Princess Anne Hotel
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... Atlanta almost two and a half times the distance). We did some back roads today and I have you say they were straight, straight, straight! Boring. The drive back from Roanoke will be on the freeway just as, if not more boring! Still we stopped a couple of times and took pictures of a couple of lakes. Driving through the Bible Belt proved to be interesting too there's a church of one definition ...
... rosebay rhododendron blooming along the creek and the trail. At one point, the rhododendron formed a tunnel of green leaves and white flowers to hike through. In about a mile, the trail followed another logging road and crossed Davidson River on a big bridge that led back to the parking lot. I shuttled the other drivers back to their cars at Gloucester Gap and then we packed the cars up and began the long drive ...
Went to our first Waffle House (sounds more native if you don't pronounce any of the syllables), a greasy spoon diner. All the staff were very stressed cooking our food just in front of us. People were still allowed to smoke. Felt like a diner stuck in the 80s. Found out that I'd won some money on the lotto, a small fortune at £25. Drove on to Asheville a country town on the border of North Carolina. Pulled off the freeway to do some more country driving, try to see ...
... with a disposable BBQ so we grabbed some meat and beers and races up the famous blue ridge parkway- a famous 469 mile scenic route that follows the mountain ridge from north Virginia to South Carolina. We found a spot not actually facing the sunset but still with a view of the blue hazy mist mountains and had our bacon wrapped burgers and beers. Almost ran out of petrol on the way back, cruising in with 1 mile left on the ...
... to Antler Hill Village & Winery. The Biltmore Winery building. originally the Biltmore Dairy Barn. We did the wine tasting and they make some very good wine. We walked through the shops in the village before leaving the property. I have wanted to visit Biltmore for many years so I can now check that off my list.
Tomorrow is the last day of our Adventure. We have our farewell dinner at a local ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Princess Anne Hotel Asheville
This small hotel/b&B personifies Asheville. It is beautiful, very fashionable, high-tech among the period furnishings, and friendly. The room was very comfortable, breakfasts good, and the wine and cheese in the late afternoon was great. I don't really feel like visiting with other guests at breakfast (the beautiful dining room was spacious so no sitting at tables together), but it was great fun to talk about the day so far around 5.
Really recommend the place. The owner and staff were very friendly and helpful. Knew what restaurants needed reservations and made them for us.
We just returned from a trip through NC. The Princess Anne was certainly the highlight of the trip. We extended our stay by one night and the staff was very accomodating to our change of plans. The hotel is accessible, with no steps into the hotel. There is an elevator, but a large wheelchair or scooter might find it a tight fit. Each room is different, but beautifully appointed. The beds were comfortable, each room is seperately temperature controlled and with wireless access. All the modern conveniences did not distract from the decor at all. The wine and cheese hour was a nice touch. Sipping wine on the wide porch was very relaxing. There are several sitting rooms, with tall ceilings and beautiful decor. Breakfast on Sunday was Belgian waffles, fruit and bacon. Orange juice, tea, water and coffee are available. On Monday, there was a fresh fruit salad, yogurt, granola, a yummy blueberry coffee cake and a few other selections. The dining room makes you feel as if you are in a grand hotel. The grounds are well maintained and very peaceful. The staff goes to great lengths to accomodate your needs and make you feel at home. We will definitely go back!
The service and accomidations exceeded our expectation. The Hotel was simply oustanding. The quality of the rennovation was superb and created a sense of charm and character to a wonderfully historical structure.
A Small Inn Jewel
We booked the entire Inn for family and friends attending our son's wedding held at the Biltmore Estate. The first time I stepped into the Princess Anne's lovely lobby last Fall to inspect the Inn I fell in love with it. The bright cheerful colors, the cleanliness of the entire Inn, the lovely decor in each individually decorated room, the gracious hospitality of Howard and his staff made this truly a wonderful place to stay. The breakfast's each morning were delicious and the wine and hors d'oeuvres every night made this such a wonderful environment for all of our guests to get to socialize with each other. The staff could not have done enough for us, they were very pleasant and accomodating. I would highly suggest this Inn to anyone visiting the Asheville area and especially if you want a personable place for friends and family if you are having a wedding in the area. Best of luck to all of you at the Princess Anne hotel and continued success! David and Linda Bustard
Some lovely touches, but still in need of work
The Princess Anne Hotel has some lovely touches ... from the beautiful decor, the friendly and helpful staff, the wine & cheese in the afternoon, and the yummy truffles in the room. The common areas of the hotel are very inviting, and Asheville's persistent mountain breezes makes the open-air lay-out particularly attractive.
