Laughing Heart Lodge

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

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Grateful Heart guest

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


Charming Serene B & B

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.


Yes!

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.


Peace and pleasure

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!


Relaxing break from city grind

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.


Peaceful

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.


Charming!!!

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.


Relaxing night's stay

3.2 on December 01, 2015

Relaxing night's stay over the busy holiday travel weekend. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Would stay here again.


Lovely getaway

5 on November 23, 2015

My wife and I spent the weekend celebrating her birthday. Laughing Heart Lodge is a beautiful place, with kind and welcoming innkeepers, cozy fires, good books, deep bathtubs and comfortable beds. Breakfast was healthy and nourishing, and featured the good company of other guests. It was a wonderful treat for us to spend the time there. A soak in the tub at the Hot Springs Spa and dinner at the Iron Horse were lovely extras. If you need to rest, renew, and recharge, it's a great choice.


A place to center yourself

4.8 on September 27, 2015

What a beautiful lodge, in a beautiful setting. Kind & helpful staff. I could not have asked for Better. Lovely rooms with all you need for a relaxing shower And good nights rest. I do need the yummy granola Recipe.


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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

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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

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Fireplace, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

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

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
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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

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