1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage

173 E. Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Frank Salvo and Ralph Coffey
  • Summary

    History and Luxury in One

    One part historic bed and breakfast and one part luxurious boutique hotel close by the attractions of downtown and surrounded by beautiful gardens, this bed and breakfast makes for an unforgettable stay.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage of Asheville, North Carolina invites you to plan a romantic getaway to the beauty and serenity of the Inn's North Carolina gardens. Walk along the paths, admire the extensive collection of unusual plant life, and relax in the various sitting areas throughout the grounds of this award-winning landscape garden.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn is the closest bed and breakfast to the unique shops, top-notch restaurants, popular attractions, and vibrant atmosphere of downtown Asheville. The Thomas Wolfe House, the U.S. Cellular Center, The Art Museum, and The Orange Peel Music venue are all within walking distance of the Inn's front steps.

    For guests that wish to explore a little further away from the Inn, a trip nearby to America's largest home, The Biltmore Estate, and a venture into the rich artistic culture of The River Art District are absolute musts.

    Each morning at 1889 WhiteGate Inn begins with a sumptuous three-course gourmet breakfast in an elegant dining room furnished, like most of the house, with a collection of 17th and 18th century antiques.

  • Introduction

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage front of inn

    The historic 1889 WhiteGate Inn is a AAA 4 Diamond property that tempts travelers with the delightful charm of a historic Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast and the luxurious amenities of a boutique hotel.

    For couples craving a romantic Asheville getaway or those seeking serenity in a long weekend, our Inn in Asheville, NC offers respite from the distractions of everyday life. Soak in a Jacuzzi tub. Indulge in a deep massage. Meander through our lush gardens. Walk to the vibrant downtown. Experience unique shops and world-class dining. Return to our Asheville B&B to sleep upon a grand four-poster bed in a stately room with soaring ceilings.

    Rejuvenate yourself or your relationship at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn, an unforgettable Asheville Bed and Breakfast and the closest Inn to downtown Asheville.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Frank Salvo for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers stay with us to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, and babymoons.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our gardens and orchids, the casual elegance, the garden and our very large common rooms.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to visit Asheville is for its large art community.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our best compliment is when we hear how guests feel so welcome and comfortable, like they are visiting family or friends.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret in Asheveille are the temperate seasons and its vibrant downtown.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    For those staying more than a couple of nights we recommend The River Art District, the Biltmore Estate, the Mountain’s Blue Ridge Parkway, and the artistic culture theatre.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are walking distance to restaurants, shopping, antiquing, The Thomas Wolfe House, the U.S. Cellular center, The Art Museum, and The Orange Peel Music venue.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are several great restaurants, depending on the mood. Curate is a great dining option.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    romanticasheville.com and exploreasheville.com/ are both great guides.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 11 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept pets in three units.

  • The Greenhouse & Horticultural Seminars

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage wicker chairWander through our large North Carolina greenhouse filled with blooming orchids and tropicals, the site of The WhiteGate Inn’s horticultural seminar series. Gardening and horticulture classes are offered on successfully growing orchids, perennial and herb gardens, innovative garden design, floral arranging, creating backyard wildlife habitats, and much more.

    Please contact the Inn for more details on our Horticultural Seminars. Glean inspiration for your home gardening while strolling through the Inn’s award-winning landscape, the only Asheville garden to win in two categories, “2002 & 2007 Best Water Garden” & “2003 Best Landscape Garden” Men’s Garden Club & Quality Forward Annual Contest.

    During your stay at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast, you are invited to relax among the tropical plants and enjoy the scent of fragrant orchids, while listening to the sound of gently trickling fountains. Take pleasure in reading a book, perusing a magazine or gather for refreshments with other guests among the unique collection of plants. Our greenhouse supplies blooming orchids, fresh flowers, and foliage plants used in our guestrooms and throughout our Asheville NC Inn.

  • The Waterfalls

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage waterfalls

    Are you searching for a unique site for your small North Carolina outdoor wedding, elopement, or commitment renewal ceremony?

