Two of the biggest attractions in North Carolina are the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, the 500-person town of hot Springs is surrounded by both. In a valley between the two destinations lies a destination in and of itself. Hot Springs is located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River, just a short drive away from the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The place has been a resort town for almost 200 years, as it has been renowned for its mineral springs and idyllic mountain backdrop. The town is also home to the only hot spring in North Carolina.
In 2012, Hot Springs was chosen by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine as the “Best Small Mountain Town” from Georgia to West Virginia. This small town has plenty for visitors to do, or not do, and relaxing here can be just as refreshing as getting in some outdoor time.
Ready for a weekend of treating yourself? Good, because you’ll be able to all that and more in Hot Springs. Start by doing a tour of the Briar Rose Farm, where you can walk around the grounds, pick berries, wander through the numerous gardens, or just enjoy the photo opportunities with the gorgeous backdrop of the mountain ranges. Next, take yourself to the Hot Spring Resort and Spa where the hot spring mineral water is funneled into Jacuzzi hot tubs and will be waiting for you to arrive. For the last part of the day, check out Addison Farms Vineyard, where you can do a wine tasting at this family-owned winery while gazing out at the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you’re more of a physical activity-type during vacations, Hot Springs can be that for you, as well. The town is situated on the banks of the French Board River, which means great river rafting is just minutes away. Try Hot Springs Rafting Company for a personal rafting excursion. If you’re still looking for activities, you could always do a little horseback riding, take a hike at Max Patch, a hilltop with one single tree, or go skeet shooting at Fowler Farms. This is just the beginning of all that this small town has to offer visitors, so make sure you’re able to fit in everything you want to do!
Asheville is located 45 minutes from Hot Springs. The city has made a name for itself in the craft beer world, boasting the most breweries per capita than any U.S. city. If possible, try to fit in a trip to some of the local ones; you won’t regret it! Asheville also has a good amount of cheese makers, and the Carolina Mountian Cheese Fest showcase some of the best across the state every April. For those history buffs, a trip to the Biltmore is in order while in Asheville. Created by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the tour of this French castle-like estate can easily take 2 hours and includes a tasting and overview of Biltmore’s winery. Ashville’s food scene and craft artisans are another major part of the city, so make sure to leave some time to explore the local food and shops!
A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is easy from Hot Springs. Located just over an hour away, the national park is one of our nation’s natural treasures. Must-sees on your day trip into the park are iconic Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Smokey’s, and Cades Cove, a beautiful, luscious valley with an 11-mile loop hiking trail. From waterfalls to mountain peaks, to valleys, this park has it all.
A flight into Asheville is the best way to get to Hot Springs if coming from out of state. Rent a car and take the short, 45-minute drive to the small town. A rental car is recommended if making any day trips outside of Hot Springs, as well, and many places within Hot Springs will require a vehicle.
Tripping.com offers visitors over 70 vacation rental options. From cozy log cabins nestled on acres of land to more spacious homes with incredible views of the Pisgah National Forest, the options are limitless. You and 5 friends can even stay in a treehouse cabin that comes with a hot tub, fireplace, and, of course, a great view.
For such a small town, you’d expect Hot Springs to have limited food and drink options, but you’d be wrong. Check out Mountain Magnolia Inn where visitors rave about their food, claiming it’s the best in the area, even if it is a bit pricey. If you’d rather make up your own mind and save a few bucks, try Spring Creek Tavern. This place has a covered patio situated along a creek and its brick oven pizzas are a crowd pleaser.
Looking for a vacation rental in Hot Springs? Tripping.com has 36 vacation rental homes available in Hot Springs. You'll find 2 studios, 13 1-bedroom, 12 2-bedroom and 9 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $90 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Hot Springs is $191 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Hot Springs home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 13 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Hot Springs. In addition to accommodating pets, Hot Springs rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 27 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 27 have TV and/or cable and 0 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 3 vacation rental sites in Hot Springs where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Expedia. There are 28 HomeAway rentals, 5 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 3 Expedia vacation rentals.