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Carrier Houses Bed & Breakfast

255 N Main Street , Rutherfordton, NC 28139 USA (Show map)

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Free Internet, Free Breakfast, Free Parking. These two unique homes are situated side by side in historic Rutherfordton, a town that is two years older than North Carolina itself! Built in 1835 and 1879, each house has been completely refurbished for your comfort. Feel at home while working in the local community or traveling around the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wake up refreshed and ready for breakfast. We'll have a collection of home cooked favorites that will get your day off to a great start.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Outstanding Stay at Carrier Houses

5 on June 01, 2015

Super stay! Great area for walking and relaxing. Customer service is outstanding and very enjoyable to visit with Lynn and Dan. You will not be disappointed at breakfast. Highly Recommend!

Lovely B & B

5 on May 01, 2015

I have to admit that I have never stayed in a bed & breakfast, so I was not sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with my experience. The owners are friendly and kind, not intrusive or pushy at all. The house was very clean and well-kept. The bed was so comfortable that I actually overslept a bit the first day. I would definitely recommend the carrier houses to anyone traveling to Rutherfordton.

Innkeeper Response
We'll gladly provide a wake-up call for anyone who fears they may oversleep. We're happy to know that you were that comfortable. Thanks for the kind words.

Excellent Retreat

5 on April 26, 2015

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying a week at the Carrier Houses B&B. We were there not for vacation but for a funeral. With our minds busy with so many family issues, our stay at Carrier Houses was a really beautiful experience. The room was a delight, outfitted with a wonderful bed, a desk, and storage to clothing and luggage. The breakfasts were not only yummy but lovely to look at. The place was super clean, which is so important. The innkeepers were so incredibly helpful to us as we sought resources in dealing with this family emergency. We came away from our stay feeling calm and pampered. We highly recommend this lovely B&B.

Innkeeper Response
We're glad that you found peace and comfort in your time of need and hope that you can return some day under happier circumstances.

holiday getaway

3.2 on December 14, 2014

It was a nice stay. They could have told us where the breakfast was held. Nobody showed up to serve breakfast. We weren't sure if they had already served or not. We showed up on time for 20 minutes. The place was cute they just should have communicat better.

Carrier Houses B&B a delight

5 on November 30, 2014

We recently spent a night at Carrier Houses B&B (our fourth visit) and loved it! The houses are delightful, beautifully decorated, the rooms are comfortable and quiet. Lynn, the innkeeper, is gracious, friendly, and full of local information. She also provides a delightful breakfast each morning. We always enjoy Carrier Houses B&B, Lynn and her husband, and look forward to more visits with them.

Re-living an enjoyable memory

3.4 on November 05, 2014

After our first stay at the Carrier Houses several years ago we left with a very good impression and a desire to return. We have returned more than once drawn to the small town atmosphere and the gracious hospitality of Dan and Lynn. We enjoyed walking around the neighborhoods and learning more about the history of Rutherfordton. Sitting out on the front porch on a fall evening was refreshing. The nutritious breakfast around the table with other guests is a great way to start the day!

First visit to Rutherfordton

4.4 on October 26, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hosts treat guests like old friends. Look forward to a future visit.

Nice place!

3.0 on October 16, 2014

Would definitely return.

Innkeeper Response
We hope you definitely return also and give us chance to EXCEED your expectations as we have with most of our other guests. Perhaps, like many others, you will even find something OUTSTANDING to write about.

Terrific stay at the Carrier Houses

4.0 on September 04, 2014

It's always a pleasure staying with Dan and Lynn.

Innkeeper Response
We're glad you enjoyed your visit again. Please hurry back.

Simple Elegance

5 on August 14, 2014

One of our very favorite B&Bs. Comfortable rooms, great breakfasts, engaging guests, friendly owners.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for sharing your experience. Please hurry back.

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Rooms & Rates


A firm yet soft king-size bed. 2nd floor, Ward house, WiFi, Independent Temperature Control (for heat and air conditioning), 40" flat-screen TV, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator access, Telephone, Alarm Clock, (iron available). Settlement of North America caused tremendous pressure on the people in this region. Native Americans were relocated from their lands, many forcibly. In the 1830s, forced relocations began in earnest, among them the Cherokee. This room is dedicated to the sacrifice, strength and courage exhibited both by those who walked west and those who chose to stay behind and form the Eastern Band

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen size bed. Second Floor in the McBrayer House. Enjoy the brand new bathroom with a large walk-in tile shower. A 40" flat-screen TV has been added to the amenities, which also include: Free WiFi, Independent temperature control (for heat and air conditioning), Hair dryer, Refrigerator access, Telephone, Alarm clock (Iron available). A second story porch is accessible from the hallway. Raleigh Rutherford Haynes (b. 1851), is considered to be the father of the textile industry in Rutherford County. Haynes and associates S.B. Tanner, Sr., and J.S. Spencer of Charlotte began the development of the Henrietta Mills in 1887. This was the first modem textile plant in western North Carolina. Eight years later Haynes built a second textile plant which became the community of Caroleen.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Located on the second floor in the Ward house, the Asbury room sports a omfortable queen size bed.. Outdoor running water soothes the weary traveler. Free Wi-Fi, Independent Temperature Control (for heat and air conditioning), Flat screen cable TV, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator access, Telephone, Alarm Clock, (iron available). Rutherford County is the location of more than ten significant buildings designed by Louis H. Asbury in the 1920s and 1930s. Asbury is considered to be North Carolinas most important architect of the early 20th century. During his 53-year career, which began in 1903, Asbury designed more than 550 significant governmental, commercial, financial and residential buildings and homes across North Carolina. His work can be found in other southeastern states including Virginia and Georgia.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


