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The Carter Lodge

Chimney Rock, NC

The Carter Lodge #hotelsinchimneyrocknc #thecarterlodge
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Welcome

The Carter Lodge is Chimney Rock's premier destination hotel! Our rustic boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the Hickory Nut Gorge. We are located at the base of a 315 ft monolith, a 535-million-year-old structure that provides an awe-inspiring view that spans for 75 miles. We have luxurious accommodations, friendly staff, and incredible amenities. Out of all hotels in Chimney Rock NC you won’t find a better place to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. 

Whether you are in town for a romantic weekend getaway, hiking "the Rock" with friends, or browsing the shops and boutiques, The Carter Lodge will make sure your stay is a memorable one. Newly renovated with high end furniture and fixtures, The Carter Lodge offers all of the amenities you have come to expect!  

Our unique location, combined with luxurious amenities, makes The Carter Lodge the perfect destination for a relaxing and unforgettable getaway!

ROOMS
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OUR ROOMS

Our newly renovated hotel rooms offer the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Guests will enjoy hard wood floors, handmade rustic furniture, high-end fixtures, and granite counter tops. Enjoy the exquisite views of the Broad River and Chimney Rock from every room, plus experience ultimate relaxation with plush bedding and unique decor. Offering adjustable beds and Bluetooth bathroom fans in select rooms provides an added touch of luxury!

OUR SERVICES

OUR SERVICES

Cafe'

 

The Carter Lodge Cafe is stocked with snacks, drinks, Gourmet sandwiches, and even fresh meats to throw on the grill. It is your one stop shop in Chimney Rock!

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Garden

 

Located on the bank of The Broad River, our hotel is backed by lush gardens and stunning views. Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace, take a leisurely stroll through the garden, or challenge a friend to a game of checkers or cornhole. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax with us.

BBQ - Outdoor Kitchen

 

We are proud to offer our guests the convenience of our outdoor kitchen. Featuring BBQ grills, refrigerated storage, and a large granite work surface all under a covered pavilion. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy fresh cuts of meat purchased from our cafe to cook on the grill by the river with family and friends.

Free Wifi

 

High Speed FIOS wifi internet available for all guests!

Boat Rentals

At our hotel, we offer pontoon boat rentals on beautiful Lake Lure. Enjoy a day of fishing, swimming, or simply taking in the scenery from the comfort of your own pontoon boat. Reserve your boat rental today to make the most of your stay.

All Boat Renters must possess a NC Boaters License  Info: https://www.townoflakelure.com/parksreclak/page/lake-lure-boater-safety-course-and-test

Obtain a License by taking the online

test here: https://www.townoflakelure.com/boater-safety-test

Pet Friendly Rooms

We understand that your pet is part of the family and that’s why we strive to make them feel right at home. Come and experience the ultimate in pet friendly hospitality today!

GALLERY

GALLERY

SEE & DO

THINGS TO DO

Hiking 

Kayaking

Fishing 

Rafting 

Boating 

Ziplining

Golfing 

Swimming

Sunbathing

Canyoneering

Rock Climbing

Horseback Riding

Shopping

Dining 

Sightseeing

Wine Tasting

Live Music

Nothing - Just Relax!




Places To Go

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

At the center of it all is Chimney Rock State Park. Here vistiors can observe the local wildlife, Hike, climb, and Picnic. The parks main attraction is the 315 ft monolith "Chimney Rock". 

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

You will find over 2000 species of plants at the Lake lure flowering bridge. Take a leisurely stroll or participate in the provided scavenger hunt. You will also have a stunning view of Chimney Rock along the way.

Chimney Rock Village

Chimney Rock Village

Chimney Rock Village is the small town with something for everyone. Main Street is filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Grab an ice cream or a coffee and explore all that Chimney Rock Village has to offer. 

Lake Lure Beach

Lake Lure Beach

Relax on the lake's sandy beach, take a swim, or play in the water park located right on the beach! There is also a large, covered area to enjoy a picnic!

Rock Broad Riverwalk

Rocky Broad RiverWalk

The River walk is a beautiful riverside path that runs along the edge of the river, where you can stroll along and take in stunning views of the river. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of rocks to climb and explore in between the river and the restaurants and shops. 

Burntshirt Vineyard Tasting Room & Bistro

Burntshirt Vineyard Tasting Room & Bistro

Here, you can enjoy a variety of wines, beers, and "Southern Winery cuisine", all while taking in the stunning views of both Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls from the outdoor patio.

