Asheville’s native son Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You Can’t Go Home Again” but I beg to differ. Stepping inside The Reynolds’s Mansion is like being welcomed by family to place that feels strangely familiar. The outstanding food, the lively conversation, the overall feeling of warmth that radiates from Billy, Marty and all the staff makes you feel relaxed, contented and at home.
This gem was in danger of the wrecking ball when Billy and Mike stepped in, creating an upscale, elegant oasis in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The period furnishings, architectural accuracy and beautiful woodwork are testament to a sophisticated palate while maintaining a characteristic geniality of spirit.
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a five night carriage house stay at the historic Reynolds Mansion in the spacious All That Jazz suite. The suite features a king size four poster bed, a romantic Jacuzzi, plush robes, wood burning fireplace, a mini-refrigerator, ample seating area with flat screen and a keurig coffee maker. It was fastidiously clean, large and comfortable.
The Colonial Revival mansion is steeped in North Carolina history with photographs, books and documents detailing life from a by-gone era. As history buffs, we enjoyed Billy’s stories of the mansion and the people who called it home.
No review of a Bed and Breakfast would be complete without discussion of the breakfast. You will not be disappointed! Billy is an accomplished chef with an eye for presentation and service. Our meals were presented on beautiful appointed china (new settings each day) and were on par with a five star restaurant. It was hard to pick a favorite breakfast since they all very delicious and satisfying (love the bacon!). In fact, they were so filling we did not need to eat lunch! The attentive wait staff was constantly refilling your juice and coffee. We enjoyed the friendly conversation and suggestions for things to do and see in close-by Asheville. Soda and water are available in the small pantry in the dining room as well as wine, a very nice touch on the part of the innkeeper!
While in Asheville, we visited the Biltmore, Asheville Art Museum, Thomas Wolfe Memorial Historic Site, The Colburn Earth Science Museum, Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Woolworth Building, The Grove Arcade, The Grove Hotel, The Rivers Art District, and the Folk Art Center. We found Asheville to be a charming city with wonderful Art Deco architecture and a palable artistic vibe.
Honestly, we did not have a bad or inferior meal during our visit in Asheville. Billy’s restaurant recommendations were on target. We dined at Curate (twice) excellent tapas, Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant (eggplant parmigiana is to die for) and Stoney Knob Café (love the crab mac and cheese app)
If you are planning a trip to Asheville, a stay here is a must ….We travel frequently staying in Bed and Breakfasts and The Reynolds Mansion is top of the line. As innkeeper, Billy’s personal touch and down-home personality allows this Bed and Breakfast to shine…I’m looking forward to coming home again, Billy!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Reynolds Mansion Hotel Asheville