The 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Asheville Attractions/Things to do

Asheville Welcomes Downton Abbey

The Biltmore Estate Presents~“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.”

Biltmore Events

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

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.


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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.”

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Dark Red Dress Worn at Dinner: Black Tail Suit with Waistcoat, White Shirt and Tie Worn for most formal occasions


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.

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Maids in line

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.


Gimcrack Day at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Museum (His mothers bed and breakfast)

wellcome01-796351Just 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.


My Little Angel

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.

Biltmore Estste at Christmas.

Biltmore Candlelight Special


Our Holiday Biltmore Estate Package includes 2 daytime tickets (good for 2 consecutive days) to The Biltmore Estate including the Gardens, Antler  Hill Village and Winery. 



For guests staying at our bed and breakfast inn for three+ (3) consecutive weekday evenings (Mon-Thursday),  we will provide 2 FREE Upgrades to The Biltmore Candlelight Extravaganza! Experience this beautiful home lit only by candlelight and firelight.

Biltmore Estate Candlelight



These passes MUST BE scheduled in advance due to being Date/Time specific, so please call (828) 251-0789 to reserve your tickets and request an entry time.

Tickets are reduced to $50.00 (per Ticket+tax). Candlelight Upgrades are NO CHARGE for our three night guests.

Offered November 30, 2014 through January 3, 2015.





Asheville’s Peak Leaf Color Location



Asheville’s peak fall leaf color (as of 10/24/2014) is in Hickory Nut Gorge. This is less than a thirty-five minute ride from our Asheville bed and breakfast Inn, with many spectacular miles of beautiful fall color between here and your destination. 


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We still have a few weeks of fall color left and except for weekends, The Wright Inn bed and breakfast still has limited rooms /accommodations remaining making it easier for you to enjoy the beauty of nature in the Blue Ridge mountains.






As autumn winds down, we begin gearing up for the Christmas Holiday.  The major area attraction here is of course Biltmore House, which begins its 38 year of welcoming the public in for the Holidays.  This year’s theme is “A Vanderbilt Christmas” in honor of George and Edith and the positive impact they had on this area.


This daytime celebration goes from November 7th to January 11th.  Candlelight Christmas Evenings are available from November 7th to January 3rd.

Book your room early to insure your first choice is available and go to to look at your ticket options and prices.  Make your plans now to avoid disappointment.


Asheville Oktoberfest

download (3)Exciting news from the Asheville Downtown Association: 

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       Oktoberfest is returning on October 11, 2014

Time: 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Location:  Coxe Avenue Downtown’s South Slope

The festival will begin with a parade down Coxe Avenue. Immediately following there will be a ceremonial tapping of a keg which will open festivities.  There will be tastings from many local breweries and many brewers will feature some of their seasonal ales.  Brewers will be available to discuss their beers.

The Stratton Mountain Boys (an oompah band) will return for their 6th visit to entertain the crowd with their yodeling and Polka music.

Click this link and order your tickets.




Mountain Fall Colors

2014 Fall Color Prediction

 Visitors already want to know the predictions for leaf season this year…………

Chimney Rock Park

To prepare to answer this question, I went through the Asheville Citizen Times archives dating from 2000-13.  I wanted to get a general feel for how the color change was predicted to be on a yearly basis.

Here are some quotes on what previous articles said about how the color would appear in a given year:  “rains might put a damper on best colors, good but spotty color this year, leaf color below average, trees are stressed by drought-the outlook is not promising, good but spotty color on the horizon, expect a good fall leaf season, too much rain-poor color.”  There is a great quote from John Boyle, one of my favorite columnists.  “…if we get hurricane remnants or just some windy days when the leaves are turning, that could leave us with thousands of tourists staring at a bunch of mortified, nekked hardwoods…..”

Generally speaking, most of the gurus of ecology and biology, give us a poor performance prediction.

Having lived my whole previous life time in Michigan and enjoyed great seasons of color there, I will make my color prediction for the mountains based on the experience of nine previous seasons here, with our eleventh year coming up…….Nature will put on a terrific show as she always does.  I’ve never heard a guest say “Boy, this is lousy color this year.”  We have never been disappointed by the spectacular show around us.

Despite all the gloomy forecasts, during droughts, rains and winds, I have never seen a season in these mountains that was not stunning.

Falls at Chimney Rock ParkPeople always call and say, “when is the best time to be there?”  My answer is usually, anytime from late September until often times the first part of November.  There’s always good leaf color somewhere.  If we are not in full color in Asheville, a short ride up in the mountains to a higher elevation will provide all the color you could ever imagine.

So pick your time, it does not have to be the second weekend in October which some folks think is peak.  Book early so you’re not disappointed and you can get that room with a fire place. October is usually our busiest month.  So call us or book on line so you do not miss out on enjoying one of the best shows nature has to offer.

Update 2014:  The first color report of the season is in and true to form, the “experts” are saying that Western North Carolina likely is headed toward a less than spectacular fall leaf season unless weather conditions become considerably drier, that consistent rain which is good for the over-all health of trees is bad for leaf color.  Well, the last week and a half has been dry with temps in the upper 80’s which is unusual for this time of year, but should be good for the color!!!!