Wrong Way River Lodge

The unique A-frame cabins at Wrong Way River Lodge. Credit: PHOTO: STEVEN FREEDMAN/WRONG WAY RIVER LODGE

To call the Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins a campground doesn’t quite do it justice, since it’s so much more than that, according to Travel + Leisure.

While the riverside accommodation, opening on Sept. 1, will feature 16 A-frame cabins in West Asheville, N.C., what really stands out is how it will merge the urban and outdoor worlds of North Carolina.

“The core mission of Wrong Way is to connect guests with the transformational qualities of the outdoors through comfortable accommodations, convenient access, inspiring experiences, and a little local culture,” a spokesperson from the lodge explained in a release. “Wrong Way offers guests the chance to get outside of the home (and their heads) and rediscover what matters.”

Located at 9 Midnight Drive, right across the street from the French Broad River Greenway, the setting has a true campsite vibe, but is just a mile from Asheville‘s popular River Arts District, as well as a mile from West Asheville’s Haywood Road area lined with eateries. It’s also just two miles from the famed Biltmore Estate and three miles from downtown.

Each of the 354-square-foot cabins channels a hybrid “Scappalachian” vibe, “marrying the simplicity of Scandinavian design with the mountain warmth of the Appalachians,” the lodge says of its design by Asheville’s BCA Architecture and interiors by the firm’s Katherine Winkel. Local craftspeople helped complete the look, including woodworker Ben Grant, who created wooden animal sculptures, and JF Kraftworks’ Julian Harris, who made countertops from reclaimed wood.

While the cabins won’t have TVs (to encourage more time outdoors), they can each sleep up to four people and will have a queen-size bed, sleeper sofa and full bathroom, in addition to a workspace, mini-fridge, microwave, electric kettle, HVAC system and Wi-Fi access. Standard one-room cabins have a private balcony with a view of the greenway and river, while deluxe units have more privacy with a wall separating the bedroom and a private back deck. Depending on the season, standard rooms will range from $135 to $275 a night and deluxe rooms will run from $165 to $325 a night.

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