Aska Lodge

B&b in Blue Ridge

This idyllic, two-story pinewood lodge is run by a friendly, well-traveled climber couple. The four rooms all feature highly regarded trade-offs – do you choose the wraparound porch with swing or the in-room Jacuzzi? The wooden sliding bathroom doors and other woodwork throughout the house are produced on-site and there's an outstanding front-yard firepit.

It's on wooded grounds 3.5 miles south of downtown and is a nice counter to downtown's touristy madness.