• Est. 1998 •
Located minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown Asheville, Sourwood Inn remains tucked away enough to provide a relaxing refuge. The Inn consists of twelve private rooms, all with wood burning fireplaces and private balconies, overlooking the surrounding forest and the mountains beyond. In addition, there is one detached cabin, nestled in its own wooded setting. Sourwood Inn provides instant comfort no matter the season, from its garden and stone patio busting with flowers, to a roaring fire in the lobby with cozy reading nooks in the extensive common areas, to the spacious and whimsical guest rooms.
Twenty-One Years of Blue Ridge Beauty
Sourwood Inn began its life with a few aspirations in mind: to share the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to afford a genuine place of relaxation and solitude, to offer a hearty breakfast to start your day and a memorable dining experience in the evening. Founders Nat and Anne, along with their daughter Susan and her husband Jeff, had a desire to create a space that balances public with private, simple with complex, and aesthetically pleasing with interesting. More than 20 years later, it’s safe to say these aspirations have been achieved!
In October 2019, Proal and Connie became the new owners of Sourwood Inn. As repeat guests, Proal and Connie were always drawn to the Inn on their frequent cycling trips to Asheville. They feel honored to protect the legacy of Sourwood Inn and are committed to continue to provide the welcoming refuge that guests have grown to enjoy, while subtly imbuing the Inn with their own personalities and aspirations.
The Sourwood Tree
The Sourwood’s abundance on the property and the exuberant whimsy they present were the main impetus for the naming of the inn.
The Sourwood tree, Oxydendrum Arboretum, is native to eastern North America and most abundant in the chain of Appalachian mountains of which Sourwood Inn is a part. Their trunks, with natural bends, were used as sleigh runners. The sprays of white blooms appearing late in the summer, afford the honey bees the opportunity to create the much desired Sourwood honey.
The Sourwood is aesthetically pleasing and interesting as its branches are notorious for whimsically twisting and curving. The leaves turn a bright crimson in August and stay colorful through out the fall.