But, because of its age, the rooms are not sound-insulated, which means you hear your neighbors, you hear people walking up and down the squeaky stairs, and you hear music blaring from passing cars (particularly on weekend nights). Furthermore, they should just skip the free breakfast. It's not very good ... so-so eggs, canned fruit, and rock-hard biscuits. If they want to mimic the B&B experience, they need home-baked treats and more variety and options. In a 1.5-hour window from 8:30 to 10am, you're offered only one option (eggs on Saturday, waffles on Sunday), and there are no substitutions. In hindsight, I would've rather eaten breakfast downtown.
My husband was more accepting of Princess Anne's limitations, and we hope that some of these kinks will get worked out over time ...
A "Five star" charming inn
Our family was fortunate to stay at the lovely Princess Anne Hotel during the holidays. The Inn not only portrays historical charm, but it also has somewhat of a European flair! We looked forward to the relaxing evenings with complimentary wine by the fireplace after an exciting day of hiking and visiting the surrounding area. The breakfast was so delicious too! Of course I just can not get the Belgian Waffles with a pecan sauce out of my mind!
This unique Inn is almost like going back in time. It is a place that you want to return time and again. I highly recommend this Inn and cannot wait for my next visit which is in July.
The Beautiful Princess Anne B & B-Asheville
The Princess Anne is a treasure in the heart of Asheville's historic district in a very quiet neighborhood. The porches provided restful places to gather where gentle breezes cooled. This terrific B & B is newly restored as of the fall of 2005 with modern amenities that in no way detract from the historicity of the hotel. The color pallette of each room or suite is a feast for the eyes. Howard Stafford, the owner and preservationist of the Princess Anne, provided a beautiful venue for our party for our son and his fiance the night before their wedding. We had about fifty guests but Howard said that they've had parties in the hundreds. The staff accomodated our every need. Our family had an elegant yet home-like setting in which we felt comfortable and welcomed. The dining area is very large and grand and the food wonderful. My brother-in-law usually stays at the Grove Park Inn but said that in the future he'll stay at the Princess Anne.
Best in Asheville
My fiance and I stayed three nights at the Princess Anne in early March. He proposed the morning we left for Asheville and when we arrived we had a bottle of champagne waiting in our room.
The hotel's website pictures DO NOT do it justice. From the minute we walked in, I felt completely at home, which is rare for me in a hotel/inn. The curving hardwood staircase through the center of the hotel was full of light and the dining room, library and living area were beautifully decorated. Copies of Architectural Digest were in the landing of each of the three floors and I believe I read them all!
Breakfast each morning would have easily cost $25 elsewhere. We had French toast, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, delicious bacon, scones, etc. on different mornings. We also enjoyed the wine hour each evening and met other guests from across the country. The staff is quiet, unobtrusive and very helpful. One front desk clerk went out of his way to allow me the use of a wireless laptop one morning.
We had a "suite" which included a living area, full kitchen (w/ Rabbit corkscrew and white china), 3(!) closets, a gorgeous bath with clawfoot tub/shower and a very comfortable bed with excellent quality linens.
The location is easily within walking distance to downtown Asheville (in warm weather!). We found plenty to do in Asheville, which has a vibrant downtown (check out recent NY Times article). We also took day trips to Highlands and Black Mountain.
We drove by the other inns/hotels my fiance considered prior to booking the Princess Anne and suffice to say, we would not have been happy. The Princess Anne is a classic and I only hope we can find its counterpart in our future travels.
Quaint and Lovely
My fiancee and I just returned from the Princess Anne hotel in Asheville. The hotel is quaint and absolutely lovely. We stayed in the one bedroom suite which was perfect for a couple. The bathroom had a gorgeous clawfoot tub and the bath amenities were wonderful. The room as well as the rest of the hotel was very clean. The stay included a sumptuous breakfast. The croissants and scones were completely delicious. The staff was courteous and attentive. The rooms are not equipped with hair dryers so I requested one from the front desk and they promptly brought it up. I highly recommend this place.
Great Place to Stay!
My wife and I stayed at the Princess Anne Hotel in Asheville, NC and we would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a romantic getaway. The rooms were reasonably priced and included a great breakfast (we had Belgium waffles). The staff was friendly and helpful and the inn keeper, Howard, was a gracious host.
We really enjoyed the afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres and the hotel was just beautiful!