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Premier Blue Mountain Escape Over 100 Years

For more than 100 years, The Esmeralda has been a "go-to" place in North Carolina's Blue Mountain range. The combination of rustic charm and modern amenities makes for a tranquil, comfortable experience. Several of the inn's 14 guest rooms offer remarkable views of Chimney Rock, the Rocky Broad River, and the surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge. Great views can also be captured from The Esmeralda's on-site, full-service restaurant and outdoor patio area. Located on one of the most picturesque canyons in the eastern United States, this playground of exploration is just outside the doorsteps of The Esmeralda.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 14 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Chimney Rock
  • Nearby Water Lake Lure
  • Open Dates All Year


The area's natural beauty and proximity to Charlotte, Asheville, Greenville and other surrounding areas makes The Esmeralda an attractive place to host a meeting, corporate retreat, or team-building excursion. Meeting packages are available that provide assistance with the set-up, as well as access to much of the inn. It's the perfect place to escape the stuffy offices and enjoy a refreshing retreat with the team!


Boasting stunning views with rustic charm and contemporary panache, The Esmeralda offers a great North Carolina honeymoon escape! Experience the beauty first-hand by planning activities around Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. A Celebration Package is available and includes a bottle of Taittinger Champagne - perfect to cap off any celebration.


Bound by the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a seemingly unlimited number of opportunities for exploration and adventure while staying at The Esmeralda. Enjoy biking, fishing at Lake Lure, or hiking through Chimney Rock Park! Whether it's a thirst for adventure or a longing for relaxation, you'll be sure to find something just for you at this beautiful mountain escape.


Reconnecting with nature has never been easier than booking at stay in the beautiful canyon of the Blue Ridge Mountain range at The Esmeralda. Explore the area's many bike routes, hike Bear Wallow Mountain, fish Lake Lure, whitewater raft down the French Broad River, or even zip line through the forest. Discover the ultimate outdoor playground right outside your door at The Esmeralda!


Views from deep within the Blue Ridge Mountain canyon coupled with the rustic charm and modern amenities makes The Esmeralda an ideal romantic escape! Experience the beauty first-hand by taking up activities around Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. In the evening, wind down by indulging in a romantic dinner at the inn's restaurant - which emphasizes the "farm to table" philosophy and boasts an excellent wine list.

Additional Information

  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Bird Watching
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Whitewater Rafting
Room Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Jacuzzi
  • Patio
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Programs
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) / 15.6 miles
  • Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) / 37.9 miles
  • Hickory Regional Airport (HKY) / 53.3 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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