1889 Whitegate Inn and Cottage is located on east Chestnut Street near downtown Asheville. Arriving at the bed and breakfast, it appears to be just another one of the beautiful homes located in western North Carolina. It’s red brick exterior, well manicured lawn, and luscious gardens draw you into its beauty. The water garden and waterfalls that surround the perimeter set the mood for this romantic destination. The owners Ralph Coffey and Frank Salvo have worked to preserve the beauty and integrity of this historical building.

Photo courtesy of the Whitegate Inn

Photo courtesy of the Whitegate Inn

The beauty of the Whitegate Inn isn’t the only thing that attracts visitors however. Rumor has it that it is home to one of Asheville’s most well-known spirits, Marion Bridgette. Commonly referred to as Miss. B, Marion was a nurse who purchased the home in 1928. There have been reports of footsteps heard on the empty stairs, lights turning off and on, and doors slamming shut. Floating orbs have also been photographed by visitors during their stay. Most of these supernatural experiences occur in her old room, which is now known as the Robert Frost Room.

Photo courtesy of the Whitegate Inn

Photo courtesy of the Whitegate Inn

The Robert Frost Room has décor reminiscent of an 18th century style with mahogany furniture and a large four-poster bed. The dark burgundy walls and warm wood floors provide an inviting and homely atmosphere despite the rumors of the ghost nurse who wanders the corridors. The brick fireplace provides warmth on those cold winter nights making this a perfect getaway all year around.

Bed and breakfasts might seem like a thing of the past or something for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the luxury hotels, but in Asheville, North Carolina, bed and breakfasts have been the hot spot for those seeking a romantic and luxurious getaway. No expense is spared and the amenities provided are hard to find at any of the chain hotels. It’s perfect for honeymoons, weddings, or just a weekend away from the daily activities of life. I’ve stayed in five star hotels all over the country and nothing compares to the beauty that only these intimate settings can provide. Whether your drawn here for the ghost stories or the romance, I have to say that nothing beats the inns of Asheville, North Carolina and the 1889 Whitegate Inn and Cottage definitely makes my list of must stay places when visiting the mountains.

Whitegate Inn and Cottage

173 E Chestnut St

Asheville, NC 28801

Whitegate Inn

173 E Chestnut St

Asheville, NC 28801