Highland Lake Inn
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We usually see each other 4 times a year, but it's been 8 months and we've missed them. We've been to beautiful Asheville so many times and we're here for only 72 hours, we're happy to just hang out at the house. And we get to celebrate Grandma's birthday with her! Cozy, happy, with our dear family.
We also picked up a travel mate from a student at our school and she'll join us from here on out. (Pictures to come!)
... to Antler Hill Village & Winery. The Biltmore Winery building. originally the Biltmore Dairy Barn. We did the wine tasting and they make some very good wine. We walked through the shops in the village before leaving the property. I have wanted to visit Biltmore for many years so I can now check that off my list.
Tomorrow is the last day of our Adventure. We have our farewell dinner at a local ...
... money and you can't take it with you (sorry kids). After shopping, we decided to eat lunch at the village at Cedric's Tavern. OK food, but as with everything else around there, a little on the expensive side.
After lunch we drove over to Black Mountain, NC to see what it was all about, NOTHING! The little pamphlet we had picked up made it sound like a cute little town, well they were right about the little part. I ...
... ahead of it time in that respect. Some of the rooms and decor were fashioned after the grand European castles, you should see the Banquet Hall! After the Butler's Tour was finished, we took a few minutes to have a snack then we started the general tour and we had purchased the audio tour instead of just walking around. This tour took us throughout the house and the audio part explained some of the things we would not have gotten just by having the small guide book. There ...
... for the gang. Next to the main street was a creek where people could sit or lay next to it and enjoy some quiet time. I got to do that as well. In the summer, I can only imagine how chaotic this town could get. Even in November, there was a good number of people on the streets.
Again, the Asheville experience for me would not be ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Highland Lake Inn Flat Rock
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.