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Sourwood Inn

810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy., Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Innkeeper(s): Connie Perry
  • Summary

    Mountain Retreat

    The Sourwood Inn’s cedar and stone construction fits right in with its surroundings, but you won’t be roughing it by any means.

    Making full use of its natural environment, French doors and numerous windows not only provide views of Reems Creek Valley, but also create light-filled guest rooms. In certain ones, you can even watch the sunrise from your king-, queen- or double-sized bed. Each guest room is decorated in a palette of soothing colors, accented with beautiful wood furnishings and framed prints by French and American artists, including some well-known locals. Your bath invites you to relax in the tub, with its modern-style spout from which water cascades, as you gaze upon the scenery outside. Wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies, towel warmers, ceiling fans and candles round out the amenities.

    Sample Executive Chef Kacia Stuart’s, whose experience has been garnered from working in fine restaurants and her extensive travels, “Southern cooking with a French flair” in the full breakfasts and afternoon refreshments. Dinner is also offered Thursday to Sunday.

    The inn is located a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Asheville. Area attractions include the Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village, spas, shopping, arts, antiques and restaurants. Hiking, ziplining, white-water rafting with Blue Heron Whitewater, fly fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides are among the outdoor activities you can enjoy. For a more leisure pace, wander one of the property’s walking trails.

  • Introduction

    Sourwood Inn front of inn

    Sourwood Inn, constructed of cedar and trimmed with stone, sits on one hundred acres of hilly terrain at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Each of Sourwood Inn's guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, a wood- burning fireplace and a tub with a view. It was created to provide a retreat where our guests can experience the delights of the Blue Ridge Mountains and still easily access the arts and sophistication of downtown Asheville.

    Outdoor activities in the Asheville area include hiking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Susan Curtis for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests stay with us for pleasure and our mountain setting.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for our location, being 10 miles from downtown Asheville, Sourwood is on 100 acres of mountain property, with views and trails. We are also just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sourwood is the only property in the area that has a wood burning fireplace in all rooms. The bathrooms are pretty unique as well.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The # 1 reason to visit Asheville is eclectic downtown and the abundant outdoor opportunities.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    One of the best compliments we ever received was.."I always like to try new places, but I can't help coming back to Sourwood!"

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Great mountain views, just minutes away from town!

    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 spend one day in downtown Asheville, one day Blue Ridge and hiking, one day staying on site (walking trails, reading etc.) and one day either visiting smaller towns in the area (Black Mountain, Weaverville, Waynesville, etc) or some other adventure. There's Navitat zipline, horseback riding at Sandybottom Trail Rides, and whitewater rafting with Blue Heron.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Travelers to our inn will need a car to get where they are going, but here on the property we have some great walking trails.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have a great chef here and serve dinner Thursdays through Sundays. In town we are fond of Limones and Chorizo.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We only suggest the travel guide to NC Play Hard Rest Easy and The Insider's Guide to North Carolina's Mountains; as well as

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 12 rooms and one cabin.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • Reservation Information

    Sourwood Inn outdoor patio

    Guest Rooms

    Sourwood Inn has twelve guest rooms that range in price from $155 to $190 per night, including breakfast and taxes. Rooms have either a queen or king size bed or two double beds. Rates are for single or double occupancy. There is an additional charge of $20 for an extra person in a room.

    Sassafras Cabin

    The rate for Sassafras Cabin is $190 for two people. The cabin has two full baths, a kitchen, a loft with a queen-sized bed, and a full-sized sofa bed. The cabin can accommodate up to 4 people.

    Sourwood Inn living room

    Food & Beverages

    A full breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included with your stay. Dinner is offered Thursday through Sunday nights - reservations are required. We do not have a beer or wine license, but you are welcome to bring your own spirits.

    Reservations and Cancellation Policy

    There is a 2 night minimum on weekends. A credit card number will be taken at the time of your reservation. Visa, MasterCard or a personal check are accepted. We have a seven day cancellation period and reserve the right to charge you if your reservation is cancelled less than seven days prior to your arrival.

    Sourwood Inn breakfast

    Additional Information

    The inn is closed the week before Christmas and remains closed through January. We are open for weekends in February. The inn is also closed Thanksgiving Day.

    Sourwood Inn does have facilities for family reunions, conferences, and retreats. Please call for rates and availability.

    There is a television, pool table, and ping-pong table in the game room for everyone's enjoyment.

    Sourwood Inn is located at 3200 feet elevation and summertime evening temperatures usually fall into the 60's. In order to better enjoy the outdoors, we choose not to put A/C in the Inn. All guest rooms have French doors and a ceiling fan. For availability please contact us.

    • Check-in time: 3 PM to 9 PM
    • Check-out time: 12 noon
    • Children over 12 are welcome
    • Sourwood Inn is a smoke-free environment
    • Please leave your pets at home, but ours would love your attention
  • Dining at the Inn

    Sourwood Inn plate of food

    Before you begin a day's adventure or a day of relaxation, enjoy hot coffee or tea and a breakfast treat that will be sure to make you smile. And yes, you may have eggs, any way you like. Afternoon refreshments are also included with your stay.

    Once you arrive, you will not want to leave. Join our Chef, Kacia Stuart, as she prepares contemporary regional meals in our dining room overlooking beautiful mountain views. Dinner reservations are required.

    We welcomed Chef Kacia as our Executive Chef in the year of 2000. Over the many years she has become an important part of the inn family. She shares her love of food and the table with all of her guests. We just love her food! Kacia is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute. After graduating, she spent three years in Portland, Oregon at two of Portland’s finest restaurants, Atwaters and Higgins.

    Sourwood Inn dining room

    She then became the Executive Chef at the Steamboat Inn in southern Oregon, which is internationally known for Steelhead fishing. Her culinary adventures then took her to the southwest of France where she was the private chef on an exclusive barge. While there she and the owner operated a cooking school and conducted gastronomic tours through France and Spain.

    After her stint in France, she decided to return to her roots in North Carolina and landed at the Sourwood Inn. She has used her extensive travels and cooking experience to create her own style of "southern cooking with a French flair." Her passion for sustainable food provides the best and freshest local product available. Kacia wants you to experience her food as if you were dining at her home.

  • Area Attractions

    Sourwood Inn city

    While staying with us at the Sourwood Inn, enjoy all the activities in the Asheville area. Asheville and the surrounding quaint towns (such as Weaverville) have plenty to do for everyone including, the Biltmore Village, luxurious spa's, arts & antiques, great restuarants, and plenty of shopping and sophistication without all the big city hustle & bustle. Check out our special rates & packages.

    • Explore Asheville
    • Historic Biltmore
    • Hiking Adventures
    • Shop Weaverville
    • Blue Mountain Pizza
    • The Arts
    • Whitewater Rafting
    • Horseback Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Fishing with CWO
    • Reems Creek Golf
    • Ski Wolf Laurel
    • Blue Ridge Parkway