5 on November 19, 2014
Amazing place! Would highly recommend this as a get away.
4.6 on November 11, 2014
We enjoy trying new Inns and this one is a must-visit! Combine comfort with gourmet breakfast and hands-on history - that's the Inn of the Patriots. And you can take a cooking class with the owner, a former White House chef! Located between Charlotte(less than an hour) and Asheville ( an hour and a half) so you can enjoy what these cities have to offer as well. We stayed in an upstairs room with shared bath but would recommend choosing a room downstairs with private bath.
3.8 on November 05, 2014
We had a living social deal for the inn. We really enjoyed the room and the inn was full of history and trinkets. I will warn that the upstairs rooms are shared bathrooms if that is a deal breaker. The breakfast was amazing. Overall, it was s nice family run inn but maybe a bit over priced. We also did the cooking class. It was fun but could use some work to make it more interactive (I.e. everyone should make their own portion and possibly more technique instruction). I think we would have been disappointed if we had paid full price for the cooking class.
4.0 on November 03, 2014
Actually, in most respects the experience was Excellent! (Either my fingers or your app did not allow "excellent" in some catergories) I would reccommend thus B N B to anyone who loves histoy, beautiful scenery, wines, cooking and great hosts and hostess. The home is old snd steeped in history and has some really unique surprises. Our room eas very comfortable and well appointed. We would definetly entertsin a return visit. The cooking class is a must do!!
5 on October 29, 2014
We had a wonderful time at this Inn. The breakfasts were wonderful, our bed was super comfy, and the room was full of fun historical items. The host is an amazing historian. We also enjoyed the cooking class. We learned quite a bit.
4.6 on October 22, 2014
The Inn of the Patriots was a great historical experience. The Baby Ruth room allowed us to experience what it might be like to have lived in the past. The memorabilia was awesome. Marty and Stormy made us feel at home and allowed us to share parts of their lives. I really enjoyed the cooking class and the pizza we cooked was the best I've ever had. I would return and will stay longer...next time. It was a pleasure meeting them and sharing Philly stories with Marty.
Thank you so much for your love, like so many thousands, of the class and food while here. We have so many Chefs that come here also from around the world - it was a true honor to serve you!
4.6 on October 20, 2014
Had a very nice stay at the Patriots Inn.
A blessing to you and safe travels!
4.6 on October 19, 2014
The cooking class gave us tons of new ideas and it was interesting learning all the presidential fun facts. Kim was soo sweet and the rooms were comfy. We totally recommend the Baker Buffalo Winery, the wine was FABULOUS and the owners were I nice. Thanks for a weekend away!
Bless you for you love and pride in the culinary institute, how fun it is! We were pleased with the satisfaction you and so many others have overwhelmingly stated about the comfy rooms!
2.2 on October 16, 2014
Marti is definitely a master of self-promotion. I'm just not sure that what is delivered by his cooking class, food, or inn meets the expectations set by his high claims. The inn itself is very cluttered, and I was extremely turned off to be greeted at the doorway by a decrepit gingerbread house that has clearly seen better days. At first I thought our bathroom situation was less than stellar with a shower stuffed in a closet and a toilet in another closet, but then I learned that two sets of guests were sharing a bathroom upstairs with the owner and his family. I guess mine wasn't that bad after all. The food was decent but not remarkable, and Chef Marti didn't actually cook breakfast for us either morning. So if you are excited to eat food prepared by a White House Chef, this may not be the place for you.
We were sorry to have not met your expectations and are happy to offer you another stay on the house, complimentary for you friends! We do publicly advertise that a B&B such as ours has small bathrooms built into each room of our 1879 mansion and that we are not trying to replicate the Hyatt or Hilton (where the pricing in Charlotte for such is 300 to 400 per night). I did cook in our kitchens each day and also each night while you were out, making homemade catsup and syrups from scratch. I realize that you were out eating so were unable to monitor my activities or film me in the kitchen. But, then again, we do promote all four of our chefs here and are very proud of them and our TV series. Like Emeril Lagasse who owns 12 restaurants across the USA - he is not cooking in each of them every single night. We welcome you back at any time with our love and care for you - on behalf of Chef Johnsie, Chef Kim, Chef Stormy and Chef Marti
4.6 on October 09, 2014
Excellent food, service and history. We enjoyed our stay!
It is so wonderful to serve you and cook for you - thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
5 on October 08, 2014
We visited the King's Mountain battlefield and the Cowpens Battlefield which we found very interesting.
We loved speaking with you about your trips to each of the famous revolutionary war sites here!
4.6 on October 04, 2014
A nice place to stay and get great food, service and a history lesson all in a fun way. The luncheon cooking class was great with lots of hands on and a great presentation. Marti and his crew do a fantastic job overall. Give it a try!!
How amazing it is to see your comments written like so many thousands that have graduated from Marti's classes with all of our chefs! Thank you. Chef Stormy
4.6 on October 02, 2014
Plan in advance because they are probably booked - and for good reason! We arrived on Friday afternoon and had a chance to look around by ourselves (we received an email stating that Marti and Stormy would be out shopping and to let ourselves in). The decor is great for those interested in history. We went out to one of the recommended restaurants in Shelby (Ni Fen Bistro) planning on having a glass of wine and an appetizer but ended up having a great dinner after hearing about the specials. At breakfast the next morning there were 5 couples who were total strangers. Just by asking the question "How did everyone sleep?" started a conversation that put all at ease and got us all acquainted. The tour of the museum, which consists of several cases of memorabilia throughout the house, was very interesting and entertaining. Marti is an excellent tour guide having lived much of the history showcased. Take advantage of the wine tasting at Baker Buffalo Creek. And don't miss one of the cooking classes. We took the lunch class on Sunday morning and learned how to make pizza from scratch (much easier than you may think and WAY better than anything you'll get from carryout) and a great greek salad. Marti, Stormy and Johnsie are great hosts. We hope to return soon.
How nice it is, truly, of you to mention Chefs Stormy and Johnsie! They are quite skilled at cookery and really do an excellent job. Chef Johnsie Adams even beat Paula Dean in the Champion Grits Throwdown at Cherokee Casino!
5 on October 01, 2014
The Inn of the Patriots is a wonderful road trip destination. Not only is the area steeped in history, it offers a myriad of activities to suit anyone's tastes. The Inn is a treasure in itself and Marty makes history come alive when he conducts his tour of the property. Two days was not near enough time to fully enjoy everything!
It is wonderful to hear what we are told so many times, "two days is not enough!" Thank you for supporting America's disabled and injured veterans returning from the wars and opening new businesses. We are just trying to do a good job. Thank you.
1.0 on September 25, 2014
This Inn has lots of impressive PR but the reality is very disappointing. The inn's rates are very overpriced for a room with a shared bath used by up to 5 others. All of "Presidential" clutter although interesting are dust collectors meaning the inn needs a thorough cleaning. For a culinary inn, breakfast was nothing out of ordinary: oatmeal, bacon, potatoes, and French toast. This was a very unsatisfactory experience at any price.
Thank you for letting us know how unhappy you were as we would like to offer an all expense paid stay for thee with meals included. We are sorry that you have not enjoyed our TV series and shows on PBS television and we do advertise on our website that we are eccentric with do-dads and memorabilia all over the inn. I understand your comments to me directly that day of, "we don't read English or the English language very well and dislike most of your Presidents in this country." Additionally, we prepared for you hand-cut apples with cranberry old fashioned oatmeal, thick-cut smoked hickory bacon that is very expensive, our famous Hillbilly potatoes in skillets, Angel Food cake French Toast and also served such with handmade blueberry, strawberry and cherry syrup or your choice of handmade Rum, Pineapple and Peach syrup. Having lived and eaten all over the earth on six continents, in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and hundreds more, and as a White House Chef, it is our pleasure to continue to advertise, sell and market a Colonial Style 1780 Breakfast. Being well familiar with 400.00 per night rooms at the Hyatt and the associated breakfast, I cannot agree with you on the price and "what others serve.
4.0 on September 20, 2014
Had a very pleasant stay and time away. quiet and very enjoyable
Thank you so much for visiting with us and allowing us the precious moments in your lifetime to serve and care for you!
4.4 on September 17, 2014
Marty and Stormy are wonderful hosts. The rooms and public spaces are beautifully decorated with a mixture of antiques and modern furniture resulting in serene and restfully atmosphere. There are collections of White House and Revolutionary War memorabilia to entertain you as well as books and DVDs. The front porch has rocking chairs that look out on a quiet neighborhood of historic houses. It was the peaceful retreat we were looking for when we booked our vacation. The best part was having breakfast cooked each day by a world class chef! The food was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed The Inn of the Patriots.
4.8 on September 07, 2014
There are not enough adjectives to use to rate our stay at the Inn of the Patriots, but we will try to use a few to describe it. Our stay was restful, wonderful, educational and entertaining to say the least. We received a wonderful tour through the museum that was insightful and eye opening to some of the history of North Carolina as well as some wonderful antidotes about Marti's time at the White House. The breakfast each morning was impeccable with food fresh from his garden as well as local vendors. The cooking class was marvelous. Who knew that one could make fresh dough for pizza in eight minutes or less as well as have it being quite tasty too. We had such an enjoyable time and got to do the one thing that we wanted to do more than anything which was relax. We would definitely recommend the Inn of the Patriots for an insightful, entertaining, restful and eye opening time.
4.6 on September 07, 2014
Marti is a gifted storyteller of local history and history of presidential menus...stories he shares during the cooking class and house tour. A stay at the eclectic Inn of the Patriots is both restful and entertaining. The cooking class is fun for cooks and non-cooks with lots of helpful and healthy instructions. The breakfast included local farm foods and of course one White House dish complete with story. While you are in the area be sure to also visit downtown Shelby and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in nearby Gastonia. There are several good wineries inn the area. Ask Marti for directions and advice.
5 on September 05, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at the Inn of the Patriots! Marti was a joy to talk with and we really enjoyed his cooking class. Breakfast was delicious each morning! Support a Vet by staying here!
2.4 on August 24, 2014
The Enn could be a real gem but contains far too much clutter. The owners need to decide if they are running a B&B or a museum. Every inch of the main area and rooms contain far too many collected keepsakes from his career. Even the dinning table was cluttered with keepsakes and non essential items. Parking was in rear with path to back door. Wrong! - no answer. Had to go around to front door ( which was plastered with so many stickers and signs to looked like a cheap hotel. Entry foyer,once we were finally let in, was same way. The Breakfast was a real disappointment since we figured since he was a chief we would have an exceptional breakfast. Wrong!! The breakfast was disorganized and what I would have expected from a basic Cafe. Coffee was in carafes on table with no service. Girl brought out a bowl of grits by then selves. Guests asked what else are we getting and the answer was " I don't know". About 5 min later a bowl of bacon was brought out by its self and then a bowl of cereal a few min later and again we were left wondering if this was all there was. Finally a plate of toast and later a breakfast skillet was brought. We had to ask for jam and butter..We never saw the chief until after all this. The taste and presentation of what was brought was what I would expect from a cafe - no more. After breakfast the owner/chief made a history presentation and explained a lot of his career and collections and was very interesting; but, until they get their act together on breakfast and clutter I cannot recommend to anyone.
Thank you for your kindness about our colonial breakfast and award winning museum and B&B. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed our homemade sausage and handmade syrups from the fruits all over the area with farms and more. We do advertise that we are an eclectic collection of items to see all over our home and the vast majority of international awards have led tens of thousands to adore it. We realize that you may prefer something else and enjoy minimalism, or a Zen lifestyle and respect your desires. Thank you for enjoying with us and visiting our disabled & injured US military veterans small business.
3.6 on August 23, 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking classes, they were casual, stress-free and informative. Inn is unique and charming, although would have liked a private bath. Come and go as you please, view the interesting memorabilia, or sit just on the porch and read a good book.
We had so much fun in the class! Thank you for enjoying with us and visiting our disabled & injured US military veterans small business!
5 on August 17, 2014
Had a great overnight stay. Downtown Shelby close by with great dining. Chef Marti was an excellent host and the home was very interesting to look at with all of the items on display. Breakfast was fantastic. Home was very quiet and comfortable. Thanks !
We appreciate you so very much and are thankful and blessed to have hosted you!
4.6 on August 12, 2014
This is the first time that I've stayed at any B&B. The house is loaded with historic artifacts and interesting memoribilia. The breakfast was INCREDIBLE!!!! The history lesson by Marti was enjoyable, entertaining, and informational.
Bless you and it was fun to enjoy the 1 1/2 hour long tour with you all around the museum! We feel so blessed. Thank you for your kindness about our colonial breakfast and award winning museum and B&B. Thank you for enjoying with us and visiting our disabled & injured US military veterans small business.
5 on July 31, 2014
The Inn itself is located at the Carolina border (you can walk to South Carolina if you want to) and is a 10-30 minute drive from 2 wineries and 2 state parks. I definitely recommend Buffalo Creek Winery and Crowders Mountain State Park if you go. Aside from the surrounding area, which is lovely, the Inn itself is also quite nice. I spent two nights in the Magnificent Polynesian room and slept like a champ. The breakfast (both mornings) was some of the best food I have had in a while and served in a family style that promotes interaction with other guests. After breakfast Marti gives a very good tour of his house, providing a history lesson ranging from the battle fought at Kings Mountain to the china used by presidents at the white house. There are a lot of games scattered throughout the house and plenty of places to sleep and lounge as well. It may take several years to happen but I would definitely go back again.
Please allow me to first thank you with love and care for mentioning that this was some of the best food you have had in a long while. That makes all the hard work from farm to table at all of the farmers markets worth it so much! You are a real gem. Thank you also for commenting about the tours for guests of the three floors and underground tour with Marti as well as your good offer to return and visit again. We feel so appreciative to you!
5 on July 28, 2014
Great time, Marti was a fantastic host.
We appreciate you so much and your loving support of disabled veterans with businesses!
5 on July 26, 2014
This trip was one of the most relaxing and fascinating short term bed-and-breakfast stays. I've ever experienced! The incredible local history was made alive by Marti'a amazing stories spun in the first person as though it was happening today! The entire inn was a living Museum dotted with artifacts, displays, and books; all about the early American Revolutionary period. His antidotal stories of his life in the Navy and as a chef for the president at Camp David all made history seem more alive and personal! Add to that the beautiful rolling landscape of the rural community outside of Grover and you have yourself one of the best bed-and-breakfast experiences you'll ever have!
4.8 on July 26, 2014
The food is awesome! I enjoyed the cooking class as well. Marti was very accomodating, helpful, and welcoming. Would definitely visit again.
5 on July 23, 2014
I love the Oceanius Room with the king size bed! Great hospitality by Chef Mongiello, his wife and beautiful daughter! Hearty homemade breakfast was the best part! A tour of the house was a great way to understand its history! We loved the cooking class and complimentary wine tasting! We will definitely be back for more!
5 on July 12, 2014
My husband and I stayed here for two nights of our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. The inn keeper was very nice and very knowledgeable about the town. The food was absolutely amazing. We can't wait to go back!
4.2 on July 07, 2014
The Inns of the Patriot was a great choice for our 4th of July vacation. The tour was very interesting and the cooking class was great fun.
3.6 on July 07, 2014
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The opportunity to talk to Chef Marti with his seemingly endless amount of information on history (world, american and presidential) cooking and presentation was priceless. We had a delicious meal at Nifen and we purchased a few bottles at the Baker Buffalo Creak winery while having a long talk with Ann (owner and hospitality professional).
