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Asheville Gay and Lesbian Travel Guide & Same Sex Weddings

Also see: 10 Favorites for Gay/Lesbian Visitors | Asheville Gay Pride

Asheville is becoming a popular vacation getaway for LGBTQ travelers. This mountain city is something of an undiscovered gem among lesbian and gay tourists, surprising when you consider Asheville's significant feminist and lesbian/gay communities. The region supports an active art scene and is rich with hiking and outdoor opportunities. Downtown Asheville sits like a saucer nestled among the slopes of numerous and verdant mountains. It's well preserved, with many great old buildings, cool restaurants, acclaimed crafts galleries, and fun shops. Vibrant by day, the area is becoming steadily more lively at night. It's easy to find friendly and approachable locals, and a diverse crowd at coffeehouses and bars or just strolling about. Organic bakeries, co-ops, and politically active cafes proliferate. The city prides itself on being a haven of divergent and eclectic views.
(Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA by Andrew Collins)

Great news! Same sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples is now legal in North Carolina, effective October 10, 2014. See our wedding resources below.

Asheville Gay Travel

LGBTQ visitors find a very friendly atmosphere overall, especially downtown Asheville and at Biltmore Estate. There is a large gay and lesbian community that enjoys meeting visitors (since most of them were once visitors before they fell in love with the area and moved here). Downtown boasts four gay/lesbian bars, including a sprawling dance club.
To help you plan your trip, see our Top 10 Asheville Favorites for LGBTQ Visitors - including annual events such as Blue Ridge Pride Gay 5K & Rainbow Romp and the Blue Ridge Asheville Pride Celebration (October 3, 2015)!

Gay Friendly Hotels


Asheville Bed and Breakfast

1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage, Asheville
Frank and Ralph's AAA 4-Diamond Award Winning New England Shingle-Style home is surrounded by lush, award-winning gardens, cascading streams, and Koi ponds, while the Greenhouse Conservatory is home to 1,500 orchids and tropicals. The Inn is filled with antiques, collectibles, and original works of art and is just a 1/4 mile stroll from downtown Asheville. They offer four traditional B&B rooms, four Jacuzzi suites, rustic pet-friendly cottage, and a two suite pet-friendly Bungalow which may be rented separately or combine for a full house, three bedroom rental accommodating up to 10 people.  
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Asheville cabin gay Bittersweet Cottage & Suite, Asheville
Matt and Stephen's arts and crafts style cottage and Asian-inspired suite atop Elk Mountain was designed with the discerning guest in mind. Evidence of this is the custom wood paneling, central air, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen (with a refrigerator stocked with breakfast items), and glass block bath. Enjoy the vistas of Asheville and the mountains from the deck..
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Waynesville Bed & Breakfast Gay Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, Waynesville
Carolyn and Dina's luxury bed and breakfast is in the quaint town of Waynesville, just 30 minutes from Asheville. Their oversized guestrooms are immaculate. Enjoy privacy and peacefulness in their park-like setting. You will also be next door to golf and a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains. They even have a garage to store your kayaks, bikes and motorcycles. And Carolyn is an ordained minister, so she can perform gay and lesbian marriages at their B&B.
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Asheville B&B

Compassionate Expressions Mountain Inn & Healing Sanctuary, Leicester
Reva and Lenora welcome you with country hospitality to their magical private mountain retreat, a 30-minute drive from Asheville. Enjoy a relaxing setting and certified wildlife habitat while staying in your Cabin Guesthouse or Inn Room on 40 private acres bordered by a trickling creek and wild medicinal foliage. Pamper yourself and de-stress with quality, personalized healing/spa services: Massage, Reiki/Energy Healing, CranioSacral therapy and outdoor whirlpool hot tub.

