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 guidebook. 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.
Very Expensive Over $300 double
Expensive $200-$299 double
Moderate $100-$199 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, 828-277-3948 or 800-235-2474, www.ashevillecabins.com; Cabins, Moderate to Very Expensive
This cabin colony in East Asheville, on 40 acres adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway, has more than two dozen one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages. Cabins are air-conditioned, with decks or porches, hot tubs, wi-fi and fireplaces (usable from mid-October to mid-May). On the grounds are a trout pond and outdoor games including bocce and horseshoes. Rates are around $179 to $335 a night, depending on the cabin and time of year, with a two-night minimum. Pets permitted in six cabins, with a $100 non-fundable pet fee.
Asheville Cottages 29 Asheville Cottage Lane, West Asheville, 828-712-1789, www.ashevillecottages.com; Cabins and Other Rentals, Expensive to Very Expensive
This management company has 15 upscale one- and two-bedroom cabins and houses on 14 acres in the West Asheville area, ranging in price from around $209 to $500, depending on the cottage, day of the week and time of year. Amenities include hot tubs and grills on the decks, free wi-fi, washing machines and dryers in each unit and a welcome basket of goodies. There’s a cleaning fee of around $69 to $125 per stay. The cottages are immaculately cleaned by cleaning crews.
Asheville Swiss Chalets 5 Delano Rd., East Asheville, 828-645-8101, www.ashevilleswisscchalets.com; Cabins, Moderate to Expensive
Asheville Swiss Chalets has eight rental cottages off Tunnel Road in East Asheville, about 1 mile from Downtown, and four more in Weaverville north of Asheville. The management stresses that the rental chalets accept pets. Rates for one- to three-bedroom cottages range from $145 to $350 per night, with a three- to seven-night minimum, depending on the time of year. The premier units, such as the Matterhorn have two bedrooms and two baths gas fireplaces, decks or porches, large flat-screen TVs and other amenities.
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, Inexpensive to Moderate
This collection of 20 vintage log cabins about six miles north of Downtown Asheville dates from the 1930s and the early days of mass auto travel. It's listed as a National Historic Landmark. Rates are $95 to $155 Sunday-Thursday nights, higher weekends. 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 from $155 double, plus tax. All cabins have air-conditioning, cable TV and wi-fi (but no phones), and some have kitchens, fireplaces or gas stoves. There's a two-night minimum.
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
Mountain Springs Cabins, about 14 miles southwest of Downtown Asheville off the Pisgah Highway, has 18 rustic mountain log and wood cabins, tiny houses and other rentals, including three yurts, on 50 rural acres. Rates from $110 to $270 per night, double, with a three- or four-night minimum. Rate schedules are complex, depending on the unit, number of people, time of year and the type of rate (refundable or not). Most cabins have kitchens, gas fireplaces and air-conditioning. Pets accepted in five cabins. Long-term stays available. Mountain Springs Cabins is now associated with RVC, an eight-unit group of cottages colonies and campgrounds in the Southeast.
Pisgah View Ranch 70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd., Candler, (Asheville West), 828-667-9100, www.pisgahviewranch.net; Cabins, Moderate
On a 2,000-acre piece of mountain land about 16 miles southwest of Asheville that has been in the same family since 1790, Pisgah View Ranch is a collection of around 30 mountain cottages with a dude ranch atmosphere, where families come to enjoy horseback riding, home cooking and outdoor activities. Cabins can be rented without meals for $100 to $200 per night. Meals are around $12 each for breakfast and lunch and $18-$21 for dinner. Pisgah View Ranch also has an RV and tent campground. Horseback rides are $40 to $50 an hour. Pisgah View Ranch is open April through October. All lodging rates plus 13% tax and 20% service, meals are plus 7% tax, with tips left to the guests.
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