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BEST WESTERN Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

248 WBI Drive, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Phone: 828/586-6060   |   Fax: 828/586-6090   |   65 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Discover this Dillsboro, North Carolina hotel offering a convenient location on the Tuckasegee River, close to Sylva and central to everything Western North Carolina has to offer. With unbeatable value, a great location and unparalleled Tuckasegee River and Great Smoky Mountain views, all of our guests love this Dillsboro hotel.

Located within walking distance to downtown historic Dillsboro, the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites is perfect for those who want to explore the area. Other area attractions also include Western Carolina University, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Asheville, and more. No matter what you want to see, do, or experience while in town, we guarantee you'll find it just a short distance from this Dillsboro hotel.

Inside the 100% non-smoking BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites, guests will find that the hotel's sixty-five well-appointed, impeccably clean and spacious guest rooms each come complete with cable television with HBO®, free high-speed Internet access and all the comforts of home. Other amenities at this Dillsboro hotel also include a complimentary full hot breakfast each morning, an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, large river deck with rocking chairs and a fitness center. Some rooms at this hotel in Dillsboro also feature a picturesque view of the tranquil Great Smoky Mountains and Tuckasegee River, and the model train in the lobby is popular with adults and kids alike.

Those traveling to this Dillsboro Best Western on business will appreciate our on-site banquet facilities, in addition to a close proximity to corporate locations such as Duke Energy, Aramark, Jackson Paper, Medwest Hospitals, Western Carolina University and Western Builders, Inc.

Make your next Dillsboro, North Carolina hotel experience unforgettable with a stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites. Book online now and save! Enjoy your stay.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Exercise facilities
  • 100% smoke free hotel
  • Complimentary full breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, hot eggs, hot breakfast meat, other hot items, yogurt, juice and coffee
  • Indoor pool, heated, open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Ice/vending machines, 1st & 3rd floors
  • Safe deposit box, nominal fee for Safe Warranty
  • Elevator
  • Free parking
  • Meeting facilities, meeting room opens out onto the back deck overlooking the Tuckaseegee River.
  • Business center
  • Hot tub, Indoor Heated Spa
  • Fax services, nominal fee
  • Photocopy services, nominal fee
  • Exercise facility Open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Universal gym
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Interior corridor
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Computer available
  • Dataports
  • Mail services, stamps available for purchase at the front desk
  • Banquet facilities, sit down seating for 40 people
  • Catering
  • Sunbathing
  • Air-conditioning
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Parking for the physically challenged free
  • Outdoor parking
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Truck/RV parking, free
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Stair stepper
  • Cable or satellite television Cable TV with HBO®
  • Fishing our property is on the Tuckasegee River, part of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail
  • Highchairs available at breakfast
  • Outside picnic/grilling area beside river
  • Evening Reception Sunday-Thursday Cookie Reception
  • High-speed Internet access, wireless throughout hotel

BEST WESTERN Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

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BEST WESTERN Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

Conveniently located, the best western plus river escape inn & suites in Dillsboro, North Carolina is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 35.366705  /  Latitude: -83.256785


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: All directions. The BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites is in Dillsboro at the intersection of Highway 441 and Old Haywood Road. ALTERNATE GPS ADDRESS: 800 Haywood Road, Dillsboro, NC

From: Asheville. Take I-40 West to Exit 27 Highway 74 West. Exit 81, take a right at stop light (at The Huddle House) toward the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites.

From: Bryson City. - Hwy 74 East to Exit 81 (Dillsboro) take a right at the stop light (at The Huddle House) toward the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites.

From: Cherokee. - Hwy 441 South to Hwy 74 East. Take Exit 81 (Dillsboro) take a right at the stop light (at The Huddle House) toward the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites.

From: Atlanta, GA. - I-85 North to I-985 North. US-23 North/US-441 North, take a left at the stop light (at the Huddle House) toward the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites.

