Our Area

Once you and your guests have nestled into one of our elegant King or Studio Suites, it is time to take in the sights and tastes of the surrounding area. Whether exploring our rivers and forests, enjoying our shops and streets, or dining out with flavors both local and exotic, there is something for everyone close to the comfort of your room.

Places to Go

Biltmore Estate
Situated on 8,000 acres, Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in America. It was built by George Vanderbilt and was completed in 1895. Today, the estate encompasses the house, gardens, restaurants, gift shops, stables, inn, and winery. (1-800-543-2961).

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway’s 469 toll-free miles combine an awesome natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers, and magnificent views. You can enter the Parkway within 20 minutes from the Mountain Lodge.

Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park is a natural attraction covering 1000 acres. On a clear day, the awesome view spans as far as Kings Mountain, 75 miles to the east beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can take the elevator 26 stories inside the rock to reach the top of the Chimney and the trails. (1-800-277-9611).

DuPont State Forest
The forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. It is situated on a plateau of the Little River valley, with waterfalls and rolling land bordered by moderately steep hills and mountains. Home of Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, the forest is presently open to the public for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing (NC fishing license required). Hunting allowed by special permit only. (828-251-6509).

Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States.

Downtown Historic Hendersonville
Only 5 minutes from the Mountain Lodge you will find a true “treasure”. Historic Hendersonville attracts people from all over the country every year that enjoy what our town has to offer. Some people call Hendersonville “Little Charleston”, as its glowing with history and offers tons or locally owned restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, galleries, and much more. Your visit to Western North Carolina wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Main Street Hendersonville.

Downtown Asheville Shopping
Over 30 independent galleries and more than 100 retail shops, downtown Asheville is a shopper’s paradise. Every street leads to a treasure-trove of uncommon businesses that could only flourish in Asheville. Handmade Appalachian baskets. Vegan pocketbooks. Furniture carved entirely from one tree. Jams, jellies and preserves so fresh that you can practically see the farmers picking the fruit off the vine. This area specializes in the unusual and one-of-a-kind.

Historic Biltmore Village
One of the Carolinas’ most fascinating, unique and enjoyable shopping environments, Historic Biltmore Village features more than 40 shops, restaurants and galleries, each housed in historic 1900-era homes and buildings. Located outside of the Biltmore Estate.

WNC Nature Center
The WNC Nature Center is 40 acres of animals in their native habitats. It provides an opportunity to learn, to touch and to know our rich natural heritage through educational and interactive exhibits.

North Carolina Arboretum
The NC Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest, located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 191. Surrounded by the dense folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America.

Flat Rock Playhouse
The Playhouse is considered one of the “Top Ten Theaters in the Country.” A wonderful escape from life’s hectic pace, the Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Playhouse is open from mid-May through mid-October, plus holiday productions, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.

Carl Sandburg House
Carl Sandburg was an American poet, historian, author, and lecturer who spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate in Flat Rock, NC. Today this National Historic Site offers a keen insight on Mr. Sandburg, his family and their 264 acre working farm. The Sandburg Home was built in 1838 and now houses his collection of 10,000 books, notes and papers. There are numerous hiking trails and a functional goat barn, where Mrs. Sandburg raised her prize winning goats, located next to the Flat Rock Play House.

Snow Tubing at Moonshine Mountain
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park located in Hendersonville, NC. Offering the best and steepest snow tubing in Western North Carolina. With over 500 feet of fun & excitement for all ages and we are one of the only Snow Tubing Parks in the Southeast that allows trains. YES we make our own snow!!

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding offers a unique, calm and relaxing way to take in unique views of some of the areas most beautiful vistas from the Biltmore House to dramatic back-country scenery. Biltmore has 8,000 acres that include horseback riding trails through peaceful meadows and shady hardwood forests. Saddle up and catch a Western-style guided trail ride (for adults and children over 6 years old) to see one of the only views of the Biltmore Houses western faade. Extended and private guided rides are available.