4.4 on June 27, 2014
My wife and I found this inn on a travel site.Our expectations were met and exceeded by this great place! Marti and Stormy make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. The house is very comfortable. Our room was large and neat. The personal attention you receive is a welcome change from being just another number on a ledger. I highly recommend taking one of the cooking classes! They are fun and you get to eat what you prepare! If you are looking for something different this is the place!
4.2 on June 24, 2014
Though we were only here for the cooking class, we were impressed by the layout and overall feel of the B&B. The chef that held the class was informative, entertaining, engaging, and funny. This is something we would definitely recommend to friends to try.
5 on June 23, 2014
Great place to stay. We enjoyed sitting on the porch while it was raining. Breakfast was marvelous.
4.2 on June 23, 2014
The accommodations were even nicer in person and the dinner cooking class was great and filled with a lot of useful and practical information. We would definitely go again and will recommend it to our friends. The Culinary Museum tour was also great!
4.8 on June 23, 2014
Spent a pleasant evening here and had a great breakfast in the morning. Love the foot and back massager in the room -- an unexpected perk. Thanks so much!
5 on June 16, 2014
Great place & service.
3.8 on June 14, 2014
The owners are extremely friendly and very Veteran aware. We had a good time.
4.0 on June 11, 2014
Marti & Stormy are great hosts! Great presidential stories and memorabilia too!
4.0 on June 11, 2014
The only bad part about the stay was share a bathroom with the owner and two more if we didnt have to do that it would of been great
5 on June 07, 2014
We stayed one night and I wish we could have stayed longer! The place was nice and cozy and Marty and Stormy were super nice people! The breakfast Marty cooked was excellent and he filled us in with some history knowledge of the house and all. We really enjoyed our stay and plan to be back one day!
3.4 on June 04, 2014
Great deal from Living Social. House is old and rustic but much history was presented by the owner.
3.0 on June 04, 2014
The stories told by the owner of the history of the area and the B&B are priceless.
4.4 on June 03, 2014
This was an excellent stay experience. Thought the history was fabulous and really enjoyed the family I made. All recommendations made by the staff were right on the spot and the wineries were fabulous. Ann and Charlie at Bakers winery were the nicest people and I can see us going back to the area with our children to visit.
4.2 on June 02, 2014
We stayed for an evening and took the cooking class. It was so interesting to hear behind the scenes stories about our Presidents.Chef Marti is very knowledgeable about history and cooking. Enjoyed the Cleaveland Room, seeing all of the memorabilia and exploring the grounds of the Inn.
5 on May 28, 2014
It was an amazing time. The room was incredible. The house absolutely beautiful and packed with history. Chef Marti served up some of the best food I have ever tasted, and the cooking class was the best. If you love History this is a must!!!!
5 on May 26, 2014
We had an excellent stay! Great food and accommodations! We enjoyed our visit, hope to visit again.
5 on May 25, 2014
It was wonderful
4.8 on May 25, 2014
We enjoyed the warm and relaxed atmosphere and the hospitality of our host. We were very impressed with his memorabilia, his knowledge and giving nature. The breakfasts were a treat and the cooking class a lot of fun!
2.2 on May 19, 2014
At best, I would say that the website for this establishment is an embellishment of the truth. We stayed in the nature and earth room which was adorned primarily with plastic plants and dead tree limbs - not nearly as peaceful as described. The Inn is also near a railroad in what is basically a ghost town (nearest restaurant is ten miles away). Trains run throughout the night so this isn't a good choice for light sleepers. While I understand that the owner wakes early to make breakfast, I was surprised that he did not shower or shave and that his chef's clothes were dirty rather thanta bleached white and starched look you would expect from a White House Chef. Oh, and be ready for an hour tour of his memorabilia that starts at the breakfast table before you have time to finish eating. This happened to us both days and when I asked why we weren't allowed a break, I was told that when they allowed a break, no one returned for the tour. After an hour on my feet, I agree it is not a tour I would choose given the chance.
4.8 on May 15, 2014
Six of us booked 3 rooms and had a delightful visit. Marti was extremely helpful in directing us to 2 wonderful restaurants and a winery. Revolutionary War battlesite museum nearby.
5 on May 14, 2014
Chef Marti made my anniversary so special he open up his home to us, and went out his way to make our anniversary so special greeting us late at night a decision so much more. I can't wait to come back and I recommend his place to anyone and take the cooking class.
4.6 on May 10, 2014
We enjoyed our two night stay here. The town of Grover has seen better times, but if you make the drive to Shelby, you will be delighted. We visited the Earl Scruggs Museum (new and very nice) and had very nice meals. The Inn of the Patriots is kitschy, but the beds are comfortable and the breakfasts extraordinary. We took the pizza making class-interesting and well organized, oh, and delicious!
4.4 on May 08, 2014
Our stay was excellent overall. It was a treat to be served by patriots that have a passion for personal and public service. This B&B truly showed it from the each detail from the dee-licious food, historical and culinary museum artifacts, stories shared and on and on. You truly feel like you've stepped back in time in this establishment. Chef Marti is very humble whether he has served top ranking officials, leaders and dignitaries. He makes your experience just as extraordinary. The winery and local restaurants recommended were just as top notch. He made our first impression of North Carolina a great one, even though he's a transplant and has traveled the world! North Carolina must be doing something right! ;)
4.6 on May 07, 2014
Very historical and excellent food. With a super accommodating staff.
3.0 on May 05, 2014
We stayed at the Inn of the Patriots for one night. The room was eccentric, maybe a little cluttered, but clean. There is a lot of history, time, and love put into this inn. The home was nice, but a bit out of the way. It seemed a little pricey, but ok for one night. There is a presentation in the morning, not sure what they would have done if we stayed for two nights.
4.0 on May 03, 2014
Fun, eclectic place to stay, definitely different! The food was very good, and very plentiful for breakfast. Not crazy about sharing a bathroom, but it was ok. The only thing I'd change is the amount of stuff in the room and public areas. It was over the top.
3.0 on May 02, 2014
We bought a dealchicken.com voucher to stay at Inn of the Patriots. The voucher said we would receive a sweet treat upon arrival. None was offered, so we asked about it and James seemed surprised and caught off guard. He said it would be ready later, after dinner. We asked what it would be, and he said probably chocolate cake. So when we went to "their" restaurant, NiFen in Shelby (which was fabulous - and we were given a free appetizer as Inn of the Patriots had promised - go before 6:25 to get a wonderful Early Bird special) we didn't get dessert, looking forward to that chocolate cake. When we got back there was no cake to be found and no staff to ask about it. Our room was nice but there was hair in the shower drain. Breakfast was good but not as outstanding as it was built up to be. Chef Marty had some interesting stories. The best part of our visit there was going to Kings Mountain National Military Park - we probably would have never gone there otherwise, and it was great.
5 on April 21, 2014
had great stay and pizza class
5 on April 11, 2014
My wife & I stayed here a couple of weeks ago and were thrilled that we were given this trip by our Children. The staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. The Breakfast's were absolutely fantastic. Home made food is so much better than eating in restaurants. Clean rooms. If you are in the Charlotte, NC. area, it is worth the time to stay at The Inn of the Patriots. You will be overly pleased to stay here and get to know the staff. Very knowledgeable & you can listen to Marti's stories about his White House experiences for ever. Lyle Smithers
4.2 on April 11, 2014
We were gifted this getaway and had never heard of the Inn before. What a pleasant surprise tucked away in quaint Grover! It was the perfect amount of cool historical items to check out at the house/museum, yet relaxing enough where we could decompress and just hang out together on our first trip away from our baby! The room was quite comfortable and the food was delicious! Very cool experience.
4.6 on April 02, 2014
We spent 2 nights along with one cooking class at the Inn of the Patriots. Chef Marti and his wife Chef Stormy were friendly and made us feel at home and relaxed right from the start. Our room was decorated appropriately and detail was exceptional as the famous Polynesian Room, though the bathroom accommodations that came with the room were a tad "tight". Each mornings breakfast was a "horn of plenty" with flavorful 3 courses, piping hot, tasty and served right from their kitchen. On top of that, we took a cooking lesson with Chef Marti that was both entertaining and informative. We turned out what I would call an artisanal pizza that I'm sure we'll concoct again at home. We really enjoyed our stay, the friendly, homey atmosphere along with the historical features and tour. If you're in the Charlotte area and looking for a unique place to stay, this is it!
3.8 on April 02, 2014
Very nice, clean place. The tour was very interesting. Would recommend the Inn to anyone. Thanks for your hospitality Marti
5 on March 11, 2014
I was looking for somewhere special to take my "valentine" and discovered the Inn of the Patriots! Marti and Stormy were such awesome hosts - even had a Valentine balloon waiting in our gorgeous room for us. Our experience was extraordinary in so many ways and we were so surprised and pleased! We loved the warm and inviting home, the rocking chairs on the front porch (with blankets if we got cold) is where we talked into the wee hours of the night, the breakfasts were to die for, the bed - so comfortable, and the room very clean with all the comforts of home. Surprise after surprise - The Inn is a Museum and Marti is a plethora of information - creme' brûlée for (2) appeared in our room - and I am not going to continue because I don't want to ruin the surprise for you! I highly recommend the Inn of the Patriots! Be ready for a wonderful surprise! Thank you Marti and Stormy!
3.4 on March 05, 2014
Enjoyed my stay and looking forward to the new location. I was a little disappointed about the exterior (backyard) which appeared to be run down.
Thank you so much! We actually keep the whole back 1776 Farm and Campground very rustic. This week we just dropped another four tons of natural rock which has it looking awesome and soon we will expand our chicken home and are adding in six bee hives to produce our own honey :)
4.8 on March 04, 2014
Lots of history, area tips and gourmet food!
Thank you for mentioning how good the food was! We love you and invite you back again and again.
4.2 on March 03, 2014
better lighting for women (makeup). needs some closet space.
Thank you for all of your help and we are adding in even more electrical outlets and more lighting as we speak. We have spent close to $2,000.00 last week to do so and also automated many of our other lights.
5 on March 03, 2014
Stanley Wares Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Bless you and have a safe drive back to Ohio!
3.8 on March 02, 2014
This is not your usual B&B. Stay at the Inn of the Patriot for an immersion in history, cooking and a truly interesting character in Marty, the Proprietor.
We had such an enjoyable time with you here - thank you for coming!
4.4 on February 21, 2014
We had a great time here, but the best part was Marty's tour of the history of the Inn and his relationship with past Presidents and Presidential history and memorabilia on display at the Inn. As a former White House Chef he has a unique perspective on the White House, and a personal connection to the Revolutionary war history in the area! We did the short lunchtime cooking class and have already used the unique pizza crust recipe at home!
I wanted to thank you for coming to stay with us and enjoying making the pizzas and special hand tossed crust :)
5 on February 13, 2014
I enough HIGHLY recommend a visit to this lovely B&B. Chef Marty and his family are wonderful hosts (their little girl is absolutely adorable)! This was a girlfriend weekend for myself and three girlfriends. The cooking class was more than a class, it was an education. We made Crete brûlée, rustic pizza and a Greek salad. We had so much fun and I leaned a lot from Chef Marty! We will be returning with more girlfriends!! Thank you so much for a fabulous weekend.
It was a blessing to have you visit with us and to also be laughing with you each day!
4.6 on February 12, 2014
Inn is wonderful historical museum. Rooms are cozy. Breakfast plentiful and wonderful country cooking. Marti is excellent inn keeper/chef.
Thank you so much for your love and care of patronizing a veteran owned business! #BUYVETERAN It was a joy to care for you during your visit and also to serve you daily. Thank you so much for visiting our winter wonderland :)
4.6 on February 11, 2014
Nice little B&B in a unique North Carolina town. Enjoyed it.
4.4 on February 03, 2014
Inn of the Patriots is a lovely B&B and is also unusual in its collection of historical items, things you wouldn't normally see in a museum. The breakfast was fantastic. Nearby King's Mountain battleground is a piece of important history, quite fascinating. A definite yes.
4.6 on February 02, 2014
This was a wonderful experience. The Chef was absolutely wonderful in engaging my wife in a cooking class. It was a pleasure spending time at The Inn of the Patriots!
4.2 on January 30, 2014
We stayed in the Cleveland Room - was not as big as expected from pics but was beautifully done and Marti and Stormy were great hosts
3.4 on January 30, 2014
A night at the Inn of the Patriots was a gift from my husband's sister., and it included a wine tasting and tour at a boutique winery close by. Although it was only an hour from our home we were ignorant of the Inn and all the area has to offer. When you step into the Inn you get the feeling you stepped back into another time, and in many ways you are. We did not meet Mrs. Innkeeper - she evidently works outside the home. Both of them are former military chefs, and Chef Marty was chef to several presidents in his career. Our room was comfortable, if a little over decorated. The bathroom was rather tiny but had everything we needed. Breakfast was held at a family-style table decorated and set with 18th century implements. The food was plentiful and simple - nothing exceptional or memorable. The Innkeeper gave an informative tour of the house after breakfast, and it included a lengthy history lesson, complete with acting vignettes in which he portrayed several characters. There was extensive presidential memorabilia to see and portraits of key players in a battle that took place nearby during the Revolutionary War. The tour ended in a basement gift shop in which we were encouraged to purchase items to help keep the Inn going. Although I cannot say that the Inn of the Patriots was the best B&B we ever stayed at, but we enjoyed our stay. If you are a history buff you'll find plenty to explore.
4.4 on January 30, 2014
A friend and I had a fun get-a-way at the Inn including cooking lessons, outlet shopping, dinner out, and an overnight stay. We met a lovely couple there which added to the experience. Marti and staff are welcoming and gracious hosts.
5 on January 22, 2014
Although in a small town, the stay at The Inn of the Patriots melted away winter blues with ingredients of a soothing room, creative gorgeous scrumptious-filling breakfasts, impeccable service, comfortable atmosphere, down-to-earth fun cooking classes, welcoming and gracious hosts Chef Marti & Chef Stormy, in a historical patriotic setting. Everything along with museum tour made it an inspirational weekend!!!
It is a blessing to thank you for staying with us and allowing us to serve you!
5 on January 22, 2014
Great customer service with a laid back atmosphere. Nice breakfast and informative, historical tour. Would recommend to friends & plan to visit again.
5 on January 21, 2014
Awesome breakfasts served each morning by our wonderful Chef Marti at the Inn of the Patriots. It was very entertaining to hear some of his personal stories as a former Chef at the White House. He was very informative in explaining the history of the Inn and the historical items of the Presidential Culinary Museum therein. We even got to enjoy a personal cooking class taught by Chef Marti where we learned to make a great "homemade" pizza! There were plenty of information brochures at the Inn for nearby attractions and a bulletin board for local events if you wanted to venture out. There were plenty of menu's from local restaurants which made it easy to pick a restaurant for dinner. Our bed was comfortable and our room was very clean. We felt comfortable moving about and going and coming from the Inn. We had a very enjoyable stay and would stay there again.
4.8 on January 17, 2014
I got this enjoyable outing as a birthday gift as I love to cook. The class was awesome and fun, Marti was great and really enjoyed the stay. Definitly will do it again especially once the new place opens.
