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Carolina Bed & Breakfast

177 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Diana Thornton and Kevin Gero
  • Introduction

    On a quiet residential street in the Montford Historic District of Asheville, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast has graced the neighborhood since 1901.

    This Arts and Crafts Style house is surrounded by plants and flowers lovingly tended over time.The color and style of the Inn’s surroundings is echoed in its rooms with an understated elegance which creates a sense of comfort and relaxation for its guests.

    Just a short walk from the award winning restaurants of downtown Asheville and three miles from the historic Biltmore Estate, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast is your home away from home.Whether you hike the trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway, stroll through the many art galleries and shops of Asheville or visit any of the historic sites in the area, you will find your return made pleasurable by a warming fire in the winter or a cool breeze on the front porch in summer. Evening refreshments are one of the highlights of a stay at the Carolina. Small thoughtful touches will enhance your visit. Home-baked goods and personalized service are just a few of the extras you can expect.

    The large bedrooms include luxurious linens and robes, air-conditioning, flat-screen television, and fireplaces. Wireless internet is provided throughout the house. Each room has a private bath, many with whirlpool or Jacuzzi tubs. Also available is a private vacation cottage with king bed, day bed, small kitchenette, two-person whirlpool tub and fireplace.

    Our cooking has met with acclaim from our guests. We use the fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. In the evening, wine and hors d'oeuvres are offered at 5:30 and guests will find sweet treat upon their return in the evening.


  • Summary

    Beautiful Relaxing Oasis

    Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2019 winner, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast offers homey relaxing accommodations with spa-like touches.

    Ever admired the homes in a historical neighborhood and wondered what it would be like to live in one? At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina, you can do just that. Located in the Montford Historic District, this Arts and Crafts-style house was built in 1901 by none other than Richard Sharp Smith—the senior supervising architect of the Biltmore.

    From the décor to the cuisine, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast reflects the owners’ desire to welcome you to your home away from home and they treat you like family. Featuring a soothing color scheme, the six main rooms and garden cottage provide a lovely relaxing retreat for you while you enjoy all of the incredible offerings that make Asheville the ultimate travel destination. Amenities include private baths with whirlpools, fireplaces, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, luxurious linens and robes.

    Not your standard fare, innkeeper Diana Thornton’s bountiful and delicious menu showcases signature recipes honed over the years by her love of cooking great food. Her home-cooking approach is based on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients—including from her own garden and dietary restrictions are catered for each guest to ensure that everyone is very well fed.

    While the Biltmore Estate is a must-see, you should also visit Asheville’s many art galleries, shops and historical sites or hike the trails off Blue Ridge Parkway. Later, start the evening off in high spirits at the social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres before heading out to one of downtown’s award-winning restaurants. And if you haven’t had your fill of fresh baked cookies served throughout the day, a special treat waits in your room upon your return.

  • 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 Diana Thornton for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests usually come to us for three reasons: 1) the relaxed style of the inn is complemented by the elegance of the decor. 2) Our food has gained a reputation as being a step above the usual B&B cuisine. 3) Reviews of the inn reflect the experience they want to receive.

    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 food and a very warm welcome to our Inn. We want our guests to be comfortable and to feel completely at home. Our inn is filled with comfortable lovely furniture and a happy welcoming spirit. We think it reflects our personalities and the hospitality we want to share with our guests. We love what we do and love having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from all parts of the world.

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

    Three reasons really--the Biltmore, the cultural (and food) scene, and the mountains.

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

    We have received so many compliments--people are very kind--but the ones that mean the most to us are the compliments that tell us that we are on the right path even though we are new Innkeepers. People love what we are doing and they have told us so.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Asheville is SO MUCH MORE than the Biltmore!

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

    Day one: the Biltmore, Day two: Hike and picnic in the mountains, Day three: Explore the galleries and boutiques of Asheville, Day four: Go back to see whatever you missed (or wished you had more time for). Every night, try a different restaurant!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Our inn is a short 15 minute walk from downtown Asheville with over 40 independent restaurants, galleries and boutiques. And if you are too tired for that, you can walk one block over to two special neighborhood restaurants where you will have a great meal.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Wow, there are too many to have a favorite--probably five that we especially recommend. Kevin and I try to eat out once a week--to try out the new restaurant and check that old favorites are still good. If we haven't eaten there we make sure the guest knows it is not a personal recommendation.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?,

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have six rooms in the main house plus a separate cottage behind our inn surrounded by our beautiful gardens.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets as we are not set up for them.