Hot Air Balloon Rides
After arriving at Asheville Hot Air Balloons you meet your pilot at the balloon port; then you drive to a launch site. You watch the hot air balloon inflate and you might be offered the opportunity to participate in the pre-launch preparations. This is a great way to discover more about the aeronautics of hot air ballooning. Let your pilot know if this is something that interests you.

Zip Lining
Get ready to see the world in a new and different way. Hidden in a secluded mountain cove only 20 minutes north of Asheville, the Navitat Canopy Adventures zip line canopy tour is a tree-based work of art not to be missed.

White Water Rafting
Water adventures in the Asheville area range wildly from whitewater rafting named the best in the whole U.S. to a unique natural waterslide to fun swimming holes and beautiful waterfalls. Western North Carolina is perfect for explorers who don’t mind getting wet. Mother Nature carved out a water park in the area, leaving behind calm wading pools, exciting water slides, memorable swimming holes and rollicking rapids. Some are easily accessible, a few require an adventuresome spirit, and several have lifeguards or trained staff on duty.

Green River Tubing
Tubing is a popular past time for river fun and relaxation, but it is not without hazards. Though it appears as if anyone can do it, tubing is recommended only for people who are able to swim. Children should wear life vest at all times. The minimum age for children to participate is five years old. Green River is NOT considered a “Lazy River”. It takes no special skill to drift on a tube down the river’s current, however, while on the river you are responsible for your personal safety and the safety of your children.

Biking
Looking for an active and scenic vacation? The Asheville area has plenty of open road and off-road trails for bikes of a different kind. If you don’t have a bicycle, plenty of shops in the Asheville area rent road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers scenic road cycling rides for all skill levels: Ride 75 miles of paved road from Asheville to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (hard). For a shorter trip, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Craggy Gardens for a well-loved lookout point (moderate).

Fishing
The mountains of Western North Carolina that surround Asheville is well-known for their many streams and creeks with diverse stream conditions, from tiny, plunge-pool headwater streams to broad, open-valley rivers. The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests areas around Asheville, Brevard, and Hendersonville are the first targets for quick access to wild, pristine trout fishing. Whether you’re searching for Rainbow, Brown, or Brook Trout, you’ll find that these scenic waters boast some of the best fly fishing around. Small and Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish and more can also be found in abundance in the region.

Etowah Valley Golf Course
450 Brickyard Road, Etowah, NC. Etowah Valley is Twenty-Seven holes, and offers original, eighteen long course along with tough courses. 6,438 yards of large, excellent greens. Discounted rates are available; please make tee times 2 days in advance.

Broadmoor Golf Links
5 French Broad Avenue, Fletcher, NC. Located near the Asheville Airport by I-26, Broadmoor has 18 holes. It is flat with no mountain terrors, but there’s water everywhere. 6,313 yards. Discounted rates are available.

Cummings Cove Golf Club
3000 Cummings Road, Hendersonville, NC. This course offers 18 holes of golf ONLY, and is 4,800 yards. The terrain is fun and testing, and it fully occupies your game. Discounted rates are available.

Places to Eat

The Never Blue
Chef Jesse Roque calls her signature culinary style “Low Mex” because of her inventive blend of Low Country South Carolina dishes with Mexican traditions. The Shrimp and Grits will make you want to find Bobby Flay immediately to schedule a throw down and her Spicy Goobers will have you rethinking your stance on boiled peanuts! Oh, and the drinks…there’s an entire menu dedicated just to those special concoctions.

West First Wood-Fired
We are committed to quality, freshness, & wholesome food at West First & the Flat Rock Village Bakery. We bake all of our organic breads in our wood-fired brick oven. Our 30% whole-wheat pizza doughs & organic pastas are all made by hand.We use authentic Prosciutto di Parma and make our own fennel sausage. We use only organic field greens and loads of fresh herbs & produce. Everything is made fresh from scratch daily.

