1900 Inn on Montford

296 Montford Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Lynn and Ron Carlson
  • Introduction

    1900 Inn on Montford - Asheville, North CarolinaIntimate and Romantic - The 1900 Inn on Montford, of Asheville, North Carolina, invites you to be our guest and discover bed and breakfast comfort and hospitality with a warmth and graciousness that is reminiscent of Biltmore's Gilded Age.

    The Inn is located in the very heart of the Montford Historic District. It exemplifies the Arts and Crafts style made popular in Asheville by noted society architect, Richard Sharp Smith, supervising Architect to Biltmore House. Illustrated in his publication of 1901, My Sketchbook, the house is considered to be one of his finest residential commissions. Today it is elegantly furnished with English and American antiques dating from 1730 to 1910.

    1900 Inn on Montford - LibraryThe 1900 Inn on Montford is the foremost pet-friendly AAA Four Diamond bed and breakfast in the Southeast!

    Over 760 guests have given us the highest TripAdvisor traveler rating.

  • 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 Lynn and Ron Carlson for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The majority of our guests that stay here are celebrating a special occasion: Anniversary, birthday, honeymoon, engagement, or babymoon.

    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 bathrooms. We truly believe that it is bed, breakfast and bath! that guests want and we believe we have the most exciting and luxurious bathrooms in the area. It is our bathrooms and the Carriage House, especially the Cloisters, our 1300 sq ft suite that sets us apart from our competition. The thing we love most about our inn is that it was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect for the building of Biltmore House.

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

    Biltmore House, the largest private home in America is the primary reason people come to Asheville. The Blue Ridge Mountains and our food and beer scene are also large draws.

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

    When guests see the carriage house (newly built in 2005) they are sure that it is part of the original 1900 structure that has been renovated as it so closely matches the main inn in look and feel.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are near the area where the largest sapphire in the world was mined.

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

    Biltmore House is a must – you can spend two part days exploring the house, the grounds and the winery. We are 30 minutes away from a beautiful collection of waterfalls. Some can be seen from the roadway, others require hiking to find. Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Rockies is 45 minutes away. Chimney Rock Park, where the final scenes of the Last of the Mohicans was filmed is 30 minutes away. There is very good cycling both on the parkway and along the French Broad River, the third oldest river in the world. Asheville boasts the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the South East with the exception of South Beach in Miami.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are a mile from downtown Asheville and a dozen restaurants. We have a local restaurant, Nine Mile, a block from the Inn. The Inn is in the Montford Historic District which is an excellent walking neighborhood.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Curate, a Spanish Tapas restaurant is our absolute favorite restaurant. Asheville is known as a culinary destination. For barbecue, 12 Bones is President Obama’s favorite! Rhubarb, owned by John Fleer, former Executve Chef at Blackberry Farm in Wallend, TN is another top favorite.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    ExploreAsheville.com is a great website for learning about what to do in Asheville. RomanticAsheville.com is another good site to get information on Asheville.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have four guest rooms and four suites, for a total of eight.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, we accept pets in our carriage house, which was purposely built to ensure the comfort of the guests’ pet, including a doggie “trundle bed”.


  • Meet Your Innkeepers

    1900 Inn on Montford - PorchLynn and Ron Carlson purchased the inn on April 1st of 1997. We opened the inn on May 1st of 1997 with the previous owner's furniture. We brought our furniture into the inn in June of 1997, opening the inn again on Friday, the 13th of June. In spite of these auspicious dates, we are now celebrating over 18 years at the inn as owners/innkeepers. When we purchased the inn it had four guest rooms on the second floor. In the last half of 2000, we created Zelda's Retreat, our 1000 sq ft third floor suite, and reclaimed the basement "Grotto Suite" for owner's quarters.

    The carriage house, Griffin Cottage, to the rear of the property was built in 2004, opening up the Spring of 2005. Designed by Robert Griffin of RS Griffin Architects, PA, the carriage house is an "informal" version of the main inn. It combines many of the architectural details of the main house, which was designed by Richard Sharp Smith, Supervising Architect for the Biltmore House, together with numerous luxury features to make your stay an unforgettable memory!

    Starting life in Minnesota, we moved to Bloomfield, CT in 1969. From there we ventured to England in early 1974, living in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. In the Summer of 1985 we repatriated to the Main Line of Philadelphia, living in Rosemont, PA. Lynn is past President of NCBBI, the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast & Inns Association, having served three years as President and seven years on the Board. She has just finished a three year term on the board of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

  • Inn Offerings

    1900 Inn on Montford - Living Room All our eight rooms and suites have

    • King Beds
    • Jacuzzi-style Whirlpools (exc. O.Henry)
    • Showers - four separate with steam baths
    • Fireplaces
    • TVs and DVD Players - cable or DirecTV
    • Refrigerators
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wired & Wireless High Speed Internet

    Our Eight Guest Rooms and Suites are located in Two Historic Buildings. In addition we have a private cabin that sleeps up to four, on the Lower Flat Creek.

