Top Reasons to Stay at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins
- The historic Queen Anne Victorian mansion, built in 1885, stands on 12 wooded acres near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The sprawling property contains wildflower fields and a butterfly garden.
- Guests can enjoy the sunset on the Blue Ridge Mountains from Adirondack chairs, while an onsite meadow offers a 360-degree view of the mountains.
- Downtown Asheville is a short drive away. There, you can browse art galleries or catch live bluegrass music.
- The well-appointed cabins have wood-burning fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, porches, and mountain views, while guest rooms have gas fireplaces and are decorated with period furnishings and luxury bedding. Fireplaces are operational through March 15, 2014. The Howell room features its original marble sink and china bowl, dating back to 1885.
- In the morning, the innkeepers use fresh, seasonal ingredients to craft a hearty breakfast that may include breakfast entrees such as stuffed French toast with pecan-crusted bacon, or egg casserole with homemade sausage. Cabins don't include breakfast, as they include their own kitchens.
Asheville, North Carolina: Artsy Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the largest city in the western half of North Carolina, with a population of roughly 85,000. Downtown Asheville is a mix of independent boutiques, eateries, and art galleries, and they’re housed in buildings designed in the art-deco, Beaux-Arts, and neoclassical traditions. Asheville’s premier attraction is Biltmore, billed as the largest residential home in the United States. You can take a self-guided tour of the 250-room chateau, which was built for steamboat-and-railroad tycoon George Vanderbilt in 1895. Be sure to visit the gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—they’re in full bloom in early spring.
Near Asheville, you can take off on one of the most scenic drives in the country: the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile-long highway that traverses the Appalachian Mountains. If you want to stretch your legs, go for a hike up to the panoramic lookout at Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest, or amble along a portion of the Appalachian Trail; the famed footpath wends near Asheville as part of its 2,180-mile journey from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia.