The Esmeralda Inn, Chimney Rock

This historic inn and restaurant is nestled in the shadows of Chimney Rock State Park. The rustic inn offers luxuries of a five star hotel with the charm of a B&B. Enjoy breakfast each morning and then relax in the outdoor hot tub after a day of hiking or taking a boat ride on Lake Lure. 14 rooms, $159-$289, also 2 riverside cabins & 1 honeymoon cottage from $229, WiFi, lakeside park, complimentary gourmet breakfast.

Since 1892, they have delighted guests with the sounds of the rushing river, spectacular views of Hickory Nut Gorge from porch rockers, exceptional cuisine and Southern hospitality.