What Our Guests Are Saying...
"We typically rent a house when traveling to Asheville because we are with another couple with children. This time it was just me and my husband. This was our first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Asheville and what a GREAT choice we made. Jodee and Doug (and the ladies) were absolutely the best most warm and welcoming people. They helped us with dinner plans, hiking trips, anything really. Our room was wonderful, slept great. And then there's the BREAKFAST...OMG what can I say...to die for, every single day!!! And afternoon treats too. The gardens are spectacular, I could have gazed at them and the birds all day, and their wonderful doggies. We also made some friends as well, what a great treat that was. So many nice people you get to meet. I was in tears when I left, but we will be back! "
About the Innkeepers
Doug and Jodee Sellers grew up in different parts of Florida then met on a mountain near DuPont State Forest in 1977. They came to start a wilderness camp for troubled boys for the Eckerd Foundation. Although they left the camp a long time ago they fell in love with each other and this part of Western North Carolina. Doug went on to teach Industrial Arts in public schools and then work as a draftsman and designer for an architectural millwork company. Jodee eventually left social work to work in retail management. During a midlife epiphany she realized she needed a career change. She went back to school, earned a degree in Culinary Arts and became an accomplished chef. During the process of discovering what to do next the idea of Bent Creek Lodge was born.
They both love the outdoors and are avid hikers, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, and canoeist. They wanted to build a lodge that would appeal to folks who shared that love of the outdoors. They felt extremely fortunate to find land for the lodge next to some of their favorite trails in Pisgah National Forest. Doug designed and drew all the plans. He used his woodworking skills to build the open stairway, several of the furnishings, and the rustic garden gates and arbors. Jodee’s cooking skills have earned rave reviews from guests and are the reason many return year after year. They both enjoyed planning and developing the extensively, landscaped grounds.
Doug left his millwork job in 2007 to work full time at the lodge (and spend more time fly fishing). Jodee has since turned him into a pretty, decent breakfast cook as well. She still enjoys searching for special pieces for the lodge at the craft fairs, shops and galleries. They both love trying out new things like the zip line at navitat and the LaZoom tours and especially sampling the many local restaurants of Asheville. Most importantly they like nothing better than using what they know about the area to help guests have the best time possible.
You will see Kathy Courtney in the photo history of the lodge. She is still a part owner and was an invaluable help during the construction, landscaping and decorating of the lodge. For the first 4 years she lived on the premises, took care of all the bookkeeping and whatever else needed to be done. She lives close by now and continues to take care of those thankless but essential tasks like paying taxes but was wise enough to give up the “whatever else” jobs.
No description would be complete without Loe-D and Leona the greeters for Bent Creek Lodge. They are from the same litter and are two of the sweetest, most laid back dogs you’ll ever meet. They are mixed breed and were adopted from the Animal Compassion Network in 2003, so all they know is the life of a lodge dog. They usually greet you in the parking lot when you arrive; check you out for pats or treats if you are hanging out on the deck then are on their way. If they take a special liking to you they may escort you around the trails. They aren’t allowed in any of the guest areas inside and now act like that was their idea.