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136 N Dougherty St, Black Mountain, NC 28711-3326
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 08/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 6 in Black Mountain
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
Travelers' Choice
The Red Rocker Inn is an updated 1896 Bed and Breakfast, Restaurant, and Bakery in the heart of the charming town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Recent and ongoing renovations enhance the elegance of this beautiful historic inn. All rooms offer private en suite bath, air conditioning, and free excellent Wi-Fi. Choose a King, Queen, Full or Two-Queens room. Several rooms feature fireplaces or whirlpool tubs. Help yourself to the complimentary homemade cookies, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet served each morning with the menu changing daily. Breakfast is also open to the public by reservation Our on-site casual fine-dining restaurant is rate #1 in Black Mountain by TripAdvisor. Dine any night except Sundays. The menu features grilled rib-eye steaks, premium pork chops, mountain trout, fried chicken breast, vegetarian, and more. Wine and beer and acclaimed homemade desserts finish your meal. We are happy to accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free and other dietary needs. Also visit our new Four Sisters Bakery on site. Take home some cinnamon rolls, scones, croissants, cookies, and more. Or sit in the beautiful shaded garden with some coffee and a treat. Nearby are The Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock Park, shopping, hiking, antiques, music, art and historic attractions. Plenty of easy on site parking.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Coffee shop
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Desk
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Housekeeping
Radio
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
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Sofa
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Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Susan C wrote a review Jun 13
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Doug & Jenny Bowman, the innkeepers, are genuine, caring, accomodating hosts. The inn has been their home for many years, and it shows. They truly care for each guest, and always make you feel at home. The food is amazing, whether it's breakfast or dinner. We visit at least twice per year because we love the area, and for the last 22 years, we've stayed at the Red Rocker. The rooms are comfortable, and peaceful. No TV's except in the den help to make sure guests get to know each other. And relaxing in the red rockers on the front porch is a great way to spend an evening, any time of year! We will always come back to the Red Rocker Inn!!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded 1 week ago
You do sound like a frequent guest who knows this place well. Thank you for pointing out your favorite highlights, and for all the fun visits. We'll look forward to more! See you again soon!
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Pam S wrote a review Jun 2020
Hanahan, South Carolina, United States15 contributions3 helpful votes
Property's Favorite Review
We always look forward to any chance to get away to Black Mountain, Asheville, & the Red Rocker Inn. We have been there so many times that it just feels like home but without the cooking & making our bed. During this Covid-19 pandemic, we felt this would be the safest place to travel to & not be worried. Doug & Jenny with their wonderful staff took good care of us with all their safe procedures in place at the Inn. The food was as exceptional as it always is with their resident chef who always exceeds all our expectations. The weather was wonderful, we were well taken care of & met some really nice people to chat with while rocking in the rockers on the front porch.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Room Tip: Rooms on the second or third floor are preferred for less people coming & going
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Jul 30, 2020
That about sums it up! Thanks so much for posting your review, we hope everyone leaves feeling as happily pampered as you did. Like everyone, we have had to make adjustments during this Covid-19 time but that has taught us to serve our guests even better. We keep trying to please in all respects, and as you said - to exceed expectations. Thanks so much for a faithful guest!
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Robert M wrote a review May 2022
Wilmington, North Carolina1 contribution
A wonderful breakfast comes with the room. It's a quaint inn with quality comfortable rooms. They also serve an amazing supper. The Red Rocker Inn is the best place to stay in Black Mountain. Anytime I visit this area this would be my pick.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Hi Robert, thank you for the great review! So happy you liked your stay here. And we're glad you ate dinner too. We hope you'll be back again soon!
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cc0926 wrote a review Feb 2022
Altamonte Springs, Florida3 contributions
We always stay at the Red Rocker Inn when visiting family in Black Mountain. Great location, quiet and beautiful. I love eating breakfast, which exceeds all expectations, next to the fireplace. Owners and staff are wonderful and the Appalachian room is so comfortable. Plus the bakery next door is fantastic!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Mar 16, 2022
Thank you so very much for the kind review! We'll see you another time!
