- Big Pillow Brewing – Enjoy their large selection of great-tasting, locally brewed beer in the comfortable tap room and delicious food from The Grey Eagle Taqueria.
- Dave’s 209 – Offering burgers and fries, milk shakes, soups, sandwiches, and dinner specials.
- Iron Horse Station – Upscale restaurant and bar, with a friendly and casual atmosphere, serving lunch and dinner in a historic downtown building.
- Smoky Mountain Diner – Home cooking in Hot Springs and a hiker favorite. Serving breakfast, lunch, and early dinner–something for everyone.
- Spring Creek Tavern – Lively pub with large deck overlooking Spring Creek in Hot Springs. Featuring salads, wraps, burgers, and pizza from their wood-fired oven—North Carolina craft beer on tap.
- Trust Café – Open Memorial Day weekend through October. Lunch and dinner menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads, dinner entrees, specials, and house made frozen meals to go. Brunch on Sundays.
- Vaste Rivière Provisions – Food shop/café offering fine wines and NC craft beers by the glass or bottle. Also sandwiches, soups, fresh and frozen house made dinners to go, locally roasted coffee, meats, fine cheeses, and other gourmet groceries.
Places to Eat
Would you enjoy a scrumptious meal prepared and delivered to your cabin during your stay? Contact personal chef and caterer Mauricio “Mo” Abreu by phone 828-230-3024 or by email email@example.com
- Asheville Hot Air Balloons – for a thrilling flight experience over the mountains near the Pisgah National Forest call 828-667-9943 or see their website for more info.
- Bailey Mountain Bike Park – located near the town of Mars Hill is a gravity-specific park with intermediate, advanced, and expert trails.
- Fowler Farms Sporting Clays – clay/skeet shooting 11 station course on a game preserve. Shotgun rentals and ammunition available to purchase for use on site. Call 828-622-0177 for information.
- French Broad Adventures – choose half-day or full day rafting on Class I-IV rapids; calm water float trips; 10 ziplines from 75-1000ft in length; canyoneering with a WFR (Wilderness First Responder) Guide features hiking, boulder-hopping, and waterfall rappelling. Call them at 828-649-0486 or check their website for more information.
- Hot Springs Rafting Company – offers whitewater rafting and river tubing. Call them at 843-319-4586.
- Hiking or backpacking – the Hot Springs area offers many choices within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for hiking and backpacking. The “Welcome” binder in the cabin has further information about many local trails. Check with Bluff Mountain Outfitters located at 152 Bridge Street in Hot Springs, 828-622-7162, for suggestions and current conditions. If you’re looking for guided day or overnight hikes contact Blue Ridge Hiking Company by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-713-5451 for more info.
- Sandy Bottom Trail Rides – enjoy a picturesque ride through the scenic mountains and meadows of the Blue Ridge by horseback, accompanied by friendly, experienced trail guides. Perfect for people of all ages and riding abilities. Call 828-649-3464 to make your reservation.
- Max Patch Mountain – with incredible 360-degree long-range views at the top and access to the Appalachian Trail, it’s a popular location for hiking, picnicking, watching the sunrise or sunset, dark sky star gazing, etc.
- Skiing, Snow Boarding, and Snow Tubing is available about 45 minutes away at either Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley OR Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill.
Things to Do
- Asheville (pop approx. 93,000) is a small city with fine art galleries, crafts and folk art, eclectic shops, performing arts and music, a thriving night life, casual to fine dining, historic attractions, and museums. In addition to being the home of George W. Vanderbilt II’s Biltmore Estate, you can also explore the River Arts District, the historic Grove Arcade, the Western NC Nature Center, or the NC Arboretum. With more breweries per capita than any other US city, the craft beer scene in Asheville has exploded to include 26 craft breweries, several annual beer festivals, brewery tours, and more. Check Asheville Ale Trail for more information about the many local breweries.
- Blue Ridge Parkway offers a picturesque self-guided driving tour through several states with entry and exit points in Asheville, Waynesville and Maggie Valley; great to view the leaves changing in October! Be sure you have a full tank of fuel as there is limited availability on the parkway.
- Biltmore Estate in Asheville, is the largest privately-owned home in the US, with 250 rooms and 8,000 acres. It is an incredible place to visit any time of year: plan to spend a day touring the magnificent home and strolling through the impressive gardens. The Christmas season is spectacular, and runs from early November through early January, but be sure to buy those tickets in advance as they often sell out. After your tour of the main house and grounds, head over to Antler Hill Village for shopping and Biltmore Estate Winery for a complimentary wine tasting.