Explore Chimney Rock State Park

The view from the top of Chimney Rock
Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park

Above are the views from the top of Chimney Rock, and Hickory Nut Falls. 

Below is a list of everything Chimney Rock State Park has to offer!

 

01

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a 315 ft monolith that is 535 million years old, you can experience breathtaking views that span for 75 miles.

 

 

04

Animal Discover Den

Home to some of the parks wildlife, meet Mufasa the Eastern King Snake, Petunia the Snapping Turtle, and Ossie the Opossum, among others.

 

02

Hickory Nut Falls

At 404 ft, Hickory Nut Falls is North Carolina's 2nd highest waterfall. An easy .75 mile hike will take you to the base of the falls! *Featured in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans"

 

05

Gift Shop

Purchase a local treasure all while enjoying award winning live music right outside the shop.

 

03

Hiking Trails

*Exclamation Point Trail - 1.2 Miles RT

*Four Seasons - .6 Miles

*Great Woodland Adventure - .6 mile guided trail .

*Skyline Trail - 2.2 Miles RT

*Rumbling Bald Trail - 1.5 Mile loop

06

Rock Climbing 

Partnered with Fox Mountain Guides North Carolina Rock Climbing (foxmountainguides.com), chimney rock state park offers 2 hour, half day, and full day rock climbing sessions

The Hickory Nut Gorge in Chimney Rock NC

So Much More to do...

Activities

  1. Chimney Rock Gem Mine                                                 

  2. Green River Adventures                       

  3. Canopy Ridge Farm : Zipline Adventure Park     

  4. Cedar Creek Stables -Horse Rental Service in Lake Lure , NC                

  5. Chimney Rock Country Fair | Chimney Rock Village | NC                       

  6. Old Time Photo Saloon 

Let's Eat!

  1. Chimney Rock Smokehouse                     

  2. Riverwatch Bar & Grill   

  3. Old Rock Cafe - Pick up a "Hikers Lunch" on Ur way into the park!      

  4. The Veranda Restaurant                        

  5. The Lakehouse                  

  6. Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting room & Bistro                                               

  7.  The Highlands kitchen & Bar                                                                      

  8. The Stagecoach Saloon

Live Music

  1. Chimney Rock Smokehouse                                          

  2.  Lured Market & Grill                                           

  3. Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro     

  4. Chimney Rock Brewing                             

  5. Riverwatch Bar & Grill - Live Music Every Friday Night from 5-8

Shopping

  1. Doug Bowman Galleries                            

  2. Bubba O’leary’s General Store and Outfitters                          

  3. Harley Davidson              

  4. April’s Boutique               

  5. Gale’s Shop                      

  6. Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine and Jewelry Co.

November Events

11/01 - Trivia Night at Legends

Take on trivia night at Legends on the Lake. Put your mind to the test with challenging and engaging questions. Form your team and join us in the game room of Legends on the Lake. 

For seating purposes, teams are limited to 8 people per group. The Legends? regular menu will be available during trivia nights along with full bar service.

 

Don't have a team formed? Each week we will have a ?super singles? group for any solo participants.

 

Open to Members, Lodging Guests, and the General Public. 6:30 - 9:00pm

https://rumblingbald.com/plan-your-visit/#section-dining-atrumbling-bald

11/06 - 11/27 - Hike with a Naturalist

Spend an hour hiking one of the Parks’ six trails with a naturalist. Discover the fall flora and fauna of the Park on this educational excursion. You may even learn some of the Park’s history as well. Meet in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/hike-with-a-naturalist-4/

11/08 - Passholder Experience: Basswood Adventure

Chimney Rock Park 9-11am

Have you heard of our legendary Basswood tree? Designated as a Champion Tree, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at. Not many guests see it, as it is not along one of our marked trails. Venture off the beaten path on this moderate-to-strenuous hike with the help of an experienced guide to visit the famous basswood and learn what makes it special. This event is exclusively for Annual Passholders.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/passholder-experience-basswood-adventure/

11/11 - Mindfulness Hike Chimney Rock State Park

Join Namaste in Nature for a reflective meditation walk. As the holidays approach, take time for self-care and de-stress away from the hustle and bustle. Reconnect with nature and yourself this fall.

