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Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast

958 West Buffalo Road, West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
Innkeeper(s): Brian “Doc” Adams
  • Introduction

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast front

    Historic Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast is located in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near West Jefferson, Lansing, Todd, Glendale Springs, Jefferson, Blowing Rock and Boone, NC in Ashe County. Enjoy an NC mountain private getaway in a relaxing country setting that is only a short drive to downtown West Jefferson Arts District, area attractions including historic Todd and Glendale Springs, and a scenic 40 minute drive to Boone and Blowing Rock. For information on activities in Ashe County, go to

    For a newspaper article about West Jefferson and Buffalo Tavern, go to:

    The Buffalo Tavern is a bed and breakfast that is really in the Country. Facing Bluff Mountain to the south, Three Top Mountain to the west towards Tennessee, and Buck Mountain to the east for the sunrise, the Buffalo Tavern is nestled in a beautiful valley and sitting at 3200 feet above sea level. Cool breezes keep Buffalo Tavern comfortable during the warmer months of the year.

  • 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 Brian "Doc" Adams for sharing his secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    It's a delightful getaway in a beautiful part of North Carolina. Most travelers come for a romantic break, a relaxing weekend, or some time away from their children.

    What are you best known for?

    Probably being a most welcoming innkeeper. My mission statement says that I want all people to come as guests and leave as friends. All I do revolves around that.

    What makes your inn unique?

    Its perfect location. Not far from all kinds of activities by yet being able to still be away from it all. I am 6.5 miles from downtown and less than 30 minutes from all major activities, but you would never know it.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    It's charm (circa 1872) and its welcoming warmth to my guests. Also, it's a great place for me to live, both at Buffalo Tavern AND in Ashe County, North Carolina.....

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

    The outdoor activities available.

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

    It's the best bed and breakfast they have ever been to.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are so close to many major metropolitan areas, but such a different environment.  We call Ashe County, the Coolest Corner of North Carolina.  Visit and find out what's happening in our mountains!

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

    Rafting, canoeing, fishing, biking, visiting a number of small country towns, festivals, the arts (13 galleries in West Jefferson alone!), Christmas Trees, cheese (we have the only cheese factory in North Carolina!), the frescoes (we have two churches with Ben Long's fresco paintings). There is something here for everyone to enjoy.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Not really.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Boondocks and the Hotel Tavern. Great places to eat and meet friends.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? Our county is called "The coolest corner of North Carolina."

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Three and one suite.

    Do you accept pets?

    I do not accept pets, but have a wonderful kennel where guests can board their dogs.

  • The Innkeeper

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast sunset

    Your Innkeeper is Brian “Doc” Adams…just call him Doc for short. Doc spent 30 years in education and retired from that career to begin a new one, inn keeping.

    He's excited to have the opportunity to welcome guests to Buffalo Tavern and promises to do everything possible to make the experience one in which guests will wish to return again and again.

    "The mission of Buffalo Tavern B & B is to ensure that all who come here arrive as our guests and leave as our friends."

    Doc, the Innkeeper, is proud to announce that his NC Health Department score is an A (96%) for maintaining a clean and sanitary facility for guests!

  • About Our Accommodations

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast parlor

    The Buffalo Tavern features 3 large guest rooms and a suite. The Madam's Room and Flapper's Room are on the second floor. The Governor's Room is downstairs. The President's Suite is on the second floor. All three guest rooms feature a private bath with shower, queen-size bed, dressed with soft, cotton sheets, a cozy down comforter, and four wonderfully-inviting pillows, an electric fireplace and a compact disc player. Satellite television is available. All rooms have a two-person antique Claw Foot Soaking Tub and beautiful wooden floors from the days when the Tavern was built. Each room has its own unique feeling from the era of days gone by. Wireless High Speed Internet is available and free of charge.

    The President's Suite is a wonderfully inviting three-room area with a large bedroom which includes a queen-size bed with soft, cotton sheets, electric fireplace for warmth and romance, a two-person claw foot tub and sitting area. The second room has a wet bar with sink, fridge, microwave, dishes, glasses, sitting area, and closet. The large private bathroom boasts two sinks and large mirror, two person tub/shower, and its own heating source! The Suite is decorated to reflect the Buffalo Tavern era. It is such an warm and comfortable suite!

    Doc offers his guests the use of soft, luxurious Turkish bathrobes while staying at Buffalo Tavern! They are generously fitted and 5-star hotel quality. There will be two robes in each quest room, ready for relaxing!

