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Top North Carolina Mountain Cabins
Purple mountain’s majesty, grizzly-bearded mountain men and awe-inspiring climbs to the summit. The rising and falling peaks of mountains are a geographical wonder that carry their fair share of connotations. Luckily, the only associations with mountains you will find fulfilled on our list of Top 10 North Carolina Mountain Resorts is that of serenity, breathtaking beauty and luxury. The Blue Ridge Mountains are an endless stretch of natural beauty and North Carolina greens have the power to distract a golfer from his game with the surrounding High Country terrain. And while summer is ideal for hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we’ve found resorts with slopes that shine during the winter months.

Smoky Mountain Getaways

Whittier, North Carolina

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You open the patio door and look out over your domain. The sun is just peeking over the eastern summits, and as you sip your coffee, you feel powerful. You are man (or woman), and you are one with nature! Then you go back inside to get ready for a busy day of fun. It’s not fiction; it’s fact through Smoky Mountain Getaways!

With 60(!) properties scattered throughout the glorious Smokys and their surrounding cities, SMG is one of the North Carolina vacation rental elite. Dillsboro, Sylva, Cullowhee, Cherokee, Bryson City, Nantahala, Cashiers, Franklin are just a few of the towns that SMG calls home, and they’re incredibly flexible as to your wants and needs. Go skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, then return and eat dinner in luxury! Whether you bring your family, partner, or a group of friends, Smoky Mountain Getaways will have something that fits you just right!


5184 Highway 74 West, Whittier, NC, 28789


Morehead City is home to the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held the first weekend in October every year.

Fun facts

As of 2016, the minimum wage in NC was 7.25 USD per hour.


High Hampton Inn & Country Club

Cashiers, North Carolina

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Experience the height of mountain adventures at High Hampton Inn & Country Club!

Located in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic, family-friendly inn has been providing relaxation and recreation for generations. Offering 1,400 lush acres to hike, boat, or fly fish, the alpine adventures never end! Take a dip in their 35-acre pool, which happens to be a crystal clear mountain lake. Try two different kinds of swings when you tee it up at High Hampton Golf Club and serve it up on the inn's tennis courts. Clinics for every level of player ensure all wielders of the racquet play to their full potential. For the relaxing part of the stay, choose from a series of soothing massages and treatments at the onsite Swedish Spa. Once you've been rejuvenated, kick up your feet in your spacious home and enjoy such amenities as an elegant fireplace, cable television, an outdoor grill, and more. Or, just sit back and enjoy breathtaking mountain views!


1525 Highway 107 South Cashiers, North Carolina 28717

Mountain range

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains offer a wealth of alpine adventures. Hike, climb, or ski these pristine peaks!

Related Onsite Offerings

Take part in numerous seasonal activities that include holiday picnics, house parties, and art workshops!


Watershed Cabins

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Experience the North Carolina Smoky Mountains with a luxury cabin from our #3 destination!

Watershed Cabins puts you in the stunning setting of the Smoky Mountains, where you'll be just steps from the beautiful nature environment and minutes from plenty of fun activities. Head out on an exciting horseback riding trip, go mountain biking on the trails at Tsali, and splash down the waters of Nantahala River on a whitewater rafting adventure! In the winter, you'll also get to enjoy activities such as snowmobiling and skiing. But if you'd rather just sit back and relax, then your spacious accommodation from Watershed Cabins is sure to do the trick. With full kitchens, indoor jacuzzi tubs, outdoor firepits, and a whole lot more, these luxury log cabins give a whole new meaning to "roughing it." Come and experience a truly unforgettable North Carolina vacation with Watershed Cabins!


Watershed Cabins features properties in truly convenient locations to make your vacation even easier! Choose from a range of luxury cabins near the Nantahala River, Fontana Lake, Bryson City, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Tsali mountain biking trails and the Great Smoky Mountains!

Related activities

Watershed Cabins' resort property offers a central community area for guest use! Here you'll find a bocce ball court, firepit, yard games, and much more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Watershed Cabins offers pet-friendly accommodations so the entire family can enjoy getting away together!


Wildberry Lodge

Asheville, North Carolina

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Breathtaking mountain scenery meets small town hospitality at Wildberry Lodge!

Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and just 12 miles from historic Asheville, Wildberry Lodge pleases outdoor enthusiasts and city explorers. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a 32-foot stone fireplace, log architecture, and expansive views of the mountain and valley. The rustic yet refined rooms and suites feature cathedral ceilings, private decks, free wireless internet, flats-screen televisions, and jetted tubs. Once you're ready for exploration, trek through the scenic mountain trails, roast marshmallows over a roaring campfire, or head into Asheville for sensational shopping, delicious dining, and interesting landmarks. Admire the amazing fall foliage on nature walks and carve up the hills on a pair of skis when the winter wonderland arrives!


135 Potato Branch Road Leicester NC 28748

Mountain range

The Great Smoky Mountains provide the summit of slopeside fun! Hike through the scenic peaks in the summer and ski the slopes in the winter!

