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“Sourwood Inn: Wish we could've stayed longer!” 5 of 5 stars
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810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy., Asheville, NC 28804   |  
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Ranked #13 of 41 Asheville B&B and Inns
Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Sourwood Inn: Wish we could've stayed longer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Sourwood Inn, Room 11, on July 21, and we could not have been more pleased. The inn offers a beautiful, tranquil setting not too far from Asheville but off the beaten path enough to be a real retreat from civilization's hustle and bustle. But this is NOT to say the Sourwood is uncivilized - far from it! Room 11, with its fireplace and small balcony, was very spacious, soothingly decorated, and impeccably clean. The bathroom (sparklingly clean, as well) was a retreat unto itself, with a soaking tub and separate shower, both with forest view. Common areas - again, spacious and decorated in a pleasing, non-fussy country style - included a sitting area with fireplace, a separate library space with a nice selection of books, a game room and an airy dining room, which also featured outdoor seating. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. The innkeepers were very accomodating, from supplying us with wine glasses and china for our carried-in supper to painstakingly helping us with driving directions upon our departure. Our stay was too short. If we ever return to Asheville, we will definitely try to stay at this wonderful inn.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Wow! Thank you so much for the flattering review. I made sure Suzie, the one who makes sure everything is tidy and polished, saw your kind words! We so appreciate you taking the time to write about your Sourwood experience:)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

My daughter was touring UNC Asheville and we stayed at the Sourwood instead of a hotel in town as a street festival was set to be in town the Friday we were leaving.
The room we stayed in (#5) had two very comfortable beds, a great big bathroom and a wonderful sitting area. The beds had nice soft sheets and great blankets. We had air conditioning but did not need it with the windows open.
Breakfast was hot and tasty, with gluten free options for my daughter. She said the specially made blueberry muffins were fantastic!!!
Our stay was short, one night, and it is a bit tricky getting to, but it was worth it and we look forward to another stay should we be in Asheville again in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Oh! Thank you for the oh-so-nice review. We so enjoyed meeting you both and hope the rest of the college hunt went well.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My wife and I joined a group of friends to celebrate one of our friends 50th birthday this past weekend. I cant say enough good things about the Sourwood Inn. The Sourwood in is well laid out and provides ample space in common areas for group gatherings. The hospitality of the owners and staff is incredibly warm and friendly. The dinners were very good and eating outside in the mountain air was very enjoyable. We have already made our second reservation for a fall weekend.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Hello and Thank you for the great review. We so enjoyed your being here and getting to be part of the big birthday bash. We look forward to seeing you later this year!!
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Belmont, North Carolina
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I just enjoyed a great weekend at the Sourwood Inn. The innkeepers and staff were great and very accomodating. It was a perfect weekend for getting outside. We enjoyed the delicious breakfasts each morning and decided to have dinner there each night. We dined outside at sunset. The dinners were well-prepared and wonderful. The staff chilled and served our wine for us. Also, some of the best desserts we have ever tasted!

Our room (number 9) was large with great ammenites and a terrific view of the mountains. The inn is beautifully appointed with many sitting areas and a great game room downstairs. Afternoon refreshments including homemade brownies and ginger cookies.

If you are in the Asheville area and want to really get away from everything but yet be treated like the royal family, defintely put the Sourwood Inn on your list. It is a "go back to" place indeed!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Hello David,

How kind and generous it was to write a Sourwood review. I am glad your first visit was a success. I can't express how helpful each positive review is to the lifeblood of Sourwood.
Thank you!!!
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Bloomington, IN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We just returned from our second visit to Sourwood Inn, and we know there will be many more. This beautiful inn is nestled right in the midst of the trees on a mountain ridge; there couldn't be a lovelier setting. Whether you're looking for a place to get away from it all or a base from which to see Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, this is the perfect spot. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the grounds are idyllic with lovely walking paths, and the common areas--dining room, great room, patio and deck--are inviting and charming. The delicious, hearty breakfasts are fabulous, and we highly recommend having dinner at the inn at least once during your stay. The chef creates amazing dinners from fresh, seasonal ingredients, and her desserts are to die for. Susan, the innkeeper, has a delightful energy that helps you begin to relax the moment you walk through the door. She gave us great suggestions on everything from hiking trails and birding spots to the best restaurants in Asheville. I truly cannot say enough about the Sourwood Inn. Just go. Trust me. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Hello and Thank you so much for the glowing review. As I said you were having my kind of vacation! Your efforts to promote Sourwood are so appreciated!
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Greensboro, NC
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We recently enjoyed our first visit to the Sourwood Inn and can't wait to go back. The Innkeepers couldn't be more warm, friendly and eager to share their love of the mountains with the guests. They are lifelong residents of Asheville and a great resource for any thing you want to do in the area. The wildflowers were in full bloom on the property and Susan sent us to some other nearby hikes even more abundant in wildflowers. You can curl up with a book in front of a fire or relax on the porch in a rocking chair, never leaving the Inn, or you can use the Inn as a base to explore Asheville and the beautiful NC mountains! A delicious hearty breakfast will prepare you for the day and you will sleep soundly after a gourmet dinner in the dining room. Rooms are large with very comfortable beds and large bathrooms equipped with plush towels, a large soaking tub and lovely mountain view.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Oh, Thanks for the great and thoughtful review. It is guests who keep Sourwood going. If you are in need of more peace, hope we can help:)
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We recently spent 3 wonderful days at the Sourwood. We went there on the recommendation of friends, and have recommended the Sourwood to several of our friends since we've returned. We echo the responses of other TA advisors about the many attributes of the Sourwood. We stayed on the 2nd floor in room 6 and recommend that floor for the best views of the mountains. The bed was very comfortable and the fireplace much-appreciated. The bathroom is luxurious. The combination of the deep tub, the bubble bath, the heated towel rack and the waterfall spigot were much appreciated. I was forced to abandon my shower one morning in search of my camera to photograph the red-header woodpecker that appeared on a tree outside of our bathroom window. While we were there in early April, the weather for all but one day of our stay was much more like winter than spring with frozen precipitation and temperatures hovering around freezing. The weather did not spoil our trip, however, as we amused ourselves reading, enjoying time spent in front of the many fireplaces throughout the Inn and talking with the staff members. The owners and all their staff members were some of the friendliest and most helpful people that I have encountered. Our stay included a Thursday evening so we made reservations to eat at the Inn and were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend that you take the owners suggestions to heart regarding arriving during the daylight for your first visit as well as bringing your own food and beverages for your first night's stay. The innkeepers are happy to keep any items requiring refrigeration cold for you as the rooms do not have refrigerators. They have recently installed energy-efficient individual room air conditioners which will provide relief from the summer heat on the rare occasions that the temperatures rise enough to warrant it. While this was our first visit to the Sourwood, we hope to return as soon as possible. Thanks to Susan, her parents and the staff for making us feel so welcome!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Susan C, Manager at Sourwood Inn, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
We hope to see you more too! Thank you for the great review. It is so helpful:)
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Address: 810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy., Asheville, NC 28804
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Asheville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Asheville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sourwood Inn, constructed of cedar and trimmed with stone, sits on one hundred acres of hilly terrain at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Each of Sourwood Inn's guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, a wood-burning fireplace, and a tub with a view. It was created to provide a retreat where our guests can experience the delights of the Blue Ridge and still easily access the arts and sophistication of downtown Asheville.Outdoor activities in the Asheville area include hiking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. ... more   less 
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Sourwood Hotel Asheville

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