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Gay Friendly 27 Blake Street, Asheville
Hang your hat and stay awhile where people have been welcomed for over 20 years. Enjoy an affordable stay in charming comfort surrounded by a half acre sanctuary of award winning gardens in the convenient location of Montford, the beautiful historic neighborhood adjacent to and within easy walking distance to the heart of downtown Asheville. Private entrance and private bath.
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B&B Gay Friendly Cedar Crest Inn, Asheville
This is the closest B&B to Biltmore, located just a few blocks away from the entrance. And they are only a mile from downtown! Take a glimpse back in time, while enjoying all the luxuries and modern conveniences of the present. Check out their special discount to gay & lebian visitors!
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Asheville Bed and Breakfast Hill House Bed & Breakfast, Asheville
Stay in an inn near downtown with one foot firmly in the present, the other in a past. Built in 1885, the inn features 12-foot ceilings, huge wooden doors, full gourmet breakfasts, gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Casually elegant rooms hint both of Grandma Knows and Guitar Nights. Enjoy a huge grassy lawn for play or yoga, an Appalachian garden for inspiration, a big wraparound porch for quiet relaxation, and discounts for couples under 30. Let David and his assistant innkeepers pamper you.

Cabin Rentals

Carolina Mornings, Asheville
Whatever your needs, they've got you covered with the finest vacation homes and cabin rentals in and near Asheville - whether it's a mountain chalet, an upscale log cabin, an elegant downtown loft or a Biltmore Village condo. Be showered with free activities and concierge services. Cabins sleep up to 10 guests.
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While these B&Bs, cabins and hotels are not gay-owned, they are very welcoming with a friendly staff and elegant accommodations in the western North Carolina mountains.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast Inn on Main Street, Weaverville
Dan and Nancy invite you to join them for your romantic getaway at their beautiful seven-room Victorian B&B in quiet, artsy Weaverville, just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville. Walk to fine dining, galleries, live music and a scenic mountain lake. Take a drive to hot mineral baths, rafting, antiques, trails or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Snuggle by the fire or enjoy the whirlpool tub. Celebrate the variety and harmony of the human experience in a casual atmosphere. Pet friendly.
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Gay Friendly Cabin Cottages at Spring House Farm, Marion
If you are looking for peace and quiet, retreat to one of only six fully-stocked cottages (with fireplaces and hot tubs) on 92-acres. Owners Zee Anne and Arthur Campbell are pro ecology and have created an oasis with in the midst of valleys and hills, streams and trout ponds, deep woods and pastures. Use numerous hiking trails to explore the property. Outside Traveler "Top Ten Hideaway." One pet-friendly cabin. 37 miles southeast of downtown Asheville, near Lake Lure.
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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast The Lion & the Rose Bed & Breakfast, Asheville
Jim and Linda's beautiful pink lady sits at the top of a sloping lawn with gardens above Montford Avenue. Faithfully restored to its original elegance, each room is adorned with antiques and Persian rugs. Indulge your romantic fantasies with decadent gourmet breakfasts, and relish in the comfort of luxury linens and feather beds.
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Shoji Retreats Spa & Lodge
Find tranquility at this unique spa retreat, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains just six miles from downtown Asheville. The Lodge features two bedrooms (sleeps up to 6), a gourmet kitchen, massive stone fireplace and private deck. The Loft suite has a fireplace and The Studio has an open floor plan. Soak in a private outdoor hot tub, unwind in the sauna and get a variety of spa treatments from a staff of 20+ massage therapists.
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Gay Friendly Cabin Rental High Country Cabin Retreat, Asheville
This beautiful 73-acre property on Swan Mountain with hiking trails and bold creek features luxury cottage and cabin vacation rentals. Enjoy the appeal and privacy of country living, yet only 15 minutes to downtown Asheville and only 20 minutes to the Biltmore Estate. Hike, enjoy nearby attractions and shopping, or relax in the hot tub.
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Asheville B&B Gay Friendly Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Asheville
This turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts style home has been graciously restored to it's original charm. Located in the Montford Historic District, it's just a 1/2 mile walk to downtown. You will find heart pine floors with six well-appointed guest rooms and a cottage that feature private baths, whirlpool bathtubs, fine linens and quilts, and most with working fireplaces. Other amenities include a full gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and lovely gardens.

