Celebrating over 125 years of rustic rejuvenation. Est. 1891
A Remarkable Rustic Chimney Rock Inn
Embracing The Great Camps Style
Prepare to be caught off guard the first time you see this rustic inn. Our Chimney Rock inn boasts towering locust log columns with huge burls and knots, snarling rhododendron railings, 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 remarkable rustic inn in Chimney Rock, North Carolina a delightful destination and a unique alternative to other Chimney Rock, NC hotels.
Since 1892, the Esmeralda 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. Lake Lure hotels provide guests with endless serenity and peace, as well as beautiful lakeshore scenery to enjoy.
Our calming Chimney Rock 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. The Esmeralda Inn is known as one of the best Chimney Rock hotels in the area due to our beautiful scenic views and love for nature.
Our Chimney Rock lodging includes 14 comfortable rooms, as well as three private Chimney Rock cabins for larger groups and families. Each room and cabin is complete with the best amenities and maintenance imaginable, including fireplaces, plush robes, hot tubs, and more! Located right near the inn, our Chimney Rock cabins are perfect for those looking for a private getaway and offer beautiful scenic surroundings.
Dine at our delicious Chimney Rock restaurant, offering an exciting menu of fresh entrees, desserts, and cocktails. Our restaurant’s friendly and casual environment is what sets us apart from many other Lake Lure, NC restaurants, as we take pride in serving our guests only the best. Host your rehearsal dinner, birthday party, or family reunion at The Esmeralda Restaurant.
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 Chimney Rock 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.
Check out our rooms at the inn & our Chimney Rock cabins!