The Lion and the Rose


The Lion and the Rose street view

Historic Montford Neighborhood

The Lion and the Rose is conveniently located in the historic Montford neighborhood. Montford is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been ranked as one of the best historic areas in the country. The tree-lined streets invite you into a neighborhood of elegant homes that were built between 1890 and 1920.

Montford is less than a mile north of Asheville. It is very walkable to downtown and all its attractions. There are also a few excellent restaurants in Montford within just a few blocks of the inn. 

Montford offers several fun annual activities including:

  • Montford Music and Arts Festival (May) – This single day event is Asheville’s largest and longest running street festival offering live music, local foods, and arts and crafts booths.
  • The Montford Park Players is the longest-running Shakespeare festival in North Carolina. Every summer they are dedicated to performing the works of Shakespeare. Enjoy a beautiful evening outdoors with this incredible and completely free live performance just a few blocks from the inn.
  • Montford Music Porchfest (September) – This annual neighborhood porch crawl consists of bands playing various types of music on porches all throughout Montford. The Lion and the Rose has been a proud part of this event for several years and we look forward to sharing local music on our porch with our guests and neighbors.
  • Halloween in Montford (October 31) is a local tradition. With many historic homes adorned with creepy and haunted decorations, it has become a fun spot for families dressed in costume to go trick or treating. You can help the innkeepers hand out treats on the front porch if you’d like to join the fun. Costumes are optional but welcome and encouraged. 
  • Montford Tour of Homes (December) – Explore Asheville’s most historic neighborhood decorated for the holidays.