Honey Hill Inn & Cabins

2630 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, North Carolina 28715
Innkeeper(s): Cheryl DeCristofaro & Gretchen Huffsmith
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Honey Hill! Asheville Log Cabins & Historic Bed and Breakfast

    Honey Hill Inn and Cabins is nestled in the mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It is conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate and a short drive to some of the area's most popular outdoor adventures, including whitewater rafting, tubing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning and skiing. See our Blue Ridge Mountains Guide for more.

    Situated on more than 12 acres of rolling hills with stunning mountain views, Honey Hill offers two unique options for your getaway. Stay in the mansion and enjoy old world elegance in a spacious guestroom, along with a delicious breakfast in our dining room. Or escape to one of our six fully-equipped cabins where you can be closer to nature.

    Stroll the grounds and enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset. Visit the Butterfly Garden, where specially chosen plants attract beautiful butterflies. Bring a book and enjoy the views in an Adirondack chair or from the bench atop Honey Hill.

    The spacious guestrooms in our historic bed and breakfast in Asheville include the following amenities: complimentary hot coffee and tea, bottled water, Coke and Diet Coke, library, game closet (all in our hospitality area), hair dryer, wine glasses, wine opener, shower caps, and Gilchrist and Soames "Bee Kind" bath products (proudly made in the USA).

    We look forward to your visit! - Cheryl DeCristofaro & Gretchen Huffsmith

  • About the Inn

    The mansion, originally named Engadine by its original owner, is an 1885 Queen Anne Victorian (read more history). Engadine is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored and decorated to maintain its Victorian character and charm. It was converted to an inn in 1994. Read the latest news and happenings on our Blog!

    • Gather in our living room, where you will find a comfortable place to meet other guests or spend time with your travel companions.
    • Beverages and snacks are available in the second floor common area. Start your morning with an assortment of Keurig brewed coffee or teas while you are preparing for your day. In the late afternoon, help yourself to a beverage and a Honey Hill Sweet Treat.
    • Enjoy a satisfying home cooked breakfast in our dining room. Our breakfast menus feature made-from-scratch baked goods and hot breakfast entrees. We use fresh seasonal ingredients that are locally grown or produced in this area.
    • Relax on our wraparound porches or stroll around the property to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views.
    • The five guest rooms are spacious, comfortable and provide the elegance of a Victorian home along with modern conveniences such as central air conditioning, ceiling fans, and free wi-fi. All rooms have sitting areas, private baths, and gas fireplaces. The Engadine Suite on the third floor features a separate sitting area and a whirlpool tub for two.
  • Sample Breakfast Menu

    Fresh brewed coffee or tea.

    Choice of orange, apple or cranberry juice.

    A medley of fresh summer melons, including cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon, garnished with fresh mint and a slice of lime.

    Thick sliced French toast stuffed with a zested orange cream cheese, fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries; served with an orange lemon sauce, toasted pecans and a strawberry citrus butter.

    Brown sugar pecan-encrusted bacon adds the finishing touch!

    In the afternoon, enjoy a selection of fine coffees, teas, cocoa, and cold drinks available in the second floor hospitality area. Indulge in a Honey Hill Sweet Treat, such as a fresh baked cookie, a slice of moist coffee cake or other delicious confection. Complimentary chilled bottled water and soda are always available.

  • About the Cabins

    Honey Hill offers six clean and comfortable cabins situated on a hilltop overlooking the Inn. All cabins are self-contained with bedroom(s), kitchen, living area, bathroom, and porches with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. See our cabins for detailed information on each.

    Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina! Our bed and breakfast and cabin rentals are located near the Pisgah National Forest, home to many waterfalls. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike and bike on hundreds of mountain trails. Shop in downtown Asheville or Waynesville. Tour the Biltmore House, gardens and winery. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dine in many local restaurants. Or just relax on one of our porches and soak in the mountain views!

  • Things To Do

    What to do? Here are some of our favorite things to see and do in the Asheville area.

    Biltmore Estate

    Plan your getaway to George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, just 15 minutes from our cabins and bed & breakfast. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm. Play in the 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor their restaurants' exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let it inspire you. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250–room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self–guided visit of America's largest home® and learn about the families who lived and worked here. Frederick Law Olmsted, whose designs include New York's Central Park, took on the monumental task of planning the estate's gardens and grounds. Discover his mastery of landscape design through acres of beautiful gardens and our grand Conservatory. A self–guided visit of Biltmore House & Gardens is included in estate admission. In–depth audio tour and guided specialty tours are available. Whether you're interested in tasting complimentary Biltmore wine, learning more about the art and science of winemaking, or just relaxing with some delicious food and wine in a beautiful setting during your estate visit, you must include their Winery during your visit (included in your ticket). We suggest you take an entire day to explore.

    Downtown Asheville

    Downtown Asheville is a fun place. Artists and street musicians converge with tourists and locals for a vibrancy rarely found in a city of this size. There is always something happening downtown with hundreds of shops to browse and more than 50 restaurants. Art abounds in 30+ galleries. Enjoy java at one of the many coffee shops and enjoy live music in the evening in several nightclubs and the Orange Peel. Go to one of the many festivals in Park Square Park. Enjoy its rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect backdrop to the city’s edgy energy. And did we mention the great people watching?

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing, designed as a "drive awhile and stop awhile" experience. Please don't be in a hurry! Overlooks, picnic areas, campgrounds, visitor centers, hiking trails, and other areas of interest are available along the road. The best way to experience this place is to take advantage of these opportunities. Short trails offer the chance to get away from the road and see the Blue Ridge up close and personal, even if just for a few minutes. Longer trails are also available for the more adventurous. Bicycling, photography, birdwatching, and practically any other responsible outdoor activity is available for the Parkway visitor! Hundreds of overlooks allow opportunities to catch a glimpse of sunrises or sunsets, have a picnic, or just enjoy the view across the mountains and valleys of the region. Tthere are ranger programs at most developed areas during the summer and autumn months. The Parkway offers 100 trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to the Appalachian Trail. It's an excellent location for both wildflower walks in the springtime and brilliant leaf color in the autumn. May is probably the best month for wildflowers. Look for Rhododendron in mid June!


