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My family recently bought a cottage on Torch Lake in Northern Michigan, USA. Just outside Traverse City, this area of the state is booming with exceptional restaurants and local breweries. One of these... Read more
Budget travelers might consider the Sweet Peas Hostel (23 Rankin Ave., map) downtown, located above the Lexington Avenue Brewery (see local craft beer). There’s a choice of bunk beds, “private pods”—still bunk-like communal sleeping, but with curtains, lockers, and shelving—or private rooms (with shared bath); prices range from $28 to $60. Amenities include a hostel kitchen, free wifi—and saving a fistful of cash. However, we hear it can get noisy so don’t forget your ear plugs.
A well-liked midrange option is the Hotel Indigo (151 Haywood St., map), combining modern design—bright colors, clean lines—and mountain views within walking distance of downtown. There’s a fitness center and a farm-to-table restaurant, 51 Boutique Bar & Kitchen, downstairs (bonus: organic, locally roasted coffee!). Rooms start at $162.
On the B&B front, The Lion & the Rose (276 Montford Ave., map), with five rooms starting at $135, is a popular choice, located in the pretty Montford Historic District and beloved for its beautiful breakfasts and 24-hour “guest pantry.” A bit closer to downtown is 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage (173 E. Chestnut St., map), with 11 guest rooms or suites named for famous poets (from $169), three-course breakfasts, and legendary sprawling gardens (and greenhouse).
For classic Asheville luxury, there’s the 104-room Grand Bohemian Hotel (11 Boston Way, map), located within Biltmore Village and featuring sumptuous Tudor-style décor, antique fixtures, hand-carved wooden furniture, and plenty of taxidermy and antler chandeliers. Rooms start around $209.
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