Preserving Treasured Qualities of Vacation Life for over 70 Years....A Secluded Lodge & Seven Spacious Guest Cottages for Quiet Getaways or Family Retreats...B&B with Activities or Lodging Only Rates...Recreate or Relax...Wood-burning Rock Fireplaces ...A Private Portal for Hiking Trails to Magnificent Overlooks...A Fleet of Boats for all forms of Water Sports...Massage, Tennis, Golf & Horseback Riding...A Glimpse of the Past...Warm Hospitality...A World Away at Lake Lure, NC         

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The Chalet Club, Inc.

Descriptions & Policies

The following is a complete summary of this web site and The Chalet Club's literature, including the rate information. It has all been put on this one page to allow you to print it as a reference.



Since 1934, The Chalet Club has been a haven to more than eleven thousand families. They have traveled to this garden spot from all fifty states and seventeen foreign countries to experience the qualities of vacation life which have been carefully developed and refined by three generations of the Washburn family.

Its history began when Dr. James Murray Washburn took a weekend off from his busy Chicago medical practice to visit his oldest son and to see the mountains of North Carolina. Granddad Washburn discovered the land of his dreams. Without even consulting his wife, Helen, he purchased property that weekend. Assisted by his brother-in-law, Courtland Van Brunt, an architect from Kansas City, he designed and built the Chalet in 1927 for family vacations and their eventual retirement.

Seven years later, Dad and Mother Washburn decided to leave Chicago and open the Chalet as a small country inn. The Washburn’s son, Dick, and his wife Dorothy, who, in 1946, decided to leave New York and make this business their life’s vocation, orchestrated a methodical expansion. In 1979, Bob and Anne, their son and daughter-in-law, who had worked with them since 1970, took over the reins of the operation and continue to improve the Club’s facilities while maintaining those traditional qualities which make The Chalet Club a home away from home for those who vacation here.



The Chalet and the seven surrounding cottages are situated on a mountainside at an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level. Lake Lure is the name of our small town as well as the name of the 720-acre impoundment, which was formed by the damming of the Broad River in 1920’s. Asheville is on the other side of the eastern continental divide, twenty-five miles to the west, and Charlotte is ninety miles east of Lake Lure. Being on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains allows us to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the mountains, that rise 3,000 feet from the valley floor, with the benefit of an unusually mild climate. As a result, our spring comes earlier and fall lasts longer than in neighboring towns.




THE CHALET was built in 1927 as Dr. Washbum's family retreat. There are five guestrooms on the second floor, each with a private bath. Room #3 has a fireplace and a private porch. The main living room, also on the second floor, with its large stone fireplace, library of books and periodicals, large screen TV and selection of games and jigsaw puzzles, is open to all Chalet guests to enjoy. The dining room, kitchen and administrative offices are on the first floor.

THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE was built in 1927 as a caretaker's cabin. It is a favorite of those who enjoy the rustic charm. It has a living area with fireplace and porch, one bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.

THE EAST COTTAGE was built in 1934 for Dr. Washburn's mother. The central living room and two bedrooms are finished with dark pine paneling and rock fireplaces giving this accommodation a lovely country cottage flavor. There are private baths for each bedroom, and a covered porch.

THE WEST COTTAGE is a two story cottage built in 1934 for Dr. and Mrs. Washburn and it shares many of the same architectural details that create the warm environment in the East Cottage. The top floor has one bedroom, a bathroom, living room, and a covered porch. Downstairs, there are two more bedrooms, a bathroom and another covered porch. All three bedrooms and the living room have a rock fireplace.

FARVIEW was built in 1946 and purchased by the Chalet in 1953. This three bedroom, three bath house offers panoramic views that can be can be seen through large picture windows in every room. Farview has an open, airy feeling with pine and walnut paneling complimenting the view of the mountain scenery. The third bedroom (Farview #3) can be utilized as a separate suite. Televisions are in both of the living rooms.

HILLTOP was built in 1962 for Dorothy Washburn's mother, and like Farview, offers panoramic views from every room. Two spacious bedrooms flank a central living room with a fireplace, television, and a porch. There are private baths for each bedroom.

STONEHENGE I was built in 1950 and purchased by the Chalet in 1978. Stonehenge I has two bedrooms and 2 baths. Guests enter through a tiled sun-porch to spacious living room paneled with white pine, a fireplace, television,  and a spectacular view of Hickory Nut Gorge. On the east side of the house are a swimming pool and the Stonehenge II Cottage. These spacious accommodations and swimming pool combine to make this complex a favorite for reunions.

STONEHENGE II was built in 1962 and purchased by the Chalet in 1978. The living room has a beautifully crafted pine paneled cathedral ceiling, a window wall that affords a view of the gorge, a television and a large rock fireplace. There is one bathroom between the two bedrooms and a covered porch.




