Department 56 Adds Reynolds Mansion to Village Collection

Department 56 has just released The Reynolds Mansion into their Historic Village Collection. Only available for a limited time, you can purchase them directly from Reynolds Mansion or from a Department 56 retailer. We will have 25 available for sale here at Reynolds Mansion at a cost of $175.00 plus sales tax. They will not be available until April 1, 2018 but you can let us know to reserve one for shipping once they arrive. After all of ours have sold, you will only be able to purchase them from a Department 56 retailer until they are retired.

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Some Very Sad News

It is with very heavy heart that I have to let you know that our beloved English Bulldog “Rhett” has passed away on May 1 2017.  He greeted hundreds of you since our opening of Reynolds Mansion and he is a great loss.  He woke up with me every morning during my tenure here as innkeeper and if I would have allowed him taken every step I took during the day.  My heart is broken and I will miss him so very much.  He was a good friend.

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Reynolds Mansion Response to House Bill 2

Billy & Mike

 

 

To All Our Guests, Future Guests, Friends, and Family,

After several inquiries, cancellations, and national and worldwide coverage I felt it was now time for Reynolds Mansion to comment on the North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2).  As innkeepers Mike and I tend to keep our personal views on religion and politics away from the breakfast table, we respect the diversity and views of all of our guests.

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 (HB2). This bill overtly discriminates against LGBT people and goes further by cutting back on protection against discrimination for anyone in the state. HB2 does this by:

  • Refusing to understand the complexity of the lives of transgender persons and criminalizing non-problematic behavior by members only of that community;
  • Overturning the local passage of laws by the city of Charlotte to allow transgender persons to use the gender-specific facilities matching their identities, and requiring all people to use facilities according to the biological sex listed on their birth certificates;
  • Preventing cities and counties from establishing ordinances extending protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons, while making no effort to call for protection at the state level;
  • Making it more difficult for people who are being discriminated against for reasons of race, age, sex, religion or disability to take legal action by making them take their cases to federal court instead of to the state;
  • Discriminating against the working poor by restricting a community’s ability to demand that contractors raise minimum wages to living wages and pay for vacation and sick leave.

 

In the weeks since the passing of HB2 the response against HB2, in North Carolina and around the world, there is evidence that this bill affects the lives of more than a few people using the bathroom; it touches on the ongoing struggle for equality.

As independent business owners and also having the responsibility of bearing the costs of maintaining this historic home, when North Carolina passed this law it reached into the very pockets of not only us, but all the business owners in Asheville a community that thrives mainly off tourism dollars.

In the case for Reynolds Mansion it also affects us on a personal level as well.  Mike and I invite into our home and to our table a diverse, eclectic, and wonderful group of individuals, many of who return again and again to visit this special part of North Carolina and consider “our home their home.  They become in a sense part of our family.

As the caretaker of Reynolds Mansion I am saddened and embarrassed that I should be compelled to post this sort of blog on the website, but there are many who do not know of us or they are not familiar with Reynolds Mansion.  Built during a time where the very builders of this magnificent home weren’t even allowed to enter its doors, those days are no more, ALL is welcome here.  The very essence of the HB2 law reminds us of the ignorance and misconceptions that many people still possess, it also enlightens us how far we still have to reach for equality for all.

Reynolds Mansion has survived through many obstacles since 1847, it will certainly survive this tribulation……..Understand This……. “Reynolds Mansion, its owners, and staff oppose any laws supporting discrimination against anyone by race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, genetic information or disability.”

Billy Sanders

Getting Ready for Spring Planting

“I’m Getting Ready for the Garden”

So yesterday with the temperature supposed to be in the high 60’sGarden this week, I decided it was time to start clearing out the flower beds and getting the vegetable garden ready for seeds and plantings.  When I start this task; I inevitably find plants that need replacement, places for new plants, and what seeds and plants I need to order for 2016.

So this morning I sat, going through some more plant catalogs to decide what I have the feeling for trying this year at Reynolds Mansion.  It occurred to me that when reading plant and seed descriptions they never end up looking how they describe them.  Everything I have ever planted happened to turn out fantastic totally by luck – never by how it was explained it would be.  So I thought I’d let you in on how I interrupt the descriptions and REAL terminology I see in the plant and seed catalogs.

I hope it helps you make good decisions for your own garden – Come see us soon at Reynolds Mansion – You can stick a fork in winter – It’s done.