    Waynesville has a lively and friendly downtown with unique shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants - all within walking distance on Main Street's tree lined brick sidewalks. Its historic buildings, relaxing benches and quaint charm make Waynesville a thoroughly enjoyable place to visit. Numerous popular events and festivals take place downtown throughout the year. The heart of Appalachian culture and heritage, Waynesville hosts FOLKMOOT USA, North Carolina's official international music and dance festival annually.

    Pisgah National Forest

    The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain. Elevations reach over 6,000 feet and include some of the highest mountains in the eastern United States. Mount Mitchell, in Mount Mitchell State Park, is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River and lies just outside the boundary of Pisgah National Forest. The forest also includes tracts surrounding the city of Asheville, the town of Brevard and land in the French Broad River Valley. Recreational opportunities include hiking and backpacking, among others.


    Welcome to the Land of the Waterfalls. Some of the favorite nearby waterfalls include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock the falls at Dupont State Forest.


    There are hundreds of hiking trails nearby. Find them along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


    Visit hundreds of art galleries and artist studios in Asheville, Waynesville and throughout our Blue Ridge Mountain area. Don't miss the Folk Art Center for the best of regional art and demonstrations.

    Chimney Rock Park

    Chimney Rock is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    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.

    NC Arboretum

    Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including a 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits that cultivate connections between people and plants and one of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States. 


    Experience the home town feeling in downtown Brevard. As a vibrant hub for the arts, the downtown is also the crossroads to exceptional outdoor recreation, connecting to national and state forests. Home to the white squirrel, the downtown is host to several annual festivals and special events (including the White Squirrel Music Festival, the Squirrel Box Derby, and the Old Time Music Competition).

    Whitewater Rafting

    There are plenty of whitewater rafting and kayaking nearby - for all skill levels. So no experience necessary! The nearby Nantahala River has many rafting companies that offer guided and self guided rides.

  • History of Engadine, Asheville Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn

    The mansion was built by Captain John Keais Hoyt who was a Confederate Officer in Company K, 3rd Alabama Infantry. When the Civil War ended, he made his way to western North Carolina just outside of Asheville with his wife and four daughters. They bought and lived in a cabin on the property while the mansion on the hill was being built. In 1895 they moved into the house, which the Captain named Engadine after a valley in Switzerland.

    Engadine was built incorporating the most modern technology of its time. Although the house had fireplaces in every room, central heat was provided by a coal furnace in the basement. Electricity was supplied to the house by a water-powered generator built on the property. Running water was provided by servants, who pumped it to a storage tank in the attic. From there, the gravity-supplied system provided water to sinks contained in closets between each of the bedrooms on the second floor. These water closets are still in use today.
    In addition to the mansion, the barn on the property is also on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed that the barn currently stands where Captain Hoyt's locally famous Engadine wine was once made. Two of the Captain's original grape vines are still growing on the grounds.

    After the Captain's death in 1910, the house was sold to E. J. Willingham who was a land speculator from Georgia. He sold the house to Alden Betts who was from New Jersey and used Engadine as a summer home. In 1944, Glen Howell bought the house and raised his family at Engadine. In the process of restoring the house, the Howells had to tear down the three-room addition that housed the original kitchen, and the kitchen was moved into what is now the den/office.

    In 1988, Bill Maddox and Linda Crawford purchased Engadine and again restored and modernized the house. The plumbing, electrical and heating systems were replaced; central air conditioning and a new kitchen were added. In 1994 Linda Crawford converted the house to a bed and breakfast, and after operating for a short period of time, sold Engadine to Mary and Jim Melaugh.

    In January of 1995, Mary and Jim renamed the inn the Owl's Nest Inn at Engadine to reflect Mary's passion for collecting owls. Engadine was kept to maintain an historical connection with Captain John Keais Hoyt.

    On August 31, 1998, Marg Dente and Gail Kinney purchased the Inn. They built three cabins on the property. In September 2000, after successfully getting Engadine listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Marg and Gail hosted a Hoyt - Reese family reunion. The family shared many wonderful stories and provided pictures of Engadine and memoirs written by the Captain's daughter, Mary Hoyt Reese.

    Marg and Gail sold the property to Gerda Angevine in January 2005. Gerda built three additional cabins and operated the inn and cabins until 2009.

    On April 12, 2010, Cheryl DeCristofaro and Gretchen Huffsmith purchased the property and renamed it Honey Hill Inn and Cabins at Engadine.
  • Directions

    Honey Hill Inn & Cabins are located a convenient 15-minute drive west of downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate. Waterfalls and hiking abound in the nearby Pisgah National Forest.

    1. Take Interstate 40 to exit 37
    2. Go south 0.1 mile to traffic light US19/23
    3. Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile to entrance on left

    *Since we reopened the inn in April 2010 with a new name, your GPS and online map programs may list "Owl's Nest Inn" at this location.

    Asheville is centrally located by car since interstate highways 26, 40, and 240 bisect it as well as U.S. highways 19/23, 25, 25A, 70, and 74. America’s well known Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic mountain drive, meanders through the mountains with four exits that intersect Asheville. Asheville Regional Airport is serviced by major airlines.

    Asheville is 60 miles from Greenville, S.C., 200 miles from Atlanta, Ga., 115 miles from Charlotte and 240 miles from Raleigh.