  • Breakfast

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast breakfast

    A delicious full breakfast is served in the Americana Dining Room each morning. During cold mornings, the fireplace may be lit. Guests are asking what Doc serves for breakfast in the Americana Dining Room....Well, how about Herb-baked eggs with Balsamic Glaze, or Beer-Batter Bread with Strawberries and Honey French Toast, or Three Top Tarts with Fruit Garnish and Bacon? You might find a Banana Bread waiting for you or chocolate chip cookies for a quick snack, or warm homemade French Bread with Jam. Doc always has water and soft drinks, and cracker snacks available. Doc promises that his guests won't go hungry!

    Guests have access to their own refrigerator in the common area. The expansive front porch beckons guests to sit for a while and watch the birds playing in the trees, or spending time looking at Bluff Mountain, or reading a favorite book, or just doing nothing at all. Wireless Internet is now available at the Buffalo Tavern. Bring your own laptop to log on!

  • Recognitions

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast mountain view

    Have You Seen Buffalo Tavern on TV?

    UNC-TV featured Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast's on their show North Carolina Weekend recently. It is a really great piece that gives the viewer a glimpse of all that the Inn has to offer. It's a short clip, about 5 minutes, highlighting not only Buffalo Tavern but Ashe County too.

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast has been awarded 4 1/2 stars out of 5 by Trip Advisor for 2014! We appreciate the support from all of our guests!

    Voted #1 Bed and Breakfast in Ashe County with the M

    Mountain Times' People's Choice Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014! For your viewing pleasure, here's the link to the program:

  • Testimonials

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast Snowman"Buffalo Tavern would not be the same without the "innkeeper." You truly make this place. Thank you for sharing this special place and your hospitality with us. The food was wonderful and so was our cloud bed. PS. Don't stop following your heart or making that banana bread." - Phillip and Margie

    "What a wonderful place! We had a great time and felt so welcome. The bed was a dream - can't wait to come back." - Terry and Patti

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality, incredible food and overall beautiful weekend. We'll be back." - Bob and Susan

    "What wonderful hospitably in a wonderful setting. I look forward to more trips here and enjoyed the conversation and food." - Lucy and Mark

    "Thank you Doc, for sharing your lovely inn with us. We absolutely LOVE it here. We're already planning our next trip. Your gracious hospitality, generous table and front porch make the Tavern the perfect, peaceful getaway - just what we were looking for.We wish you the best in you "adv-inn-ture!"" - PJ and David

    "We had such an amazing time here - it's a wonderful place to escape and relax!" - Chris and Melody

    "You are the best! Thanks for making this weekend so relaxing and special for me. You defiantly have the gift of hospitality. Can't wait till next time." - Michelle

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast front porch"What can I say? This weekend has been wonderful and you made it that way. Food was outstanding, conversation funny and up lifting." - Jack and Gayle

    "This was our first B and B experience and you have set the bar very high. We will be back." - Mike and Beth

    "Thank you for an extraordinary stay. You are a most gracious host. We will be back." - Mike and Rose

    "Thank you for a wonderful weekend! You are an amazing host and we fell in love with your B & B this weekend! It was one of the most relaxing stays we've had in a very long time. It is nestled in a beautiful part of NC very much off the beaten path. Doc, we really enjoyed meeting and getting to know you as well. You can count on us to come back in the near future for another stay at Buffalo Tavern! I know I told you we wouldn't tell anyone about your B & B but we've already told two of our neighbors! Thanks again for your hospitality. We hope to see you again soon!" - Diana and Mike

  • Things To Do

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast front view

    Buffalo Tavern is a bed and breakfast that is really in the Country. Facing Bluff Mountain to the south, Three Top Mountain to the west towards eastern Tennessee, and Buck Mountain to the east for the sunrise, the Buffalo Tavern is nestled in a beautiful valley and sitting at 3200 feet above sea level. Cool breezes keep Buffalo Tavern comfortable during the warmer months of the year. In the autumn you can sit on the porch and enjoy the magnificent foliage peaking at its best. In winter months sit by the cozy fireplace, then head out early in the morning for a fun filled day of skiing at one of the many area ski resorts.

