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My husband and I came for our 30 year anniversary and we enjoyed everything about it. We stayed in the honeymoon cottage and it was fabulous. We had dinner in the restaurant and the food was delicious. We also had breakfast every morning and it was amazing. The chef did an excellent job on every meal. The staff at the Inn and restaurant are superior with customer service and go above and beyond to make you feel right at home. We stayed 5 days and will definitely be back.

Absolutely beautiful stay this past weekend! The staff was extremely friendly, and our room was immaculate. We had a box of chocolates on our bed when we arrived (Valentine’s Day) and the towels and linens were so soft and smelled delightful. (Very rare at most places!) The location of the Inn was perfect, very close to Chimney Rock Village! One of the best perks was the complimentary breakfast each morning. It was delicious and the entire stay made us feel very spoiled. We’ll definitely be back in the spring/summer to enjoy Lake Lure. Thank you again for a wonderful Valentine’s/Birthday weekend!

We loved the Esmeralda even though we only had one night. The place is full of charm and the staff was wonderful. This is on our list of places to go back to for a longer stay.This is a lovely Inn with one of a kind charm. Extremely comfortable beds with high quality linens. Accommodating staff and good food. Stands out as the best in Chimney Rock.

We have traveled lots, by car, ship, motorcycle and this beautiful historic Inn is the best. Besides being impeccably clean, having the best soft towels, comfortable beds and pillows, bathrobes, Eco friendly amenities in bathroom, great breakfast, fantastic fire pit area with jacuzzi, S’mores, the view is simply spectacular. Complimentary coffee, tea, was just outside our door each am for early risers. The game room, card area was fun, rocking chairs on decks were relaxing. We had room 10 which has a king bed. We opened the windows every eve and fell asleep easily from the sound of the running river. Waking up to spectacular mountain view each am was perfect. I cannot say enough wonderful things. The Lobby with its spectacular modern yet historic ambiance is so inviting. Check out the pictures as they are exactly what everything looks like. The new owners are just as authentic and charming as this Inn. Just go.

Our daughters’ wedding was held at The Esmeralda 8 days after the new owners had taken possession. The change in ownership was seamless. Don and Kim were gracious hosts and took great care of us for 3 nights. The inn and grounds are beautiful and were immaculate. We had filled the inn up for the weekend with the wedding party and friends and family. Everyone fell in love with the place. A few hours before the wedding, which was originally planned to be in the front garden, a decision had to be made to hold the wedding inside. It was no problem—everything was perfect. The food the entire weekend was excellent and the entire staff from housekeeping to servers to the chef were superb. The beds and linens were excellent. Many of our 60 guests said they would definitely come back. It was a fabulous wedding and weekend. Best wishes to Don and Kim and their new endeavor.