My husband and I were on our way to Myrtle Beach. But we'd read about Ashville, and were curious to experience it even for just an overnight stay. We were very pleased with our decision, including the night's stay at the Lion & Rose B&B.
Linda and Jim were very welcoming, and showed us through the house and to our room. Beautiful 100 year-old home, with magnificent antique pieces to accentuate the time period. We had a nicely-appointed room looking over the back garden and side street. The traffic was light, so our night's sleep was undisturbed.
We were within walking distance from the downtown so enjoyed a stroll there before dinner. The going to town was easy as it was downhill; coming back was a bit more uphill, but good exercise since we'd been in the car driving most of the day. We ended up having a great dinner at a restaurant just down the street from the B&B - Nine Mile. It had a Caribbean-inspired menu, with as much spice as desired. Recommended for those more adventurous foody types.
Breakfast the following morning was tasty and filling - an omelette filled with grits and cheese - my first taste of grits and it wasn't half bad. Excellent sausage - a combo of apple and sausage meat - accompanied the omelette.
We know we'll want to explore the area more when we are back. But it was a good start to appreciating all that Ashville has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lion and The Rose Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored Queen Anne, just three blocks from downtown Asheville, North Carolina and minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Each of the five guest rooms is uniquely furnished with antiques and period appointments. All rooms include a queen bed, private bath, full gourmet breakfast, TV/DVD player, luxury soaps & linens, custom robes, wireless internet service and a 24 hour guest pantry. ... more less
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