Welcome to the Yin Yurt!
Asheville Citizen-Times “Home of the Week” – August 2018
As reviewed by The Mountaineer – May 2018
Experience the charm of a cabin in the woods with the modern amenities of home and the unique Zen-like experience of a Yurt. What’s a Yurt? Yurts are circular dwellings built around a wood frame, originally designed by the Nomads of Mongolia. Today they are enjoyed in a variety of glamping settings, coast to coast. Ours features a full kitchen, bathroom, separate bedroom and living/dining areas, a wrap-around porch with a grill for your BBQ, and a garden with a fire pit and seating.
The Yin Yurt at Wildcat Ridge Farm is 30-minutes from downtown Asheville, at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest. We are also a short 20-minute drive to historic downtown Waynesville with its handmade arts & crafts, furniture shops and restaurants.
Spend your days hiking, white water rafting, canoeing, visiting the hot springs, skiing Cataloochee in the winter, biking in the warmer months, or taking in the sights and sounds of Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
“From the moment we arrived, Ricardo provided us with exceptional hospitality. He gave a tour of the property, showed us where all the necessities were, provided local recommendations and then let us explore. We planned to cook in a good bit and needed a larger baking pan and he went out of his way to bring us one of his own. While there, we were in the most peaceful setting overlooking the river. Coffee in the am and wine in the pm with that view and the fireflies made for a perfect setting. Ricardo even had everything set up to have a fire and make s’mores so we spent hours one night by the fire. Amazing hikes nearby and Asheville is such a short drive we were able to do such a variety of activities in our 4 days there. We couldn’t have asked for a better host or location for a relaxing, peaceful and adventurous get away. Thanks, Ricardo!!” – Jessica
“Our recent short stay at the “Yin” yurt provided some of the most enjoyable memories of our travel life. We cannot praise our hosts, Ricardo and Suzanne, enough! They are such warm and caring folks who welcomed us to their special yurt with fresh flowers, a great bottle of wine, and a lovely note. Our time spent with them made us feel as if we were seeing old friends. They conveyed their desire to do whatever they could to make us comfortable but were not intrusive. Ricardo has compiled a great list of restaurants in the area. He has a wealth of knowledge about peonies and all plants in general. Both Ricardo and Suzanne shared their knowledge, appreciation of and gratitude for their special spot on earth in the most hospitable way. The yurt itself was unique and spectacular! It is located on the side of a mountain and above a river that rushes over rocks and produces a wonderful peaceful sound. The deck was where we wanted to spend every waking hour. The finches would come there to the feeder to get their breakfast as the hawks flew over the river. There is a fantastic gravel fire pit beside the yurt that is complete with seating and a hammock that calls your name. The interior is perfectly equipped with high-end and hand-crafted furniture, a fireplace, a tv with music channels even, a fully equipped kitchen, filtered water, instant hot water, heating and air conditioning, and a pantry that contains items such as coffee, salt, etc. and even the components for Smores! Some of the most special and personal touches available at “Yin” are the beautiful live plants inside and out, specialty lotions and shampoos, and candles. Our only suggestions would be to schedule a visit soon but arrive at the yurt first and then make your plans to visit other attractions. Secondly, make a food run before settling down. Once we got to the yurt, we did not want to leave. It was a lovely stay and we feel as if we have made new and dear friends in Ricardo and Suzanne.” – Elvera
“Wow, words can’t even describe the Yin Yurt. The pictures don’t do it justice. My husband and I stayed here for Memorial Day Weekend. From the moment we arrived, we realized these accommodations exceeded our expectations. The hosts are fabulous and you can really tell the attention to detail they put into the Yurt. They had everything taken care of: fluffy towels, ironing board, coffee and even s’mores. They even had a book of recommendations of things to do/where to eat which was helpful since cell phone reception wasn’t stellar for googling. This is a truly a great place if you’re looking to disconnect from it all, but it still a very doable drive to all the action in Asheville. Highly recommended!” – Kathleen
“My wife and I spent an amazing weekend at the Yin Yurt. Our toddler twin girls came along for our much-needed getaway and all of us were blown away by the beauty, peace, charm and comfort of this place. The Yin Yurt is a hidden gem in the middle of the mountains, overlooking the Wildcat Ridge Farm (also owned and managed by owners, Ricardo and Suzanne) and the Pigeon River. This wonderful couple are fantastic hosts and go above and beyond to ensure their guests feel welcome and have everything they need. They welcomed us with a beautiful bottle of Italian wine and fresh cut flowers from their farm. This experience was everything and more we could have asked for. We cannot wait to go back!!!” – John & Angelica