Today was the day we installed the Christmas lights on our bed and breakfast Inn. (8,600+ lights when finished) We have a couple of trees to finish decorating over the next couple of days but the 1899 Wright Inn will be ready to welcome guests with all of the holiday spirit.
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Our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Inn, The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House, has numerous rooms at our beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast reserved for active duty or retired military veterans and their guests as part of this year’s B&B’s for Vets program.
Recognizing our Military veterans is something that The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House eagerly participates in every year. We are proud to be a member of this national tribute which thanks service members and their families for their sacrifice. Being a veteran of the Viet Nam era, I know how much these signs of appreciation would have meant to me.
Therefore, The Wright Inn bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC, is offering free rooms to veterans and their guests on Wednesday November 11th. Please call (828) 251-0789 to reserve your spot.
Guests will be asked to abide by our inn cancellation policies so although we will not be charging Veterans for their rooms we do require a credit card on file in case of no shows.
Please join us for a special day in Asheville in honor of your service.
We are the 5th couple to have had the honor of caring for this beautiful piece of history.
Each of the preceding innkeepers brought their own style and personality to the property. As stated in previous “Blogs” The Wright Inn and Carriage House is celebrating it’s 25 Anniversary as being a bed and breakfast. One little known fact is that it served as a home for many people prior to it’s latest life as a bed and Breakfast inn by housing borders for at least 50 of it’s previous years. We have had numerous folks stay with us that lived here in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Sharing their memories and hearing the stories they relay to us is very interesting.
Come stay with us and experience the feel and ambiance of a more gentle period in time.
February 5 through May 25, 2015, the Biltmore House will feature an exhibit of clothing from the PBS series Downton Abbey. These costumes were worn by the cast.
Currently the House is displaying a gown worn by the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) on the second floor as a preview for the exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”
More than forty costumes exhibited in groupings inspired by the show and real life at Biltmore includes military and servant uniforms along with clothes worn by the aristocracy.
The clothes harken back to a more Gilded Age and comparisons can be made from Downton to the Biltmore, an estate of the same era.
The Biltmore Estate doesn’t have a big collection of clothing from the Vanderbilt family. They have a few great dresses and for some reason, a lot of shoes. These are displayed on a rotating basis at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village on the estate.
The period costumes in the exhibition cover the period from 1912 through WWI and into the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s.
Non-pass holders can purchase tickets for a regular estate visit and there is no additional ticket required for the exhibition.
In late November, The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House was selected by the Asheville Citizen Times Newspaper as their Home of the Week. Inspired by this article, we received a phone call from Jan and Mitch Mitchell of Asheville.
Seems they had a beautiful silver coffee and tea service that no one in the family wanted to inherit. When they saw photos of the Inn in the newspaper, they thought this would be perfect surroundings for their family’s treasure!!! Would we take it? Jan and Mitch came to the Inn with this beautiful gift which now sits in the formal parlor, looking perfectly at home.
Over the years we have received a few gifts that guests wanted us to have to add to the homes décor but nothing quite as fantastic as this gift. The Mitchell’s were very gracious and spent about a half hour touring the house and talking about how that silver service ended up here.
We enjoyed meeting them and thank them kindly for this beautiful gift. We told them that any time they or their daughters wished to visit the silver it was an open adoption and they were welcome to come by.
The silver has found a home and the Mitchell’s are very happy about it and so are we!!!
Just before Christmas, Bob and I decided we had earned a respite from the bed and breakfast, so we attended “Gimcrack Day” at the Thomas Wolfe House. It had been a while since we visited the museum and house, so we thought it would be an interesting thing to do.
Thomas Wolfe, probably Asheville’s most famous author, wrote of his childhood, “he was liberally dowered with bright painted Gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart, he hated those who advocated useful gifts.”
“Gimcracks” can be defined as a cheap and showy ornament; a knickknack. In keeping with Wolfe’s advocacy for cheap and showy ornaments or knickknacks, the museum offered visitors an opportunity to make little Christmas ornaments to take home. Everyone there was so friendly and made the experience so pleasant. They served hot chocolate and cookies while you were busy working.
Bob and I returned home with our very own Gimcracks, cute Christmas Angels made from coffee filters, which we added to our tree.
While there, after putting our treasured Gimcracks in the car, we went back in to tour the museum and the boarding house that was run by his mother where he grew up.
We had a very knowledgeable guide and it was time well spent.
There are so many things to do while in Asheville, but time spent at the Thomas Wolfe House will add greatly to your visit.