Neiman Marcus Loves Yurts – Stay in one near Asheville

Yurt near Asheville & Great Smoky Mountains

The 85th annual Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue is out, and among the extravagant items up for grabs is a $75,000 luxury yurt outfitted with custom-made down pillows, a crystal chandelier and hand-painted interior canvas walls.  Travelers interested in experiencing “glamping” (glamorous camping) without the sky-high price tag and permanent commitment can get a taste of it at the Southeast’s only “yurt village,” at Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center’s Falling Waters Resort near Bryson City, NC, about an hour west of Asheville.

A travel trend that’s on the rise according to the Wall Street Journal, glamping appeals to travelers who want to get closer to nature without giving up the comforts of home. Each of the eight yurts at Falling Waters is furnished with French doors, a queen-size bed (and futon for additional guests), as well as a wooden floor, ceiling fan, small refrigerator, CD player, space heater and coffeemaker. With décor themes ranging from the Safari yurt (complete with animal print linens) to the floral Victorian, each insulated yurt has a private deck and close access to a hot tub and private bathrooms.

“It’s fun to see Neiman Marcus include a yurt on its Holiday Wish List. Families, couples and individuals are discovering that yurt camping, or ‘glamping,’ is a great alternative to traditional camping,” says Jack Wise, Wildwater’s general manager. “Since we opened in 1998, we’ve had many people ‘test drive’ our yurts before they bought one themselves.”

In the spirit of the holidays, Wildwater is offering a special 20 percent discount on gift certificates (a great stocking stuffer!), making a “glamping” experience in the yurt village even more accessible. A gift certificate for $125 is $100 if purchased by Dec. 16; the $250 gift certificate is only $200 and the $500 gift certificate can be had for $100 off.

In addition to using them for lodging at the yurts (a one-night stay is $84 plus tax), gift certificates can also be used to enjoy any of Wildwater’s outdoor adventures at any of the company’s locations, including whitewater rafting, zipline canopy tours, guided Jeep® tours, kayak lake tours, scenic train rides and cabin lodging. Adventure packages are also available and carry additional discounts.

Located in the Nantahala River Gorge near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just 15 minutes from the Tsali mountain bike trails, the yurts are available daily through Thanksgiving weekend. The village is adjacent to Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, which also is open through Nov. 27. Both attractions will close for the season beginning Nov. 28 and reopen in mid-March just in time for spring break. Wildwater opens rafting season on the Nantahala River in April. For more about them, go to


3 thoughts on “Neiman Marcus Loves Yurts – Stay in one near Asheville

  1. Greetings,

    The time may be right for many of us to re-discover America!

    Recently on a short travel get away from our great State of Michigan, my wife and I visited the Ashville North Carolina area. With the busy pace of life and the often overrated lure of air travel, we almost had forgotten the adventure of just poking around in the back roads of America.

    Not wanting to bore you,here is our short story. Our day long visit to the Vanderbuilt Estate known better as the “Biltmore” was time well spent. My wife and I have travel the World. We have been inside many a Castle, but we were taken back by this enormous Jewel waiting for all to enjoy in North Carolina. The most impressive feature is that it still is privately owned by the Vanderbuilt family,full of original processions,preserved in the eloquence of the time it was built. North Carolina, you have a special Jewel…….hold it close.

    Our second adventure was also just outside Ashville,in the beautiful Maggie Valley. Here in the small business area of motels and restaurants that appear as they did in the 50’s,tucked back across a river,just off main street, lies what we found to be one of America’s National Treasures . Here in Maggie Valley is the most fascinating collection of vintage travel from Automobile to Motorcycle along with millions of memorabilia items that will entertain visitors of all ages. This collection is one Man’s dream and presented in such a way that it can not or will not ever be duplicated . Forty thousand sq. feet of treasure that will lure the minds and hearts of even those who seldom explore the History of travel. Let me assure you, time will race away the day of you visit and the memories of visit will entertain the mind for years to come. Again North Carolina, you are blessed with these two treasures, hold them close………..both are one-of-a-kind creations!

    Thanks for the Adventure.


    Larry and Jodi Sybesma

    Holland, MI.


  2. This place is awesome- we visited this amazing yurt right IN Asheville North Carolina that also offers glamping options. They had a vintage camper and a yurt (we stayed in their amazing yurt, but want to visit again next year and stay in ‘the silver bettie’. The name of their business is “Asheville Glamping” and their website is


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