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Red Rocker Inn

Black Mountain, NC 28711-3326 USA (Show map)
57 Reviews
$110 - $225
per night

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An award-winning 1896 Victorian B and B specializing in warm Southern hospitality! 17 charming and romantic guest rooms all with private bath, air conditioning, free wi-fi, 100 year-old hardwood floors. Choose cozy fireplaces, whirlpool tubs or antique claw-foot tubs. Enjoy porch rockers with mountain scenery and a campfire pit. Easy walk to quaint shops in picturesque Black Mountain. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the famous Biltmore Estate are close by. Complimentary breakfast buffet with egg casseroles, home baked goods, cheese grits, buttermilk biscuits with homemade apple butter and more. The Red Rocker Inn's award-winning restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday. Freshly home-made entrees, sides and small plates along with ten delectable desserts, wine and local beers round out the menu.

Rooms & Rates

Elizabeth's Attic

When only the best will do, indulge your loved one with a stay in this impressive room. The stately King bed commands immediate attention, while the large fireplace and two comfy chairs soothe and relax you. With it's own wing in the quiet of the third floor, the Attic is the largest room in the Inn. Enjoy skylights, window seat, and unobstructed views of the gardens and mountains. The Attic's private bath offers a modern double garden soaking tub and huge walk-in tiled shower. This is the perfect honeymoon or special occasion location

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Brightly lit with skylights and lots of windows, the Garrett is located in the quiet third floor. In the original house, it was the summer sleeping porch. The romantically draped king bed faces a large fireplace, framed by a cozy settee, old fashion mirrored dressing table and antique armoire. The spacious private bath has both an antique claw foot tub and convenient step-in shower. The room features a love seat that can fold out into a single bed. An ideal location for a couple's retreat. Please add $15 per night for a third guest in this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Blue Ridge

One of only three rooms located on the third floor, the Blue Ridge room is both private and peaceful. With its beautiful king bed clothed in a deep white damask comforter and white quilted bedding, and banked by five blue toile-accented windows, it is the perfect spot for quiet rest, conversation and intimacy. Two comfortable chairs face the fireplace for warm relaxation and reading. The large private bath has a separate commode and step-in shower, and best of all, a platform whirlpool tub for soaking. This lovely room is decorated in warm gray and blue toile with an elegant mountain theme.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Romance will be on your mind when you stay in this impressive room with gorgeous extra-tall queen-size four poster bed. A curtained platform next to the bed displays the antique claw-foot tub. This beautiful second-floor room is perfect for those really special celebrations. Nearby are the private bath and separate tiled shower. An antique mirrored dresser and wing back chair complete the furnishings.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Savannah, on the second floor just upstairs from the parlor, is one of the largest bedrooms in the Inn. It was originally the master bedroom when the Inn was a private residence. The fabric draped king bed is opposite a large marble fireplace, with one of the house's original carved mantles still intact. Next to the hearth is a cozy reading lounge. In view of both the bed and fireplace is an antique claw foot tub, also original to the house. Savannah's private bath includes a tiled step-in shower. A large triple dresser and armoir complete the furnishings. You'll delight in the Southern charm this comfortable room offers

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The Appalachian room is at the top of the front formal staircase on the second floor. Furnished with a pair of queen beds dressed in pretty blue and white quilts and comfy reading chair, the spacious, cheerful bedroom has an attached private bath with traditional tub/shower combination. Located at the front corner of the house, its windows offer a view of both the Inn's gardens and the peaceful little town of Black Mountain.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Three Mountaineers

Three Mountaineers, so named for the wooden hand-carved mountain men mounted on its bedroom walls, is centrally located on the second floor of the Inn. The spacious well-furnished bedroom has a king bed, cozy reading chair and attached private bath. The Three Mountaineers is decorated with local mountain charm with your comfort in mind. You'll feel pampered and relaxed in the large bathroom with a whirlpool tub/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Old North

The Old North room, decorated with beautiful red floral and black gingham quilted bedding, is privately located in the back corner of the second floor of the Inn. The queen bed sits across from a comfy chair great for reading. A mirrored red wardrobe reflects the morning light from the bank of windows dressed in black and beige toile. The spacious private bath has a whirlpool tub/shower combination. French Country accents lend the room an old world charm

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Dogwood room, just up the staircase on the second floor, is convenient to all sections of the Inn. The bright and cheerful bedroom has a white scrolled iron and brass queen bed dressed in blue, pink, and yellow. The adjoining private bath, unusually large and old fashioned, is complete with a combination claw foot tub/shower and a raised-tank toilet. You'll relax in the comfy wingback chair and feel like you've stepped back in time.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Located on the quiet second floor of the Inn, the very spacious Azalea holds a lovely antique dressing table and matching headboard for the queen bed. Its adjoining alcove with a large bank of windows has both a well lighted desk and a chaise lounge for reading. The roomy private bath contains a tiled tub/shower. The Azalea room features a pull-out couch which can accomodate one additional person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