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elkinsdke wrote a review Feb 2022
Cedartown, Georgia11 contributions2 helpful votes
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I took my wife to the Red Rocker Inn for a Valentine’s and birthday celebration. We stayed in the Elizabeth’s Attic Room. The room was very nice with a fireplace in the room with a two person soaking tub and large separate shower in the bathroom. I made reservations for the Valentine’s dinner and the food was exceptional. The breakfast buffet that morning was not your normal continental breakfast it was very good. The morning after Valentine’s Day the breakfast was cooked to order which was a nice surprise. The owners hospitality was top notch. We highly recommend staying at the Red Rocker Inn.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Mar 16, 2022
Thanks for the stay and for the review! I should mention as you did, that on the occasion when we have just a few rooms, we will cook and serve breakfast to order instead of opening the buffet. and our guests are just as pleased because they can choose from many options. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day as well. We hope you'll be back for another romantic stay with us.
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Deb C wrote a review Feb 2022
Church Hill, Tennessee41 contributions12 helpful votes
Picked Red Rocker Inn restaurant over several other choices, for a birthday dinner. Drove 2 hours because we had been there a couple other times and enjoyed wonderful dinners, fantastic filet mignon.!! The website states filet mignon on the menu as an entree, and was THE REASON we chose to go there for dinner. . When we got there however, they did not have the filet mignon as the website stated. Was very disappointed! Also, no brussel sprouts (also usually on menu) , no asparagus. Only thing green, was greenbeans. Ended up ordering the grilled salmon, which was just ok, served with rice and what was called "roasted root veggies", that was sweet potatoes, so had rice AND potatoes as sides!!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Mar 16, 2022
Thanks for visiting for your birthday and for writing a review. First I'd like to say that the menu on our website says at the top that menu items and prices can change at any time. We are so glad that you loved the filet and brussels sprouts enough to come back for them a second time. But we do change things up every now and then - just to keep the experience fresh, but also because, as you know in the current environment, we can only order what is available. Not all food is available all the time any more. The roasted root vegetable you ordered is actually a blend of several vegetables- sweet potatoes, butternut squash, rutabaga, etc. included. You also can customize your dinner plate while you are here, and order any sides with any entre. We hope you'll come back and try us again and be open to some new things to try. Please call ahead if you like and we'll be glad to tell you what's on the menu for that night.
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Angela H wrote a review Jan 2022
Umatilla, Florida6 contributions1 helpful vote
My two daughters and I stayed here over the week between Christmas Day and New Years Eve and we had a fantastic and relaxing stay. Doug and Jenny and their staff were kind and accommodating. We stayed in the Appalachian room and it was cozy and enough room for us and all of our things. The beds are so comfortable and the towels are cushy. The breakfast every morning is wonderful and my girls had no problem getting up to get downstairs for it! The Inn is in a great location. While there we visited the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, went snowtubing and saw the Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum, all within a short driving distance. We will definitely choose to stay with them again when we go back up.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Mar 16, 2022
What a fun-filled trip! No wonder you're eager to come back! Thanks so much for allowing us to host your vacation with your daughters, and for sending in such a nice review. See you all next time around!
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Lanny S wrote a review Nov 2021
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We happened upon the Red Rocker while looking for a breakfast spot. The owner welcomed us in and we had an amazing breakfast!! The French toast was amazing!!! We will definitely be back. We do recommend having reservations.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Mar 16, 2022
Hello and thanks for the great review! It is so fun to feed folks who love what we do. Just to clarify for others: The Red Rocker Inn is open to the public for breakfast by reservation. And if you can't plan ahead you can always grab something fun and delicious at The Four Sisters Bakery. Thanks again!
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Handcrafter wrote a review Nov 2021
Gatlinburg, