The River Lodge Bed & Breakfast

619 Roy Tritt Rd (In between Dillsboro and Cashiers), Cullowhee, NC 28723 USA (Show map)


Experience rustic elegance at its best...Experience The River Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Surrounded by waterfall, streams and a river frontage, your time away from home will be well spent in this moutain hideaway. Built with 100 year old hand hewn logs, the greatroom features a massive stone fireplace, comfortable furnishings and a 1923 Brunswick billiard table. Tastefully decorated throughout with an eclectic blend of anitques, wood carvings, oil paintings and American Indian motif, this lodge affords you the luxury of appreciating art and nature at its best. Unique guestrooms have queensize mountain made log beds. Our down pillows and fluffy comforters surround you in warmth. Our private baths offer "old world" charm with "new world" convenience. Scented soaps, plush towels, showers for two and old fashioned claw foot bathtubs with separate showers. Enjoy a full country breakfast in our dining room and complimentary afternoon refreshments. Nightly rates are from $125.00 - $220.00, double occupancy. Hideaway Suite $220,(October $240.) Hideaway Suite has a whirlpool for two, woodburning stone fireplace, spiral staircase that takes you to a bedroom loft and private bath.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Wonderful Stay!!

5 on January 13, 2014

The River Lodge was just an incredible experience! From the moment we arrived we felt special, and Cathy and Anthony were wonderful hosts in every way. The rooms were beautifully decorated with such attention to detail as was the entire lodge! The HUGE stone fireplace was like nothing I have seen before! We enjoyed talking with the hosts and learning about the area and the history of the lodge! We took a long relaxing walk down to the river and enjoyed the property so much. And the food was AWESOME!! This wonderful couple really knows how to make you feel relaxed and special, and I look forward to spending another weekend with them in future! Highly recommend this bed and breakfast, you don't want to miss out on this great experience with these great people!

Innkeeper Response
Wow, we truly appreciate your comments and we too look forward to having you back with us again. We'll keep the fireplace glowing! Til then, Thanks so much.

- Cathy (innkeeper)

the best of the best!

5 on July 15, 2013

I just spent a weekend at the River Lodge B&B in Cullowhee, NC...outstanding in every catagory...beautiful location, right on the river, incredible hosts, Cathy and Anthony, who are there when you have a question or need a reccommendation for dinner, but who are also well enough versed in the B&B business to know when to not be obtrusive. They were the nicest hosts I've ever encountered, and I've been to quite a few B&B' let's talk about breakfast...they have this down to a science, and Oh My God they are SO GOOD!!! plenty of food, perfectly cooked, amazing presentations and served with love...these folks are amazing in everything they do, and their B&B reflects that in every way...super clean, super friendly, super location, super everything...I'm going back...SOON!

Superb Experience from the Eyes of World-wide Travelers

5 on June 12, 2013

This is worth the stay! Beautiful lodge, expectational breakfasts and excellent hospitality. We did not want to leave and will be back.

Ideal Getaway

5 on May 27, 2013

The River Lodge B&B is an ideal inn for a mountain getaway. The lodge is beautiful, the rooms well appointed and the location convenient to the Great Smoky Mountains NP as well as other locations. Cathy and Anthony are wonderful hosts and the breakfasts are fantastic! -Bruce Francis

The Greatest Place

4.8 on April 10, 2013

Anthony and Cathy run a gracious, peaceful establishment. Breakfast is always delicious appetizingly presented. My wife and I will never stay anywhere else in the Smokies.


5 on April 08, 2013

From the moment we entered the front door and personally greeted by name, we felt so comfortable and relaxed. The entire experience at the River Lodge was terrific. The lodge is beautiful and the grounds are a sight to behold. After dinner we relaxed on the porch, serenaded by the treefrogs. I loved that there was no TV i the room, however Johnny would have preferred one. Breakfast was terrific, and shared with the other guests. Cathy and Anthony are such a delight and make you feel right at home. We truely did not want to leave! We will be returning! Cindy and Johnny Concord, NC

Gorgeous Getaway

5 on October 08, 2012

River Lodge is by far the best B&B we have stayed in. The location on the river is idyllic, the lodge is beautiful, the food was delicious and artfully prepared and the owners gracious and accommodating.

The Best

5 on September 11, 2012

Since this was our first B&B, it really opened our eyes to this kind of lodging. The hosts were delightful and most helpful for the area. We will certainly visit them again and other B&Bs as well.

Great Retreat

4.6 on September 11, 2012

Breakfast was fantastic, as was the facility, innkeeper(s) and view. We hope to return soon.

Beautiful and Relaxing

5 on September 04, 2012

Beautiful and Relaxing -- had a wonderful time. Hosts Cathy & Tony are fantastic people! The home is gorgeous. Wonderful property with a view of the river. Delicious breakfast. Would highly recommend and hope we can go back.

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains


Asheville, NC (AVL) 65 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The Biltmore Estate, Smoky Mountain Railroad, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Horseback riding, Waterfalls, Whitewater rafting, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Fireplace, Library, Radio, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3:30 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited if over the age of 13
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A one nights deposit is required at the time of reserving guest room.
  • Cancellations: To cancel reservation please notify us at least ten days prior to your reservation date for a full refund on your deposit. Notice of cancellation received less than ten days from the date of reserved will be subject to deposit forfeiture. A $10.00 administrative fee will be deducted from your deposit.
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Cathy and Anthony Sgambato

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Many of the oil paintings in the inn were done by Anthony, some date back to the 1970's. Our private collection for you to enjoy. Many of the art and craft centerpieces and wall decorations are done by Cathy. A huge wreath that sits above the great rooms fireplace has a hornets nest decorated with natures twigs, pinecones and leaves.

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  • Time Served: 9 am - 10 am
  • Serving Location: patio, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Vegetarian diebetic

Signature Dish

Eggs Neptune
A toasted cruissant with thin slices of smoked salmon, poached egg, hollandaise sauce and topped off with fresh boiled shrimp, a sprinkling of dill. Accompanied with lightly steamed asparagus on the side. Delicous!

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