The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Welcome to the Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast! We are located in Waynesville, North Carolina just 7 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway Exit at Balsam Gap MP443.1 in Western North Carolina. A walkable one mile from our unique downtown shops and great restaurants, and a 30 minute drive to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, we love our location because we can easily get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Maggie Valley, and all of the western North Carolina towns and attractions from our historic, 1910 VIctorian home.
So come connect with yourself, family and friends, art and culture, or nature, and take advantage of our extended discounts for staying 3 days or more so you can see it all! ($15/night for suites, $10/night for rooms) And don't worry, although our home is a local historic landmark and on The National Register of Historic Places, you'll find true relaxation through our modern amenities like air conditioning, king size beds, pillow top mattresses, whirlpool tubs and flat screen TV's. Renew your spirit, come soak in the culture, history and scenery of this beautiful area!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Glenn and Jennifer Duerr for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most people stay with us to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays, or to explore Western North Carolina attractions. We are not quite a mile from downtown Waynesville, 10 minutes to Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and 30 minutes from Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.
What are you best known for?
The warm and comfortable atmosphere we provide through our attention to detail, making sure our guests want for nothing as far as comfort goes, and don’t get more than they want as far as personal attention.
What makes your inn unique?
This home was built as a private residence and tourist home in 1911. So, although it’s large enough for 8 couples to have a decent amount of private space, its layout allows it to still feel homey and warm. It conveys historic charm even with modern amenities, and our property location and layout makes guests feel like they are in a sanctuary even though they are in a neighborhood, not quite a mile from downtown.
What do you love most about your inn?
All of the above.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The location is perfect for exploring some of the most popular travel destinations from one area: Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has a welcoming small town feel with great restaurants, unique shops, and art galleries.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
That we are our guests’ home away from home.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
That it is the perfect location to stay to access all that Western North Carolina has to offer.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Depends on their interests, but you could spend a day just exploring our own downtown shops and art galleries, there are great mountain golf courses, horseback riding, skiing in winter, antique shops, the town of Asheville, the Biltmore Estate, NC Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Parkway, a number of small mountain towns to explore, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee and its museum and Harrah’s Casino, Smoky Mountain Railroad, explore some of the most beautiful hiking trails available at all skill levels with beautiful vistas and waterfalls. Enjoy great food at our town’s restaurants, music on weekends at our local wine seller or microbreweries, or see a play at our local HART theatre.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our downtown Waynesville shops and restaurants are not quite a mile from us, as well as the shops and a fine restaurant in the Hazelwood section about a mile in the other direction.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
A favorite is hard to pick. We have guests from large metropolitan areas that are amazed at the high quality food they get at our fine dining restaurants, and guests love the local flavor at our casual restaurants.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 8 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No, but some other places do that can be found on the www.visitncsmokies.com
So come listen to the sounds of our North Carolina Mountains as you relax on our veranda on our beautiful wraparound porch, or find romance while enjoying our tucked away hammock or gazebo swing in our gardens. Why not discuss things to do in and around Waynesville and Haywood County like discovering art and culture in our galleries and museum, or discovering nature through the waterfalls and vistas offered by the hiking trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains, while you sit back and enjoy the mountain views at our fire pit or feel the warmth of a crackling fire on a cool, crisp mountain night. Then come inside for a game of cards or some lively conversation with other guests in the comfort of our warm and inviting living room or play a game of scrabble before leaving for dinner at one of our fine local restaurants.
At the end of the day, as you climb our staircase to retire to one of our romantic bed and breakfast rooms or suites, meticulously renovated in 2004 by the previous owners, you'll find yourself going back in time as you feel the history in the massive banister and craftsmanship of the beautiful oak wainscoting. Just imagine how your room was once enjoyed by wealthy travelers escaping the summer heat to spend the entire summer with the Colonel and Mrs. Howell, the original owners of The Windover, to enjoy the cool mountain breezes when our bed and breakfast was a Waynesville, NC Tourist House in the early 1900's! Renovated to offer casual elegance and modern comforts like air conditioning and complete privacy, you'll enjoy rooms with private baths, whirlpool tubs, pillow top mattresses and fine linens, sitting areas, ceiling fans, irons and ironing boards, CD alarm clocks and cable television at our Waynesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast.
