Highland Lake Inn & Resort Hendersonville

Address: 86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock, North Carolina, 28731-9507, United States | Inn
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This inn, located on 86 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock, is near Connemara, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Sky Top Orchard.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Highland Lake Inn & Resort Hendersonville Flat Rock

      Wonderful Visit With Grandson - Outstanding Dinner


      Our visit simply was not long enough. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and departed Friday morning. My 9-year-old grandson thoroughly enjoyed the pool! Our accommodations were quite comfortable with full and generous amenities. Thursday evening was out last night traveling and we planned a special dinner at Seasons and a play (1776) at Flat Rock Playhouse. Dinner was wonderful. Service was excellent with waiter knowledgeable about the extensive menu. The meal was very, very good with nice presentation, cooked to order, generous portion and very palate pleasing. The play that evening was great and capped off a really special day. The breakfast buffet Friday morning was outstanding! Will definitely return, but add a few extra days to our visit. With area attractions close-by, golf, the lake for canoeing/fishing, game room (of course never enough pool time) and outstanding dining - Highland Lake Inn and Season's Restaurant deserve a 2/3-night stay!

      Loved the restaurant


      My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at the Highland Lake Inn restaurant on Sunday, June 5. We found the dining experience to be delightful. The setting was charming and the selection and quality of the food was outstanding. Our server couldn't have been any more friendly and helpful. We'd certainly love to return for either dinner or a stay.

      Not what we expected


      My husband and I spent 3 nights at Highland Lake Inn in May and were, overall, disappointed in our experience. We found the grounds to be a bit of a mess and the service to be disappointing. Our room, in the Woodward House, was large & clean, but the bathroom tub was missing tiles & dirty & the room was definitely not romantic. The view out our window was of several broken down vehicles! Kind of odd, we thought, to leave junk vehicles parked behind your accomodations. We also had trouble getting replacement towels. Two washclothes, which were dirty, were left on our bathroom floor, in anticipation of new washclothes. Instead, the two dirty washclothes were re-hung & we were left with no usable washclothes! I suppose I could've called to complain, but we'd already done that once that day...

      The grounds also consisted of several loud & messy construction projects. And on one evening, around 9 pm, we actually had to call the front desk to ask why someone was repeatedly & loudly hammering in an adjacent room. Apparently we weren't the first to complain about that incident & it did stop, but we were shocked that we would ever have to make such a call! I certainly understand a need for repair, but at 9 pm?

      We were also disappointed in the "buffet breakfast." We were never told that this was not always available. Yet on 2 of the 3 mornings we spent there, we were seated and asked, "How do you want your eggs?" Well, I don't want eggs. I don't eat eggs. I don't eat meat either. Or grits. Yet this was all that was offered on 2 of our days. I ended up eating a bowl of granola. Definitely not what I expected. We did eat lunch in the restaurant and found it to be tasty, though a bit overpriced for the amount of food served.

      Overall, not what we expected at all!

      Style over substance


      You know those movies and TV shows where they depict a character signing over his life savings for a couple of smears of sauce on a gigantic white plate, accompanied by a piece of burnt meat about the size of a postage stamp? At Season's Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn, that's not much of an exaggeration.

      On a Tuesday evening this past May, I had made reservations at Seasons. I and my dinner companion arrived at the inn early and wandered the grounds for a while before supper, then went over to the dining room and were seated. The waiter arrived and whisked away all the unnecessary place settings, and then the wineglasses because I don't drink. My companion and I looked over our menus, and I ordered first. The waiter asked what sort of salad I wanted and I ordered a house salad, but as I was requesting a salad with no tomatoes or cucumbers (which I hate with a passion), he held up his hand and proceeded to my companion, who ordered.

      We waited. The salads arrived, complete with big slimy hunks of tomato and cucumber, which I picked out and discarded on my butter plate. Out of three possible choices, I picked a fork and dug in, and my tastebuds did not do the happy dance at the presentation of bitter greens with a little bit of dressing for flavor.

      Oh, and I forgot to mention that when the waiter sat it down, he twittered, "Isn't that pretty?"

      Later, the entrees arrived, again to "Isn't that a pretty presentation?" and my companion definitely got the better end of this particular stick. We had both ordered tuna, but because they only had one tuna steak left, he agreed to let them substitute salmon, and that was why he got a piece of meat possibly large enough to quality as an actual entree and not a snack. I, on the other hand, got a chunk of fish about half the size of the palm of my hand, on a plate smeared with various sauces. The fish sat atop perhaps five or six little wafers of potato, four asparagus spears -- which I also hate, but wan't feeling brave enough to try to interrupt the waiter again -- exactly three slices of yellow bell pepper, and miniscule amounts of God only knows what all else. Essentially, this was a meal that was exponentially more style than substance, especially when you consider that half the food on the plate was there to look good and not be eaten.

