Inn on Main Street
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The Inn on Main Street is an eco-friendly and romantic getaway near Asheville and the Biltmore Estate in quaint, artsy Weaverville.
Guests may enjoy mountain views during breakfast on the back porch, or watch hummingbirds and butterflies feast on the flowers erupting from around the koi pond.
Cafes and galleries are only two blocks away. Also within walking distance are a scenic mountain lake with exercise trail and a nature park.
The inn features five rooms in the main house, and two rooms in a cottage joined to the house by huge porches. All have private baths, three with whirlpool tubs. Five have gas fireplaces.
A full hot breakfast including ingredients from the inn's organic gardens is served between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Afternoon refreshments on the porch are a favorite time for guests to share ideas on things to see and do.
Owners Dan and Nancy Ward, who come to innkeeping from careers in journalism and special education, can help you find the right shops, restaurants, hiking trails or outfitters to make your mountain stay memorable. They have Biltmore Estate tickets on hand, and offer spa, rafting and girlfriend getaway specials.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dan for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most visit the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private residence. We also appeal to a younger demographic who enjoy hiking, rafting, waterfalls, canopy tours and driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are only 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, yet in a quiet small town known for its artists and slower pace. We are walking distance to seven unique cafes, all of which are something of a destination for folks driving out from Asheville. We also are near art galleries. Our town has a street art festival known as Art In Autumn and a twice-a-year studio tour called the Weaverville Art Safari. Our inn includes mountain views from the porch where we serve breakfast. We embrace green goals. We recycle, use green cleaners and unscented detergents, we compost, and many of our dishes feature veggies and herbs from our organic gardens. We adapt our dishes for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free diets. We have two rooms that can be set up with twin beds, so we’re particularly well suited for girlfriend getaway groups. Four of our rooms are on the first floor, which appeals to older folks. What we like most about our inn is that we try to keep it casual and comfortable, and to be accessible for guests who want the insider info on what to do. Our motto, we like to say, is that “It’s like going to Grandma’s house if Grandma had a mustache and Hawaiian shirt.”
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The incredible variety of things to experience, from outdoor activities to cultural attractions to exceptional food options to a variety of breweries to living history to simple natural beauty.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
That guests feel very comfortable and don’t want to leave. We’ve heard that from older folks, young couples, gay couples and people of every race and nationality you can imagine. We’ve heard this for 18 years. Guests have come to breakfast in pajamas.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Small surprises: world-class dining, a trail ride to a garnet mine, natural hot mineral baths, short hikes to incredible vistas, the weekly drum circle, free bluegrass concerts.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit the Biltmore Estate, hot springs, a hike or two, a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out the artistic and surprising vibe in Asheville, sample some great food and amazing beers.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Seven unique restaurants, three art galleries including a working pottery studio, a great coffeehouse next door to a wonderful wine shop, a trout-fishing outfitter, a nature park with a greenway trail, a small lake with mountain views and walking trail, Victorian homes with gorgeous gardens.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Glass Onion and the Stoney Knob Café, plus Blue Mountain Pizza and Brewery. All three are destination restaurants for the region. But Twisted Laurel Café, Well-Bred Bakery, Soba Sushi, Main Street Grill and the Creperie all have their unique appeal that draws folks out from Asheville and the surrounding area.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our favorites are VisitWeaverville.com, ExploreAsheville.com and RomanticAsheville.com.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
We’ve been the subject of a segment on the state’s public television network. If you can include the link, it would be fantastic. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx7NUvE0THU .
We hesitate to call our breakfasts gourmet, since that has become such a cliche among bed and breakfasts. But our meals are indulgences, a full and satisfying experience you'd normally expect at a nice restaurant.
Each meal begins with our private-roast coffee, tea, and juice, with fresh fruit and made-from-scratch muffins served family style. Then we bring you homemade bread, made that morning or the night before, along with an individual serving of the day's entree. Our entrees range from frittatas, a sort of open-face Italian omelet, to baked apple French toast, omelets, stuffed crepes, eggs Florentine, fancy pancakes, quiche and even some creations of our own.
We gladly adapt the entrees and muffins to accommodate special diets, including vegetarian breakfasts, vegan breakfasts and diabetic breakfasts. If the entree doesn't suit you, we always have cereal available. If you are on the Atkins Diet, our breakfast may not be appropriate. However, we can accommodate high-protein diets on weekdays.
When the weather permits, and that's most of the year, we serve breakfast on the back porch, where you can watch the sun rise to the adoration of the birds and flowers.
Our Eco-friendly Philosophy
If there is an overriding theme at Inn on Main Street, it would be to embrace the healthy basics while focusing on your comfort. We make all our foods from scratch, including our muffins and breads. Our breakfasts normally are vegetarian, but we often serve turkey sausage or bacon to those who want breakfast meats.
We avoid using cleaning chemicals, deodorizers, fertilizers and pesticides, choosing instead to clean with natural and biodegradable cleaners like vinegar, citrus oils and baking soda. We've adopted the Green Hotels philosophy, which means we'll forgo changing towels and linens as often if that is your choice, thus saving water and reducing wastewater.
We cook with our own organically grown herbs and vegetables whenever possible, and buy from local organic farmers when we can.
Our in-room soaps, shampoos, conditioners and body lotions are organic and natural. Our soaps are hand made locally.
Our home is smoke-free, though we keep ash trays outside to accommodate smokers.
In consideration to guests who are sensitive to allergens, we do not accept pets. We do not even use potpourri. We will remove down pillows from your room on request.
Asheville Mountain Attractions
If you can imagine our valley as a pendant, then Asheville would be an Art Deco gem held by a setting of blue-green mountains. It's easy to think of Asheville and Western North Carolina in artistic terms. Arts and crafts have been a way of life here since woodcarvers and quilters used their creativity to supplement farm income. That tradition lives on in the rich handiwork of area artists for sale at the Folk Art Center and dozens of galleries. It's greatest manifestation is in the Biltmore Estate, America's largest home and an icon of the Gilded Age. Manmade creativity blends perfectly with the mountains' natural outdoor attractions, including Chimney Rock Park.
For more information about Asheville Mountain Attractions, as well as Nancy and Dan's Top 10 Cheap Thrills list, please visit the Attractions page of the Inn on Main Street Bed and Breakfast website.