Sleep in a Yurt, and 4 Other Ideas for a One-of-a-Kind Stay in North Carolina

Sky Ridge Yurts in Bryson City features an upscale take on yurts, portable tents historically used by nomadic groups in Central Asia. (Image via Sky Ridge Yurts)

By Leah Sherrell

November 15, 2022

Mountain glamping, art hotels, and cottagecore dreams: A short list of one-of-a-kind North Carolina lodging destinations. 

North Carolina has something for everyone. The secluded mountains, tranquil beach towns, and fast-paced cities are tailor-made for accommodations, no matter your style. 

Sometimes, with so many options, it can be hard to narrow down your choices, so we’ve handpicked 5 spots for your next weekend getaway. 

1. Sky Ridge Yurts 

You may be asking yourself, “Now what is a yurt?” 

Well, traditionally, a yurt is a portable tent used by nomadic groups in Central Asia, but in this Bryson City destination they come with a king-sized bed, central heating, a full bath, a kitchen, and wifi. 

Hard-core glamping. 

This site has all  the amenities of home, and is perfectly situated in the Smoky Mountains. The Nantahala Outdoor Center, zip-lining, mountain biking, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and downtown Bryson City restaurants are minutes away. 

There’s also the option to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. 

2. Fearrington House Inn 

The Fearrington House Inn is a venerable lodging destination in rural Chatham County. (Visit NC)

Fearrington House Inn is dedicated to lovers of idyllic farmhouses, cottagecore, and the finer things. 

This bnb is part of Fearrington Village in rural Chatham County. It has gardens, a spa, a barnyard, and shopping in the village. Dining includes  the Belted Goat, Roost Beer Garden, and their award-winning Fearrington House Restaurant, which features seasonal menus with ingredients from local farms. 

3. West Salem Art Hotel 

Image via West Salem Art Hotel

Just outside of downtown Winston-Salem, in the middle of an urban garden, the West Salem Art Hotel is designed with creatives in mind. 

The two spaces, the Rose Room and the  “Art”partment are covered in for-sale art pieces. Keeping photographers and Instagram feeds in mind, you can also book the spaces at an alternative rate for a photoshoot! 

If you’re up for exploring, Winston-Salem offers plenty of activities and eateries, but if you’d rather stay close to your weekend home, they often host community events nearby. 

4. Dreamers Welcome

Image via Dreamers by DW

Each room in this downtown Wilmington bnb has a dreamy theme.  The Romantic has a rain shower and oversized bay windows overlooking the garden. The Visionary has Yves Klein Blue walls, a velvet sofa, and third story views of downtown.

Explore the food, beer gardens, coffee shops, nature preserves and nightlife from this convenient location; then wake up to the included vegan breakfast. 

5. Lake Lure Inn and Spa 

Image via Visit NC

In the Blue Ridge Foothills looking out over Lake Lure, this 55-year-old inn and spa combines historic charm with modern amenities. 

Most rooms have lake or mountain views, and larger parties can book one of three cabins on the property. There’s a spa. You can book a horse ride or visit nearby Chimney Rock State Park. 


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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