The Lion and the Rose


Meet the Innkeepers

Meet the Innkeepers

Steve and Karen fell in love with North Carolina 18 years ago. The time for a new adventure was calling and they were determined to continue their love affair with NC. Becoming innkeepers had been in the back of their minds since their first B&B experience for their wedding.

They searched from the ocean to the mountains for the right place to call home. The beautiful pink lady of The Lion and the Rose stole their hearts and the charm of the historic Montford district of Asheville made for the perfect combination for these outdoor, nature lovers.

Steve and Karen, are affectionately known as Mr and Mrs Wild, for their love of wildlife and crazy travel adventures. They have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and meet so many wonderful people along the way. They love to hear and share travel stories and connect with their guests. When asked how they would describe The Lion and the Rose, they will happily quote William Butler Yeats,

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." 

The inn is also home to Oreo and Harley, the friendly family pets. Oreo is a Shih Tzu and Harley is a Lhasa Apso. They are both hypoallergenic dog breeds and they enjoy time in the beautifully landscaped yard. They are happy to say hello to guests who request to meet them but they are never allowed in the guest room areas.

Whether it be for a day or a week, we look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home in Asheville.


UPDATE: Sadly, we lost our sweet Harley in 2019. We now have an inn puppy, Ozzy. He is a Shih Tzu that loves to give puppy kisses upon request :)



In 1896, Elmer and Charity Rush Craig* moved from Wisconsin to what is now Asheville's Montford Historic District. Hoping to help Mr. Craig's deteriorating health, the couple built this beautiful Queen Anne neo-Classical home as their permanent North Carolina residence.

*Charity Rush Craig was once the National President of the Woman's Relief Corps, a charitable organization dedicated to honor the Grand Army of the Republic, assist U.S. Veterans, and demonstrate patriotism to the U.S.A.

In 1913, the house was purchased by the Toms family. In honor of these first two families owning the property, the Craig-Toms Suite was named to preserve their memory.

The Toms' son, Charles French Toms, was the basis of character Tommy French in the book Look Homeward Angel, a fictional story of Asheville by Thomas Wolfe. We have been privileged to welcome Charles' daughter and granddaughter as guests and have enjoyed their stories and photos of the home and their family.

The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast has been fastidiously restored to her original splendor. Some of the more notable architectural details include the ornate golden oak columns in the entrance, and the Inglenook (a fireplace area), which is flanked by antique church benches to let you enjoy the warm fire during cool months. The sitting parlor appointed with comfortable sofas within is a popular destination for book-lovers, and the formal parlor's bay window offers sweeping views of the veranda and our gardens.

Throughout its existence, this stately residence has been the home to single families and is one of very few homes in the Historic District to boast this fact. We welcome you to our home and hope you enjoy your stay.