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Places to Stay in North Carolina

Our Favorite Places to Stay in North Carolina

Last Updated on September 18, 2020

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We’ve visited some awesome places to stay in North Carolina and wanted to share a few of our favorites so you can enjoy them, too. It can get tricky when narrowing down places to visit in this state, so we’ve narrowed things down a bit.

We’ve even mixed it up with traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts, a loft, and even a campground.

So, whether you’re hoping for a weekend getaway in the Mountains, Central North Carolina, or on the Coast, these are the places in North Carolina that we absolutely love to frequent as guests.

This guide is part of our series covering places to stay in North Carolina. We’ve also created a guide to the coolest Airbnbs in our state if you want to dream even more!

Places to Stay in North Carolina

Western North Carolina

Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a cool town we first stumbled upon while exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. We liked it so much that we decided to keep coming back whenever we set aside a weekend.

There are some awesome places to stay in and around Blowing Rock, with spots ranging from right in town to far away in the mountains.

Chetola Resort

Keep reading after Chetola Resort, even if it wins among all places to stay in North Carolina.

Chetola lives up to “haven of rest,” which is what the name means in Cherokee. At this amazing resort in Blowing Rock, natural beauty and world-class accommodations keep bringing people back for return visits. But don’t worry, because there’s room for you, too, as long as you book in advance.

Amazing food at Timberlake’s, fun indoor and outdoor amenities, and all the memories you’ll create here will have you ready for next time before you check out.

Our guide to Chetola Resort outlines all of this and more.

Green Park Inn

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Green Park Inn’s history alone will impress, but this cozy mountain getaway has tons of appeal beyond its backstory. Relaxing spaces greet you around every corner, plus you’ll find great food and excellent service throughout the hotel.

We included The Chestnut Grille among our favorite Blowing Rock restaurants, just so you know.

Then there are the rooms, which will take you away and help you recharge for days out in Blowing Rock or around the hotel, which you really don’t have to leave. We loved our stay there and will definitely come back for more.

Read more about why Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock is one of our favorite places to stay in North Carolina, and why we’ll be back.


Many people associate this small town with Asheville, but we think that it’s good enough to stand on its own. Sorry, friends in Asheville, but one can easily enjoy a weekend in Brevard exploring in nature, digging into the food and brews scene, and more.

The Pines Country Inn

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Technically in Pisgah Forest, the Pines Country Inn is a short drive from Brevard and in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll ever find. Spend some time getting to know the place and you’ll see that this is one of the best BnBs in Western North Carolina.

They’ll take care of you with awesome service and amazing food. Then, there’s the absolutely homey interior. You’ll fall in love with it as you catch a perfect morning view before chasing Brevard’s waterfalls and everything else that makes Transylvania County so special!

In case you’re still curious, we shared 7 things we loved about the Pines here!


Engadine Inn and Cabins

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About 20 minutes outside downtown Asheville, Engadine is a wonderful bed and breakfast that was once a wine-producing estate, and that’s just a part of the history you’ll find here.

The home and its surrounding cabins sit on a 12-acre property, surrounded by mountains and beautiful scenery all around. If you venture out to the area used as a wedding and event venue (pictured, top) around dusk, prepare for some epic scenes as the sun goes down.

Inside the inn, you have a variety of comfy rooms to choose from, and then there’s the breakfast. This two-courser will get you going for a day out exploring and then some.

We still fondly remember our meal at Engadine in this guide and even interviewed one of the owners about it. Hopefully, you’ll get to experience it, too. Want to book a night or more there? Check here.


Blackberry Lodge

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Blackberry Lodge is the first property managed by Yonder Vacation Rentals that we’ll mention. It’s an amazing house in Fairview, which is about 20 minutes from Asheville. The place is completely surrounded by trees, rhododendrons, and mountain laurels, and that’s half of what makes it so awesome.

The inside is spacious, colorfully decorated, and perfect for up to 12 people to enjoy any time of year. You can easily kick back and relax on any of the house’s three levels, but you must spend some time out on the deck.

And if you want to know more, read our post on Blackberry Lodge to see why it’s an awesome getaway from Asheville.

Little Switzerland

Switzerland Inn

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Switzerland Inn sits right off the Blue Ridge Parkway between Blowing Rock and Asheville and is one of our places to stay in western North Carolina, if not the whole state.