    There are numerous attractions ( hiking, biking, canoeing, West Jefferson Arts District, fine dining restaurants, antique shops, The Fresco Paintings and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is also plenty of time to kick back on the front porch and do absolutely nothing but enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    The Buffalo Tavern Bed & Breakfast is located in beautiful Ashe County, in Northwestern North Carolina, and offers gracious accommodations for your visit to the High Country. With its proximity to Jefferson, West Jefferson, Glendale Springs, Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Sugar and Beech Mountains, and Todd, Buffalo Tavern is just the right place to be. We look forward to seeing you and assure you that you will fall in love with the Tavern and our quaint little town.

    For information about what's happening in the area, go to


    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast winter trees

    • Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve
    • Tweetsie Railroad
    • Riverside Canoeing
    • Zaloos Canoes
    • Grandfather Mountain
    • Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Linville Caverns
    • The Blowing Rock
    • Laurel Hill Paints
    • Burnt Hill Stables
    • Little's Health and Fitness
    • J& B Trout Lake
    • Lansing, North Carolina
    • New River Winery


    • Appalachian Ski Mtn.
    • Hawks Nest Ski Resort
    • Beech Mountain Ski Resort
    • Sugar Mountain Ski Resort


    • Grayson Highlands State Park
    • Stone Mountain State Park
    • Mount Jefferson State Park
    • New River State Park


    • Horne in the West
    • Blue Ridge Celtic Festival
    • Merle Fest
    • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
    • Christmas in July Festival
    • Wolly Worm Festival


    • Mountain Aire Golf Course
    • Jefferson Landing


    • Boondock's Restaurant
    • Shatley Springs


    • Ashe County Arts Council
    • Acorn Gallery
    • The Frescoes of Ashe County
    • RT Morgan Art Gallery
    • Jefferson Station
    • Church of the Frescoes
    • White Hart Woods

    Landscape and Property Maintenance Services



    • Ashe Chamber of Commerce
    • Professional Association of Innkeepers
    • Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
    • High Country Host
    • Ashe County Directory

    Cardinal Tree Farm

    • Mountain Memories Tree Farm
    • RRR Tree Farm
    • West End Wreaths

    Area Books

    • Best Selling Guidebook To Western North Carolina

    Other Interests

    The Isle of Wight - One of the most popular destinations in the UK. Over half is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty.

  • History

    As a landmark from the days when horse-drawn wagons traveled the roads of Ashe County , North Carolina , there still stands in the Buffalo Community a special place called the Buffalo Tavern, circa 1872. People in the area know of it as the "large white house on Buffalo Road " and many of them know of the rich and fascinating history surrounding the home. Today, it's an inviting Bed and Breakfast for guests to call "home" while they enjoy the many activities of North Carolina 's High Country. It's also a place where guests can choose to do nothing at all.

    The Buffalo Tavern was built in 1872 by George Washington Ray for use as a residence. He built it on 500 acres of land that he had purchased from the state of North Carolina in 1851 for five cents an acre. The house was built with timber that was cut from the 500 acres. Bricks used in the house were handmade on the site and the native stones used was also found on the property. It was the first house in Ashe County to have glass windows. It is said that people would come to the house just to look at the windows. Many of those same old windows are preserved in a greenhouse-type building sitting at the rear of the property today.

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast history

    The house has seven fireplaces and two staircases, the back one is said to be the staircase used by the servants. George Washington Ray, who was a talented craftsman, did most of the woodwork. A striking example of his work is a champagne glass which is carved out of the top of the newel post at the formal staircase upon entrance to the Tavern.

    In the late 1800's, Buffalo Road was part of a major artery of highways from Tennessee to Jefferson and beyond. At that time, the Ray family began operating their home as a tavern. Bedrooms in the house served as rooms for guests. In later years, cottages and a pond were added behind the house for early tourists in the mountains.

    It is said that two early governors of North Carolina were guests at the Buffalo Tavern. Their identities are not known, but possibly one of them was Zebulon Vance. In their honor, the room on the first floor is named "The Governor's Room."

    A large grape vineyard and cornfields provided wine and corn liquor for Tavern customers. The Tavern somehow managed to continue alcohol sales through the prohibition of the 1920's. Could there have been a special agreement between the Rays and local sheriffs? With the depression era came the closing of the tavern.

  • How To Find Us

    Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast map

    1. Take 421 towards Boone
    2. Turn right onto 221 North at Deep Gap
    3. Head North on 221 for 14 miles to the stop light in West Jefferson at 194 (McDonald's on the left)
    4. Turn Left on 194 and go through the town of West Jefferson
    5. Continue a few miles outside of town to West Buffalo Road
    6. Turn Left onto West Buffalo Road, and go 3.5 miles
    7. We are on the right at 958 West Buffalo Road