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Engadine Inn and Cabins Featured on Pet-Friendly Blog

March 4th, 2014 by Honey Hill

This is Bella enjoying a sunny winter day on Honey Hill.

This is Bella enjoying a sunny winter day on Honey Hill.


We recently had a blog writer from the Canine Journal stay in one of our dog-friendly cabins. She, her husband and their two sweet dogs stayed in our Smoky Mountains cabin. Michelle wrote about their experience in a recent blog post.

Do you travel with a dog? We have three pet-friendly cabins on our 12 acre property. Check out Michelle’s blog post about staying at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins.

Fire on the Rock – Asheville’s Chef Challenge Dining Competition

February 24th, 2014 by Honey Hill

Are you a foodie? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a judge in a professional cooking competition? Well, this is your chance to participate in Asheville’s “Fire on the Rock” Competition Dining series!

fire on the rock 2For three weeks in March, chefs from eight of Asheville’s finest restaurants will pair up against each other in a competition called “Fire On the Rock,” which is part of a statewide “Got to Be NC” competition. The Asheville competition is one of a series of competition dinners taking place in five cities across North Carolina. Asheville, Wilmington, Blowing Rock, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte host this year’s high-pressure series. Each regional champion will move on to the Final Fire-Battle of Champions in November.

The Competition: Each evening, two restaurants battle it out side by side, preparing meals that must include a
secret ingredient from North Carolina. The diners will enjoy a six-course menu, which will include three courses from each chef. Diners will not know which chef prepared the courses. You are a judge as you rate each dish and determine who moves to the next round and who goes home. At stake in each series is a grand prize of $2,000 and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.”

The Schedule: Dinners begin at 6:30 PM on Monday and Tuesday nights on the following dates:

Qualifying Rounds:  March 10th, 11th , 17th, 18th

March 10th         Vidalia vs. Strada Italiano.

March 11th          Isis vs. Season’s

March 17th         The Gamekeeper vs. Ambrozia

March 18th         King James Public House vs. LAB

Semi-Final Rounds: March 24th, 25th.

March 24th         The winners of the March 10th and 11th  rounds compete

March 25th         The winners of the March 17th and 18th compete

The Final event on March 31st  will be held in Raleigh and is not included in the package.

The Venue: The dinners will take place at the Lioncrest on the Biltmore Estate. Built in 1930 as a barn, the property was extensively renovated in 2006. The enclosed terrace has stunning views of the Biltmore property. One hundred fifty diners will be seated at tables of eight to enjoy the offerings of the chefs.

The Package: The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association, of which we are a member, is offering an exclusive package that includes more than $150 in dining vouchers and gifts along with your lodging and dinner.

  • 1 night’s lodging in a room of your choice (cabins not available).
  • 2 tickets to Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series “Fire On the Rock”
  • 2 commemorative wine glasses from NC Wine & Grape Council
  • 1 bottle Cackalacky Sauce (sample size)
  • Free dessert for two at Ambrozia
  • Free dessert for two at The King James Public House
  • 10% off lunch or dinner at Seasons Restaurant
  • $10 off $25 purchase (alcohol not included) at Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB)
  • One complimentary Chef’s choice appetizer with the purchase of a bottle of wine at Strada Italiana
  • Buy 2 Signature drinks and get your choice of 1 complimentary Tapas at The Social Lounge
  • Copy of Savour the Inns of Asheville: Cookbook of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association

The Cost:
The price of your room plus the cost of tickets to the event:

  • Initial rounds $59/person plus tax and service (total $74.78)
  • Semi-finals $69/person plus tax and service (total $87.46)


Tickets will be limited so book early. Please call us directly at 828-633-1110 to make your lodging reservation. We will take care of booking your tickets to Fire on the Rock!

This package is non-refundable.

Happy Holidays 2013 Special

November 18th, 2013 by Honey Hill

This Holiday 2013 special has expired.

Take some time for yourself this holiday season and visit Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. Reserve a room or cabin for a stay any time (yes, the weekends are included!) between December 1 and December 19, 2013 and receive a Happy Holidays discount on your entire reservation!

Honey Hill Inn and Cabins Holiday Special

  • Two night stay – take 20% off
  • Three night stay – take 25% off
  • Four night stay – take 30% off

Yes – you can add on a package! We usually don’t allow specials to be combined with other specials or packages, but… it’s the holidays! Our Biltmore Candlelight Evenings package can be added to any stay. Please read the details on our blog and mention the package when you book. All policies and restrictions detailed on our blog page apply to this package.

Two Easy Ways to Reserve

  1. Call us directly – 828-633-1110
  2. Book online (mention Happy Holidays Special in the Notes section) – Click the Reservations button anywhere on our site to be directed to our secure reservation system.