The real meaning of plant catalog terminology:

“A favorite of birds” means to avoid planting near cars, sidewalks, or clotheslines.

“Grows more beautiful each year” means “Looks like roadkill for the foreseeable future.”

“Zone 5 with protection” is a variation on the phrase “Russian roulette.”

“May require support” means your engineering degree will finally pay off.

“Moisture-loving” plants are ideal for landscaping all your bogs and swamps.

“Carefree” refers more to the plant’s attitude than to your workload.

“Vigorous” is code for “has a Napoleonic compulsion to take over the world.”

“Grandma’s Favorite” — until she discovered free-flowering, disease-resistant hybrids

Billy

New Trailer for “PRISM” shot at Reynolds Mansion gets released.

Last month aspiring film Director/Producer Aidan Weaver shot his new Independent Short Film “Prism” here at Reynolds Mansion. The new film trailer has just been released, Thought all of you might like to take a look before the films release date. See if you can spot where each scene was filmed in the house. If you have time please let Aidan know your thoughts or share the link with your friends. Will let all of you know once we have a definite release date for the film.

Of all the filming projects done here at Reynolds Mansion Aidan Weaver and his team were some of the best to work with – Please give a shout out to ALL of them for their great work and professionalism.

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The Past and Present meet again at Reynolds Mansion

On August 27, 1960 Senator Robert R. Reynolds  known to Asheville as “Buncombe Bob”  held a lavish “coming out” party for his daughter Mamie Spears Reynolds as she approached her eighteenth birthday.  Meyer Davis, the famed society orchestra leader, was flown in from New York and wrote a song for the occasion, appropriately called “Mamie”.  Mamie wore a white silk gown created for her by Christian Dior of Paris.

Mamie Reynolds had a governess by the name of Mimi Palmer and just recently the nephew of Mimi Palmer Mr. John Nicholson Jr. visited with us here at Reynolds Mansion.  Mr. Nicholson generously donated a signed copy of the original Meyer Davis sheet music written for young Mamie.

This weekend three past college roommates named, Julie Emmons, Kristen Smith and Sarah Langston were guests of ours here at Reynolds Mansion and one morning at breakfast, Julie and Kristen delighted everyone here in playing the piano rendition of the Meyer Davis piece entitled “Mamie”.   Having not been heard since August 27, 1960 it was a moment where the past mingled with the present here at Reynolds Mansion.  Below are a picture of Julie and Kristen at the piano and also the video clip of their performance so that everyone can hear the beautiful music called “Mamie.”

Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC Ranked #2 B&B in the Nation, #12 in the World

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel reviews site, recently honored the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards, naming The Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn in Asheville, NC among the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in America and in the world!  The Reynolds Mansion took the #2 spot in US rankings and #12 in the whole world.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of customer reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe.  The Reynolds Mansion has been reviewed by 203 visitors to the historic inn, making it the #1 ranked Asheville bed and breakfast out of 42 B&Bs in Asheville, North Carolina.

Innkeeper Billy Sanders is proud of the historic ambiance visitors can experience when staying at the mansion.

“It touches you.  It has an aura about it.  Anybody who stays in it, they leave thinking about this place,” he said.

As co-owner, Sanders wears many hats, including innkeeper and chef duties.  He believes the great rankings reflect a commitment to making sure visitors have a great stay.

“You do this because you want people to have a good time,” he said.

To see the full story, view the news video: http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_6602.shtml.

To stay with us at The Reynolds Mansion B&B Inn when you visit Asheville, NC, make your reservation online now.

Joseph McLean Gregory returns to his ancestral home.

Reynolds Mansion guests were delighted this weekend by having Joseph Mclean Gregory, the grandson of Senator Robert Reynolds and Evelyn Washington McLean return to his ancestral home.  Mr. Gregory was a delight at breakfast,  and was very open to sharing with everyone the information on his rich family history.   It was a dream come true for all of us here at Reynolds Mansion.

Joseph took time to sign copies of his new book “The Hope Diamond” (Evalyn Walsh McLean and the Captivating Mystery of the World’s Most Alluring Jewel) for all the guests and also left us a supply of autographed copies that are for purchase here at Reynolds.

Joseph will be returning in the near future to have a scheduled book signing event here at Reynolds Mansion,  so we will keep you posted here on the blog of any scheduled upcoming events.   Copies of both of his book are also for sale on Amazon.com.

The pictures below are of Joseph Gregory with the guests and of him and Scarlett.