Take a Hike
The Inn is 200 yards from the Appalachian Trail and there are a number of hikes you can do right from the Inn. Lover’s Leap Trail is the most popular with the walk along the French Broad River and then the turn up the mountains edge with switchbacks taking you to great views of the river and valley below which offers great fall foliage views. The hike then goes to the north slope of the mountain with lots of moss and tunnels of rhododendron. You may also want to consider the Pump Gap Trail, the Laurel River Trail, Betty Place….to name just a few.
See USA Today article about hiking in Hot Springs and Mountain Magnolia Inn.
Experience an Outdoor Adventure
We have great whitewater rafting a 5 minute walk from the Inn. Horseback riding is a 20 minute trip and affords an opportunity to visit a garnet mine and have some beautiful scenic mountain views in the process. 40 minutes away is Navistar, a zip line course in the trees on 50 acres of wooded land.
Appreciate Area Crafts
Artisun Gallery is 5 minutes from the Inn on foot and features the work of 50 area artists and craftspeople. You can also enjoy a latte or your favorite coffee beverage or a selection of wines by the bottle or the glass.
Two minutes from the Inn are the hot mineral springs and their reputedly healing waters of 102 degrees. We will provide robes, a spa bag with towels and bottled water. After your soak enjoy a relaxing massage in the tower of the Inn or a hot stone treatment, herbal body wrap, or foot treatment.
Enjoy an Unforgettable Meal
At Mountain Magnolia Inn Chef Zeb McDermott uses the finest of ingredients available locally and from Asheville specialty markets with as much being organic and locally grown as possible. We regularly visit the farms we buy from locally. Dining at the inn is both nourishing and relaxing. It’s not uncommon to diners to linger after dinner or breakfast and take in the mountain views.
Visit the Biltmore
The Biltmore Estate, vineyard and grounds are magnificent. Many guests leave after breakfast and spend much of the day there and take in one of Asheville’s many fine restaurants for lunch or dinner.
Learn About the History of Hot Springs and the Inn
Hot Springs has a wonderful and rich history and the Inn and its owners, Carrie and Colonel James H. Rumbough were the central figures in much of it. Many people are surprised to learn that in the 1800’s a 350 room hotel graced the grounds of what is now the Hot Springs Resort and Spa and that in World War II there were over 2,000 German detainees housed there. In earlier times Hot Springs was the wintering spot for Native Americans, later became a stop-over for the drovers trail and Buncombe Turnpike and was the site of several Civil War skirmishes. The Inn has a nice collection of books and other historical information you can peruse at your leisure.
Have a Picnic Lunch at Max Patch
This 5000 foot bald mountain with incredible long-range views is known throughout the region and is a great ½ day trip. There is a scenic ride to the trailhead and some good hiking when you arrive as well. For those not into hiking, this is a walk able trip to the top which takes about 20-25 minutes.
Visit Trust and Luck
Highway 209 south out of Town is a Scenic Highway and heads to nearby Trust and Luck. There’s a General Store in Trust which is worth a stop and they have a good chef if you are hungry. Nearby Luck is an unincorporated spot on the map with a quaint old storefront reminiscent of the 1930’s.
Take in Some Mountain Music
The Iron Horse Station in town often has local mountain musicians playing on weekends and sometimes during the week. This is a great place to get a burger and enjoy a cold beer. Just 200 yards from the Inn over the old trestle bridge.
Visit an Old Time Hardware Store
Keith Gentry is a 2nd generation Gentry in Gentry Hardware. He is a great guy and will take whatever time it takes to find you the right gadget. If you don’t need a gadget, he’s got lots of other stuff plus Moon Pies.