The Applewood Manor is owned and operated by Stephen and Robin Collins along with the help of their three daughters Grace, Emma and Julia when they are home from university. You will also enjoy the occasional visits of their playful brindle French Bulldog, Byrum’s Ballad of Cleopatra “Cleo” named after the Lumineers song of the same name. The Collins’ family moved to Asheville in the summer of 2018 once they became empty nesters. Prior to moving to Asheville, the Collins have lived and worked all over the world and the USA. Stephen is a long-time software technology entrepreneur and leader with over three decades of global business experience. A former elite amateur competitive cyclist, Stephen remains an active member of the global cycling community through his global cycling organization Velo Roussillon (follow on Instragram @veloroussillon), long term support of the USA Cycling Development Foundation and other related endeavors. Stephen is also an owner of As Is NYC a craft beer bar and restaurant in New York City. Robin began her career as a commercial interior designer in New York City and then focused raising the couple’s three daughters. Over the last 15 years, Robin has become an outstanding bread baker whose efforts our guests may enjoy during their stay. And if you’d like to bake in the kitchen with Robin just let us know.
Our live-in innkeepers are Jonny Brown and Berklee Brown along with their young daughter Cove. Jonny is a professional cyclist riding with the Ireland based UCI professional team EvoPro Racing. In 2018, he won the the USA National Professional Road Race Championship and if you go on a ride with him you’ll see the stars & stripes insigna on his cycling jersey sleeves in recognition of his status as a national champion. His wife Berklee is a California native who loves to cook and she also is an avid cyclist. Their young daughter Cove might peek her head out to say hello to guests every now and then. Here’s Jonny’s biography in his own words:
“I began racing at a young age of 10 years old. Over my younger years I progressed into one of the top level American u16’s. Once I entered 17/18 juniors I had developed to be one of USA’s best. I became the first in history to win U.S National Road Race both years as a junior. After juniors I turned professional for Axel Merckx u23 team Hagens Berman Axeon. Over my 4 years with the team I had great success. I became the youngest male in history to win USPRO National Road race championship. Currently for 2020, I am racing for Evopro racing based out of Ireland. The dream continues to race in the biggest races in the world!”
2014 Junior Road Race National Champion
2015 Junior Road Race National Champion
Only person in history to win both years as a junior.
4th u23 Road Race National Championship
USPRO National Champion – youngest in history to win
7th U23 Paris Roubaix
14th U23 Liege Bastogne Liege
2nd Stage 3 Tour De Beauce
5th Stage 4 Tour De Beauce
4th TTT settimana coppi e bartali