    Imagine exchanging vows among the beautiful waterfalls and stunning flowering plants in our award-winning gardens. You and your guests will appreciate the convenience of on-site lodging at our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC. Our location is just a short walk from all of the wonderful sights and sounds in historic downtown Asheville, NC.

    Spend your honeymoon or special wedding anniversary exploring the scenic views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking in Pisgah National Forest, touring the Biltmore Estate, or choose to just relax in the comfort of the accommodations at our Inn in Asheville North Carolina.

    Pamper yourself and your loved one with one of our luxurious Spa Packages, available in the WhiteGate Cottage or Walt Whitman Suite with advanced notice. The inn hosts elopements, re-commitments and small ceremonies up to ten people. Contact us for more details on planning your unforgettable day at the WhiteGate Inn.

  • Our Gardens

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage garden

    The award-winning North Carolina gardens of our Asheville NC Inn have an extensive collection of unusual plants. These include 18 varieties of Japanese maples and over 300 different varieties of perennials, hostas, roses, and herbs. The greenhouse houses a collection of over 1500 orchids and tropicals. Guests of our luxury Asheville Bed & Breakfast are invited to enjoy the splendor of these beautiful gardens.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage gardenPaths and sitting areas throughout the gardens make the grounds a perfect place to wander stress free or sit and meditate among nature’s beauty and abundance.

    The inn’s gardens and waterfalls also provide a stunning backdrop for your North Carolina wedding, or take her breath away by ending your romantic weekend getaway with a marriage proposal among the roses.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage patio chairs

    Garden Awards

    The bed and breakfast’s home garden is the only Asheville, NC garden to win in two categories:

    • 2002 & 2007 Best Water Garden
    • 2003 Best Landscape Garden
    • Men’s Garden Club & Quality Forward Annual Contest
    • The White Gate gardens were featured on the annual
    • Quality Forward Father’s Day Garden Tour in 2002 and 2007
    • Featured on the 2005 National Garden Conservancy Tour
  • Breakfast at WhiteGate Inn

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage breakfastCome and Enjoy a delightful retreat and breakfast with us at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Can’t come to North Carolina soon enough? Plan a brunch, and wow your family and friends with these recipes straight from our kitchen. Below are some some sample breakfast menus.

    First Course

    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Pineapples baked in a brown sugar sherry sauce

    Second Course

    • Mushroom Tarragon Souffle’

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage fireplace Third Course

    • Home baked Cinnamon Maple Caramel Pecan Rolls
    • Early check-out Continental breakfast is available
    • Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions are accommodated
  • About Our Inn

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage fireplace

    The dining room is furnished with a collection of antiques, including an early 17th century, English hanging corner cupboard that houses a collection of English Toby mugs, a Windsor, late 18th century pine settle, and an ornately carved Empire sideboard. The carved alabaster light fixture and matching wall sconces are original to the house. 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage fireplace.

    The charming WhiteGate Inn offers today’s comforts with yesterday’s ambiance. Our luxury Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast is furnished with period antiques, fine furniture, and collectibles.

    You are welcomed into the parlor, which features one of the Inn’s three original fireplaces. The mantle is home to a collection of antique German Beer Steins. Relax in one of the parlor chairs and view the contemporary original oil painting of orchids by Laura Grosch.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage dining table

    The Living room is warm and inviting with a comfortable sofa and wing back chairs, a fireplace for the warm glow in the fall and winter, and a respite from the every day stress. You can enjoy playing checkers or backgammon at our game table or simply curl up with a book or magazine while listening to the 1904 Baby Grand player piano. The living room area has a unique collection of art glass, family antiques and other fine collectibles, making it a welcoming area for afternoon and evening refreshments at our Inn in Asheville NC.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage patio chairs. Relax in the spacious solarium overlooking the cascading waterfalls, Koi pond, gas–log fire pit and downtown Asheville, and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains. Enjoy an evening beverage while listening to vintage 45′s on our Rock Ola Wurlitzer Juke Box and admire the colorful sunsets.