1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage

173 E Chestnut Street , Asheville, NC 28801 USA (Show map)
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Come escape to our romantic AAA 4 Diamond bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC, overlooking beautiful downtown and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Our charming Asheville bed and breakfast is the closest bed and breakfast to downtown Asheville offering today's comforts with the ambiance of days gone by. Our historic inn is furnished with period antiques, fine furniture and collectibles. Book amazing rooms and suites with 2 person Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, flat screen TV’s, WiFi and luxurious amenities. For even more privacy, book one of our secluded pet friendly garden cottages. Warm hospitality welcomes you in the gracious parlor, refreshments await your arrival in our solarium or by the living room fireplace, and an unforgettable gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room of our Asheville B&B every morning. Browse through the Greenhouse/Conservatory filled with orchids and tropicals, or wander through our exotically landscaped and award winning grounds. Reawaken your senses with massages, facials & soothing body treatments at our on-site spa. The Inn was a winner of the Griffin Award for restoration in 1997 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our gracious staff is looking forward to making your Asheville getaway truly memorable!




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

mid-week stay

4.2 on May 23, 2018

Trip to see Biltmore was enhanced staying at this darling B&B. Lovely surroundings and near to town.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're glad you loved the Biltmore and that you were able to come back to decompress and relax here. The Chihuly exhibit is going to be great to enjoy until Fall comes and we can continue to enjoy everything downtown that is walking distance from our inn

- Innkeeper (innkeeper)

Perfect Stay, Perfectly Located

4.6 on May 02, 2018

Chose based on location and reviews; was very happy with choice. House is comfortable and stay was quiet and relaxing. Food and Service exceptional. We will return!

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review so others can be assisted in making a decision to stay with us as well. We hope you got to take full advantage of being able to walk to any shop or restaurant downtown within 10 minutes. We look forward to your return visit. Thank you

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Great Selah

5 on April 25, 2018

Always a great getaway. Quiet, tranquil, close to downtown yet felt secluded. Great staff

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate the sentiments and will let the staff know. We hope to see you again soon

- Innkeeper Manager (innkeeper)

always a great Breakfast in a beautiful BnB.

5 on April 07, 2018

aside from quality ingredients, prep and plating it was just a nice way to start the day. There is an art to hovering over diners and Frank is adept at that art. Promoting pleasant conversations while keeping the meal on track, peppered in with some great laughs and useful info on Asheville, Fully recommended by my Wife and I.

Innkeeper Response
*** We are now under new management*** Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback on your recent stay with us. We take pride in our breakfast and think our new chef has been doing an incredible job as well. We will be sure to pass your thoughts on to him as well. We are glad you enjoyed Frank's finely tuned skills of working a room as well! We appreciate your input and hope to have you back soon.

- Manager (innkeeper)

Great B&B in Asheville

4.2 on February 07, 2018

The suite was great..great ambience and fireplace and bedroom was spectacular. The owner served a great breakfast each day. We loved the privacy of the Carriage house and would recommend it for those looking to rekindle the romance. The housekeeping was a bit off and would expect better service for such a wonderful place.

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We have recently made some changes with our housekeeping and are getting them up to speed with service quality and expectations. We appreciate your patience while here and will strive to make the appropriate corrections for your next visit! Thank you for staying with us

- Innkeeper Manager (innkeeper)

Two Night Stay

2.2 on February 06, 2018

Compared to our experiences at other BandBs we were disappointed. To recap: No bottled water, no ice, no evening wine/beer/cheese social hour, No storage for our bikes (they have an exercise area, greenhouse, and covered back porch), and we were only couple in the house. We felt some effort could have been made at accommodating our request. Day 1 breakfast all sweets, no protein; Day 2 breakfast - eggs, tasteless sausage, excellent OJ, good coffee and yummy, warm apple pie. Not pleased that the owner, who was sick Day 1, was in the kitchen Day 2 coughing while we had our breakfast. Unsure if he prepared any of the meal, but he should not have been in the kitchen that morning (this while people are sick and dying from the flu). Overall experience was a negative for us.

Excellent long weekend away with my wife!

4.8 on January 18, 2018

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending a couple of nights at the WhiteGate Inn. The staff was extremely helpful with anything we needed, to include recommendations for things to do in the Asheville area. Our fireplace in our room became a daily retreat for us since the weather stayed in the 20's during the day. We will definitely be visiting again and would recommend the WhiteGate in highly!

Everything about your Inn and staff and wonderful breakfasts was perfect. So sorry we had to lave early.

4.6 on October 09, 2017

Your decor was perfect throughout. I grew up in a 1895 home so I was very comfortable. Radiators were standard throughout. Thank you for your hospitality. Pat Dube

Best breakfast ever!

4.8 on September 18, 2017

We celebrated our 49th anniversary here. The staff is friendly and gave solid advice on dinner spots, entertainment and other places to visit in the area. BUT the breakfasts were wonderful, creative, and delicious. Frank is an enthusiastic host with funny personal stories, adding to the total experience.


