Where to Stay Near Asheville, North Carolina


Where to Stay Near Asheville, North Carolina

When recently looking for where to stay near Asheville, North Carolina, we were so glad to have found the Dancing Bear Getaway in nearby Black Mountain. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was the perfect place for us to stay while exploring the greater Asheville area as a family.  The outdoor space, family friendly amenities, nearby scenic hikes, helpful hosts and proximity to downtown Black Mountain as well as Asheville, all make it the best place to stay near Asheville.  Read on for more on why we loved staying at this home. 

Outdoor Space

Where to Stay Near Asheville, North Carolina

The outdoor space at the Dancing Bear Getaway is awesome!  There is a firepit, hot tub and several patios to relax on here.  Our favorite outdoor spot was the fire pit area.  The firepit abuts a cozy wooded scene and is surrounded by large blue chairs as well as string lights that add to the fun atmosphere.  There is a place to hang a hammock here too for extra relaxation.  Another great outdoor spot at the Dancing Bear Getaway is the hot tub.  Our toddler loved hanging out here and would have stayed in it all day if we had let her.  The hot tub was also a great spot to relax after the kids went to sleep.  

Where to Stay Near Asheville, North Carolina

There is also a front patio, with a bench and two rocking chairs, that is rather serene.  It looks onto a wooded area on the dead end road the house is located on.  We loved hanging out here after hikes.  Further, there is a back patio with a grill and dining table/chairs that abuts the woods as well.   All these spots make this home a great place for enjoying the outdoors.  You honestly would not have to leave the Dancing Bear Getaway for the weekend with all these outdoor entertainment areas.  

Family Friendly Amenities

Beyond the awesome outdoor spaces, this home has so many family friendly amenities inside.  First, the size makes it perfect for a family.  Being 3 bed and 2.5 bath, everyone should have enough space.  Also, there is a game room that has a foosball table and a bunch of different games for the whole family to play.  This space makes for a fun rainy day or evening hangout spot.  Our toddler kept asking us to play ‘foos’ here.  

In addition to the size of the house and game room, there is a plethora of toddler/baby friendly amenities that make the home even more family friendly.  There is a pack n play, booster chair and baby gate all to use during your stay at the home.  Further, the large closets in two of the bedrooms easily accommodate a pack n play so if you are looking for your little one to have their own quiet space without using an entire room, this is perfect.  Our friends staying with us and ourselves were able to do this with our babies and this made the home feel like it had 5 bedrooms instead of 3.  There is also laundry available which every parent knows is a huge help when traveling with littles.   See our ​​Asheville with a Baby or Toddler for more baby friendly Asheville tips.

Nearby Great Hikes

The location of the Dancing Bear Getaway is prime for hiking.  You are 15 minutes from the Lookout Mountain trailhead, one of the best hidden gem hikes in the Asheville area at Montreat College (summit view pictured above).  There are also several other convenient and stunning hikes at Montreat College, including the Big Piney Ridge Trail.  Further, you are 30 minutes away from the Wildcat Rock hike.  This hike takes you to not only to a sweeping mountain overlook but also past a unique waterfall.  See our Top 3 Asheville Hikes for more information on each of these hikes.  

Close to Downtown Black Mountain

We loved downtown Black Mountain and staying at the Dancing Bear Getaway, you are only a short 3 minute drive, or less than 1 mile walk, into downtown Black Mountain.  Black Mountain has some of the best restaurants in the Asheville area.   Some of our favorites included The Bush Farmhouse, Cousins Cuban Cafe, The Hop, Black Mountain Pizza and Dripolator.  The downtown area is really cute and has tons of different sized hand painted rocking chairs. Our toddler could not get enough of these and wanted us to sit in each we encountered.  See our Weekend in Black Mountain guide for an itinerary for visiting all these spots.  

Close to Downtown Asheville 

Beyond being close to downtown Black Mountain, you are only 10-20 minutes away from most spots in downtown Asheville. This allows you to easily explore all of Asheville has to offer yet stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the serenity of this home tucked away in Black Mountain.  Some of our favorite restaurants in Asheville included Vortex Donuts, Sunny Point Cafe and White Duck Taco.  See our 4 Days in Asheville guide for more details on these. 

Pets Stay Free

At the Dancing Bear Getaway, pets stay free.  Most of the other home rentals we looked at staying at in the area charged $100 plus for a pet to join you on your stay.  We were not able to bring our dog on this trip, but our friends brought their dog and the space was comfortable for her.  They have a food and water dish to help your pup feel at home. 

Where to Stay Near Asheville, North Carolina

Responsive and Helpful Hosts

Carolyn and Brian, who own the Dancing Bear Getaway, are super helpful hosts.   Prior to your stay, they send you a PDF guide on the home/area to orient you.  They were extremely responsive with any communication and had some of the best Black Mountain recommendations (almost all highlighted on our Weekend in Black Mountain guide).  As small business owners who manage the property themselves, they will go the extra mile to make sure you have a great stay.  

We hope this guide helps you plan your trip to the Asheville area.  Visit the Dancing Bear Getaway website for the latest availability and to book your stay. 

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