The Not-So-Fine Print (Policies and Restrictions)

  • Cannot be combined with any specials, discounts or packages (exception: Biltmore Candlelight Evenings package).
  • Valid for stays between December 1 – 19, 2013.
  • Discount based on double occupancy. For cabins with occupancy of more than two guests, we add an additional $10 per night per guest. This additional charge is not discounted.
  • Special must be mentioned at the time the reservation is made. No exceptions!
  • You may add the Candlelight Evenings package up to three days prior to your arrival date.
  • All other Honey Hill reservation and cancellation policies apply.

Veteran’s Day 2013 – Showing Gratitude

November 18th, 2013 by Honey Hill

November 11, 2013, Veteran’s Day, was a special day here at Honey Hill. We were proud to participate in a program sponsored by the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association honoring veterans and their spouses for their service to our country. The local program was part of the Professional Association of International Innkeepers (PAII) initiative: B&Bs for Vets – A Better Way to Stay.

We hosted two veterans, Army and Navy, and their spouses in our bed and breakfast. What made it even more special was knowing that one couple were victims of Hurricane Katrina and had been displaced as a result of the damage and devastation caused by that hurricane. We were so happy that they were able to take advantage of this program, as they have had such a difficult time in recent years.

Our veterans’ complimentary stay included afternoon snacks, 24/7 hot and cold beverages and a delicious three-course plated breakfast in our dining room. Here are some photos from that day.

Veteran's Day Free stay

Chip and Betty


Veteran's Day Free stay

Joe and Melissa

Baby Announcement at Honey Hill!

October 29th, 2013 by Honey Hill

One of the reasons we love our jobs as innkeepers is because of the happy events that take place here. I recently got a call from an expectant mother whose parents were anxiously awaiting the news – boy or girl? The baby didn’t cooperate for the initial test to determine gender. A second test was scheduled the day before her parents were to check in to stay in our Balsam Mountains cabin.

Rather than simply call them with the news, the expectant parents decided to make their announcement with balloons. I recommended a local florist shop for her to call, and sure enough, the day the soon-to-be grandparents were to arrive, an adorable balloon delivery arrived at our door. It was a busy day, but I managed to snap a photo of the arrangement in our kitchen before Gretchen delivered the balloons to their cabin. What a fun way to check people in! Gretchen opened the door to their cabin, showed them in and there was this wonderful surprise!


A Beautiful Day for an Elopement

October 14th, 2013 by Honey Hill

We were so happy to host an elopement ceremony on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Many people picture an elopement as two people “running away” to secretly get married. These days, many couples are opting out of expensive weddings in favor of smaller, intimate weddings or elopements, which consist of the couple, two witnesses and the officiant. Whitney and Matthew chose Honey Hill for their elopement. It was the perfect location with a spectacular backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Brown elopement oct 2013

Best of luck to you both and we hope to see you on your first anniversary!

Asheville River Arts District 2013 Studio Stroll

June 10th, 2013 by Honey Hill

On June 8 and 9, Asheville’s River Arts District held the first of two Studio Stroll weekends. I was thrilled to slip away from Honey Hill for a few hours on Saturday afternoon to experience it for the first time. More than 180 working artists in 19 historic converted warehouses along the French Broad River, open their studios and galleries to the public.

My friends and I had the option of walking to studios that were located close together. We also took advantage the free trolley rather than drive to some of the studios that were further away from our starting point.

Our first stop was our favorite artist Diane English, owner of the Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co. Diane is a talented mixed media artist who creates original works of art and greeting cards. Her use of color is amazing and the subject matter is often fun and thought-provoking.

I Love My Life - Diane English

I Love My Life – Diane English


We hopped off the trolley at the historic Cotton Mill Studios. The building is all that remains of the original textile manufacturing complex owned by the Cone family. As an aside, the Cone sisters (Clarabel and Etta) were art collectors and friends of Picasso, Matisse and Gertrude Stein. They were also friends of Mary Hoyt Reese, the daughter of Captain John Keais Hoyt, who built Engadine, our 1885 Queen Anne Victorian mansion. What drew me to this building was the wonderful trompe l’oeil mural on the façade.

There were numerous artists at work in their studios. I was fascinated by the potters and stopped to watch Maria Andrade Troya make honey pots at the Curve Studios.

Maria Andrade Troya

The River Arts District also has some great restaurants and breweries. We stopped for lunch at White Duck Taco, located in the Hatchery Studio building. This is not your traditional taco/Mexican restaurant! White Duck serves up delicious gourmet tacos, such as duck, Thai chicken, and fish. You won’t find ground beef here!

If you missed the June Studio Stroll, the second one is scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2013. Plan to do some Christmas shopping, and of course, book your stay at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins!