I have to be honest, as I write this our Asheville inn, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, is already fully booked for Valentine’s Day Weekend (although not for Valentine’s Day itself–more about that later!). But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to share with you, our guests and future guests, some great ideas for how to enjoy a romantic holiday in our mountain town.
Let’s start at the beginning: you need a place to stay. Unless you can afford a luxury suite at one of Asheville’s big hotels, the most romantic holiday is going to be found at one of Asheville’s Bed & Breakfasts. And while we may be full, I know for a fact that there are still some wonderful rooms available at some of Asheville’s finest B&Bs (and Asheville has some mighty fine B&Bs). Check the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association for availability. If that doesn’t work out, and you live locally or fairly nearby, consider the idea of a Staycation. Surprise your Valentine with a one-night stay at our inn over Valentine Day’s itself. This year the holiday falls on a Sunday which means you will have to get up and go to work the next day but I’m willing to offer breakfast a little earlier so that you can end your staycation in style! Call 828-254-3608 to book.
According to the Huffington Post more than six million couples will get engaged on Valentine’s Day. If you are thinking of being one of them I have an idea for a different kind of proposal. Most people who visit Asheville go to see the Biltmore. With more than 250 rooms and stunning landscaping and gardens by Frederick Law Olmstead it provides a glimpse into a romantic lifestyle long past. This year the Biltmore is upping the game and has created a display of some of the most iconic wedding gowns in history and film. Lavish floral arrangements will be included in each room bringing romance and weddings to life. The display opens February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Walk with your beloved past wedding dresses reflecting more than 300 years of fashion, including the first ever display of the wedding veil worn by Jacqueline Bouvier to Jack Kennedy. And at the end? Get down on one knee and ask her if she is ready to pick out her wedding dress. The display runs from February 12-July 4, 2016. A Biltmore House entry time will be needed for Feb. 13th and 14th. We have tickets for sale at the Carolina B&B and will be happy to help you arrange your visit.
Even if you live in Asheville or have visited numerous times I bet there are things to do that you haven’t thought of. Well, that’s okay because a group of Asheville innkeepers have put their heads together and come up with some great suggestions. As a rule, Bed & Breakfast owners know their town well. One of the added benefits to staying a a B&B is access to that knowledge. We deal in smaller numbers and can take the time to carefully curate our suggestions to fit the likes and needs of our guests. At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast James and I make it a point never to suggest an activity, site or restaurant we haven’t tried. From inside to outside, daytime to nighttime, The innkeepers of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association have created a list of wonderful places to steal a kiss in Asheville this Valentine’s Day or any day! Check out the list on their blog, here.