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“Amazing B&B experience” 5 of 5 stars
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3895 Mill Creek Road, Old Fort, NC 28762   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Old Fort B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California
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Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
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“Amazing B&B experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

Despite the bad weather we had this weekend, our stay at the Inn on Mill Creek couldn't have been better. I couldn't disagree more with the one negative review on this site. Dave and Brigette were extremely hospitable hosts - walking that fine line between being friendly/welcoming and feeling like they had to talk constantly so that guests couldn't get away (we've had that happen). The breakfasts were AMAZING - there is just no other way to put it. The food wasn't only inventive - it was hearty and just plain delicious.

As for the room, they were very spacious and more modern than most B&Bs. They also had some wonderful views of the mountains and the lake on the property. The bed in our room was also by far the most comfortable bed we've slept in at a B&B. There were even different types of pillows for those who like fluffier/softer pillows vs. "higher" pillows.

This is a great place to get away for a while - close enough to Asheville to have your pick of restaurants and activities, but far enough away from any real "city" life to feel relaxed. The town of Black Mountain is also quaint and comfortable - with a fantastic chocolate shop (Chocolate Gems) and wine market (Merry Wine Market).

We would highly recommend Inn on Mill Creek and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

The biggest tip I would give anyone staying at a BnB, particularly the Inn on Mill Creek is to express what you are looking for in a BnB when you call to make a reservation. If you have food restrictions, ideals about your "perfect" BnB, or just certain arrangements - then ask. Please don't hold it in and think it doesn't matter until you write your review on some BnB website reviewer.
Brigette and Dave were very helpful with our stay at "The Inn." First off, we didn't know them, as the owners had changed hands since we had stayed there the first time. Secondly, our arrival to the inn was rather late and Brigette and Dave were very flexible with our arrival and check-out the next day. I wouldn't reccommend arriving "late" to this BnB as you miss out on what "The Inn" has to offer. My wife and I had an amazing time with no problems whatsoever. "The Inn" is a beautiful place, and Brigette and Dave were friendly and personable. My wife and I had everything we needed and more.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

This is a great property if you want to get away, do some easy to moderate hiking and have some nice meals in either Black Mountain (lots of choices) or Ashville (bit of a drive).
The owners are wonderful, welcoming people, the breakfasts great and the rooms very good.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

After tirelessly searching the internet for the perfect place to enjoy our first anniversary, my husband and I chose the Inn on Mill Creek for one major reason... that it was off the beaten path.

We arrived mid afternoon to a quiet and cozy Inn nestled away in the Mountains, but quite close to town. The first Inn keeper we met, Dave, checked us in, and Bridgett along with their adorable pugs Csaba and Bugsy showed us to our room in the Lake house.

The Reflections room was quaint and very nice, but not quite what we expected so my husband politely asked if there was another room available, and it just so happened there was another couple looking to change rooms as well, the Inn keepers were more than happy to let us switch.

After we settled in we were once again greeted by the sweet pugs, and found the Inn Keepers in the great room, they were warm and friendly and more than happy to answer questions we had about where to eat for our anniversary. They suggested the best restaurant in town. The Cellar Door. Ever bite was delicious. It was such a delight to wake up to a similarly wonderful breakfast cooked by Dave the next morning. And Bridgett make fresh juice every morning!

The small lake was sooo beautiful, enjoying breakfast in the sunroom was a delight along with Joey the cat and the fish pond next to our table. Every minute was a little bit of heaven.

Anyone who enjoys warm friendly Inn Keepers, cute dogs for cuddling, and the best breakfasts of your life should definitely have a stay there. Its worth every penny!

  • Liked — The atmosphere and the Inn Keepers
  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Louisville Ohio
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week at the Inn! Let me just begin by saying that this is one of the best Band B's! We have stayed at many over the last three years, and each has their own flavor and style. Our innkeepers Dave and Brigette were the most friendly of hosts! They were very helpful in procurring for us tickets to both the Biltmore and Chimney Rock, and gave us tips on what extra tours to see and do. The Great Room was very cozy and had many books and magazines of the area, including the area restaurant menus.
The afternoon that we arrived, Dave was out moving rocks and mowing, but he made a stop to greet us while Brigette checked us in. We stayed in the room with the huge whirlpool tub, and she did warn us that it took an hour to fill. So we adjusted our schedule for that! The mountains around us contained many areas to explore. When we returned from our walk, we spent the early evening watching the Cavaliers lose! That was the only disappointment of our entire trip!
The breakfasts were fabulous! Every morning Dave had a different menu for us to enjoy. He always told us the evening before and asked if that was ok with us, which of course it was! The breads were delicious and the fresh juice blends were a wonderful treat. My husband especially enjoyed talking to Dave as he prepared each evening the menu. We felt welcomed and a part of their lives for a little while! We even let the cat, Joey in!
The last night we were there, we brought back ice cream and they brought out the toppings, and we finished a wonderful evening just chatting.
We are definitely coming back! We can't wait to see what they do with the property! As for being new B and B owners; you would never know it!! We are also looking forward to some more of Dave's great breakfast menus!