Related Onsite Offerings

Take a seat at the Forest Retreat, which features two decks with comfortable seating and a stone fire pit. Reconnect while you roast s'mores!


Timber Frame Rentals

Franklin, North Carolina

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Timber Frame manages two unique yet similarly spectacular properties, each set against the majestic Appalachian mountains!

When you have two choices as great as these, how can you possibly choose? Timber Frame Rentals' first property, The Pond, sleeps up to six in superb style. Its three bedrooms (two master suites), three baths, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces are great regardless of time of year, while the beautiful Appalachian backdrop equals crazy beauty whenever you step outside. Step inside and observe The Bond's soaring timbers and grooved ceiling, and make some memories. If you require a little more space, check out The Cottage Vacation, TFR's other property. You and seven friends or family will be in awe of the two story vaulted 22’ ceiling, stone fireplace, and mission style furnishings!


Cobblestone Capital LLC, Franklin, NC 28734


Take in a day whitewater rafting, biking, fishing, or exploring the Nantahala National Forest via hundreds of trails including the Appalachian & Bartram Trails as well as breathtaking waterfalls.

Getting there

Atlanta, Georgia is just two hours to the south.


Mill House Lodge

Flat Rock, North Carolina

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Everything's coming up Mill House! This historic lodge is as full of history as it is friendly employees and luxurious dwellings. Located in the village of Flat Rock, the property is based next to a tranquil lake, and is the perfect place for honeymoons, anniversaries, family reunions, or simple getaways. The lively entertainment scene of Flat Rock and Hendersonville means that you’ll never be want of something to do. What’s not to like?

With pristine vistas of the looming Blue Ridge Mountains, Mill House’s natural beauty is matched only by its indomitable hospitality. Lodgings are clean, well-stocked, and full of rustic North Carolina charm. When you aren’t enjoying your lovely abode, schedule some activities and have a blast! Mill House Lodge is close to golf courses, natural waterfalls, hiking trails, historic sites, antiques, crafts, fine dining as well as a variety of entertainment in both Flat Rock and Hendersonville NC. So get down for a vacation in North Carolina; Mill House is waiting for you!


1150 W Blue Ridge Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731


3,222 as of 2013

Related activities

Flat Rock is home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theater of North Carolina.


Foscoe Rentals

Boone, North Carolina

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It’s simple to see the appeal of a long weekend in North Carolina’s High Country with mist hovering above emerald forests and sunsets splashing gold and pink across the mountain peaks. Though this is expected at our #7 resort in the summer months, it’s the winter months that piqued our interest.

Foscoe Rentals boats not only a central location to Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk; it’s also surrounded by Hawksnest Ski Resort, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain. With that much powder, we wouldn’t blame you for sleeping in your skis – Skis and Tees vacation home, that is. While the deck may be covered in snow, the sunroom is naturally warm and invites you to take your time imprinting the beauty of Blue Ridge Mountains upon your memory. Find Grandfather Mountain’s mile-high swinging bridge or fill your camera with pictures of the South Western ridge line. Rid family reunions of their dull moments with The Lakes Community Log Cabins. Walk along mountain streams, help the kids catch and release in trout ponds, hold a pool tournament and then relax at the end of the day in front of the fireplace or in the hot tub.


133 Echota Pkwy., Boone, NC 28607

Related activities

Being close to three High Country cities means there’s plenty to do with the kids like the Tweetsie Railroad, Linville Caverns, ArtWare Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, Skate World and more.

Fun facts

Foscoe Rentals has several accommodation options that allow you to bring along your pet to share in the Seven Devils, NC scenery.


Lake Country Vacation Rentals

Lake Lure, North Carolina

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If an area is good enough for Hollywood Blockbusters “Dirty Dancing” and “The Last of the Mohicans”, it's gotta be pretty good right? Well, in the case of Lake Lure, right!

Lake Lure Vacation Rentals are all situated on or close to one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world, providing residents with a wealth of activities to partake in. The lake itself is a 720 acre, semi-private lake with 27 miles of shoreline, and provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Fishing, swimming, and just relaxing on the shore are brilliant ways to spend an afternoon or an entire day. Then take a scenic hike inside Chimney Rock Park, high in the Hickory Nut Gorge. If you persevere, you'll enjoy spectacular 75-mile views in all directions. You might even be able to spot your Lake Lure Vacation Rental!


2992 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Related activities

Make sure you check out Chimney Rock State Park!

Getting there

Only 45 minutes from Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, 25 minutes to Hendersonville and 1.5 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina.


The Swag

Waynesville, North Carolina

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With four mountain ranges visible from the inn and an inn crafted from reassembled lumber, The Swag offers you mountains and rustic charm.

