Lakeside lodge with kitchenettes or full kitchens; in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 40 minutes from Asheville and the Biltmore Estate
Property at a Glance: Mill House Lodge
Even after winter strips the Blue Ridge Mountains of their celebrated fall foliage, Mill House Lodge maintains a scenic woodland setting. The lodge’s buildings ring around Jordans Lake, which cascades into a waterfall as it pours over the property’s dam.
- Home-cooked meals: Rooms and suites are outfitted with kitchenettes or full kitchens.
- Country style: Some units have details such as fireplaces and pull-out sofas.
- Behind the name: The original building was part of a mill that produced corn and wheat goods for the Carolinas starting in 1830.
- Things to do near Flat Rock: Visit the Carl Sandburg Home, downtown Hendersonville or historic downtown Flat Rock, all within a few miles. Shop in downtown Asheville and tour the 250-room Biltmore House. Hike to nearby waterfalls like Pearson Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and many more. Or, visit the scenic Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, or Jump-Off Rock before catching a play at the Flat Rock Playhouse.
Flat Rock, North Carolina: Grand Estates and Scenic Parks
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Flat Rock, a village listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its large number of Old South antebellum manors. The stately home where poet Carl Sandburg spent the last two decades of his life is located right off Flat Rock’s main highway. To the north, in Asheville, is the palatial [Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s private estate. Dubbed America’s largest home, the Biltmore House features 250 rooms and gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Two national forests and Chimney Rock State Park are within driving distance, so visitors can hike mountain trails crisscrossing the countryside. A popular day-trip destination is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to miles of walking trails and a thriving black-bear population.
Things to do near Flat Rock:
Adventurist guests—when they’re not canoeing, paddle boating, fishing on the private lake, or picnicing on the expansive green lawn—they shuffle through art galleries and shops in the Historic Village of Flat Rock. Before dining and seeing a show at the Playhouse, they visit the home of the beloved Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Carl Sandburg. In downtown Hendersonville, just a short 3.5 mile drive away, they stroll the charming walkways of Main Street, share a pint of craft brew over live music, and dine at a partnering restaurant for 10% off their bill.
Hikers take to the lush trails of Pearson Falls, DuPont State Forest, and the Looking Glass Falls, walking beside the misty fall. History-lovers visit the castle-like Biltmore Estate and enjoy the lively Asheville scene. Movie-lovers, after stopping off to see Chimney Rock State Park along the way, visit the shooting grounds of Dirty Dancing at Lake Lure.