  • Liked — The overall scenery
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

I stayed at the Inn on Mill Creek in November of 2007, and I am really getting excited about my next stay in July. I've actually stayed at this B&B more than once and here's why: The moment I get on the road off the highway that goes to the Inn, I begin to relax from the stress and tensions of the day to day business of life. With the Inn located in the Pisgah National Forest, I find a quiet, restful and relaxing time. The rooms I've stayed in are immaculate and have a great contemporary style, not at all like some stuffy rooms I've seen in hotels and other B&Bs. The beds are comfortable for a good night’s sleep and the windows can be opened to let in the cool night breezes or to wake up to the birds singing. The decks outside are great to either sit on during the day enjoying the surroundings, reading a book or birdwatching, as well as at night looking at so many stars and listening to the tree frogs. The great room is huge and is a relaxing place to sit and visit with other guests. The walks in the forest are spectacular no matter what time of year I have visited. As far as innkeepers go, Dave and Brigette are available to answer questions regarding places to visit, a bit of the history of the area, restaurants to eat at, special events, or just to sit down and talk with. Dave takes great care to prepare a wonderful breakfast each morning and Brigette does these really great fresh squeezed juices that they call their "house blends". I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking for a B&B off the beaten path, loves the time spent with a quiet forest surrounding them, but yet have the nice time in a small town like Black Mountain or the attractions of a larger town like Asheville so close at hand.

  • Liked — great innkeepers who strive to help make the stay enjoyable & memorable
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Atlanta
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

I am stumped at the negative review. We also stayed at the Inn on Mill Creek (once in March and again in May) and it was a lovely experience each time! No, it didn't look like the web site with profusely flowering gardens--it's spring, in the NC mountains--too early for gardens to be thriving. And landscaping is a constant job, especially if you inherited an overgrown space--some of it does look messy before it can be beautiful and spring is the time to get things ready. Give them a break!

Innkeepers Dave and Brigette more than bent over backwards to make every part of our stay welcoming and comfortable. Any time we asked for something--ice, water, or for one of the fresh-baked blueberry muffins on the counter--it was provided with a smile. In chats with them, we quickly learned they bought the inn about 2 years ago and are working hard at making it their own with an eye to sharing it with people who appreciate a rare jewel like this in the middle of a national forest. While close enough to make easy visits to the Biltmore Estate and surrounding attractions, you can start and end your day relaxing on your porch looking out over the pond, serenaded by wildlife.

Dave's work in the kitchen is also worth the drive. Like almost every b and b I've been to here and abroad, the owner provides breakfast, not a cafeteria selection. And what breakfasts we had! A wonderful stuffed French Toast with homemade sausage balls; veggie quiche; heavenly waffles, all served with Brigette's freshly-squeezed juice of the day.

Each room we stayed in was very pleasant, with all the creature comforts we could want. Comfy beds, spacious bathrooms, all tastefully decorated and immaculately clean, made for a very relaxing stay. Dave and Brigette immediately offered us use of the great room (basketball championships were reaching their finals) and we checked our email daily on their computer or spent time there chatting with them or other guests. We also noticed they gave couples looking for a romantic getaway plenty of privacy.

The grounds were wonderful, with an orchard of apple and peach trees overlooking the inn. The pond provided delights for the eyes and ears with baby trout swarming around the deck while frogs croaked among the cattails. A lovely spot for relaxing with your traveling companion and/or new friends from the inn.

If you're looking for a wonderful place to stay that's off the beaten path for the Biltmore/Black Mountain tourist crowds but close enough to enjoy them easily, this is a perfect place to plant yourself.

  • Liked — Comfort and friendliness
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed May 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 3895 Mill Creek Road, Old Fort, NC 28762
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Old Fort
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Old Fort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn on Mill Creek is a Bed & Breakfast and site on the North Carolina Birding Trail, near Black Mountain and Asheville, North Carolina. Located on seven private wooded acres two miles inside Pisgah National Forest, the Inn features seven guest rooms, an orchard, access to hiking/biking trails and plenty of space to relax. ... more   less 

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