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The North Carolina Mountains Hotels

Earthshine Discovery Center

  • 1600 Golden Rd. Map It
  • Lake Toxaway


  • Rates include activities
  • Healthful meals
  • Beautiful setting


  • Somewhat remote

Updated 10/15/2014

Fodor's Review

You can have as much solitude or adventure as you want at this spacious cedar log cabin with stone fireplaces. The lodge, which sits on 83 acres midway between Brevard and Cashiers on a ridge that adjoins the Pisgah National Forest, offers horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and even an opportunity to gather berries, feed the goats, pan for gems, take guided trail rides, and try the 30-foot climbing wall or zip line. In the evening families gather around an open fire to sing songs, square dance, and exchange stories. The lodge offers outdoor education programs for kids.

Hotel Information


1600 Golden Rd., Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, 28747, United States

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 10 rooms, 3 suites
  • Rate includes All meals

Updated 10/15/2014

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Jun 13, 2013

Better than disney

My family has been to earthshine three times and are getting ready to leave for our fourth trip in three days. My kids like it better than Disney World. Earthshine is a place you can be very active and social or just hide out and enjoy some solitude. There are no televisions on property or phones in the room and cell phone reception is getting better and the Wifi is only on after 8pm. For my family this is WONDERFUL. We use our vacation as

a total digital detox. My kid are 8 and 13 this year and never have they been bored. Earthshine is the kind of place kids can just run around explore and you don't have to worry. My kids jump out of the car and start running as soon as we are stopped. they know to come back when the dinner bell rings. The food is wonderful at Earthshine. The two cooks make everything from scratch and I do mean everything! there is homemade bread, pancakes, pies etc. The staff is one of the best parts of the stay. All staff are super engaging with adults and kids. and no request goes ignored. The staff will bend over backward to make you happy. And the staff ratio can be as high as 3:1. The rooms are neat and tidy. However if you require a room that feels sterile Earthshine is not the place for you. By the nature of the activities you will track dirt into your room. ALl activities are included in your room fee. There is no longer horseback riding. And you can do as many or as few activities as you would like. Sometimes the best part of the trip is sipping coffee on the front deck and watching the sunrise or set. There is no lack of spectacular views. Overall this is my families favorite vacation destination. We are leaving for our fourth trip in two days and we talk about all of our trips even once we are home.

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