Marilyn's Melrose Inn

55 Melrose Avenue , Tryon, NC 28782 USA (Show map)

About

Marilyn's Historic Melrose Inn defines elegance and character. This inn, from 1889, has unique themed bedrooms--Egyptian, Equestrian, Floral Abundance, Renaissance, Whimsy, Jungle, Angels Abound, Birds & Nature, etc.--all with their own private baths, some with Jacuzzis and gas fireplaces. This 'grand old dame' is loaded with artwork of all kinds in every nook and cranny--even the closets! It oozes charm, grace, and warm intimacy everywhere you look. A hearty gourmet breakfast is included with your stay and you may book customized lunches and dinners with 24 hours notice for from 1-60 people. You automatically become a member of our private dining club when you stay with us. The on-site owner and innkeeper, Marilyn Doheny, is a world-renowned professional quilter, author, judge, and teacher. She holds week-long quilt retreats year-round to infuse you with her innovative techniques and riveting enthusiasm. The price and value at the Melrose is unsurpassed by any other venue. Expect to be pampered with outstanding, personalized service including coffee or tea at your door in the morning before breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks delivered to you in the evening.

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Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Beware!

1.0 on July 15, 2016

Not as pictured or advertised. We were overcharged for meals we didn't eat including the breakfast that as represented as included with room. We were bumped to a room we didn't book and not given a price consideration. This place was full of clutter and very dusty. We asked for explanations via e mail with no response. Are phone calls were not answered and voice mail not responded to. I do NOT recommend staying here.


Delightful Weekend

5 on August 26, 2015

My husband and I recently spent the weekend at the Melrose Inn while looking for a vacation home. It was truly delightful. The Inn is an unique and eclectic place and reasonably priced. The breakfast was delicious and Marilyn also prepares an amazing dinner if you give her a little notice. She has complementary "happy hour" which you can enjoy on her large porch. We will definitely return!


Anniversary getaway

4.4 on May 05, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a visit to the Inn to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Marilyn is a gracious inn keeper and excellent chef. Her breakfasts are without equal and special evening meals are a delight. The inn is truly unique but not for everyone. The inn dates to the late 1800 s and as such is a treasure for those with an appreciation of days gone by while Marilyn's decorating style is quite eclectic and a diverse treat for the eye.


The Melrose Inn - enchanting and relaxing

4.8 on August 05, 2014

Put together - the decor, the food, the attention to detail and alacritous service that Marilyn has created in her inn, is not unlike the beautiful artistry of her quilts. The Melrose Inn is an enchanting and relaxing escape.


"Unique Inn with a Fabulous Host"

4.4 on May 17, 2014

My friend and I, along with a small dog, stayed 2 nights at the Melrose Inn as we traveled in the Tryon/Landrum area. Marilyn was a wonderful host, you couldn't ask for better. From arrival and throughout our stay, she was so very gracious and accommodating. The breakfasts and dinners were scrumptious. The older Inn is filled with a lifetime of collectables and treasures as well as beautiful quilts. The front porch is very relaxing as are the grounds surrounding the Inn. The Library and Fine Arts Center located across the street are beautifully landscaped and we enjoyed the outdoor afternoon performance during our stay. Thank you Marilyn, we had a wonderful time.


PERFECT WEEKEND STAY !

4.4 on April 07, 2014

Marilyn's Melrose Inn is the quintessential quality lodge. Marilyn, owner, proprietor, customer service, concierge, chef, beautiful woman, All-In-Everything ! Each & every request for assistance is met with sincerity & purpose. Not only is her lodging 'pet friendly', Marilyn went so far as to find us a 'free' place to tether our Great Pyrenees dog while we stayed in Tryon. She hosts many civic and artistic events, and personally participates enthusiastically promoting the Tryon Cultural Calendar. Four thumbs up for this welcome & refreshing breath of fresh mountain air.


The Perfect Getaway!

5 on March 24, 2014

We had such a wonderful long weekend at Marilyn's Melrose Inn. Marilyn made us feel right at home from the moment we walked through the door. The place is a delight for those who enjoy art in all forms. We were constantly amazed not only by the surroundings, but the wonderful hospitality, and the incredible food! Our anniversary dinner was customized just for us, and absolutely perfect. We cannot say enough good things about Marilyn and her Melrose Inn. We will definitely be repeat guests. Thank you, Marilyn, for a unique and wonderful anniversary getaway.