11-1pm

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/mindfulness-hike-3/

11/15 - Trivia Night at Legends on the Lake

Take on trivia night at Legends on the Lake. Put your mind to the test with challenging and engaging questions. Form your team and join us in the game room of Legends on the Lake. 

For seating purposes, teams are limited to 8 people per group. The Legends? regular menu will be available during trivia nights along with full bar service.

 

Don't have a team formed? Each week we will have a ?super singles? group for any solo participants. 

Open to Members, Lodging Guests, and the General Public. 6:30- 9:00pm

https://rumblingbald.com/plan-your-visit/#section-dining-atrumbling-bald

11/18 - Naturalist Niche: Fall Birding Hike

8:30 - 10:30am

Though most migrating birds have made their way through our area by this point in the year there are plenty of species who will spend the cooler months with us. The opening canopy due to falling leaves makes late fall a great time to witness some of these feathered friends. Join a local birding expert to identify some of these species.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/naturalist-niche-fall-birding-hike/

11/24 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Weekend Animal Encounters Chimney Rock State Park

Do you know our staff has a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn about the types of wildlife in the area and their jobs. Some of our best educators have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/thanksgiving-weekend-animal-encounters-3/

11/29 - Trivia Night at Legends on the Lake

Take on trivia night at Legends on the Lake. Put your mind to the test with challenging and engaging questions. Form your team and join us in the game room of Legends on the Lake. 

For seating purposes, teams are limited to 8 people per group. The Legends? regular menu will be available during trivia nights along with full bar service.

 

Don't have a team formed? Each week we will have a ?super singles? group for any solo participants. 

Open to Members, Lodging Guests, and the General Public. 6:30- 9:00pm

https://rumblingbald.com/plan-your-visit/#section-dining-atrumbling-bald

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December Events

11/23 - 1/01 - Forest City Christmas Hometown Holiday Festivities - 5 - 11:30pm each night

The Town of Forest City is honored to continue the tradition of over one million Christmas lights along historic Main Street in 2023. Voted the #1 Christmas town in the greater Asheville, NC area and the #2 place to see Christmas lights in Western North Carolina by RomanticAsheville.com, the Town of Forest City welcomes you to come visit and experience our Hometown Holiday Festivities!

Featuring: Ice Skating, Carriage rides, Christmas Parade, Hay rides, Santa

https://www.townofforestcity.com/downtown-community-development/forest-city-christmas

11/24 - 1/01 - Hendersonville Home for the Holidays

Main Street’s shops, galleries and boutiques are decorated in holiday splendor, while large wreaths with big red bows hang from streetlights. Add in the twinkling lights and decorations along the serpentine street, and you get a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie.

Events include carriage rides, visits with Santa, greenery markets, a Christmas parade, holiday-themed performances at the Flat Rock Playhouse, special shopping events and the ever-popular Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt.

https://visithendersonvillenc.org/home-for-the-holidays

12/02 - Breakfast with the Elves - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Some of Santa’s elves have joined us to cook up a delicious breakfast for kids and kids-at-heart. Meet the elves and enjoy festive holiday pancakes and classic breakfast staples. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, then head to the Park and watch Santa prepare for Christmas Eve by rappelling down the 315-foot Chimney Rock! This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park.

Breakfast with the Elves at the Old Rock Cafe - Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park (chimneyrockpark.com)

12/02 - 26th Annual Santa on the Chimney - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Come cheer Santa on as he rappels down the 314-foot Chimney Rock with help from our friends at Fox Mountain Guides. Plus, write a letter to Santa, enjoy live holiday music, toast marshmallows, take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hike with an elf, and meet live Park animal ambassadors.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/26th-annual-santa-on-the-chimney/

12/07 - Holiday Gala 2023 - 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Join the Hickory Nut Chamber this year for The Black, White, & Red Gala!

  • Live Auction

  • Entertainment/Music

  • Dinner

  • Cash Bar

https://hickorynutchamber.org/holiday-gala

12/09 - Breakfast with the Elves -  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Some of Santa’s elves have joined us to cook up a delicious breakfast for kids and kids-at-heart. Meet the elves and enjoy festive holiday pancakes and classic breakfast staples. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, then head to the Park and watch Santa prepare for Christmas Eve by rappelling down the 315-foot Chimney Rock! This event is at the Old Rock Cafe, not inside the Park.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/breakfast-with-the-elves-at-the-old-rock-cafe-2/

12/09 - 26th Annual Santa on the Chimney - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Come cheer Santa on as he rappels down the 314-foot Chimney Rock with help from our friends at Fox Mountain Guides. Plus, write a letter to Santa, enjoy live holiday music, toast marshmallows, take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hike with an elf, and meet live Park animal ambassadors.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/26th-annual-santa-on-the-chimney-2/

12/13 - Chamber PowerHour - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Business members are invited to join us for our new networking meetings designed to help create new referral sources, share your promos and events, and gain knowledge and support from other business leaders.

