Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s 250-room family home and country retreat, the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon’s chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateáu remains America’s largest privately owned home. A self-guided visit of Biltmore House is included in estate admission. Allow about two hours to explore the house. Only a 30-minute drive from Brookside Cottages Vacation Rentals.
Since this is the “Land of Waterfalls,” there are many waterfalls to see near our bed and breakfast near Asheville, North Carolina. Here are some of our guests’ favorites:
Most waterfalls are from 30-45 minute drive from our Cottages. One of my personal favorites is called Woodfin Cascades and is located nearby off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Woodfin Cascades is a well-kept secret so don't be surprised if you are all alone on the ridge trail.
Even before the railroad made it easy to get here, visitors flocked to Waynesville for the cool, clean air, clean water, outstanding scenery and an opportunity to escape sweltering cities. Historic Downtown Waynesville is as busy as ever with plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s just a mile from our Cottages.
You’re bound to fall in love. Downtown Waynesville’s quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries, tempting foods and old-time general store will take you back to a more leisurely time. A time when people made you feel welcome and when you could slow down and really savor the present. See a list of downtown galleries, restaurants and specialty stores by clicking this LINK.
Just a few miles away from our Waynesville bed and breakfast is the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the county. A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing with non-stop natural beauty. There are many places to stop along the way. Almost any overlook or hiking trail reveals much of the natural and cultural history here. While many people think of the Blue Ridge Parkway just as a motor road, it is also a place of varied and significant natural resources and part of the National Park Service. The Parkway follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
There are four entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from North Carolina, a short drive from our cozy Cottages in Waynesville. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. The Smokies offer a myriad of opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities.
Most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to see a bear. Some 1,500 bears live in the park. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world’s temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.
About 25 miles from our Cottages is Cherokee, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The village itself has many souvenir shops and stores that carry Cherokee Indian pottery, baskets and beadwork; as well as other locally made gifts such as dream catchers, dolls and woodcrafts.
Cherokee Indian Reservation, where Cherokee Indians have lived for centuries, is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 56,000 acre Reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina.
Harrah’s Casino The biggest attraction in town is the huge Harrah’s Cherokee Casino with 24-hour action. It features live tables, video gaming machines with plenty of slots and video poker and blackjack, great restaurants, live entertainment and shopping.
Oconaluftee Indian Village is an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community. Open May – October.
One of the most compelling outdoor dramas, Unto These Hills, tells the tragic story of how the Cherokee ancestors were forcefully driven out of the Great Smoky Mountains and marched 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. June – August.