Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville draws visitors from far and wide to enjoy it’s delights. Whether you’re coming to Asheville to experience it’s Southern hospitality, abundant summer festivals, splendid nature, delicious restaurants and locally brewed beer, or to visit the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, you will want to find a place to hang your hat while you’re here that fits perfectly with your itinerary and budget. Luckily, Asheville offers an abundance of cabins, bed and breakfasts, inns, hotels, and hostels for every possible dream vacation!
Staying in a Blue Ridge Mountain cabin is one of the most coveted experiences when it comes to Asheville vacations. The area in and around Asheville is peppered with hundreds, if not thousands, of stunning cabin options to enjoy an abundance of rest and relaxation while here. The area has cabins that can accommodate families of every size, large or small events, as well as cabins that are geared towards a romantic week or weekend away. Most cabins offer breathtaking views, with hot tubs, privacy and a perfect home-away-from-home feeling.
For a variety of cabin options, from a rustic tree house or lake front chalet, to a cozy romantic cabin or a secluded executive retreat, visit Luxury Asheville Cabin Rentals (http://www.ashevillecabinrental.com/). This 40-acre luxury retreat offers 8 unique accommodations and is located a mere 30-minute drive to the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville. Find your perfect romantic getaway cabin with private hot tub, or choose a family-sized cabin or lodge-style cabin with 2 massive stone fireplaces, leather and hand-carved log furniture, 2 kitchens, and space for 10+ people.
If your vacation is going to center around Biltmore, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure or Lake James, The Cottages at Spring House Farm (http://www.springhousefarm.com) offers 6 beautiful cabins only 45 minutes from downtown Asheville. Enjoy the solitude of the WNC mountains in cabins fully equipped with fireplaces, hot tubs, outdoor grills, and kitchens.
Other area cabins include the Woodlands Chalet (http://www.cabininasheville.com/), The Cove at Fairview (http://www.thecoveatfairview.com/), Mountain Brook (http://www.mountainbrook.com/), Cabins of Asheville (http://www.cabinsofasheville.com/), and many, many, MANY more!
Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) are a perfect option for those looking to feel the warm Southern hospitality that Asheville is so well-known for. B&Bs are known to be elegant and comfortable, and are often a large private home with less than 10 bedrooms. If you’re looking to celebrate a special day with your sweetheart, B&Bs can be very romantic, but are often not the best choice for those vacationing with children or pets; check with your chosen B&B to find out their individual offerings.
The Chestnut Street Inn (http://www.chestnutstreetinn.com/) is a charming bed and breakfast located in the city’s Chestnut Hill National Historic District. Proud of its historic preservation, the Chestnut Street Inn is a 1905 Colonial Revival home with high ceilings, large outdoor porches, jacuzzi tubs, and luxurious decor and furnishings. You’ll find award-winning chocolates on your pillows and awaken every morning to a 3-course gourmet breakfast. How is that for Southern hospitality?
North Lodge Inn (http://www.northlodge.com/) is the perfect place to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries and special occasions, and is a lovely and convenient way to enjoy your time in Asheville. Only a five minute drive to the Biltmore Estate or vibrant downtown Asheville, the North Lodge Inn offers six bright bedrooms with a wealth of amenities including a business center, a Victorian influenced dining room, and a relaxing and elegant garden with a gazebo. The North Lodge Inn also offers a gourmet, 3-course breakfast with items such as crepes, Virginia cured crisp bacon, and stuffed french toast with bananas and pecans.
There are numerous other bed and breakfast’s in Asheville, including the Biltmore Village Inn (http://www.biltmorevillageinn.com/), Princess Anne Hotel (http://www.princessannehotel.com/, Asia Bed & Spa (http://www.ashevillespa.com/), Beaufort House Inn (http://www.beauforthouse.com/), Dillsboro Inn (http://www.dillsboroinn.com/), and many, many more!
