Thursday, March 10, 2016

John, Diane, Darla and Debbie welcome Mike and Tracey

Dear 1898 Waverly Friends,

After 28 wonderful years of innkeeping, we have decided to pass the torch of hospitality on to new innkeepers. We are pleased and excited to introduce you to the 1898 Waverly Inn's new owners Mike and Tracey Burnette.  Both Mike and Tracey are native North Carolinians and are excited to have established their new home in western North Carolina. This will be a homecoming for Mike as he was raised in the area and Tracey fell in love with Hendersonville after many visits from Charlotte. We know they will enjoy this greatest of age-old occupations as much as we have.

We feel so blessed to have had the chance to get to know and serve each and every one of you over the years. Making our guests our friends has truly enriched our lives and we are honored. We are so excited to be able to pass on that unique and special experience to Mike and Tracey. We wish all of you the very best and safest of travels to the 1898 Waverly Inn in the future!

                                 With our sincerest gratitude and thanks,
                                 John, Diane, Darla, and Debbie

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Guys Guide to Romance at 1898 Waverly Inn

Guys Guide to Romance at 1898 Waverly Inn 

There is a lot of pressure on guys to get it right in February. So here are some tips.

There are two types of gifts. Obligatory and Just Because.
Obligatory means you must give a gift or suffer the consequences. It matters.  If you blow it, she will never forget.  If you are in a relationship, Romance this month is obligatory. But, adding the Just Because touches can make all the difference.  

Women, all women, love romance. Even women that aren’t “romantic” love romance. And, romance isn’t that hard. It’s all about being thoughtful. We’ve put together a new Romance Package at 1898 Waverly Inn. But, you make all the difference. Think about your girl. What does she like?

Plan Ahead

Does she have favorite romantic music? Bring her CD. We provide a CD player and a few CDs in every room, but show you care by bringing her favorite romantic music.

Does she have a favorite romantic movie? Bring it. Snuggle up in bed and watch it together.  We have quite a few movies to choose from, but does she have a favorite you can bring?

Bring her bath products. Draw her a deep bath in the claw foot tub. Let her unwind listening to her favorite romantic music. We provide vanilla scented bubble bath. But, if she has a favorite, show how thoughtful you are.

The Thoughtful Touches

Have snacks or dessert in bed. Bring some of Darla’s fresh baked cookies and a slice of cake back to your room along with something from tasting hour. Our Romance Package includes chocolate covered strawberries with something bubbly in your room when you get here and truffles from Van's, our hometown chocolatier on your second afternoon.

Let her sleep in and bring her breakfast in bed. Just let us know what you would like and we will load up a tray for you to bring back to the room.

Give her flowers. Roses are so romantic. But, do you know what her favorite flowers are? What flowers does she buy herself? Or what flowers did she have in her wedding? Just call ahead and we will have an arrangement in the room when you get here.

Treat her to a massage in Le Petit Spa, our in-house spa. Or enjoy a romantic couple’s massage. Relax side by side as massage therapists work out all of the stress from your muscles and leave you both pampered and relaxed.

While you are here, do the things she wants to do.  Hold her hand as you walk down Main Street together. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Have a picnic, walk to some of the waterfalls or share a winery tasting and tour. Take her shopping at the little shops, galleries and antique stores or spend some time at the Outlet Mall. At the end of the day, watch the sun set from Jump Off Rock.

When you leave, take home a keepsake mug in her favorite color. Then, every morning when she has her coffee, she will remember the perfect romantic getaway at 1898 Waverly Inn.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Deborah
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Schedule some “Me” time at 1898 Waverly Inn

After the stress and rush of the holiday season, you need some self-care.

Get away at 1898 Waverly Inn. Relax and unwind. Spend time just for you.

Sleep in on a comfortable bed with luxurious bedding and plenty of pillows.  Take a long bath in a deep, claw foot tub.  Just, unplug and unwind.

Wake up to a delicious, healthy breakfast. Eat with us in the dining room, or bring breakfast back to your room and relax in bed.

Relax and feel at home in our warm, comfortable sitting rooms and dining room.  Browse our library with books, games, DVDs and puzzles.  Unwind over a puzzle, read a book or take a movie back to your room. John, Diane, Darla and Deborah will make sure you feel right at home.

