Beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Burke County, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
My GPS led me to the right block, but not the exact location of The Inn at Glen Alpine. But the big house up on the hill is easy to spot and recognize as a bed and breakfast in the little community of Glen Alpine, North Carolina.
“You must be Hope,” said Teresa Sellman as I opened the front door. A bit disconcerting, I admit. Fame doesn’t often get me recognized; turns out she knew that among the guests scheduled to arrive that afternoon there was only one solo female traveler.
The Inn at Glen Alpine offers four guestrooms, all located upstairs. The main level is comprised of a couple sitting rooms—one decorated as a relaxed wine bar—plus a dining room and the owners’ Teresa and Craig Sellman’s living quarters, including the kitchen where the two-course breakfasts are prepared each morning. No need to set an alarm to make the 8:30 a.m. breakfast: The enticing aromas wafting upstairs each morning are sure to alert you in time.
The Inn at Glen Alpine is located three miles off I-40, approximately 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The plan for this, my second visit to Morganton (the neighboring town just six miles from The Inn), was to enjoy winter hiking.
Then winter hit. I went to bed the night of my arrival knowing that one to two inches of snow was predicted. I awoke to learn that seven inches had fallen. Temperatures hovered near freezing then plummeted. My hiking companion and I decided that there was too much winter for our comfortable enjoyment.
“This is very unusual!” said Craig Sellman about the weather, before heading outside to shovel out all six cars parked in his gravel parking area as well as the generous lot and driveway. The fact that he doesn’t own a snowblower seems sufficient proof that, despite the Inn’s location near mountains, snow is indeed rare. (Locals say that it typically snows once a year, so if you favor winter hiking the conditions may well be ideal, lucky you!)
No matter, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Burke County in any weather. (More on that later!) Besides, The Inn at Glen Alpine is a comfortable place to simply hang out, drink wine, read a book, watch a DVD, take a nap, snuggle up with a blanket (or, if you traveled with one, a companion), chat with fellow guests and/or owners, sip coffee, gaze outdoors at the view, and/or linger over breakfast.
Guestrooms are individually decorated and appointed, but all boast newly remodeled private bathrooms. Each has a different floorplan and specific features, so you can decide when making a reservation whether you favor an electric fireplace, sitting area, clawfoot tub and/or other distinctive options. Guests and their reasons for visiting will likely vary: During my recent stay I met a family (all adults) extending their holiday plus a couple on a romantic retreat.
Before settling in Glen Alpine, Craig and Teresa had considered buying a bed and breakfast in Italy. Though I have no doubt that the friendly couple would succeed as innkeepers wherever they opened their doors, I’m glad they made the choice they did. The Inn at Glen Alpine is an asset to its community, a special place to stay nestled among the hills of Burke County.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- No smoking inside The Inn
- Four guestrooms, each uniquely decorated
- No elevator is available; guests must be able to climb stairs
- Check-in at 3 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
- Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.
- No pets allowed; the owners have a cat that is not permitted in guest quarters
- A small refrigerator in the upstairs hallway is available for guests to share
- Coffee maker and assorted coffee/tea pods are available in the upstairs hallway
- Dish TV with over 200 channels
- DVD library available for guests to borrow
- Wine buckets, openers and glasses provided
- Light housekeeping provided during your stay
- Odds of Encountering Children: Low. On this recent visit we saw none. If this is a critical issue for you, ask the owners about the odds for the dates of your visit when making a reservation.
The Inn at Glen Alpine
105 Davis St.
Glen Alpine, NC 28628
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