4.4 on January 08, 2014
We stayed in the Magnificent Polynesian room. The quirkiness of the room and the overall layout of the inn lended itself to a feeling of staying in someone's home. Someone who made you feel at home and welcome! The food was outstanding with huge portions and carefully and professionally served family style. The Inn is located in an area with many options from antiquing to wine tasting and more. The tour and history of both the Inn and its owners is wonderful and worth the stay alone. Overall, a wonderful stay and highly recommended!
4.4 on January 07, 2014
Marti made our stay an awesome one. My fiance and I had a minor issue with our room upon arrival, and Marti was more than accomodating to put us at ease and ensure that we enjoyed our stay...and we did! The home was very cozy, and the daily three course breakfasts were delicious! This was a great getaway.
5 on December 30, 2013
Would recommend for a great getaway weekend. The area has some great hiking at Kings Mountain; breakfast was excellent and the history of the place is very interesting from the Revolutionary War to the White House.
5 on December 27, 2013
This is a great place to stay and the food is awesome. Highly recommend it.
4.4 on December 24, 2013
Very cute BandB. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating.
5 on December 23, 2013
This is truly an amazing bed and breakfast. Went to a cooking class as well, and it was grand! Grover is a good location for lots of things to do nearby. Highly recommend.
3.6 on December 18, 2013
This was my first B&B and I loved it.. I would do it again in a heartbeat...
3.2 on December 09, 2013
Marti did a great job of making us feel welcome. The breakfasts were very good. Our stay was to include a cookbook, but it wasn't offered and I forgot to ask for it. However, we did go to the winery, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My only negative comment is there are so many decorations (too many, IMO) that it's hard to find a surface to put personal items on. And the house was ~150 years old and some of the closets were converted into toilet and shower. My husband is tall (6'3") and could not close the bathroom door when he was seated on the toilet. I know, too much information, but a little honesty is called for here. The shower would not suffice for anyone who is claustrophobic -- nothing more than a cubicle. So, tall people and those of sizable girth should avoid this particular room (Polynesian). I can't speak for the other bathroom/shower accommodations.
5 on December 09, 2013
Visited the nearby gardens in Shelby and did a horse drawn wagon ride. Way cool.
5 on November 30, 2013
My husband and I recently stayed at the Inn at the Patriots and had an awesome time!! It was our first time at a bed and breakfast, so we were really nervous at first. However, Chefs Marty and Stormy were so welcoming and so kind. Any hesitations were quickly eased with their gracious and warm hospitality!! We have two words for the delicious breakfasts, cooking class, and historical tour: Simply amazing!! We enjoyed our stay so much that I purchased another weekend stay for my parents as a Christmas gift and they are looking forward to also having the wonderful experiences that my husband and I had had during our stay. Chefs Marty and Stormy have created a very unique and wonderfully special place! I encourage all who appreciate good food and good company, to experience this amazing hidden gem for themselves!! Tiffani Bacon
4.8 on November 30, 2013
Wonderful hosts, gourmet food, warm and cozy environment, delightful experience despite the bad weather
4.6 on November 20, 2013
We only stayed for one night but wish we could have stayed longer. We certainly will next trip.
5 on November 11, 2013
We had a wonderful time at the Inn of the Patriots. We felt like we were living in a museum for two days, which we were. The Inn was just fascinating, and Marti was a great host. He was incredibly entertaining and informative, and the cooking class was so much fun!
3.0 on November 06, 2013
Nice B and B, but not top drawer. Very small town, but close to historic battlefield and metro Charlotte.
4.2 on November 06, 2013
What sets this B&B apart is Chef Marty and his vast knowledge of the Revolutionary War, the inner workings of the White House kitchen and lots of other historical tidbits formerly unknown to me. We really enjoyed our stay!
5 on November 05, 2013
Meet new friends while sitting on the porch handing out Marti's candy to the 100's of trick-or-treaters that converged on the small town of Grover. Found much to do in the area and many great and friendly people. Halloween is a great time to visit. oh, and it was just as the leaves reached their peak color as well. Enjoy!
3.0 on October 30, 2013
We are B&B fans with high expectations, which were well met. Understanding the fact that it is a fairly new endeavor allows some leeway for the few things that still need attention, such as the front entry needing power washed or painted. The tour of the historic house and contents was quite interesting, service was friendly, food was unique (and good) and the total experience was a nice couple of days for a brief getaway from home.
5 on October 27, 2013
I really can't review a stay at the Inn because I only attended a cooking class, but found it quite informative, lots of fun, and an excellent and most pleasant way to spend two hours. I highly recommend Marti's cooking class. I very much want to attend a dinner at the Inn.
4.0 on October 18, 2013
We spent one night for our 18 year wedding anniversary. Because there is nothing open for dinner on Sunday night we chose to eat at the inn for dinner. There were 4 other couples and it was nice to eat with such nice people. Dinner was good. After dinner when us and 2 of the other couples chose to stay up and talk. Marti fixed a fire outside so we could all sit and talk. It was a nice night. The next morning we had a great breakfast and a tour of the Inn. Thanks for the nice time Marti and Stormy.
5 on October 17, 2013
We arrived last Sunday for a one night stay, but wish we could have stayed longer. The rooms were very clean, and well appointed. The Presidential museum was very interesting and we learned quite a bit. The dinner prepared by Chef Marti was fantastic! We would recommend this great little B&B to anyone travelling in the area.
3.4 on August 01, 2013
The stay was very nice. Surprised at the quietness in the rooms at a B&B. My only suggestion is to have coffee prepared earlier each morning for us early risers.
5 on August 01, 2013
Took a girl's get-away trip with my sister and stayed in the Magnificent Polynesian room. It was the perfect "home base" for us as we explored the parks, wineries and gardens in the area. We will definitely stay again! The Inn had a perfect balance between a welcoming family home and a private get away. I can't say enough good things about the beutiful historic home & the kind staff.
5 on July 17, 2013
This is a fun and interesting place to stay if you love history, love small, home-style B&B's, and enjoy visiting with others. We really enjoyed getting to know the owners and the other guests at the shared dining table, the laid-back cooking class, and the common areas. The house is charmingly decorated, with tons of historical artifacts from both past and recent history. The tour of the house is very entertaining, and they recommended some great local points of interest in town. We really enjoyed our weekend at The Inn of the Patriots!
4.0 on July 14, 2013
We didn't know what to expect but decided to use a Groupon and do something different. We had a ball. We will more than likely come back.
5 on July 11, 2013
We enjoyed thoroughly our visit at this Rovolutionary War theme inn. Our bed was comfortable, and the breakfasts were the best we have experienced at a B&B. Marti, Stormy and the staff were hospitable and responsive to our needs. My wife had a wonderful massage, and On our next visit, we will sign up for the cooking class.
5 on May 02, 2013
Chefs Marty & Stormy will not only serve you excellent, delicious food, but their hospitality is top-notch in their wonderful B&B. Talk to them about attending culinary classes and/or one of Marty's Revolutionary War tours as well-- Awesome stuff!!
5 on April 30, 2013
We were greeted by Chef Stormy who took us on a tour of the home and gave us many restaurant options in the area and surround areas. We went to Ni Fen one of their recommendations and the food was awesome! It was a short 10 mile about 20 minute ride away. Our room the Nature and Earth room was very spacious and we had homemade Jordanian Baklava waiting for us on arrival. My husband and I normally skip breakfasts at hotels but after traveling and living abroad we have learned that while staying at a B&B this is a no no and surely a missed experience! This was without a doubt the most amazing homemade gourmet breakfast we have ever received at a B&B. We had an amazing homemade Strata that was very filling and had a fresh from their garden Rosemary Tomato Salsa to go on top of it. We had parm grits....so good, I do not even like grits! The fresh coffee and juices were wonderful! We had fresh fruit and lots of bacon. Very filling so much so we didn't even eat lunch that day! After breakfast we were taken by Chef Marti on a tour of the White House Museum filled with many many stories, memorabilia and collectibles. After we went to a recommended Winery Baker Buffalo Creek, we were taken on a private tour and then a wagon ride through the vineyards with a wine tasting on the wagon! It was soo fun!! After we attended the Culinary Cooking class by Chef Marti and Chef Stormy. It was fabulous! We learned so much and had a great hands on experience. We were there with another group from Chicago and a wonderful young couple like ourselves. We all ate the meal after we prepared it, so fantastic! Thank you again for a great experience!
5 on April 30, 2013
I live right across from this wonderful place. It is a small town and a piece of history! A quiet place to visit and also to live in. Ive been in this town for 20 years and own my own business too across from this place. I love looking across the road and remember the family that lived there at one time before it was made into this place. Please visit sometime. You will never forget this wonderful experience with Marti and Stormy Mongiello.
5 on August 17, 2012
This was a repeat trip for us, and we were again treated as honored guests here. Great food, great service, eye-popping decor!
4.4 on June 15, 2012
We stayed on 6/9/12 for one night. Our room was clean and we had a special treat on arrival. I purchased the night with a Groupon and everything was as expected. Marti and Stormy were wonderful hosts. I would recommend staying at The Inn of the Patriots to anyone.
4.0 on November 18, 2011
I purchased the cooking class and an extra plate for my husband to join the cooks for dinner.
It was fun to cook together and laughing with lil' baby Rania was a joy. Thank you so very much for loving, laughing and cooking with us at The Food and Fun Culinary Institute!
3.0 on October 17, 2011
We recently stayed at the Inn of the Patriots. The innkeepers and staff were warm and welcoming. We stayed in the Magnificent Polynesian room, and while it does have a private bath, the toilet and shower areas in the room are VERY small. The bed was comfortable and cozy. We enjoyed several meals and activities recommended by the innkeepers. Overall, an enjoyable stay.
Thank you so very much for staying with us and it was a joy to cook for you, bless you!
1.6 on August 11, 2011
I wasn't going to review because I honestly didn't have anything great to say about the experience but the email addressing me by the wrong name begging me to make a review lead to this. First off my name isn't Sandy as stated in the email. This was a gift to my husband for our anniversary and was a packaged deal from living social. Huge disappointment! We didn't get most of what was offered in the package. No chocolate strawberries waiting in our room as expressed in the deal or a signed cookbook. Bathroom and shower were tiny mini closets, and sink faucet was broken. My husband couldn't use the restroom with the door closed because his feet stuck out. Took a while to find someone when we got there, kitchen was full of bugs, we had two bugs in our room the entire weekend! Breakfast the first day had a lot of people, half of the stuff ran out before we got it(never replenished) and dessert wasn't homemade. One of the guests said he couldn't eat them because he sells them for a living. I guess I expected everything to be homemade by a chef. We had to get breakfast on our own afterward. Places were recommended to eat but it would have been nice to know that these places would be closed on the 4th of July. We spent our anniversary searching for hours for something to eat. What really bothered me is I called the first night we were there to request a bigger room for the next night because it was still available (I know I checked on Sat too) I never got a call until Sat evening (which OF COURSE someone would have rented it by then) which was 24 hours after I called to make the change. We felt a burden asking anything while we were there. We weren't told about the winery (so when we called nothing extra was told about the deal). Never even wished us a Happy Anniversary. I wanted our weekend to be special, and I think we would have gotten more personalized service in a chain hotel. Wish we had just stayed in Charlotte where we ended up both nights anyways.
Dear friends, Thank you for your support of our disabled, US Military veterans project. We appreciated having you stay in our home and comment on every aspect of our decor, team staff and food. We continue to receive very high marks from the Department of Health and the guests who stay here rank us with reviews as 4.5 stars. We are sorry that you don't agree with the majority of guests from around the world and invite you to visit with us anytime, again. We welcome you into our loving home.
5 on August 01, 2011
The Innkeeper was friendly and the service was first-class. A perfect romantic getaway. We look forward to going back. Well worth the money and time.
We thank and bless you for visiting us in our fun--filled and eclectic home! :)
5 on July 22, 2011
Food was wonerful. Marty and Stormy were the best host. They make you feel right at home.
4.6 on July 19, 2011
My mother and I came to the Inn of the Patriots for a mother-daughter weekend getaway via Livingsocial. We had such a great experience! Marti, Kim, and Amanda were so sweet, accommodating, and concerned that we were having a good experience. The tour was great and we really enjoyed seeing the displays. We stayed in the Nature and Earth room which was so relaxing and pretty. It's good to have activities in mind that you want to do in the immediate area when you go for a few days, but Marti was great about recommendations if you need some. We went to the National Park, Gaffney Outlets, Botanical Gardens, into Shelby, and just relaxed at the Inn. The food was spectacular. We just thank you all so much for such a fun experience and really hope to return.
Your review is so pleasant and truly wonderful to read about. It is our honest joy to read magnificent stays! As a disabled veterans project, our life goal is to serve "a second time."
5 on July 11, 2011
The inn was very cozy and quaint. The chefs made us feel right at home, and their food was delicious. My husband and I are foodies- that's what brought us to the inn- and we will return not only for the food, but for the relaxing atmosphere and the chefs' generous hospitality.
It is so nice to read your review about how cozy and quaint everything is! Also, we want to thank you for your loving and kind comments about how MUCh food there was and how delicious it has been. Most folks comment that they will not have to eat until dinner! God bless you both and we welcome you to our loving home, anytime.
4.4 on July 05, 2011
I purchased a Living Social deal for The Inn of The Patriots in December of 2010. I called in June to make my reservation and Marti was very friendly and helpful. He advised me to register for my stay online and told me what code to use. The whole process was very easy. Marti e-mailed me with information about my stay in advance and called the day we were supposed to check in to answer any questions and give us instructions on how to enter the property if he wasn't there. We stayed in the Polynesian room. There were lots of little extras -- bathrobes, foot massage, back massage. The room itself was a little crowded - tons of tchotkes. The room was en suite, but the toilet room and shower room were tight. I thought the room itself was a bit moldy smelling, but I wonder if that is to be expected in a house that was built in 1870? The whole inn was a little too busy for my tastes, but I knew that before I made my reservations. Overall, I enjoyed my stay. The service and the breakfasts were outstanding. Everyone that works there is super-friendly and accomodating. The tour was interesting and covered a range of topics from the origins of the house, the town of Grover, the battle of Kings Mountain and information about Presidential culinary habits and china choices. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to gather -- front porch with rocking chairs, back patio and lounge with waterfall. There is also a horseshoe pit, putting green, and croquet. I also enjoyed the wine tour at Baker Buffalo Vineyards.
Thank you so much for the wonderful Living Social review and accolades to Living Social! We have had the honor as disabled veterans to serve so many families visiting here and so many have left extremely happy and delighted.
5 on June 24, 2011
The innkeeper is very personable and knowledgeable. If you want to learn about civil war history while also hearing about fascinating tales of a chef of two different Presidents, you must check this place out. If you want to learn some of the trick of the trade, take the cooking class, it is well worth it (and the food is awesome too!). Wifi throughout the whole house. Cleveland Room is awesome. Close to some beautiful nature or museums if you're into history. Either way you will have a fun time.
Oh and thank you so very much for your loving and kind comments. It was a joy to host you in our house and to play with baby Rania! So many kind folks love laughing with her and all of us. :)
4.4 on June 20, 2011
We really enjoyed our get-away at The Inn of the Patriots. It was peacefully quiet. We enjoyed the educational aspect as we love history. We chose the inn because of Marti and because it was in route to where we were heading. Thank you Marti and Stormy.
Bless you for staying with us as it is a love of labor to have cooked for you and hosted you :)
3.8 on June 13, 2011
We stayed 2 nights (Friday & Saturday). Chef Marti's breakfast on Saturday was amazing, forget about the diet for a couple days. We really appreciated the time he took after breakfast to review the local attractions close to us. We chose King's Mountain and enjoyed/learned about a piece of history that was pivotal in the revolutionay war. Chef Marti is a very engaging and interesting host. He was always quick with a story of his experiences cooking in the Navy and White House (Camp David). I took advantage of his optionally priced Saturday cooking class along with some of the other guests and a few who drove up to 2 hours to attend. We all participated in the menu preparation and then dined on our creations following the class. Chef Marti also shared several valuable tips about cooking in general and of course, his signature stories which we all loved. The Inn was very clean and comfortable with dessert/beverages available 24/7. The atmosphere creates a relaxing environment that leaves you refreshed after just the first night. Additionally, he has so much historical bric-a-brac displayed around the common areas that one can see/read/view something interesting over many days. We didn't have enough time to experience everything in the 3 days we stayed with Chef Marti. A couple minor items I would suggest: first, locks on the rooms. I'm orginally from an area where you do not leave doors unlocked and that would have been more comfortable for me. However, staff was always around so security was really not an issue. Second, a few more outlets around the room would have been nice as we carry our technology with us on vacations. Overall, this is a must do if you are in his part of the country.
Thank you so very much for your kind comments about the Food and Fun Culinary Institute! We truly enjoyed serving you and making you happy. :)
3.8 on June 13, 2011
Building is lovely, and there are so many historical items to see inside - kept spotless! Chef Marti is very engaging and has enjoyed an exciting career (including this one). Food was very good, if sometimes not to my taste, but served family style at a huge table. Room (ours had a private bath) was very interesting - a couple of issues, but nothing serious (shade didn't work, not enough outlets). Bed very comfy and cozy (recommend 1st floor in the summer, as top floor is much warmer). Trains go through, so bring your earplugs if you are a light sleeper! Kings Mountain Military Park is fascinating and worth the short (10-minute) trip to review one of the key battles of the Revolutionary War. Recommend Smoke on the Square restaurant in Shelby (10 miles away) for lunch or dinner - great pulled pork! All in all, a relaxing, fun stay at a very unique B&B!
We appreciate you kindness and happy remarks so very much!
2.0 on June 13, 2011
The inn keeper seemed very nice but the space and food need serious help. If you are a true civil war buff, this place may appeal to you; otherwise, avoid it. There is clutter everywhere: A million small pictures on the wall, old letters and maps cover the floors, bathroom is filled with inn keeper's personal hygeniene items. The whole scene is very unsettling. Breakfast was fine, but nothing special: eggs were dry, oatmeal overly sweet, bacon and sausage over smoked and fatty.
Thank you for staying with us and we appreciate your good ideas and comments about our local items, including our locally made extra-thick cut, hickory smoked bacon.
5 on June 06, 2011
We felt like we were at a relatives house for a visit. The inn was charming and our room was comfy, clean and huge! We picked a room with its own bath.But the best part was all the memoriabilia that Marti had and his tour and history of the house and the surrounding area was outstanding. Will definitely recommend to our friends. Great food as well.
We appreciate all of the folks like you who come to visit our very small town yet find the local, international destination items, mesmerizing. Thank you so much.
4.6 on May 24, 2011
You couldn't ask for better hosts than Marti and Stormy -- and of course their beautiful daughter Rania! And what more can you ask for breakfast than to have it prepared by a Former Executive Chef to the White House?! Situated in a quaint town on the edge of the NC/SC state border, there is the opportunity to stroll around the neighborhood or jump in the car for a short trip to any of a number of local attractions. I highly recommend the Inn of the Patriots to anyone looking for a fun and relaxing getaway.
Bless you so much for your kind thoughts. We enjoy hosting people and sharing our house with everyone!
4.6 on May 20, 2011
Spacious, comfortable rooms with extremely nice amenities. Martiisa most gracious host, and he has a very impressive US Military service history including years of submarine service and being a Senior Chef at the White House for several Presidents. If you come here, be sure to take the time to look around at the many fascinating memorabilia in this hiatoric mansion. You also should expect to get server a delightful, very substantial breakfast each day that you are here. Worth the money just for the fascinating exposure to a historic setting.
Thank you for staying with us and having a fantastic time! I so very much want to thank you for your comments about me being a gracious and impressive host. Thank and bless you.
4.6 on May 09, 2011
What an entertaining weekend! Chef Marti provides historical commentary on the area and offers great suggestions for maximizing a visit to the Inn. He has a treasure trove of memorabilia from his military experience, as well as his time in the White House and Camp David. We especially loved the cooking class and conversation during the preparation of dinner. One of our favorite weekend adventures ever! The food is incredible!
4.4 on April 27, 2011
Chef Marty and wife, Stormy, were very gracious. We arrived late at night, but we were greeted at the door and welcomed and immediately offered food, drinks, tour, socializing with other guests, etc. Baby Ruth room was beautiful and full of history. Our dining was above and beyond our expectations.
2.2 on April 11, 2011
"Chef" Marti embellishes every aspect of this Inn (and his career) to the point that it becomes a bad joke. The video in their Website is nothing like what you encounter. The Inn is cluttered and not at all what shows in this video. The "Presidential Culinary Museum” consists of three cabinets with some newspapers clippings, pictures, and a few replicas of china. Marti claims there is even a miniature golf area…we saw the clubs and the golf balls but there was no such a thing… but that is Marti’s style!!! The culinary class was expensive for what he taught and after $100/per person he asked the participants to buy their own glass of wine. It didn't feel like “home” at all as the advertisement portrays thanks to Marti who didn't waist any opportunity to sell you something. His farewell "gift" to the ladies was a bag containing an Avon catalog to place orders! Snacks, something cold to drink, or even a cup of coffee during the day cost you money. This stay left us very disappointed especially because of the exaggerations posted about this Inn and Marti’s contributions to a never-ending story. Marti will do himself a favor by toning down what this is and making an effort to accommodate and serve his guests rather than getting a few more bucks out of them. The housekeeper Kim was very nice and she kept the rooms very clean.
Thank you so much, we remember you well, and we were sorry you were angered (with your tirade and outburst) over George Bush and President Obama's photo being in our museum. It was inappropriate and evidently has transpired into a personal attack on our museum, supported by several presidents foundations, with donations consisting of precious items. We were sorry that we cannot sell wine by the glass or hand it out for free - it is illegal to do so. We do have cake, cookies or muffins out all day long but cannot hand out unlimited 24 ounce bottles of soda to folks as you suggest and it was our pleasure to provide you with free Avon samples and gifts on your loving, goodbye bag. Considering you only paid 65.00 for the cookery class and gourmet dinner and 65.00 per night for your room in a five star rated B & B, we honestly feel that this costs less than staying in one of the budget hotels. We were pleased to have you stay with us and enjoyed sharing our family's home with you :)
5 on April 11, 2011
Beautiful Inn and a most gracious staff - we will go again as soon as possible - and next time we will include a cooking class.... KUDOS to Marti, Stormy and staff
Thank you so much for staying in our loving, family home! It was fun to invite you to our house and to also cook for you with our hands of love and care.
4.0 on April 08, 2011
Kim was very accomodating and a wonderful person :)
4.8 on April 07, 2011
Chef Marti, Chef Stormy, and Kim, are all incredibly accommodating and kind. The food was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. I saw other guests with special dietary needs accommodated without a single frown, and the ease between the Chefs and staff speaks volumes about their character. There didn't seem to be any "idle hands" here! I can't imagine the hard work that goes into running and cleaning such a place! The rooms are all beautifully decorated with almost museum-like details. Each room is a glimpse into the history of another era. That being said, I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to bring my toddler! Don't expect a state-of-the-art facility- this Inn is all about personal attention, Southern hospitality, and a slower pace of life. They treat you like family, and that's just the way I like it. It is surprisingly close to many attractions... there was plenty to do! All in all, I plan to return very soon. I highly recommend The Inn of the Patriots!
Thank you so very much for an excellent review! We love hosting so many kind folks in our loving home :)
4.4 on April 07, 2011
I was not sure what to expect with the Inn of the Patriots. Thought it might be a bit formal, but it was completely welcoming and very casual. Perfect for the relaxing few days that we really needed. Marti was a great host and his breakfasts are wonderful. Kim and Amanda took excellent care of us and Kim especially went out of her way to be sure all of our needs were met. I would highly recommend this Inn as well as the area, which is also very casual, but beautiful, with mountains, history, wineries and so much more.....
3.8 on April 06, 2011
Too much clutter in my opinion. There were no surfaces without papers, books, artifacts, awards, certificates, magazines, china, etc. I am more of a minimalist, I guess. Kim is the real charmer here!
Thank you so much for staying in our fun-loving, country home! It was fun to invite you to our place and also to be able to cook for you with our hands of love and care.
3.2 on March 21, 2011
The concept of the Inn of the Patriots could be an excellent one. That said, you are trying to put too many different themes into play and it winds up being cluttered. For example, you have the Revolutionary War theme, which of all of them is probably the best one to focus on given the area you are in. But then you throw in the Grover Cleveland thing and the Presidential Culinary Museum thing and it just gets confusing. Kim and Amanda were terrific and made things fun, however, if you are going to do "cooking classes" and charge for them, get the right equipment to use and get your kitchen organized. Breakfast was OK. Dan and I are both experienced chefs with backgrounds in the hospitality industry so we know what we are talking about. The best suggestion I can give you is to pick one theme and focus on it, then have have a garage sale to clear out all the other stuff. You have a potential gold mine but you are not taking advantage of what you COULD have with some thought and a little work. Thanks, Rod Houston and Dan Forsythe.
Dear Rod and and Dan, Thank you for rating us as meeting your expectations and for staying with us! :) We were sorry to be visiting a friend and not here the weekend you were here. We do enjoy our three themed approach of Grover, Museum and Colonial War and it has helped us to build our B & B into the international awards received and hundreds of reviews of appreciation and love. We were appreciative of your business advice as to how to change the entire B & B to your liking, but shall not. We could never garage sale our treasures, friends and our "clutter" is what makes us fun and eclectic. We welcome you to stay with us again and thank you for the five star rating of service!
3.6 on March 08, 2011
We visited the Inn of the Patriots after purchasing a package deal on LivingSocial.com. The package indicated that it included: 1 night stay, 2 tickets to the presidential culinary museum, 2 tickets to a local winery, a free autographed cookbook, breakfast in bed, and chocolate covered strawberries. I got very excited when I saw this because my husband is a chef and this sounded like something he would really enjoy; I ended up buying the package for his anniversary gift. Unfortunately the package turned out to be not at all what I expected / paid for. The entire time we were there there was no mention of tickets to a culinary museum or winery ... I assume the "museum" was the displays in the hallways which were interesting but definitely misleading if that was meant to be the "culinary museum"...especially since I obviously would not have needed tickets to something that was in the hallway. As for the winery - when we asked Marti about it, he told us we could go by and mention his name. The winery was 13 miles away and we didn't feel like "mentioning his name" would get us anything special, so we choose to skip it. We never saw chocolate covered strawberries - I suppose I should have asked, but I was honestly kind of awkward because the chefs were so busy our entire stay and whenever we asked a question, we had to go find them in the kitchen and I felt like we were being a nusiance. The "cookbook" was a paper book with 4 recipes in it... a nice bonus, but should NOT have been advertised as a free autographed cookbook. The only thing I was very impressed with was the food - the breakfast in bed was fabulous! :) Overall the owners seemed friendly enough and the food was amazing, but I do wish the "package deal" hadn't been so misleading -- it was a huge dissapointment as this was my anniversary gift to my husband.
For Ms. Lauren Dyer, Thank you so much for the outstanding review and the chance to offer you both free dinners to our Jazz Festival for Mardi Gras! It was a pleasure to meet your husband the Chef and we hope you enjoy the selected ten recipes for President Reagan, King Abdullah and more... We do wish you had asked us about the tour as it does lead all over the mansion, underground to the servants quarters in 1879 and outside to our old slave house. The acclaimed and internationally awarded tour is given at 1 pm every Saturday and again to any guest morning, afternoon and night. We regret your assumptions that it is only in the glass showcases in the hallways, in this kind manner, you are mistaken about it and our cooking booklet and winery tour. Our award winning winery and friends who own it is not just mentioning, "Chef Marti's name," it is a special deal we have arranged for and provides an hour long tour for you including tasting up to 12 wines at no cost to you. Again, we regret your many outright assumptions and answering questions for us that were actually, never asked. We felt the gift of free dinners for you to our jazz and Mardi Gras Festival was a gift from the heart of love and appreciate your kind comments. We welcome you back and are happy to provide a free bottle of wine for you as our friends.
4.2 on March 05, 2011
I gave the 2 night stay to my husband for a Valentine Gift. We arrived during the week as weekends were booked well ahead. We were anxious for R&R. Marti greeted us warmly and gave us a quick tour of the lovely 1871 home. He also had suggestions of things to do while there. The room I had chosen on line was smaller than the upgrade he offered. Breakfasts were outstanding. Kim did a wonderful job of preparing and serving as well as taking care of the room. She also gave a more extensive tour. Our only disappointments were that there were no other guests at the time of our visit. We pick B&B's so that we meet others from all over the world. My husband missed not having cookies or sweet snacks at the coffee/tea service. Marti made some delicious Irish soda bread which we enjoyed at breakfast. History buffs will enjoy the Inn as it is full of memorabilia. A Very nice visit.
Bless you for staying with us in our loving family home! It was a joy to share history with you and you loved it so much!
4.2 on March 02, 2011
Driving around Grover, NC, we could see that there wasn't much to the town itself. It is close to the outlet shops in Gaffney, and not too far from Charlotte -that's about it. Except for the Inn of the Patriots. As a B&B, it is a good value, and clean. The house is old, but the rooms and bed were comfortable. The Presidential and Navy memorabilia were worth the time we spent to view them. However, the only reason we drove 2 hours to get there, and 2 hours back home, and thought it was well worth it, was for the food. The breakfasts were OUTSTANDING!!! And the Saturday afternoon cooking session, leading up to dinner, with Marti and Stormy Mongiello was a blast. It was a lot of fun, and the dinner was fantastic. We brought home some recipes, and a new perspective on cooking.
We love that you LOVE the food and it is our pleasure to work to make service to you our life's work! Thank you so much for staying with us :) Your friends, Marti and Stormy
4.6 on February 23, 2011
The intent of our trip was a relaxing getaway, and we were treated to much more. Quaint area, but proximity to scenic destinations were reasonable and the most exciting part was the personal dining touch. Top rated food experience and overall satisfaction has this B&B in our future vacation plans.
Thank you very much for your kind words :)
4.6 on February 21, 2011
Recently I took my fiance here for a weekend getaway. She had know idea where we were headed. She loved the cozy nature of the Inn. The service was very personable and the food was outstanding. Would highly recommend.
As a disabled veterans project we appreciate your outstanding review and thank you very, very much! Marti
5 on February 17, 2011
Marti was ill during my overnight stay and his assistant suffered a fall and was not able to come in to help him. Nevertheless, he prepared me a great hot breakfast and had me on my way in time for an early morning appointment. I appreciate not only his skill in the kitchen but his determination to see that I enjoyed a comfortable night and was well fotrified with breakfast for a long day. To me, that's a true test of hospitality - getting the mission accomplished no matter what happenes.
Thank you so much good Jerry - it was a joy!
4.0 on February 16, 2011
Our stay was absolutely wonderful!! (an overused word which doesn't describe the joy of our stay at the Patriot Inn). There was no "want" expressed that was not met. Even though our innkeeper came down with some awful virus, he sent the "mounties" (his assistant) and she was delightful and continued the practice of exceeding our every want whether expressed or not. We also met his darling daughter at the restaurant he had mentioned to us. It was apparent that she was his daughter because she was so warm, charming and outgoing (though she is too young to talk). His wife, Stormy, was the same.... just an affable couple whose attributes are apparently being passed on to their daughter. The Inn was decorated beautifully... There was so much to explore.. We are especially grateful that our baby, our big dog, could accompany us. He too was very comfortable. It was a perfect experience. Thanks to all.
"Our stay was absolutely wonderful!! (an overused word which doesn't describe the joy of our stay at the Patriot Inn)" - O h thank you so much friends!
4.0 on February 04, 2011
If you are looking for a sophisticated, romantic ambiance then this is not the place for you. However, if you want a homey, quaint place to escape to for several days where the food is delicious and the staff feels like family... you absolutely must visit this place. The Innkeepers are very involved with your stay and encourage you make yourself at home. We had free run of all the facilities and were even encouraged to use the commercial kitchen if the fancy struck us! Anything we wanted we felt comfortable asking for. And there are endless books, movies and magazines to enjoy. In particular, history gurus could probably spend weeks at this place and still have weapons they wanted to look at, maps they wanted to pour over, and books they wanted to read. My Dad is into Rev War reenacting, and I have already recommended this place to him. Will visit again.
4.4 on January 18, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at the Inn of the Patriots. We also did cooking classes and spent a day at some local wineries, which were fun experiences. We knew we didn't have our own private bathroom when we signed up for our weekend away. If I could do it over again, we would definitely want our own bathroom to create a more relaxed stay. Other then that, Marti was exceptional and we loved his mansion tour.
5 on January 10, 2011
My husband and I just returned home from a wonderful stay at The Inn of the Patriots. Sort of a combined 'birthday/anniversary celebration. Only able to stay one night, so we made the most of it by booking the cooking class Sat afternoon, sumptuous dinner (of course - we made it...with a little help from Chef Marti and new friends we made in the class), divine sleeping arrangements, and then the best breakfast in the AM (and we didn't have to make that!). Learned several culinary techniques, chatted with VERY interesting guests from all over the Eastern seaboard, and waxed poetic over history lessons and travelling experiences. This was THE PERFECT place to escape to for a quiet week-end with my husband. All fun, and not stuffy-formal! Love the laid-back feeling generated by our host family!
4.0 on January 03, 2011
Chef Marti and his wife, Stormy, are just wonderful hosts and a joy to get to know. My fiancé and I stayed here for New Years to do something different. Our stay exceeded our expectations for sure! Chef Marti's gourmet breakfast is out of this world. His tour of the home was highly entertaining and educational. It was nice to have the company of such good people. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would absolutely go back again. The next time though, I would take a cooking class! ;)
Thank you so very much for enjoying the tour of the Presidential Culinary Museum - and also for dining with us! It is wonderful to read your thoughts of, "we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would absolutely go back again!" THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH!
4.6 on December 21, 2010
We had never been to a bed and breakfast before and this sure was a treat! The staff was such a help when deciding what to do around town, however, we were slightly disappointed with the food. I think we had too high of expectations for it and were disappointed when the breakfast we received had little taste. We were really looking forward to the meals each morning since the owner is a former executive chef to the President. Other than that, we will definitely be coming back for another lovely stay.
Oh bless you fine sir, I remember you and your love of all types of hot sauces on everything. I am now happy to report that we have purchased even more hot sauces for you and guests to enjoy! Bless thee! Your friend, Chef Marti
3.0 on November 18, 2010
We enjoy staying in historic inns and have stayed in many over the years. Although the hosts are very nice and the food is very good, I would not return to this Inn. To my taste, it is overdecorated and there is clutter everywhere. You can hardly see what a nice building it is because there are exhibit stands taking over the living room, knick-knacks on every surface, including the floor, and piles of magazines on each step leading upstairs. I would have preferred to focus on the spacious rooms, high ceilings, and woodwork. Instead, I felt overwhelmed and uncomfortable.
Thank you so very much for your loving comments about our food. We do admit that we offer a very unique and quirky experience here at our family inn and for 99 out of 100 guests it has gotten us numerous world awards and being ranked #1 for history. It was a pleasure to bake our fun pumpkin loaves for you to take home and we look forward to welcoming you again.
5 on November 02, 2010
When I travel, I don't tell people I am a travel writer. I want my experiences to be honest and my reviews accurate. I have to say, that while I have seen bigger inns, I can't say I have had a nicer host. I never saw Stormy, but Marti and his son made my stay very pleasant. I particularly was impressed by the fact that as I left, Marti gave me a fresh baked pumpkin cake (miniature) which was soon good, that I wanted to come back and get more. When I got there, they handled the late arrival without issue which was nice. I've been to some places where the breakfast is so gourmet that I don't want to eat it, but Marti managed to find an excellent balance, providing a breakfast frittata, red potatoes, bacon and fresh pineapple. The accommodations were museum quality, I was almost afraid of turning down the bed to sleep, and frankly my possessions looked out of place. I did have some minor issues trying to make the dvd player work but otherwise, felt that it was a great place to stay. The historical tour was the Pièce de résistance that capped a stay that was short but satisfying. They offered a winery tour that I chose not to take. This is the perfect place for a historical tour of the area, beginning with the inn itself, and concluding with the historical parks in the area.
WOW! WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE REVIEW TO HAVE AND NOT KNOW THAT YOU WERE A TRAVEL WRITER!!! Thank you so very, very, very much! As a loving family of four and two disabled veteran parents, we work extremely hard to provide a fascinating experience for all of our guests. We thank you so very much.
5 on November 01, 2010
When we first walked through the door it was just above all our expectations. This was our first B & B we went to and we were not disappointed. The room was huge, the food was superb, staff extremely friendly. We plan on going back and possibly staying longer. The location is great with so many big attractions not to far away, we both would recommend this place to anyone.
Oh thank you, thank you for having a wonderful time. And isn't it magical that this was your first ever visit to a B & B and you had such a great time!
4.0 on October 26, 2010
Recently my husband and I managed a quick getaway and spent an overnight at the Inn of the Patriots B&B. The inn was lovely, and Marti and his family were very attentive to detail. If you would enjoy a fabulous breakfast, a historical site and comfortable living arrangements check out the Inn of the Patriots in Grover, NC.
I want to thank you for recognizing our attention to detail - it has been so kind of you to see this. From everything we have like oatmeal soaps, expensive toilet paper, six different sugars at our table on to homemade condiments like catsup and more - we work very hard to exceed most humans dreams.
5 on October 25, 2010
We loved everything about this B&B and the attention was above and beyond our greatest expections--we felt like royalty!
4.2 on October 25, 2010
We just spent two wonderful nights at The Patriot's Inn and enjoyed the calm and relaxing atmosphere. Marty and Kim were excellent hosts and their attention to detail was evident. The breakfasts' were outstanding and we enjoyed the historical tour very much. We did not get to meet Stormie as she had just had a baby daughter but hope to go back and meet her someday soon. Kim was a gem and we enjoyed our stay very much.
4.4 on October 15, 2010
A stay or visit at The Inn of the Patriots is as much an entertaining and educational experience as it is a relaxing getaway. If you love history and good ole' storytelling you'll enjoy the experience at this Inn. As a former Presidential Chef, Chef Marti will surely feed wih the best table fair. But, his wife Chef Stormy, is the real treat because she can tell stories about Marti. You'll arrive as guests and will surely leave as friends. WBW
Thank you so much for staying with us! Our loving family of four Chefs works very hard, night and day to share with guests and care for you. It is our pleasure to see so many that enjoy themselves and having fun!
2.4 on October 11, 2010
So, I know the reviews of this B&B are glowing, but Inn of the Patriots ended up disappointing us a bit. On one hand, the service was great. Chef Marti greeted us and immediately gave us a tour. Very friendly. He gave us great restaurant suggestions. The house is a beautiful building. It's not set in the most beautiful of locations, but it's near some nice places. We spent the day at a local fair and visited three different wineries. We had a blast. The house was cluttered with patriotic knick-knacks. It was overwhelming. The rooms were the same. In some ways it was cool, but we had to be careful not to lose our own belongings amidst the stuff. Also, our bed was not made after we had spent the day out. One of the big headlines on the website is "Private bathrooms..." We did not have a private bathroom and neither did the room across from us. We all shared the same bathroom with Marti and his wife. The bathroom had metallic spray paint artwork in the shower itself. Odd choice. The dining? I admit that I'm a food snob, but with the stamp of "former white house chef" I expected the best. The first day we had blueberry pancakes, pork chops, and fruit salad. I had seen a bag of Krusteaz (just add water) pancake mix the evening before on the kitchen counter. I know pancakes made from scratch because I make them. These were not. And the "maple syrup" was not real maple syrup. And are blueberries in season in October in NC? I don't think so. Why not something seasonal like pumpkin pancakes? The next day was better - a mushroom omelette, ham, and yogurt - although my boyfriend is not a mushroom fan. Maybe ask for dislikes or allergies. I hate to be such a negative nancy, but I hope to give a more realistic review for the discerning traveler. If you happen to be in the area and need a place to stay, this place has a lot of character. And it will be a better than average B&B breakfast.
Thank you friends for saying we are better than average! We appreciate you and you are right, our blueberries are grown here in Grover and frozen to last all year long. Now don't you mind Krusteaz Pancake Mix since we use them on our TV shows and Cooking Shows! They are terrific and so are you!
3.2 on October 11, 2010
We had a great stay. The Inn is very, clean & comfortable. I love the huge porch and rocking chairs. Breakfast meals were great ! We would choose to stay there again.
I just became a Chef this year and appreciate your loving comments about myself and my family. We all work very hard here and look forward to seeing you again.
4.4 on October 10, 2010
Our 2-night stay was very enjoyable. The innkeeper is not only a master executive chef (all sorts of certifications & awards), but is also a true Patriot and a historian knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War. While there, be sure to visit the nearby King's Mountain National Military Park, the site of a key American victory in the Revolutionary War! Be sure, as we did, to get one of the rooms with its own bathroom (unless you feel comfortable sharing).
Blessed be you and yours for staying with us. I enjoyed sharing with you and cooking for you. It is always a constant pleasure to be a servant and to have the opportunity to serve!
5 on October 04, 2010
My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Inn of the Patriots in June of this year. The service by Marti, Stormy and JT was wonderful and the food was the best we have ever had at an Inn! We really enjoyed our weekend and had the treat of joining our hosts at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia for a Pirate Invasion and Buccaneers Ball! The decor in this Inn we have you looking and looking as there are many wonderful things to see! This is a place that you can feel at home with people that will never forget! We highly recommend everyone should spend a weekend at the Inn of the Patriots! Loren & Melinda Hughes
4.8 on September 23, 2010
I arrived very late for my one-evening stay as I was travelling through. Marti was so pleasant, which I sincerely appreciated after such a long drive with my two small dogs. After a hot shower and a late-night snack, I slept peacefully and so did my pets. Thank you for a too-brief albeit wonderful stay!
4.2 on September 20, 2010
My husband and I stayed at this b&b for our 16th anniversary. This was our first stay at a b&b. We had a great time! Enjoyed talking with Stormy and Marti, shopping at the outlets in Gaffney, hiking in Kings Mountain and eating a wonderful breakfast both mornings. The house was beautiful and full of history. We would definitely recommend this b&b.
4.0 on September 10, 2010
The rooms were very clean, service was great, and the food was prepared to your indiviual taste.
3.8 on September 09, 2010
I didn't have expectations going in, just booked stay for some r&r on labor day weekend. I must say that i came away impressed by the experience. The highlights were the breakfast, which was excellent compared to any experience i have had at any hotel. Also the tour of the mansion was entertaining and very informative with Chef Marti. I didn't know the area was so rich in American history. There is also plenty to do around the area from dining to museums other family entertainment.
4.2 on September 06, 2010
My husband and I spent this past weekend at the Inn of the Patriots B&B. We were very pleased. We were immediately impressed with the hospitality of Marti. We were welcomed into his home and he gladly made suggestions of nearby attractions to keep ourselves busy for the weekend. Marti's breakfast more than exceeded our expectaions! We felt very comfortable for the weekend and look forward to visiting again someday.
5 on August 28, 2010
Very comfortable & relaxing. Chef Marti & his family were welcoming and made us feel right at home. The Inn is beautiful and filled with lots of interesting antiques & memorabilia. The innkeepers themselves are fascinating folks and eager to share tales of their world travels and tips for things to do in the area. Lots of extra touches in our room, such as chair massager, tons of creams & lotions, extra thick towels, his & her robes, etc. Breakfast was delicious & served in an elegant setting. This was just what we needed for a break from a hectic week! Would definitely stay again.
4.4 on August 04, 2010
Marti, Stormy, and JT were wonderful hosts! The room was beautiful and comfy, and there were lots of things to do at the house while it was raining (board games, dvds, interesting books to look at/read, ect.) They also provided lots of info about the area and helped us figure out how to get to all the hiking trails. The tour was very informative and the breakfast was very delicious. We had a great time around the dining table with the 2 other couples staying. JT is a very sweet young man and are thankful for how kind and helpful he was to us when we arrived (because Marti and Stormy were at a wedding). The family works very well together and made our stay great!
4.6 on July 22, 2010
A great B&B off the beaten path!!! We had never heard of Grover, NC, but it is easily accessible off I-85 and close to plenty of diverse "adventures"--most notably Kings Mountain, the site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle. The inn-keeper is friendly and helpful--besides being an outstanding chef. Breakfast was among the best we've had at any B&B.
4.6 on June 27, 2010
We really enjoyed our stay! Rooms were neat and clean, food was awesome. We felt very much at home and would stay again!
5 on June 17, 2010
The Inn of the Patriots is a wonderful and fantastic place to lay your head. Any history buff or the most discerning traveler is sure to enjoy their stay in this 19th century home. Marti and Stormy Mongiello are the innkeepers. They are both Navy Veterans and their call to continue to serve is evident. Each room has a different theme and feel. Marti was the personal Chef to Bill Clinton at Camp David and it shows. They serve wonderful hearty breakfasts to start the day and equally as impressive dinners. I have stayed in many a B & B and prefer them to hotels. Marti & Stormy really have mastered the art of making one feel at home. As a professional hospitality executive I can not recommend the Inn of the Patriots more highly. Safe travels!
5 on June 07, 2010
Our daughter ran a triathalon at Kings Mountain. Her husband is a history buff. The Inn of the Patriots fit perfect for us. We all enjoyed the food, history and accomadations.
5 on May 28, 2010
Incredible breakfast, best we have ever had at a B&B. Ham and cheese omelette, steak, fresh fruit and more. Loved the room and the location in a small town. We recommend Inn of the Patriots as first choice for anyone staying in the area.
5 on May 26, 2010
There are not enough words to describe the wonderful time.
4.6 on May 24, 2010
This was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast. Overall, we were very pleased with our visit. The only problem that we had was that we were locked out of the shared bathroom all night long. Again, it was our first time staying at a b and b, so we were not sure what the protocol is in a situation like this. It made for a very uncomfortable experience for my husband and me. Other than that, we have a wonderful visit.