1.8 on August 09, 2017

My husband & I had a special occasion to celebrate & so we were looking for a B&B to make it an extra special get away. We were striving to make an informed decision based on reviews, pictures & price so that we would be sure we had a destination that lived up to our hopes; but when we drove up to the Whitegate Inn, our hearts sank. The pictures tell a different story than what the Whitegate Inn actually looks like. The grounds were badly overgrown & unkempt. The inside of the main house was creepy, & had a tacky, hodge podge of colors & antiques. Not that the antiques weren't real, it just felt random, poorly decorated, & not a place you wanted to spend time. When you go to a B&B you are typically expecting a more refined atmosphere. Upon check in, when we used the lobby bathroom in the main house, there were multiple Lysol cans & pink soap that looked like it would be in a gas station restroom. However, as we walked by the neighboring B&B's, they appeared to be just what we were looking for, with beautifully manicured gardens, & a warm, inviting feel. We honestly never write reviews, but we did not want another couple to be mislead & disappointed.

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Rooms & Rates

Robert Frost Room

With its huge fireplace, handsome four-poster bed, plush pillows and 18th Century style mahogany furniture, the Robert Frost Room, takes you on a trip back to an earlier age. Surround yourself with the authentic look and feel of the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's original master bedroom, with its red-hued walls, polished hardwood floors and period furniture, including a Chippendale desk circa 1790.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Emily Dickinson Suite

Curl up with a good book or listen to the gentle splash of the east lawn waterfalls in the soothing Emily Dickinson Suite. This light-filled set of rooms overlooks the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's award-winning gardens and comes with a floral flourish, both in its view and décor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Dorothy Parker Room

Toast your traveling companion as you look out at the twinkling lights of downtown Asheville from the Dorothy Parker Room. The room is both elegant and charmingly modern with its solid oak Mission-style furniture, teal walls and art deco artwork.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Carl Sandburg Suite

With its stuffed easy chairs, straight lines and handsome, masculine furnishings, the Carl Sandburg Suite is reminiscent of an English gentleman's bedroom. Sink into the leather sofa and pour yourself some gin. Or sink instead into the exquisite jetted tub before indulging in the European style shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Guest Cottage

Handsome antique furniture, old-fashioned vases filled with fresh-cut flowers and a glowing gas log fireplace, the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's Guest Cottage is a private escape that rekindles relationships and stokes new ones. A haven for honeymooners and couples celebrating milestone anniversaries, it draws lovebirds of all sorts in search of soothing solitude.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Walt Whitman Garden Spa Suite

Pamper yourself and your partner in this beautifully appointed suite where luxury, fine linens lush garden views and a lounging hot tub come together for the most romantic of getaways. The Walt Whitman Garden Spa Suite is the very essence of elegance, with its handsome king size mahogany bed, soothing blue French toile and imported Italian tile. All of it is accented by the inn's original 1889 stonewalls.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Maya Angelou Suite

The sleek, earth tone accented Maya Angelou Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, offers you a fresh and calming private retreat. With its wheat and dark green highlights and contemporary black furniture, this modern suite invites reading, relaxing and other soothing pursuits. Cuddle on the ebony, king-size canopy bed as you watch flames flicker in the stacked stone fireplace. Or sip some iced tea from a comfy sitting room loveseat. Then gaze at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn's award-winning garden from your private perch on the suite's rocking chair porch.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite

Decorated in a warm camel with rich red accents the Ralph Waldo Emerson Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, charms you the moment you enter. The centerpiece of this elegant suite is its king size canopy bed, a replica of George Vanderbilt's bed from the Biltmore Collection. Savor its luxurious look and feel, then kick off your shoes and crawl beneath the covers. An 18-foot vaulted ceiling soars above a stacked stone fireplace, adding elegance to this statuesque suite. Flip the switch on the gas logs and cuddle in the cozy glow with your companion. Then step outside on the suite's rocking chair porch and take in the front row view of downtown Asheville twinkling against the backdrop of the western mountains.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Suite

From its stacked stone fireplace to gleaming hardwood floors, the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Suite, located in the WhiteGate Carriage House, offers you a soothing, natural retreat. Set high up in the trees, the woodsy feel is reflected in the suite's décor, from dark taupe accents to its oak and metal furniture and pounded metal lamps. Cuddle with a companion on the king size bed, admiring its soaring canopy of wood and iron. Then turn on the gas log fireplace and bask in the glow, as you sip a glass of wine or two.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Oscar Wilde Suite

One Bedroom King Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Joyce Kilmer Suite (1 or 2 people)

Two Bedroom Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. 1 King and 1 Queen Room. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, Dining Room, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Joyce Kilmer Suite (3 or 4 people)

Two Bedroom Suite located in the WhiteGate Bungalow. 1 King and 1 Queen Room. Private Entrance, Living Room, Full Kitchen, Dining Room, 2 person Jacuzzi with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

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Location Type

Historic Street, Downtown, Mountains, Wine country


Asheville, NC (AVL)

Directions to property:

I-240 to Exit 5B, North on Charlotte St, left on East Chestnut, Inn on the corner of East Chestnut and Central on left. We look forward to having you at our Asheville, NC bed and breakfast.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Carl Sandberg Home, Pisgah National Forest, Thomas Wolfe Home, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

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On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities , Patio, Fire Pit, Spa Treatments, Workout Room, Sauna

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3 PM - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only designated outside areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Cottage, Oscar Wilde, and Joyce Kilmer
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night Weekends and 3 night Holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night's deposit or half of total reservation if longer than three nights.
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Ralph Coffey & Frank Salvo

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Gardening, cooking, decorating, antiqueing, sailing, restoration. Greenhouse/Conservatory with orchids and tropicals

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  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

WhiteGate Crab & Artichoke Souffle
Made with a wonderful white wine sauce!


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