I've stayed here many times since the early 1990's. It's NOT a Marriott or Ritz Carlton. They lack Charm! You don't go to the Pine Crest Inn do do stuff, you go there to embrace a time of simple elegance. The grounds are beautifully maintained. The rooms are comfortable and recently updated. Water and sodas in the refridgerator in our room was appreciated.
Sadly we did not have dinner this trip on the property. But the chef Alec Eman recently arrived from France and we met his during breakfast. OMG can he cook and omelette. BTW, the French don't have a word for omelette do they? (joke). I had an egg white omelette with vegetables inside. It was crepe thin and he rolled it up. Beautiful. My wife had a regular omelette with all the goodies. He showed talent even on just eggs. He did his own granola house made with local fruits. The coffee served was NOT you standard fare either. So many places use Royal Cup or Starbucks. This was a local (Greenville, Sc) roaster, full bodied, complex,coffee.
Next trip we will have dinner at the inn. I reviewed the wine list and it's quite extensive and reasonably priced wines so if your a foodie you'd understand theynhave some 2007 Kistler (a single,vineyard) for about $120 a bottle. That's CHEAP for a wine of that pedigree.
Great staff, charming inn......
They also have a few dog friendly rooms....I saw some bees so there has to be honey there sometime soon too
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a relaxing, intimate retreat tucked just a mile from downtown Tryon. Once a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places & has received numerous national awards & recognition. The restaurant is renowned for its excellent foothills cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients & has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The inn has luxurious suites & private cottages, all with private baths; most have fireplaces & jetted tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1906 Pine Crest Hotel Tryon