Mountain-view lodge escape, only 5 min from brews & art galleries? Yes it's real
About Mike Smith
I have lived in San Francisco since 1986 but have been splitting my time between there and Asheville, where my parents and two siblings live, for 20 years. I love the arts scene in Asheville, and there is so much to do outdoors! I am the co-founder the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which started on my back porch in 1987. (Younger people have no clue what this is, but a Google search should help...) I've been running AIDS or LGBT organizations my whole adult life and enjoy the community-building aspect of what I do. After 13 years, I recently stepped down as executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, two related non-profits that help low income people pay their basic living costs while disabled or going through surgery, chemo or radiation. Asheville has always been my escape space and un-stressing zone. I know it will be yours, too! Whether it’s a gallery opening, dinner with extended family, or just watching the Fall foliage, I know I can leave the rat race behind here.
Mike Smith purchased this House in 2014
Why Mike Smith chose Asheville
There is something magical about life in a forest, watching the season change from every window -- on 4 acres, out of sight of neighbors, but SO close to town. I fell in love with the long-range views, the fireplace, and the quick access to everything. Although I spend most of the year in San Francisco, I am here about three months of the year. It would be a shame for a big house like this to sit empty, so I am sharing it with you. I've downsized a bit in San Francisco, and have sent most of my big art pieces to this house, including many pieces from local Asheville artists, that I have acquired over the years. This in my retreat house, with the birds in the trees (and at the feeder) and the sound of the wind. Art galleries in town and the working artists' studios of the River Arts District are my daily hunting grounds when I am here. But the quick drive back up the mountain to the house nourishes my soul.
What makes this House unique
I love the seclusion, the access to town, the modern conveniences of a newer house, the soaring cathedral ceilings, having all my art accessible around me, and sharing it with new friends.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Great for kids. Extra bunk beds available.Great for kids. Extra bunk beds available.
Pets allowed - Dog friendly! But please ask first. Dog friendly! But please ask first.
Max guests: 20 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
Great time and a great place!
We had a wonderful time!
What a place!! The house was immaculate for our stay. We had everything we needed and enjoyed sitting out on the back enclosed porch overlooking the beautiful view of the mountains. Especially in the morning when the fog slowly rolled through and at night watching the sunset making the mountains glow. We had a chance to hit the town and visit restaurants, galleries, Biltmore and more. Even staying in was fun, playing pool and darts and playing the selection of games or just hiking. Thank you Mike. Our week was incredible.
Mike was excellent and the house was quite large enough to comfortably house our group. Would definitely return and rent again!
Beautiful home. Detail cleaning could have been better but overall a comfortable stay.
Hi Beth. I usually get rave reviews on cleanliness. I’m concerned that something might have been overlooked with the cleaning. I’ll call you to discuss, and will review your concerns with my staff. Thanks!
Great house and location.
We had a fantastic visit to this house. We were a group of 9 adults to celebrate a 40th Birthday! The location was convenient to downtown, breweries, and the local grocery store! The house had all essential items we needed. The pool table and dart board were also great to have! We are already talking about another trip with families with ample sleeping arrangements!
Welcome to TreeTops Lodge, your tastefully appointed, serene escape in the Blue Ridge Mountains, remarkably close to downtown Asheville. After a quick 3-4 minute drive up Town Mountain Road from the center of town, you'd never know the City was just over the hill. At 1000 feet above town, you have only the hawks and eagles to share your space.