Bed & Breakfast style lodging can be traced all the way back to Colonial America. Today, many of the high-end B&Bs are beautifully renovated historic mansions that offer a sense of history combined with today’s modern amenities. This type of lodging is particularly popular in the Carolinas. There are literally hundreds of B&Bs across North Carolina.
Here are some of the best luxury B&Bs in North Carolina:
Albemarle Inn, Asheville
The Albemarle Inn is a Greek Revival Mansion that was built in 1909. It was originally the home of Dr. Carl V. Reynolds, who was well known for his work treating tuberculosis. In 1920, Reynolds sold the mansion to a private school for girls. This is when the second building was constructed on the property. In 1980, the mansion was purchased by the Mellins family, who converted it into a bed and breakfast. Since then, the Albemarle has changed owners five more times. The current owners are Fabrizio and Rosemary Chiariello.
The Albemarle has eleven guest rooms spread across three floors. Each of the rooms has a private bathroom and is historically decorated. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the house. The Juliet’s Chamber room on the second floor features a private balcony, and the Vanity Fair room on the second floor contains a fireplace. The Royal Hideaway room on the third floor is the most luxurious, as it features a two-person whirlpool tub.
Lovill House Inn, Boone
The Lovill House is a historic bed and breakfast with an impressive wrap-around porch. It is located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway on eleven acres of property. The house was built in 1875 by Captain E.F. Lovill. The house has been updated to include modern amenities like flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The walls in the guest rooms have been doubled and insulated to ensure privacy.
There are six guest rooms available at the Lovill House. Each of the rooms has its own private bathroom, and most have their own fireplaces. The most interesting room is the romantic Spring House, which is a separate structure that is set back from the main house. This private cottage has its own porch that overlooks the beautiful gardens of the property.
Arrowhead Inn, Durham
The Arrowhead Inn is located on a six-acre plantation between the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. One of the unique aspects of this bed and breakfast is that the innkeeper is also a fantastic chef. His elaborate gourmet breakfast is included in the standard room rates. In addition to breakfast, The Arrowhead Inn offers a number of dinner options, including an elegant tasting dinner, a personal chef dinner, a lighter meal, or a prepared picnic meal.
The Arrowhead Inn features seven guest rooms in the main house, as well as a private cottage and a secluded log cabin. Each of the rooms contains private bathrooms that are stocked with the highest quality towels and robes. The rooms also feature fresh flowers, writing journals, and fireplaces.
The Verandas, Wilmington
The Verandas in Wilmington is a bed and breakfast that has a tremendous story to tell its visitors. This beautiful Victorian mansion was built in 1853 by Benjamin Beery. The structure caught fire in 1992 and then sat empty and boarded up for three years before the current owners purchased it. Since then, the entire house has been stripped down to the studs and completely restored. The before and after pictures are simply breathtaking.
There are eight large guest rooms available at The Verandas. Each of the rooms has its own private bathroom, as well as modern technologies like cable, phones, and Wi-Fi. Each of the rooms is decorated in a different style and theme.