It’s stressful to juggle everything this time of the year. Now it’s time to take care of you!

Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn - A Relaxing Escape

Treat yourself and destress with a massage.
“In today’s very stress-filled world, relaxation, I believe, is key to keeping it simple. There’s no way to avoid stress, but I can help you manage it.”
Joanne Goodwin, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists.
Massage treatments are available in Le Petit Spa, our in-house spa.  Relax and enjoy one of our spa services. Or let one of our experienced therapists customize a treatment specifically for you.  Our comfortable spa room is right in the Inn.

Our massage therapists will take time to assess your needs.
"I take pride in getting to know my clients. Each session allows ample time for consultation, so that the time you spend on the table can be intentional and deliberate."
Mandi Keener, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists.
We have eight massage therapists to choose from, each with their own specialties.
"I use my intuition and education to provide my clients with the most effective treatment I can."
Leisa Stack, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists. 
They are all licensed and trained in a variety of massage techniques. Your massage will be tailored to your exact needs and desires.
"Spa Treatments and Lypossage, Taut Band Therapy & Pain Reduction in Upper Body, Thai Massage, Esalen Massage & Bodywork, Kinesio Taping and Myofacial Sports Massage...  Medical Massage and Medical Massage Cupping…"
J. Tim Cochran, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists. 
"Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, Onsen and Craniosacral Therapy... Whether it's stress relief, pain management, or wellness maintenance, my goal is for you to receive the best bodywork for your ultimate health."
Karen Cash, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists.
Choose a 50 minute or 90 minute session, alone or as a couple.

Let your senses be engaged in our calm, comfortable Spa.
"I wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to work with you in finding a sense of greater ease, well-being, and overall connected-ness in your body!"
 Stacey Galloway, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists. 
“It is my heartfelt compassion to help others find the courage to embrace their light through massage therapy.  Others gave me this healing gift as I searched for my life’s purpose and I am invited to pay it forward... I believe that the key to any healing journey involves embracing one’s own light as it is then, we can clearly understand what our purpose is.  Receiving support is a big part of that journey.”
Susie Fisher, LMBT, one of our experienced, qualified massage therapists.

1898 Waverly Inn Spa Packages

Relax at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn with our Couple’s Spa Package or our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package; three nights with everything!

Immunity Boosting Massage Package 

If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how good it is. You feel calmer, less stressed and anxious. Massage is so relaxing and enjoy able. Plus you sleep better! Enjoy a relaxing and therapeutic massage to help you avoid sickness during cold and flu season using essential oils to build the immune system. Aura Cacia Spike Lavender, Eucalyptus and Sweet Marjoram Pure Essential Oils promote immunity through aromatherapy effects and by relieving stress that weakens your body's defenses. More about Immunity Boosting Massage...>

Couple’s Spa Package

The perfect package for two! A Couples Spa Package is perfect for a romantic escape for a couple. It is ideal for a Best Friends weekend or Mother and Daughter getaway.

Relax and enjoy a side-by-side pampering massage. You can talk to each other or silently relax while one massage therapist works on each person. Our professional therapists always maintain guest modesty.

Set the tone on your romantic getaway when you experience complete relaxation with your significant other.  A couple’s massage will help you unwind and reconnect.  Sharing this spa experience will enhance intimacy and draw you closer.

Or, if you would prefer, this package can include two private All About You personal massages. Each of you can schedule your massage at the time you would prefer. Or use them both yourself!

Rates include:
  • Two nights at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • Couples massage or two All About You 50 minute massages at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • Fresh Farm-to-Table Breakfast both mornings
  • Complimentary snacks, beverages and baked goods
  • Evening Tasting Hour both evenings
  • And lots of fun.
Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package

Spend four days and three nights enjoying the best Western North Carolina has to offer!  Take your time exploring The Biltmore House and Estate Grounds with a Two-Day pass. Relax and unwind with a couples massage. Enjoy casual dining with delicious pizzas, pastas and Italian entrees that will surpass your expectations at Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant and good Irish food at Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub. And the gasoline is on us!

