We spent several days at the Highland Lake Inn at Flat Rock in May, as a part of a trip on motorcycle through the western NC mountains. It was the perfect place to stay. We had half of a cabin, but the place was fairly quiet during the week (prior to Memorial Day), so we didn't have any neighbors next door. The room was nothing fancy, but was cozy, and the price was good for the area. If you're looking for a 5 star hotel, this is not even close (at least in the cabin we stayed in - not sure about the lodge rooms). However, the ambience of the place was wonderful. We had rocking chairs on our front porch that I sat in each night and early morning, just listening to the birds sing, and there are also hammocks scattered about, as well as two tree swings (felt like a kid again on those!) We didn't have a chance to go out on the lake, but the canoes and paddle boats for guests looked inviting. The lake was also a lovely place to sit and relax. There's not really a mountain view, but the rustic feel of the resort made me feel like I was in the mountains, and they are just a short drive away. I liked how convenient the location was to all the mountain attractions. We went one day to the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville (front desk has discount tickets!) and spent two days riding the motorcycle on the mountain roads. My favorite was the waterfall route near Brevard - don't miss Dupont State Park or Pigsah National Forest - just gorgeous waterfalls and views.
There is an excellent restaurant on site, with everything prepared from scratch and from local gardens. Our room rate included a full buffet breakfast, which made it an even better value. We only ate dinner there one nght, because it was pretty pricey ($66 for two), but there were several good restaurants in nearby Hendersonville. The service was outstanding everyday. In fact, one morning the cook came out and asked us how we liked our eggs and cooked those especially for us, on top of what was served at the buffet. Both the front desk and restaurant staff took good care of us.
Overall, we had a great vacation in North Carolina, and the Highland Lake Inn helped us feel like we got away from it all for a few days, and we came home rested and relaxed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since the early 1900s-when a group of visionary gentleman from the South Carolina low-country founded Highland Lake Club-the land that now comprises Highland Lake Inn & Resort has been attracting visitors looking for rest, relaxation and recreation. Set amid 26 scenic wooded lakeside acres in Western North Carolina, perhaps no other destination in Western North Carolina combines an authentic mountain experience with such an array of amenities and services. Each season offers guests something special, something unique, which beckons exploration. Our guests enjoy full access to our on-site amenities that will satisfy or exceed the expectations your family, group, or significant other. We pride ourselves on a unique brand of service-that's both anticipatory and responsive-to make sure you and your company enjoy everything we have to offer. Our amenities include dining at our award-winning Season's Restaurant; exploring our 26 wooded-acres either on foot or riding our complimentary bikes; discovering the 40-acre lake by fishing from the dock (catch-and-release) or boating using our complimentary canoes, kayaks and paddleboats; staying outdoors enjoying our swimming pool (Memorial Day - Labor Day), volleyball, tennis, horseshoes and badminton; heading inside to our family game room for pool, ping pong and foosball; or, relaxing with an in-room massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highland Lake Hotel Flat Rock