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.
3.4 on May 07, 2017
Was planning on camping in the area then the weather turned REALLY nasty with high winds and lots of rain. Decided to look into accommodations and Laughing Heart was the only place with a room left in the area. Wasn't ever planning on it, but turned out to be a wonderful place and would recommend it to anyone.
5 on April 28, 2017
I have stayed at the Laughing Heart Lodge on two occasions (consecutive years in April) and would highly recommend it to anyone staying in the Asheville area. The grounds are beautiful and relaxing, and the hosts are very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was delicious - especially the hot biscuits! Looking forward to my next trip!
4.2 on March 27, 2017
We discovered this Lodge several years ago and the laid back,comfortable ambiance and visiting Hot Springs Spa keep pulling us back.We visit year round,but mainly in the quieter times of the year!Karen Moore is a wonderful,caring inn keeper!I have stayed in almost every room and they are all individually decorated.Not high end luxury,the rooms offer a comfort level and details that you would expect in a private home.We enjoy the two public areas with fireplaces to read,relax and visit with others,as well as the outside areas when it's nice.No televisions to disrupt the calmness.Good Internet connections keeps my sports fan happy or watching a movie quietly in your room possible. I usually don't give reviews but felt this place was worth my time. Only breakfast is served and it is buffet style. Coffee,tea and cocoa is always available.We enjoy eating at the Iron Horse grill for casual fare and Mt.Magnolia Inn for special dinners. Visiting the Hot Springs Spa is always a treat to ourselves too.
5 on November 28, 2016
This lovely and well-appointed lodge, aged with generous hospitality, proved to be just the place to restore energy for returning to my home in MI. I could hardly believe the serenity I found as entered the beautiful lobby and the relaxed manner of the hosts, both as they received my reservation and welcomed me to the lodge. The next morning was even more amazing, with cheerful hosts full of information. The views, fireplaces, books, window seats all beckoned to restore life as it can be… a quiet journey to who we really are…people of peace. I found out it had been a retreat lodge for years. It made perfect sense to me as I could feel the serenity. Breakfast was tasty, coffee and tea abundant. Breakfast with other guests proved that we are all connected in many interesting and heartfelt ways as we journey in life. The massage was wonderful. The Appalachian trail is at its doorsteps and the easy walk through the town delightful. I’m looking forward to my return. Mary…Kalamazoo, MI
4.6 on October 23, 2016
Recently enjoyed one night stay at this wonderful lodge.....spacious and very clean room and bath, beautiful grounds, friendly staff and excellent homemade breakfast. Will look forward to returning soon.
3.8 on August 02, 2016
This lovely lodge is situated nearby a quaint town with great access to the Appalachian Trail. Peaceful, clean, warm, wonderfully enjoyable experience from check in to check out. Large, well appointed rooms. I was with an art retreat group, and it was well suited for our creative times. Having left my phone charger, the accommodating staff was very helpful in getting it returned to me as soon as possible. Highly recommend.
4.8 on July 22, 2016
The lodge and the staff provided exactly the peaceful and pleasurable experience needed. Quiet. Relaxing. Excellent food. Silently making it a terrific experience was the staff who genuinely care about those who come there way. I'm ready to go back!
4.4 on July 19, 2016
Wonderful architecture in refurbished Jesuit retreat lodge. Rooms were beautifully furnished, spacious and clean. Fantastic library and lots of nooks and crannies indoors and out to meet and greet or find solitude with a book. Food and conversation was great. Grounds nicely kept and walking distance to in-town restaurants and shops.
4.0 on June 18, 2016
Laughing Heart Lodge is a warm, friendly, and peaceful lodge. The grounds are beautiful with many seating areas outside to enjoy. The main village is within walking distance and has several restaurants to choose from. Laid-back rural environment. The Lodge is clean and welcoming. My room was quiet and very comfortable. I woke to birds singing and the sounds of nature.
4.4 on April 18, 2016
The accommodations at Laughing Heart Lodge are exceptional. Love the warm feeling of wood all around. The Dandelion Room was huge with a beautiful view of the mountains and the courtyard.
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.
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, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Library, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
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