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    Default Finishing a 40 mile section in Hot Springs, NC - Where to Stay in Hot Springs?

    Hi! We are looking for a recommended hotel to relax for a night after the hike. Want to take advantage of the hot Springs too. Thanks for any recs!
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    I've stayed at the Iron Horse Station twice. Highly recommend it. The bar downstairs has good beer, but the food at the Smokey Mountain Diner is both better and cheaper. Heard good things about the Spring Creek hotel, as well, but don't have any personal experience.

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    Thank you!

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    Happy to help. Have a great hike!

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    There are several good hostels in town, but for a hotel I'd second the Iron Horse. They have a nice restaurant and bar with great local brews on tap also. They're on the northern edge of town, just before you cross the French Broad and railroad (hence "Iron Horse").
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    Try to have lunch at Hemlock Hollow near Allen Gap. Beautiful front porch dining on Paint Creek and then drive the rest of the way up Camp Creek Bald and do some day hiking on the AT up there. Check their hours. They are not open all the time. Second on the Smokey Mountain Diner. Have fun.
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    My wife and I stayed here for our 30th anniversary, after our 30-mile hike from Standing Bear Farm a few years ago--
    Mountain Magnolia Inn & Retreat
    We'd certainly recommend it.

    Don't forget a reservation in the hot springs themselves, right after your hike!

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    Saw a brand new hostel, right adjacent to the AT where it comes into the south of town -- The Laughing (something), where the Catholic hostel used to be. Also has private rooms, sorry I only walked by and don't know anything else about it.

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    I stayed at Springbrook Cottages for a couple days after my section hike last summer, and was amazed at the quality I got for such a low price. It's almost to the end of town, around the corner past the Iron Horse. Here's the link: http://www.springbrookcottages.com/

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    Skid. - Laughing Heart Lodge?
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    IMO the only place to stay is with Elmer at the Sunnybank Inn; very old, gentle place where everyone eats together family style. Sunnybank is one of my fondest memories of being on the AT.

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    Anybody stay at the Alpine Court? Feedback?
    Some people take the straight and narrow. Others the road less traveled. I just cut through the woods.

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    I was there in 2012 healing up my knee. It's a decent local motel.

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    If you stay at the Iron Horse on a night they have live music you're not going to get any sleep if you go to bed before midnight....

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    Stayed at Iron Horse for my birthday, neat little B&B, and the food is AMAZING!! Live music and cold brew. The hot tubs near by are nice after a day out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creek Dancer View Post
    Anybody stay at the Alpine Court? Feedback?
    I stayed there. it is a decent and clean local motel. I zeroed in Hot Springs and wanted private accommodations, so it worked well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wcgornto View Post
    I stayed there. it is a decent and clean local motel. I zeroed in Hot Springs and wanted private accommodations, so it worked well for me.
    I am also looking for something clean, quiet and private. Sounds like this might work out. I have called over there a couple of times for rates and reservations, but no answer. I will try again later.

    Thanks for the info, everyone.
    Some people take the straight and narrow. Others the road less traveled. I just cut through the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyNoel View Post
    IMO the only place to stay is with Elmer at the Sunnybank Inn; very old, gentle place where everyone eats together family style. Sunnybank is one of my fondest memories of being on the AT.
    Sunnyback was great and the food was fantastic. Plus it was fun poking a stick at the ideologues.
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    Elmer's Sunnybank now has a website: http://www.sunnybankretreatassociation.org

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    Stayed at Iron Horse when I went through. Clean and comfy. Reasonably quiet...until the southbound freight came through!! Sounded like it was in the room. Scared the $..! out of me!!!

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