The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

910 Main Street , Chimney Rock, NC 28720 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


The Esmeralda Inn is a premier destination for every season, offering rustic elegance while still preserving its long history. Many of our 14 guest rooms offer stunning views of Chimney Rock, the Rocky Broad River, and the surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge. Enjoy the views from our Restaurant and Patio dining area. We also offer nightly cabin rentals (1,2, & 3 bedroom cabins available). If your plans include a Lake Lure vacation you owe it to yourself to stay at the Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Valentine/B'day get-away

4.2 on February 20, 2018

Hubby treated me to an overnight at Esmeralda for Valentines & birthday celebration. This was our first stay and we found it comfy, relaxing and a very gracious staff. The five course dinner was outstanding, but being Valentine evening, it was probably a bit more crowded and noisy than normal. We stayed in room 2; had the weather been warmer, we would have used the porch more! Understandably, not much going on this time of year but Chimney Rock Village could use some more upscale shops and attractions.

A charming mountain getaway

4.2 on February 14, 2018

Our friends booked us a weekend staying here at the inn! We loved that they had several add in packages to choose from and we ended up going horseback riding! That was such an amazing adventure! The location of the in. Is perfect, so close to chimney rock state park which hiked one day! It’s also reasonable close to asheville! The rooms had a GREAT view and I love that the toiletries they provide are all natural! The food is definitely great for being in a small mountain town, and the service is amazing! Such friendly and welcoming staff!

Perfect Mini-Vacation

4.4 on January 02, 2018

Cold but sunny weather made for a great three days of exploring local waterfalls, attractions, and Asheville. The staff of the Esmerelda were super friendly and helpful and the Inn restaurant had the most delicious meals every day. The cozy rustic environment is relaxing and the property's history interesting. The outdoor jacuzzi and fireplace were a perfect way to relax after dinner until bedtime. Their beds are so comfortable that a good nights sleep is almost guaranteed.

Winter Stay

4.4 on December 27, 2017

Stay for 3 days and 2 nights. Nice place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Staff was friendly and helpful. did have issues with water pump alarming during one night and next day quickly fixed by staff but did get irritating while alarming. Do not plan on checking out before 8am as the staff does get in until then. Overall worth the stay.

Perfect 5.0 Christmas Family Reunion Stay!

4.0 on December 23, 2017

The Esmeralda Inn ranks 5.0 on the review but I couldn't get the 5 rating to click on the computer! The Inn served as the Christmas weekend host for my family of 23 who arrived from Singapore, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, etc. We utilized the cabins and some of the rooms as well as the private dining room. It was fabulous! The owners and the staff were very accommodating and gracious even permitting us to do professional family photos in the gorgeous lobby. Love the cozy romantic atmosphere and the intriguing history. Our Christmas dinner was excellent, satisfying for many tastes. The children loved playing on the Broad River rocks behind one of the cabins. We agree we would all do it again!

Rest and relax

5 on November 09, 2017

The chef was outstanding we had the best meal ever eating at the chefs table

Wonderful place to stay

5 on July 11, 2017

This was such a wonderful, clean and relaxing Historical Inn to stay at. Thank you so much to the staff and the chef. Thank you for adjusting your menu for my food needs. We will definitely return in the future.

Great retreat

4.4 on April 06, 2017

Found this inn during a search for a romantic getaway for our anniversary. It greatly exceded my expectations, was very pleasantly surprised by the place. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. Our anniversary dinner was outstanding. We will very definitely go back again.

Beautiful Inn

5 on February 28, 2017

We stayed for 2 nights at the Inn and loved every part of our stay there! The quality of the service, food & accommodations are top notch! The staff and owners are so welcoming and helpful! The Inn has a restaurant that offers dinner each evening! The food was so good we ate there both nights and were very thankful we did! Breakfast choices were awesome and delicious! Great wine list as well! We stayed in the room with a private balcony and view of the mountains! We will definitely be back!

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Thank you so much for your kind words about your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We will look forward to your visit with us again.

- Don & Kim Cason (innkeeper)

Gorgeous location with wonderful service

5 on February 06, 2017

My husband and I spent our 10 year anniversary here on a deal we found on Groupon. This place is awesome. There are great trails for hiking and places to fish at and all the little mom and pop restaurants serve excellent food. Breathtaking views! Bring your hiking shoes because Chimney Rock is a decent hike, but not for the faint of heart. I can't say enough good things about the Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. The grounds were well maintained and full of history, the staff are all very pleasant and go above and beyond to help you with whatever you need, and the rooms are very well maintained and comfortable.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review about your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you had a great time and we will look forward to your visit with us again soon.

- Don & Kim Cason (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


Queen size bed, full bath view of Chimney Rock State Park. Room includes fresh baked breakfast each morning. Plush robes, hairdryer, plush linens and flat screen TV, HBO, free WIFI, access to Hot Tub with outdoor woodburning fireplace, game room located on 2nd floor.

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

$129 - $249


King size bed, larger room with reading chair.

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

Chimney Rock River Cabin

3 Bedroom 2 1/2 bath with master bedroom on 1st floor with fireplace and jacuzzi tub. Full kitchen with living room with fireplace. Located on the Rocky Broad River. Green.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King , 2 Twin

Cabin Rocky Broad

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cabin with living room with fireplace and full kitchen. Located on the Rocky Broad River. Brown

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Cabin 3 ROOM

3 Bedroom Cabin and 2 baths, large walk in shower in master BR, shower only in second bath. Living room, dining room, full kitchen. Woodburning fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 6



  • Maximum Capacity: 1

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town


Asheville, NC (AVL) 25 miles

Directions to property:

From Asheville take 26E to Exit 49A (Bat Cave) onto 64E (Chimney Rock Road). At Stop Sign turn Right onto Main Street. Inn will be on the Left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Billiards, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Microwave, Parking, Spa, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some Holidays have minimums.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: None
  • Cancellations: 72 hour cancellation policy.
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Don and Kim Cason

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About the innkeepers

Meeting guests and ensuring they enjoy their stay at The Esmeralda Inn.

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  • Time Served: 8:30-10:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options


Signature Dish

A full Breakfast is served each morning and is included with your room. The morning's breakfast menu card will be placed in your room each day and your selection can be returned to the front desk each evening. The menu will vary from homemade pancakes or stuffed French toast to quiches or casseroles.

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