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Places to Eat

  • Big Pillow Brewing – Great tasting locally brewed beer 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 in an historic downtown building; a friendly and casual atmosphere.
  • Mountain Magnolia Restaurant – Fine dining (reservations recommended) with everything made from scratch in their own kitchen using locally grown organic foods whenever possible.
  • Spring Creek Tavern – Lively pub overlooking Spring Creek in Hot Springs; salads, wraps, burgers, and pizza from their wood-fired oven—local craft beer on tap.
  • Smoky Mountain Diner – Home cooking in Hot Springs; breakfast, lunch, and early dinner–something for everyone.
  • Trailside Bakery & Café – Open seasonally Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Serving coffee, muffins, sandwiches, salads, desserts, specials, etc.
  • Trust Cafe – Open seasonally. Lunch and dinner menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads, dinner entrees and specials. Brunch on Sundays.
  • Vaste Riviere Provisions – Food shop/café offering offering fine wines, NC craft beers, dinners to go, locally roasted coffee, dried meats, fine cheeses, and other gourmet groceries.

Private Chef

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 chefmocatering@gmail.com

Outdoor Adventures

  • 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 – 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. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:00am. Last customer check-in at 4:30pm. Call 828-622-0177.
  • French Broad Adventures – offers rafting, ziplines, canyoneering, and climbing. Call them at 828-649-0486 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. You can 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 you can contact Blue Ridge Hiking Company by email trips@blueridgehikingco.com or call 828-713-5451 for more info. The “Welcome” binder in the cabin has further information about many local trails.
  • Sandy Bottom Trail Rides – call 828-649-3464 to schedule a picturesque ride through the scenic mountains and meadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Offering horseback rides, wagon trips, and buggy rides.
  • 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 sunset, star gazing, etc.
  • Skiing, Snow Boarding, and Snow Tubing 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 scenic drive of 45 minutes to an hour away. It is a small city known for 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, and has been voted “Beer City, USA.” The craft beer scene in Asheville has exploded to include over 20 craft breweries, several annual beer festivals, brewery tours, and more. Asheville Ale Trail has 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Hot Springs Spa – Soak in naturally hot mineral water along Spring Creek and the French Broad River, or relax with a soothing massage!
  • 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. Museum is open Thursday – Sunday 11-5pm. Closed major holidays.
  • Driving Tours (self-guided) Wander around these country roads admiring “barn quilts,” old homesteads, waterfalls, and great mountain vistas! Additional information and a map is in the cabin “Welcome” binder.
  • Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley 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.

Shopping

  • 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 – Hiking gear, outdoor equipment, clothing, and supplies.
  • Gentry Hardware – Family owned since 1946, old-time hardware store with unique gifts and souvenirs.
  • 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, plus 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, groceries, gifts, and general merchandise.

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 Grey Eagle Taqueria to offer great beer and food. 27 North Andrews Ave Hot Springs, NC
  • Mad Co. Brew House is a locally owned, small-batch, brewing company and tap room. They are Madison County’s first brewery and have recently opened the Marshall Pizza Co. 45 N Main St, Marshall, NC 828-649-8600.
  • 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

Festivals