Many visitors to the Asheville area would rather stay in a little log cabin or cottage rather than in a hotel, motel, inn or B&B. Since these are spread out all over the area, and often are owned by someone with just one cabin or at most a few, it’s difficult to cover these cabins adequately in a travel guide. Our suggestion is to go to a website such as Vacation Rentals By Owner (www.vrbo.com) or Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) and search for the type of property and price that best suit you. You’ll find hundreds of cottages and cabins in the mountains. However, here are a few we’re familiar with in the immediate Asheville area.
Listings in RED are especially noteworthy.
Very Expensive Over $350 double
Expensive $226-$350 double
Moderate $100-$225 double
Inexpensive $50-$99 double
Very Inexpensive Under $50 double
Rates shown do not include sales and accommodations tax, usually a total of 13%, or service charge, if any.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds 39 Stockwood Rd. Ext., East Asheville, 828-202-8518 or 800-235-2474, www.ashevillecabins.com; Cabins, Expensive
This cabin colony in East Asheville, on 40 acres south of Asheville adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway, has more than two dozen one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages. Cabins are air-conditioned, with decks or porches, outdoor hot tubs, wi-fi and fireplaces (usable from mid-October to mid-May).
On the grounds are a trout pond (no fishing license needed) and outdoor games including bocce and horseshoes. Rates for weekend nights in-season are around $180 to $275, with higher rates during certain holidays. At time of reservation, one-half the total cost is required as a reservation fee. There is a two-night minimum, three or four nights at holidays. There is a cleaning fee of around $65 per stay. Six of the cabins permit pets, with a non-refundable pet fee.
Asheville Cottages 29 Asheville Cottage Lane, West Asheville, 828-712-1789, www.ashevillecottages.com; Cottage Rentals, Expensive to Very Expensive
This company has 15 beautifully done one-, two- and three-bedroom vacation cottages on 14 acres in West Asheville, ranging in price from around $215 to $359 on in-season weekend nights, less in winter and on weekdays, and higher at premium holiday periods. There’s a refundable damage deposit of $125 charged at time of reservation and non-refundable cleaning fee of around $79 to $159 per stay. No pets permitted.
Asheville Swiss Chalets 10 N. Delano Rd., East Asheville, 828-645-8101, www.ashevilleswisscchalets.com; Cabins and Rental Houses, Moderate to Expensive
Asheville Swiss Chalets has 11 rental cottages off Tunnel Road in East Asheville and in Weaverville, mostly spread out in residential areas. The management stresses that the rentals accept dogs. Rates for one- to three-bedroom cottages range from $125 to $395, with a three- to seven-night minimum, depending on the time of year and day of week. Cleaning fees range from $45 to $150 per stay.
Honey Hill Asheville Inn and Cabins 2630 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, (Asheville West), 828-633-1110, www.honeyhillasheville.com; B&B and Cabins, Moderate to Expensive
About 15 minutes west of Downtown Asheville, Honey Hill has four rooms and a suite in an 1885 Queen Anne-style home, plus six cabins on 13 acres. Rooms, with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, four-poster beds and wi-fi and some with fireplaces and claw foot tubs, are $179 to $225, with higher rates in October. Some weekday and other specials are available. Three of the cabins accept pets. There’s a two-night minimum on both rooms and cabins.
Log Cabin Motor Court 330 Weaverville Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 25 North), North Asheville, 828-645-6546 or 800-295-3392, www.theashevillecabins.com; Cabins, Moderate
This collection of 20 vintage log cabins about 6 miles north of Downtown Asheville is on the National Register of Historic Places. It dates from the 1930s and the early days of mass auto travel. Rates are mostly $95 to $155 weekdays in-season, and higher on weekends. A couple of larger units are more expensive.
These are the kind of roadside cabins, with white daubed clay and red window shutters, you see in old movies. In fact, some scenes from the 1958 classic, Thunder Road, starring Robert Mitchum, were shot in one of the cabins, now called Goldview. It rents for $155 double weekdays, plus tax. All cabins have air-conditioning, cable TV and wi-fi, and some have kitchens, fireplaces or gas stoves. Pets accepted, with a pet fee. No swimming pool. Don't expect luxury!
Mountain Springs Cabins 27 Emma’s Cove Rd., off Pisgah Hwy. (NC Hwy. 151), Candler (Asheville West), 828-665-1004, www.mtnsprings.com; Cabins, Moderate to Expensive
Mountain Springs Cabins, about 14 miles southwest of Downtown Asheville off the Pisgah Highway, has 12 rustic mountain log and wood cabins, a large lodge house, two “tiny houses” and three yurts on 50 acres in a rural area about 25 minutes west of Downtown Asheville. Rates from $100 to $350 per night, double, depending on day of week and month of year. Most cabins have kitchens, gas fireplaces and air-conditioning. Dogs accepted (no cats) in most cabins with a refundable pet fee, but not in yurts. Mountain Springs Cabins is now a part of RVC, a group of cottages colonies and campgrounds in the Southeast
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