Iron Mountain Inn B&B and Vacation Rentals

175 Moreland Drive, Butler, Tennessee 37640
Innkeeper(s): Vikki Woods
  • Introduction

    The Iron Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast's unique location in Butler, Northeastern Tennessee, makes it the perfect secluded vacation getaway.  This "quiet corner" is far from the crowds of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

    Our peaceful log home high atop the mountain means no crowds, no congestion, just a place to help you relax and forget the work-a-day cares and frustrations, clearing the cobwebs, and enjoying the magic of the mountains.

    Each day we strive to live up to our goal of “Pampering Perfected” service which means anticipating your needs and making sure that your stay with us is "just right".  We must be doing something “just right” since we are in our 14th year of business with many repeat guests – who are now friends! And many have so loved the area that they moved here.

    Our beds are fitted with handmade quilts and luxurious linens.  Our breakfasts  will keep the hunger pangs at bay until late in the afternoon.  Life on our mountaintop is a more relaxed, easy-going time so slow down, rock away the hours on our porches and decks and learn to live on “mountain time”

    Your mountain getaway will be remembered as the vacation of a lifetime. And like many who’ve stayed with us in the past, you may never leave the Tennessee mountains.  So come, share the magic of the mountains and book your stay today.

    Your Innkeeper, Vikki Woods, welcomes you to pay us a visit even if you are just passing through the area.  Anyone who comes to the top of the mountain enjoys a chocolate chip cookie from the bottomless cookie jar and a glass of fresh mountain water which comes from a well 605’ deep in the mountains.  Bring a jug and take some home with you.

    Romance and relaxation are the hallmarks of our rooms with top of the line mattresses and linens, soft lighting, comfortable seating, and even special books adding to the romantic feel. A click on the rooms below will help you choose the one that's "Just Right" for you.

    We have recently added a Keurig machine for your enjoyment. Coffees of all kinds: tea, or cocoa, at the push of a button. Ready whenever you want it throughout the day or night.

    The Iron Mountain Inn bed and breakfast provides Tennessee accommodations for your romantic getaway or extended vacation in a secluded setting amidst the state’s stunning Appalachian Mountains. Our guestrooms are thoughtfully decorated in various themes taken from the life of the Innkeeper.

    The Inn is located on a mountain top over 2,400 feet high adjacent to the Cherokee National Forest and Appalachian Trail. From every room the scenery is spectacular.  In every season a reason to visit, so give us a call today to reserve your romantic vacation.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Vikki Woods for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People come for the beauty of Mother Nature, complete peace and quiet away from the madness of traffic jams and sirens.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for spectacular scenery - mountains all around - sunrises and sunsets. Many guests enjoy chatting with the innkeeper who is widely traveled and "collects people" like other people collect post cards. Love listening to the wind in the trees, the birds in bushes and butterflies flitting about the butterfly bush; the sound of the gentle stream and waterfall cascading into the koi pond.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Butler is a small rural town with wonderful people and a museum which tells the story of Old Butler, "the town that wouldn't drown". There is also Watauga Lake to enjoy (bring your kayak, paddleboard or pontoon boat or rent one).

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    A guest had just gone through chemo and he and his wife came to recover - unfortunately the cancer re-occurred and when I went to the funeral, his widow spoke of what a wonderful experience it had been for them to be at the Inn where cares are left behind.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Waterfalls, secret back roads, and Watauga Lake.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    What to need a lifetime to pack in everything there is to do in the area: hike the Appalachian Trail; go spelunking, fish, swim, picnic on Watauga Lake; hunt bear, turkey, deer, squirrels and rabbits, go fishing for trophy trout, bass and walleye, ride the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail, take a professional life performance at nearby Barter Theater, play golf at Red Tail Mountain where the fall flies forever, enjoy the Highland Games in July, enjoy the Highland Arts Festival in August, the month of July is an entire month of art, music, dance and more, the Sunflower Festival for small town fun, the Christmas parade, the 4th of July parade, Old Butler Days in August where everyone knows your name, visit some of the many waterfalls, visit Watauga Lake Winery and same their award winning wines, participate in a mini-Triathlon, or if you are more advanced, join the International Triathlon team as they practice in the area, go antique and craft shopping, square dancing, line dancing and contra dancing....the list goes on!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    A two mile hike right outside the Inn's back door, another hike to the top of Iron Mountain and the Appalachian Trail.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Fabulous Thai food about 4 miles up the road (you've never eaten egg rolls until you've tasted Mel's); Northern Italian in a small one-man place where you'll be made to feel like one of the family, best pizza in at least the southeast about 4 miles the other way down the road, and....if you reserve for a minimum of 4 people...a 4 course dinner with complimentary wine at the Inn!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? (3 bedroom 3 bath rental home right on Watauga Lake) and also lots of information.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 rooms, each with private whirlpool tub, 2 have steam showers and 3 have private balconies overlooking the mountains.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not allow pets at the Inn, however, our rentals (the Chalet on the property) and the Lake House (about 6 miles away) we do allow pets with a small fee.  So, guests may stay at the Chalet or Lake House with their pets and then enjoy breakfast at the Inn should they wish.

