Come Gaze at The Mountains
Get Lost in a Dancing Fire
Welcome to the Esmeralda Inn
Prepare to be caught off guard the first time you see it. The towering locust log columns with huge burls and knots, the snarling rhododendron railings, the over scale and purposely placed stone, and the old hardwood floors from Dirty Dancing, all molded with finesse into something masterful and unique, making this rustic inn a delightful destination in the Chimney Rock, Lake Lure area of North Carolina.
The Esmeralda Inn celebrates warm hospitality with the honesty of nature and a connection to the land; bringing the outside in. The intimate retreat sits gently on a wooded hillside in the Western North Carolina Mountains, overlooking the crystal-clear rapids of the Rocky Broad River and surrounding vistas of Hickory Nut Gorge.
Since 1892, the Inn has delighted weary guests with the soothing sounds of moving water, breathtaking geography, and mouthwatering fare, restoring souls and reviving spirits with comforting Southern hospitality.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a private family retreat, or just to enjoy some away time to explore, The Esmeralda Inn is the perfect lodging choice for your mountain adventure. So come gaze at the mountains, ponder the mysteries of flowing water, get lost in a dancing fire, marvel at passing clouds, and experience the rest and relaxation you've been waiting for.
View the charm of Lake Lure by boat. Take a boat tour at the Lake Lure Marina and share in legends and stories from the lake while seeing the filming location of Dirty Dancing. At Lake Lure the mountains “rise from the lakes”.
Experience the thrill of standing on the top of Chimney Rock and experiencing majestic views of the valleys and Lake lure from a birds-eye perspective. Hiking trails lead you to heights or waterfalls.
The Esmeralda Inn
910 Main Street
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Phone Number: (828) 625-2999