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“Great little place” 5 of 5 stars
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152 Sunset Drive, PO Box 2678, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (Formerly Maple Lodge Bed and Breakfast)   |  
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“Great little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2008

Cosy inn in the heart of the small town of Blowing Rock.

We stayed in early October and the autumn leaves were already spectacular. A fog came down in the morning and it was great to sit in the library reading books, feeling good to be indoors.

Both the innkeepers and their night manager were absolutely first class and breakfast was terrific.

The town is on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has lots of little shops and restaurants. A good stop.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charleston, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2008

My husband and I met at the Maple Lodge 26 years ago and decided it was where we wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary along with our children and son-in-law. We requested, prior to our arrival, that a cheese and fruit platter and wine be available upon our arrival in the front living room. We also requested that reservations be made for our party of eight at the Best Cellar restaurant which is located across the street from Maple Lodge. Lisa and Hillary handled all of our request to the letter. We booked four rooms for a four day/three day night stay, the Lilac, Wildflower, Dahlia, and Daffodil. All rooms were comfortable and clean. The only complaint was that Daffoldil was a little too small for our married daughter and her husband (they are accustomed to a larger bed at home). In the sunroom, they set up several tables for our family to eat together. The breakfasts were good, especially the artichoke quiche served Sunday morning. Two of our daughters are vegan and they were able to eat the hot oatmeal and variety of fruits that are available each morning. Our son and son-in-law are hearty eaters and were quite happy with the portions.

We had a wonderful time rediscovering Blowing Rock and the surrounding mountains. All the shops, restaurants, and park are in easy walking distance. Moses Cone trail and Bass Lake are within a few minutes drive as is the shopping outlet.

We had one rainy day where we gathered in the Library and played some of the many games that are available and kept warm by the gas log fire. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate were available in the sunroom.

Lisa, Hillary, and their assistant Peggy made our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. We can't wait to go back for another family gathering.

  • Liked — Location of the inn and friendliness of owners and staff
  • Disliked — Wish they had provided a separte shampoo and conditioner rather then a shampoo and conditioner in one.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2007

We last stayed here about four years ago when the Batemens owned it. Our experience was so wonderful we decided to return. The Inn has changed hands and the stay didn't live up to our expectations. We stayed in Dogwood, which was a pleasant room with a separate dressing room, a very small bathroom, but there was an extra basin with vanity outside the bathroom. There was no bath and the shower was tiny, and made of preformed plastic type material. Water temperature not always easy to control. Towels very hard. No toiletries except for soap and shampoo, although there was a note to say they had toiletries availab le.
The room was extremely warm at night and we don't like the paddle fans, so we had to have it turned off and the windows open. Bed very uncomfortable. Woke up every morning with backache.Dogwood was not available for the last night of our four night stay, so we were moved to Dahlia, which was downstairs and entered outside the Inn, directly from the car park. which was about two feet away. The only windows overlooked the car park so we had to keep the blinds down. This was rather claustrophobic. We were not advised of this in advance.
Breakfast was buffet, with one hot dish. Good point was that we are vegetarian and if there was any meat or sausage it was served s eparately, so we could always eat the hot dish. On our previous stay, there was a greater choice of cold food and hot dishes were served at the table, with Mrs. Bateman coming to every table giving choices of hot dish.
Tea and coffee available all day and cookies in the afternoon.
There were two parlours. On our previous visit they were very attractive. Now they look rather bare and unwelcoming. The log fire which used to be lit in the early evening is now a gas fire - although weather was too warm to light it.

We had dinner in Crippens twice and I think if we came back we would stay there.

  • Liked — quite a pretty room
  • Disliked — too warm at night and windows hard to open
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

A very large disappointment. I have never stayed at a b&b where there were no soft drinks available, nor bottled water. There were no blinds on one window, the pillows were hard like rocks and the curtain on one window was torn. The food was okay, but nothing to write home about. All in all, it was a very big let down.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2007

Maple Lodge Inn is a charming property, located conveniently in Blowing Rock. We were able to walk easily to restaurants and shopping. The rooms are nicely decorated and the breakfasts are very good. The breakfast room opens onto a little patio with flowers, birdhouses, etc., and was a very nice setting for a good meal. Rooms have window unit air conditioners which are effective, but a little noisy--it wasn't too hot, so we did without most of the time and didn't feel too uncomfortable.

