To the Mountains: A Historic Trip to Picturesque Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is a picturesque city tucked away in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s rich in history and has a lively art scene. The surrounding mountains call for active, quiet days to rejuvenate and escape the everyday stress, and so does the city’s accommodation scene. Here is a selection of unique places to stay in Asheville.

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Brookstone Lodge

With rustic wooden furniture and earthy colors, the cozy Brookstone Lodge invites you to unwind and get a good night’s sleep in downtown Asheville. Enjoy the cabin atmosphere, work your muscles at the fitness center, or have a glass of wine by the fireplace after a dip in the pool. Breakfast is complimentary, and you can also take advantage of free parking. Average room rates are $145. Shopaholics will enjoy the Asheville Mall, and nature freaks can go hiking at the Chimney Rock State Park.

Clarion Inn

If you’re looking for a relaxed, clean, comfortable place to stay without having to break the bank, Clarion Inn Biltmore Village is for you. Get active in the fitness room, jump in the outdoor pool, or get your daily dose of caffeine right in your room. Start your day energized with free breakfast while reading the complimentary newspaper. Room rates start at around $100. Historic Biltmore Village is within walking distance, and the Western North Carolina Nature Center is a little farther away.

Biltmore Residences

The Biltmore Residences prides itself with a classic, luxurious interior that allows you to leave everyday stress behind. Here you’ll stay in your own fully equipped apartment with a balcony, flat-screen TV, and a lot of personal space. Treat yourself to a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, or go for a dive in the pool. You’ll find a spa tub and a fully equipped fitness center on site. Asheville Mall is your place for retail therapy, and many restaurants and attractions are also nearby.

Hill House

Hill House Bed & Breakfast Inn is perfect for those who appreciate vintage design and like to travel back in time. Less than a mile away from downtown Asheville and close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, this inn invites you to unwind in idyllic surroundings. Rooms are individually designed with a lot of attention to detail. Have a quiet getaway, or relax in the romantic garden on by the front porch fireplace. Parking is free, and you can also bring your furry friend. With rates starting at around $200, this place is relatively pricey.

Crowne Plaza

Situated in the heart of Asheville, this year-round resort makes for an adventurous and romantic getaway. Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville provides excellent service, including mountain biking and whitewater rafting tours. Do your body and soul good by relaxing in the saltwater pool, or go for a treatment at Adelaide Spa. Take advantage of the downtown shuttle service, and finish your day off with a tasty dinner at one of the two on-site restaurants. Sports fans will enjoy the tennis facilities and the nine-hole golf course.

This was written in collaboration with Hipmunk, in the course of their Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign, to bring you a variety of hotels all over the U.S.