1902 Turnpike House

317 Old Turnpike Road Northwest , Banner Elk, NC 28604 USA (Show map)


The front door of 1902 Turnpike House swings wide with welcome. A delightful, restored 1902 farm house is your link to the past. This turn-of-the-century inn offers the most discriminating traveler a refreshing retreat. Beautifully decorated with period antiques, spacious guest quarters, queen-size beds, private baths, down comforters, and remote cable TV are some of the details for rest and relaxation. There's no better place to start your day in the mountains than on the expansive front porch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the morning paper. The full, hearty, hot breakfast is a memorable time served at the massive farm table in the dining room. The freshest fruits and home baked breads begin the breakfast feast. During your stay, you will want to spend time with your favorite book or one of ours in the gathering room with the wood buring stove, curled up in the upstairs reading nook, or in the hammock under the hemlocks. Innkeepers Cindy & Paul Goedhart, look forward to your discovery of 1902 Turnpike House Bed & Breakfast, a favorite get-away in the mountains. It will become 'your' special place, not just another nice B&B.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Staying with Paul & Cindy

5 on September 26, 2015

Excellent food , great atmosphere with Hosta who are very knowledgeable and caring people.

Wonderful B&B

5 on February 20, 2015

Cindy and Paul are just wonderful people and great chefs! I cannnot wait to come back one day!

I felt as if I were visiting old friends

4.8 on November 12, 2012

The room was wonderful. Imagine having coffee delivered to your bedroom door in the morning! Paul did a fantastic job with breakfasts... especially his stuffed french toast.. I felt as if I had known Cindy for years. The endless cookie jar was a pleasant treat, as was the hot spiced apple cider. I will recommend this to my friends as a warm, friendly, b&b.

Perfect Getaway

5 on August 11, 2012

We went looking for a quiet place to relax and have a restful getaway. This was the perfect place! Cindy and Paul were friendly and extremely helpful. Everything we needed and more was provided (from extra toiletries to a guest pantry with drinks and snacks to the endless cookie jar!). There were plenty of places to sit and chat or read and the rooms were very clean with every amenity you would expect/need - cable, wi-fi. The owners even upgraded our room for us with no charge because they were not fully booked and thought we would be more comfortable in a different room! Breakfast was amazing - Paul's cooking is top notch. We would recommend this place to everyone! We'll definitely be going back.

Wonderful place!

5 on December 02, 2011

I'm been coming here for years. Paul and Cindy are the greatest! A real home away from home. Wonderful breakfasts. Hot tub is excellent. You can't go wrong!

Our Favorite Bed & Breakfast in North Carolina!

5 on November 27, 2011

We have stayed at the 1902 Turnpike House the last two years for our post Christmas vacation and have nothing but wonderful memories. Cindy & Paul go up and above to provide A+ sevice to their guests. You leave feeling like you just stayed at a relatives house and are part of the family. The house is beautifully restored and easily accomodates both couples wanting to enjoy a nice, peaceful, romantic getaway to families with children enjoying a family vacation. Each morning Cindy & Paul prepare the most superb and delicious breakfasts. We always enjoyed getting the opportunity to chat with other guests from around the world while enjoying the homecooked breakfast. At night, you can enjoy a good book with a cup of Cindy's apple cidar or a cup of hot chocolate or tea by the fire to relax after a day full of skiing. We will never stay anywhere else when we are in the area and look forward to our next visit.

Six Times and Counting

4.6 on October 25, 2011

We have stayed in B&B’s from sea to shining sea some with chefs trained in Paris and some with many modern amenities. When we are drawn to restful contentment our gaze shifts unto the hills and the 1902 Turnpike House. There we find Paul and Cindy and what has become a home away from home. Their grace and hospitality warm our hearts, and the cuisine is second to none. What they have created with sincerity in this old house is an atmosphere that embodies all that a B&B should be.

We will be back to the "1902"

4.2 on October 14, 2011

My boy and I have been there twice. I am sure we will be back. Perfect location for skiing both Beech and Sugar and not far at all to Appalachian, we do them all Cindy and Paul really take care of you. All the amenities you need and more. Food was fantastic.


4.8 on October 07, 2011

We were just looking for a place to run away to over the 2011 Labor Day weekend. Had no idea about accommodations in the Banner Elk area, but fortunately wound up at the 1902 Turnpike House. The house and our room were very charming; Cindy and Paul were excellent hosts; the food Paul prepared for our breakfast was delicious and we admit to taking advantage of the endless supply of his homemade cookies! Our intent was to relax, and between sightseeing and dinner we enjoyed a glass of wine while sitting in rocking chairs on their beautiful back porch watching the variety of birds at the feeders. We'll do it again!

Cozy get-away

5 on October 06, 2011

Inkeepers Paul and Cindy are so friendly and accommodating. Room was excellent French toast with homemade syrup at breakfast was unbelievable. Highly recommend.

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Rooms & Rates

Betty Banner Room

Betty Banner Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Thomas Lowe Room

Thomas Lowe Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

James Shomaker Room

James Shomaker Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Beech Mountain Room

Beech Mountain Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Sugar Mountain Room

Sugar Mountain Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Fairie Belle Lowe

Fairie Belle Lowe

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town


Charlotte, NC (CLT-Douglas Intl.) 125 miles

Directions to property:

From the traffic signal in Banner Elk, take SR 184 towards Beech Mountain. Follow SR 184 past Lees McRae College on the left and bear to the right when SR 194 and SR 184 split. Take your first left (2/10 mile) which is the Old Turnpike Rd (west). The 1902 Turnpike House is located 7 houses down on the left side. Big white house with a red roof.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ski Resorts, Grandfather Mountain, Mast General Store, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Free local calls, Complimentary Soft Drinks, Outdoor Hot Tub, Remote Cable TV in rooms, Guest Refrigerator, Guest Pantry

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Fitness Center / Gym , Winter Sports, 400 miles trout streams, Antiques shopping, Summer theater, Current events forum, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3pm - 6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Young adults 10 years of age and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum, most weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Traveler’s Checks, Personal Checks and Cash for deposits and payments. We can immediately guarantee your reservation with a current credit card number and expiration date. If you prefer to pay by check, we will need to receive full payment at least 10 days prior to your visit. We will email, mail or FAX confirmation of your reservation upon receipt of your credit card number or deposit. The 1902 Turnpike House B&B is a small property where every guest reservation made is both important and special to us. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 10 (ten) days prior to your arrival date for a cheerful refund of your deposit, if any, less a $15 processing fee. In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than ten (10) days notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation at the time you notify us of your cancellation. If we can rebook your room(s), a full or partial refund will be made.
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Cindy & Paul Goedhart

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Front porch during the summer, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Wild Rice, Cheese & Egg Casserole
A culinary delight served with a mushroom & cheese sauce, this dish has quickly become a recipe-requested favorite. Also popular are our Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast served with home-made blueberry syrup and our take on Eggs Benedict.


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