5 on May 05, 2010
The Inn of the Patriots is a wonderful and unique B & B. It's a great getaway. Marti puts his heart and soul into it and boy it shows! We will surely be back!
3.4 on May 04, 2010
Good historical review of house. Light luncheon.
5 on April 23, 2010
I stayed at The Inn of The Patriots on Wednessday night. I was greeted warmly by the Innkeeper, Chef Marti who showed me my room (The Polynesian) and quickly offered to help bring in my luggage. I parked in a covered parking area which was only seconds from the front door. The room was MARVELOUS, decorated with items that I recognized from my travels abroad to Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The physical furnishing were TOP-NOTCH. Complimentary dessert Quiches and candies were on my dresser. Even though I felt like I was in another century, I was still connected. The rooms had wireless capability and the TV was on a dish with 300+ channels. If you don have a wireless laptop, dont worry. The Inn has a computer in the front room for your use. The elegant displays of Presidential culinary artifacts was PHENOMENAL! From little boxes of M&M's with the presidential logo on them to pictures signed by presidents and first ladies to china from the White House, the Presidential Culinary Museum has it all. I got a great nights sleep on a very comfortable bed and in a very quiet room. On Thursday morning, I was treated to hot coffee made by the innkeeper's wonderful wife Stormy and a delightful breakfast of an omelet with freshly picked herbs from Chef Marti's herb garden, bacon, and Scrapple. Before I departed, I visited the small but very nice gift shop area in the front of the house where they had homemade jellies, honey, cookbooks, and other memorabilia. My overall experience was FANTASTIC and I would recommend this B&B to anyone interested in history, great hosts, AND a great nights sleep. Thank you Marti, Stormy, and JT.
5 on April 16, 2010
The top notch inn. Very friendly. Loved the historic nature. A must for our family vacation. Outstanding food and service.
5 on April 12, 2010
I recently stayed at the Inn and we surprised by how nice everything was. The food is above and beyond the call and the staff couldn't be nicer. I am used to staying around the Philadelphia area at B&B's and it was refreshing to be steeped into Presidential history as well as colonial history of an area I am not that aware of, Kings Mountain, almost from the moment you walk in. I did cause quite a stir when Martin saw me eating M&M's because he thought I got a hold of Bill Clinton's personal stash that are on display. It was a riot. My only complaint is that I can't visit more often. The last review shocks me as I found the bed as comfortable as any other.
Oh bless you for all of your kindness in visiting our loving family and staying inside of our home.
5 on April 11, 2010
My wife and I recently stayed at the Inn. What a fantastic visit as we were served by a world class Chef and host, along with his wife and son. We always stay at B & B's but this last visit tops everything we've ever experienced. This place and staff are a secret that needs to get out for more travelers to enjoy. Chef Marti is a class by himself and the Presidential Museum was an extra added value that we weren't expecting! We've already booked a return visit and wre bringing friends.
4.8 on April 11, 2010
Last May, my husband surprised me with an overnite at the Inn of the Patriots B & B to give me something to take my mind off the radiation treatments that were just ending. The service was great, and Marti, Stormy, and J.T. were helpful and informative about the history of the inn and the surrounding area. I am a retired teacher and history is very exciting for me. The things I learned were quite interesting. Our room was very comfortable, and beautifully decorated, with accessories gathered during Marti's travels. Breakfast was outstanding, served on the back patio with another couple who were guests celebrating their anniversary. I very much recommend the Inn of the Patriots in Grover, NC.
Oh thank you for coming. It was a delight to cook for you!
3.6 on April 01, 2010
I have stayed at several Inns all over NC. Stormy and Marti have an awesome concept but I agree with them in saying they have outgrown their space. I felt like the common areas were very cluttered. The rooms were nice but the bed did not exceed my expectations as it relates to a more comfortable matress than home. I would suggest in investing in matresses and higher quality sheets. The food and the hospitality is on target. I would definitely come back for a private luncheon but not an overnight stay.
We are thrilled to know that you rated our food at FIVE STARS and thank you so very much! Presently we have wonderful, new pillow top mattresses that folks simply love and the highest thread count sheets sold worldwide. We know as disabled veterans that we cannot afford the Swiss mattress systems for $4,100.00 per room but certainly will try.
4.4 on March 16, 2010
Our welcome by the host was warm and friendly with assistance with our baggage and explanations of the amenities. We loved the first floor accomodation with no stairs to climb. Room was comfortable and temperature was great. Only suggestions I would make would be a knob to hang a towel or clothes in the bathroom and soft popular or classical music in the living room. The meal was superb and company interesting. The guided tour was entertaining. We hope to get back for a look at the items we missed that are everywhere in the beautifully decorated home.
We are happy to improve your visit even more friend and just installed two more brass hooks in the bathroom for a total of four. We also just added a brand new bathroom table and valet for even more convenience. Thank you for a wonderful suggestion.
4.8 on February 19, 2010
My husband and son and I needed to get off the road ASAP in the middle of a snow storm, and found The Inn and it owners to be wonderful and unexpected experience! The owners couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, and we were so impressed by the massive Civil War collection. The only regret is that we had to miss breakfast!
That was a terrible snow storm and we were pleased to be your guardian angels and come to many families rescue in the snow! Thank you for being our guest!
4.6 on February 05, 2010
I attended a business luncheon and was given a tour of the B&B. Beautiful house and, of course, the food was excellent.
Thank you very much friend!
5 on January 04, 2010
This was the first time my husband and I stayed at a B&B and it was wonderful! The hosts made us feel so welcome and the breakfasts' were fantastic. We came as strangers but left as good friends. - Lisa Miller
Thank you so much friends and we loved having you here! Bless you both.
4.0 on December 29, 2009
Excellent place , Marti , his wife Stormy and son TJ , exceeded our expectations.
5 on December 26, 2009
Had a wonderful experience staying with Marty. The only problem I had was that we couldn't stay longer.
5 on December 25, 2009
Wonderful experience!!! You arrive as a guest but leave as a friend. It was truly a great stay!!!
5 on December 18, 2009
What an incredible experience! A wonderful property with the hosts dressed in Colonial garb of the time period. Just moments after our arrival, Dr. Benjamin Franklin arrived and explained to us the signifigance of the Battle of Kings Mountain to the Cause and how this battle changed the tide of the Revolutionary War- Outstanding! The rooms were so well appointed with special scents, flowers, homemade peppermint bark, and welcome drinks and canapes! Martin and Stormy then toured us through the home and its history which was amazing. The ultimate treat was viewing the China from past US Presidents and understanding how they are chosen and who pays- very interesting! The bedding was so comfortable and the linens were luxerious. Just when you thought it could not get any better- Breakfast the next morning-What a delicitable feast! The fresh squeezed juices, freshly baked muffins and breads, the french toast with real maple syrup was the BEST I ever had, meats, potatoes, fruits, etc... If you left hungry there is something wrong with you. I typically stay in fine hotels for weekend getaways but this establishment has changed my mind completely as one would be hard pressed to find such an incredible experience with the owners being the most kind, caring, knowledgeable, entertaining, and gracious people I have ever met. I will be back again for sure!!
5 on December 06, 2009
Marty and Stormy made us feel at home. They were as involved as we wanted them to be. The food was outstanding and Marty was a great host. We would stay there again.
4.2 on December 01, 2009
My husband and I live out of the country but my family is local. We were visiting for Thanksgiving. I wanted to do something special for my husband for his birthday. He has never experienced a Bed and Breakfast before. This was a great treat for him. We thought the Inn was very quaint, Marti´s customer service excellent and the breakfast served in our room to die for! Kudos to the family. Thanks for making our vacation so special and memoriable.
3.4 on November 24, 2009
My first stay at a B&B and it was a good one. Marti was very accommodating. Food delicious, beautifully served.
5 on November 23, 2009
My wife and I stayed at The Inn of the Patriots in Grover, North Carolina on November 9, 2009 for one night. Everything about this facility was outstanding and very Historic.
5 on November 18, 2009
We have stayed with the folks at The Inn of the Patriots a few times. There are many factors that bring us back! Very friendly, excellent food, very knowledgable about the surrounding area and histrorical context, and always something fun planned. We choose to come when there are events plans, especially. In addition, its a great value for the very comfortable accomodations. Highly recommended!
5 on November 18, 2009
Marti and Stormy are dedicated to ensuring you have an excellent stay and exceed your expectations. This place is a gem!
5 on November 02, 2009
This is our second stay with The Inn of the Patriots. Friendly people, homey atmosphere crossed with a fine dining experience. Loved every moment...
4.6 on November 02, 2009
Great B&B! The rooms and bathroom facilities were clean, comfortable, and delightfully quirky, and there were all the free toiletries you could need! (I've found other B&Bs to be a bit stingy with the shampoo.) The owner is a perfect host -- friendly, helpful, fun to talk to, and an amazing chef! He made, hands down, the best B&B breakfast I've ever had. Overall, it's a wonderful value, and if you're in the area, you should check it out!
5 on October 29, 2009
Only a short stay but was very pleased. Marti and Stormy were great hosts. My family and I were very comfortable. Thanks for a very nice time!!!!!
4.0 on October 22, 2009
We stayed only one night but enjoyed our time there. The food was good the rooms spacious and comfortable. Stormy and Marty were more than helpful and completely professional. The themed bedrooms were very interesting. Hopefully the town of Grover will see what they have and use the Inn as the beginning of a full reconstruction of the area.
5 on October 16, 2009
My eldery mother was having rennovations made on her home. She needed a respite from the construction. We were looking for a quite place where she could rest, be close to the major highways, and be pampered. We arranged for accomadations at Inn of the Patriots. We both we charmed with the balance Marti, Stormy, and JT have developed. Every possible need and desire where met. I have food allergies and Marti was able to provide us with a beautiful hot breakfast everyday. The owners do not hover, but are nearby. My mother's emotional and physical needs were honored. We had just the right amount of privacy.
4.8 on October 12, 2009
I was only here for a night, but I was very impressed with the Inn of the Patriots. Marty patiently helped me with directions and restaurant recommendations and cooked a great breakfast. I would definitely stay there again.
4.2 on October 09, 2009
Arrived and made to feel at home from the second we stepped in the door. Historically important to the town and the area. The Inn itself has nice large rooms and lots of interesting historic memorbilia to keep you interested. Marti will take you on a tour of the Inn and fill you in on the importance of the local area to the Revol. War. We are both Navy people working for and active duty and it was so nice to have a fellow military man, showing us around. Now if all that is not enough for you. Lets talk about the food.... three words fab u lous!!!! I never had some of the local foods and was happy to try scuppernongs and liver mush. It was exciting to see what was being cooked in the morning...great coffee, terrific food and wonderful company. This Inn is not just a passing place to stay. You should put it on your list as a destination. Add in that Marti was a former chef for the White House, that Stormy was born and raised in the area and that together they suite themselves as perfect ambassodors for the town of Grover. Thank you for a great few days, we hope to return soon.....
5 on October 07, 2009
We just returned from a stay here this past Saturday night. Marti and Stormy are the most welcoming and agreeable hosts I have ever dealt with. Anything we asked, they assisted. The inn is beautiful and the breakfast was to die for!!!!
5 on September 14, 2009
The room was great, but I would have slept on the floor for the breakfast!
4.6 on September 14, 2009
We enjoyed the host tremendously. The food was excellent!!!!! We were given great referrals for nearby activities that were great.
5 on September 13, 2009
We've stayed at many places over the years, but none compared to the Inn of the Patriots. The extra care we received was greatly appreciated. The food cooked by Chef Marty was worth the stay. And the room we chose to sleep in was elegant and most comfortable. My husband and I enjoyed the tour of the Inn and took many pictures. Not only did we vacation at the most wonderful Inn, but we learned so much about our country and it's past. Not to forget, so much about Marty and his work as a chef in the White House. His talent with the culinary arts is phenominal, especially to one's palet. The warm, relaxed atmosphere helped us enjoy every moment we were there. We hope, in the future, to have an opportunity to stay at The Inn of the Patriots again. Thanks Marty, Stormy and JT for a one of a kind stay. You helped to make our stay in NC the best ever!
5 on August 30, 2009
My friend found this B & B while looking for a place half way between Florida and Virginia for the four of us to spend a long weekend playing cards and hanging out. We are two couples who are retired & active duty Navy who love cooking and great eating and this place seemed to fit the specs perfectly. Marti, JT, and Stormy were the perfect hosts. They were as involved as you wanted them to be. All we wanted was a place to play Euchre, a place to stash our coolers , a Martini shaker, wine and martini glasses and hot coffee in the mornings. We got all that plus! Each morning we had awesome breakfasts. The Austian egg sandwich was a favorite, Marti. We took advantage of asking Marti to cook us a German meal one night and we were stuffed afterwards. Everything was outstanding. The apple strudel had to wait till we walked around the block, but it was great afterwards when we enjoyed it with a cuppa coffee. Marti recommended so many things that we could do. We didn't take advantage of them all as we were primarily there to play cards and relax, but we did take him up on some of his recommendations for dining and were not disappointed. The rooms were nicely decorated, the house tour was so informative and the amenities were great. This was the perfect place for a getaway and one we plan of visiting again and again. I recommend this to anyone who wants to relax and eat like you had a personal chef cooking for you. Marti is a character and someone you can't miss meeting. His knowledge and experience leaves you wanting to hear more stories and pick his brain for recipes. Thanks again Marti, Stormy & JT Brenda & Andy Klaiber Middleburg, FL
4.2 on August 21, 2009
This is an unusual B&B. Martin Mongiello, who runs the inn, is a very interesting person. He goes out of his way to be friendly and to entertain you with accounts of his experiences as a White House chef as well as to give local historical information. Be sure to let him give you the "mansion" tour. The breakfast was delightful and the rooms filled with historical items.
4.6 on August 20, 2009
This B&B provides traditional B&B offerings plus a gourmet full breakfast plus an historical experience. Very much recommended
5 on August 17, 2009
Goes without saying the food was excellant! The atmosphere was relaxed family and Stormy Marti and TJ were fun to be around. The furnishings were an eclectic mix of all things Marti. The many places he has been and continues to go to and take part in are great to see and hear about. It was an adventure. Would love to go back.
5 on August 16, 2009
The Inn of the Patriots itself was a pleasant place to stay. A quiet porch for reading and a lawn for horseshoes and croquet provided an abundance of leisurely entertainment. In addition, Chef Marty's tour of the mansion and White House culinary items was both interesting and very amusing. We would definitely stay again, and we would recommend the Inn of the Patriots to friends and family.
5 on July 31, 2009
Marti was as welcoming as if we were members of his family. He immediately made us feel at home and gave us the best room in the house even though there were others vacant. His excitement over his collections of historic memorabilia is contagious and we really wished we had more time to see and hear about all that was there. Breakfast was beautifully served, delicious to eat, and lovely to look at. We will definitely recommend the Inn to our friends and will look forward to the next opportunity we may have to stay there. Brian and Sarah
5 on July 30, 2009
A unique B&B with charming and informative hosts. Part of the house is used to display White House memorabilia as well as items collected from the chef/owners interesting naval past. Beautiful vintage rooms with perfect decor and the most gorgeous and elegant dining room.
5 on July 30, 2009
If you like fine food, historical settings, ambience, culinary tips of our presidents, and a host with charm and a sense of humor -- come here.