Rates include:
  • Three nights at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • Two Adult 2-Day Tickets to The Biltmore House and Estate Grounds
  • One Round of Golf for two people at Cummings Cove Golf Course
  • Couples massage at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • $25 Gift Certificate to The Green Room Cafe & Coffeehouse
  • $30 Gift Certificate to Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • $25 Marathon Gas Card
  • Fresh Farm-to-Table Breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary snacks, beverages and baked goods
  • Evening Tasting Hour each evening
  • And lots of fun.
Reservations must be made by phone. Please call 800-537-8195 or 828-693-9193 to reserve your room.

Upgrade your package! Stay in the Holly or Laurel for just $20 more per night.
Stay in the Mountain Magnolia Suite for only $60 more per night.

Spa Packages: Relax at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn with our Couple’s Spa Package and our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package three-nights with everything!...>

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Deborah
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winter at 1898 Waverly Inn Hendersonville, Biltmore and the Surrounding Area

Hendersonville has lovely mild weather year round. We have true four seasons, but none are extreme. Never too hot. Never too cold. Our average winter temperature average is in the low 40’s December through February. It warms up during the day and dips at night. But the weather is very changeable. December can have warm days up to 75° or, rarely, it can dip as low as 7° at night.

In 2014 it snowed as early as November 1st, while we still had all our beautiful leaves on the trees
We have an average annual snowfall of 11 inches. In 2014 it snowed as early as November 1st, while we still had all our beautiful leaves on the trees. When it does snow in Hendersonville, the snow doesn’t last long.  But we enjoy it while it lasts.

Winter Golf
Hendersonville has many public and private golf courses and three lighted driving ranges. Winter is wonderful for midday golf here. The air is crisp, but the courses are less crowded. From December to February, our winter daytime highs average between 48° and 51° degrees. (Early mornings are cold!)  It is never so cold that we lose the grass.

Explore the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore House in winter.

Winter at Biltmore
The 250-room Biltmore House bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle on the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.” Each year Biltmore becomes an extravagant celebration, complete with dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights. The 41st annual Christmas at Biltmore has the theme “A Gilded Age Christmas.” It runs through January 10, 2016.
The 32nd annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore runs through January 2, 2016. Candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday d├ęcor during these nighttime tours. The house glows, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. 

Biltmore also offers two A Gardener’s Place Holiday Seminars this winter through January 10, “Decorate with Christmas Wreaths” at noon and “Create Holiday Tablescapes” at 1 p.m.
The Conservatory has a poinsettia and tropical plant display. The Biltmore Winery has complimentary wine tasting and a seminar, “Red Wine and Chocolate.” Find out more on the “Biltmore Bubbles” tour. 

Enjoy live music in Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village. Festive holiday meals prepared by award-winning chefs are served in all of the Biltmore Estate’s restaurants.

1898 Waverly Inn Biltmore Estate Packages: Explore the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore House.
Asheville Outlets, formerly Biltmore Square Mall, just off I-26 on Brevard Road between Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina

If shopping is what you like to do on vacation, you're in for a treat! Hendersonville’s Historic Downtown is within easy walking distance of the Inn on the warm days. There is also plenty of convenient free parking on and off street for when it isn’t.
We have antique stores, galleries, local artists and crafters and many unique boutiques. We also have some real factory outlets and the new outlet mall.


We have a number of charming local museums. The Henderson County Heritage Museum, the Mineral and Lapidary Museum and Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium are all on Main Street. 

The Heritage Museum is in our old court house. The displays change, but focus on our local area. When you explore the Golden Age Part 2 exhibit, look for 1898 Waverly Inn’s place in our history.

The Mineral and Lapidary Museum Team is a small rock museum that is well worth a visit. There is a display of fluorescent minerals. The fossil display has a casting of a tyrannosaurus rex skull, a mastodon tusk and teeth and a woolly mammoth leg bone. The displays change often. 

The Western North Carolina Air Museum is in a hangar outside of town. It’s open all Winter on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00. This is a very fun, hands-on museum. You won’t believe the unusual assortment in this changing collection.

The Historic Hendersonville Train Depot is quite near the Inn.  The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club has a layout of the train lines in this area with little trains running on it. (There is a smaller version at the Courthouse Heritage Museum.) The depot is open to visitors most Saturdays from 10:00 till 2:00 and other times as well.

