Ralph and I have enjoyed our 18 years here at our luxury Inn in Asheville North Carolina and look forward to many more years. Over the years we have met some incredible people and have worked to make our Inn a warm and relaxing place for our guests. Our staff is just as dedicated as we are and we look forward to your next stay with us at our Asheville, NC Lodging.
The Dining Room
The dining room at our bed and breakfast in Asheville, NC is furnished with a collection of antiques, including carver English tables and carved a period American Empire sideboard.
The carved alabaster light fixture and matching wall sconces are original to the house.
Breakfast is served daily in the dining room at 9 a.m. (one seating only.)
The charming WhiteGate Inn offers today’s comforts with yesterday’s ambiance. Our luxury Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast is furnished with period antiques, fine furniture, and collectibles.
You are welcomed into the parlor, which features one of the Inn’s three original fireplaces.
Relax in one of the parlor chairs and view the contemporary original oil painting of orchids by Laura Grosch.
The Living room is warm and inviting with a comfortable sofa and wing back chairs, a fireplace for the warm glow in the fall and winter, and a respite from the every day stress.
You can enjoy playing checkers or backgammon at our game table or simply curl up with a book or magazine while listening to the 1904 Baby Grand player piano.
The living room area has a unique collection of art glass, family antiques and other fine collectibles, making it a welcoming area for afternoon and evening refreshments at our Inn.
Relax in the spacious solarium overlooking the cascading waterfalls, Koi pond, gas–log fire pit and downtown Asheville, and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
The common areas of our Asheville B&B are available for the use of all our guests. Evening refreshments are serve from 4:30 to 5:30 in the Solarium or on the patio near the fire pit.
If you are planning to elope and are looking for the perfect location for you intimate wedding our common rooms are available and can host up to 15 adults.
The 1889 WhiteGate Inn Exercise Room offers a dry sauna with light therapy, Bowflex universal machine, treadmill, elliptical trainer, and Bowflex Select-Tech dumbbells.
Keep your workout regimen going while staying at our Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast and burn off some of the calories from our sumptuous breakfast.
After your workout head back to your room and take advantage of our on site spa services.
How To Find Us
Our Asheville, North Carolina inn is conveniently located near the area’s many attractions, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock Park, Pisgah National Forest and much, much more.
- Take I-40W to I-240W/Asheville, Exit 53B.
- Follow I-240W to Exit 5B/Charlotte Street.
- At the end of ramp, at stoplight, turn RIGHT.
- Proceed north on Charlotte; turn LEFT on E. Chestnut (at the Fuddruckers Restaurant).
- Go one block.
- Turn LEFT onto Central.
- Turn into the first driveway on the right.
- Parking is behind the greenhouse in the lower lot.
NOTE: If you are coming from the Airport or Traveling on I-26W or I-40E take I-240E into Asheville. Take Exit 5B (Charlotte Street) and turn LEFT. (North, away from downtown.)
Ralph Coffey was a dentist with a large practice in Davidson, NC and Frank was the Manager of Ambulatory Radiology at Carolinas Health Systems in Charlotte, NC when a trip to Asheville set them in a new direction to becoming owners of the WhiteGate Inn & Cottage and Ralph was on his way to pursuing his passion for gardening and raising orchids. Ralph is a certified master gardener who is always available to answer any questions regarding the Gardens at this historic Asheville, NC Bed and Breakfast or your own personal gardens.
This luxury Asheville, North Carolina Inn was the last of eight properties actually looked at for purchase. Ralph and Frank knew they had found their home when they walked through the front door. They visited on a sunny day and every room was filled with light. A wonderful solarium added in 1907 would be the perfect location for a plant collection. The yard, although in rough shape, showed potential for everything the prospective owners needed. There was a large open sunny space in the back yard perfect for the greenhouse and the 10 foot drop in elevation from the front yard to the lower side yard was perfect for a water garden with waterfalls and ponds.
Frank Salvo spent his time running this romantic B&B, helping with and supervising the complete redecorating of the Inn. Each room was completely redressed in new custom bed coverings and curtains, new kitchen cabinets were installed, rooms were painted and finishing touches, including collectable art and furniture, were added to make the Inn the home that they envisioned for themselves and their guests. Frank has worked developing the ambiance, gourmet breakfasts and hospitality that guests experience while staying at the Inn and was presented with the “Spirit of Excellence in Hospitality Award” from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
Frank is a Licensed North Carolina real estate broker and is working with Keller-Williams. He is also consulting with Bed and Breakfast owners and prospective Bed and Breakfast purchasers in North Carolina. He is also a comic character actor with the local Asheville Community Theatre.
Lawrence Sollanek was born in Washington, DC. and raised in Maryland. He went to college for English and journalism but was pulled into broadcast radio by his voice. Traveling town to town, up and down the dial, he spent time broadcasting all over the country, as far west as Nevada and ultimately retired from radio in Columbus, Ohio. Choosing hospitality as a second career, Lawrence made it his goal to find the perfect Bed & Breakfast to manage. After learning and leading teams in chain hotels, Lawrence fulfilled his dream and accomplished his goal by becoming the Innkeeper at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage.
Lawrence would appreciate the opportunity to welcome you to his adopted home in Asheville, and would love to share his passion for genuine warmth and hospitality with you!