As the name implies, the Pinehurst room on the second floor is decorated with classic and clever golf-themed accents. The spacious bedroom has a beautiful iron king size bed which is made with a soothing plaid and floral log cabin quilt and pillows. The roomy private bath features traditional tub/shower combination. Large windows for light and a soft reading chair add to the comfort of this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Primrose room, quietly hidden at the end of the hallway on the second floor, is the most intimate and romantic room in the Inn. A seductively draped two-person whirlpool tub is set adjacent to the queen bed. The private commode, pedestal sink, and large mirrored armoir add to the charm of this romantic setting. This is the perfect spot for getting reacquainted with your loved one. *note* This room does not have a shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Music room is conveniently located on the first floor. You'll think of old-world classical sophistication when you enter this room. This popular bedroom is decorated with music score wall paper, classical music accents, and beautiful antique music art. The beautiful king size bed boasts an elaborate iron headboard and is softly draped in coordinating fabric. Across from the bed is the pedestal vanity sink and lovely antique armoir. You may even be inspired to sing in the step-in shower!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Molly Bear

Located on the first floor of the Inn, Molly Bear is convenient to the parking lot and public areas of the house. The four- post queen bed is softly canopied and dressed in pretty quilts and is adjacent to a well lighted alcove. Here, beneath a large bank of windows, are both a reading couch and a handy built-in desk or vanity. The attached private bath has a tiled tub/shower with glass-block window. The alcove couch folds open to a twin bed that can sleep one additional person. Whimsical teddy bear accents will bring a smile to your face.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin


A quaint room with a queen sized-bed, tucked into a corner of the first floor, the Preacher is reminiscent of a peaceful country church. Stained glass accents the windows. Church inspired accessories and country quilts decorate the room. The private bath, known as "The Confessional," features a step-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Evoking the rustic feel of a mountain cabin, thePisgah room sits in a quiet corner of the second floor of the house. This cozy room features a beautiful antique double bed, layered in masculine comfort with quilts and plenty of pillows. An antique mirrored dresser and comfortable leather reading chair round out the furnishings. Moose and bear decor abounds in this quaint room. Attached is a private bath complete with tub/shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Seven Sisters

Named for the beautiful mountain range which watches over the town of Black Mountain, Seven Sisters is situated conveniently at a cozy corner of the first floor. It is a comfy room with an exquisite brass double bed. Attached is a private bath complete with tub/shower. Comfy reading chair and homey log cabin and Irish chain quilts complete the country atmosphere.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.8

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Very pleased!

4.8 on August 07, 2014

We were planning to stay at a Hampton Inn but a local business person suggested the Red Rocker Inn. We checked it out and what a wonderful find! The room was excellent and the evening meal was outstanding! We will certainly stay here again and will recommend it to friends. This is a class example of a bed and breakfast! B. Herrin

Excellent stay every time!

4.8 on July 27, 2014

My wife and I have visited twice and my son and I once. Two of these were for fly fishing trips the next morning. The accommodations are great! Nestled in a beautiful neighborhood in down town Black Mnt. Be sure to make reservations for dinner which is top notch! Breakfast is excellent too and then a nice stroll around the block to work some of that off didn't hurt! I highly recommend this B and B!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the nice comments! We're looking forward to having you visit again. Be sure to ask for some blueberry muffins to pack along on your fishing trip!

Great get away

5 on April 15, 2014

Loved the Red Rocker Inn!, Have been trying for several years to go but could not fine the time to fit into my schedule but am glad I finally did! Went for a wedding and this was the perfect choice close but not busy and the town oh so quaint ! Just wish I had been able to stay longer and sat on that front porch . The breakfast was some of the best I have ever had ! Jenny , Doug and there staff were all very nice and helpful I plan on going back for some R and R , Thanks for a great weekend !

Innkeeper Response
Hi! We're so glad you finally got to visit! You don't have to wait for a wedding for your next stay!! Maybe you'll have time for the front porch rockers or for sitting around the fire pit with some new friends. Looking forward to the next time!

Wonderful hospitality and food

5 on November 14, 2013

We just spent the long Veterans Day weekend at the delightful Red Rocker Inn. This is an unusually nice Inn with outstanding gourmet food. Everything was first class and our hosts went out of their way to make our visit memorable. This Inn is worth a detour even if you just come for breakfast or dinner. At dinner leave room for one of the 10 outstanding desserts. The coconut cake was especially good.

