Resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

by Lee Grayson Google

The Blue Ridge Mountains cover 25 counties and incorporate Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina claims more than 45 acres of the Parkway in 17 counties and a host of resorts throughout the state that offer guests a chance to enjoy water sports, hiking and walking.

Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, features golf, swimming, skiing, hiking and cycling during all four seasons. Resort accommodations include a choice of hotel rooms or condo lodging. Nonsmoking hotel rooms sleep up to four guests and have balconies, sitting areas and in-room refrigerators. Condo rentals have a full kitchen and one to four bedrooms accommodating up to 12 visitors. The resort incorporates education courses, exercise classes, special tours of local wineries and evening entertainment on a weekly calendar.

Alpine Village Resort

The Alpine Village Resort, at Burnsville in the western part of North Carolina, offers views of the Pisgah National Forest and the Mt. Mitchell Golf Course, and is also a strategic location for lodging near the historic Biltmore House and Gardens, Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure. Resort activities include fly fishing, cycling, whitewater rafting, cycling, horseback riding and hiking. Condominium rental amenities for both short- and long-term stays vary with individual owners. The resort facility features a clubhouse and a heated swimming pool.

Cataloochee Ranch

Guests at the Cataloochee Ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Maggie Valley and Asheville, have a choice of lodge rooms in the main Ranch House or log cabin accommodations that sleep up to eight people. The Silverbell Lodge accommodates large groups, including weddings and family reunions. Rooms in the Ranch House offer high-speed Internet but do not have traditional telephone service. The Ranch Cabins feature fireplaces and private bath with room for two to eight guests. The Cabins on the Ridge, which each sleep up to four people, include fireplaces, Jacuzzis and views of the mountains.

Brookside Resort

The Brookside Resort, on 10 acres in Gatlinburg, features opportunities for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golf and whitewater rafting. The resort has two heated swimming pools, fishing, an on-site gym, walking trails, a putting green and 800 miles of hiking trails in the adjacent Great Smoky Mountains. Accommodations at Brookside include rooms, cabins and apartments. Rooms, classified as standard, standard and deluxe streamside and super deluxe, feature balconies, wood-burning fireplaces, kitchenette and whirlpools. The four apartments are one-, two- or three-bedroom units with room for four to 10 guests. Resort Cabins, approximately five miles from the main resort, sleep four to 22 guests and have kitchens, fireplaces and private baths.

Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville features a sports complex, spa and golf facility. Accommodations include rooms at the historic main inn, theme rooms, lodging on the Club Floor and cottage units. All rooms and cottages offer complimentary wireless Internet, microwave and refrigerator, as well as views of the Asheville skyline, the resort golf course, or the Blue Ridge or Smoky Mountains. The Club Floor rooms offer personal concierge service, complimentary access to the on-site spa and free breakfast in the Club Lounge. Baths in the Club Floor rooms feature custom matresses and waterfall showers with seven jets.

About the Author

Lee Grayson has worked as a freelance writer since 2000. Her articles have appeared in publications for Oxford and Harvard University presses and research publishers, including Facts On File and ABC-CLIO. Grayson holds certificates from the University of California campuses at Irvine and San Diego.