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Established in 1903, the Chilhowee Inn is the oldest operating inn of Blount County, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on the bank of the Little River, the Chilhowee Inn offers guests the peace and serenity of a secluded mountain setting, along with the amenities of a modern B&B.
2012 Winner of The Oak Shingle Award for Outstanding Effort in the Preservation & Restoration of a historic and architectural significant building. Selected by the Blount County Historic Trust.
Conveniently located in Walland, Tennessee, just 10 minutes from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 20 minutes from Knoxville McGhee Tyson airport, and 30 minutes from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to John & Carolyn Pullias for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Quiet and peaceful setting, excellent hospitality, yet convenient to all major points of interest in the area
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The Chilhowee Inn has a very rich history from the 110 years it has been in operation. We are the oldest operating inn of Blount County, Tennessee, established in 1903. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, on the bank of the Little River.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We are 10 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP is the most visited national park in the US, with over 9 million visitors each year. Colors in the fall are spectacular.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our best compliment is our many repeat guests. We give personal service and hospitality, provided at a very reasonable price.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Live Bluegrass music every weekend. There are venues where those who love to play meet and jam. Only cost is what you put in their tip jar.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Antique shopping, fishing, tubing the Little River, scenic drive through Cades Cove, day hikes in the National Park. We are 30 min. from Outlet Malls and other activities in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Not really. You can walk along Old Walland Hwy., a very busy bicycling route, and part of the “Tour de Blount” each year. The road follows the Little River, which runs in front of the inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Many local restaurants in Townsend are just 10 minutes away, offering a wide variety.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms. The 2 downstairs rooms are handicap accessible.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
History of Chilhowee Inn
First opened in 1903, the Chilhowee Inn is the oldest operating inn of Blount County. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on the bank of the Little River, the Chilhowee Inn is intertwined with the history of this area.
Originally constructed as a hotel for early visitors to the mountains, the Inn has also served a boarding house for teachers during the school year, a nationally renowned restaurant, and today operates as a bed and breakfast. The Chilhowee Inn has passed through many owners over the last hundred years, and each has added to its special place in Blount County history.
Chilhowee (chil-HOW-ee) is the name of the mountain range in which the town of Walland is located. This range of rolling mountains border the Tennessee side of The Great Smoky Mountains.
Built by the Schlosser Leather Company, or “tannery”, the Chilhowee Inn was originally a 5 room cottage. Its main purpose to house executives visiting the tannery. Sleeping quarters were in the attic, where you can see the dormers. This was at the last stop on a spur of the Knoxville-Augusta line of the Southern Railway System, and the starting point for the Little River Railroad. The Inn was named by Mrs. Rachel Fisher, wife of the builder, Mr. A. J. Fisher who was also Superintendant of the tannery.
Walland was a company town then, named for the two principal partners of the Schlosser Leather Company, Mr. Walton and Mr. England.
All that remains of the tannery, is this entrance marker to the England & Walton Company.
Visit Our Website for more history of Chilhowee Inn and the surrounding area.
Around the Inn
Each evening, enjoy one of the special desserts prepared for our guests. Every morning, a full country breakfast is served in our Family Room. All included at no extra charge.
All of our guest suites have a Queen Bed, Private Bath, and sitting area for reading or relaxing. All are on the 2nd floor, except the Dorris Ann and Donna Von.
In case you’re wondering, the guest rooms are named for real people, important in our lives. We will be happy to share the stories, and you may even get to meet some of them during your stay.
Common Areas of the inn are areas shared by all guests. You can find a private corner to read and relax, take a quiet walk on the grounds, or just sit visit with other guests.
Around the rooms, you will find special artifacts and pictures detailing the history of the Chilhowee Inn, Walland, and original artwork of the Smoky Mountains.
The large Foyer provides guests an additional area to sit, relax, or visit. This is the main entrance to the inn. Decorated in Victorian, with replica Gas Light fixtures of that era.
The Family Room is a place where guests can relax, visit, or curl up with a good book by the fireplace.
A hot breakfast is served in the Family Room each morning for all guests.
Four French doors open onto the spacious front porch, where you can sit in a rocking chair and experience the beauty of the river during a mountain sunset.
Conveniently located in Walland, Tennessee on the “Peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains“, the Chilhowee Inn is just 10 minutes from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the beauty of nature and wildlife are the main attractions. Enjoy the natural and historic beauty of Cades Cove and feel like you have stepped back to a time when our nation was young and wild. You may even see a few bear!
There are auto tour routes, hiking trails, bicycle trails, fishing, tubing, kayaking, and nature trails for leisurely strolls. You can visit the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and Museum, and the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend, and The Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.
(Picnic Lunches Available)
Looking for more? Take a scenic 35 minute drive along the beautiful Little River Road to Gatlinburg, where you will find fine restaurants, shopping, the aquarium, the arts and crafts community, and winter skiing and ice skating. Just up from Gatlinburg is Pigeon forge with music theaters, outlet malls, and Dollywood.
The Chilhowee Inn is just 20 minutes from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport, 10 minutes from Maryville College, and 30 minutes from the University of Tennessee. For reservations, call 1-865-980-5623.
For more “things-to-do”, special events, and area information, click on the links below.
- From Maryville follow Hwy. 321N toward Townsend and The Great Smoky Mountains
- As you leave Maryville, you will pass Blount Memorial Hospital on your left
- 8.6 miles past the hospital you will turn left and cross the bridge to Chilhowee Inn, as shown in the inset
- Look for Walland Center
- The Chilhowee Inn will be the large white house on your left after you cross the bridge
If you come to the “Foothills Parkway” on Hwy 321N, you missed the turn, 1/4 mile back.