Mezzaluna Brick Oven & Tap House
Italian cuisine in a casual and friendly environment. Start your meal off with an appetizer of olive oil poached tuna, fried oysters or meatball sliders. Salad choices include a chopped salad with a variety of Italian meats and a traditional Caesar salad. There are several pasta choices, such as linguine with mussels and chorizo, as well as spaghetti with meatballs or sausage. Other entrees include prosciutto-wrapped salmon, a New York strip steak and a chicken Parmesan.

Mrs. G and Mrs. Me
At Mrs G and Me, we all LOVE to cook and experiment in the kitchen! We make everything from scratch – soups, sauces, even our blackening spice, cajun seasoning, you name it! Stop in and enjoy a great atmosphere, great people (that includes you and yours!) and a meal you won’t forget. Mrs G is always in the kitchen and Me (aka Mr G) is always in the dining room. We look forward to seeing you!

Hannah Flanagan’s Pub
You’ve arrived at one very hip, very fun Irish Pub! Check out our daily drink specials and our menus. The Original Hannah Flanagan’s Pub and Eatery is located on Main Street in downtown Historic Hendersonville.

Cypress Cellar
We are a Cajun Restaurant featuring fresh seafood and an extensive menu of Creole & Cajun dishes in a comfortable family atmosphere. Our menu is loaded with carefully selected traditional cajun entrees, including steak, chicken, seafood and more. We are conveniently located in Historic downtown Hendersonville, NC. Here at the Cypress Cellar Cajun restaurant you get more than fabulous food and outstanding service. We frequently offer live music on the weekend.

Black Rose Public House
The Black Rose is a great find in downtown Hendersonville. Good service with and delicious Irish-American choices on the menu. Reasonable prices make Black Rose an excellent value. There are multiple drink specials and the staff is friendly and professional.

Fatz Cafe
At FATZ, we serve your favorite American fare with a delicious twist. From steaks to seafood, treat your taste buds to the flavors of FATZ.FATZ is committed to the highest standards of fresh quality food preparation with the finest of ingredients.

Papa’s & Beer Mexican Restaurant
Enjoy a delicious Mexican meal for lunch or dinner at this delightful restaurant. A full menu of affordable options are available making this the perfect place for a family or group meal.

Mona Lisa of Hendersonville
Franco welcomes you to Mona Lisa of Hendersonville. Franco was born in Italy in the region of Abruzzo, “Teramo” east of Rome, and moved to the states in 1980.He owned various restaurants in the Orlando area (Florida), acclaimed by food critics such as Scott Joseph, The Zagat Magazine and others. Today, he is at your service, doing what he does BEST; Creating dishes and sauces with a smile, while saying Hello to Patrons thru the food window.

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse
Hubba Hubba Smokehouse honors the rich Carolina BBQ tradition of low and slow and our custom wood-fired pit brings a robust smoky flavor to all our fare. Our menu features scratch made sauces, classic sides, Southern comfort food plus bold new dishes and seasonal favorites. Dine in our backyard or yours or have Hubba Hubba cater your next event.

Flat Rock Village Bakery
Specializes in organic artisan wood-fired breads but now offers an array of items including hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas, freshly-made salads and sandwiches, rustic pastries, brownies, cookies and organic dark-roasted coffee. Everything is made from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Umi Japanese Fine Dining & Sushi
Whether you want elegant ambiance, healthy fresh food or outstanding service, there is something for everyone at UMI. Come in and enjoy our authentic Japanese entrees, fresh sushi and newly added Thai menu with our wide range of organic and special sakes. We serve lunch & dinner and are open 7 days a week.

Lime Leaf My Thai
The diverse and flavorful menu has something for everyone, from mild to hot, vegetarian or not, the flavor and smell of the the food prepared especially with herbs and spices that will make you crave for more. Visit Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine today, a wonderful place for dates, families, friends or even business.

Champa Sushi & Thai
Champa Sushi & Thai Cuisine is a red-lacquered feast for the eyes. Champa, like the Asian flower it was named for, is a lovely space with an appealing menu and beautifully plated wide-ranging Asian cuisine.

Kelsey’s
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, they promise you a wide variety of menu items that everyone in your family will enjoy.