In the morning you'll awake to the aroma of our delicious, organic coffee, roasted only blocks away from our Waynesville, NC bed and breakfast, ground fresh for you each day and available at 7 AM on our first, second and third floor, so no one has to go too far for that first cup of coffee. Whether you join other guests in the dining room at 9 AM, or sleep in and have our delicious, satisfying home cooked breakfast in your suite at 9:30, you'll enjoy a delicious fruit starter, homemade baked goods and entrees like French Toast or Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Strata or Quiche.
We want you to feel pampered! As you enter our front door you'll smell the freshly baked chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies made daily for you and our other guests. On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy a light snack of chips and salsa or freshly baked bread and cheese as you're relaxing before going out to dinner or snack on Glenn's homemade cheese crackers available all of the time.
In all of our guest room baths you'll find unscented Oatmeal Soap and Tea Olive Conditioning Shampoo made of the finest natural ingredients. To soothe your soul, in our guest rooms with whirlpool tubs you'll find a complimentary pillow packet of Soak Aromatherapy.
So, whether we're baking you cookies for the afternoon, offering you chips and salsa on the weekend, making reservations for your dinner at one of our great downtown Waynesville restaurants, confirming an afternoon massage or spa treatment downtown or in Asheville, or providing our Turn Down Service, we feel it's the "special touches" that make our guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated after their stay at The Windover Inn. We'll try our best to make our bed and breakfast in Waynesville, NC one of your favorite North Carolina vacation spots, with service at a value that's hard to find elsewhere!
Come feel the history, reconnect, or just rejuvenate your spirit, and see why we chose The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast as our destination when we were looking for Blue Ridge Parkway lodging in Waynesville, NC. You won't be disappointed!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that can mean different things to different people, but at our North Carolina country inn we give you options! At The Windover Inn in Waynesville, NC, we realize that your plans or appetite may not allow you to wait for a sit down breakfast at 9 AM, or if you’re here for a North Carolina mountains romantic getaway, you may want to have breakfast in your room.
At our Waynesville, NC bed and breakfast we offer a traditional, homemade, hot breakfast served at 9 AM in our dining room, with delicious daily entrees like eggs benedict, quiche, waffles or French toast with real New England maple syrup , egg soufflés and frittatas, just to name a few! These entrees are made with fresh herbs and vegetables (in season) from our garden complimented by our fruit dish of the day and side dishes like home fries, hash browns or grits, sausage, ham or bacon, and our yummy muffins or scones! Guests renting our suites or our Atlantic Room can have this same breakfast served to their suite at 9:30 AM if they prefer.
So, what happens if you have specific dietary restrictions or are heading out for some early Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountains hiking, a train ride and white water rafting, an early round of Western North Carolina golf or just getting on the road early to enjoy the things to do in and around Waynesville, NC? When making your reservation, be sure to let us know any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have, so we can prepare a breakfast that works for you. For those getting on the road early, from 7 AM to 8:00 AM we can offer you an early breakfast option, so you can get where you need to be on time.
Wake up to freshly ground organic regular and decaf coffee (roasted right here in Waynesville at Smoky Mountain Roasters!) on our 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor at 7 AM, with teas from and hot chocolate available on our 1st and 2nd floor buffets, so you can have that first cup of coffee, hot chocolate or one of our specialty teas (from Olde Brick House on Main Street in downtown Waynesville!) while you’re getting ready for your day, sitting on our beautiful front porch or strolling our gardens waking up slowly to the sounds of nature. It’s your choice at these luxury accommodations in North Carolina. Come enjoy it with us!
While on your North Carolina mountain getaway, reconnect with nature, yourself, or each other while stimulating all of your senses in our gardens nestled in the quaint town of Waynesville, NC, between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll quickly see why the Windover Inn is an ideal lodging option.
Our paths will lead you from our beautiful, wraparound porch lush with its own greenery, to our Secret Garden, where you can take some quiet time on your next Smoky Mountains romantic getaway to rejuvenate your spirit or meditate in the shade of this tucked away quiet sanctuary, while relaxing in our 2 person hammock under the trees.
Continuing on the path, you will reach our Gazebo surrounded by colorful flowers and native North Carolina mountains plants and shrubs. Fitted with a two person porch swing, you can lift your spirits as you swing to the songs of our colorful resident birds.
Wander a little further, and you will find a warm and inviting terrace with views of the glorious mountains, comfortable Adirondack chairs and a fire pit for our cool mountain evenings. Sit a spell and admire our North Carolina mountains' majestic beauty from afar as you plan your things to do in and around Waynesville, NC, your day of hiking and adventure in the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area.
