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The Hutchins (Orlando, FL)

We have been coming to Willow Winds for the past 7 years. We absolutely love Asheville and everything it offers. We did a lot of hiking in the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain and then hiked Pisgah National Forest. We also ate at a terrific German restaurant not far from here called Black Forest—it was so good….We went whitewater rafting in the Nolichucky River—amazing, Zip lined at Navitat---great staff. And Asheville we will see you next year.

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Sharon & Greg (Columbia, SC )

This was a wonderful way to relax on our 22nd anniversary.

A bit of hiking, a bit of Asheville, & a bit of Biltmore—with a truly lovely cabin to come back and enjoy.

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Wesner & RayJane (Newport News, VA)

Husband and I had a wonderful time at Sophia’s Sapphire. The cabin was comfortable and cozy! Enjoyed all the amenities that were provided. Did not have a chance to visit restaurants but in all we still had a home cooked meal. Will love to come back and invite some of my friends to this peaceful relaxing atmosphere!!

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Ashton & Jennifer (Staunton, VA )

Sophia’s Sapphire was Awesome! Everyone was really nice and we definitely used the fireplace. It was an awesome getaway and very serene. We enjoyed playing chess and ping pong.

We ate at “Neo’s” very eclectic southern Mexican. Enjoyed beers at the “LAB”. Biltmore House Rocked!! We’re here for our honeymoon and got our wedding album at the “Baggy Goose” in Biltmore Village. If you’re looking for Antiques check out “Screen Door”.

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Nate & Sara (Milwaukee, WI)

Wonderful visit to Willow Winds. We absolutely loved everything about the cabin and cannot think of one thing to improve this fantastic place. We wish the weather had been a bit warmer to have enjoyed the porch more but you can’t control that.

  1. Navitat Zip Lining – Expensive but you get your money’s worth on this 3 & ½ hour trip. Great guides, great zips, great fun!
  2. Moe’s Original BBQ – Laid back atmosphere & great BBQ!
  3. Pappa’s & Beer – GREAT Mexican Food. We loved it so much we went twice!
  4. Corner Kitchen – Fantastic upscale dining in casual environment. Great Service!
  5. Exploring downtown Asheville. Lots of great restaurants, shops, & galleries. (much cheaper than Biltmore Village) Also great for grabbing a beer at a sidewalk restaurant and people watching.

All in all a great stay at Willow Winds. We will be back!!

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Jenny & Wayne (Zimsville, Indiana)

In spite of rain on all three days we have enjoyed our stay at Sophia’s. On Tuesday our Navitat zipline tour was cancelled due to rain. We ate dinner at Corner Kitchen. Nice place and close. Wednesday we tried the Biltmore House. The audio tour really helped us appreciate what we were seeing. Loved the winery tour and the blacksmith demonstration at Antler Village. We ate outside at Asheville Pizza & Brewery that evening. Today we went back to Navitat at 9 and we were able to complete our zip tour before it started raining. We highly recommend the Navitat Tour. On the way home we stopped at the Stoney Knob Café in Weaverville. Very unique and we loved our lunch. We picked up a movie at the office on our way back to our cabin. We enjoyed the rest of the day watching tv, reading and napping with a fire in the fireplace. It continued to pour rain so we didn’t even venture out for dinner. This has been a very relaxing retreat from work. We want to come back and do more hiking.

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Scott & Kathleen (Aberdeen, Scotland)

Once Again another Lovely Stay at Willow Winds. This was our 3rd visit and we Love It Every Time!

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Krista & Matt (Columbia, SC)

This was our second stay in Sophia’s Sapphire! We were here the same time last year. The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed, but we still went hiking off the trail at the top of the hill. If you go left when it forks, it is a lot better; We ate at Frankie Bones and would highly recommend it! The Highland Brewery has a tour that is free and a lot of fun if you are into beer! Mon – Sat, get there a little before 4pm. Great place for lunch & dinner is Brixx Pizza!

We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did! See you next year Sophia! 

Always, Krista & Matt

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The Thompson's (Prosper, Texas)

Splendid Find!
Wow !! I hate to say how much I liked this property because it may be tough to get a booking next time. Awesome experience, these cottages are tucked away in a woodsy setting with beautiful landscaping, water and pond placement and so convenient, we were 5 minutes from great eateries, Biltmore, shopping and groceries. Linda checked us in upon arrival, she did a masterful job of explaining the amenities of the cottages, where to eat, where to shop for groceries, local attractions, etc. Everything was turn key, we stayed at Tracy's Twin, my wife said that the beds were the most comfortable that she has ever slept in. Spot on with this place, beats the hotel scene by a huge margin !

