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Our AirBnB Experience – Asheville

Our first experience with AirBnB in Asheville NC James and I love to travel. We typically choose to stay at boutique hotels or resorts in the mountains, islands or larger cities. However, during our recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina, we wanted to try something different and stayed at our first AirBnB. AirBnB connects travelers with hots who are renting their home or a room in their home. The Air BnB website allows hosts to register their property and guests can choose the property they would like.  We communicated with the owners via email once they approved our stay. We chose the Crescent Moon Cottage owned by Hal and Cristina. Located at the end of a small street, we were within 5 – 10 minutes of downtown Asheville but at the same time felt we were out in the country. You entered via a short lane which could appear to lead nowhere but then opened up to a cute cottage. crescent Moon cottage full view Crescent Moon Cottage The cottage consists of 2 units, an upstairs and downstairs each completely separate from each other. Initially, Hal and Cristina lived upstairs but recently moved into a tiny house on the back of the property. The back yard was peaceful with a relaxing water feature. Backyard View Crescent Moon Backyard View 2 Crescent Moon We chose to stay in the downstairs unit which included an efficiency kitchen, table and sitting area. The bedroom included a queen size bed and was a large room with a desk area and a beautiful bathroom. Crescent Moon Cottage Living Room Kitchen Ashevill BnB Bedroom Crescent Cottage desk area Crescent Moon Cottage Bathroom Crescent Moon Cottage We met Hal upon arrival and he provided a short tour and provided suggestions for things to do in Asheville. He was available via text and also encouraged us to knock if we needed anything during our stay. Coffee and tea were included and there was a full size refrigerator. Although we ended up not cooking, it is always nice to have the availability to cook and make your own coffee. Hal and Cristina are both wildlife photographers and the prints throughout the apartment were of various animals. Some of my favorites were the penguins and one of lions (unfortunately this one did not photograph well). The elephant print made both James and me smile. Hal Brimley Penguins Hal Brimley elephants I appreciated that there was not a television and felt it made it easier to detox from the news which had been occurring lately. We did bring our Bose sound system and were able to access our playlists with the free wi-fi. We enjoyed our stay at Crescent Moon Cottage and certainly recommend Hal and Cristina if you are planning a stay in Asheville. We certainly would consider AirBnB in the future.

Have you ever stayed at an AirBnB? 

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Joining with Meetup Monday and  Emily for Grateful Heart Monday as I’m grateful for the opportunity to take a vacation and for those who make it possible.



  1. Karen Yannacio Morse on December 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Never stayed at an Air BnB… and have been cautious of them from what I’ve seen (horror stories) from TV. But – you portray a great experience so I might be more open now that I’ve read what great things you had to say! 🙂
    Karen |

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

      I think it’s important to really look at the reviews. Our hosts had the highest of ratings and we felt comfortable. I’ve heard more of the horror stories from larger cities and I think I would be more cautious of those. I have heard that AirBnB will help you if there are problems.

  2. My Urban Family on December 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I’ve never tried Air BnB but I generally hear really wonderful things from friends and then horror stories from the internet ha Glad you had a good experience!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      I think the internet wants us to hear the horror stories rather than the good ones. Of course, I think we talk about the horror stories more. I don’t know that we would do it all of the time but it’s certainly a great option.

  3. Ellen Winkler on December 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

    yes, airbnb is wonderful! I have used it as well as VRBO. Have never had a bad experience

  4. Shamira West on December 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I love AirBnB. I have used it during my trip to Santa Monica, CA and it was a great and afforfable experience.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      I so agree with you that it’s so affordable and it also helps you get to know the area in a different manner. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Shamira West on December 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        Yes! I love that I was in an actual neighborhood mingling with the locals.

  5. Bourbon & Lipstick on December 7, 2015 at 11:23 am

    We have never used it though honestly we haven’t had much time to travel lately! The cottage is so pretty- you guys got lucky! We’re thinking of taking a little trip over New Year’s so I may check into this!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Where are you going to go over New Years? It may sound silly but I do feel more comfortable doing AirBnB in places like Asheville or Nashville. We originally were going to Nashville and found a cute tiny house to rent but it was taken the week we were going. I hope you get to get away – you deserve it.

  6. Jackie @ My Sort Of Adult Life on December 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve never used AirBnB, I’ve always been a little nervous to but I’ve heard really good things and that cottage looks perfect!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      From what I am learning, it is truly best to read all of the reviews of your hosts. Everything was exactly as pictured on the website and it was clean and comfortable. It was a great experience.

  7. Crystal @ Dreams, etc. on December 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve never used AirBnB but I want to sometime! This cottage looks so nice. It sounds like you had a great experience! 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      It was a great time and I hope you will try it. A much different experience than a hotel room

  8. Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird on December 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try something like AirBnB but never have. This place looks DARLING!

  9. Rachel G on December 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    We’ve used Airbnb to book stays in Indianapolis, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia. It’s safe to say we’re fans of the service! All experiences have been great except one, and that was our fault because the reviews said, “You get what you pay for”…we assumed they were exaggerating, and they weren’t. 😉

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      I’ve heard that the reviews are truly something to pay attention to. I’m glad to hear you’ve been so many different places (with the exception of one) and had a good time. I know we will try it again.

  10. Rachel Kim on December 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I’m going to Europe in the spring and my friend and I are looking into AirBnB, so thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Rachel, I have a friend who stayed at an AirBnB in Ireland and she had a fantastic time. When she told me her story, I felt like I could try it here at home.

  11. CrazyShenanigans on December 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    That looks like it would be so fun! I always look at their site but never book it!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 8, 2015 at 7:17 am

      You should try a stay sometime. Just consider the reviews and if you’re unsure only do one night as a trial.

  12. Elle on December 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    What a beautiful and restful cottage! I am glad it was a good Airbnb experience! I love using Airbnb for all my traveling in the States and abroad! So fun to live like a local during vacation!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

      I agree with you that it really does help you live like a local. It’s always good to hear from others who utilize it more than we have.

  13. Pixics on December 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    That cottage looks amazing and the location is beautiful. I’d love to stay there.

  14. Anne @ Love the Here and Now on December 10, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Looks so welcoming and cozy! Glad you had a positive experience. My husband and daughter used this in NYC once and we are considering using it this summer for a beach vacation. Definitely looking into it more!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on December 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I think we will consider it again. It sounds like as long as you listen to the reviews you can make good decisions about where you stay.

  15. paulakiger on December 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I have! Once. I am glad you had such a good experience. I feel positive about mine too. I was staying in a room of an occupied home, and it does take some getting used to being in a home with other people but that’s what I bargained for and it saved me money! I feel like reading the home owner’s reviews of previous guests also gave me some insight re: their expectations and general approach.

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