Top 5 Lodging Experiences in Western North Carolina (2021 Edition Guide)

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23 August, 2021 By Norma Spencer


North Carolina, the United States’ ninth largest state, attracts around 50 million visitors each year. Renowned for its southern hospitality, picturesque mountains, rolling hills, and sandy beaches, North Carolina is worth the long road trip.


To fully enjoy your visit, you’ll want to book accommodations that capture this beautiful state at its best for the full North Carolina experience. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of resorts and hotels in Western North Carolina. There’s something for every budget and we’ve captured the best options on this list.


About Western North Carolina 

First, a bit about Western North Carolina. This is a rural, mountainous region with eight million residents spread across 16 counties. With numerous state parks, fun adventures, and historical sites to tour, this area is one of the country’s most beloved and popular tourist destinations. 

Western North Carolina has a rich cultural history. They have year-round festivals and celebrations that commemorate it. 

Even better, the area is renowned for being a hub of microbrewers. If you’re a fan of wheat beer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore your interest.


Best Lodging Experiences in Western North Carolina

Here are some of the best resorts in Western North Carolina that offer exceptional creature comforts and amenities.

Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort, located at Bowling Rock, offers multiple lodging options. The resort is spread over 78 acres of land and has multiple scenic trails that put many outdoor activities within reach, including a 3,600-acre national park.

There’s a restaurant, a sports and recreation center, tennis courts, and a full-service spa among other amenities available on-site. If you’re looking for a beautiful and luxurious place to stay, consider Chetola Resort, a massive 42-room resort that offers unparalleled views of Chetola Lake.

Every room along the scenic lake comes furnished with two queen or king-sized beds. If you want to add spice to your lodging experience, you can book a spacious Lakeview Crown Suite. The suite comes with extra space, a queen-sized pull-out bed, and a balcony. 

Omni Grove Park Inn

Omni Grove Park Inn is a four-star inn that is part of the luxurious Omni Hotels and Resorts Group. It is one of the most celebrated resorts in the country. This prestigious inn has been host to countless luminaries and presidents and is renowned for its southern charm and elegance.

The inn offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts 512 guest rooms and suites giving visitors plenty of options to choose from. All rooms come with a range of amenities from separate seating areas to microwaves and mini-fridges.

This 100-year-old establishment has many facilities to add to its appeal such as a large world-class spa built underground, six tennis courts, and a large heated outdoor swimming pool. 

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club sits on the prestigious and picturesque Duke University Golf Course. The inn is a tribute to philanthropist Washington Duke, the founder of Duke University.

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has 251 rooms to accommodate different guests: from a King’s Room and Junior Suite to a King Room with a view of the golf course and a Double Room. Plus, it’s very strategically placed. You’ll enjoy its convenient proximity to landmarks like the Nasher Museum of Art and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  

This accommodation features a world-class pool, fitness center, 18-hole championship golf course, and the legendary Bull Durham Bar. The cherry on top is it’s also pet-friendly so if you’re thinking of taking any four-legged pals along, this is the place for it.

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

The Inn on Biltmore Estate is built on a whopping 8,000 acres of raw, unadulterated countryside. The four-star establishment is the embodiment of luxury and comfort. 

You can find a range of accommodation options at the inn. The ‘Grand King’ rooms with their comfortable living spaces, separate bedrooms, and separate bathtubs and showers among other amenities are a surefire winner.

This inn features a spa and a fine selection of on-site restaurants. You can also explore its renowned grounds and gardens. If you want a lavish stay, The Inn on Biltmore Estate is the place you’re looking for.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville is located next to the historic Biltmore Estate. It offers an exceptional setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains making Blue Ridge Park and the national forests super accessible and no more than a short ride away.

The hotel has 104 rooms and is renowned for its Tudor-inspired accommodations that are complete with original artwork, stunning stone flooring, luxurious beddings, and sleek bathrooms.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville also features the Poseidon Spa, Red Stag Grill, and a boutique Forest Wine Room. Make sure to pay their art gallery a visit for a look at the works of local, regional, and international artists.


Final Thoughts

Lodging is one of the key aspects that make your travel experience exceptional. By staying at one of these hotels and inns, you’re sure to experience the best of southern charm, comfort, and hospitality.

Written by

Norma Spencer

Norma is a writer with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management). At the moment of writing this bio, Norma is in Germany, planning to spend at least a few more years in Europe in the coming years :)

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