Asheville Gay Vacation Guide

Asheville Gay & Lesbian Vacation Info

Discover a very diverse community in Asheville! It's been a popular resort and relocation area for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) communities for many years. The large gay and lesbian community enjoys welcoming visitors, since most of them were once visitors before they fell in love with the area and relocated. Find many places to go and things to do. With a very vibrant arts community, creativity abounds! Recent wonderful news (late 2014) is the legalization of same-sex marriage. So now our area is even more popular for destination weddings! For an extra festive weekend, come to the Blue Ridge Pride Celebration on the first Saturday in October. Check out our Top 10 Things to Do.

Asheville Gay Friendly Places To Stay, Clubs, Real Estate

Whitegate Inn
Relax and unwind at this casually elegant bed and breakfast, only a 1/4-mile stroll from downtown. This AAA Four-Diamond property features lush gardens, cascading streams, and Koi ponds, and a Greenhouse Conservatory home to 1,500 orchids and tropicals. $169-$389, 4 rooms, 4 Jacuzzi suites, cottage, bungalow, flat screen TV/DVD,... read more
Brookside B&B
This one-story, ranch-style Inn offers luxury and elegance with just a touch of rustic charm. The oversized guest rooms all have newly renovated bathrooms, sitting areas and fireplaces. Relax on back patio with mountain views. 5 rooms, $139-$189, Wi-Fi, beverages and afternoon snacks, flat screen TVs with cable and DVD player &... read more
Compassionate Expressions
Only 30 minutes from Asheville, experience the renewing power of this magical mountain retreat and certified wildlife habitat. Enjoy clean and thoughtfully designed cabin-like retreat houses or inn rooms on 40 private acres, bordered by a trickling creek and wild medicinal foliage. 2 rooms, 2 house rentals, $99-$125, spa packages... read more
Inn on Main B&B
This romantic, eco-friendly Victorian getaway is located in a quaint, artsy town near Asheville. All rooms have private baths, some with whirlpools and fireplaces. Enjoy mountain and garden views during breakfast on the porch. 7 rooms, $139-$179, gorgeous gardens, full breakfast on the porch, evening refreshments.Your meal... read more
Cedar Crest Inn
The magnificent Queen Anne mansion provides guests with a glimpse back in time. Lavish interior woodwork, period antiques and Victorian décor are found throughout. Just a few blocks from Biltmore Estate. 12 rooms, $155-$295, 2 guest cottage suites, private baths, fireplaces, gourmet breakfast, 1.5 miles from downtown... read more
Cabin near 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. 106 properties, $150-$475/night. Spectacular mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, WiFi, pet friendly,... read more
Bittersweet Cottage
Tucked away on Elk Mountain with views of Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll find a renovated Arts and Crafts style cottage or a new Asian-inspired suite. 6 miles N of downtown. 1 cottage & 1 suite, from $210, 2-night min, gourmet kitchen, refrigerator stocked with breakfast items, wireless internet, outdoor gas... read more
Beaufort Inn
Savor the boutique hotel experience at this gracious, historic property, was once the residence of actor Charlton Heston. Situated on 1.5 acres in the Chestnut Hill Historic District, this distinctive Victorian exudes old world charm with the luxuries of today. 11 rooms, $179-$325, two-person Jacuzzis, fireplaces, fresh flowers,... read more
Lion & Rose Bed and Breakfast
This beautiful Georgian mansion in the Montford Historic District has uniquely furnished rooms decorated with antiques, Persian rugs, and period appointments. Four blocks to downtown Asheville. 5 rooms, $160-$235, private baths, antiques, sumptuous breakfasts, cable TV, luxury linens & soaps, custom robes. ... read more
Shoji Retreats
Find tranquility at this unique spa retreat near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Lodge features two bedrooms (sleeps up to 6), gourmet kitchen, massive stone fireplace and private deck. The Loft suite (sleeps 2) has a fireplace and sitting area with mountain views. 3 options, $229-$289, Japanese-styled hot tub & massage day spa on... read more
Carolina B&B
Just a short walk from downtown Asheville, this historic bed and breakfast gives a warm welcome in this 1900 Arts & Crafts Style home. Their king and queen bedded rooms are spacious and light with comfortable beds and luxury linens. 5 rooms plus a Cottage, $175-$280. Full gourmet breakfast, evening... read more
North Lodge on Oakland
The 1905 stone and shingle home features antiques and contemporary furnishings. Affordable luxury located just one mile from the Biltmore Estate. 1.5 miles from downtown Asheville. 6 rooms, $139-$259, cable TV, gardens, wi-fi, 3-course mountain breakfastComfortable and bright bedrooms have plush bedding and amenities rarely... read more
Spring House Farm Cabin
These luxury cabins near Asheville, located on 92 acres of private and secluded romantic mountain property, have a four-person hot tub and wood burning fireplace. "Spa Treats" include Swedish massage. Couples only. 6 cottages, $199-$295, stocked breakfast items and snacks, front porch hot tub, private pilates, yoga.... read more
County Inn & Suites
New in Summer 2016! Just across the French Broad River from downtown, the hotel has a shuttle service so you don't have to hunt for parking. Take a dip in their heated indoor pool and read a book from their library. Awake to the "Be Our Guest" complimentary breakfast. 94 rooms, $109-$299, free parking, wi-fi, pet friendly, fitness... read more
ASIA B&B
A one-of-a-kind retreat designed for relaxation and renewal with a private spa. Luxury rooms with exceptional amenities like double jacuzzi tubs and king beds with cotton linens. Relax in the sauna or steam room. Walk to downtown Asheville. 5 suites, $189-$419 based on a two night minimum, wi-fi, private... read more
Applewood B&B
“Country in the City” with sophisticated Southern Hospitality, private porches, peace and quiet at this 1912 New England-style Manor. Come romance yourselves, discover personalize pampering with a touch of elegance. 5 rooms & pet-friendly cottage, $190-$265, large common areas, 6 fireplaces, extensive landscaped... read more
Haywood Park Hotel
Stay right in the heart of downtown Asheville at this historic, boutique hotel. Be pampered in elegantly appointed, oversized suites. Enjoy champagne at check-in and immerse yourself in the hospitality. 33 rooms & suites, from $249, wireless Internet, valet parking, I-home® docking stations, 43″ HDTVs, Keurig® coffee... read more
Reynolds Mansion
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. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the Grand Dining Room or sip your morning coffee on the massive porches. 13 rooms, $205-$305, private baths, fireplace, Jacuzzi or claw foot tubs, LCD TV’s. Pet... read more
Scandals Nightclub
Scandals Nightclub
Since 1982, Asheville's largest high-energy dance club is renowned throughout as the epicenter for creativity, diversity, and entertainment. Don't miss their midnight show, premiering the best drag anywhere. Dance the night away with state of the art lighting and sound systems.
Modern Asheville
Modern Asheville Real Estate
Realtors 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.
Bennet Phillips
Bennet Phillips, Realtor/Broker
Find your dream home with personalized searches backed by a vast array of experience in the renovation and restoration of properties. Bennet knows the best neighborhoods of Asheville. Plus, utilize his design talents to assess a property with an understanding of the costs necessary to bring a property up to date.

