Montford Historic District, Asheville

Montford Historic District, Asheville

Montford is an historic neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina, located just north of downtown. A portion of Montford is a National Register Historic District with 600+ buildings, mostly residences built between 1890 and 1920. Take a driving or walking tour to see a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during the turn of the 20th century.

Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combine with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like design. Supervising architect of the Biltmore House Richard Sharp Smith created many homes in Montford. Take a fun tour of Montford on the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour. And don't miss the festive Montford Music and Art Festival each May.

Montford Neighborhood Bed & Breakfast

Many of the grand homes in Montford have been restored in recent years, including a dozen or so bed and breakfast inns. Find Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inns. Few neighborhoods express the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville better than the Montford Historic District. It's rich history included being home to several boarding houses and sanitariums for tuberculosis, mental disorders and other ailments.

Riverside Cemetery

Explore the 3.5 miles of roads through Riverside Cemetery, the final resting place for authors Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (better known as O. Henry) as well as North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance, and 13,000 others.

The Montford Park Players, North Carolina's Longest Running Shakespeare Festival, presents free Theatre in the Park all summer long. The performances are held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater starting at 7:30 PM.

The Montford Area Historic District is located off Montford Ave,. roughly bounded by I-240, I-26 and Broadway Ave. It's home to the Asheville Visitor's Center, a great first stop on your tour. The houses of the district are private residences and not open to the public. To get a peek inside, take their annual holiday tour of homes.

Historic Bed & Breakfasts in Montford

Bed of Roses B&B, Asheville
This charming Queen Anne Victorian in the Historic Montford District is a romantic retreat just five blocks from downtown Asheville. Relax on the front porch overlooking the rose gardens or take a soak in the whirlpool in front of the fireplace. 5 rooms including one luxury suite, $120-$230, private baths, roses (of course!), home-baked... read more
Carolina B&B Asheville
Just a short walk from downtown Asheville, be welcomed by a historic bed and breakfast 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 reception, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, free WiFi,... read more
Black Walnut Inn
This magnificent 1899 home is renovated to the elegance of a bygone era while offering modern convenience. Perfect location for area attractions, and walking distance to the heart of downtown. Pet-friendly cottage with kitchenette. 8 rooms, $230-$395, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, luxury amenities, wine and afternoon tea, three-course gourmet... read more
Inn on Montford
This intimate and romantic AAA Four Diamond inn offers five luxury guestrooms and three secluded pet-friendly suites with private gardens and entrances. Evening social hour every day with live music on Saturday nights. 5 rooms, 3 suites $180-$625, king beds, fireplaces, steam baths, whirlpools, pet-friendly, 3-course breakfast.... read more
Wright Inn
This Victorian Inn is Three Diamond AAA-rated with turn of the century charm and modern-day conveniences, such as in-room Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and massage services. 1 mile from downtown. 10 rooms, Carriage House, $135-$320, in-room two-person Jacuzzi tubs, large porch, gourmet breakfasts, in-room massage service.... read more
Pinecrest B&B Asheville
This beautifully restored 5 bedroom inn built in 1905 is conveniently located in Montford, an easy one mile walk to downtown Asheville and near Biltmore Estate. Plan your day’s adventure over a sumptuous breakfast  and upon your return, enjoy a freshly baked dessert and beverage. 5 rooms, $140-$330, gourmet breakfast,... read more
Lion & Rose Bed and Breakfast
This beautiful 1898 pink lady in the Montford historic district near downtown Asheville is uniquely decorated with antiques, period-style furnishings and Persian rugs. The high ceilings, four fireplaces, original golden oak and stained glass create a stunning environment. 5 rooms, $159-249, private baths, gourmet breakfast, free Wi-Fi,... read more
Cumberland Falls B&B, Asheville
Tranquil gardens with romantic outdoor seating, waterfalls, Koi-filled ponds, tastefully-appointed rooms with king beds, Jacuzzis, fireplaces and gourmet breakfasts are the hallmarks of this restored turn of the century home. 5 rooms with mini-suite, $135-259, fresh flowers, afternoon home-baked goods, in-room frig, cable... read more
Abbington Green B&B
Find history, style and romance at this AAA Four Diamond Inn, designed by Biltmore Estate’s architect in 1908. It is surrounded by prize-winning English gardens and mature trees in the Montford Historic District. 9 rooms, $229-$449, WiFi, multi-course gourmet breakfast served on... read more
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Montford Neighborhood Events

Montford Arts and Music Festival
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 16, 2020
One of the largest one day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, held on Montford and Soco near downtown, with 100+ vendors of art, crafts and food. Live music. 10 AM-7 PM.
Greek Festival
Greek Festival
Friday, September 25, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 2020
(2020: Drive-Through Festival Only) At this festival, hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville, you can sample some of the traditional foods and pastries (such as lamb shank, pastichio, spanakopita, gyro, souvlaki, and baklava), watch traditional dancing and enjoy the authentic Greek music. (No dancing or music for 2020 event)
Montford Home Tour
Montford Home Tour
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Explore Asheville’s Montford historic neighborhood with Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival and Dutch Colonial homes dating back to the late 1800s. Self-guided tour of 10 homes, 1-5 PM, $25/person. Tickets at Asheville Visitor Center (36 Montford Ave).
Looking for a beautiful spot for a leisurely stroll to enjoy nature in the middle of the city? Go to the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located just two miles from downtown at the... read more
The Montford Park Players in Asheville is North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival! Free summer "Shakespeare in the Park" productions are outdoors at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92... read more
FALL UPDATE: Good News! Though all bus tours are postponed, LaZoom is offering a haunted walking comedy tour in downtown Asheville called Ghosted, starting Sept 17! Walking Tour DetailsGuided comedy... read more
For a fascinating stroll through history, head to the Riverside Cemetery with 87 acres of rolling hills and gardens. It's located near downtown Asheville in the historic... read more