As you complete your journey, you can continue your walk to our quaint downtown area, not even 1 mile from us, and further delight your senses with the creative treasures in Waynesville's local art galleries, the delicious cuisine of our local restaurants, or the melodies of local musicians.
The path you take can lead you to us as a Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountain lodging destination, your next North Carolina romantic getaway, or as a pathway to culture or adventure. It's all up to you!
Reunions and Retreats
Are you scheduling that next family reunion in North Carolina or get-together with friends? Planning a retreat to rejuvenate your spirit? Why not do it in the comfort of our Inn?
With eight elegant and comfortable guest rooms, a living room and dining room that envelop you with their warmth and charm, and outdoor living spaces that allow for the entire group to share time together or have some time apart, The Windover Inn can make your next Reunion or Retreat in Waynesville, NC a success! And when you book the entire Inn, you'll get 10% off each room price!*
Instead of an Asheville hotel or motel, why not wake up on our comfy, pillow-top mattresses to the smells of our freshly brewed coffee, or sizzling bacon? Relax on our beautiful wrap around porch instead of a hotel lobby and reminisce about days gone by, or share a secret or two.
Downtown Waynesville is within walking distance of our inn, Asheville and the Biltmore Estate are just a 30 minute drive away, and our location is perfect to get to the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. It would be hard not to enjoy yourself, no matter how old you are! Our area has culture and history, outdoor adventure, shops galore and a variety of restaurants to keep everyone happy.
So contact those friends you want to reconnect with, those family members that you just don't see often enough, or your group that's lost its energy and motivation - and set a date to reconnect and revitalize your relationships or mission at the Windover Inn in Waynesville, NC. We're open all year, so contact us today for the details to make it happen!
*A 3 night minimum is required to receive the 10% discount. Discount not available from January through March during 20% discount pricing or in October and holiday weekends. Dates are always subject to availability.
Waynesville, North Carolina Attractions
Below you will find a partial list of year-round Waynesville, North Carolina vacation attractions.Take the time to enjoy all that western North Carolina has to offer!
Please visit our web site for a complete list of attractions and web site links.
Downtown Waynesville Attractions
- Great Restaurants
- Block Parties
- Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
- Mountain Street Dances
- H.A.R.T. Theatre
- Blue Ridge Breakaway
- Apple Harvest Festival
- Holiday Open House
- A Night Before Christmas
- Mast General Store
- Elk Viewing
- Biltmore Estate
- Folk Art Center
- The North Carolina Arboretum
- Thomas Wolfe Memorial
- Great Smoky Mounatin Railroad
- Chimney Rock State Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- The Great Smokies
How To Find Us
Our western North Carolina bed and breakfast is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this area. Map your journey to escape the craziness of everyday life and relax as you enjoy the small-town atmosphere of Waynesville, complete with wonderful restaurants, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the beautiful Smoky Mountains. If you need a dose of city-life during your stay, take a trip to Asheville, just minutes away. As you consider your lodging options, remember The Windover Inn - come visit us soon!
Please note our location is the same, but our house number has changed in our address from 117 to 40 Old Hickory Street. GPS systems may not be updated with this change and the change of Old Hickory at Brown Avenue from a through street to a walkway only. We recommend you follow our directions below.
(Some estimated driving times. Asheville 30 Minutes/Atlanta 3 hours/Charleston 4.5 hours/Charlotte 2.75 hours/Greenville 1.5 hours/Gatlinburg 1.25/Jacksonville 7 hours/Knoxville 1.5 /Raleigh 4.5 hours/Tampa 10.5 hours)
- Exit Highway 74/23 at Exit 102
- Follow Route 276 South (Russ Avenue)
- You will pass a strip mall, and fast food restaurants
- After you cross over a small bridge you will see the “Welcome to Historic Waynesville” sign (.8 mile from 276 exit)
- Continue on 276 South over bridge to traffic light at Main Street
- Turn right onto Main Street (still 276 South) through town
- Turn right onto Academy Street at First Baptist Church (276 continues left at this intersection) and go one block to Haywood Street
- Turn left onto Haywood Street at First Methodist Church and go one block to Boyd Street
- Turn right on to Boyd Street and continue down hill and across railroad tracks, bearing right
- Turn left at next intersection onto Killian Street and continue to Old Hickory Street
- Turn left onto Old Hickory Street and then right into the driveway of The Windover Inn