- Biltmore Village was constructed in the 1890s to house employees of George Vanderbilt’s estate and is located near the entrance to the estate. Stroll along the brick-lined sidewalks while you explore the boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants most in historic English cottages. Nearby is The Cathedral of All Souls built by George Vanderbilt in 1896.
- Cherokee NC is where you can experience early Native American lifestyle, guided tours, craft demos, and cultural dancing at the Oconaluftee Indian Village and Visitor Center, a replica of an 18th century Eastern Band of Cherokee community. Learn more about Native American History and Culture at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and check out the gift shops. Watch the drama Unto these Hills under the stars at the Cherokee Mountainside Theater.
- Driving Tours (self-guided) Wander around these country roads admiring “barn quilts,” old homesteads, and mountain vistas! Additional information and maps are in the cabin “Welcome” binder.
- Hot Springs Spa where you can soak in naturally hot mineral water overlooking Spring Creek and the French Broad River or relax with a soothing massage!
- Marshall (pop approx. 900) is the Madison County seat. Walk along Main Street through downtown where you’ll find a mix of restaurants and shops including Flow (artist-owned gallery), Mad Co. Brew House (Madison County’s first brewery), Old Marshal Jail (hotel, bar, deli and market), Star Diner (5-Star meals!), The Sweet Monkey Bakery (currently take-out only), Madison Natural Foods, Zuma Coffee (much more than a coffee shop), and the 100-year-old family run Penland & Sons Department Store. Blannahassett Island is a short walk or drive over the French Broad River. Once there you can explore the ½ mile nature trail around the island.
- Mingus Mill is a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Built in 1886, this historic grist mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all the machinery in the building. Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.
- Rural Heritage Museum is located on the campus of Mars Hill University and houses artifacts relevant to the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian area. Of special interest is the exhibit: A Fountain of Youth in the Southern Highlands: A History of Hot Springs, North Carolina. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday 11-5pm. Closed major holidays.
- Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley NC, near Waynesville, was featured on The History Channel. The 38,000 sq. ft museum houses hundreds of rare vintage motorcycles, automobiles, and memorabilia. Open 10am to 4pm, Thursday through Saturday, beginning April 1st.
- ArtiSun Gallery – Browse over 30 vendors for authentic works by local artisans and craftspeople. Also hand-crafted locally churned ice cream, coffee, espresso, tea, and wine.
- Bluff Mountain Outfitters – Carries hiking gear, outdoor equipment, clothing, and supplies.
- Dollar General – Has a variety of frozen meals, canned and packaged foods, health and beauty, clothing, auto, misc.
- Gentry Hardware – A true old-time hardware store, family owned since 1946, with a large selection of unique gifts and souvenirs, fishing, camping, gardening, housewares, tools, candy, etc.
- Hillbilly Market – Seasonal fresh produce, canned/packaged items, meats, dairy, and made to order sandwiches.
- Sara Jo’s Station – Fuel station, cold beer, pot pies, farm fresh dairy and eggs, baked goods, assorted fresh and frozen foods, skin care and medicinal products. Featuring desserts from Ginchy Goodies.
- Tobacco Road Burley & Brew – Locally owned smoke shop with a nice selection of wine, craft beer, and hard cider.
- Trust General Store – Fuel pumps, local handmade crafts and gifts, misc. general merchandise, and groceries including house made frozen dinners to go and fresh, canned, and packaged foods.
Wineries & Breweries
- Addison Farms Wine Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery offering tastings, tours, and sales. Located at 4005 New Leicester Hwy, Leicester, NC 828-581-9463. Call ahead for an appointment.
- Big Pillow Brewing is Hot Springs NC first Craft brewery. They have teamed up with The Grey Eagle Taqueria to offer locally brewed beer and great food. 25-27 North Andrews Ave Hot Springs, NC 828-539-1939
- Boojum Brewing Company and Taproom 50 North Main Street Waynesville NC 828-246-0350
- Frog Level Brewery 56 Commerce Street Waynesville NC 828-454-5664
- Mad Co. Brew House is a locally owned, small-batch, brewing company and tap room. They are Madison County’s first brewery and also operate Marshall Pizza Co. 45 N Main St, Marshall, NC 828-649-8600