Bent Creek Lodge
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Nestled into the mountain, mere steps away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a bed and breakfast with breathtaking mountain views and a mouthwatering breakfast to boot.
The Bent Creek Lodge of Asheville, North Carolina resting on a 160 acre wooded community with trails and creeks is the ideal nature lover's getaway with the Blue Ridge Parkway right outside the front door. A five-minute hike from the front steps brings guests to the Mountain to Sea Trail, which overlooks the Blue Ridge Parkway and the French Broad River. The river also has its own park and canoe access.
The North Carolina Arboretum, also within walking distance, neighbors the Lodge with its acres of gardens, a Bonsai exhibit, educational displays, events, shows, classes and ten miles of hiking trails. Nearby, America's largest home, the famous 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate offers tours of the main house, manicured gardens, and extensive grounds.
Each guestroom is equipped with the modern amenities we have all come to expect as well as wireless Internet access, individual heating and air conditioning, private baths and private entrances from the decks. Three of the ten available rooms have jetted tubs and two have flat screen televisions.
Each morning, a full, hot gourmet breakfast is served on the deck from 8:30AM to 9:00AM. Guests are welcome to sit at the bar that opens onto the kitchen and watch breakfast being prepared. Snacks are available every afternoon and the spacious great room with the stone fireplace, pool table and cozy seats is the perfect place to wind down at the end of the day.
Bent Creek Lodge is the bed and breakfast you've been looking for - comfortable, casual, nestled in its own mountain side with the perfect mix of pampered care and privacy. Stay in the heart of the mountains you came to see in this elegantly, rustic lodge, only yards from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 miles from downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views, the crackling fireplace, the scrumptious breakfast, hiking trails and most of all the gracious hospitality of host Doug & Jodee Sellers. You'll know you've found a truly special place.
We believe that nature can "soothe the soul". It puts things into perspective and helps you to refill your energy level. The woods surrounding the lodge, the creeks and the wildlife are beautiful. We have seen deer, wild turkeys, grouse, and numerous birds.
We wanted the inside of the lodge to be as inviting as the surroundings. We included a spacious greatroom filled with cozy seating areas, a stone fireplace, and a pool table.
"This place was more than I imagined it would be. I have never felt so at home in any other B&B. The view is out of this world. We will be back!" N. & D. Minneapolis, MN
"Overwhelmingly welcoming - the best place to "destress" from life!!"
An afternoon snack is served each day
Massage Therapist available for one hour or one and one half hour sessions upon request. Three days notice needed.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jodee & Doug Sellers for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
At this point most of our guest choose us because they have so enjoyed their stay in the past. They were first drawn here by our casual, rustic, charm and the great location of being in the mountains yet so close to Asheville.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We hear over and over again about how warm and inviting guests felt as soon as they walked through our front doors into the large, great room with the oak timbers, stone fireplace and the pool table. I can leave my front door with the dogs on a leash and be hiking on the Mountain to Sea trail overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway and the French Broad River in about 5 minutes. I just absolutely love this location.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Biltmore Estate is THE attraction for Asheville but there is so much more. The city is vibrant, the restaurants fantastic, and the surrounding mountains, waterfalls, rivers and lakes make it a paradise.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
One of the best compliments we've received is "It was the perfect get-away, you thought of everything, after the delicious breakfast, the quiet time on the decks, visits with your lovely dogs, we are so revived."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The NC Arboretum is just next door to us. Many of our guests have never heard of it, but it is a 434 acre national treasure, with 65 acres of formal gardens, 10 miles of hiking trails, a world class Bonsai exhibit, educational displays and constantly changing events, shows and classes.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
For guests staying for more than a weekend we suggest they visit The Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville (see the drum circle if possible and take the LaZoom Comedy trolley tour) DuPont State Forest, The Blue Ridge Parkway, and the NC Arboretum.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Within walking distance of our inn is The Blue Ridge Parkway, our own hiking trails through Rhododendron tunnels, The NC Arboretum, and the French Broad River with a park and canoe access.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Limones on Eagle St. downtown is our special place. The food is fantastic and everyone treats us like family. We always have a wonderful time there but there are so many great restaurants for a city our size it is amazing.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 10 guest rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
Specialties that set Bent Creek Lodge apart:
- An incredible mountain setting
- Delicious, creative breakfast served at individual tables each morning
- A bar opening to the kitchen where you can sit and watch breakfast prepared and tell us about your adventures
- A full size pool table and Alvarez guitar in the great room for you to play
- Located on 160 acre wooded community with trails and creeks along with our little dogs Loe-D and Leona to greet you lead you on the way
- A tin roofed front porch, two spacious rear decks and an upper balcony to view the surrounding forested mountains and gardens
- Free wireless internet access
- The capability to cater lunches and dinners for group retreats and special occasion
- The three bedroom Luhn house, adjacent to our land, for larger groups
Breakfast on the Deck A full, hot, gourmet breakfast is included with your accommodations, starting at 8:30 till 9:00. Breakfast always includes a selection of coffee and teas, seasonal fruit, and fresh juice. On a weekend you might start Saturday with a Frittata filled with veggies and cheese, Whole Wheat Scones, Home Fries, and Local Trout Cakes and on Sunday enjoy our â€œAlways Crispy Blueberry Waffles, Homemade Granola with Yogurt, and Apple Smoked Sausage.