Along with comfy rooms that overlook the valley below, you’ll find a fun collection of shops and delicious on-site restaurants.

We think Switzerland Inn’s rooms are perfect for large groups and couples seeking a quiet spot.

Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine is a tiny community in Mitchell County, though some really famous people are from there. UNC Basketball Coach Roy Williams and Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry both grew up there.

Bear Den Mountain Resort & Campground

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We’ve been coming to Bear Den Mountain Resort & Campground the past few years and really enjoy its proximity to Linville Falls, but also the site’s exquisite camping spots, clean and comfy cabins, and friendly staff.

During our most recent visit, we even noticed considerable improvements to the swimming pond, offices, and expanded hiking trails.

Central North Carolina


Heading away from the mountains, many people first look to Charlotte when thinking of North Carolina’s cities. The Queen City is the state’s most populous and really the center of it all for people throughout south-central North Carolina and many parts of South Carolina.

Charlotte is a great mix of the South and a metropolitan area, to me. It’s also a place you should check out more than once to get a real feel for it.

Hilton Charlotte Center City

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Hilton Charlotte Center City wowed us in so many ways and showed us that Downtown Charlotte (aka Uptown) really has a hotel that’s more than just a place to stay. There’s a lot to do in and around their super relaxing rooms.

There’s also the wonderful food coming out of Coastal Kitchen, which you need to visit at least once. This place has it all and we think it’s the perfect way to spend your weekend (or more) in Charlotte.

Bonus Tip: This Hilton’s Stay in the City Package will give you the most out of your time staying at this awesome hotel!


We’re a bit partial to Durham, and not just because we live here. It really is a fun place to live. Bull City is also full of great places to stay, too, as more people continue visiting this awesome North Carolina city (and eventually moving here!).

The Durham Hotel

The Durham Hotel opened in 2015 and is one of our favorite hotels in Bull City. With a huge focus on “local” throughout the hotel, we know a night (or more) at The Durham is your best bet to enjoying Downtown.

Since we live in Durham, we’ve dined and sipped cocktails there many times, attended events, and done much more than stay at The Durham. However, after a staycation at The Durham, my wife can attest to this place as one of the best relaxation spots in North Carolina.

Christina’s write-up about The Durham perfectly outlines why we’ll be back and most likely, why you will be, too!


Greensboro is the Piedmont Triad’s largest city (third largest in the state) and one of our favorite spots in North Carolina. We think the Gate City rocks, especially for the hotel that we’re about to share with you.

Proximity Hotel

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Proximity Hotel is a special place to stay in Greensboro, thanks to its focus on sustainability, but much more than that. We enjoyed our homey rooms, wonderful service from all the staff, and delicious creations courtesy of Print Works Bistro.

It’s so good that we included Print Works in our guides to must-eat restaurants in Greensboro and our favorite breakfast restaurants in North Carolina. Because of all these reasons, Proximity is truly a place that I know we’ll frequent again.


While Winston-Salem was once the largest city in North Carolina, there’s quite a bit of historic pride and tons of fun things to do in the Dash. People might say that it’s up-and-coming, but we think Winston has arrived on the scene as one of the South’s most interesting places to visit.

The Cardinal Hotel

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The Cardinal Hotel was one of the most interesting buildings we’ve ever encountered, but the people working there make it even more special. First, you’ve got the iconic and historic Reynolds Building and Kimpton, a brand who’ve transformed a former tobacco headquarters into a uniquely designed hotel.

Plus, there’s the awesome food that’s being perfected at The Katharine Brasserie and Bar, a Southern French-inspired restaurant that puts on a show each time a meal is sent out to their very lucky customers.

It’s one of our favorites and we love The Katharine so much that we had to include it among Winston-Salem’s must-eat restaurants.

Read more about our experiences at The Cardinal Hotel here and The Katharine here.

Brookstown Inn Hotel

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The Brookstown Inn Hotel was once the Arista Cotton Mill Complex and today, it’s an awesome historic hotel in Winston-Salem. When you stay there, you’ll find a mix of charm and legacy. The rooms’ exposed wood ceilings and grand brick windows, with the original millworks still visible in many.

