14 Beautiful rooms, all with private baths!
Are you looking for the perfect vacation rental, but not sure if you want the hassle of a house? We have 14,000 square feet of beautiful, comfortable space to customize to your needs! Stay with us and rent one room or all 14. We can accommodate 2 to 32 easily. And you can stay a night or a week. Vacations are for relaxing. Let us take care of the cooking and cleaning!
From the moment you step into the rustic Lobby, you’ll feel at home! The Esmeralda is a beautiful 14 room Inn in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Our smoke-free rooms boast extraordinarily comfortable beds, with the highest quality linens. You’ll find spa quality toiletries and our fabulous house-made candies in the rooms. Lush Anicini bath robes are available upon request. We want our guests to feel like family, so expect to be treated like we’ve known you for years! The Inn has 12 rooms with either a king or queen bed, so it’s the perfect spot for a couple’s getaway. Are you planning a family vacation? We have two rooms with two queen beds, so there’s plenty of room to bring the kids!
We have a huge, 16 person Jacuzzi, surrounded by a stone patio with an outdoor fireplace. It’s the perfect spot for S’mores or a cigar and a glass of wine. There’s nothing more relaxing
We welcome families, wedding parties, business groups and scores of individuals every year to come and relax in one of the rocking chairs on our front porch. Play billiards, foosball, air hockey or any number of board games in our spacious game room. The views from the game room are spectacular! If you want to explore the area, there is a wealth of activities available. You can go zip lining, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, canoeing, or antiquing, all within a short drive. And even though you may be here to relax and get away from the rest of the world, we do have free Wi-Fi, so staying in touch is easy.
The Lake is about 3 miles from our front porch. The Rocky Broad River runs just outside our doors and is a great spot for trout fishing. A short 30 minute drive will take you to two gorgeous 18 hole golf courses. If shopping is what you want, our gift shop has some fun local products, plus memorabilia from the Inn. Less than a mile up the road are the shops at Chimney Rock. Asheville is a scenic 25 miles away. We’re just a mile from the entrance to Chimney Rock Park and just outside the traffic of downtown Chimney Rock.
We’re always happy to chat with our guests about the rich history of the Inn. Built in 1891 as a stage stop, it operated until 1917 when a kitchen fire burned the building to the ground. Rebuilt as a hotel, it thrived as “the” place to get away in the 30’s & 40’s. Many celebrities escaped to The Esmeralda from their hectic lives in the film industry. Then in 1997, the Inn burned again. After it reopened, it operated for a couple of years, closed and stood empty for several years. Then about 7 years ago, it was once again revived, remodeled and reopened! Doug and Aileen Kelly bought the Inn 3 years ago and breathed new life into this great old Inn!
The Restaurant at The Esmeralda offers fine dining in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the season, we offer the best of fresh local produce and meats. You’ll find Southern favorites as well as innovative dishes, all created with the attention to detail that make a meal great! We offer an exceptional Wine List and a selection of excellent Beers, some from local breweries. During the summer months, you can order a picnic lunch to take with you on your travels. Then come home to chocolate covered strawberries and a relaxed, excellent dinner on the deck with views of Chimney Rock.
Plan you trip to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and enjoy the rustic elegance of The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We look forward to serving you!
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Call 828.625.2999 to make your Reservation. Or go to our website - www.theesmeralda.com to reserve.
The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant is located in Chimney Rock NC, just 25 miles from Asheville. We're in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Lake Lure, a beautiful 720 acre lake with 27 miles of shoreline, is just up the road about 2 miles. Chimney Rock State Park with it's 75-mile views, 404 foot waterfall and miles of great hiking trails is 1-mile from The Esmeralda. You'll find hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, golf, horseback riding, river rafting and kayaking within a few minutes drive. There's live theatre close by and shopping in Chimney Rock and the surrounding towns. We are in the perfect location!
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