We will gladly create a tasty alternative for any diet from vegan to glucose intolerance. If you are starting out early we can offer you an early breakfast option that includes muffins or scones, yogurt and fruit, and our homemade granola, cereal or hot oatmeal. Jodee's pledge is, stay as long as you like and never have the same thing twice.
Meet The Innkeepers
Doug and Jodee Sellers grew up in different parts of Florida then met on a mountain near DuPont State Forest in 1977. They came to start a wilderness camp for troubled boys for the Eckerd Foundation. Although they left the camp a long time ago they fell in love with each other and this part of Western North Carolina. Doug went on to teach Industrial Arts in public schools and then work as a draftsman and designer for an architectural millwork company. Jodee eventually left social work to work in retail management. During a midlife epiphany she realized she needed a career change. She went back to school, earned a degree in Culinary Arts and became an accomplished chef. During the process of discovering what to do next the idea of Bent Creek Lodge was born.
They both love the outdoors and are avid hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, and canoeist. They wanted to build a lodge that would appeal to folks who shared that love of the outdoors. They felt extremely fortunate to find land for the lodge next to some of their favorite trails in Pisgah National Forest. Doug designed and drew all the plans. He used his woodworking skills to build the open stairway, several of the furnishings, and the rustic garden gates and arbors. Jodee’s cooking skills have earned rave reviews from guests and are the reason many return year after year. They both enjoyed planning and developing the extensively, landscaped grounds.
Doug left his millwork job in 2007 to work full time at the lodge (and spend more time fly fishing). Jodee has since turned him into a pretty, decent breakfast cook as well. She still enjoys searching for special pieces for the lodge at the craft fairs, shops and galleries. They both love trying out new things like the zip line at navitat and the LaZoom tours and especially sampling the many local restaurants of Asheville. Most importantly they like nothing better than using what they know about the area to help guests have the best time possible.
You will see Kathy Courtney in the photo history of the lodge. She is still a part owner and was an invaluable help during the construction, landscaping and decorating of the lodge. For the first 4 years she lived on the premises, took care of all the bookkeeping and whatever else needed to be done. She lives close by now and continues to take care of those thankless but essential tasks like paying taxes but was wise enough to give up the “whatever else” jobs.
No description would be complete without Loe-D and Leona the greeters for Bent Creek Lodge. They are from the same litter and are two of the sweetest, most laid back dogs you’ll ever meet. They are mixed breed and were adopted from the Animal Compassion Network in 2003, so all they know is the life of a lodge dog. They usually greet you in the parking lot when you arrive; check you out for pats or treats if you are hanging out on the deck then are on their way. If they take a special liking to you they may escort you around the trails. They aren’t allowed in any of the guest areas inside and now act like that was their idea.
Area Website Links and Information
The Ultimate Guide To Asheville: www.ashevilleguidebook.com
Asheville offers an amazing choice of dining options from gourmet worldly presentations to down-home country delights. Almost all are independently owned. These are a few of our favorites but we have a host of others to suggest at the lodge. Nearly all of the restaurants offer casual dining, but reservations are recommended for weekends to ensure you can enjoy your favorite spot. We’re happy to offer suggestions and make dinner reservations for you during your stay.
- Limones – An all together different world of Mexican/Californian Cuisine, Downtown. 828-252-2327
Rezaz – Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine, Biltmore Village
- Modesto – Wood fired Italian, Grove Arcade. 828-225-4133
- Salsa’s – A funky, innovative blend of Caribbean flavors, downtown
- Corner Kitchen - Handcrafted American food with a Southern twist, Biltmore Village, 828-274-2439
- The Market Place – A bench mark of fine dining in Asheville, Wall Street Downtown, 828-252-4162
- Bistro 1896 – American Cuisine with a twist, Downtown on the square, 828-251-1300
- Mela – Indian food done right, Lexington, downtown. 828-225-8880
- Laughing Seed – Eclectic, organic, vegetarian, Wall Street downtown. 828-252-3445
- Tupelo Honey – Southern cookin’ with an uptown twist, downtown. 828-255-4863
Zambra – Unique, Tapas bar and more, downtown. 828-232-1060
From historical to hilarious, sumptuous to spooky Asheville has a fun tour for everyone.