It’s one of the most beautiful places to stay in North Carolina, with 70 guest rooms adorned with 19th-century pine floors and antique furniture. Their poster-style beds are covered with hand-stitched quilts and many suites are bi-level, featuring a decorative fireplace.

If you want to learn more about the Brookstown Inn Hotel, this guide featured it. You can check here for prices and room availability if you’re already convinced this is the hotel for you.

We’ve also featured these places to stay in guides to historic hotels in Winston-Salem and our North Carolina bucket list.

Eastern North Carolina

New Bern

New Bern is a very special place to us and we hope to keep coming back, Honestly, it’s hard to be this awesome coastal community, full of active and friendly people. Not only is it filled with nice folks, but a couple of our favorite North Carolina hotels also happen to be in New Bern.

Courtyard by Marriot

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If you want to stay right on the water, I’d suggest a night (or more, of course!) at the Courtyard by Marriott. That lovely hotel is right next to Union Point Park. That’s where you’ll see quite a few of New Bern’s most picturesque waterfront photos taken.

There’s also a pool outside for you to enjoy during the warmer months. Grab a Starbucks coffee or something delicious from the bistro in the hotel’s comfy lobby.

Hampton Inn New Bern

We’re big fans of Hampton Inn and were invited by the folks at the New Bern Convention and Visitors Bureau to attend a wonderful charity event known as MERCI on Middle. We had no idea that the hotel’s General Manager Gary Curry is one of the masterminds behind MERCI on Middle.

His hotel outside of Downtown is exquisitely run and possesses all the fun things we love about Hampton. That includes a great (and FREE) breakfast, nice rooms, funny signs throughout, and more!

For a deeper dive into New Bern’s awesome community, check out our interview with Gary Curry about MERCI on Middle.

The Outer Banks

Heading to the amazing beaches in The Outer Banks is one of the finest privileges a person can have. Some call it one long beach, but who’s counting?

I’m not saying anything about the other places we’ve mentioned. Just know that this really is a beautiful part of the world that we hope you get to explore for a weekend or more!

Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is the most populous Outer Banks town and is also home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, though the place didn’t exist when the famous first flights happened between 1900 and 1903.

That’s why you hear so much talk about and references to Kitty Hawk instead.

Wright Cottage Court

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Wright Cottage Court in Kill Devil Hills is a great spot for your beach vacation in North Carolina. Seeing the sunrise from your front porch there is a great way to start your day in The Outer Banks.

It’s also a great spot for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. Inside, these places come with a fully equipped kitchen and have tons of room to enjoy your mornings or nights in.

We enjoyed our stay here, even during the offseason, which you read more about here!

Topsail Island

Sound n’ Sea

Sound n’ Sea is the best way to spend a Topsail Island beach vacation. Managed by Yonder Vacation Rentals, this location is one of their flagship spots. Sound n’ Sea’s size (sleeps 16) makes this the perfect place for a massive family or company retreat.

There’s a private dock outside, where you can swim, boat, or kayak in Stump Sound, and the beach is within a short walk. There are so many ways to enjoy this property, which makes it the ultimate place to stay in Topsail.

This place is amazing for a weekend on Topsail Island, or even longer! Read more about our experience at Sound n’ Sea here.


Hotel Ballast

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Hotel Ballast sits right on the Cape Fear River, across from the Battleship North Carolina, and right along the Riverwalk. It was perfectly placed for our fun, family-friendly weekend in Wilmington.

And while it’s surroundings are impressive, the inside will blow you away with amazing decor, more-than-comfortable rooms with a view, and top-notch amenities.

The folks tending the on-site bar will make just about anything you ask for, even kicking it up a notch if you’d like. I know I’ve yet to find a better Old Fashioned than the one I enjoyed at Hotel Ballast.

Many of the hotel’s rooms offer views of the river and beyond. They’re also cozy and quiet, even during busy times. For example, we stayed there during a massive military ball that was happening downstairs and barely noticed, except for all the nicely dressed people we saw in the elevator and throughout the spacious lobby.

Our Thoughts and Yours, Too!

Now that you’ve got a few places to stay in mind, are you ready to visit North Carolina and explore our beautiful state? We hope these hotels in North Carolina help you enjoy the trip even more!

Ever spent time in one of these places? We’d love to know about your experiences in the comments section below! 

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