The Best Hotels to Book Near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Stay in a suite overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains before taking a drive along the incredible Blue Ridge Parkway
Stay in a suite overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains before taking a drive along the incredible Blue Ridge Parkway | Courtesy of Primland Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection / Expedia
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As one of America’s favorite drives, Blue Ridge Parkway features a relaxing ride with stunning landscapes vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands – book a hotel nearby on Culture Trip.

Extending for over 450mi (724km) along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia, the parkway protects a huge diversity of flora and fauna and offers countless activities such as hiking, cycling, picnicking and camping. In the surrounding areas, you can also admire some of the oldest settlements in America.

1. Bryson Inn


Bryson Inn
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This truly unique venue offers a genuine Southern atmosphere and unforgettable welcoming hospitality. Featuring non-smoking and pet-free rooms and suites, distinctive amenities include comfortable king and queen beds, a convenient coffee maker, high-speed Wi-Fi and a delicious morning continental breakfast. Enjoy the magnificent heated seasonal pool or explore the surrounding area. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel is only a short drive to Pilot Mountain State Park, Hanging Rock State Park and Stone Mountain.

2. The Bob Timberlake Inn


The Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort
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The imposing Chetola Resort is situated within walking distance of the quaint mountain village of Blowing Rock and adjacent to the amazing National Park nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. A magnificent fit if you’re seeking to disconnect from a busy lifestyle, the resort features beautiful mountain lodging, upscale comfort food, awe-inspiring activities and relaxing hospitality. Within the resort premises, the Bob Timberlake Inn is a unique bed and breakfast with a 1920s-1940s atmosphere – offering a personal pantry, wine and cheese evenings, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, complimentary breakfast and a library to wind down in.

4. Hampton Inn Hillsville


Hampton Inn Hillsville
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Indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast, a fitness center, a meeting room and a business area are just some of the amenities that you’ll find when booking a stay at the Hampton Inn Hillsville. Right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and only steps from the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market, you can venture along the Beaver Dam Creek Walking Trail, the New River Trail State Park and the Shot Tower State Park – all within a few minutes from the hotel.

5. Switzerland Inn


Right on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Switzerland Inn is a unique accommodation option in the relaxing environment of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Here, you’re invited to choose between the casual quarters in the Main Lodge, the fantastic suites with inspiring mountain views, or the comfy rustic cottages – all elegantly appointed, featuring ample seating spaces and modern comfortable amenities. Additionally, you can make use of the relaxing spa, enjoy excellent on-site fine dining and admire the stunning surrounding landscapes.

6. Primland Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection

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Primland Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection
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Elegant and owner of exceptional views, Primland’s Collection of varied accommodation includes the elegant lodge – with its fine-dining restaurant, serene spa and observatory tower – as well as luxurious rooms and suites overlooking the world-class golf course and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other stunning lodging possibilities include the romantic designer treehouses, perched on the lip of the Dan River Gorge and the rustic mountain homes among other suites and accommodation experiences. On-site activities range from hiking along countless trails, mountain bike or horseback riding – while a selection of exclusive restaurants reflects Primland Resort’s farm-to-table ethos.

7. The Residences at Biltmore


The Residences at Biltmore
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Asheville’s magnificent Biltmore Estate is arguably the finest example of the city’s stunning architecture. The magnificent chateau is a National Historic Landmark sitting on an impressive 8000-acre (3237ha) estate. Offering every perk of a home away from home, the Residences at Biltmore are a collection of elegantly appointed homes with modern comforts, including comfy rooms and fully equipped kitchens. However, if cooking is not your thing, Azalea Bar & Kitchen – in the Biltmore lobby – serves innovative Southern American cuisine made from locally sourced produce.

8. The Horton Hotel


The Horton Hotel and Rooftop Lounge
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Right in the heart of Boones in North Carolina, this exquisite boutique hotel offers a unique getaway to visitors. The hotel features 15 elegantly appointed rooms – some pet-friendly – with awe-inspiring 360º views of the main streets in town. Among the luxurious amenities, enjoy plush robes and complimentary artisan breakfast with locally roasted coffee. Indulge in delicious cocktails and tasty artisan snacks at the rooftop bar – as well as visit nearby locations in town, like the Mast General Store, ASU and the Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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