
And compared to other B&Bs in the Asheville area, rates at DRI were much more affordable, yet at DRI, spending less didn't mean compromising quality and service.
P.S. We also appreciated the business center---a computer with internet access--down the hall from our room on the second floor. It was nice to be able to check email for free!
- 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
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