Red Rocker Inn

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


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.



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

Great Experience!

4.6 on April 03, 2015

My wife and I recently stayed for one night at the Red Rocker Inn based on the recommendation of one of my wife’s co-workers. We could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. The Inn is charming and our room was very comfortable. The food was excellent! The owners, Doug and Jenny, are friendly, gracious, hospitable and very attentive to the needs of the guests. We felt like we had gained two new friends by the time we checked out the next morning. We look forward to staying there again and will highly recommend it to friends and family. Tim and Cynthia – South Carolina

Excellent in Every Way!

5 on February 06, 2015

My wife and I spent three days at the Red Rocker Inn in January and absolutely loved it. The wonderful staff and the ownership together make for a remarkably comfortable and inviting environment, complete with a warm, Christian spirit of welcome. The morning prayer led by Doug or Jenny Bowman, the proprietors, helps start the day right as you dig into the sumptuous breakfast and begin your day. We highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed! Lee and Peggy Kinney of Washington, NC

Wonderful place

5 on December 14, 2014

What a great Bes and Breakfast! Doug and Jenny Bowman are delightful people who work hard to ensure their guests are comfortable and enjoying their stay! Their warm hospitality and awesome food dishes make this B&B worth experiencing! The location is perfect also. Can't wait to go back!


5 on October 19, 2014

When our little group of old friends decided to get together for a visit after many years, we chose a place an equal distance from each of us, then had to find a place to stay. As luck would have it, the Red Rocker came up in our search results. WE ARE SO GLAD IT DID!!! We could not have had a better time! The rooms were comfortable (number one in importance for those of us over the age of 50) and lovely (although we didn't stay in them for long periods other than to sleep) and clean. The living rooms and front porch saw much more of us than our bedrooms did. We felt welcome everywhere! And the food! Let's don't get started on the food! I will be in the gym for the next year! Every dish was amazing! I have never tasted such yummy kale! Every single person serving us was wonderful to us. We plan to return soon!

weekend with friends

4.8 on October 17, 2014

We spent three days with friends from the West and East coasts at the Red Rocker Inn. I expected the place to be good, and I really like Black Mountain. However, the Red Rocker was superior in every way. Warm and friendly, with wonderful food and remarkable service. I would recommend it to anyone. Dollar for dollar, it is terrific. Will we stay there again? You bet!!

Great Experience

5 on October 12, 2014

This was my first time staying at a B & B and I must say Doug and Jenny set the bar high! From our entrance to the Inn, to our check out, everything was first rate. The Inn is homey and elegant, the rooms beautifully furnished and appointed, and the owners friendly and welcoming, while respecting privacy. The food was truly outstanding, and the staff worked hard to make sure we had everything we could want. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this Inn, and have already recommended it to several friends who travel in the area. I can't wait to go back again next summer!

Couldn't ask for more!

4.8 on September 13, 2014

How nice to have the experience exceed the expectations! The website very accurately guided us to the perfect location and room. The hosts, Doug & Jenny, were attentive to all needs and comforts, and such nice people to know. The Inn is located in a quiet, attractive neighborhood a few blocks out of the heart of town and close to the golf course. For a birthday celebration it was the best! Thank you! Dick & Susan from Boone, NC

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!

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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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $225


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

Nightly Rate: $180 - $200

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

Nightly Rate: $180 - $200


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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $170


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 canopied 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 armoire complete the furnishings. You'll delight in the Southern charm this comfortable room offers.

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

Nightly Rate: $180 - $200


The Appalachian room is at the top of the front formal staircase on the second floor. The Appalachian is beautifully furnished with a matching pair of queen beds dressed in pretty magnolia and dogwood bedding and a triple dresser with large mirror. Stretch out and relax in the comfy wing back chair. The spacious, cheerful bedroom has an attached private bath with traditional tub/shower combination. Conveniently located for up to four guests, the pedestal sink is in the bedroom. Situated 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. This room is a favorite for families and for girl friend get-aways. Please add $15 per night for third or fourth guest in this room.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $185

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $170


This bright and cheerful bedroom has a white scrolled iron and brass queen bed dressed in a fluffy rose quilt. Old Franciscan china plates and a collection of rose prints decorate the walls. The adjoining private bath, unusually large and old fashioned, is complete with an antique claw foot tub, extra large tiled custom built shower, and a raised-tank commode with a nostalgic pull-chain flush. As you relax in the comfy wing back chair, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time!

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $170


Located on the quiet second floor of the Inn, the very spacious Azalea holds a lovely antique mirrored dressing table and matching headboard for the queen bed. Its adjoining alcove features a large bank of windows and a well lighted desk/vanity. The roomy private bath contains a tiled tub/shower. The Azalea room features a pull-out sofa-sleeper which can accommodate one additional person. Please add $15 per night for a third person in this room.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $170


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

Nightly Rate: $160 - $180


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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $155


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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $160

Molly Bear

The Molly Bear Room is a guest favorite for it's first floor convenience. The comfy queen bed is spread with a beautiful scalloped green floral quilt and coordinating striped European pillows. A vanity/desk across from the love seat adds to your convenience and comfort. Open the love seat to the sleeper to accommodate a third guest in the room. The bathroom features tub/shower combination. Go to sleep dreaming of your favorite bear! Please add $15 per night for a third guest in this room.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $170


A beautiful room with a queen sized-bed and conveniently 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 decorate the room. The private bath features a step-in shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $155


Evoking the rustic feel of a mountain cabin, the Pisgah 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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $140

Seven Sisters

Named for the beautiful mountain range which watches over the town of Black Mountain, Seven Sisters is situated conveniently on the first floor. It is a cozy room with an exquisite brass double bed and the private bath has a tub/shower. Comfy reading chair and a rich fluffy comforter offer luxury.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $130

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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:

Traveling Interstate 40, take exit 64 (The Black Mountain Exit). Turn north at the bottom of the exit. Go to your third traffic light and turn left onto Highway 70. At your next traffic light turn right onto Dougherty Street. The Red Rocker is the big, three storied home on the right at the end of the block. It is well marked.

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, Country Inn, Historic 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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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: Outside only Smoking only outside the Inn
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children must be carefully supervised at all times
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night stay required on most weekends. But ask, we're flexible.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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.