5 on July 27, 2009
My sister and I joined 3 cousins for a mini-family reunion in July. Marti and Stormy turned over the entire first floor to us, and three of us stayed 2 nights. The other two came down from Shelby and we spent hours in the parlor, laughing, talking and reminiscing. Everyone was very respectful of our need to talk and visit. We enjoyed Marti's delicious brownies while we sat and talked. Breakfasts were outstanding . . . especially the omelettes. Marti said he makes 22 different breakfasts and many different kinds of omelettes. I think it will be just a matter of time before we come back to sample more of them! We enjoyed the ambience, looking at the wonderful antiques, and walking in the garden. This is not a fancy place, but a home in which all are made to feel welcome. It was perfect for our needs, and we will certainly tell family and friends about it. I hope that next time we can take the tour and learn more about the history of the house and the people who were a part of Cleveland County's history. Thanks for a great stay!
5 on July 23, 2009
My wife and I were happily surprised meeting the Manager/Chef/Historian of the B&B. The Mansion was well kept and very clean. Learning North Carolina's Patriot's contribution to helping forming our Country's freedom was increadible. We highly rercommend staying in the Inn for a day or a week. Richard Rubin
4.2 on July 22, 2009
We enjoyed our stay at this B&B very much. The innkeeper was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. He gave us a tour of the mansion and offered to take us to a historical site. We were unable (due to our time constraints) to go to the historical site, however, we are looking forward to returning to this B&B. I would make only one suggestion. I would have preferred to have advance notice of the breakfast items to be served. The food was excellent, very nicely presented, and served promptly. The Inn was nicely decorated in the period of Civil War History. The bed was comfortable, the towels soft and plush, and lots of bathroom ammenities.
5 on July 22, 2009
This B&B is very accommodating from our late arrival to our lost, locally purchased, merchandise. We had an exceptionally good culinary breakfast, which was served and prepared by a former Executive Chef to the President of the United States. The tour of the Presidential Culinary Museum was both very informative and historical. The innkeeper was also very knowledgeable about the local historical significance of the area. Through his input we were able to fully experience the importance of the area as it relates to the successful outcome of the Revolutionary War. The inn was well kept and very clean. We also enjoyed the exceptional furnishings from the Revolutionary period. When we departed we decided to plan out next trip north to include another stop at this inn. We will definitely pass the good word about this inn to our friends. The day we left, we received a cell phone call from the innkeeper to let us know that he had found some merchandise we had purchased (we thought we had lost the merchandise) and he was shipping the merchandise to our home address. By John Canada
4.2 on July 14, 2009
A wonderful stay at a quaint inn with an entertaining and knowledgeable innkeeper. Totally Awesome Food!
5 on July 13, 2009
What a wonderful time we had with our gracious hosts Marti, Stormy and JT. Our time at the Inn of the Patriots was more like visiting family, so comfortable and enjoyable. Beautiful rooms, interesting displays of history, awsome meals and the company of such wonderful people made our stay one we will always remember. Thank you again for a great experience.
5 on July 13, 2009
The Inn of the Patriots is a very unique and interesting place to celebrate a special event. With its themed rooms, large porch with rocking chairs and fascinating artifacts and memorabilia covering every available wall and space, the building is as interesting on the inside as it is unpretentious on the outside. The Colonial ambiance of the Inn, coupled with the region’s place in history is a perfect match. Innkeepers Marti and Stormy are congenial, down to earth people that truly make you feel welcome in their home. Marti is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and attractions and up to date on all local events. Fresh flowers in our room, breakfast by candlelight, a birthday cake for Joan and an impromptu invitation for me to be a “Redcoat” in the reenactment of the Battle at Kings Mountain were unexpected extras that added to an already pleasurable experience. Joan and Gary, Columbia SC
4.4 on July 08, 2009
The Inn of the Patriots may look like any other quiet bed and breakfast. However once you walk through the doors you know that you have stumbled upon a well kept culinary secret. Chef Marti is a former executive chef to the President of the United States. We choose the option to have the German dinner with Marti. He was polite enough to hold dinner an extra 45 minutes for us as we fought through traffic on our way from Virginia. A giant of a man, Marti met us in the foyer wearing a crisp white uniform and towering chef hat. We sat down at the formally set table as the smell of the German fare wafted in from the adjoining kitchen. My husband and I are history buffs and Chef Marti filled us in on the history of the mansion along with his tenure as an executive chef. I choose the Blue Ocean Dreams room to stay in. The room has all manors of nautical items, including many hidden items a vintage sailors uniform was draped on the bed. The entire mansion is a museum and you can spend quite a while reading the articles, pictures, and viewing antiques. The back porch is an ideal place to sit in the shade, or explore the civil war camp set up, complete with tent. We awoke early and my husband was able to spend some time pursuing the house and chatting with Chef Marti. I joined them after browsing through the ample literature for area attractions. The common sitting room was set up with many board games and toys. They also provide a guest kitchen where you can bring your own food, and prepare your own meals for an extended stay. Attention to detail is always a priority at the Inn of the Patriots. Candles were lit for breakfast and we sat down for a formal meal. A gourmet fruit salad and petite New York Strip steak with piping omelet was served. The omelet was excellent. Our stay at the Inn of the Patriots was memorable and Chef Marti and his family are the ultimate hosts. The dinner was a gourmet experience and the mansion a historic jewel.
5 on July 07, 2009
We (my husband and I ) stayed at The Inn of the Patriots 3rd, 4th, and 5th of July, 2009. What I mean by the best of both worlds is that in my mind I knew that we were on vacation but in the present reality of it all I felt that we were right at home. The rooms are very well themed, and very, very well kept. The hospitality that we were shown during our stay was beyond anything we could have ever asked for. The meals were excellent and the breakfast was phenomenal (excellet french toast). The varieties of the jams and jellies were just out of this world. The den had internet access and board games as well as a good bit of intresting literature. The bedrooms were excellent and the amenities were all name brand and we just had an overall great time. This was and will be in the future our "Home away from home". Not to mention this is near 3 major battlesites from the Revolutionary War. These battlegrounds are very intresting in and of themselves. I would recommend this B&B to first timers as well as vetran B&B visitors.
5 on July 06, 2009
Our anniversary trip this year had a historical theme. After enjoying the museums of Kings Mountain and Cowpens and touring the military battlefields, we settled in at the most unique B&B we have ever visited. We were in awe with the fabulous home tour,the in-depth historical knowledge of Marti, and the excellent dinner and huge breakfast prepared for us. Special personal touches were throughout the home. What a royal treat to have a former Camp David chef make this trip our best to date. Everything was beyond "perfect". Thank you Ron & Jan
5 on July 06, 2009
2 nights of a pleasurable stay
4.8 on July 06, 2009
A fabulous weekend for the 4th of July. Wonderful accommodations and hospitality. Marti and Stormy took wonderful care of us, very knowledgable on best things to do and how to get to them. A treat for any historian of the Revolution - or anyone just wanting a lovely get away. by the way superlative food!
5 on July 06, 2009
Great house, great hosts; it's worth a visit to see the Presidential collectibles alone. We'll be back.
5 on July 05, 2009
Wow this was the best weekend ever i was able to participate in the Revolutionary war reenactment while we were staying at the inn this is the only place i know of that puts you in the history of this country.the food and the costumes and the battle there isn't anything like it anywhere in the country or world that i have been involved in Thank you for everything Marti and Stormy
5 on July 03, 2009
I was brought to the Inn of the Patriots for a weekend getaway. Unsure of what to expect, I was very pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Mark and Stormy were perfect hosts and our room was great! The whole trip was just topped off by our Sunday morning breakfast when Mark brought me my very own plate of gluten free pancakes to accommodate a Celiac diet. My weekend was a perfect introduction to what a true bed and breakfast should be, with a good dose of southern hospitality and charm.
4.0 on June 22, 2009
I just wanted to say what a WONDERFUL job Marty, Stormy, & JT did with my family! They treated them like royalty! There is no-where else that I would ever send my family exept the Inn of the Patriots!
5 on June 11, 2009
At the Inn of the Patriots we felt like they were genuine about taking care of their guests, not for good ratings but because they really cared. While the Inn had its cozy places it was also action oriented with a multitude of suggestions of things to do in the area as well as at the Inn. We enjoyed our stay.
5 on June 09, 2009
Every detail to this place was outstanding. Marti is very generous with his vast knowledge of the area which really enhanced our stay. The attention to detail was really remarkable regarding the meals. We had homeade preseves and fresh greens from the garden. After dinner we had homeade strudel on the rocking chairs on the front porch....the hustle of city life just slipped away. JT and Stormy add true warmth and southern hospitality to this Inn. Marti is a true gentleman and underplays his vast experience and knowledge....we liked that very much. My husband and I would and most certainly will be stopping in on this special place again.
4.0 on June 03, 2009
This year when my mom and dad both turned 80, we celebrated with a special dinner for the family at the Inn of the Patriots. Our group was small and included grand children from age 8 to 18. Everyone had a wonderful time. We played games on the front lawn, enjoyed appetizers in the front parlor and had a tour of the inn. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was welcoming and attentive. Marty and Stormi presented a delicious meal and worked hard to make the occasion unforgettable.
4.8 on June 03, 2009
Marti, Stormy and JT thank you for such a wonderful stay. Your hospitality was impeccable not to mention the delicious breakfasts each morning and the dinner Friday night. I didn't feel like a hotel guest in your home I felt like family. I needed a refresher to refocus and that's exactly what I left with. Who would have thought starting your day with breakfast on the patio in the rain could be so peaceful. I will follow you to where every lives journey takes you in the hospitality industry. Thank you guys see you soon!!! For those of you reading this to determine if you’re going to visit the Inn of the Patriots please visit if you’re looking for a family friendly, laid back country weekend or week away because that is what you will receive. It's not one of those nose in your air B&B's where you feel like a hotel guest and your bill looks like one. So if that's what you want don't book. Hopefully you want peace and quiet time to reflect and reconnect with yourself, your spouse or even the kids and you want a deliciously prepared breakfast in the morning that you don't have to cook. If this sounds like you then do not hesitate to give Marti and Stormy a call. It will be the best call you have ever made.
Gosh bless you friend for staying with us! It was a pleasure to serve you. :)
4.4 on June 03, 2009
I wish I had more time at the inn. Marty was extremely helpful and the place was fabulous!
We wish you could have stayed with us longer also. It was so much fun to talk with you and cook for you. YAY!
4.2 on June 02, 2009
We enjoyed the Inn of the Patriots--it was not what one would expect in a B and B per se, but its unique atmosphere and awesome food warrant another visit.
Thank you for coming to stay with us. It was a true delight and we know that the fun of the Presidential Culinary Museum was a huge, added bonus for you. Surprise! Thank you for letting us surprise you.
4.0 on April 26, 2009
Marti took 5 ladies (close by Shelbians) on a tour with all the history. We thorougly enjoyed the visit and would recommend it highly. A stay there would be great!!
5 on April 22, 2009
Our family spent one night at The Inn of the Patriots on our way to our spring break vacation destination. It was a special treat. Marti was extremely gracious. He was a chef for the White House when he was in the service. He is also very knowledgeable about the history of the area. We enjoyed the stories he had to tell as well as the food that he prepared. The Inn is a virtual museum and Marti gave us a brief but very interesting tour before we left. Marti makes every effort to make your stay at his inn a memorable event. I would recommend The Inn of the Patriots to anyone who is passing through the area.
5 on April 19, 2009
My husband decided we could use a small getaway and researched and found this beautiful inn. We decided to take up the innkeepers on a German dinner the first night and we were not disappointed. The food was incredible! Breakfast was also fantastic both mornings. One morning we ate with all the guests and our last morning we were served breakfast in bed! What a treat! Marti, Stormy, and JT are great innkeepers. Marti shared many historical facts and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I'm sure we will be visiting this bed and breakfast again.
3.8 on March 26, 2009
My husband and I stayed for a two night get-away. We thoroughly enjoyed the accomodations and breakfast was fabulous! King's Mountain was a wonderful place to visit. We also created our own winery trip and visited local vineyards which was fun too! Marti and Stormy were great hosts!
Thank you friends for your wonderful comments! It was so nice to host you in our loving home :)
5 on March 25, 2009
Marti and Stormy were very nice and accommodating. This was our first bed and breakfast and we didn't know know what to expect. One great point for us was not having to get up really early to have breakfast. It fit our schedules well and the breakfast was fantastic, THE best breakfast I have ever had. We got the massage treatment our last day there to top it all off. Ryan and Heather M.
Dear Ryan and Heather, We always offer breakfast from 8:30 to 12:00 noon and it was fun to make you both so happy! We look forward to seeing you again :)
4.0 on March 25, 2009
My wife and I stayed at The Inn of the Patriots for a weekend getaway we both enjoyed our stay very much and we have reccomended the inn to friends and family. Marti and Stormy were very kind to us and breakfast was wonderful we hope to visit the inn again very soon.
Thank you for recommending us to other friends and family! How nice!
4.4 on March 24, 2009
We really enjoyed our stay at The Inn of the Patriots. It's very convenient, right off I85. The rooms were spacious and accommodating. Breakfast was terrific--fantastic pancakes! And, the hosts are very kind and gracious. We would love to stay there again sometime.
Oh, how nice of you to mention we are only 20 seconds away from Interstate 85! It is very convenient. Thank you again for coming to visit our loving home :)
4.4 on March 24, 2009
My husband and I stayed with Chef Marti & fam a few months ago and had no idea what an amazing culinary treat we were in for! There's a reason the world's leaders seek him out for their own kitchens -- and I felt like a queen myself dining at his table. It was just the two of us staying with him that morning, but he went all out -- with freshly cut fruit and berries, sizzling bacon, fried potatoes, and the most amazing goat-cheese-and-rosemary omelet seasoned with herbs from his own garden. Marti's also a serious history buff and gave us a great historical tour of the property, which is an adorable 19th-century home. The proprieters were very warm and welcoming, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The decor could use a little work, which is the only thing holding me back from giving the Inn a perfect rating. I know the place is still a work in progress, and I think that if the carpet were ripped up and the two downstairs rooms treated to an interior designer's touch, the Hambright Mansion would be as lovely and charming as it could be. We got into town late and had to leave the next morning, so I was sad that we didn't have more time to explore tiny Grover, NC. But we did have a lovely time sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch listening to the crickets chirp and the very occasional car go by. If I'm ever up that way again, I would definitely stop by for a stay at the Inn of the Patriots and another one of Chef Marti's 4-star omelets. I recommend it to all my Carolina friends.
Thank you to our guests for your wonderful and over-flowing comments about the food here! Marti will love hearing about the omelets!!!
4.4 on March 01, 2009
My wife and I spent our 1st anniversary here and it was just excellent!
God bless you and your first anniversary! It was a joy to share it with you and to serve you. We also enjoyed hearing you wanted to come back again, next year, and each year thereafter.
5 on February 22, 2009
We chose this inn on the strength of the web site and we were not disappointed. The breakfasts and Marty’s cooking tips were excellent. This inn exudes history. Marty as our guide not only filled us in on the house but the neighboring military parks at Cowpens and King’s Mountain. He went above the normal innkeeper service by making sure that we were informed of what was happening in the area. In addition, Marty called us before our visit to answer any question. He called us afterwards to make sure we got home safely. The ignition key for our Honda fell apart. Marty spent an hour and some olive oil to put it back together. We couldn’t start the car otherwise. He wanted us safely out of the area before the snowstorm. Many B&Bs are nicely decorated and have excellent food. What makes this B&B superior above other is Marty’s personal service and thoughtfulness.
