Where to stay near North Carolina’s Catawba Valley Wine Trail.
By Bill Bauer
When exploring the The Catawba Valley Wine Trail, extend your stay in the area by booking a night or more at The Inn at Glen Alpine, once a 1913 country manor.
Teresa and Craig Sellman bought the Inn a year ago and after six months of renovation fulfilled their dream to own and operate a B&B. In doing so, the Sellmans have taken the ordinary out of the phrase bed and breakfast.
Teresa and Craig hail from New Jersey and Baltimore, worked in London, England, and traveled abroad, but once discovering Asheville, N.C., decided that when the time was right, they would move south and fulfill their quest. It has been a little over ten years since they were married at Crossed Keys Inn, an historic and elegant New Jersey bed and breakfast that served as their inspiration. In July 2014, they took the leap and never looked back.
Teresa refers to the makeover of the original private residence of J.D. Pitts, a prominent businessman in the early 1900s, as “putting red lipstick on the pretty lady,” and points out that the house was already “beautiful.” Four redecorated, luxurious guest rooms including two suites, spacious and elegant common rooms, and a relaxing wraparound porch await weary travelers. Each room is equipped with a 32-inch flat screen TV, wireless Internet, and a private bath with a walk-in ceramic shower. Deluxe cotton bedding and towels, plush bathrobes, and eco-friendly soaps, lotions, and body washes complement each room. Add antique furniture and a fireplace accompanied with lanterns and candles and your room becomes a romantic hideaway.
Breakfast at the Inn is a banquet, featuring locally grown foods and allergy friendly alternatives, including gluten free meals. Coffee, juice and freshly baked banana bread for starters, followed by poached eggs on top of goat and cheddar grilled cheese with caramelized onions between crusty French bread, with a side of sweet potato, bacon, and apple hash is a typical morning meal. Outside the four second-floor rooms, coffee, tea, ice, and water are available for early risers. With the new addition of a licensed commercial kitchen, the Sellmans offer a la carte meals for lunch or dinner served in your room, the dining room, or the porch. You can also get a tastefully prepared “brown bag” meal to go as you take off on one of the many adventures in the area.
Teresa and Craig will be glad to answer any questions you have about a stay, handle your reservation and special needs, and then welcome you with open arms when you arrive.
- Check-in at 3 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
- Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.
- No smoking inside the Inn.
- No pets allowed; the owners have a cat that is not permitted in guest quarters.
- Free Wi-Fi access.
- Free parking.
The Inn at Glen Alpine is located 3 miles off Interstate 40. It’s approximately 45 miles east of Asheville, 25 miles west of Hickory and 30 minutes to the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Morganton is six miles to the east along NC Hwy 70.
The Inn at Glen Alpine
105 Davis St.
Glen Alpine, NC 28628
– Photos by Bill Bauer
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