Inns & Resorts
If you’re in the mood for an all-inclusive resort-type atmosphere that offers a wide variety of amenities, such as golfing, spas, onsite shopping and special packages, you may be interested in the Inns and Resorts in the area.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate (http://www.biltmore.com/stay/inn/default.asp) is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. This four-star Asheville inn is the only accommodations on Biltmore’s 8,000-acre estate and offers more amenities than we have space to list: luxurious rooms, 24-hour room service and concierge service, library, outdoor pool and hot tub, world-renowned spa, cafes, restaurants, winery, and an 8,000-acre mountain playground!
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (http://www.groveparkinn.com) is the perfect destination for weddings, events, family getaways and private romantic getaway. From world-class golfing and a world-class spa (the spa was named #13 “World’s Best Hotel Spas” 2008 by Travel & Leisure magazine) - to delectable restaurants and unbelievable shopping - The Grove Park Inn is a premiere destination.
For more inns and resorts, visit Biltmore Village Inn (http://www.biltmorevillageinn.com/), Baymont Inn & Suites (http://www.baymontinns.com), Asia Bed and Spa (http://www.ashevillespa.com/), Red Rocker Inn (http://www.redrockerinn.com/), Cedarwood Inn (www.cedarwood-inn.com), and the plethora of other inns and resorts in the area.
Asheville offers numerous hotels for travelers of every itinerary and budget. From the standard hotel room, to rustic, old world charm luxury hotels, there are literally hundreds of options in and around Asheville for travelers of every itinerary and budget.
If you want to experience southern charm, urban elegance, and be in the heart of everything Asheville has to offer, choose Haywood Park Hotel (http://www.haywoodpark.com/), located on Battery Park Avenue. Everything you need (and more!) is only a few steps away. The hotel’s atrium and promenade boasts a variety of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and spas. From the Chocolate Fetish, Bier Garden and the Sacred Spa, to the The Flying Frog Cafe and Wine Bar, everything is a moment away!
Be transported to the grand elegance of the Old World at the Grand Bohemian Hotel (http://www.bohemianhotelasheville.com/). Offering 104 Tudor-inspired, luxurious guest rooms, this stylish hotel offers it all: Grand Bohemian Gallery, Poseidon Spa, fitness center, the Red Stag Grill, valet parking, on-site concierge, and over 5,000 square feet of event space.
There are definitely too many hotels in the area to list them all. A few more of our favorites are the Brookstone Lodge (http://www.brookstonelodgeasheville.com), the Country Inns & Suites (http://www.countryinns.com/hotels/ncashvil), the Princess Anne Hotel (http://www.princessannehotel.com/), and the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Farms Hotels (http://www.biltmorefarmshotels.com/hilton/).
The frugal traveler will be happy to know that Asheville offers choices in hostels as well. Geared more toward the lone traveler or the traveling couple, hostels offer bunk-style rooms with shared bathrooms for a very low rate, or private rooms for less than an area hotel, cabin, or bed & breakfast. Hostels are a great money saving opportunity for those traveling in Asheville.
Bon Paul and Sharky’s (http://www.bonpaulandsharkys.com) is located in artsy West Asheville on charming Haywood Street. Convenient to many pubs, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, you also have the option to buy delicious organic food at the corner grocer to enjoy in the full kitchen with group meals. While you’re there you can rent a bike, soak in the hot tub, or just enjoy the scenery from the rocking chair front porch. While not located right downtown, Bon Paul & Sharky’s is only a ten-minute drive to all the downtown attractions.
Want to enjoy convenience and inexpensive lodging? Then Sweet Peas Hostel (http://www.sweetpeashostel.com/) is the perfect choice. Located in the heart of downtown Asheville above the Lexington Ave. Brewery, Sweet Peas Hostel offers free- wi-fi, morning coffee, coin operated laundry, linens and towels, a fully equipped kitchen and a warm and inviting living room. There are 3 options for sleeping arrangements, from bunks and private rooms, to their newest addion - private pods.
You can have it all!
You’ll find Southern charm, art and performance art galore, fabulous restaurants and bars, unique shopping, relaxing spas, and a vibrant, diverse nightlife in this spirited city nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. Whether you’re looking for a ritzy resort, a downtown B&B, a mountain cabin with a million dollar view, or a bunk bed in a thrifty hostel, Asheville offers everything you can imagine and much, much more!
-Tena Moore http://www.tenamoore.com is a freelance writer located in Asheville, NC.