SIMPLY FANTASTIC IN EVERY WAY!

5 on February 17, 2014

All I can say is THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! We had the most wonderful time, and everything we put into our mouths was absolutely fantastic! You are a very talented and AMAZING lady, Marilyn. You also have a special way of making people feel welcome and right at home - including our little four legged friends ( : There couldn't be a more perfect person to run Melrose Inn than you! I highly recommend this inn - you will be in store for a treat! Thanks again for a night that neither of us will ever forget in your beautiful sanctuary - Jill


SPECIAL PLACE!!

4.8 on December 16, 2013

During our three night stay we were treated to a Melrose Inn that was aglow with the wonders and joys of Christmas! The dining room tables and all of the public rooms were a sight to behold. Marilyn collections are simply wonderful! Our breakfasts and dinners were absolutely delicious as well as marvelous experiences and any time spent with Marilyn is delightful. We intend to stay at this inn whenever we are in Tryon, NC


Stimulating but restful stay

4.6 on September 08, 2013

We enjoyed our one night stay at the Melrose Inn in August 2013, on our way back to Georgia from a week in Asheville. Marilyn Doheny has made this rambling old house into a cozy inn, decorated with her creative quilts and exotic room designs. Filled with antiques and curiosities, the inn reflects the lively and energetic personality of Marilyn herself, who was a considerate and delightful host. Though she is a fairly recent transplant to Tryon, she helped us enjoy several features of Tryon that we might otherwise have missed and enhanced our visit in this small mountain foothills town. Marilyn offered us complimentary wine, beer and other beverages in the late afternoon when we arrived. We had a very restful night's sleep in the Egyptian Room, where the adjoining bathroom fixtures are old but clean; the shower functioning could be improved since it required hand-holding to be fully effective but it sufficed. In the morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of fruit, homemade muffins, eggs and bacon on the front porch. (The inn has a spacious dining room, but Marilyn was happy to serve us and the other guests on the porch on a cool morning in late summer.) We recommend the Melrose Inn to anyone visiting Tryon looking for a stimulating but restful stay that doesn't break the budget.


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Rooms & Rates

Asian Influences

Take a trip to the mysterious East and relax in "Asian Infuence" splendor, with a king sized bed, whirlpool bath, gas fireplace, and a serene view of the gardens, and the koi and goldfish pond. For peace, quiet, and relaxation, this is a beautiful choice.A large carpeted King room with private bathroom. Decorated with numerous quilts (bed and wall) including beautiful items featuring a grand array of Asian Art. This room is on the main floor of the garden wing, the sunset side of Melrose Inn.

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $130

French Provential

You will think of Paris, the City of Light, the moment you step through the door. This room, French Provincial, will bring to mind the French courts and the courtesans, all of the frilly dresses and indescribable hairdos. It will be a stay that you will long remember with a smile.

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $130

New York, New York

Celebrating decor themed to feature the “glitz” and “glamour” of Broadway personalities. Available after Fall 2015

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $130

Equestrian

If you love horses this room will speak to your heart. The photos, art, statues, decorator pillows, books, magazines, event ribbons and even a few saddles, all feature these magnificent beings. This 2nd story King Bedroom has beautiful hardwood floors with area rugs. It is situated in the treetops, facing Melrose Avenue. This king room also has a small fold out futon couch, perfect for a young person.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $140

Floral Abundance

Breathtaking This 2nd story King Bedroom is filled with palm trees and light. A favorite of anyone touring the Inn. Hardwood floors with large area rug and a twin sized day bed. Abundant art and several wall quilts enhance the floral theme.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $140

Country

Over 13 unique birdhouses and 4 beautiful, mounted deer heads make this room unique and amazing. Sort of, Girl Gone Country! A quiet, very cozy, setting… enticingly restful. Natural gas fireplace, hardwood floors and a vaulted, private Jacuzzi tub/shower. Situated at the back of the Melrose Inn surrounded by natural woods. Bathroom is on the courtyard side with morning sun.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Golf

Fore! If you love to golf, this room will entertain you with abundant books, humorous art, statues, and games. A 2nd story Queen Bed, carpet floor nestled in the bough of a huge magnolia tree overlooking the gardens. Room features a sitting area for two – enjoy private reading/resting. There are several amazing “painted” doors – within the Golf Room. Upon awakening, from bed you view the beautiful greens of a golf course, complete with sand trap. Open the door to your private bathroom with antique claw foot tub/shower and enjoy another painted door – inviting you to “T-Off”, over a water hazard!

