Bed and Breakfast Garden

About the Innkeepers

Susan: My father was born and raised in Raleigh, and as children we spent our summers on the North Carolina shore, but my mother was the daughter of a diplomat and traveled all over the world. As a child, I listened to her stories and developed a case of wanderlust for myself. I was fortunate in finding a partner who felt the same way I did.

James: I came from a New York based family without any diplomats. However, early on I knew I wanted to work and be exposed to the diversity of living overseas. I don’t think I was aware of Susan’s wanderlust when we first met, but something must have clicked since we have been married for over 35 years and have three wonderful daughters.

Susan and James Murray

Now, after 27 years in Europe and Asia, we are happy to be settled in one place. We have been very fortunate in the places we have lived (Paris, Hong Kong, London, and Singapore) and have been able to travel extensively, collecting art and furniture along the way. This has all been augmented by family pieces. Susan loves the fact that the small Victorian what-not shelf in the parlor here traveled from her great-grandmother’s house in Charleston to her parents’ home in Connecticut, and then it circumnavigated the globe only to end up back in North Carolina. The portraits of James’ ancestors have a similar tale and now adorn the walls of various rooms at the inn. As expats, you learn to welcome all sorts of people into your life and to embrace aspects of other cultures, which augment your own. Paris gave us art and great food, Hong Kong and Singapore gave us exposure to Asian hospitality and warmth, and London and the UK gave us a love of green spaces and gardens. We hope to bring all of this together in the Carolina Bed & Breakfast to create a uniquely warm and welcoming home for our guests.

Sara is our Assistant Innkeeper. She has been with us since we bought the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in 2009.  Sara has lived in Asheville for more than ten years and was previously an Assistant Innkeeper at the Richmond Hill Hotel.  Her knowledge of Asheville and its surroundings is extensive and, although we have learned a lot about our city, Sara is still our go-to person for information.  Susan and Sara often work side by side in the kitchen.  She has helped develop some of Susan’s recipes and has a deft hand and imagination for canapes and hors d’oeurves.  Universally loved by our guests, Sara is an important member of the Carolina family and we know that if we can’t be there our guests are in good hands with Sara.

Otis is the “Backstage Cat” at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  We call him that because he is never allowed in the inn itself but lives with us in our quarters.  Nevertheless, Otis loves people and he may come up to welcome you as you walk through the garden or enjoy sitting on our front porch.  He is a very soft and purry fellow and we hope you won’t mind.  But please don’t let him follow you in! Otis in front of fire

 

Our Guests Say...

The difference between staying at a B&B and a hotel is the difference between being a stranger in a strange land and visiting good family! James and Susan were so accommodating and really know their town. Nothing could be better than this.

— Sally, Virginia Beach, VA

We stayed in the Cottage, which was adorable! It is large, well decorated and luxurious. The daily breakfast was fantastic and we truly enjoyed the wine in the afternoon.

— Erin, Wilmington, NC

A Note from Your Host…

Happy 2017!

Everyone here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast wishes you a year of prosperity and happiness. Last year was not without its challenges for Asheville and Western North Carolina but the smoke from the forest fires has cleared and the town continues to welcome everyone in a spirit of tolerance and acceptance.  We hope that you will consider visiting us and letting us share our town with you.

Asheville in the winter offers quiet streets and stores, fewer crowds at the Biltmore and nearby winter sports including skiing.

Asheville in the spring starts in late February or early March with snowdrops and crocuses, swiftly followed by gardens filled with daffodils and flowering trees.

Asheville in summer is a non-stop adventure with something new on every street corner, river rafting, mountain hikes, festivals and music abound.

Asheville autumn is a glorious display of colorful trees with warm days and cool nights to enjoy.

So come and visit us this year and let us show you our town! And until then, bring a touch of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast to your home with a purchase of my cookbook, Our Family Table: Recipes and Lessons From A Life Abroad.  It contains many of the recipes our guests enjoy and request at our inn as well as some easy recipes for small or larger groups.  You can order it on Amazon or by following the links on this page.