In North Carolina’s High Country, you’ll find a number of accommodation options. There are cabin and mountain home rentals, quaint bed and breakfasts and even campsites. But there are also a handful of full-service hotels.
Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock is a Historic Hotels of America member, opened in the heart of the mountains in 1891. The hotel even straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and is the perfect jumping off point for driving the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Over the years, the grand hotel hosted celebrities like presidents Cooler and Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mitchell, and Annie Oakley. The original hotel once had a post office, bowling alley, and shooting gallery.
To the left of the lobby, you’ll even find a small museum devoted to the hotel’s history with old photographs and mementos in the old post office. Downstairs are a number of seating areas, including a small library and lounge for cozying up with a good book.
The rooms are simple but have high-speed WiFi, flatscreen televisions, coffee makers, bottled water, bathrobes, and turndown service. Rates also include a complimentary breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.
Room types of the 88 rooms include standard queen beds, doubles, deluxe and junior suites. Most rooms face the mountains or the surrounding golf course and many have porches with rocking chairs.
The Chestnut Grille is the recently remodeled restaurant, open for dinner nightly. The Divide Tavern is the bar and lounge next door. The hotel offers regular events for guests like live music on weekends.
If You Go
Green Park Inn Hotel is located at 9239 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605, but set your GPS for 5995 Lenoir Turnpike. Rates start at $89 per night in low season and go up from there. Book a room by visiting their website or calling (828) 414-9230. Parking is included with your stay.