It was a loving pleasure to be helpful in a desperate time of need. These kind folks had already checked out when they came back with a snapped car key in their hands and no way to get home. We repaired the key for them in our kitchen with some garlic stir fry oil and a jewelers screwdriver. It worked! We knew we bought that flavored oil for something! YAY!!!
4.8 on January 28, 2009
Loved the food and everyon was so nice, our room was hot down stairs but other than that I would do it all over again, loved the atmosphere.
Oh and thank you so much for coming to have your wonderful SPA party here! It was a true joy to see all of the ladies having fun, eating the steak, crab, lobster and shrimp and then - that chocolate fountain! Thank you for coming.
5 on January 25, 2009
This was my first experience at a B & B, I have to say it was Fantastic, after we got there Marti had us a wonderful meal with more than enough food and desserts, we could hardly eat it all, after the meal the massage was "Awsome", I was a virgin so I throughly enjoyed it. Slept like a baby, my room was so comfortable, they had to come and wake me for breakfast, which was an 8 course meal in its self, I really enjoyed the tour of the INN before we left, Marti and his delightful family made our party and night out very special, I will stay there again.
It was a real pleasure to be of service and kindness :) Thank you ladies for coming to stay with us.
5 on January 21, 2009
Thank you Marti, Stormy and TJ for sharing your wonderful home with us during our recent spa party. We had a fabulous time! Just what we needed to relax and have a fun girls night out. TJ is so charming!
I had fun cutting open the lobster for you. Thank you for choosing us and we welcome you back :)
4.0 on January 12, 2009
I took my fiance here for a historical treat on his birthday. The rooms are spotless and beautiful. The meals were delicious! The tour was very interesting! Kings Mountain National Park is very close by. Marti and Stormy are wonderful hosts. I definitely recommend the Inn of the Patriots.
Thank you so much for coming to The Inn of the Patriots Bed & Breakfast Hotel just outside of Charlotte, NC - we have been thrilled to read of the fun you had at Kings Mountain National Military Park!
4.0 on December 23, 2008
Toured the Patriots Inn yesterday. Great tour and history. The pastry was excellent. A hidden treasure.
We just loved having all of the ladies in your tour group here! Folks enjoy our tours of the mansion and especially going underground to see the servants quarters! Thank you!
4.2 on December 20, 2008
We found outstanding service and friendliness at the Inn of the Patriots. The breakfasts were elegant and varied for the week we stayed. We will recommend this to our friends.
We strive to make everyones experience unique! Thank you!
5 on December 02, 2008
Having stayed at several B&B's across the US, I can state unequivocally that our stay at the Inn of the Patriot's brings a new meaning to the word 'incredible'. Innkeeper Marti and his wife go out of their way to make sure that your stay at their inn is the most pleasant and informative that it could possibly be. From info on nearby attractions, restaurants, entertainment, etc. to the absolutely fabulous breakfast provided, they do a wonderful job of making your stay as personal and special as they can. Thanks again Marti and Stormy
4.0 on December 01, 2008
The bed was big and comfy & the atmosphere was very restful. I liked the breakfasts the best; everyday was something different and I cleaned my plate. Yum.
5 on December 01, 2008
My husband and I celebrated my birthday at this inn. It was wonderful. Chefs Marti and Stormy Mongiello made us feel so at home. The breakfast was outstanding. I have recommended it to so many of my friends. We would definitely stay here again and again
4.0 on November 29, 2008
My husband and looked online to find the best B & B to suite our champagne tastes on a beer budget! We looked online and many of the sites had a wonderful theme, but when you got right down to what they had to offer in the month that we wanted to celebrate our 1st wedding Anniversary!; no one could top what Chef Marti has to offer at The Inn of the Patriot B & B. We were in awe, and totally at home with the most pleasant perfect strangers we would ever want to meet. I would never find a better Chef than Chef Marti; and we had such a variety of FRESH fruits, Homemade preserves, and biscuits, you name it he's got it! Charlotte, in the Spa made me feel most beautiful with a complete manicure and pedicure that are still perfectly beautiful 7 days later! We didn't have enough time to finish the most exciting conversations that we never expected to have, so we will definitely keep in touch! You have got to hear Chef Marti's storytelling! And don't miss the other sites that he has to show! We had a simply fabulous time and will go again!!!
5 on November 18, 2008
Stormy and Marti are an amazingly gracious couple whose historical knowledge and culinary expertise are a MUST to experience. Fabulous stay!
4.2 on November 04, 2008
Marti and Stormy did an excellent job as a host and hostess. We felt right at home and the room was very comfortable. The breakfast was fantastic! The tour and history about the home was very informative. We really enjoyed our visit. They have set the bed and breakast bar very high!
Oh and thank you so much for saying, "we have set the bed and breakfast bar very high!" How wonderful of you to write that. It is so nice of you and all of our guests that stay here. We love to treat you like gold and seated royalty.
5 on October 30, 2008
These guys are awesome ... they truly understand high quality service!
I wanted to thank you for recognizing us and our high quality service. Along with our rates being lower than most hotels, we enjoy providing double the service level! I always say, that person behind the desk for eight hours is never going to lavish all over you with chocolates and free drinks or anything. The boss has them doing computer work all day and night with their head facing down at the screen. We love to treat folks to our 1879 mansion with the joy of family returning home for Thanksgiving!
5 on October 30, 2008
It was wonderful, full of historic presidential memorabilia and southern charm. I loved sitting on the front porch in the warm evenings and rocking! I am looking forward to a return visit!
4.2 on October 30, 2008
The Inn of the Patriots was just like being home (without all the chores). The food was exquisite and the innkeepers go out of their way to make sure you are happy and comfortable. The home is beautiful and full of history and character. The beds are wonderfully comfortable and the extra touches (like flower petals, chocolate, and fluffy bath robes) makes this my favorite B&B to date.
Oh and thank you so much for staying with us! We are upgrading the mansion all of the time and appreciate your noticing our loving care and light-hearted laughter. We loved having you!
4.6 on October 29, 2008
Short and sweet, The Inn of the Patriots breakfast is one of, if not, the most delicious breakfasts I've ever eaten in my life! The rooms are incredible as well with interesting, historic tidbits to find through the rooms.
All we can say is one word, WOW - WHAT A GREAT REVIEW!!! UNBELIEVEBALE! Thank you so much for your love for us and the opportunity to cook for you. Chefs Marti, Stormy and JT
4.8 on October 24, 2008
Thank You for Your wonderful hospitality. Marti was extremely flexible and quite sensitive to our needs. We will return to enjoy the inn, We also loved the pa and Laurie. See you again. Terry Wilson
4.4 on October 17, 2008
Marti and Stormy went out of their way to make each guest feel special. From personal emails and calls pre-visit, through detailed directions and maps provided to a nearby destination, to gourmet amenities and an endless variety of snacks, and to the absolutely superb breakfasts, every detail was customized to enhance the guest experience. And the spa!! I will definitely be back.
This was so very nice of you to write and so kind to notice all of the attention we devoted to you - a true joy for us, friend :) It is always a loving time for us to spend time with you on maps, great events in Cleveland County and phone numbers. And those endless snacks! Yummy!
4.8 on October 13, 2008
You will be welcomed by Chef Marty and given a fascinating glimpse into Naval hospitality and "dining" at the White House and the diplomatic world! The property is a museum and the breakfast was great.
5 on September 16, 2008
I recently stayed at the Inn of the Patriots. It is more than a B & B. It is a step into history of this great nation. Musuem like yet cozy the innkeepers Marti and Stormy put the H in hospitality. The food is phenominal, great rooms all with different themes, a spa, planned events such as battlefiled tours, womens weekend get-a-ways as the man play poker in the basement and can fire live cannons or flint locks. The Inn of the Presidents raises the bar for what every B & B can and should be! I cant wait to return.
5 on September 15, 2008
We could not think of a better way to spend our anniversary together! Marti and Stormy are extraordinary hosts! The food was beautifully presented and delicious! We thouroughly enjoyed the guided tour of the culinary museum. It was very informative and entertaining! If you don't get enough relaxation hannging out in the rocking chairs on the beautiful front porch or in the garden out back you will love getting a massage in the beautiful candle-lit spa room! Our experience at the Inn of the Patriots has made us want to slow down and enjoy life a little more and listening to stories about Marti's remarkable life has definitely made us want to make the most of everyday! This vacation was just what we needed! Thank you Marti and Stormy!
5 on September 10, 2008
Staying in this Inn is like being in another world where everone is treated like a VIP.
5 on August 31, 2008
"The Inn of the Patriot" was truly an awesome experience. The Innkeepers, Martin and Stormy are exceptional hosts, but most of all extraordinary people. They are using their God given talents to serve others. (Especially Incredible Food ) This was our first Bed and Breakfast experience. The home has good history, Camp David- Chief Chef "Marti"as a host and storey teller, and a picturesque setting. My wife and I were obviously impressed and grateful to have had this unique time here to celebrate our 22nd Wedding Anniversary.
5 on August 28, 2008
The first "Spa Party" in conjunction with Bellus Tu Spa was so much fun!!! It was so nice to get away for the night - even though it was just 10 miles from home, it was like a mini-vacation. The massage therapy room is a retreat in itself and being able to go downstairs and straight to bed after a massage was wonderful. Marti and Stormy were outstanding hosts and shared a great deal of history about the house and area. The food . . . well, it was just presidential!!!!!!! In fact, it was so good that two of us raided the fridge at 2:00 am! And then managed to eat the 8-course breakfast the next morning! Anyone who needs a great get-away, a 'girls night out', whatever . . . this is the perfect place! - p shelby, nc
4.0 on August 27, 2008
As a frequent travellar, I have experienced many Inns. The Inn of the Patriots has sumptuous beds, quiet atmosphere, and wonderful decor. Any person or persons who stay there, can do no better. Enjoy the large veranda and oversize rocking chairs. Dr. Benjamin Franklin
4.6 on August 22, 2008
Chef Marti is genuine and dedicated about his B&B. He will go out of his way to ensure you have the best possible visit. The inn is all you can ask for, to unwind from the daily grind. The meals cannot be beat. There are many attractions close by and Marti is sure to help you find out about. Be sure to visit his website, and see the effort he puts in that as well. James T - Springfield VA. (worth the drive)
It was a pleasure to help this gentleman from Virginia. He loved eating our robust breakfasts and was a pleasure to serve!
5 on July 28, 2008
Our first stay at the Inn of the Patriots was probably the best BandB visit we've experienced. The accommodations were great - we stayed in the Cleaveland room - and the service provided by Marti and Stormy was excellent. They made us feel like the most special guests and Marti prepared an excellent dinner for us as well. His talent as a chef is obvious and the friendliness and hospitality they extended was superb. Marti is an extremely interesting man with wonderful experiences to share in his culinary tour and that history combined with the local history of the area make the inn experience a unique one. Service and excellence is definitely their priority and we highly recommend the Inn of the Patriots! Robin & Lawrence, Huntersville, NC
It was a joy to serve these folks and make their dreams come true! It is always a delight to make new friends and serve with a smile.
4.8 on July 27, 2008
Chef Marti made our stay at the Inn of Patriots wonderful. The service he and his family provide is second to none. Our breakfast was the best and most elaborate my wife and I have ever had at a B & B. Combine all that with the interesting Presidential memorabilia and one has the makings of a great stay. Kevin O Shelby, NC
5 on July 23, 2008
The Inn is a wonderful place to get away. The service and ammenites are all wonderful. Marti runs a great place and the personal service he gives goes above and beyond. I would highly reccomend and have been back several times. I love this place and think Marti and his family are wonderful. He has also given me a bit of back home memories. And for that I thank him so very much. When my husband and I check in, we feel like we are with good friends, but we also know when we check out we still have a good friend, I truly mean that. Sherrie and Chuck Pyatt Clover SC
These folks have become regulars each month. We love them and joke that this is our own little country club that they belong to!
5 on July 22, 2008
This was the best mini getaway for me and my wife everything abour our stay was wonderful thank you Martin and Stormy for evrything Rob&Naomi Lewis
4.0 on July 03, 2008
A fantastic breakfast and tour of a culinary patriot museum. Marti is very hospitable and makes everyone feel at home.
4.6 on June 09, 2008
They'd only been open a few weeks, but they already had the service part down. Very friendly and VERY flexible. They love history (including area stories) and love fine dining. It was quite unique (he was a chef in the White House) in regards to getting a tour of the home as well.
5 on June 04, 2008
Extremely impressed with this operation. My sweetheart and I typically choose out-of-the-way places, and prefer B&B's because of their uniqueness and charm - and the food tends to be not so 'cookie cutter.' We've had a few not-so-great surprises as well, and so we're not really looking for anything unusual - Until we met Marti and Stormy - and yes, that's her Real Name! The hospitality was professional, unobtrusive and superior. The food was simply unbelievable. The rooms well-appointed and it's rare that I don't have a little 'something' to say about my accomodations. But this was a great job and we were impressed. Thank you, Marti and Stormy for a great weekend - looking forward to seeing you again! Kind regards from Allan and Sara
4.6 on May 25, 2008
We had a delightful experience at The Inn of the Patriots in Grover, NC. The Inn is just a few minutes from Interstate 85 and is a wonderful retreat after a full day of driving. Marty and Stormy, the owners, are so welcoming. Marty prepared an exquisite Italian meal for us the evening of our stay and breakfast was beyond expectations with a home cooked omelet, fresh eggs, bacon, etc. The food was superb! We had a lovely large room and a private bath. We highly recommend this B&B.
These wonderful guests also enjoyed our full sized SPA and had a his and hers massage. I know they loved the candles lit all over the room, the waterfalls and gentle music - they said it was like a fantasy land!
4.6 on May 24, 2008
My wife and I stayed at the Inn of the Patriots and were surprised how well this new B&B had come together. Between the owners attention to the smallest details to the quiet setting, we felt welcome and relaxed. I am already considering using this a business retreat for my business associates. I was personally impressed with the owners credentials having served in the Navy and cooking at Camp David.
5 on May 21, 2008
I have known Marti for over 10 years! This man is the truth when it comes to fine dining. We served together at the Presidential Retreat, Camp David and Marti truly loves to serve. He loves to see a smile on the faces of his guest and will go well above the call of service to acheive that result. His drive and motivation as been an inspiration to me while serving in the US Navy. Marti and Stormy was made for this purpose. I highly suggest that you stop in and enjoy thier hospitality! You will Leave with a smile and feel like you were part of a loving family.
4.0 on May 20, 2008
I love small towns, especially in the South. The surrounding cities like Charlotte.Hickory/Spartanburg are within easy reach. The Former Exec Chef of the White House is so entertaining, and the food for breakfast was wonderful. The Kings Mtn Battleground was a great adventure for us as well. Thanks so much!
5 on May 19, 2008
Marti and Stormy are perfect hosts who truly let you determine the type of B&B experience you want. My mother, sister and I were looking for a unique way to bring our trip to a close and the Inn of the Patriots proved to be the perfect place. We were treated to fine dining and interesting conversation as we "rocked" the evening away on the front porch. Our rooms were comfortable and our hosts made us feel right at home. An amazing breakfast was followed by the White House Culinary Tour . . . a special treat. This is a B&B that can be an overnight retreat or a weekend destination. Either way, Marti and Stormy will make you feel like VIP's. Enjoy the history of the area. Enjoy the food. Enjoy the historic home. Just enjoy!