In our 10 years as innkeepers, we’ve seen one wonderful trend develop. More than ever, women are having a girlfriends getaway with old friends, sisters and co-workers, as well as with moms and daughters. We’ve answered that call with a Girlfriend Getaway special that includes a massage, facial and sauna at Secret Garden Spa, along with two-day tickets to the Biltmore Estate. The response has been fantastic. It helps that we are one of the rare bed and breakfasts around Asheville with two rooms with twin beds.
Another phenomenon has been an increase in women business travelers. As hotel costs rise, B&Bs become an attractive alternative for businesspeople on a budget. But women, in particular, say they prefer the hominess, safety and peace they find at our B&B. We were quoted by U.S. News and World Report a few years back on women’s preference for B&Bs. What businesswomen were saying then still goes. In addition, we have wireless internet now.
One recent visitor was Mollie Silver, here to begin classes at the Center for Massage and Natural Health. Several seminar teachers at the school have stayed here as well. Like most other business travelers, Mollie says she plans to return sometime when she doesn’t have to eat and run.