Charles Dickens’ Dinners | December 1,2,3,7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17,21,22,23

Mr Pickwick reading A Christmas Carol at our Dickens Dinner

The holiday season is such a special time of year. Our Dickens’ Dinners are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and continue to grow in popularity. Many guests reserve a year in advance. We have therefore added Sunday nights to our 2023 calendar. Set aside one of the following dates for a magical holiday evening at our 12-acre mountaintop retreat:

  • Thursday’s – 12/7, 12/14, 12/21
  • Friday’s – 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22
  • Saturday’s – 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23
  • Sunday’s – 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

Enjoy the chef’s memorable four-course dinner with readings from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 and will end in candlelight by the roaring fire with a Smoking Bishop. Since seating is limited in our physically distanced dining room, make your reservations early to be sure you can attend!

What’s the Cost?

For the evening, it’s $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight in one of the eight upstairs rooms of the Inn. Special price for rooms upstairs in the Inn when you attend a Dickens’ Dinner – $235 for Rooms 3, 4, 7 and 8 and $265 for Rooms 1, 2, 9 and 10.

What’s on the Menu?

Please call 828-749-5471 for reservations, or e-mail us at for more information.


We have stayed at the Orchid Inn and enjoyed Newman’s on many memorable occasions. However, we had never experienced a Dicken’s dinner until this year. The evening was absolutely delightful! Hors d’oeuvres were served at 6:30 followed by a seating at 7:00. We started with a cauliflower bisque, green salad with candied pecans, and then a choice of Salmon, Duck, Beef Tenderloin or Pork Tenderloin. I had the pork and my husband ordered Salmon. Other members of our party enjoyed the Beef Tenderloin and the Duck. All were delicious and beautifully presented. Dessert was a Gingerbread Tiramisu or a Sticky Toffee Pudding with whipped cream. Both were sinful! In between courses a gentlemen dressed as Mr. Pickwick read a Christmas Carol. He was a professional actor and so accomplished that you were taken back to merry old England for the evening. Please treat yourself to this wonderful event. It will give you a dose of Christmas spirit most of us old folks can use! A crackling fire, beautiful decorations and much laughter and good cheer. What more can I say!

– Review by Jane S