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Wildberry Lodge

135 Potato Branch Road, Leicester, North Carolina 28748
Innkeeper(s): Glenda and Ken Cahill
  • Introduction

    Wildberry Lodge side view

    Wildberry Lodge is located in Leicester, North Carolina, just 12 miles from downtown Asheville. Voted one of the ten best undiscovered inns for fall foliage trips!

    Come enjoy the spectacular mountain views and breathtaking sunsets, the glow and warmth from an evening fire or the sparkle of the night sky. Explore Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the Biltmore Estate or embark on your own mountain adventure.

    Come enjoy the spectacular mountain views and breathtaking sunsets! Wildberry Lodge is a Four Season Getaway, But Don't Miss The Brilliance Of Fall. Make Your Reservation Now!

    Wildberry Lodge Ken Owners/InnkeepersKen and Glenda Cahill constructed Wildberry Lodge out of full length red pine logs, hand peeled, notched and assembled by the handcrafters of Maple Island Log Homes (stained and chinked by the Cahills). Situated on 45 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, this mountain lodge sits at 2700 ft. in elevation, and just minutes from downtown Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate. Come visit us and enjoy the spectacular mountain views and sunsets from the sundeck, flagstone patio or screened porch. We really have what you come to the mountains for.

    The Great Hall, with its massive rock fireplace, is an ideal setting for visiting family or friends, a private game of chess, or a small business meeting. (Meetings of up to 25 can be accommodated.)

    The Loft area is a gathering place for all guests. It has cold drinks, snacks, satellite television, VCR, and CD player. Guests have access to the innkeepers video, CD, and book collections. The Game Room, an additional guest gathering place, has a pool table and TV for those rainy days, or unwinding at the end of the day.

    Wildberry Lodge front view

  • 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 Glenda and Ken Cahill for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most people stay with us to relax and recharge both themselves and their relationships.  With the mountain views, songbirds, fire-pit, hot-tub, sauna, etc. we are the perfect getaway for couples or small groups.

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

    We are best known for our hospitality and yummy breakfasts.  We are unique in one aspect because of our building – true hand crafted log lodge nestled in the mountains – real mountain views.  I love the warmth the log structure provides, it blends naturally with the mountains.

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

    Asheville is a unique blend of artistry and rural living blended into fabulous farm to table restaurants and galleries galore.  In addition we have 30+ micro breweries, and a local cidery.  Pick your favorite!

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

    Our best compliment is that our guests do not want to leave.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Leicester has the best mountain views in WNC.  Ask us about local drives for fall foliage or spring color viewing.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    1. Biltmore Estate
    2. Chimney Rock Park
    3. Downtown Asheville – pubs, restaurants, trolley tours and comedy tour
    4. Blue Ridge Parkway – trails, waterfall, views
    5. Sunset at Wildberry Lodge – at least 1 evening
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance of our Inn are farms, peace and quiet.  We also have a private hiking trail, fire pit and Indian Tipi.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Favorite restaurant is TABLE – downtown Asheville college street.

    Favorite casual dining is “Universal Joint” in West Asheville.


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?;

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 7 guest accommodations - 4 rooms and 3 suites

    Do you accept pets?

    We love pets. We have 4 rescue dogs, so we do not accept guest pets. We hope you can love ours while you are here.

  • Guest Amenities

    Wildberry Lodge Breakfast With A Million Dollar ViewLoft Amenities

    • Air conditioning
    • Movies
    • CD player
    • VCR/DVD players
    • Large screen television
    • Satellite (Direct TV)
    • Surround sound
    • Guest drink refrigerator
    • Guest snacks
    • Book collections

    Wildberry Lodge The LoftOn Site Amenities

    • BBQ grill
    • Board games
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Copier/fax
    • Library
    • Private entrance
    • Satellite/cable TV
    • DVD/VCR movie collection
    • Video games
    • Pool table
    • Beautiful hand crafted table top shuffleboard
    • Hammock
    • Hammock swings
  • Breakfast

    Wildberry Lodge breakfastA full breakfast is included in the room rate and is served from 8:00 - 10:00 AM at a time of your choice.

    We use local organically grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

    Breakfast items you may see include Lemon Pecan Pancakes, Crepes with various fruits, Egg souffles, garden frittatas, and home-made baked goods such as Croissants, Danish, muffins and cobbler's.

    Also available: Afternoon tea, Fruit, Non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and snacks. Special meals available: Low Fat, Vegetarian, Vegan and low carb.

    We serve different fresh foods each morning:

    • Homemade granola
    • 3 juices
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Hot chocolate
    • Fresh fruit
    • Hearty entree
    • Grand Finale dessert
  • Nearby Activities

    Wildberry Lodge Leicester ActivitiesThere are many different things that you can find close by such as Antique Shopping, Casino, Concert Venues, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical Interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Rafting and canoeing, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Golf, Blue Ridge Parkway, Smoky Mountain National Park, Biltmore Estate, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery. There is also Bird watching, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, White water Rafting nearby. For your convenience Biltmore tickets can be purchased at the Lodge and are valid for 2 consecutive days and extended hours at the Estate.

  • How To Find Us

    Wildberry Lodge The Perfect Place For Your Morning CoffeeLocation is best described as

    • 12 miles from Asheville
    • 15 miles from Maggie Valley
    • 9 miles off I-40 Exit 33

    From I-26 North

    1. Exit onto I-240 to Asheville
    2. Exit 3A (left exit) to 19/23 South (Patton Ave)
    3. Turn right at New Leicester Hwy. (63) 1 mile ahead
    4. Travel 10 miles
    5. Turn left onto South Turkey Creek Road
    6. Bear left at the fork 3 miles ahead at Potato Branch Road
    7. Wildberry Lodge is ahead 1.5 mile on your left

    From I-40 East (From Tennessee)

    1. Exit 33, left at end of exit ramp (Newfound Road - East)
    2. Follow signs to Morgan Branch Road 7 miles ahead
    3. Turn left at Morgan Branch and travel 1 mile - Morgan Branch changes name to Potato Branch Road
    4. Wildberry Lodge is .7 miles ahead on the right

    From I-40 West (From Winston Salem/Greensboro)

    1. Exit I-40 via ramp at sign reading "Exit 53B I-240 / US-74-A W to Asheville"
    2. Take I-240 Northwest for 5 miles
    3. Continue on US-74-Alt, US-19, US-23 and go West for 1.4 miles
    4. Stay in left lane until you are over the I-240 bridge, then merge right
    5. Turn right at New Leicester Hwy. (63) 1 mile ahead
    6. Travel 10 miles then
    7. Turn left onto South Turkey Creek Road
    8. Bear left at the fork 4 miles ahead
    9. Potato Branch Road. Wildberry Lodge is ahead 1.5 mile on your left

    Nearest major airport: Asheville, NC (AVL) 20 miles

    Directions from airport: I-26 West/North towards Asheville, Follow directions from either I-26 or I-40 listed above.