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Laughing Heart Lodge

289 NorthWest Hwy 25/70 , Hot Springs, NC 28743 USA (Show map)
4.8
34 Reviews
$25 - $185
per night

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About

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.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Dining4.5

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Yoga Retreat held at the Laughing Heart Lodge

5 on November 11, 2014

I had the most relaxing time during my stay. From start to finish everything from my check-in to check-out was a great experience. I felt very comfortable and welcome. The resident cat Bear was also friendly. The room was comfortable and the food was wonderful. Both Karens' were helpful and kind. The staff was equally kind. I look forward to my next stay there. I loved the atmosphere, very low key and the views were breathtaking beautiful. The yoga sessions, the massage, the hiking and the hot springs soak left me feeling totally rejuvenated!


Totally Zen.....amazingly breathless....such a delight...

5 on November 07, 2014

I've just recently returned from a week long course at Laugh Heart Lodge, accommodations, staff....including "Bear" the Lodges black cat, who try's his hardest to come in....Jazzy...a sweet 2yr old puppy, who visits once in awhile....anyone who loves nature would love to stay here. Home away from home :) The food was delicious....everyone was very accommodating, sensitive & caring....taking special attention for all your needs....I'm looking forward to returning!!!


A One-of-a-Kind Treasure

5 on November 05, 2014

We stayed here after getting married at the Mountain Magnolia in a lovely small private wedding. After visiting the hustle and bustle of Asheville, we were excited to get back to the tranquility and calm of Hot Springs for the remainder of our stay in NC. The Laughing Heart was the perfect place to restore and renew ourselves. The hospitality of the staff, their desire to make our experience memorable and making us feel right at home added immeasurable value to our stay. Karen, Sebastian and the rest of the staff are fantastic. The Labyrinth is a wonderful new addition, and having Bear (the resident cat) greet us, lots of books to peruse, tea to sip and friends to be found made this place one we want to return to again.


Fall at Laughing Heart Lodge

5 on October 30, 2014

We enjoyed the welcoming staff, the peaceful setting, breakfast on site, our room and exploring the surrounding area. The Lodge itself is a wonderful restoration....so enjoyable. Our room was was comfortable with a modern bath attached. It was nice having tea, coffee, a library of books & a warm fireplace available. Booking a location online seemed a intimidating, but in reality this stay exceeded all our expectations. The peak of fall leaf colors was a huge plus! The recent addition of a labyrinth is a great feature! We would love to return and highly recommend a stay here!


An enchanted place.

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!


Home away from Home

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!


Wished we could stay longer...

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!


Not nearly enough time

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!


Historic Lodge & Hospitality Abounds

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.


Piece of paradise

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.


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Rooms & Rates

Dragonfly

Original, beautiful Heart of Pine floors, view of the woods, queen-sized bed, sitting area, private bath with tub/shower combination, upstairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Dandelion Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Monarch Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Cardinal Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Firefly room

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Turtle Room

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Tranquility Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Hummingbird Room

Smallest room with double bed and shared bath with tub/shower combination, downstairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Laurel Room

Somewhat larger than Hummingbird with double bed and shared bath with tub/shower combination, downstairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Location

Location Type

Right off the Appalachian Trail, Mountains, Small town

Airport

Asheville, NC (AVL) 50 miles

Directions to property:

35 miles north of Asheville on highway 25/70 overlooking Hot Springs NC

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, National/State parks, hot mineral springs, Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Fireplace, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Library, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00PM
  • Check Out::
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Some accommodations
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Some accommodations
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights weekends many units
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Karen Nagle and Karen Moore

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Outside cats

About the innkeepers

Hiking, reading, cooking, landscaping

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Details

289 NorthWest Hwy 25/70 , Hot Springs, NC 28743 USA (Show map)

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