Historic Inns of the High Country

Green Park Inn Historic Green Park Inn
Since opening in 1891 the Green Park Inn has lodged some of the most powerful and famous people in the world. Marilyn Monroe, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge have all been guests of this historic inn. The Green Park Inn is the second oldest operating hotel in North Carolina and a dream location for any history buff. Annie Oakley gave shooting lessons in what is now the hotel’s parking lot. The inn even lodged Margaret Mitchell, who wrote part of “Gone with the Wind” during her stay. There is no doubt why this inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Whether you want to enjoy its beautiful Victorian style architecture or its modern amenities the Green Park Inn will not be a disappointment.

Buffalo Tavern Buffalo Tavern Bed & Breakfast
The High Country is a great vacation spot to escape the bustle of the city and take some time to slow down. If you happen to be traveling through Valle Crucis then you should stop by the Buffalo Tavern to take in the mountain air. Built in 1872 by George Washington Ray, the Buffalo Tavern has seen its share of history. Constructed from homemade bricks and stones found on the property, the tavern has a natural and rustic beauty. It was also the first house to have glass windows in Ashe County. The tavern is believed to have given boarding to Zebulon Baird Vance, the 37th and 43rd governor of North Carolina. Vance was a Confederate military officer and one of the most influential writers during the American Civil War.  During the Prohibition Era, the tavern acted as a speakeasy selling moonshine and wine to its customers. It later closed during the Great Depression. Presently, the inn operates as a bed and breakfast rooted between Buck and Bluff Mountain and it is only a short drive from West Jefferson. The summers are great for spending a sunny afternoon on one of their porch rocking chairs and during the winters it is nice to cozy up by one of their seven fireplaces.

Mast Farm Inn The-Mast-Farm-Inn-Vintage-Postcard
Joseph Mast, a pioneer from Pennsylvania, traveled to North Carolina and settled in Valle Crucis in the late 1700’s. In 1810 his son David built a cabin which still sits across from the main house of the inn. The main house, which currently boards the inn’s guests, was built two generations later and completed in 1896. It was not until the early 1900’s that the house became a haven for travelers when Finley and Josephine Mast started the Mast Farm Inn. Josephine, who was known for her ability to work a loom, weaved numerous bedspreads and rugs in her spare time working at the inn. Some of her weaves were even given to President Woodrow Wilson’s daughter Jessie as a wedding gift. The weaves were placed in Jessie’s room in the White House and some of her weaves are currently in the Smithsonian. In 1964 the Mast Farm Inn was closed due to the deteriorating health of Finley’s blind son Joe, who could no longer run the inn. In 1984 Francis and Sibyl Pressley restored the inn through careful renovations of the main house, the granary, the blacksmith shop, and the woodworking shop. The ownership has changed a few times since 1996 but the Mast Farm Inn has retained much of the old world charm it had a century ago. If you ever stay at this historic bed and breakfast then you must try one of their award-winning dishes at their restaurant Simplicity.

Taylor House 1950 Taylor House Inn
The Taylor House was built in 1911 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built for Charles Davis Taylor and his family but now is visited by many travelers every year. If you are looking for a wedding venue, a special occasion, or a romantic weekend with a special someone the Taylor House Inn is the perfect choice. It is nestled in the Watauga River Valley located in Valle Crucis and is only about a half-mile hike away from Crab Orchard Falls which is open to the public. The Taylor House Inn was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor in 2011 and 2012 and can offer a wonderful stay to any mountain traveler.

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