Vacationing in Asheville, N.C.
The Asheville Lodge is located ten miles north-west of downtown Asheville, just outside city limits in the town of Leicester (pronounced either "Lester" or "Leecester," depending on who's talking.)
From the windows and decks of the Asheville Lodge, you'll see only green valleys, forested hillsides, mountains, and sky. Yet the Asheville Lodge is easily accessible to everything. A gas station/mini-mart is only five minutes away. One of Asheville's largest and most modern supermarkets is less than a ten minute drive. Equally close is a wide variety of eateries, from McDonalds, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Waffle House, and Subway to excellent locally-owned Italian, Greek, and Mexican restaurants.
Downtown Asheville — with its rich assortment of restaurants and clubs, art galleries, spas and salons, theatres, movie houses, music venues, stores and boutiques — is only 20 minutes away. Hiking is all around you (there's even a path by the pond and along the stream on our property). The Blue Ridge Parkway and Folk Art Center, the Biltmore Estate (largest private home in America), the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, mountain bike trails, horseback riding, hot air balloons, world-class white-water rafting — all are nearby. You can gamble at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, have dinner aboard a working steam mountain railroad departing from Dillsboro, or spend a day at Dollywood and Gatlinburg, just over the Tennessee border.
Asheville is one of the top ten artist destinations in the U.S. World-famous writers, painters and musicians have made Asheville their home for over a century. Its tradition of crafts (woodwork, weavings, pottery, jewelry) goes back even further. It is a garden-lover's paradise and also one of the best places for whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, camping and almost any other outdoor activity.
For the families of students at one of the fine colleges or universities in the area, the Asheville Lodge is the perfect place to stay for Parents' Week or graduation.
Asheville is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, at the intersection of Interstates I-40 and I-26. The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has frequent non-stop flights from New York, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville, Charlotte, and Washington, DC. Other nearby airports include Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP), Charlotte, NC (CLT), Johnson City, TN (TRI) and Knoxville, TN (TYS). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala National Forest, the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Casino, the Brevard Music Festival, Dollywood, and Upstate South Carolina are all about an hour's drive. Charleston, SC or Atlanta, GA can be reached in 3-4 hours and Nashville, TN, Columbus, OH, Panama City Beach, FL or Washington, DC are within a day's drive.