The lobby is a beautiful rustic place to relax.Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed.Enjoy our beautiful spa and patio.The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC


"Quiet Setting overlooking the Broad River"

"We could see Chimney Rock from our porch."

"So close to Lake Lure!"

Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Attractions

National Geographic claimed that Lake Lure, North Carolina was "one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world." The lake is a short thirty minute ride to Asheville, NC within the Blue Ridge Foothills of Western North Carolina. During the summer, the cool waters of the Lake, with dramatic peaks rising out of the water, draw visitors from all over the country. Overlooking the lake is Chimney Rock State Park, with its breathtaking views and miles of hiking trails. Tubing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing are among the favorite blockbuster hit Dirty Dancing, and many other movies have been filmed throughout Lake Lure's peaks, valleys, and lakes.

Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are beautiful places to visit year-round. The winters are temperate, the summers are warm, and the spring and fall seasons are breathtaking! October through November is "Leaf Season," a glorious explosion of colors - driving the Blue Ridge Parkway may be one of the best ways to enjoy the height of the colors.

What to do?

  • During the summer relax at "The Beach" at Lake Lure. Fun awaits the whole family, kids and adults alike will love the water slides, bumper boats and water cannons at Beach Water Works. At Lake Lure the mountains "rise from the lakes".
  • Hit the trails at Chimney Rock Park and see where Last of the Mohicans and other films where made. If you’re not up for a hike, there is a 26 story elevator to bring you to the top of the mountain.
  • 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. A night cruise features dining at Larkin’s on the Lake. Should you prefer the driver’s boats and pontoon boats are available for rent.
  • The Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville will fascinate the entire family. The Estate is open year-round and features many special events such as the Festival of Flowers, wine tastings, concerts, Christmas tours and more.
  • Lake Lure is home to one of the most beautiful and cyclist friendly settings in the United States.
  • The French Broad River is perfect for whitewater rafting.
  • Do you love to fish? Lake Lure’s extensive shoreline and over 1500 acres of water surface area are the perfect environment for catching many kinds of fish...from Lake Trout to Largemouth Bass.
  • Lake Lure and the surrounding area is perfect for the golfer as many beautiful courses are in close proximity. Here is a list of local golf courses.

There are many things going on in the area that you can enjoy all year long.

Lake Lure Area Information

The Esmeralda Inn is ideally located near Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina. During your stay with us, plan a short scenic drive to visit these great small towns.