Wonderful Hospitality, Accommodations,Service and Food

5 on April 14, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a three night stay at this unusually pleasant bed and breakfast. We can vouch for its wonderful tasty and plentiful breakfast each morning. The rooms were furnished in period furniture and the bedding was extremely comfortable. We are pleased to recommend this B&B to anyone who is looking for a B&B that would be considered far above the normal B&B. This B&B is truly exceptional !!! The Colemans, from Indiana

"Awesome food"

5 on April 03, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at many great restaurants over the years but this was outstanding! We were lodging elsewhere when we happened on their restaurant in town and we were so glad we found the inn. We were pleasantly surprised the Bed and Breakfast was open to those not staying there and I am so glad. You can expect excellence in hospitality and service. I believe the pot roast was the "best I have ever tasted." Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a fabulous night on the town.

Very Pleased

4.4 on September 06, 2012

It was worth the drive from Knoxville, TN just for the wonderful breakfast. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. One of our top B&B's. Many thanks to the Bowmans. Ralph & Mary Jo

Innkeeper Response
Hello Friends! I know this review is a couple of years old, but we wanted to let you know about the improvements we have made in our rooms this winter. First, in every room we removed the carpets and refinished the beautiful 100+ year old hard wood floors. What a transformation! Most rooms have new paint and some have new bathroom renovations. Also lots of new decorating! Hope you love it as much as we do!

another great visit

4.6 on July 10, 2012

Even though temperature was 100, the inn offered cool respite in their central air conditioned home. Cool iced tea and lemonade were a welcomed sight and homemade cookies. Were delicious. Walking distance to the town lake is nice. Breakfast was great and there was something for all my picky eaters!

15th anniversary

4.8 on October 16, 2011

Great place to stay. The Bowman family is extremely accomodating. The room is just as advertised on the website. The dinner was very good, the ribeye i had was perfect. Breakfast was unbelievable!! would have loved to stay another day or two. Would caution you of one thing (which bothered my wife, but not me) there is no TV in any of the rooms. A TV is available in the den downstairs (old TV). Other than the TV i would recommend this B&B to anyone. I will definitely be heading back.

I Vote With The Majority

5 on December 14, 2010

Ha! 46 great reviews and only one not so great, and that person clearly would not have been pleased with anyone or anything! I concur with the 46. I liked the fact that it felt like I was being invited into a friends' home and told to make myself at home. One of the first things Jenny told us is that they say a blessing over the breakfast before it was served. I knew immediately that this was not only proprietors that we could trust, but a family who cares people, especially their guests. And we were cared for very well. My wife and I loved the room and took some time to look at other vacant rooms to decide which one we will stay in the next time we come to visit. It would be nice to stay in all of them, eventually! The food was excellent, so much so that I bought their cookbook as a stocking stuffer for my wife. (Please don't tell!) This was my wife's first experience with a Bed and Breakfast, and my best experience. We are well pleased with our visit with new friends, Doug and Jenny.

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Location Type

Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock Park, Lake Tomahawk, The Biltmore Estate, Mountains, Small town


Asheville, NC (AVL) 25 miles

Directions to property:

Take Interstate 26 West towards Ashevill, and then Interstate 40 east until you exit at Exit 64. Then follow the directions to the property.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Caverns, Chimney Rock Park, Biltmore Estate, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , Porch with Rocking Chairs, Award-winning Restaurant, Fire Pit, Ironing Boards Available, Guest Refrigerator, In Room Digital Safes

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 2 PM to 7 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children must be carefully supervised at all times
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night stay required on most weekends. But ask, we're flexible.
  • Deposit Amount Required: VISA, MasterCard or Discover number required to reserve a room. We prefer payment when you arrive in the form of cash or check.
  • Cancellations: Rooms may be cancelled prior to 14 days of the reservation (28 days for holiday periods and blocks of six or more rooms). Should the room be cancelled inside of 14 (28) days, the guest is responsible for the cost of the room for the duration of the reservation unless we are able to re-rent the room. If necessary, this charge will be applied to the Visa, MasterCard or Discover card number on file.



Doug and Jenny Bowman and Family

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About the innkeepers

We love our inn, especially since our five children all help us in every aspect of this fun way of life. They wait tables, cook, bake, mow grass... You'll meet us all!

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Country Breakfast Buffet

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , By special request,, Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Grilled Prime Rib
We hand cut our top grade prime into 14 ounce steaks and season and grill them to order. Served with your choice of caramelized onion, bleu cheese butter or beef demi glace.


Details Diamond Collection

136 N Dougherty Street , Black Mountain, NC 28711-3326 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase