Hey there! It’s me, Heidi.
Last time we talked about my trip to Asheville, NC it was all about hiking. This time, I want to talk to you about where to stay when (not if) you make the journey to the mountains, too. Seriously though, make it a when you go, not an if you go. So, part of the goal of my trip to Asheville was to have a relaxing and fun girls weekend with a great friend and awesome experiences without breaking the bank. Which, let’s be honest, can be difficult to do. I researched different hotels and even some bed and breakfast options, but ultimately we decided that we wanted to stay in a place where we could bring our own food and cook to save money insead of eating out for every meal. That meant we needed a kitchen and a refrigerator. Now, if you’re looking for a hotel with a kitchen and a refrigerator it can be quite expensive, which is completely opposite of what we were trying to accomplish. Instead, we decided to check out Airbnb.
I had heard a lot about Airbnb, but I didn’t really know anyone who had used it, and to be honest I was pretty skeptical of staying in some stranger’s home. I did a lot a lot a lot of reading up on Airbnb… both the good and the bad. I found that more people than not had good experiences using Airbnb, and the ones who had not so great experiences really hadn’t done a whole lot of research on the precise location of their Airbnb and wound up in some pretty sketchy places. If you’re going to use Airbnb that is the first thing that I would suggest… research the hell out of where you are going and where the nicer surrounding areas are. We wanted a family-friendly environment, a quiet neighborhood, grocery stores and such nearby, easy access to the interstate, a less than 15 minute drive to downtown Asheville, and ultimately just a nice and clean place to stay for a few nights.
We wound up choosing a place called Adorable Cottage, and adorable it was (they have lots of pictures on their Airbnb listing that you should def check out)! Robin and Corey are the owners, and were incredibly gracious hosts. Adorable Cottage is a separate little unit on their property with incredibly private access. It has it’s own driveway around the corner from the front of their home, and the entrance to the cottage faced away from their house with a nice little deck and outdoor bathtub (we didn’t use the outdoor bathtub as it was very cold there in November, but I can see where it would be very nice during warmer months). There was a keypad instead of having to carry a key around, which was actually very nice. Robin and Corey texted us the code just before our arrival, so we had it on our phones in case we had trouble remembering it. Slippers and robes were provided as was a complimentary bottle of wine. Such a sweet touch, and a great way to feel welcomed and “at home” away from our actual home.
Adorable Cottage was about a 10 minute drive to downtown Asheville, and was in a quiet neighborhood. Actually, it was so quiet that when I would go sit out on the deck in the morning you could hear the wind, birds, and nature, and NOT cars. It was quite lovely. The inside of the cottage was great. There was a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, a full kitchen, decent sized bathroom with stand up shower and access to outside tub, and a small living room/office that had a sleeper sofa. My friend wound up sleeping in the bedroom and I slept on the sleeper sofa on opposite sides of the cottage, which wound up being a blessing. We love being together, but she needs all of the heat in the winter, and I absolutely cannot stand having a heater on… BRING ON THE COLD! Plus, we’re both introverts so even on a girls weekend vacation it was nice for both of us to get the alone time that we need. My favorite part of the cottage was the room I was staying in, which you can see pictures of above… the sleeper couch was under a little book nook, which for any book lovers out there like me was the icing on the cake! Just being around books makes me feel better and more relaxed. To sleep underneath them was a dream! Having the full kitchen was also awesome. We were able to make breakfast, pack a lunch, and make dinner when we got home. We only ate out a handful of times, but for the most part we were able to make our own food. HUGE money saver.
The only thing I didn’t like about Adorable Cottage is that it’s “shotgun” style… sort of… and you have to walk through the bathroom to get to the little living room area. So, for example, if I was getting ready in the morning and my friend needed to use the restroom or shower, I was stuck in that one room until she was finished and I could walk through the bathroom to get to the kitchen or bedroom. Also, the rooms are separated by curtains, not doors, but that actually wasn’t a big deal for us. I’ll say this… Adorable Cottage is a wonderful place to stay if you know your travel buddy very well. If you don’t, you may want to either find somewhere else to stay or prepare to get to know him or her better than you did before!
As far as pricing goes, we paid approximately $480 for a 4 night stay. Split between the two of us that would be $240 for each person. I think we hit the jackpot. $240 for our own places to sleep, a full kitchen, great location, wonderful hosts, complimentary wine, and the lady bugs that were all over the gardens outside (yes, there were so many)… WINNING.
Although there are a plethora of places to stay around Asheville, and I’m sure there are other Airbnb locations around, I would without hesitation book Adorable Cottage again, and I would encourage all of you to check it out. I’m also much less hesitant about using Airbnb in general, and think it’s a great alternative to traditional hotel arrangements if you’re looking for a little more out of the place you’re staying than just a bed. But, again, make sure you do SO. MUCH. RESEARCH. Do not ever stay in an Airbnb without reading all of the reviews, being semi-familiar with the area, and choosing hosts that you trust.
Leave any questions you have about Asheville, Adorable Cottage, or my Airbnb experience in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Also, check out this article by Caroline and Erin of Local Adventurer about some of their favorite places to stay in Asheville. They have a great blog, and some great information!
Until next time,