Hotel at a Glance: Laurelwood Inn
Laurelwood Inn is the only place to stay in the heart of Cashiers, North Carolina—literally. But this seclusion is part of its charm. Surrounded by wooded grounds, the lodge features exposed log paneling, fireplaces, and a wide wooden porch. The locale isn't completely off the grid, however; shops, restaurants, and galleries are a quick walk away.
- Friendly managers Eric and Doris Deadwyler make sure guests feel welcome and comfortable—Doris will even teach visitors how to play mountain dulcimer—a stringed instrument—on the expansive wooden porch; owners Bob and Lise Dews have owned and operated the inn for 18 years.
- Four wooded acres surround the property. From here you can wander along the Cashiers walking trail, sip coffee in the gazebo, or set the kids loose at the playground.
- Refrigerators and WiFi in pine-paneled guest rooms
Cashiers, North Carolina: Waterfalls and Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Cashiers is a small town set in the middle of the Nantahala National Forest, near the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This mountain vacation area is a haven for outdoorsy activities, with hiking, biking, tubing, golf, and fly fishing drawing visitors year-round. Cashiers is a good jumping-off point for a day-trip to the nearby towns of Highlands and Sapphire.
From the Laurelwood Inn, a 20-minute drive will bring you to Gorges State Park, where you can see waterfalls, sheer rock walls, and river gorges. You might even catch a glimpse of the turquoise darter, a rare fish with brilliant turquoise fins, along with 120 other rare plants and animals native to the area.