1900 Inn on Montford

296 Montford Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Innkeeper(s): Willy & Shawnie Gruber
  • Introduction

    Bed & Breakfast in Historic Asheville

    1900 Inn on Montford - Asheville, North Carolina

    If you’re looking for a break from the stress of every day hustle and bustle, the 1900 Inn on Montford in Asheville’s historic district is your destination place. New owners Shawnie and Willy Gruber are determined to show every guest at their AAA Four Diamond Bed and Breakfast Inn, the ultimate experience. Comfort is key and no detail is too small. It all starts with the architecture of the inn, which exemplifies the Arts and Crafts style of one of the areas most famous structures, the Biltmore House. The inn is appointed with stylish and elegant American and English antiques from 1730 to 1910, but includes all the modern conveniences to help you relax and unwind in an intimate and relaxing setting.

    The exquisite rooms include cozy fireplace settings and bathroom details that make you feel nurtured and ridiculously spoiled. The Inn boasts everything from beautiful settings for weddings to seamless in-room massage packages — all in an incredibly relaxed but rich atmosphere. You will love your stay at 1900 Inn on Montfort in Asheville NC.

    ****Take a peek at our new 1900 Inn on Montford video! Come and sit a spell on our porch to some music!

    Our great musicians are shown in the youtube clip to the upper right of this page are Ben and Emmaline Scales, Aaron "Woody" Wood, Don Lewis, Paul Leech****

  • Breakfast

    1900 Inn on Montford - Dining Room

     If your travel plans preclude a seated 9am breakfast, just let the innkeepers know; we provide convenient to-go breakfast options so no guest leaves hungry.

     For those who enjoy high end coffee without the fuss, we have a Jura automated espresso machine, preloaded with locally roasted beans from Summit Coffee Company available anytime in the sunroom. You may enjoy taking your morning coffee in the house or possibly sitting on the front porch and watching the day begin. Afternoon snacks are ready for you when you return from your day of exploring.

    At the 1900 Inn on Montford raiding the cookie jar is encouraged! :)

  • Heritage Music

    Saturdays are pretty special at the 1900 Inn on Montford! We offer heritage music each Saturday from 6-7pm on the front porch along with local wines and sparkling water.

  • 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 all with DirecTV
    • Refrigerators
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wireless High Speed Internet

    Our Eight Guest Rooms and Suites are located in Two Historic Buildings. 

    Griffin Cottage

    Our 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".

  • 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 Shawnie and Willy Gruber 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 proud hosts to heritage music each Saturday from 6-7pm on our spacious front porch (weather permitting).  We really love cooking great breakfasts for our guests each morning.  But we may be 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. 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 music, food, and beer scene are also large draws.

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

    We encourage our guests to use the common areas and love it when we here...."Shawnie and Willy were welcoming and truly made us feel at home!"  

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There are 100 waterfalls all within an hours drive of Asheville.  

    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 eight blocks from downtown Asheville and host of 5 star restaurants.  We love our local restaurants Chiesa (4 blocks) and Nine Mile (two blocks) 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?

    For Mexican - Limones.  Italian - Chiesa.  Curate for Spanish Tapas. Asheville is known as a culinary destination. For barbecue, 12 Bones is former President Obama’s 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.

    https://www.alltrails.com/us/north-carolina/asheville for great hiking!

    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

    Willy and Shawnie Gruber purchased the inn on December 11, 2017. Willy was born in Austria and raised in Alaska. Willy worked for Golder Associates for over 30 years, a $1 Billion company with 6,500 employees globally. He started as a technician in the field and worked his way up the ranks to manage Global operational projects.

    Shawnie was born in Memphis, TN into a Navy family. Like many military families, their transfers moved them all over the US and abroad. She has held many key positions over her 22 year career with Golder Associates and 12 years at CWM/Waste Management, Inc,

    As a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), she planned logistics for all major meetings. She has led the US Conference and Tradeshow program for the past ten years and combined the US and Canadian Programs (3,500 employees and 275 conferences per year).

  • Weddings

    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.

    Wedding at the Inn

    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 officiant 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.


    • We have three locations that make lovely settings for elopements – our front porch, the Foyer in front of the fireplace or in the Cloisters suite. 
    • We have two locations that make lovely settings for elopements – our front Foyer in front of the fireplace or in the Cloisters suite, which is very well appointed for such an occasion.
    • Don’t just dream about the most special day of your life – allow us to make it happen! Our Wedding Package starts at $495.00 and includes the following:
    • The officiate to provide a civil ceremony
    • A white fresh flower bouquet A 6” wedding cake, on pedestal, with cake knife and server, 6 cake plates and napkins A Bottle of Biltmore Champagne, champagne bucket on silver tray with 6 crystal glasses 2 witnesses or the bride & groom may provide their own

    * Sorry but we cannot offer the one night package on a Saturday night.

    It would also be our honor to design a special package for renewals and commitment ceremonies.

    Any questions or for reservations please call us 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.