  • Liked — Location, decor and breakfasts
  • Disliked — Noisy air conditioning
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2007

We booked the Maple Lodge because we were looking for a Bed and Breakfast in a walkable area that wasn't too expensive. Friends of ours had stayed there a few years back and had been satisfied.
Our room was very nice. We stayed in Hydrangea which is one of the smaller less expensive rooms, but very nicely decorated. It did have a TV, very nice, clean bathroom with a hairdryer and nice soap, shampoo and such. The bed was comfortable. The window opened to a main street but the noise did not bother us. The weather was perfect for having the window open so we didn't try the AC. The owners were pleasant and helpful as was the staff. They were not as gushy as some other B&B hosts, but we don't need gushy sugar sweet. They always had yummy cookies available. Breakfast was OK. We were only there one night. They served shirred eggs which is not one of our favorite dishes but I noticed the other couple in the dining area enjoyed it and asked to see the recipe. The sausage was not served at the correct temperature, but we didn't complain. I'm pretty sure they would have remedied that if we had. They also had oatmeal available, fresh fruit, and a nice selection of sweet breads and muffins.
All in all it was a good experience and we would consider Maple Lodge again for our next stay in Blowing Rock. It's right in the middle of town and very pleasant.

  • Liked — Location, Room, Decor
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2007

My wife and I stayed at The Maple Lodge for 3 nights leading up to New Years. It was a last minute trip, and we were lucky enough to book The Rose Room. We had never been to Blowing Rock before, and were pleased to find a small, tranquil town with all the modern conveniences. The Maple Lodge is situated on Sunset Drive which runs in to their Main Street. There you will find the shops and restaurants. From the Maple Lodge to Main Street it is only about a block or two walk and then you can go in either direction. The B & B is central and everything is walking distance. When we arrived late to the Inn starving our first night, Sara and Caroline greeted us and were able to get us a reservation at The Storie Street Grille Restaurant. It was an excellent choice. Once we returned to our room it was time to digest and sleep. The Rose Room is a small/average sized room with a private bath and we found it to be very comfortable for two. Everything was maintained very clean throughout our stay. The two best things I found twere the comfortable bed and the brownies left one night to snack on downstairs. I have become a real pain traveling, spoiled by a pillow top bed at home and was really pleased to get the same quality comfort at this B & B. I am not sure if the bed ended up being pillow top, but it was good enough. Every morning for breakfast you can choose to either eat from their continental course, hot breakfast or both. You won't leave hungry. However if you have the craving for additional quality coffee go to Skyland Books and coffee shop. They have excellent drinks. My favorite was the Peppermint Latte. In the evening at the B & B you will find snacks such as cookies or brownies to eat. I found it to be a very nice touch as they left plenty of Champagne for their guests to enjoy on New Year's Eve. Thank you Hilary and Lisa! Visit their website and you find all the information that you need. We will definitely go back. The only negative that I would mention is that the temperature in the bath was a little challenging to get right. One little tap too hot and one little tap too cold. My advice, find your perfect temperature before you jump in. Enjoy!

  • Liked — Cleanliness,Comfort,Location
  • Disliked — Challenging water temperature control
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 152 Sunset Drive, PO Box 2678, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (Formerly Maple Lodge Bed and Breakfast)
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Blowing Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Blowing Rock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn is Blowing Rock's first fully operational micro-brewery, restaurant and lodging facility. You will find each guest room, newly updated with its own special charm, is furnished with either a queen or king bed. All rooms are appointed with ceiling fans, air conditioning, down alternative comforters and ample pillows. Rooms also have flat-screen televisions, private baths, hair dryers and spa-inspired toiletries to ensure your comfort and relaxation. We invite you to join us in our restaurant to enjoy our upscale, locally sourced mountain cuisine and artisanal craft beer brewed on site. ... more   less 
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Maple Lodge b&b
Maple Hotel Blowing Rock

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