    Griffin Cottage

    Our new carriage house to the rear of the main Inn, offers Pet Friendly accommodation in its three secluded suites! The William Morris and Rossetti are on the ground floor and have private, enclosed back gardens, while the Cloisters is the entire second floor of the carriage house. There are four second floor guest rooms and one third floor suite, Zelda's Retreat, in the Main Inn.

    We have a social hour each evening from 6 to 7 pm. You'll have the opportunity to chat with other guests and we'll give you our favorite dining recommendations. We feature live music on Saturday nights during social hour with local musicians playing a mixture of blue grass and "mountain music".

  • Breakfast

    1900 Inn on Montford - Dining Room We serve a delicious three-course breakfast with a fruit course, savory egg dish and dessert at 9 am preceded by the arrival of coffee or tea to your door at 8 am in the main inn. Guests in Griffin Cottage have breakfast delivered to their door at 9:30 am.

    Breakfast consists of three courses - a fruit course, such as raspberry, banana yogurt parfait; a savory egg dish, such as shirred eggs; followed by a dessert course, such as caramel pecan rolls. Breakfasts change daily. We are able to cater to special dietary requirements. Let us know of any dietary "restrictions" when making your reservation or during check-in. The Dining Room showcases our collection of silver napkin rings, decanters and glassware. The light fixtures are reputedly "left overs" from Biltmore Estate and the Spode figurine, English (circa 1780) was featured on Antiques Roadshow in 1996 (and still being rerun on PBS!).

  • Weddings

    1900 Inn on Montford - Wedding Day1900 Inn on Montford Wedding Experience

    For the Two of You Forever

    We at the 1900 Inn on Montford want your special day to be a celebration beyond your imagination. So, let us design your experience and take care of all the details. We want you to focus on the one you love.

    Your experience will include your celebration of vows and a private reception. Hope you’ll agree we have thought of every detail in your honor.

    Celebration of Vows

    Our interfaith minister will preside. We will send to you in advance a choice of services, secular, Christian or spiritual. Of course if you choose to write your own vows we welcome your personal signature and will accommodate. A bouquet of seasonal flowers will be provided for the bride.


    A private reception will be provided inclusive of a sparkling libation for your very special toast and a personal wedding cake.

    There is More

    After a relaxing afternoon you will be whisked off in the 1900 Inn on Montford’s personal chariot to a dinner to remember. You will be dining at Asheville’s original Farm to Table restaurant, The Market Place. Of course we will be there to return you to the Inn. Don’t just dream about the most special day of your life - allow us to make it happen!


    • One-night packages starting at $1295.00
    • Two night packages starting at$ 1495.00
    • Sorry but we cannot offer the one night package on a Saturday night
    • Chariot subject to availability and weather
    • Call for details

    It would also be our honor to design a special package for renewals and commitment ceremonies. Any questions or for reservations please call our wedding concierge, Martha at 1-800-254-9569.

  • How To Find Us

    The Inn is located in the heart of the Montford Historic District, just 8/10 mile north of downtown and 8 minutes from Biltmore Estate.

    If you are approaching from the East

    1. You will be traveling on I-40
    2. You will leave I-40 at Exit 53B, signposted I-240, Downtown Asheville
    3. Stay on I-240 until Exit 4C, signposted Montford Avenue
    4. At the light, take a right onto Montford Avenue
    5. We are 3/4 mile on the left, #296

    If you are approaching from the West

    1. You will be traveling on I-40
    2. Leave I-40 at Exit 46B, a left hand exit signposted I-240 Asheville
    3. Stay on I-240 until Exit 4C, signposted Montford Avenue
    4. At the light, turn right onto Haywood Street
    5. Go to the next light (a block and a half)
    6. Turn right onto Montford Avenue
    7. We are 3/4 mile on the left, #296

    If you are approaching from the South

    1. You will be on I-26
    2. I-26 becomes I-240 as it crosses over I-40
    3. Stay on I-240, leaving at Exit 4C
    4. Turn right onto Haywood Street
    5. At the first light, turn right onto Montford Avenue
    6. We are #296

    If you are approaching from the North on I-26

    1. You will leave I-26 at Exit 25, signposted University of North Carolina Asheville
    2. At the light, turn left onto Broadway
    3. Go to the third light
    4. Turn right onto Chestnut Street
    5. You will see a Five Points Diner on your left before making your turn
    6. Proceed thru two flashing yellow lights and at the first stop light, turn right onto Montford Avenue
    7. We are 4/10 mile on the left, #296

    Turn into the driveway, proceed to the parking area behind the Inn. Park in any available space, come around to the front door, ring the bell, and we'll be there to check you in.