North Carolina has an irresistible charm that keeps visitors coming back. This might be nowhere more apparent than our state’s cozy and welcoming bed and breakfasts. Whether you’re looking to relax in rooms with ornate furnishings, wake up to brunch served on a veranda, or stroll through on-site gardens or a nearby beach, these spots offer the ultimate retreat.
1 Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains
1 Escape to the Blue Ridge MountainsHill House Bed and Breakfast Inn in AshevilleSee on map
Experience the charisma of Hill House Bed and Breakfast Inn, an 1885 home with a wraparound porch. Tucked in the eclectic city of Asheville, the inn features a number of guest rooms, suites and even a 1-bedroom apartment. Full breakfast is served daily, with Southern touches such as grits soufflé and baked apple puff pancakes. While you’re visiting, marvel at the Victorian and Queen Anne designs and take a stroll through the inn’s award-winning gardens.
2 Revel in Historic Charm
2 Revel in Historic CharmThe Duke Mansion in CharlotteSee on map
The Duke Mansion is a grandiose estate in the Queen City that dates back to 1915. Built in the style of colonial revival architecture, it was later expanded and tripled in size. Over the years, wealthy families acquired the property, and in 1998, it was officially established as a historic inn and meeting center. Today, the elaborate bed-and-breakfast includes 20 lavish guest rooms, several of which share sleeping porches. During your stay, meander through the four-and-a-half acres of expertly manicured grounds, dine on the sumptuous breakfast spread and lose track of time in the guest library.
3 Feel the Romance on Love Lane
3 Feel the Romance on Love LaneOak Hill on Love Lane in WaynesvilleSee on map
What better place to spend a romantic getaway than Oak Hill on Love Lane? In 1900, this cozy B&B was built with timber straight from its backyard, the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, the Waynesville homestead still has many of its original features, including the hardwood floors, grand staircases and even a claw foot tub. The inn serves a daily 3-course gourmet breakfast, with decadent dishes that are individually prepared. Stay overnight, and relax on the porch with a view of the mountains, curl up around the in-room fireplace and pamper yourself with a massage at Jenny Ray Parlor, the in-house spa.
4 Relish the Sea Breezes
4 Relish the Sea BreezesBeacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Carolina BeachSee on map
Sitting across the street from the ocean, Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast provides you with a little slice of the seaside. This beach house features upper and lower level porches and a back deck, where you can soak up the salty sea air. Choose from a variety of guestrooms or suites, each with its own signature décor, from the Pineapple Room to the Birdhouse Room. Wake up to a sweet or savory breakfast – depending on the day – schedule a Swedish massage and then saunter over to the sand and sea for an afternoon filled with sunshine and seashells.
5 Experience European Style
5 Experience European StyleMelange Bed & Breakfast Inn and Gardens in HendersonvilleSee on map
The historic home at the Melange Bed & Breakfast Inn and Gardens boasts European-inspired elegance. Each guest room and suite is individually decorated with luxurious elements. Make yourself comfortable around the private fireplace and soak up the views of the immaculate gardens. Meanwhile, the inn’s artisan breakfast, with its homemade pastries and fresh fruit pairings, is certain to get you out of bed. Sample the chive and Parmesan crepes or nosh on the lavender scones.
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