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Angels Abound

Lovely Pink and Beige colors host a diverse array of Angel Images. From whimsical gardening angels to youthful cherubs with wings. There are some unique African doll angels made with “mud cloth” fabrics and painting of golden winged Heavenly “angelic’ Hosts. There are cute angels and even some sexy ones! The room is full of warm love and comfort.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Birds & Nature

Originally, Marilyn intended this room to be called, For The Birds! However while decorating, she included so many butterflies, frogs, bird nests, ladybugs and gardening elements – she had to change the name. This lovely, 4 poster, queen bedroom is on the sunrise side of Melrose Inn and has a carpeted floor with a delightfully decorated, bright bathroom.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Egypyian

Very dramatic décor. A spacious setting for this queen bed. Featuring replicas of Egyptian relics and artifacts. Numerous books showcasing this ancient civilization. Hardwood floors with small area rugs. This is the only bedroom situated facing the courtyard – bright with mid-day sun.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Whimsy #1

A girly- girly room! Masks made of feathers and coconut shells, assorted pairs of “wild shoes” Empowering quotes, handmade one of kind dolls, forested magicians, and fantasy roosters flying through the sky! You need to be a secure man to enter this room – have a firm grip on your “man-card”. This is a giggle, have a glass of wine & chocolate, tell secrets, paint your toe-nails room! This queen bedroom is “in the trees” on the 2nd story. It is very quiet, the last room at the end of the hallway. This room has a door connecting with the Renaissance Bedroom, if desired.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Renaissance

Old World Charm Knights, ladies in waiting & unicorns! Numerous books featuring European History. Religious relics and stone rubbings! Sun rise side of the Melrose with hardwood floors and area rugs. This room has a connecting door to Whimsy #1 which can be opened, if shared rooms are desired.

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $100

The Jungle

An inviting, cave like room. Featuring rich warm tones of chocolate, burgundy forest green and gold. Abundant antique African Masks, beautiful decorated gourds, ceramic tables, elephants & numerous small wall quilts with energetic bold patterns! This room is carpeted and on the sunrise side of Melrose Inn.

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $100

Ocean

Brightly lit corner room in multiple shades of blue! Two twin beds – each with their own ocean themed quilts plus stuffed seahorse and turtle pillows. Bathroom has claw footed antique tub surrounded by shells. Nautical lamps and painting abound. Several Mariners Compass Quilts are displayed on the walls and even in the bathroom and closet!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Garden Pond Suite

2 bedroom (1 queen bed and 1 double bed) 1 bathroom (shower only, no tub). Living room, kitchen & deck. Privacy and nature abound with sunshine and birdsong all day long. This suite has an outdoor entrance off of the garden wing and is serenely situated at the back of the Melrose Inn, overlooking a small pond. Numerous garden art and outdoor furniture for your enjoyment plus use of a large outdoor brick fireplace– if desired.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

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Location

Location Type

Mountains, Small town

Airport

Asheville, NC (AVL) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Four miles from I-26; from the Landrum, SC #1 exit, come into Landrum and turn right at the light onto Highway 176, come about 4 miles, cross into North Carolina and continue until you pass the IGA grocery store on your left. Then get into the left turn lane and take McCown Street to the left, just prior to the railroad tracks. Then turn left onto Pacolet Street and follow it around until it T's into Melrose Avenue. We are about 100 feet down on the right. From the Columbus, NC exit, take Hwys 108 and 176 into Tryon. Once you are away from the interstate, count to your fourth stop light and turn right onto Pacolet Street, at the intersection with the big horse on the right. Follow Pacolet Street around until it T's into Melrose Avenue and turn left. The inn is about 100 feet down on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Piano, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 9 till 9
  • Check Out:: 9 till 3
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Dogs only
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% Deposit for all stays
  • Cancellations: Deposit refunded in full if reservation cancelled at least 7 days before stay.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Marilyn Doheny

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: To fit your schedule
  • Serving Location: Front Porch, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free, Allergies