The Chalet Inn

285 Lone Oak Drive, Dillsboro, North Carolina 28725
Innkeeper(s): George & Hanneke Ware
 
  • Introduction

    An AAA 3-diamond lodging, The Chalet Inn is the closest Bed & Breakfast to the main entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in Western North Carolina between Dillsboro (an 8 minute drive), Bryson City (18 minutes), Cherokee (12 minutes) the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (15 minutes) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (12 minutes), the Inn is a peaceful getaway with easy access to the area's attractions.

    The Chalet Inn has two buildings on 22 private forested mountain acres with views to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Chalet Inn is a romantic Smokey Mountain Bed and Breakfast, and Chalet Suites has self-contained accommodations with private entrances and upscale amenities that rival the best boutique hotels. Prices range from $96 - $200 per night.

    The Chalet Inn is Open Year Round

    Whether it is a Spring day with its burst of dogwood and wildflower blooms against a backdrop of varied shades of green, a Summer morning with the mist rising through the lush forest, or a crisp Fall evening with the sunset casting its golden rays on the blaze of color that has spread across the mountainsides - anytime you want a break from the ordinary is the time to visit The Chalet Inn and share our Paradise Found.

    Languages spoken: English, Dutch and German, can communicate in French.

  • Amenities

    For your Comfort:

    • Each room/suite has its own large private balcony/Patio with rockers
    • You may enjoy Breakfast in your Suite/Room, on the Patio along the Brook or at a private table in the Dining Room
    • Choose fresh mountain air or Central A/C, individually controlled
    • Handicapped Accessible Suite

    If You Like your Relaxation to be Active:

    • Hike our Trails: an eight minute stroll, a 40 minute cardiovascular workout or something in between
    • Enjoy a game of Croquet, Horseshoes, Learn to play Bocci Ball (Jeu des Boules) or Play Badminton all on their own Regulation size Court
    • Cookout in our Picnic Area w/Grill

    For just Plain Relaxation:

    • Retire to a hidden Hammock for Two secluded in our woods
    • Enjoy a campfire by the waterfall and feed the fish in the pond
    • Curl up next to the fireplace in the Great Room with a book from our Library
    • Play one of our many Board games or jigsaw Puzzles
    • Enjoy a mountain sunset over Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains national Park from our Scenic overview
    • Enjoy a massage in your suite, on your balcony or in our spa room

    For that special Romantic Getaway:

    • Select a Suite with a Fireplace, a Suite with a whirlpool for Two, Fireplace and Private Entrance, or a Suite with a whirlpool for Two, Fireplace,
    • Steam Shower for two, Refrigerator, Microwave and Private Entrance
    • Surprise that someone special with our Romantic Special including Roses, a sparkling beverage, and imported chocolate truffles.
    • Have Breakfast served in the privacy of your suite/room

    We Provide Quality and to Keep us on our Toes, We Choose to be:

    • Inspected by AAA: Three Diamond Rating
    • Inspected by North carolina Bed a & Breakfast and Inns assn.
    • furthermore, the Health Department has consistently 
    • given us the highest rating in the County

    More than just a B&B, An Idyllic Setting:

    22.5 Acres offorested mountain ridges with wildflowers, brook, ponds, waterfalls and naturalized gardens.

  • A Typical Stay

    The Chalet InnWhen you arrive at The Chalet Inn - totally private on our 22 mountain acres, yet only two minutes from the main four lane highway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - you will feel embraced by nature. As you get out of your car, you'll note the brook that starts from springs in the mountainside and curls around The Chalet then over a waterfall into a pond on its way to the valley floor. As you enter the Great Room with its large fireplace and comfortable furniture, which beckons you to sit and relax, you'll enjoy the view of Doubletop Mountain standing dominate behind 19 miles of ridge after ridge of lush forested mountains.

    As you are shown to your room with its clean modern bath and large private balcony, you'll note the special attention George and Hanneke paid to designing and maintaining The Chalet Inn: each room's balcony is offset from the others for privacy, and the Inn consistently receives the highest ratings from the Health Department.