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Michael A. (Lake Mary, FL)

"Most fabulous place on earth" This was a beautiful cabin and location. Cora's Place is gorgeous. It overlooks the stream and woods. It was very clean, nicely appointed and we loved it. Bed was so comfortable. Kitchen was great. We can't wait to go back! Staff were the best! Very helpful!

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Ken & Joan (Albany, New York)

Having the Best of All Worlds!

Our recent stay here exceeded all our expectations!!! Everything about our stay at Willow Winds contributed to the overall comfort, ease, and pleasure of our recent vacation. The cabin we rented (Chris' Cabin) offered a rustic setting with modern comforts. The cabin was well equipped and we did not want for anything. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and upon entering our cabin found a welcome basket of "goodies", lots of print information about the cabins and the area. Office staff were available, helpful and a great resource for information on area restaurants, hiking, markets, etc. The overall environment was rustic but well landscaped with beautiful fountains, a lovely pond for fishing and wooded places to walk. All this within 5 miles of Asheville where there is an abundance of excellent food, local craftspeople, art and music. Who could ask for a better place to stay??!! We can't wait to return.

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Bill & Patti (Little River, SC)

We just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Willow Winds and it was the most wonderful experience. It was our 4th stay there and it is our favorite vacation spot. Love it!

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Jan & Tom (Winter Haven, FL)

I meant to write you today to tell you that we are home safe and sound after a stop-over with our third son and his wife at Hilton Head Island. 
Son Peter insists that this was our tenth year at WW which should tell you how much we like you.  Every year we see the many new additions.  This year it was the roof over the first floor deck which we liked very much.  Then the perfectly beautiful waterfall and garden at the end of Trout Lane.  John Michael can be very proud of it.  You also fill in the shrubbery with additional plants knowing that it will prevent erosion. 
We had a grand time this year.  We saw our many friends in the area.  It's as if we haven't been gone and are just picking up where we left off.  The birding was as good as last year.  The Pileated Woodpecker pair showed up our last day and we even had a goodbye from the Red shouldered Hawk. 
The birding doesn't really change and neither does the service and hospitality.  We are grateful to you for always making us feel welcome.  We have wonderful memories and call on them occasionally when we need a boost.
Love to each and all of you,
Jan and Tom

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Kevin & Alicia (Dillon & Columbia, SC)

My boyfriend and I decided to spend the weekend here celebrating our 6th month anniversary. As soon as we walked thru the door we were amazed at how beautiful our “Home away from Home” was! Everything we could possibly need was right at our fingertips! It is so peaceful here. Beautiful scenery! We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub! The staff is awesome!

Wile here we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, where we saw some wonderful scenery, a great panoramic view of the mountains that led to some great pictures. Warning: Have plenty of gas before going. We also visited the wildlife center and it was great! Pleases to eat: Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. (Best ribs ever) and Ruth’s Chris in Biltmore Village. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will return. (Hopefully as Mr. and Mrs. Roberts).

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Chris & Katie (Mount Pleasant, SC)

This was my husband’s first attempt at going it alone with our 2 children since I was attending a conference. He knocked it out of the park with our 3 year old and 8 month old. Willow Winds made it easy with so many built in kids amenities. Our children had a fun time, while my husband and I enjoyed the fireplace at night. We look forward to coming back.

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Christine & Mike (Raleigh, NC)

Sad to be leaveing after a long weekend that was everything we could wish for ~ romantic, peaceful, fabulous!
Really enjoyed the fire and hot tub after a day in Asheville. So much to say, but really this was a great place to reunite with my man & country after being away so long. Hope to come back again soon!

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Bobby & Rhonda (Gordo, AL)

You all get an A++++ for this beautiful facility. We’ve enjoyed the serenity of this place and would recommend this to anyone. All of the comforts needed are here. Best of all your staff are so friendly and accommodating. Thank you for a 37th anniversary memory that my husband and I will always cherish. Hopefully, we can revisit in the future! Best wishes and thanks.

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Parker & Teresa & Lil' Parkie (Fayetteville, NC)

We came to the cabin for my birthday this year. It was an amazing trip and I had such a wonderful time here with my family! We enjoyed wine by the fire and the beautiful scenery down at the Biltmore Estate. The Hot Tub was Great! :-)

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Allison & Anthony (Rock Hill, SC)

This was our first visit to Willow Winds & was the perfect place to celbrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Very Peaceful, Relaxing & Private! Loved the Mellow Mushroom & Texas Roadhouse. The grounds & the pond are beautiful! My husband enjoyed fishing! We love the Hot Tub & Will Be Back for more!

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Clinton & Debbie (Fairfield, IL )

It's official! We love Asheville! The Biltmore, Tupelo Honey Cafe, and Province 620 were wonderful. Kathy's Kabin was also wonderful. A perfect getaway.

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