Agenda:

Mix & Mingle
Chamber Announcements
60 Seconds of Fame
3-minute Partner Presentation
10-minute Partner Presentation

https://hickorynutchamber.org/

12/13 - Trivia Night at Legends - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Take on trivia night at Legends on the Lake. Put your mind to the test with challenging and engaging questions. Form your team and join us in the game room of Legends on the Lake. 

For seating purposes, teams are limited to 8 people per group. The Legends? regular menu will be available during trivia nights along with full bar service. 

Don?t have a team formed? Each week we will have a ?super singles? group for any solo participants. 

Open to Members, Lodging Guests, and the General Public.

https://rumblingbald.com/venue/legends-on-the-lake/

12/18 - 12/31 - Winter Break Animal Encounters

Do you know our staff has a wild side? Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our live Animal Ambassadors and learn about the types of wildlife in the area and their jobs. Some of our best educators have feathers, fur, shells or scales!

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/winter-break-animal-encounters-4/

12/27 - Trivia Night at Legends - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Take on trivia night at Legends on the Lake. Put your mind to the test with challenging and engaging questions. Form your team and join us in the game room of Legends on the Lake. 

For seating purposes, teams are limited to 8 people per group. The Legends? regular menu will be available during trivia nights along with full bar service. 

Don?t have a team formed? Each week we will have a ?super singles? group for any solo participants. 

Open to Members, Lodging Guests, and the General Public.

https://rumblingbald.com/venue/legends-on-the-lake/

12/30 - Mindfulness Hike - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Join Namaste in Nature for a reflective meditation walk off the beaten path and away from the crowds. De-stress on this hike focused on connecting with yourself and the natural world.

https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event/mindfulness-hike-4/

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My recent stay at The Carter Lodge was nothing short of a delightful escape into rustic luxury. Nestled along the riverbank with a stunning backdrop of majestic mountains, this charming lodge exceeded all expectations. From the moment I arrived, I was captivated by the tranquil ambiance and picturesque surroundings.

One of the standout features of The Carter Lodge is undoubtedly its prime location. Situated within walking distance to the town, it strikes the perfect balance between seclusion and convenience. This allowed us to explore the local attractions, dine at nearby restaurants, and immerse ourselves in the vibrant community without any hassle.

 

The lodge itself is a true testament to rustic elegance. Our renovated room was a cozy haven, exuding an authentic mountain lodge feel while still offering modern comforts. The attention to detail in the design was remarkable, seamlessly blending wood accents, earthy tones, and tasteful furnishings. It was clear that the lodge's owners had put thought and care into creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

 

Cleanliness is of paramount importance to me, and The Carter Lodge excelled in this aspect. The room was immaculate, reflecting a high standard of housekeeping. It's always a pleasure to relax in a space where you can genuinely unwind, knowing that hygiene is a top priority.

Of course, what truly stole my heart was the breathtaking view that greeted us every morning. Waking up to the sight of the sun painting the mountains with warm hues while the river flowed gently by was a soul-soothing experience. It's one thing to read about such vistas, but to actually wake up to them is an entirely different and awe-inspiring sensation. T

 

Though our schedule didn't permit us to make use of the outdoor kitchen, it was impossible not to notice its allure. From what we observed, it was a fully equipped culinary haven that beckoned for barbecues and al fresco dining, promising unforgettable gatherings under the open sky. In conclusion, The Carter Lodge offers an enchanting retreat for those seeking a blend of natural beauty, rustic charm, and modern comfort. The proximity to town, the meticulously renovated rooms, and the impeccable cleanliness make it an excellent choice for a getaway. Even without experiencing the outdoor kitchen firsthand, its mere presence added an exciting dimension to our stay.

If you're looking for a place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and create lasting memories, The Carter Lodge comes highly recommended. My stay here was a rejuvenating escape, and I can't wait to return to relive the experience.

Barbara Sevacko - Charlotte, NC

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