    A Beautiful ViewUnwind after your trip by stretching your legs on one of our hiking trails or simply rock on your private patio or flower-bedecked balcony. As evening approaches, relax by the waterfall and pond and enjoy the trout as they leap to feed. After making a selection from the menus George and Hanneke keep on hand, enjoy an evening meal at one of the many restaurants - varying from traditional country to fine dining - within 8-20 minutes. On your return, enjoy the view of The Chalet basked in soft light.

    Choose any of the love seats scattered around the grounds and watch the moon rise, wander five minutes up the ridge and watch a sunset over Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, or if it is a brisk evening, cozy up to the large fireplace in the Great Room with a book from our library. Simply make yourself at home: play cards or a game at the library table or retreat to your Room or Suite. As you fall asleep you may enjoy either the fresh air and listen to the brook, or, if you prefer, enjoy air-conditioning: a unique system that is centralized (no noise in the room) but each room/suite has individual controls.

     

    Next morning watch a sunrise over the Blue Ridge Parkway from our front yard, and then enjoy a hearty breakfast by candlelight at your private table in the dining room or on the covered patio by the brook. For a change of pace: sleep in and enjoy breakfast in your room or suite. After breakfast there is nothing you have to do, and everything you can do.

    Stay at The Chalet and relax, stroll our forested mountainsides and ridges with trails, perhaps find your own private spot on a mountainside, with a hammock for two, to share the quiet and enjoy a bottle of wine and cheese. Then challenge your traveling companion to a lawn game (badminton, croquet, horseshoes, tether-ball or bocci ball) or a board game (chess, checkers, or backgammon) on the front porch.

    Or explore the area and its many adventures:

    For the adventurous challenges abound. Some of the best white water rafting, mountain biking and hiking are close by.

    For those who want their adventures in milder doses, there are drives along mountain roads with stops to view waterfalls, antique shops to poke around, local crafters to visit, quaint towns to stroll and shop, and a railway to ride.

    For the sportsperson there is golfing, fishing and horseback riding.

    At the end of the day bring that trout you caught or the steak you picked up back to the Inn and grill out in our picnic area. If you want a taste of Germany ask George to show you how to grill some German Wurst that we have on hand, and Hanneke will provide you with all the fixin's. Or choose a nearby restaurant from our portfolio of menus to enjoy.

    When you return from your evening meal or finish your picnic, you will find the Inn inviting, softly lit and starting to feel like home away from home. So relax, unwind, & enjoy; for tomorrow is another day!

  • Area Attractions

    Secluded, but Not Isolated

    • Only 15 minutes to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Blue Ridge Parkway (12 min)
    • Whitewater Rafting (25 min)
    • Mountain Biking (25 min)
    • Fishing (5 min)
    • Golfing (10 min)
    • Shopping (8 min) and
    • Antiquing (10 min)
    • Cherokee Indian Reservation & Casino (12 min)
    • Horseback riding (20 min)
    • Great Smoky Mountains Railway (18 min-daytime rides, dinner train & murder mystery rides)

    Within an Hour

    • Biltmore Estate - 250 room mansion, gardens and winery
    • Fontana Dam and Reservoir
    • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - a virgin wilderness
    • Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls - longest vertical drop and tallest waterfalls respectively, in Eastern USA
    • Appalachian Trail
    • Eight Waterfalls, all easily accessible

  • Your Hosts, George & Hanneke Ware

    George and Hanneke Ware first talked about opening a Bed and Breakfast in the Spring of 1985, shortly after they met in the Netherlands, where Hanneke was born and George, a US Army Officer, was stationed with a NATO Headquarters.

    After George's retirement, they sought practical experience in the Hospitality business and began searching for the perfect location. George knew it had to be in Western North Carolina (having fallen in love with the area in 1979, on his way from Fort Bragg, NC to Command and General Staff College in Kansas). George first managed a restaurant with TPI Restaurants Inc.; then both George and Hanneke spent a season with High Hampton Inn & Country Club. In the Fall of 1990, they found and purchased the property they had been searching for. Three years and a great deal of sweat equity later, George and Hanneke felt they created a touch of Europe in North Carolina, and began sharing it with others. They even commissioned an award-winning German artistic-blacksmith to create an Aussenhangenschild (a wrought iron sign, originating in the Middle Ages in Europe and still found today on many Gasthäuser (Bed and Breakfasts) in Germany's older towns and cities) to hang on the front corner of The Chalet Inn.