  • Dining Room and Breakfast Menu

    At our Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast, we strive to serve food which is beautiful, bountiful, creative, and delicious. Overall, we have found the best food uses the freshest of ingredients and is made at home.

    When you stay at our bed and breakfast inn in Asheville, NC, it is our goal to bring to you the pleasure of simple, good, food. As much as possible, the food we put on our table is from local sources, including our own garden! Fruits and vegetables are served in season and are sourced at local markets. Cookies and cakes come from our kitchen, not from a bakery.

    We love to cook and are constantly refining old recipes and seeking new ones. Our cooking is not fussy. It’s the best that home-cooking can be. It is our pleasure to share with you some of our favorite bed and breakfast recipes.

  • Guest Comments

    We had a wonderful stay at Carolina B&B while visiting Asheville. Kevin and Diana were welcoming and so accommodating, like friends that we just had not yet met. The home and rooms were lovely and comfortable, and we felt right at home lounging in the parlor and on the front porch. The breakfasts were awesome, and they were so kind to accommodate special food needs like dairy-free and vegan options - no one felt left out! Wine and appetizers in the afternoon were wonderful - both scrumptious food and enjoyable mingling with other guests. Walking distance to downtown (or Uber), as well as yummy restaurants in the neighborhood like Nine Mile. Scrumptious homemade sweet treats awaited us in our room each evening. Wish we could have stayed longer, but this will definitely be on our list of favorite places for a return trip!

    J Preston, Plant City, FL


    A GREAT beginning to our Love Affair with Asheville. Kevin and Diana were amazing hosts. It was like a home away from home only with great food! It is located in a very nice neighborhood and so close to downtown Asheville. Just a short walk. They both gave good recommendations for restaurants all of which were fantastic and one of them in walking distance! You can tell that both Kevin and Diane put their love and passion into this. Not only were the breakfasts amazing, there were appetizers and wine at "happy hour" in the early evenings but the best part was the sweet treat left on the nightstand at night! For example, lemon squares! All of the other guests were so great and easy to talk to and get to know. We will definitely return here in the fall! We are Team Carolina B&B all the way!

    J Whitt, New York, NY


    We Couldn't Have Asked For More. Do Yourself The Favor of Booking at Carolina Bed and Breakfast! We pulled into Asheville a few hours before check in at Carolina Bed and Breakfast, and from our first meeting with the owners Diana and Kevin, we knew this would be a special place to stay. First, we were graciously allowed to check in early so we could head downtown. Second, the room was perfect in every way, including the bedding, cleanliness of the room, the restroom, and little treats left for us each night. Every morning we were served a delicious and interesting breakfast, and had great conversations with the other guests. Every evening we enjoyed fantastic appetizers and wine, again with the other guests. Diana and Kevin were great hosts, and even though we were only there four nights, we felt like we had gained new friends, and we would gladly stay here again.

    P Doyle, Nashville, TN

  • Kid Friendly

    Children that are 10 years of age and above are most welcome at the inn.

  • How to Find Us

    Carolina Bed & Breakfast map

    Traveling from the East via I-40 West

    1. Exit I-40 at Exit 53. Follow signs onto I-240 into Asheville
    2. Take Exit 4C (Montford Avenue)
    3. At top of exit ramp turn right (north) at traffic light onto Montford Avenue
    4. At next traffic signal turn right onto Chestnut Street
    5. Go one block to flashing signal. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right

    Traveling from the South or West via I-26 or I-40 East

    1. I-26 and I-40 meet at Asheville
    2. Take exit onto I-240. Travel about 4 miles to Exit 4C (Montford Avenue)
    3. At top of ramp turn right at traffic light
    4. Go one block to next light and turn right (north) onto Montford Avenue
    5. Go about 1/4 mile to traffic light at Chestnut Street, turn right onto Chestnut
    6. Go one block to flashing signal
    7. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue
    8. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right

    Traveling From U.S. 19/23, coming from the North

    1. Take the exit for I240-Asheville East
    2. Exit I240 at the the next exit (Exit 4C)(Montford Avenue)
    3. At top of ramp turn right at traffic light
    4. Go one block to next light and turn right (north) onto Montford Avenue
    5. Go about 1/4 mile to traffic light at Chestnut Street, turn right onto Chestnut
    6. Go one block to flashing signal
    7. Turn left onto Cumberland Avenue
    8. The house will be 2 blocks from Chestnut Street on the right