BEST WESTERN Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Cherokee Indian Reservation

More than 12,500 Cherokee Indians live on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, not far from Dillsboro, NC. Travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway and check it out. 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

There is much North Carolina is known for across the land. Whether it be the impressive Civil War historic sites, the culturally diverse attractions, or even the array of kid-friendly fun – the Tar Heel State rarely disappoints its guests. Plan your next visit to NC and be sure to check out the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Head for the western, mountain region of NC and visit Dillsboro – it yields a quick drive over to Bryson City, location of the main depot for this all-ages railway tour. Explore 53 miles of track as you're taken through rarely seen areas of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are seven diesel locomotives and two steam trains from which to choose. 

Western Carolina University

Established in 1889, Western Carolina University draws students from all over the world to Cullowhee, North Carolina.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 0.50 mile(s) from Historic Dillsboro
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Historic Sylva Courthouse
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Oconaluftee Village
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cherokee Indian Museum
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cherokee Reservation
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Harrah's Cherokee Casino
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Cowee Ruby Mine
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Folkmoot USA, annual festival
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Downtown Waynesville Art
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Fun Factory
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Wheels Through Time

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 0.50 mile(s) from Fisherman's paradise
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Dillsboro River Company
  • 8.00 mile(s) from golf
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Pinnacle Park
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Waterrock Knob
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Waterfalls
  • 25.00 mile(s) from The Dragon's Tail

Nearby Restaurants

  • Savor the local flavor with the list of restaurants located just outside the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites.
  • 0.25 mile(s) from The Huddle House, full service, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 24 hours
  • 0.50 mile(s) from The Jarrett House, deli, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Southern, seasonal.
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Kosta's Family Restaurant, full service, Greek, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Dillsboro Smokehouse, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.50 mile(s) from LuLu's on Main, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 2.50 mile(s) from Ironstone Grill, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Bogart's Restaurant, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 3.00 mile(s) from O'Malley's Pub and Grill, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Ryan's Steakhouse, bar/lounge, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner,

BEST WESTERN Plus River Escape Inn & Suites

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Dillsboro. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

October 2016

October 29, 2016
Avett Brothers – Live!

Kickoff your Halloween celebration in Asheville early with an evening of American folk rock. On October 29th, visit the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to see the Avett Brothers perform live. The show starts at 8 p.m. when you’ll hear hits like Satan Pulls The Strings, and True Sadness – perfect for Halloween.

October 21-23, 2016
Cherokee County Fair

Make it a family visit to Murphy this fall. Head for the Mountain Folk Center over the weekend of October 21st for the annual Cherokee County Fair. You’ll find educational exhibits, live music, rides, games, and more. Incidentally, admission is free for students between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

November 2016

November 19, 2016
Christmas on Main

In the charming town of Andrews, just to the northeast of Murphy, experience one of the most fun and delightful events of the season. On November 19th, head for Main Street in downtown Andrews for their annual Christmas on Main. From noon to 6 p.m., you’ll activities, local shops, and more, all culminating in the tree-lighting ceremony.

November 2016

November 19, 2016
23rd Annual New Year’s Even Possum Drop

Enjoy an authentic North Carolina New Year’s Eve celebration in Brasstown. On December 31st, head for Clay’s Corner, near downtown, and check out a wide range of fun – the Miss Possum Contest is a head-turner, and there’s live music, fireworks, food, and more.

November 10, 2016
Tegan and Sara – Live!

Don’t miss out on one of Asheville’s premier concerts this fall. Head to the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club on November 10th when you’ll have a chance to see Tegan and Sara live on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.

December 2016

December 4, 2016
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

This holiday season in Asheville, you’ll be treated to one of the most classic and iconic stage performances known to the art world – it’s the Nutcracker. Presented by the Moscow Ballet, the Nutcracker is a one night only show on December 4th at the U.S. Cellular Center. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets range from $28 to $68.

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