A view from below the Vermillion House, one of the lodging options at DBI.

A Destination

Doe Branch Ink is a retreat for Writers and other Artists located on 50 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Just 30 miles north of Asheville, our retreat takes its name from a spring fed stream that borders our property, flowing from high in Pisgah National Forest into the French Broad River.  The Vermillion guest house is the retreat headquarters, with other nearby accommodations available as needed. 

The French Broad river flows through Pisgah Forest 


Nestled into 110 acres of private property surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, DBI is the perfect place to finally get some work done.

Group discussion in the Vermillion House Living Room


While our facilities are rustic, they are up to date with all of the modern amenities needed for a productive week, including internet, laundry, phone service & catered meals.

David Gessner leading a front porch non-fiction retreat


Our retreat-leaders are also leaders in their field with numerous published works and years of experience teaching all skill levels.