Mountain Laurel Inn

624 Road 948 , Mentone, AL 35984 USA (Show map)


Mountain Laurel Inn is located in the woods on top of Lookout Mountain along the Little River near the historic town of Mentone. There are a number of water falls along the river with DeSoto Falls (97 foot fall) and Little River Falls (35 foot fall) being the most significant. DeSoto Falls is just a 10 minute walk from the Inn. Little River cuts a gorge canyon into Lookout Mountain which is about 800 feet deep. A few years ago it became Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Canyon is unique and contains flora and fauna on the "Rare and endangered species lists". Lookout Mountain is also rich in wildflowers, unique geological formations, Civil War and Cherokee history. It is definitely a place for the "out of doors" person. Mountain Laurel Inn has a guest house located in the woods about 200 feet from your hosts. It has four rooms and an apartment. Each room has a private entrance, private bath, heat and air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and a queen size bed. Each set of two rooms opens to a porch with rocking chairs for total relaxation. The rooms are identical in size but have different themes to reflect the setting. The Bridal room is so named because the Mentone Wedding Chapel is next door. The Wildflower and Deer rooms pay tribute to the local areas profusion of wildflowers and wildlife. (In fact, Lookout Mountain has more wildflowers that any other place in the world except someplace in China). The Ski room is in honor of Alabama's only "ski slope" nearby. The apartme




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Incredible Getaway

5 on May 07, 2015

Went up to Desoto Falls for the weekend with my significant other and luckily found this place nestled on a country back road. We were greeted by Magnolia and Sammie who were very nice, helpful, and accommodating. Loved the 8 min hike to Desoto Falls. Gorgeous views. No complaints. We'll definitely be coming back.

Quiet Retreat in a Beautiful Setting

4.8 on May 19, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed our first visit to Mountain Laurel Inn and it won't be our last. The setting is secluded, peaceful and quiet, nestled in the woods near Mentone, AL. Sarah was a wonderful host, giving us some great ideas of things to see and do in the area. We also enjoyed meeting Sammie, the beautiful Golden Retriever, who thinks she runs the place. The breakfasts were outstanding! My wife, who generally does not like french toast, ate two helpings of Sarah's "Decadent French Toast." We stayed in the upstairs apartment at the guest house. It was just right for us - very clean and comfortable without being fancy. The hikes to the nearby waterfall while enjoyable and the views were spectacular. Next time, we hope to stay longer and see even more of the surrounding area, from the Little River Canyon to DeSoto State Park.

This is why we keep coming back!

4.8 on May 04, 2013

We love this quiet get away from the rest of the world! Sarah's bright hospitality keeps us coming back year after year!

Picky Eater

5 on September 15, 2012

We gathered for a cousin reunion and stayed in the Deer Lodge, the room was very clean and we really enjoyed ourselves. This was the first time we had stayed at a Bed and Breakfast and the hospitality was great, enjoyed the breakfast, especially the Decadent French Toast. Really enjoyed our stay, sitting on the porch in the evenings and then in the mornings. Hope to get back there to visit real soon. Sarah is a joy. Bucky and Connie

The Best Get A Way!

5 on August 13, 2012

My husband and I and his brother and wife were there in the summer of 2012. We stayed in the Deer Room and Bridal Room, what a beautiful place. The rooms are better than any place we have stayed in a long time. Sarah is very good at small details. The porch at night was my favorite part, the sounds of the night! I can't wait to come back. I will come back in the fall and the winter months.

Mentone Weekend

5 on April 03, 2012

We have been meeting friends from Atlanta at Mountain Laurel Inn for several years. We live in Birmingham, so it is a great meeting place. We always have a great time at the Mountain Laurel Inn.

Quiet weekend in Mentone

4.8 on March 21, 2012

Our stay at the Mountain Laurel Inn was very relaxing and wonderful. The weather was amazing, but most of all, the rooms were comfortable with all the necessities, and the breakfast was incredible. The staff is wonderful, and just being in such a quiet part of Alabama makes you slow down and really enjoy everything that nature has to offer.

Great place to Visit!!

3.8 on February 14, 2012

The area was very nice and very peaceful. The town is very small and the dining was a bit of a challenge because the hours of operation were tailored to the small town. If you plan to visit the area, make sure to review hours of operation of the local resturaunts as they change with the seasons. Sarah, the owner of the Inn was very personable and helped with anything we needed. Her home cooked breakfast's were outstanding and her hospitality exceeded the common hotel hospitality. I would highly recommend this B&B to others who are looking for a great weekend getaway.

Happy New Year

4.6 on January 16, 2012

I wanted to "disappear" for a nice quiet New Year weekend and this was just the ticket. I really enjoyed the stay - Rooms were exceptionally clean, staff were great, and you have to try the french toast breakfast before you die.

Our Stay at Mountain Laurel Inn

4.4 on November 29, 2011

First time staying at a bed and breakfast and it was wonderful. So peaceful. The service was great and the food was terrific! We will definitely go back.

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town


Birmingham, AL (BHM) 85 miles

Directions to property:

GPS coordinates: N 34deg32.756" W85deg 35.623" From I-59, take Exit#231 and head south on AL Highway 117. After 7 miles, take a right onto East River Road(Co Rd 165). At the stop sign, take a left and then a quick right on Co Rd 177. At the next stop sign take a right and go approximately 1 mile. Take a right onto Road 948 which is the shared entrance for Shady Grove Dude Ranch and Mountain Laurel Inn. (From Highway 117, follow the dark green arrow signs to Mountain Laurel Inn) ******** From I-75, take a left off of the ramp on Exit #128(Adairsville) and follow GA Highway 140 until it ends. Take a right onto GA Highway 27 North to a town called Summerville. Coming into Summerville, pass over the railroad tracks then take a left onto GA Highway 48. Follow Hwy 48 up the mountain and cross the state line where it becomes AL Highway 117. After the Welcome to Mentone sign on the right, take the next paved road to the left which is East River Road (CO RD 165). At the stop sign, take a left and then a quick right on Co Rd 177. At the next stop sign take a right and go approximately 1 mile. Take a right onto Road 948 which is the shared entrance for Shady Grove Dude Ranch and Mountain Laurel Inn. (From Highway 117, follow the dark green arrow signs to Mountain Laurel Inn)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Caverns, Little River National Preserve, Golf courses, Big Cat Sanctuary-Tigers for Tomorrow, Alabama Fan Club and Museum, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi , Apt has a microwave, fridge and coffee maker, Snacks in Common area

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Kitchenette, Private entrance, TV, VCR, Videos, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Rock Climbing, Ziplining, Ziplining, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: certain weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's lodging
  • Cancellations: Seven days
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Sarah Wilcox

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About the innkeepers

Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Sammie, the resident golden retriever, enjoys taking long walks and chasing squirrels.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Decadent French Toast
Selected as one of the !00 dishes to eat in Alabama for the last ten years.


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