Many visitors to the Asheville area would rather stay in a little log cabin or cottage rather than in a hotel, motel, inn or B&B. Since these are spread out all over the area, and often are owned by someone with just one cabin or at most a few, it’s difficult to cover these cabins adequately in a guidebook. Our suggestion is to go to a website such as Vacation Rentals By Owner (www.vrbo.com) and search for the type of property and price that best suit you. You’ll find hundreds of cottages and cabins in the mountains. However, here are a few we’re familiar with in the immediate Asheville area.
Very Expensive Over $300 double
Expensive $200-$299 double
Moderate $100-$199 double
Inexpensive $50-$99 double
Very Inexpensive Under $50 double
Rates shown do not include sales and accommodations tax, usually a total of 11% for properties with five or more rooms, or service charge, in any.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds 39 Stockwood Rd. Ext., East Asheville, 828-277-3948 or 800-235-2474, www.ashevillecabins.com; Cabins, Expensive
This cabin colony in East Asheville, on 39 acres adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway, has more than two dozen one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages. Cabins are air-conditioned, with decks or porches, hot tubs, Wi-Fi and fireplaces (usable from mid-October to mid-May). On the grounds are a trout pond and outdoor games including bocce and horseshoes. Rates for weekend nights in-season are around $190 to $275, with a two-night minimum. No pets permitted. There is no cleaning fee.
Asheville Cottages 29 Asheville Cottage Lane, West Asheville, 828-712-1789, www.ashevillecottages.com; Cabins and Other Rentals, Expensive
This management company has about a dozen cabins, houses and other vacation rentals in the Asheville area, ranging in price from around $170 to $330 on in-season weekend nights. There’s a cleaning fee of around $60 to $100 per stay.
Asheville Swiss Chalets 5 Delano Rd., East Asheville, 828-776-0509, www.ashevilleswisscchalets.com; Cabins, Moderate to Expensive
Asheville Swiss Chalets has 11 rental cottages off Tunnel Road in East Asheville. The management stresses that the rental chalets accept dogs. Rates for one- to three-bedroom cottages range from $145 to $350, with a three- to seven-night minimum, depending on the time of year. Weekly rates are $910 to $1,900. The premier units, such as the Matterhorn ($225 per night on weekends in-season, sleeps four) two-bedroom, two-bath units have gas fireplaces, decks, large, flat-screen TVs and other amenities.
Log Cabin Motor Court 330 Weaverville Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 25 North), North Asheville, 828-645-6546 or 800-295-3392, www.theashevillecabins.com; Cabins, Inexpensive to Moderate
This collection of 20 vintage log cabins about six miles north of Downtown Asheville dates from the 1930s and the early days of mass auto travel. Rates are $85 to $145 weekends in-season, and $10 less mid-week. These are the kind of roadside cabins, with white daubed clay and red window shutters, you see in old movies. In fact, some scenes from the 1958 classic, Thunder Road, starring Robert Mitchum were shot in one of the cabins, now called Goldview. It rents for $140 double on weekends, plus tax. All cabins have air-conditioning, cable TV and Wi-Fi, and some have kitchens, fireplaces or gas stoves.
Mountain Springs Cabins 27 Emma’s Cove Rd., Off Pisgah Hwy. (NC Hwy. 151), Candler (Asheville West), 828-665-1004, www.rvcoutdoors.com/mountain-springs; Cabins, Moderate
Mountain Springs Cabins, about 14 miles southwest of Downtown Asheville off the Pisgah Highway, has 13 rustic mountain log and wood cabins. Rates from $110 to $170 per night, double, with a three- or four-night minimum. Extra adults are $20 each, children $10 each. Most cabins have kitchens, gas fireplaces and air-conditioning. Pets accepted in most cabins. Mountain Springs Cabins is now owned by RVC, an eight-unit group of cottages colonies and campgrounds in the Southeast.
Pisgah View Ranch 70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd., Candler, (Asheville West), 828-667-9100, www.pisgahviewranch.net; Cabins, Moderate
On a 2,000-acre piece of mountain land about 16 miles southwest of Asheville that has been in the same family since 1790, Pisgah View Ranch is a collection of around 30 mountain cottages with a dude ranch atmosphere, where families come to enjoy horseback riding, home cooking and outdoor activities. Rates for lodging, all meals, horseback riding and most other activities are $150 per person per day for adults, and $135 for children 5-14. With lodging and meals but not horseback riding, rates are $115 for adults and $110 for children. Cabins can be rented without meals for $125 double per night. Pisgah View Ranch also has an RV and tent campground with rates from $15 to $25 per site. For those not staying at the ranch, horseback rides are $40 to $50 an hour.
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