  The Chalet Club welcomes anyone to stay at the Chalet and offers an optional membership. Those who have paid their current dues and at least once within the previous seven years earn Loyal Member status and receive discount rates during the current year. 

Members are encouraged to introduce their friends to The Chalet Club by submitting their names and addresses. A welcome letter will be sent to them in a packet containing literature and rates.


Optional Dues - preserving the Chalet's unique qualities of vacation life

Couple / Family (children under age 21)




RESERVATIONS for a minimum of two nights are required for Main Building Rooms & Cottages throughout the season.  Summer reservations for Cottages are only accepted for stays of five (5) days or more.

DEPOSITS of $75.00 per person are required for groups of 8 or more.

Confirmations only may be secured with a credit card.

PAYMENT can be made by check, traveler’s checks, US currency, Visa or MasterCard.

CANCELLATION notice must be received prior to the confirmed arrival date (four weeks Summer season - two weeks all other Seasons) to avoid penalty of one half (50%) of the total amount due.  This also applies to late arrivals, early departures or reductions in party size.  If  your plans and this policy raise concern, please consider buying a travel insurance policy.

GROUPS - Inquiries are welcomed for groups of twenty to thirty people who wish to use the Chalet's facilities for a week. Please call or write for more details and rate information.

CHECK IN TIME  2:00 PM (Late Check-In notification required one week in advance of arrival)

CHECK OUT TIME 11:00 AM (Late Check-Out is not available)

Please Note the following :

bulletObserve All Posted Policies and Rules
bulletNo Pets Allowed
bulletBe Considerate of Those Enjoying the Serenity
bulletNotify the Management Before & After Hiking the Trails
bulletNotify the Management Before & After Boating
bulletParents are Responsible for Their Children at All Times



bullet Breakfast

Breakfast is served between 8AM and 9AM in the Chalet dining room on the first floor of the Main Building or on the dining terrace at the west end of the Chalet, weather permitting.




CLIMATE CONTROL All of the houses are equipped with central heat and air conditioning.

REFRIGERATION - All of the cottages are equipped with refrigerators. Main Building guests may use a refrigerator in the ice machine room.

BEVERAGES AND ICE - Soft drinks and ice are available, free of charge. Alcoholic beverages may be obtained at the ABC and grocery stores. Beer and wine may be brought to meals.

FIREWOOD - Each cottage is supplied with firewood that has been seasoned for easy lighting

NEWSPAPERS - The Wall Street Journal and USA Today arrive each weekday at the Main Building.

LAUNDRY - Our washer and dryer are available for your use during the afternoon and evening hours for a nominal fee.

MAIL is received once daily. Outgoing mail may be placed in the mailbag located at the foot of the stairway in the Main Building.

TELEPHONE - There are telephones in all cottages. Cellular phone service reception is good with some providers. The Main Building telephone - (828) 625 9315 - is located in a special room on the first floor. Please have family, friends and business associates call you on your cell phone or at your cottage number (provided on reservation confirmation).

Internet - Wireless access is available within the Chalet's dining room.

FAX - The Chalet's Fax machine (828-625-9373) is located in the administrative offices on the first floor of the Main Building. Should you need to receive or send facsimile correspondence, you are welcome to do so for a nominal charge.

TELEVISION - A full range of satellite broadcast programs are available on a large screen TV in the living room of the Main Building and in selected cottages. Another large screen set at Gray Logs is on the local cable service. If you wish to bring a portable set for your room, some stations can be received with rabbit ear antennas.

LIBRARY - The Chalet’s living room and each of the cottages offer a selection hundreds of books - current best sellers as well as treasured older volumes.



HIKING - Seven miles of wooded trails originate at the Chalet and lead to spectacular overlooks within the Chimney Rock State Park.

TENNIS- the Tennis Complex, located between the Chalet and the Hilltop Cottage, consists of two separately fenced, cushioned tennis courts and a Platform Tennis court.

BOATING - The Chalet Club’s two canoes, four kayaks, and two electric boats are available for guests to enjoy on their own (fees may apply). Lake Lure Tours offers guided tours of the lake.  The Chalet's boathouse and docks - and the Tour Boat's dock are five minutes away by car - one and a half (1.5) miles from the Chalet.

FISHING - Bass, catfish, bream and crappie populate the waters of Lake Lure and the local rivers are stocked with trout.

WATER SKIING - Chalet WaterSports, LLC  can provide a full complement of equipment, inboard towboat, and instruction for water skiers of all ability levels. Please make arrangements in advance of arrival.

SWIMMING - There are two swimming pools. The pool at the Chalet is available to all guests in residence. The other pool is for those staying at the Stonehenge Cottages. A private beach and docks on Lake Lure are maintained for Chalet guests who enjoy lake swimming.

