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... We exited the park and headed for Asheville, NC and our hotel. On the way some jerk ripped out of a parking lot and almost took wade out. He was struggling to hold the bike up in the gutter if the road but held it together. Then some misdirection from the GPS and we finally made it. Almost 300 miles today. Tomorrow we enter the ...
... to the estate, which was an ordeal in itself. We had to drive to one place to pick up our will call tickets, then get in the car and drive to another place to park the car and take a shuttle to the entrance. Once at the entrance, we learned that there were no bathrooms in the house, only at the stables, so we had one more delay.
We ended up starting the tour an hour later than we had planned. Fortunately, it is a self-guided tour. It ...
... drive was beautiful. Along the way, we stopped to buy groceries and gas in Marion, Virginia.
One of the most noticeable features of the drive was the kudzu everywhere. I had seen it before, but not in such great abundance. We can read about this invasive vine taking over the South, but until it is seen for oneself, it cannot be imagined. ...
... the top down as this is the ultimate cruising opportunity. With all the stops to admire the view we only covered 70 miles today, so a long way to go. A real find for dinner, The Blackbird. Innovative Southern cooking of fine ingredients was really well done. This place gets our highest rating. Saw some weird sights in the streets, including a woman who would be best described as 'topless melons', enough said (and ...
... extremely steep trail and it was hot and humid despite being early in
the morning. The trail is relatively
flat at first crossing Cox Camp Creek a couple of times, and then really
getting steep as it moves away from the creek.
After a seemingly endless number of stairs, the trail leveled off a bit
as it went past some huge rock outcrops and approached the base of the falls. There ...
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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.