Doug and Jodee Sellers thought about owning a Bed and Breakfast. Doug, with a background teaching industrial art and working for an architectural mill work company, had some good construction skills. Jodee, with valuable experience in sales and marketing had recently completed a culinary arts degree. Therefore, a B&B seemed like a good fit. They had visited and enjoyed the atmosphere of lodges in West Virginia, Colorado and British Columbia and decided that Asheville visitors would also like that comfortable, casual atmosphere. Construction of Bent Creek Lodge started in 1998. Trees cleared were used for the exterior siding, posts and beams. The interior was furnished with lodge-style furniture and fixtures. Modern conveniences such as high speed WiFi, jetted tubs and high definition TV’s were included or added over the years. The lodge opened in November of 1999.
Some of the features that make Bent Creek Lodge unique are the open design of the kitchen, the spacious decks and porches with private entrances to the guest rooms, and the extensively landscaped grounds. From the back decks, a winding trail takes you past native perennials, trees, and shrubs down to the creek and the fire circle. From there, trails continue around the 160-acre Riverwind community, up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountain to Sea Trail, even into the adjacent North Carolina Arboretum.
Doug, Jodee, and the staff love Asheville and the outdoors. They are avid hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, canoeist and foodies. They all enjoy the opportunity to share their knowledge of the area and help guests discover and experience all Asheville and the surrounding mountains have to offer.
For the complete story of the Lodge from the initial idea to 10 years of operation you can browse or purchase the Bent Creek Lodge book at Blurb.com.