Marilyn's Melrose Inn

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


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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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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.


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.


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


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.

Thanks Marilyn!!!!

4.4 on August 12, 2013

Very hospitable.

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Rooms & Rates

Equestrian Room

The Equestrian Room is perfect for horse lovers! Complete with two real saddles, the decor is all horse related. You'll feel right at home in the Equestrian Room if you're a horse lover.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

Floral Abundance

A big, bright corner room, Floral Abundance makes you feel as if you were in a garden. Everything floral abounds in the room, including real plants. Plus, Floral Abundance has a twin day bed, so it will sleep three comfortably.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $155

Egyptian Room

Go back in time to the periods of the Pharaohs and the height of Egyptian civilization in the Egyptian Room. Complete with palm trees, the Egyptian sets the mood for a fabulous time in history, and your getaway!

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Birds and Nature

When you'd rather be outside, enjoy the Birds and Nature Room; it's like sleeping outside. You will feel like you're in nature and you can almost here the birds singing -- and you can hear the real ones outside your windows!

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Whimsy #1 Room

Whimsy #1 is a flight of pure fancy and delight. Decorated in a whimsical, light-hearted motif, Whimsy is perfect for the silly one in you. You can't be serious when you're in Whimsy!

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Angels Abound

If you're fond of angels, then Angels Abound is the room for you. There are angels everywhere, and the decor sets a soft, peaceful tone for you. Try Angels Abound and we bet you'll sleep peacefully!

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $110

Jungle Room

The Jungle Room is perfect is you want to feel like you're in the heart of darkest Africa. Everything in the room is designed so that you feel like you're on a safari, not in a bed and breakfast!

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $100

Renaissance Room

Feel like you're back in medieval renaissance times in the Renaissance Room. Complete with tapestries on the wall, the Renaissance Room sets the tone for a journey back in time.

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $100

Oriental Influences

Take a trip to the mysterious East and relax in Oriental 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.

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $110

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 - $110

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town


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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  • 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.



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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Allergies