    With all the moves associated with military service George was never able to be an active member of the community he lived in, and vowed this would change when he retired. George and Hanneke are members of the Jackson County and Swain County Chambers of Commerce. Hanneke was elected by the members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to their Board of Directors for two terms. George was selected as Swain County's representative to the Publicity Committee of Smoky Mountain Host, the regional tourism agency, and he has twice been appointed by the Jackson County commissioners to the County's Travel and Tourism Board of Directors, where he has served as Chairman of the Marketing Committee. George and another board member did the research for and developed the map of activities, hikes, waterfalls, etc. that is the center piece of the County's brochure. So don't hesitate to ask for information or suggestions, he will be happy to prepare a custom sketch map based on your desires for your day's activities.

    Innkeepers, George and Hanneke are always ready with information, directions, or suggestions of things to do, yet perceptive enough to know when you want to be by yourself and just enjoy each other.

  • How to Find Us

    Map to Chalet Inn

    Directions From Asheville To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take I-40 West, turn off at Exit 27 (US 23/74)
    2. Stay on US 23/74 passing Waynesville and Sylva
    3. Continue on US 74/441 North towards Cherokee & Bryson City for 3 miles after Exit 81 (do not take exit), and you will see an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your right
    4. Turn left and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    5. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road).
    6. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    7. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn

    Directions From Atlanta To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take I-85 North out of Atlanta to I-985 North which turns into US 23
    2. Continue on US 23 which will join US 441. Stay on US 23/441 through Clayton, GA, pass Franklin, NC, and through Dillsboro NC (one stoplight)
    3. Going up the mountain after the Dillsboro stoplight get in the left lane and take US 74 in the direction of Bryson City and Cherokee
    4. Go 3 miles on US 74/441 and you will see an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your right. Turn left and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    5. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road)
    6. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    7. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn

    Directions From Knoxville To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take I-40 East, turn off at Exit 27 (US 23/74)
    2. Stay on US 23/74 passing Waynesville and Sylva
    3. Continue on US 74/441 North towards Cherokee & Bryson City for 3 miles after Exit 81 (do not take exit), and you will see an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your right. Turn left and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    4. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road)
    5. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road
    6. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    7. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn

    Directions From Chattanooga To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take US 64/74 East, to Murphy, NC continuing on US 19/129 through Andrews continuing on US 19/74 passing Bryson City and Whittier
    2. Continue on US 74 (East) / 441 (South) towards Sylva & Dillsboro for 4.5 miles after Exit 74 (do not take exit), and you will see Uncle Bills Flea Market on your right and then an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your left
    3. Turn right and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    4. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road)
    5. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    6. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn

    Directions From Gatlinburg To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take US 441 South, through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee, NC continuing on US 441 South
    2. When US 441 joins US 74 continue on US 74 (East) / 441 (South) towards Sylva & Dillsboro for 4.5 miles, and you will see Uncle Bills Flea Market on your right and then an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your left
    3. Turn right and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    4. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road)
    5. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    6. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn

    Directions From Western End of Blue Ridge Parkway To The Chalet Inn

    1. Take US 441 South, through Cherokee, NC continuing on US 441 South
    2. When US 441 joins US 74 continue on US 74 (East) / 441 (South) towards Sylva & Dillsboro for 4.5 miles, and you will see Uncle Bills Flea Market on your right and then an Exxon and a Super Track Gas Station on your left
    3. Turn right and go across the bridge (Barkers Creek Road)
    4. After 0.2 miles on Barkers Creek, take the "Y" to the right (Thomas Valley Road)
    5. Go 1.1 miles on Thomas Valley Road, turn left on Nations Creek Road. Go 0.3 miles on Nations Creek Road (You cannot see the Inn from Nations Creek Road) and turn right onto Lone Oak Drive passing in front of a miniature Chalet
    6. After going 200 feet and crossing over the creek, take the paved right fork 300 yards up the mountain to The Chalet Inn