If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a peaceful weekend, or a break from reality…a bed and breakfast should be in your future. As a cozy home away from home, with eggs and bacon included, bed and breakfasts give you that vacation feel without sacrificing comfort. Luckily, North Carolina is known for having beautiful, historic BnBs. Book one of these ten for your next getaway.
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1. Albermarle Inn, Asheville
This historic, 1909 Colonial Revival Mansion is located on 2-acres. The Inn is AAA four-diamond rated and within walking distance to the Grove Park Inn and downtown Asheville. Each one of the eleven rooms is sumptuously decorated. Pictured above is the Ribbons and Roses Room, fit for a queen. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast before a day of hiking, sightseeing, or relaxing.
2. Graystone Inn, Wilmington
This gorgeous Inn was built in 1905. As one of the most elegant in North Carolina, guests can enjoy beautiful gardens and eloquently decorated rooms. Pictured above is the Bridgers Bedroom. The Inn is also within walking distance to main attractions. This historic landmark has received national press. It's a must stay for anyone seeking a refined yet romantic getaway.
3. 1889 Whitegate Inn & Cottage, Asheville
While this beautiful Inn has made my list of haunted hotels, that still shouldn't stop you from booking a night. AAA 4-diamond rated, guests enjoy lush gardens, relaxing streams, a koi pond, and a greenhouse conservatory with 1,500 orchids and tropical plants. Oh, and we're just talking the outside. You can choose from a rustic, yet romantic room, or book a pet-friendly cottage. You're only a 1/4 mile walk from downtown as well. Each room is named after a famous author. Pictured above is the Robert Frost room.
4. Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill, Mills River
If you're looking for southern-romanitc charm that is still fairly modern...Tiffany Hill is the perfect getaway. Tucked away on 6+ acres, you'll forget there's a world outside. Tiffany Hill is also in close proximity to the popular DuPont State Forest. Each of the seven rooms is themed around a southern town. Try the Natchez Suite for "old-world French Flair." Or maybe you're more of a Beaufort person, looking for modern coastal charm with sandy, warm hues. Featured on Southern Living, you'll love this BnB.
5. Darlings By The Sea, Kure Beach
While it calls itself a 'hotel,' this quaint getaway has an innkeeper and its own mini-lighthouse. Darlings By The Sea focuses on reinstilling a couples bond, allowing them a romantic weekend away from it all. Not to mention first class amenities. From oversized king beds, to a whirlpool bath fit for two. It's safe to say you and your significant other are guaranteed a romantic weekend here.
6. The Rockford Inn Bed & Breakfast, Dobson
In the heart of Yadkin wine country, you'll find antebellum charm with classic country comfort at Rockford Inn. Built in 1848, the Inn is located on six rolling acres. Spend your days touring popular wineries in the area. At night, relax in one of the many rooms. Feel refined in the vineyard suite (pictured above) with a fireplace and hardwood floors. Or, have a taste of cabin living in the Mountain Laurel Suite. The Inn is in a great location to both popular restaurants, wineries, vineyards, and scenery!
7. Biltmore Village Inn, Asheville
Not far from the Biltmore Estate you'll find this beautiful, fully-restored, Queen Anne Victorian. Although only four minutes from downtown, you'll feel away from the world relaxing on the wraparound front porch. The rooms are exceptionally large, with plush linens and a romantic, yet elegant feel. Pictured above is the Biltmore Suite.
8. The White Doe Inn, Manteo
For an Island getaway book a cozy, yet romantic weekend at the White Doe Inn. The Innkeepers Bebe & Bob will greet you with a warm welcome. Decorated with eye-catching antiques, oriental rugs, and striking architecture, you'll immediately feel the allure of this coastal beauty. The White Doe Inn is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the unique amenities is a bicycle included with your stay. Each room is different yet lavishly decorated, perfect for any type of person. Pictured above is the Roanoak room.
9. Banner Elk Winery and Villa, Banner Elk
Nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains you'll find this Tuscan inspired vineyard with luxury accomodations. Each suite is named after wine, and themed around wine. In the cabernet suite you'll find lush dark reds, and warm oak furniture. The Pinot Grigio room, light and airy, is pictured above. This Inn is the perfect getaway. Surrounded by beautiful mountain views, with a delicious glass of wine in hand, how could you not relax?
10. Sourwood Inn, Asheville
Located two miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway, on 100 acres of pure mountain peace, you'll find Sourwood Inn. If you're looking for a mountain retreat, book a stay here. Located at 3,200 ft. elevation, you'll certainly get a break from the real world while relaxing on your private balcony.