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Asheville Bed and Breakfast Gay North Lodge on Oakland, Asheville
Gary and Cindy invite you to the peace and serenity of their 1904 house, nestled on an acre of gardens that include a gazebo and fountain. Enjoy a three-course breakfast each morning. Then explore nearby Biltmore Estate or downtown. Return to enjoy goodies and fresh baked cookies. Relax with an in-room massage. Does it get any better?
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Asheville Spa Gay Friendly
Asia Bed and Spa, Asheville
At this luxury bed and breakfast near downtown, it's all about pampering and general well-being. They have built every facility and amenity to ensure your total relaxation and rejuvenation. After a couple's massage or a wet-body treatment and scrub, enjoy the cedar-lined Sauna Courtyard for two, European steam shower, and double-whirlpool tub in your beautiful suite.
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Asheville B&B
Applewood Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast, Asheville
Larry and Nancy, along with Mr. Monty and Miss Maggie (Australian Silky Terriers), invite you to stay in their colonial, turn-of-the-century home in the historic Montford District. They believe in privacy and intimacy, so there are quite a few private spots to relax. Walk the grounds, try out the porch swings, or relax in Adirondack chairs on private porches. For the ultimate in privacy, stay in their one-room romantic cottage next to the inn. They are just three miles from Biltmore and a 25-minute stroll past magnificent old homes to downtown Asheville.
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Hobbit House
Hobbit House, Mars Hill
Philip built his "micro castle" is inspired by the storybook houses in the woods, so you may feel like you're going to visit Hansel & Gretel. The difference is that you'll enjoy plenty of modern conveniences like multiple flat panel televisions, Direct TV, wi-fi, IPOD dock, gas fireplace, and a variety of DVDs, games and books. And it's pet friendly. Located near Wolf Laurel with skiing and hiking is right outside your door. It's on a mountain road, so 4WD is required. Sleeps up to 6.
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Bed and Breakfast Asheville The Beaufort House Inn, Asheville
Enjoy the warmth and friendly atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind historic property. Built in 1894, this historic home has been meticulously restored with an air of casual luxury and elegance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian is situated on 1.5 acres set back off the road in the quiet, residential neighborhood of the Chestnut Historic District. It provides an oasis of beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and waterfalls just a half mile stroll from the vibrant activities of downtown Asheville. Jim and his wife, Chris, look forward to meeting you!
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Downtown Asheville Hotel Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville
This historic, boutique hotel puts you right in the heart of the Asheville experience — fabulous food, art, theater, live music, nightlife — all within footsteps. And when you’re finished with the dining, dancing, shopping and cheering, you’ll be pampered in rooms that are larger and more luxurious than any other in the area.  Complimentary valet parking and champagne at arrival, free W-Fi, guest robes and slippers, nightly turndown service, pet friendly.
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Asheville B&B The Reynolds Mansion, Asheville
Savor a gourmet breakfast in the Grand Dining Room or sip your morning coffee on the porch, either way you will enjoy the gracious living of the past with the comforts of today. Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places, this Mansion was built in 1847 and is one of the few remaining pre-Civil War homes. The mansion sits on a four acre site, with spectacular views, near the foot of Reynolds Mountain. The home boasts over 3,000 sq feet of porches and 12 fireplaces. Pet friendly in the Carriage House and two cottages.
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DowntHotel Indigo Hotel Indigo, Asheville
This downtown Asheville sophisticated boutique hotel features intriguing design using local art, thoughtful amenities and attention to detail. Guestrooms speak of harmony and balance. Their Bar & Bistro features cutting edge cuisine, a full bar and locally roasted/free trade coffee.Walk to all that downtown Asheville offers. Pet friendly.
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Harrah's Cherokee Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino, Cherokee
If you’re looking for the excitement of hot gaming action in a Las Vegas type resort, this is the place! They recently finished a very major expansion. Stay in luxurious 1,100-room hotel, see "big city" entertainment in their 3,000-plus seat Event Center, and enjoy great restaurants. Near all the attractions of Cherokee, just a few miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Aloft Hotel

