Have you ever dreamed ….
…of sleeping in a Banana Patch, next to the national forest, within hearing distance of a cascading mountain stream, and without the hassle of mosquitoes? If so, this is your fantasy come true. Banana Patch is a little bit of the South Pacific in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, just 35 minutes north and east of downtown Asheville and six miles from Barnardsville, NC.
With steep tropical roofs, the five full size beds sitting on stilts are named after the Pacific islands of Bora Bora, Morea, Kauai, Rarotonga and Samoa. Set in semi-circle next to the bamboo grove and banana trees, each bed is curtained with burlap made from coffee sacks from around the world, which provide both privacy and an exotic ambience. With the nearby sound of the mountain creek it’s easy to imagine the ocean surf of a tropical island.
Banana Patch is a great place just to chill for a few days. But if you are the adventurous type we are within minutes of many recreational opportunities that include hundreds of miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, waterfalls, a zip line adventure, historical sites and panoramic mountain top vistas. Several trails start just across the bridge from the hostel and follows along the creek, winding through the national forest and into the mountains..
Hidden deep in a secluded mountain cove, Banana Patch is a magical gateway into the world of nature. Bordered by two cascading creeks and ringed by the highest mountains in the eastern USA, it is a Shangri-la for those seeking refuge from the busy world of “doing” or looking for a base camp for exploring the endless mountain trails.
The beds are rustic – one step above camping – but you have full access to the kitchen, bathrooms, library, cafe, gazebo, and the Haiku Cafe & Terrace plus all the other amenities that other guests enjoy. Each year we welcome hostel travelers from all over the world.