      For this privilege, I paid $52.43 for both meals, plus enough tip to bring it up to $60, because I was too afraid to stiff the waiter, despite the lousy service, for fear that he would call the police and have me hauled in on suspicion of not appreciating just how pretty the whole thing was.

      My companion, who comes from money and actually went to etiquette school, and who could order with confidence at the snottiest restaurants on the face of the earth, found this episode hilarious. I, who do not come from money and who keenly feels the value of a dollar, was fuming at the rip-off.

      You see, when I pay $28 for one entree, I expect not only excellent food, but enough of it so that I won't have to stop at Wendy's afterward, which I did (it was an excellent year for chili). My companion explains fine dining, however, as more the experience than the food, which I translate as paying top dollar to be ripped off in an elegant setting.

      Needless to say, I won't be back. I know of scads of restaurants where the food is equally good, and you get more of it, plus you don't have to deal with some twit chirping about how pretty the whole mess is.

      Wonderful place for children or adults needing a place to get away


      This is a wonderful place to bring kids, have a family vacation, or just to go off on a relaxing get-a-way. There is a lot for everyone to do including canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, biking, or just plain relaxing. The restaurant on the property is one of the best that I have ever eaten at, and the fact that they grown their own vegetables makes it even better! I love visiting here and I know that anyone else that decides to visit will truly enjoy their experience!

      Like being at camp, only better!


      We stayed here in one of the cabin rooms during our first visit to the Asheville area. The room was much more spacious than expected (a bargain!) and had a great porch with log swing for 2. The decor was in line with the rustic feel of the property. (If you are looking for frou-frou Victoriana, this is not the place!) The staff was exceptional and the breakfasts excellent. We wished we had had more time to just sit around and relax amid the beautiful gardens, in the hammocks and on the lake. I spent all my summers away at camp and this brought back so many memories - we just loved it!

      Excellent Wedding Experience


      I held my wedding reception at Highland Lake Inn, and couldn't have found a more perfect place. The atmosphere is amazing; rustic, refined and relaxing, pleasantly mixed. Each of the rooms are unique. They have all the accomodations you'd expect from a high-class establishment, and are well worth the price. Their restaurant is amazing! Several family members are world travelers and they rated the food as some of the best they've ever had. Every single guest enjoyed themselves far more than they expected. I found my guests swinging on the rocking swings, lounging in the hammocks, enjoying the private lake and walking along the forested roads. It's a great place.

      Bed and breakfast


      Loved our two night stay! Enjoyed learning of the hisory of the place and strolling the beautiful grounds! The breakfast buffet was to die for! THE room was spacious and decorated in an extemely elegant manor! Enjoyed the cozy lobby with the grand fireplace. We are looking forward to visiting again!

      Nice, but not the best in Flat Rock


      We stayed at the Highland Lake Inn during Valentine's Day. We bought their package which included a 5 course dinner. The dinner and breakfast buffet were great. Service was wonderful. However, for the price, the room was OK. We've stayed at several B&B's in the Flat Rock/Hendersonville area and as far as a room, the Highland Lake Inn was the least impressive and the most expensive. For the price I expected more. I wouldn't stay there again simply because I know I can get a room with more history and charm and less expensive at the other establishments in the area.

      Valentine's Day last year was at our higher holiday rates as it was a weekend and high in demand. This year, Valentine's Day will be our normal rates. Our rooms are spacious and varied and unique, from our economical cabin rooms, to the family cottages, to the country Lodge and our delightful Woodward House Inn. We hope you come back and give us another try!

      TripAdvisor Reviews Highland Lake Inn & Resort Hendersonville Flat Rock

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

      Travel Blogs from Flat Rock

      Smile or Cry

      A travel blog entry by knorthcutt on Jan 31, 2015

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      ... outweighed everything...

      When we woke up Bryan and Ellan went to pump some fresh water as me and Nick broke up camp. Then we headed back. The return trip was quick and mostly downhill. Sadly we didn't get to enjoy strolling down the mountain because of the rush to get home but it was still time in the woods which is inevitable happiness :)

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      5 Days

      A travel blog entry by nicbissonnette on Jan 15, 2015

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      A travel blog entry by knorthcutt on Nov 16, 2014

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      ... quick, but once you moved out of the shade and into the sun life was happy again.

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      Roadtrip to Asheville

      A travel blog entry by sam.pinsak on Aug 23, 2014

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      ... out the quirky shops and people. We even gave a woman (with a genuine Southern accent, finally) a ride to an AA meeting at a local church. Southern people are so friendly...
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      Dodging the weather

      A travel blog entry by dolsontravels on Jun 10, 2014

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      ... We both love Hilton Head and would have liked to have spent more time there, but we need to get up to our place in Empire, MI. Today we made it to Flat Rock, NC and looks like we are driving right in to the major cold front that is moving across the US. There is suppose be an major storm tonight. We are staying in a place that is ...