Asheville Pride Weekend

Blue Ridge Pride
Blue Ridge Pride
Saturday, October 1, 2016
This year's pride festival is expected to be the biggest and most entertaining Blue Ridge Pride festival yet. Come enjoy more than 120 vendors, entertainment, as well as a kids area with lots of fun activities and entertainment.

Same Sex Weddings

Asheville is a popular destination for a gay and lesbian same-sex weddings. 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, Suites & Restaurant, Hot Springs
Retreat to this 1868 Victorian Mansion. Soak in the famous hot mineral baths. Enjoy exquisite dining served on the porch with wonderful mountain views or in the private parlor by fireside. They are located in a quaint valley town just 40 minutes north of Asheville. Steps from the Appalachian Trail. Click here to visit their Web site.

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. Click here to visit their Web site.

Hidden River Events, Asheville 
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. Click here to visit their Web site.

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. Click here to visit their Web site

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. Click here to visit their Web site

If you are looking for a full-time mountain home - or a second home for endless getaways to the Asheville area - check out The Boulders gated community in Hendersonville... read more
What a great place to explore, hang out and people watch! Asheville's lively downtown has wonderful architecture, great locally-owned stores, a huge variety of 100 restaurants, interesting museums,... read more
For a great date night, take your sweetie to hear world-class music, watch professional theatre or go to a host of intimate performing arts shows. Find a big variety of events in Asheville and the... read more
Art galleries in the Asheville area abound! Did you know that western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in our Blue Ridge... read more
Go junking and picking in Asheville! Find two great areas to explore with many spots in close proximity, Biltmore Village and downtown. Biltmore Antiques District
This is the best area in... read more