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Carolina Bed & Breakfast

177 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): James and Susan Murray
  • Summary

    Worldly Flair

    Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast offers homey accommodations with understated international 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 supervising architect of the Biltmore.

    From the décor to the cuisine, it all reflects the owners’ travels. Featuring a vibrant or soothing color scheme, the five main rooms and garden cottage are adorned with oriental rugs, original art and antiques. Amenities include private baths with whirlpools, fireplaces, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, luxurious linens and robes.

    Not your standard fare, innkeeper Susan Murray’s bountiful and delicious menu showcases signature recipes honed by her years in Asia and Europe. Bread, jams and jellies are made in-house. Her home-cooking approach is based on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients—including from her own garden.

    While the Biltmore Estate is a must-see, you should also visit Asheville’s many art galleries, shops, historical sites or hike the trails off Blue Ridge Parkway. Later, start the evening off in high spirits at the social hour with beverages from the Biltmore Estate 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.

  • Introduction

    Carolina Bed & Breakfast front of inn

    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.

    Inside, the spacious Arts & Craft style rooms are replete with original art and antiques which the owners have collected from around the world. Small touches will enhance your visit.Fresh flowers, home-baked goods and personalized service are just a few of the extras you can expect.

    Carolina Bed & Breakfast Relax in Front of the Cozy Fire

    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 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 canapes and local beverages are offered and guests will find sweet treat upon their return in the evening.

  • 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 Susan Murray 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. I have lived overseas in both Europe and Asia and enjoyed learning about the cuisines and foods of every country I have visited. This is all brought together in original recipes using fresh local ingredients.

    Our inn is filled with original artwork and antiques from our travels around the world. Everything is real--the ancestors above the fireplaces? Ours. The pictures in the halls? Ours. There is a story to everything. We think it reflects our personalities and the hospitality we want to share with our guests.

    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 our Assistant Innkeeper, Sara, receives when we are away. It means that we have a well-trained staff that cares as much as we do and that whenever a guest comes to our inn they can expect a full-on welcome.

    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 a special neighborhood restaurant where you will have a great meal, probably with live music as well.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Wow, there are too many to have a favorite--probably five that we especially recommend. James 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 five in the main house plus a cottage.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets and there are no animals on the property (not that we don't like them but if someone needs a pet free environment it's not fair for the owners to have their pets in the inn.) Try the Soapy Dog for a wonderful, caring, pet boarding experience.

  • Dining Room and Breakfast Menu

    Carolina Bed & Breakfast Dining RoomAt our Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast, we strive to serve food which is bountiful, creative, and delicious.

    Our tastes and attitude towards dining have been formed and refined by our years overseas, in France, Asia, and England. Our horizons have expanded as we have been fortunate enough to enjoy some of the great cuisines of the world. But 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! Breads are freshly made in-house, as are our jams and jellies. 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

    Carolina Bed & Breakfast fireplace

    "Clean, stylish and simple interiors and very friendly staff made this a top notch experience. Food was four star, fresh beautifully prepared and delicious. The bed was heavenly. We would stay there again and have already recommended it to our friends."

    Pat Chester, Vermont

    "The clean, charming room, extremely comfortable bed, truly gourmet breakfasts, afternoon wine and appetizers, location conducive to walking, fresh baked cookies in the evening, and friendly hosts all worked together to make this a lovely visit in Ashville. It seems the hosts thought of everything that would make our stay special."

    Louis Waltham, Massachusetts

    "We had emailed about our vegetarian diet - and Susan did a great job presenting breakfasts and afternoon snacks we could eat."

    John Charleston, South Carolina

    "Breakfasts are right out of 'Bon Appetite' (perhaps even better) and plentiful. Wine and hors d'oevres/snacks are offered at cocktail hour, as a great warm-up for the 10 minute stroll into downtown for dinner. We'll no longer look elsewhere for Asheville accommodations, and have already recommended it others we know planning to visit the town in the near future."

    Todd & Cheryl Sullivan Indianapolis, IN

    "Owners Susan and James have created an utterly charming and classic southern BnB experience.Imagine: swinging on the porch swing in the evenings sipping complimentary wine. Lounging on the porch sofa in the morning sipping perfectly-brewed coffee gazing at the spring buds before a gourmet breakfast. A list of descriptors include: elegant, delicious, peaceful, fresh, friendly, helpful and a good deal considering all the amenities. We'll never stay anywhere else."

    Morgan Washington

  • 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