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Bent Creek Lodge in the NC mountains is a natural getaway

Photo courtesy of Bent Creek Lodge, NC

When the pandemic ditched plans for a Prague trip to celebrate milestone birthdays for my sister and me, we looked for a closer-to-home destination that met our readjusted goals: exploring nature along with safe accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Bent Creek Lodge, one of the 18 members of the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association, fit the bill beautifully.

Having sampled four other member inns of the Asheville B&B group, we confidently choose this one. Before booking, I called the lodge about its COVID protocols. Owner/manager Randy Claybrook, who purchased the property in November 2019, provided the assurances we needed. The off-the-beaten path lodge offers 10 rooms on three levels; nine with a private, outdoor entrance that makes social distancing a breeze.

Bent Creek’s mountainside location wowed us upon arrival. The lodge’s land, originally part of the Biltmore Estate and later owned by the Boy Scouts, is set amid 160 acres of hiking paths, abandoned logging roads, and streams for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, a mere 0.7 of a mile away, promised the chance to enjoy autumn leaf-peeping, and the North Carolina Arboretum and the French Broad River both were within easy hiking distance.


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