Emilie first fell in love with Asheville over 20 years ago when she attended Rockbrook Camp in the heart of a wooded mountain in Brevard, NC. Those mountains, so different from the beaches of her childhood, kept her coming back for ten years. There is something majestic about the Blue Ridge Mountains that blanket Western North Carolina, at over 1 billion years old, they are some of the oldest mountains in the entire world.
Arturo came to Asheville for the first time in 2012 and was quickly enamoured with the outdoor culture, so different from his 22 years in New York City, but so reminiscent of his childhood in the gentle hills of Puebla, Mexico. For him, it was a desire to start a family and a business and seek a better quality of life and he quickly found himself thirsty for everything that Asheville has to offer.
Emilie’s first Bed and Breakfast plan was written in the back of a college notebook when she was 18, wandering around Maine searching for the perfect wraparound porch. In 2011, she and Arturo decided to give those Bed and Breakfast dreams a trial run, and opened a small B&B in their East Village apartment. While tiny, it gave them a wonderful test-run on breakfast planning, scheduling, cleaning, decorating, recipe testing and conflict management. They loved it all!
The tri-lingual couple feel that they bring a new, re-invented experience to the somewhat clichéd country B&B Inn. Asheville is no longer a sleepy town with boarded up buildings, it is a hub of restaurants, nightlife, music, beer and outdoor adventure. It’s not only the perfect place to call home, it is the perfect place to welcome someone into yours.
“Wow! That’s really all there is to say. Emile and Arturo are great hosts. Everything is perfect. Breakfast is wonderful. Everything Arturo made was from scratch, even the yogurt was made from fresh milk. Emile’s knowledge of the local foodie scene is amazing. Everywhere she recommended was great! We need to go back just to continue to work our way down the list of suggested places to eat! She and Arturo know everything about the local scene, food, where to go to hike, things to do, the best way to get there, just everything. This is the best B&B I have ever visited and I’m sure no others will be able to live up to the expectations they have set. I highly recommend it!
“Staying at the Chestnut Street Inn was a truly magical experience. The innkeepers, Emilie and Arturo, are a warm, happy and charming young couple. Everything they do feels special–from the two course breakfasts and afternoon cookies, to the personalized recommendations, the local milk and and homemade yogurt. The house is immaculate, the bed and linens were perfect, and the location couldn’t be better. We felt cared for and thought of the entire length of our stay. My husband and I were in the Zen Suite for a mini-honeymoon weekend. The steam shower was incredible! I can’t wait to visit again. What a wonderful weekend.
Emilie and Arturo are the perfect hosts in their lovely Inn. We were comfortable in our Zen retreat with several window seats and a steam shower. Their breakfasts are fresh and delicious – it will be hard to go back to store bought yogurt after tasting their homemade version! There are many goodies available to guests: fresh baked cookies, port, beer on tap and dishes of candy that make you feel welcome. Best of all, you will get personal and expert advice on things to do, what/where to eat & drink, and sights to see from the inn keepers. I wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Asheville but the Chestnut Street Inn!