A comfortable queen size bed sooths the weary traveller. (An extra twin bed may be available for an additional charge. Please contact innkeeper.) This magnolia-inspired room is located on the 2nd Floor in the McBrayer House and has access to a porch. A new large flat-screen TV leads the list of amenities, which include free Wi-Fi, independent temperature control (for heat and air conditioning), hair dryer, refrigerator access, telephone, alarm clock, (iron available) Dr. Benjamin Earle Washburn (1885-1980) established a medical practice in the isolated and impoverished south mountains of Rutherford County, North Carolina. His experience was later described and recounted in his widely-popular book, "A Country Doctor in the South Mountains," which is available here for purchase.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


A comfortable queen size bed assures you a restful night and a private porch lets you watch the world go by. First floor in the Ward house. Free Wi-Fi, 40" flat-screen TV, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator access, Telephone, Alarm Clock, (iron available). Dr. and Mrs. Henry Norris, co-founded Rutherford Hospital, Inc. in 1906 (know as Rutherford Regional Medical Center today). That institution was the first modem medical and surgical facility located between Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina. The Norrises were also responsible for establishing the town's library and a nursing school.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


This room on the ground floor in the Ward House sleeps 2 in a comfy queen size bed. Availability of optional day bed must be confirmed by Innkeeper. Additional charge will apply. WiFi, 40" flat-screen TV, Hair Dryer, Telephone, Alarm Clock, Refrigerator access, (iron available). Tench Coxe was the Assistant Secretary of the United State Treasury from 1789-1797 during the presidency of George Washington. He also served as an advisor to the Secretary of State during both the Adams and Jefferson administrations. His letters and journals reveal a close association with many prominent political figures of his time from Washington and Jefferson to Benjamin Franklin and Henry Knox. He sent two of his sons, Tench Coxe, II and Francis Sidney Coxe to Rutherfordton in the early 1800s to manage the family’s assets and to build a commercial and financial empire.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3


Features include our largest bathroom with a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub. An indoor staircase and hallway connect the room with the rest of the house. Second floor in the McBrayer House with a private outside entrance and access to a small porch. Peaceful pale blue colors insure your tranquility in this room. For nearly twenty-five years at the beginning of the 19th century North Carolina was the primary source of gold produced in the United States and the Bechtler name is synonymous with GOLD in Western North Carolina! Their family’s home on West 6th Street, erected in 1838, is visible from this room to the North.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


A comfortable queen size bed assures you a restful night. Second floor in the Ward house. (A rollaway bed may be available for an additional charge and requires confirmation by innkeeper.) Free Wi-Fi, Independent Temperature Control (for heat and air conditioning), 40" flat-screen TV, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator access, Telephone, Alarm Clock(iron available). One of the nation’s most admired watercolor artists once called Rutherfordton home. John Pike (1911-1979), who rendered artwork that illustrated the covers and pages of magazines such as Life, Collier’s, Fortune, Reader’s Digest and The Saturday Evening Post, married into a Rutherford County North Carolina family, and spent more than four decades here as a part-time resident.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town


Charlotte, NC (CLT-Douglas Intl.) 65 miles

Directions to property:

From US highway 74 (exit 178): five miles north on US Highway 221. From I-40 (exit 85): nineteen miles south on US Highway 221. Located on the corner of North Main Street and West 4th Street, Rutherfordton.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Doncaster Outlet, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, VCR , hairdryer, iron and ironing board available

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Children's interactive museum, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No outside porches and garden only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes we love children of responsible parents
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your credit card will not be charged until you check in. Please see cancellation policy for exceptions.
  • Cancellations: Sunday through Thursday nights: Reservations canceled after 6:00 PM ON the reservation date will be charged for one night plus tax per room. Friday & Saturday nights: Reservations canceled after 6:00 PM ONE DAY PRIOR to the reservation date will be charged for one night plus tax per room. Cancellation policy for certain Holidays or Group bookings may vary. Please see your confirmation for details.



Dan & Lynn Hegeman

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  • Time Served: 7-9 Weekdays & 8-9 Weekends
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Sugar Free

Signature Dish

Gourmet Stuffed French Toast:
Home baked bread, sliced, stuffed, grilled and served topped with a fresh fruit compote according to the season. Please specify individual dietary concerns or constraints when making reservations. We may be able to adjust breakfast hours to your schedule upon request.


255 N Main Street , Rutherfordton, NC 28139 USA (Show map)

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