With towering resorts on the shores of exclusive beaches and luxury boutique spots in metropolitan cities, classic bed and breakfasts can fall to the wayside. The Applewood Manor, which was constructed in 1912, however, serves as a stunning reminder that B&Bs are alive and well. There’s something indisputably sweet about a five-room space (plus a separate cottage) that feels more like an elegant private residence than a hotel, and Asheville’s The Applewood Manor is no exception.
The surrounding cherry, oak, pine, and maple trees and the Blue Ridge Mountains inform every nook within the highly decorated interiors, all of which are outfitted in Regency-style antiques from 1stDibs. Plus, because the estate used to be the original owner’s home (until he passed away in 1939), the manor looks and feels like a private residence. The main level comprises a large entry hall that extends all the way to the back of the house, a colorful parlor with several fireplaces, a living room, a formal dining room, a butler’s pantry, a half bath, and a kitchen. Four of the guest rooms, all of which are designed in the style of their unique names (Granny Smith, Northern Spy, York Imperial, and MacIntosh), reside on the manor’s second floor. The last guest room, the sprawling Winesap suite, takes over the entire third floor.
Spread across nearly 1,000 acres, some of which make up a fully functioning ranch, the Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole is like a transcendent threshold into a supremely rugged oasis. When it comes to sleeping quarters, there are no wrong choices between the three multi-room rustic cottages: The Shooting Cabin is a wooded jewel box perched atop more than 31 acres, the four-bedroom Fairway Lodge boasts 20-foot-tall vaulted ceilings in the open-layout living room, and the Caddis Lodge features stunning views all the way down the Snake River Canyon. There’s also plenty to do at the club: skeet shooting, horseback riding, golf, mountain biking, archery, platform tennis, and hiking. From the riding trails and serene pastures to the nearby granite mountains and river, Snake River Sporting Club is a gentle reminder that the Old West never went anywhere, and it’s as popular as ever.