INDOOR RECREATION - Ping pong and skittles are available in the playroom located at the Chalet.

RECREATION & FITNESS CENTER - Low impact exercise equipment, a billiard room, changing rooms and a nap room for children is at Gray Logs, our log cabin at the lakefront.

SHUFFLEBOARD AND HORSESHOES - A shuffleboard court is located at the north side of the Chalet. The horseshoe court is situated between the Honeymoon Cottage and the Tennis Complex.




GOLF - There are numerous courses within a twenty-mile radius.

MASSAGE – Therapists will bring their table to your room to enhance your relaxation.

HORSEBACK RIDING - Equestrians can enjoy their favorite pastime at a stables within a twenty minute drive from The Chalet Club.

WHITE WATER RAFTING/TUBING - Daylong rafting expeditions and half day tubing trips are available in the area.

NATIONAL PARKS AND FORESTS – Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park are popular day trip destinations. The Great Smoky Mountains are also within a one and a half-hour’s drive.

MOUNTAIN BIKING – Western North Carolina has become renowned for its numerous mountain biking trails.

FLY-FISHING – The Rocky Broad, Green River, Davidson, Mills River, and the Toe are notable trout streams in this region.

BILTMORE ESTATE – George Vanderbilt’s mansion and lavish gardens are a worthwhile destination for a day of visiting a different era.

CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK – Spectacular views from atop the chimney and cliffs that are 2,000 feet above the valley floor attract visitors to this new state park.  Our trailhead is a private portal to a less crowded portion of the park.

 GREAT SMOKY MTN RAILROAD - A scenic train-ride through the mountains is an hour and a half from the Chalet.

GALLERIES & SHOPS – Asheville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Tryon, Rutherfordton and Saluda all offer interesting shops and galleries.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE – The State Theater of North Carolina is open spring through fall.

NC ARBORETUM – Located near Asheville, gardens and greenhouses in a lovely setting.

ECLECTIC MUSIC – All types of music can be found nearby – blue grass, jazz, classical ……


 2008 Daily Rates

European Plan

Lodging Only

Daily Rates are Per Accommodation for Double Occupancy

Daily Rates do not include Taxes or Tip

Rates and Dates of Operation Are Subject to Change.

Summer Cottage Reservations Require a 5+ Day Stay

Add-on Option Fees Listed Below  

bulletSummer Season -  May 23rd to September 2nd
bulletFall Season - October 10th - November 9th

Summer  / Fall

Main Lodge
Rooms # 1, 2, & 5


Room # 3


Room # 4


Cottages – Add Additional Adult & Children Rate
Honeymoon & Farview #3 (One Bedroom)
Up to 2 Adults


Hilltop, East, West, Farview, Stonehenge 1 & 2
Up to 2 Adults


Additional Occupant (age 13 up) - Cottages Only (space permitting)


Children ~  Age 12 and Under  -  FREE (Same Cottage)
Single Occupant Rate Main Building Only - Deduct $20 from Double Occupant rates



Bed & Breakfast

Rates are per Room(s) for Double Occupancy  

Including the Add-on Options of a Full Country Breakfast -  Boating - Tennis and Firewood

(one hour of boating - one hour of tennis and one bundle of wood per day in Spring & Fall )

Daily Rates do not include Taxes or Tip

Rates and Dates of Operation Are Subject to Change.

Summer Cottage Reservations Require a 5+ Day Stay

bulletSummer Season - May 25th to September 3rd
bulletFall Season - October 10th - November 9th

Summer / Fall

Main Lodge
Rooms # 1, 2, & 5


Room # 3


Room # 4


Cottages – Add Additional Adult & Children Rate
Honeymoon & Farview #3 (One Bedroom)
Up to 2 Adults


Hilltop, East, West, Farview, Stonehenge 1 & 2
Up to 2 Adults


Additional Occupant (age 13 up) - Cottages Only (space permitting)


Children ~ Age 5 and Under - FREE (Same Cottage)
Ages 6 - 12


Single Occupant Rate Main Building Only - Deduct $35 from Double Occupant rates


Other Charges & Member Discount

~ Add-on Options  ~



Breakfast (Per Person)



Boat Rental  / Canoe or Kayak

$20 hr


Boat Rental  / Motorized

$75 hr


Tennis Courts

$20 hr


Firewood – per 10 piece bundle(Available in Spring & Fall Only)



Dues - Optional   -   preserving the Chalet's unique qualities of vacation life 
Couple or Family (with children under the age of 21) $100
Individual $75
 Use of Club's Machine per Wash & Dry $2 
Loyal Member Discount

Dues paid for 2008  & once since 2001

-$15 per Adult per Day




 Please add your gratuity to your payment ~ We distribute these tips through a fund to our Hospitality Team.  This reinforces our corporate philosophy of our entire staff contributing to your Chalet Club experience. Thank you!






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