I’ve been meaning to visit the Mountain Farm & Home Museum. It has displays of agricultural and domestic equipment, buildings, implements, utensils, methods and literature typical of rural life in 19th century Western North Carolina. There are over 40 restored tractors. 

We also have a Children's Museum and an Antique Toy Museum.


With the leaves off the trees, you can see further in the winter. Vistas open up and you can spot things you would never see with the leaves on the trees. As the weather drops, tiny fissures in the granite that usually just weep unnoticeably turn into beautiful walls of icicles. Waterfalls freeze into stunning ice sculptures. The sun rises later, so you can see the beautiful sunrise without having to get up so early. And when the sun sets, it is DARK. Winter skies are clearer and you can really see the stars! 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is open unless the weather turns really bad up there. Because the parkway is up the mountain, the weather will be quite a bit colder and you are more exposed, but there is plenty to see without even leaving the car.


Hiking is a year-round activity around here. Most of the winter, weather is crisp and perfect for a hike.  Because the leaves are off the trees, there are better views. Even on the most popular hikes there are few other hikers. And in the winter, no bugs! 

Nearby Dupont State Forest is wonderful. There are four waterfalls; Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. The hikes are clearly marked and not too long.


Many local area restaurants reflect the change in the season with specials and new menus. Winter is the time for hearty soups and stews and traditional comfort food.

Art, Theater & Music

Hendersonville has a number of art galleries representing local artists. Some also have studio space, where you can watch the artists at work. 

Flat Rock Playhouse is performing Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz through December 20, 2015.
Hendersonville Community Theatre will have David Sedaris The Santaland Diaries, performed by Bob Reece through December 13, 2015,
Blue Ridge Community College hosts year round concerts and theatrical performances. 

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is a 70 member all-professional orchestra performing an annual 5 concert season, featuring our region's finest musicians and world-class guest artists.  The Hendersonville Swing Band, under the direction of trombonist Jerry Zink, plays music of the Big Band era of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. 

The Arts Council of Hendersonville County promotes high quality art and music year-round.

Fun in the Snow

We don’t really get a lot of snow here, but you can see and play in the snow every day starting December 18, this year at Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park. They make snow on their 500 foot hill that you can fly down on a snow tube. Fun to play, fun to watch and there are no age or height restrictions. There are also a number of ski resorts within driving distance.

The 2nd Floor Porch at 1898 Waverly Inn
Relax at 1898 Waverly Inn

Relax in our cozy Inn this winter. We have cozy comfortable beds. Enjoy a massage in our on-site spa. Every evening sample local wine with crackers, cheese and fruit while getting to know each other. There is always a plate full of fresh-baked cookies and a different fresh cake every day. We have complimentary coffee, cocoa and teas at all times. 

Enjoy local wine with crackers, cheese and fruit or a slice of cake as you get to know us and the other guests each evening.
Or take it back to your room and unwind.

1898 Waverly Inn is a convenient home base for everything you want to do this winter!

Check out our Winter Specials & Packages

  • Winter Romance Package: Perfect for your Honeymoon, Anniversary or to make any occasion special.
  • Winter Spa Packages: Relax at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn with our Couple’s Spa Package, Spa and Golf Package and our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package three-nights with everything!
  • Winter Golf Packages: Challenge yourself at Cummings Cove Golf Course with our Two Round Golf Package, Spa and Golf Package or choose the Golf option with our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package, three-nights with everything! Or enjoy two different courses. Play both Cummings Cove Golf Course and Kenmure, a top rated private golf course in the historic village of Flat Rock.
  • Winter Biltmore Estate Packages: Explore the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore House.
  • Winter Theater Packages at the Flat Rock Playhouse: Broadway quality plays at The State Theater of North Carolina. Considered one of the "Top Ten Theaters in the Country." (Season Ends December 21)
  • Winter Dinner Packages: Choose our Irish or Italian Dining Packages.
  • Winter 3 & 4 Night Packages: Spend more time enjoying the best Western North Carolina has to offer!
  • Winter Affordable Vacations: A super relaxing getaway at our Inn and the gasoline is on us!
We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC
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