Destination guide

Staying in vacation homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Noted for a beautiful blue tint at a distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a gorgeous landscape for hiking, nature walks, wildlife viewing, and a range of other outdoor activities. From spectacular waterfalls to bold foliage, the vacation home rentals in the Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect base camp to explore this mountainous region.


Take in the history of the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains have plenty of heritage sites for history buffs. The Biltmore House, a masterpiece of architecture and treasure trove of antiques surrounded by century-old gardens, and the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the former home and museum dedicated to the legacy of Carl Sandburg and his works, are must-see attractions. The Cradle of Forestry is a unique historic site and the first forestry school in the nation, located in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest. The Mountain Gateway Museum has a collection of historic log cabins that showcase mountain life in the past.

Things to do

Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains from cabin rentals

In addition to the treasure trove of natural wonders, the Blue Ridge Mountains have plenty of farms and museums to catch your interest. Vacation homes are available near the Chimney Rock State Park, a mountainous park surrounding the Hickory Nut Gorge with hiking trails, and the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, a family-friendly gem mine with a water flume and fossil digs. For art lovers, the Blue Spiral 1 showcases fine arts and crafts from Southern artists and crafters, and the Hamilton Williams Gallery & Studio is an artisan gallery with handmade pottery within a traditional Appalachian home.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Though an idyllic alpine region may mean rest and relaxation for some, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer endless outdoor adventures and activities for the nature enthusiasts. Cabin rentals put you in the heart of the region, giving you access to quiet hikes in the woods, rigorous mountain biking, ziplining through tree tops, or paddling down a mountain stream. Rock climbing, golfing, fly fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, and swimming are also popular outdoor activities.

Restaurants and bars

Foodie paradise in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer culinary adventures and local flavor for a unique dining experience all its own. From casual to sophisticated, the locally owned restaurants in the Blue Ridge Mountains celebrate flavors from around the world mixed with fresh, local ingredients. Whatever you’re craving, you’re sure to find a restaurant or eatery to suit your tastes near the cabin rentals in the area.

Essential info

Key facts for stays in Blue Ridge Mountains vacation homes

The Blue Ridge Mountains encompass a vast area across many small North Carolina towns. Regardless of which town’s vacation homes you choose, you’ll have access to emergency and non-emergency services and facilities. Though the area is low in crime, alpine environments can have rapidly changing weather conditions, as well as low temperatures in higher elevations, so it’s best to pack a variety of clothing. If you intend to hike, rock climb, bike, or partake in other wilderness activities, be sure to check local conditions and pack the essentials to take with you. This area is teeming with wildlife, including predators, and it’s easy to get lost, so it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and plan your excursion accordingly.

Can I find a vacation rental around Blue Ridge Mountains?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 13,522 vacation rentals near Blue Ridge Mountains. From 6,233 Cabins to 6,233 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Blue Ridge Mountains are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Blue Ridge Mountains?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Blue Ridge Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pigeon Forge: 7,923 vacation rentals
  • Gatlinburg: 7,667 vacation rentals
  • Weaverville: 1,390 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge: 1,331 vacation rentals
  • Asheville: 2,080 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Blue Ridge Mountains! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Blue Ridge Mountains?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Blue Ridge Mountains:

  • Pigeon Forge: 7,923 rentals
  • Gatlinburg: 7,667 rentals
  • Weaverville: 1,390 rentals
  • Blue Ridge: 1,331 rentals
  • Asheville: 2,080 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Blue Ridge Mountains?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Blue Ridge Mountains are:

  • Gatlinburg, TN (GKT-Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge): 7,874 vacation rentals
  • Greenville, SC (GMU-Greenville Downtown): 190 vacation rentals
  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL): 2,319 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Blue Ridge Mountains?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Blue Ridge Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dollywood: 7,082 rentals
  • Cades Cove: 6,744 rentals
  • Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark: 7,879 rentals
  • Island at Pigeon Forge: 7,879 rentals
  • Fort Fun: 7,911 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Blue Ridge Mountains listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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