Aloft Hotel, Downtown Asheville
Celebrate your style at the brand new Aloft opening in late August 2012. The very gay-friendly people at W Hotels inspired aloft’s concept and goals, which are to bring the high design, high comfort, and high tech to a low cost environment. Stroll out the door to find loads of enticing eateries, plus a vibrant arts scene - all mere minutes from the Biltmore Estate. Just a block from the Orange Peel. Meet and mingle with friends at the w xyz bar, grab a snack from re:fuel by aloft or play in the re:mix lobby.
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Grand Bohemian Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville
Located steps away from gates of the famous Biltmore Estate is this Tudor inspired boutique art hotel, masterfully blended with all of the modern luxuries. Their Pride & Joy Package includes a welcome amenity, two signature cocktails at the bar, breakfast and gift certificate to their art gallery.
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Brevard Cabin

DogWoods Retreat, Brevard
Enjoy peace and serenity staying in your own little piece of heaven in a new, luxurious dog-friendly cabin central to everything in the mountains. Each is situated on one acre woodland lots with huge fenced yards. Also, get a new "leash" on life during your stay with private training sessions. Near DuPont State Forest waterfalls.
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Official Gay and Lesbian Asheville GuideGAY & LESBIAN / SAME SEX WEDDINGS
Asheville is a popular destination for a gay and lesbian same-sex weddings (legalized on October 10, 2014) and commitment services. Any of the inns featured above can also help with arrangements for a very small gathering. And see our Weddings Locations & Services page for more resources. Also see details on how to get a local marriage license.

Mountain Magnolia Inn, Hot Springs

Mountain Magnolia Inn, Suites & Restaurant, Hot Springs
Commitment ceremony or romantic getaway? Retreat to this 1868 Victorian Mansion. Soak in the famous hot mineral baths. Enjoy exquisite dining prepared by Chef Chris Brown and served on our porch with wonderful mountain views or in our private parlor by fireside. The Inn's official mission is to provide a space where people can come to rest, relax, and renew their bodies, minds and spirits. While the Inn is elegant, the atmosphere is relaxed and dress is casual. They are located in a quaint valley town just 40 minutes north of Asheville. Steps from the Appalachian Trail.
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Asheville Commitment Ceremony Homewood, Asheville
Homewood is a beautifully restored 1920's stone manor located in Asheville's post-Victorian historic district of Montford. The elegant castle features original hardwood floors, cherry walls, 20 foot ceilings, grand Appalachian stone fireplaces and alabaster sconces. Monroe will help you arrange the perfect ceremony, inside or outside, big or small.

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Hidden River Events

Hidden River Events, Asheville
Hidden River is pleased to serve members of the LGBT community for their vacation rental and commitment ceremony/special events needs. They provide all that is needed for a largely outdoor celebration, including accommodations for up to 46 people. Clients can select all of their vendors or contract with them for full or partial service. Located in the beautiful Swannanoa Valley, next to Warren Wilson College, they are one of the prettiest venues in the region and offer kind and efficient services designed to meet your needs.
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Asheville Wedding Officiant

Asheville Marriages, Wedding Officiating Same Sex Weddings
Philip Lingle is an open-minded officiant specializing in secular and interfaith wedding ceremonies. What makes his approach unique is the Marriage Enrichment Program, a series of simple steps designed to help you stay focused on the most important goal: enjoying a happy and lasting marriage. He is ready to meet with you to assess your individual needs and tailor an approach that suits you best.
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Non-Denominational Minister

Rev. Victoria Hutchins, Non-Denominational Minister
Personal and unique wedding ceremonies that reflect your ideas, beliefs and lifestyle. Ceremonies range from religious to non-religious, traditional to contemporary, simple to complex. Want a private ceremony without all the fuss, stress and expense of a traditional wedding? Short and sweet ceremonies are perfect for elopements and couples who prefer a small intimate wedding.
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ASHEVILLE REAL ESTATE: Relocation & House Hunting Expert
Modern Asheville

Modern Asheville Real Estate
Kelly and Troy combine their passion for real estate and design to help you mindfully buy, sell and find resources for creating a warm and clean home that works for you and today's modern lifestyle in the mountains. Specializing in: Architectural, Modern, Mid-Century, Ranch, Vintage and Lofts.
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Also see: 10 Favorites for Gay/Lesbian Visitors



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