Located at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail, this beautifully restored 7.500-square-foot 1890's post and beam lodge features poplar bark along side antique bead board and heart of pine floors. The Lodge offers lodging in a B&B formatand hosts retreats for a variety of groups. The lodge has rooms from basic to deluxe; the adjacent hostel features very affordable private rooms as well as a bunk room for hikers. The adjacent chapel is great for meetings, receptions and yoga sessions.
Original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors, view of the woods, queen-sized bed, sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination, upstairs.
Original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors, garden and mountain view, a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twin-sized beds, a sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination, upstairs.
Largest room with original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors, expansive garden and mountain view, a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twin-sized beds, a sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination; upstairs.
Original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors, garden and mountain view, a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twin-sized beds, sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination, upstairs.
Combination of original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors and painted wooden floors, woodland view, queen-sized bed, small sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination, upstairs
ADA/Handicap accessible bedroom and bathroom with a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twin-sized beds, roll in shower, view of the woods; downstairs
Corner room with woodland view, a king-sized bed that can be converted into 2 twin-sized beds, a small sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination; downstairs.
Smallest room with double bed and shared bath with tub/shower combination, downstairs.
Somewhat larger than Hummingbird with double bed and shared bath with tub/shower combination, downstairs.
4.0 on September 27, 2014
We had visitors over from Scotland and we wanted to take them to see real southern charm, so I kept them from Atlanta and brought them to Hot Springs. We rented the cabin. It is old, the floors uneven, the window panes are wavey, and it is GREAT!!! We had so much fun here in the 120+ years old cabin! It had its own charm and character. We spent most of our time in the cabin, but did get up to see the lodge, which is just grand. The next time we come up, just the wife and I, we will be staying in one of the rooms. A wonderful place with wonderful folk!
4.6 on September 10, 2014
If you're looking for a home away from home, then Laughing Heart is the place to stay. The lodge was exceptionally clean and the hospitality was great. We stayed in the Dragonfly which was spotless and very cozy. Breakfast was included which is always great. I traveled 9 hours to get there and it was worth the trip!
4.8 on September 02, 2014
We were on a house hunting trip and had limited time but our stay was great. Karen met us in the comfortable lobby and breezed us thru check in. She happily showed us the kitchen and helped us get some ice for our room. The room was comfortable, quiet and clean. Breakfast the following morning was an assortment of fresh fruits and freshly prepared hot items. Sebastian makes a tasty banana bread. Karen obviously loves her community and was generous with conversation and information. The lodge has a wonderful story which she gladly shares. Definitely the best night of a 4 night trip. We'll be back!
4.2 on August 26, 2014
Innkeepers were very accomodating of my last minute reservation with my need to arrive late evening and leave early morning. The property is beautful with outstanding views. Everything was very well kept - it was truly a home away from home, and I look forward to returning for a more extended and leisurely stay!
4.6 on June 28, 2014
We visited the Lodge to attend a wedding. Though we were often off site attending wedding events, we reliazed the Lodge offered a myriad of program opportunities for exploration, exercise, seasonal social gatherings and quiet meditation. Returning to the Lodge on those hot June days, offered us a cool step into well appointed rooms to chat with other guests, to rest, read historical accounts of region and sleep very comfortably in 'Firefly'. The room did not have not much extra room but it was cozy, clean, and very comfortable. Karen, Karen; Sebastian were gracious hosts and we felt 'at home'. We have recommened it to others.
4.6 on June 24, 2014
My daughter and I spent three nights at Laughing Heart Lodge while we were day hiking the AT. It was a little slice of heaven in an already beautiful setting. Karen and Sebastian made us feel welcome, relaxed and right at home. There peaceful demeanor's made the stay even more enjoyable. Our room, the Monarch, was nicely finished and extremely spacious. The common rooms are comfortable and offered spectacular views from every chair. I felt our stay there refreshed my spirit and soul. I highly recommend Laughing Heart to anyone who wants a getaway in the beauty of the mountains.
4.8 on May 11, 2014
Laughing Heart Lodge was extremely clean, very well kept, large rooms each with private bath. We selected the Cardinal room. It had a king sized bed, a nice sitting area, and roomy bath with tiled tub/shower. The breakfast was fruit, yogurt, piping hot biscuits with jelly, juice, coffee, and tea. Cereal and a couple of other choices were available, as well. A very lively Karen Moore talked with us while we ate. We walked the streets of the small town of Hot Springs, ate pizza at a local eatery, and basically relaxed right beside the Appalachian Trail. Plan time for hiking a couple of the local trails while you stay.
5 on April 27, 2014
Laughing Heart Lodge is a hidden gem in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed every moment of it. Karen, Karen and Chuck were truly the "Heart" of the lodge. Their loving presence adds to the gentle calming influence of the lodge. They lodge is beautiful in itself but those who run it really add so much to its beauty. The rooms are comfortable and cozy and the furnishings are perfect for a mountain retreat. The two front sitting rooms are warm and inviting, as is the Breakfast Dining area. The lodge has a unique charm that made each day a joy to be there. The grounds were well kept and offered a quiet area for walking or just sitting to enjoy the mountain air and scenery. We will be back to visit soon!!! Linda and Keith Nance
4.8 on April 22, 2014
So glad we found Laughing Heart Lodge five trips ago, just two years ago. A place of solace, beauty, camaraderie, peace. Love it there. A treasure.
4.0 on April 21, 2014
Everything about the Inn invites you to relax. The wooden paneling, floors, and ceilings make you feel as though you have stepped back in time. The innkeepers are friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Breakfast was very tasty and the coffee hot. Being located right next to the AT was another plus for those who like to hike! Also, I recommend a massage by Glenda. Thank you Heart Lodge!
Right off the Appalachian Trail, Mountains, Small town
Asheville, NC (AVL) 50 miles
35 miles north of Asheville on highway 25/70 overlooking Hot Springs NC
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, National/State parks, hot mineral springs, Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting, Picnic area, Religious Services, River
Conference Rooms, Fireplace, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Library, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, hot mineral baths, hot mineral baths, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting
Karen Nagle and Karen Moore
Hiking, reading, cooking, landscaping