When Thomas Wolfe’s mother operated her Old Kentucky Home boarding house during Asheville’s boom days in the 1920s, there were another 150 such private/independent, nonhotel such housing options for tourists.
The population then was about 30,000, while today it approaches 90,000. So the 150 to 979 Asheville ratio with respect to population is three times what it was 100 years ago — not accounting for vastly different economic factors between now and then. We are reviving our tradition of mountain hospitality.
While the Asheville economic/political machine can’t seem to build hotels fast enough, Airbnb accommodates the overflow of tourists who come and feed many other facets of our economy.
More than hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, Airbnb offers homestyle concierge hospitality, often by hosts who’ve lived here for decades. Perhaps that’s why even some local B&Bs list themselves on Airbnb. Let free enterprise reign.
— Holly Boswell