Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock will impress you with its history and long list of notable former guests. However, there’s even more to this cozy mountain getaway. You’ll find plenty of space inside this High Country icon to take it easy, hang with friends, or even pull off a major event. And either way, you’ll have done it in one of North Carolina‘s most interesting hotels. We were lucky enough to spend the night at Green Park Inn during a recent weekend in Blowing Rock and want to share our experience. I also want to tell you that we’ll be back to get away from it all in the mountains at this wonderful hotel.
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Green Park Inn
Green Park Inn straddles the Eastern Continental Divide, and the hotel sits across the street from The Blowing Rock’s entrance. Just around the corner and down the mountain, Woodlands BBQ, Foggy Rock, and more delicious Blowing Rock restaurants await. You’re also a short drive from Main Street and Sunset Drive in Downtown Blowing Rock. Continue on Highway 321 toward Boone and you’ll find the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance (some sections closed during winter).
Being a history lover, I loved learning about the story behind Green Park Inn. It first opened in 1891 and served as the surrounding area’s only US Post Office. Over the years, some distinguished guests have graced this Blowing Rock hotel. Annie Oakley, JD Rockefeller, and President Calvin Coolidge are just a few of the big names you might recognize. It’s even said that Margaret Mitchell penned some of Gone with the Wind while staying there.
To recognize its place in history, Green Park Inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
One of the most difficult things about running such an important landmark is maintaining it. And owners Eugene and Steven Irace have committed to more than that. They began refurnishing efforts began in 2010, shortly after purchasing the hotel. Green Park Inn’s kitchen was completely gutted and modernized, while rooms were renovated and refurbished. The owners took “Made in America” to the extreme, meaning most furnishings and other materials came from as close as Thomasville, Lenoir, and High Point, North Carolina.
Whether you’re choosing a room or suite among the 88 available at Green Park Inn, get ready for a relaxing stay. We stayed in a Deluxe Room on the first floor in the “Historic Section.” Still, we felt miles away from anyone else after closing our door. We were greeted by Chocolate Turndown Service, which was a welcome end to our day traveling to Blowing Rock. Our little one slept right away and we had plenty of room to stretch out on our bed and reminisce about our day and get ready for the next one.
There are some great restaurants in Blowing Rock, and The Chestnut Grille’s seasonal menu ranks high among them all. Start your day with High Country Hash and enjoy some Local NC Trout for dinner. No matter when you stop by, the restaurant’s delicious food perfectly mixes with its relaxing atmosphere. Want to kick back with some drinks while you eat? Green Park Inn’s Divide Tavern also offers small plates, large plates, and sandwiches, to go along with wine and hand-crafted cocktails.
Note: When checking in, you’ll be asked for reservation times. I’d suggest making them for both breakfast and dinner at The Chestnut Grille.
Weddings and Meetings Happen Here
If I were running a company event (Hey, who knows!) or scoping out a place for a friend’s wedding, I’d think hard to choose somewhere other than Green Park Inn. They have more than a few rooms that can hold anywhere from 30 to 200. So whether you’re seeking a spot for your special day, to bring your team together, or to make some deals, Green Park Inn would be a nice spot to pull it off.
A True Mountain Getaway
I think what makes Green Park Inn so appealing is that you can do whatever you want there. You can chill out and read National Geographic in their sitting area, chat with friends on the front porch, or relax in a plush robe that comes with your room. There’s plenty of time for all of it. Around every corner, you feel like there’s nothing else behind you, because Green Park Inn is a true mountain getaway.
I loved our room and will definitely come back to try out another. Maybe next time, we’ll go with a Superior Room or Balcony Suite with views that overlook the nearby Blowing Rock Country Club golf course. Of course, I’d be happy with whatever is available, as long as I get to return to what is one of my favorite hotels in North Carolina.
If you were visiting, where would you stay at Green Park Inn? We’d love to know in the comments section.
This guide to Green Park Inn is part of our series on North Carolina Hotels, where we’ve covered favorites like The Durham Hotel, the historic Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem, and more. It’s also a part of our Blowing Rock section. Special thanks to Green Park Inn for providing us with complimentary accommodations. All opinions within this article are our own.