Constructed with lumber from historic log buildings, the oldest of which was from 1795, The Swag is an ideal mountaintop hiking resort in the mountains of North Carolina. The epitome of rustic luxury, this resort offers all the charm of a mountain cabin with its timber construction and antler chandelier as well as creature comforts like a sauna and an impressive library. Of course, the rustic mountain charm at The Swag comes from more than just the buildings. Just outside your door, you will find a wealth of opportunities to explore the Great Smoky Mountains. Take their nature trail to explore the flora and fauna of the area, or hike just a short distance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mountain range

The Swag's location in the Cataloochee Divide allows you to see four of North Carolina's six mountain ranges from the property: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Plott Balsams, the Richland Balsams, and the Black Mountains.


From simple strolls to challenging hikes, there are many hiking opportunities to explore at The Swag. They're the best way to explore the Great Smoky Mountains.

Fun facts

Most of the logs that make up the inn were hand hewn from huge tulip poplar trees, which are rare today.


Fontana Village Resort

Fontana Dam, North Carolina

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Your gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park awaits at our #10 pick Fontana Village Resort!

Resting in the beautiful Nantahala Forest of North Carolina, Fontana Village Resorts truly immerses you in the great outdoors. Just minutes away is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can spend you day hiking, biking, and much more. Or, you can enjoy the resort's onsite marina to head out on a fun boating trip on the Appalachian mountain lakes. And when it comes to just relaxing, Fontana Village Resort has you covered as well. Their charming accommodations range from coxy cabins in the forest to camps on the riverside to the intimacy of the Lodge. With amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, kitchen utensils, and cable TV, you'll be sure to feel right at home!


300 Woods Road Fontana Dam, North Carolina 28733


Fontana Village Resort features two spectacular dining options: Mountview Restaurant and Wildwood Grill! Enjoy their menus of delicious dishes featuring only the freshest ingredients from local farmers and providers.

Related activities

At Fontana Village Resort you'll never run out of things to do! With scheduled activities and events all year round, there's something here for everyone! From arts and crafts at the Outdoor Programs Center to whitewater rafting day trips to disc golf, it's all right here for you to enjoy!


Scenic Wolf Resort at Wolf Ridge

Mars Hill, North Carolina

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The iconic lone wolf on the cliff, nose pointed to the sky and mouth poised in a howl with a large pearl moon in the background is a beautiful image. And while we highly approve of beautiful things, we can’t help but appreciate those that travel in packs.

Scenic Wolf Resort can easily stand alone in our #11 spot and dazzle its guests. However, a little help from Wolf Ridge Ski Resort makes our Mars Hill gem sparkle – with white snow, that is. The best rated ski slopes of Western NC offer 82 acres of skiing terrain to snow bunnies of all skill levels. If the idea of merging onto ski trails is too terrifying, take the tube! The Wolf Ridge Tube Run gives you a thrilling descent and easy ascent on the “magic carpet.” Returning to Scenic Wolf Resort is a treat in itself. Trade snow pants for a swimsuit and zip down the waterslide in the glass-enclosed heated pool. At the end of the day, your rustic cabin with modern amenities awaits. Watch a movie in Blu-ray on the big screen TV or soak in the views of Wolf Ridge Mountain from your private hot tub.

Related activities

During the summer, there are still myriad ways to enjoy the breathtaking outdoors. Paddle out on the water through whitewater rafting or kayaking, cast a line fly fishing or trot along on trails riding horseback.

Getting there

From the South, take I-85 North to Greenville. Take Hwy. 25 North to I-26 West. Follow this to I-240 East at Asheville and take Exit 4A after the Smoky Park bridge. Travel on 19/23 North to Wolf Laurel and take Exit 3 and turn right onto Bear Branch Road. Turn right at the stop sign onto Hwy. 23 and follow for another mile and turn left onto Laurel Valley Road. Turn left onto Puncheon Fork Road and continue for another 3.5 miles. Make a sharp right onto Wolf Ridge Road and after approximately 2.5 miles, at the top of the mountain, you should see Scenic Wolf Resort.

Fun facts

Scenic Wolf Resort plans to build a stunning vacation rental property named Views Village Center, which will feature an extensive lazy river and ice skating rink facility.


Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Great Smokys Cabin Rentals will help you to re-define what it means to take a mountain getaway to North Carolina. From amenities, to nearby activities and unforgettable views, everything points to a one of a kind getaway!

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals offers travelers a wide range of properties to choose from, ensuring an enjoyable vacation for everyone in your travel party. Some of the larger three- and four-bedroom cabins feature spacious private decks overlooking the wondrous beauty of Smoky Mountain National Park, America's most visited national park. Enjoy luxurious amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, beautiful stone fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, wireless internet and so much more. Have a pet that you don't want to leave at home? That's not a problem as Great Smokys Cabin Rentals offers pet-friendly accommodations as well! Hiking and biking are popular activities to keep you occupied in this area. Venture out onto the Appalachian Trail, or take a slightly faster car trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most picturesque highways in the U.S. You'll never want for outdoor exploration opportunities during your next North Carolina mountain getaway!


1181 Main Street, PO Box 2731 Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Mountain range

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals is located in the heart of Great Smoky National Park and the Appalachian Mountains.

Fun facts

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals has received awards from Flipkey and TripAdvisor thanks to the traveler reviews of their vacation rentals.