I love our trips to Asheville. I love the mountains, the art, the pottery, the music, and the restaurants. Okay, it’s mostly about the food for me, but I really do like everything else. I haven’t found another city as packed with environmentally conscious people as Asheville. The community believes in local food, and they are sensitive to the dietary restrictions of their city and its guests. Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegetarian, or vegan, you are going to eat well in Asheville and feel good about it.
On our last trip to Asheville we stayed at Pinecrest Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast within walking distance of downtown. I haven’t been overly excited about staying at bed and breakfasts in the past. The bed part is usually just fine, but the breakfasts aren’t much of a treat when you are gluten intolerant, because you can’t enjoy the delicious country breakfasts that everyone else has to eat. Plus, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I’m not going to waste a meal on scrambled eggs and a side of fruit when Posana has a 100% gluten free brunch menu just up the street.
But Janna and Stacy, the ladies of Pinecrest, blew me away. Not only did they provide us with a beautiful, quiet, comfortable room, they went above and beyond to make sure that being gluten free didn’t take away from my bed and breakfast experience.
Every morning I knew where my place was at the table, because there was something different on the bread plate. Sometimes it was a gluten-free blueberry muffin.
Another time it was a mini sweet bread from Dolci di Maria, a local Asheville gluten-free bakery.
That alone would have been enough for me, but the ladies of Pinecrest didn’t stop there.
On the morning that we had yogurt parfaits, they used Udi’s Gluten-Free Granola for everyone’s parfait, not just mine.
They made sure that the frittata was naturally gluten free and that I had Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread to go along with it. Udi’s bread was even more delicious topped with South Carolina peach preserves homemade by Janna’s daughter, Aiken. And a tomato fresh from the Farmer’s Market just topped it off perfectly.
On French toast morning, I wondered if I’d be eating eggs with a side of Udi’s toast, but Janna and Stacy created gluten-free French toast with Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread just for me, complete with fresh peaches.
Gluten-free breakfast every morning was a dream come true, but it didn’t stop there.
Each day, upon returning from our day’s adventures, I looked forward to afternoon dessert. Dessert for the guests were in the dining room under a glass cake dome. But dessert for me was in the refrigerator and promptly presented upon our arrival.
Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Dolci di Maria
Cupcakes and white wine? When on vacation, yes!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie by Dolci di Maria
Clearly, Pinecrest Inn gets a five star rating and two paws up from the Gluten-Free Cat on food alone. But the actual accommodations were beautiful and comfortable, giving us the perfect weekend retreat.
We started our visit in the Thomas Wolf Suite. Apparently there was a small leak in the closet of our beautiful room after a torrential downpour.
It was barely noticeable, but the innkeepers moved us to the Grace Room on our last evening in hopes of improving our stay. I was actually quite thrilled, as during the booking process I couldn’t decide between the Grace and the Thomas Wolfe. How perfect that I had the chance to experience both!
In the Grace Room we were greeted with a bottle of wine as an anniversary gift, a bouquet of fresh flowers, and a gluten-free chocolate carrot cake. This cake was out of this world!
This amazing cake by World’s Best Carrot Cake was truly the world’s best carrot cake! Gluten-free or not, it was so good that I must confess that the Husband only got a small piece. And dinner was rather late that evening.
It was a treat to stay at Pinecrest Inn. Not only is the inn beautiful, comfortable, and well maintained, the owners are friendly and determined to make sure that your experience is memorable. I highly recommend a stay at Pinecrest for anyone looking for a getaway.Pinecrest Inn Janna and James Martin, and Stacy Shelley, Innkeepers
249 Cumberland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
888-811-3053 • 828-281-4275 Readers, dish!
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