Looking for a place to stay overnight in North Carolina? You’ll find hundreds of hotels and inns, most of which offer great service and wonderful amenities…but why not choose a historic hotel? In addition to the typical stay, you’ll enjoy some incredibly rich North Carolina history. Check out these 10 historic hotels that have stood the test of time.
1. The Historic Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem
The site of the Historic Brookstown Inn was once the Salem Manufacturing Company, a cotton mill that was the first in the South to use electric lighting. The hotel was established in this historic building in 1837. It offers 70 guest rooms, a grand ballroom, and many of the original building’s features, such as exposed brick walls and original wood beams. 200 Brookstown Avenue, Winston-Salem.
2. Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte
This hotel first opened in 1929 as Mayfair Manor. The 10-story building was designed by architect Louis Asbury Sr., and is now listed as a National Trust Historic Hotels of America. The hotel has been fully renovated, but retains much of its historic charm. 237 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte
3. Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands
In 1878, John Norton purchased four building lots on the corner of 4th and Main Street. He paid $60 for the property, then built a two-story boarding house and named it Central House. The original building had 11 bedrooms, but no indoor plumbing or electricity. After a $150 million renovation in 2001, the property now includes several historic buildings and a golf course. 445 Main Street, Highlands.
4. The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville
The Grove Park Inn was constructed in less than a year and opened in 1913. The original inn still stands, but the property has grown to include 513 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts and a 43,000 square-foot spa. 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville
5. The Mast Farm Inn, Banner Elk
This farmhouse was built in the 1880s and offer seven guest rooms with private baths. The eight guest cottages were built between the 1790s and 1820s. It’s listed with the Historic Hotels of America. 2543 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk.
6. Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock
The Green Park Inn opened in 1891. The three-story, 53,000 square-feet building included a restaurant, bar and the only post office in the area (you can still see part of the old post office in the “History Room.” Green Park Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock.
7. Haywood Park Hotel & Atrium, Asheville
The Bon Marché Department Store opened in 1923 and was THE place to go for fashion during the Jazz Age. After decades serving as a department store, the building was purchased and renovated. Haywood Park Hotel & Atrium opened in 1985. Today, this Historic Hotels of America property includes 33 rooms, cafe, bistro, fitness center and meeting space. 1 Battery Park Ave., Asheville.
8. The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst
When The Carolina Hotel opened in 1901, it was the largest in North Carolina. Pinehurst resort was the country’s first golf resort. The hotel still offers much of the original, historic charm of the early 1900s. 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst
9. The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Lake Lure
This beautiful, historic inn sits on the bank of Lake Lure. Open since 1927, it offers 69 guest rooms and three rental cabins. 2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure.
10. Monte Vista Hotel, Black Mountain
Monte Vista Hotel occupies a building that was originally a school house. Built in 1919, this red brick structure has stood the test of time and now features much of its original charm. 308 W. State Street, Black Mountain
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