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Explore the Area!

The Esmeralda Inn will help you celebrate the beauty of our mountains.

Just around the corner
The Esmeralda is situated within one of the most stunning canyons in the Eastern United States, where the opportunity for exploration and adventure is limited only by your imagination.

Area Information

area-lake-lure-downtown-fallWithin a short distance of The Esmeralda, you will find golfing, fishing, boating, hiking, white water rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding. You can take a tour in a horse drawn carriage or a dinner cruise along the lake. If you just want to relax, the Beach at Lake Lure is a great place to spend a day. We will  be happy to provide you with area information!

Whatever you like, you will find it just a short distance away.

Blue Ridge Mountain Attractions

Plan your trip around some of Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills’ numerous activities. Whatever your reason to visit, The Esmeralda Inn will help you celebrate the beauty of our mountains, enjoy the delicious cuisine in the area’s many restaurants, and point you towards the many great Blue Ridge festivals.

Explore the culture and charm of our local towns and cities.

Lake Lure / Chimney Rock

This is the heart of The Hickory Nut Gorge. Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure bring visitors to the area every year to play on the Lake and hike the trails of Chimney Rock Park.


Within a few miles of The Esmeralda lies Asheville. This beautiful city is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts some of the best restaurants and shopping in North Carolina.


Hendersonville is a lovely small city with many big city amenities! You'll find the downtown area lined with shops and cafes.

Flat Rock

Historic Flat Rock boasts one of the best little theaters in the country!

Outdoor Adventures

The Lake Lure area is wonderful for many outdoor activities including golf, boating, biking, hiking, and more.


The restaurants in Lake Lure and the surrounding areas offer many choices for casual and fine dining.