- Asheville Food Tours 828-273-0365
- Trolley Tours of Asheville 828-251-8687
- Great Smokey Mountains Railroad 800-872-4681
- LaZoom Tours 828-225-6932
- Asheville Ghost Tour 828-355-5855
- Asheville Urban Trail
Asheville and the Biltmore Village area offer a wide selection of retailers from high-end antiques in the Grove Arcade to funky wear on Lexington. Retail stores in downtown Asheville reflect the independent nature of the city – you will find few chain stores downtown.
- Mast General Store
- The Folk Art Center
- Grove Arcade
- Biltmore Village Shops
- Antique Tobacco Barn
Horseback Riding and Ballooning
Horses and balloons are another way to explore the beauty of the area:
- Asheville Hot Air Balloons – One of the most incredible things to do in Asheville, 828-667-9943
Pisgah Forest Riding Stables – In the heart of the Pisgah Forest, near Brevard,
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides – 24 miles north of Asheville toward Hot Springs,
English Mt. Llama Treks – Hot Springs, 828-622-9686
Golf The golf courses in the mountains are especially beautiful
- Broadmoor Links – closest course to us, 866-578-5847
- Etowah Valley – south of us, 800-451-8174
- Reems Creek – near Weaverville, 828-645-4393
- Asheville Municipal Golf Course 828-298-1867
Hiking and Biking
The Asheville area is a mecca for hiking and biking with trails to suit any level. We’ve been exploring these trails for 25+ years and enjoy helping you find the best sites. We love to join our guests on rides whenever we can.
- Liberty Bikes – Asheville’s largest Bike Shop, 828-274-2453
- Carolina Fatz Cycling Center – Nearest Bike Shop to us and Bent Creek Recreation Area, 665-7744
- BioWheels Bike Shop – One of Asheville’s Greenest shops, some rentals & demos, 888-881-BIKE
- Sycamore Cycles – Adjacent to Pisgah forest, has bike rentals, 828-877-5790
- Backcountry Outdoors – adjacent to Pisgah Forest, has bike rentals and hiking gear, 828-884-8670
- Climbmax – climbing wall, hiking and climbing guides, 828-252-9996
Trail Information Sites
Fishing, Rafting & Canoeing
From whitewater rafting on the French Broad River to fly fishing for native brook trout on a mountains stream, the Asheville area offers lots of fun on the water.
Davidson River Outfitters on the Davidson River in Brevard, have private trout waters for trophy size fish.
- Curtis Wright Outfitters in Biltmore Village are great folks, 828-274-3471
- Hunter Banks on Montford Ave in Asheville 800-227-6732
Rafting and Canoeing Trips and Rentals
Asheville Outdoor Center quietwater river trips float past the Biltmore Estate, and more. 800-849-1970
Nantahala Outdoor Center One of the originators of whitewater rafting has trips on the French Broad and many others
- Wildwater Rafting Ltd 866-319-8870
- Mtn. Adventure Guides/USA Raft rafting, caving, & climbing 866-872-7238
- French Broad Rafting Expedition 880-570-7238
Spas and Massage
A trip to a spa or a massage is an ideal treat for your loved one or to recover from those outdoor activities.
- Jennifer Goodier – Our on call massage therapist specializes in deep tissue massage, we can arrange for a massage in your room. 828-712-2127
- Shoji Retreat – Japanese style outdoor hot tub and massage spa adjacent to the Parkway, 828-299-0999
- The Grove Park Inn Spa – a truly world class spa, 800-438-5800
- Hands on Health – Massage therapy center, 828-506-2899
- Sensibilities – Day Spa 828-687-8760
It is well worth the time to visit the past at any of Asheville’s historic sites.
- Carl Sandburg’s Home
- Thomas Wolfe Memorial
- Vance Birthplace
- Riverside Cemetery
- Biltmore Estate
Festivals and Events
Festivals in the Asheville area include the Southeast's largest free street festival, live music festivals, arts festivals and many more
- Downtown After Five – starts June 5,
- Shin dig on the green – July 4, 11, 18, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5,
- Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands – July 16-19, Oct. 15-18
- Folkmoot, July 16-26,
- Bele Chere
- Village Art and Craft Fair – August 1st & 2nd
- Art Walks – Aug. 7, Oct 2
- Asheville Film Festival – Nov. 6-9