  • Inn Offerings

    Enjoy lodging in luxuriously appointed rooms

    In Every Room:

    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mountain View from every window & balcony
    • Heat/AC controls
    • King or Queen beds
    • Turn-down Service
    • Whirlpool Tubs
    • Terry Robes
    • Hair Dryers
    • Candy & Crackers
    • Early morning coffee in your robe on your private balcony
    • Full breakfast

    Additional Amenities:

    • Private Balconies (Available in Appalachian Spring, Family Memories, and Green rooms)
    • Steam Showers (Available in Equestrian and Family Memories rooms)
    • For a leisurely start to your morning, join the other guests, or enjoy the privacy of a table just for two for breakfast. Served outside in warm weather or beside the crackling fire in cooler months.
    • "Bottomless Cookie Jar" filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies
  • Breakfast


    Coffee, tea, and sweets are available  just outside your bedroom - take them to your balcony and enjoy a lazy start to your day.

    Join the other guests for breakfast outside in warm weather or beside the crackling fire in cooler months.

    Or if you prefer a romantic table just for two, let us know the night before and we are happy to oblige.

    The Inn serves a 3 course breakfast.

    Among the items we often serve for “morning food” (we think it so much more than breakfast) are:

    • Individual Soufflés
    • Crepes filled with cheese and fruit
    • French Toast
    • French Scrambled Eggs
    • Belgian waffles with ice cream and strawberries
    • Sausage or Bacon
    • Fried Eggs done to perfection
    • Home made bread
    • Assorted Juices
    • Poached Pears
    • Sautéed Bananas
    • Fresh Fruit in season
    • Sweets

    We are delighted to provide special diets; celiac, vegan, Atkins, Sonoma – we can accommodate any of them as long as we know at least 36 hours in advance.

    Breakfast is on your time ... As long as it's before 10:00 a.m.!

  • The Innkeeper

    After searching North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, Vikki Woods finally found a piece of property on which to build her log lodge bed and breakfast in Butler, TN.  Although she had been looking for 10 acres, she ended up with 140 which back up to the Cherokee National Forest.

    Returning to Connecticut to put her house up for sale (and get rid of all the stuff accumulated over 29 years raising a family), Vikki was soon fast into designing and planning her "perfect" Bed and Breakfast!  Measuring rooms to get the right sizes and thinking about all the things she liked in homes, hotels and resorts, she came up with the final design and amenities.

    The Connecticut house sold, so in August, 1997 Vikki moved lock, stock and barrel to Butler in Northeast Tennessee just over from Boone, NC and Damascus, VA.  Putting her two dogs and two cats, clothing and a few other odds and ends in the horse trailer, she headed down 81 to her new life.

    Luckily there was an RV on the property with a covering and a deck and this is where Vikki and her animal family lived for 8 and one-half months while supervising the building of the Inn. Trudging up the mountainside each day, she oversaw the carpenters, plumbers, electricans, sheet rockers, kitchen builders, well diggers and road builders as they turned the mountaintop into the Iron Mountain Inn Bed & Breakfast.

    By May of 1998, the Inn was ready to receive guests.  And ever since it has been a respite for our guests who "arrive as strangers and leave as friends".  

    Vikki has traveled widely both in the US and in Europe.  Fell in love with Greece and Ireland, loved hearing Shakespere’s plays in England and opera at the Baths of Caracalla, but now finds her traveling is mostly to watch her granddaughter compete in gymnastics competions.

    She has had a checkered career - the year she was married, she had 7 W-2 forms at the end of the year!  But now, she has found her calling as an Innkeeper in the Mountains.  No matter who you are, what your interests are, Vikki would love to meet you and share the magic of the mountains with you.  So give us a call! 423-768-2446 or email us - remember, in every season there is a reason to visit Northeastern Tennessee.

  • Weddings

    The Iron Mountain Inn Bed & Breakfast specializes in small intimate mountain weddings and elopements.  Romantic, unique, traditional - your mountain wedding day belongs to you.  Let us help you make it memorable.

    We can provide a variety of locations for your ceremony and reception on the property. Settings include in the Inn's Great Room for an intimate wedding party and guests, outside on the deck overlooking the mountains, and among the trees and gardens in the woods. We also can provide weddings on the lake, or on the shore around the lake.

    When a wedding of over 10 guests is planned, we offer our special "planning weekend". This is when the bride and groom will come to the Inn to consult with the Innkeeper making sure all the details are just as they want them. That way, the day of the wedding the couple can relax and enjoy their friends and each other. The cost for this weekend is then deducted from the final cost of the wedding.

    Please visit the Iron Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast about our Wedding Packages for more information.

  • Elopements

    Ready to tie the knot?  Don't want the expense of a big wedding? Looking for a ceremony that is special for the two of you?

    The Iron Mountain Inn's Elopement Special is just that, a time to get away, drink a toast, share dreams, and maybe arrange to exchange rings under a full moon!

    From the time you arrive atop the mountain, you will be surrounded by love and joy. You will slow down.  You will experience calm and peace - the magic of the mountains.

    Looking for that special place for your ceremony, the choices are many: under the arbor, on the "Bride's Bridge", in the glade by the creek, on the open deck with the mountains as a background, or by the wood burning fireplace in cooler weather.

    When it's time for the bride to get ready, the Innkeeper is available to help if needed.  Bring your own music, or let us choose a special song to be played as the bride walks to the chosen location. Here the groom is waiting.  Walking to his side, you repeat the words you have chosen, you exchange rings, and then you are pronounced man and wife.

    For more information, please visit the Iron Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast about our Elopment Packages,

  • Directions

    GPS:  Lat 36.397382  Long -81.99834

    For your East Tennessee vacation travel, The Iron Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Butler, TN off Hwy 67, between Hampton and Mountain City, TN.

    We are located approximately 18 miles from Hampton and 14 miles from Mountain City.

    From the West - Knoxville, TN

    Take I-40 to I-81 to I-26 (all interstates) into Johnson City, TN and follow the directions from I-26

    From the South - Asheville, NC

    Take I-40 to I-26 (all interstates) into Johnson City, TN and follow the directions from I-26

    From I-26 - Johnson City, TN

    1. Take exit 24 from I-26
    2. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Hwy 321/67
    3. As you are coming into the downtown bear right at the Shell Station
    4. Bear right/straight ahead toward Old Town of Elizabethton (Pro Sound on right)
    5. Continue past covered bridge to stop light (police station on right)
    6. Turn right and you are back on Hwy 321/67
    7. Go 4.5 miles to another Shell Station (on left) - this is Hampton
    8. Turn left
    9. Go 15.1 miles alongside Watauga Lake, through Butler to Pine Orchard Road on Hwy 67 (321 turns off toward Boone)
    10. You will cross the bridge over the lake and go through Butler past the Farmers State Bank
    11. The next turn is at Pine Orchard Road, will be approximately 3 miles
    12. Turn left at Pine Orchard Road
    13. If you come to Watson's Grocery on the right, you have missed the turn
    14. Continue on Pine Orchard Road 1.6 miles to Moreland Drive
    15. Turn left on Moreland Drive (doublewide house on corner) and go 2 tenths of a mile to Iron Mountain Inn and Creekside Chalet drive on right
    16. Turn right on the driveway, go to the top of the mountain

    From the North I-81 to Mountain City, TN

    1. Take Exit 29 from I-81 in Virginia and get on to Hwy 91 east (toward Damascus, VA/Mountain City, TN)
    2. Stay on Hwy 91 to the stop sign at Hwy 421 approx 18 miles.
    3. Turn left onto Hwy 421
    4. Go to the 2nd light
    5. Turn right onto Hwy 67 south/west (Rite Aid Pharmacy on right corner)
    6. Continue straight down Hwy 67 for about 13 miles to Pine Orchard Road
    7. Turn right onto Pine Orchard Road
    8. Continue 1.6 miles to Moreland Drive
    9. Turn left on Moreland Drive (doublewide trailer house on corner)
    10. Go 2 tenths of a mile Moreland Drive to the driveway into Iron Mountain Inn and Creekside Chalet
    11. Turn right on the driveway, go to the top of the mountain

    From the East, Boone, NC, to Mountain City, TN

    1. Take Hwy 421 from Boone, NC toward Mountain City
    2. After crossing the state line, the next turn is at the 1st stop light
    3. Turn Left on to Hwy 167 (Food Lion on the right)
    4. Continue on Hwy 167 to "T", stop sign
    5. Turn Right and continue on Hwy 167 to end
    6. Turn left onto Hwy 67 (Arnold Auto store on left)
    7. Continue on Hwy 67 to Pine Orchard Road
    8. Turn Right onto Pine Orchard Road (approx 2 miles)
    9. Continue on Pine Orchard Road 1.6 miles to Moreland Drive
    10. Turn left on Moreland Drive (doublewide trailer house on corner) and go 2 tenths of a mile to Iron Mountain Inn and Creekside Chalet drive, on right
    11. Turn right on the driveway, go to the top of the mountain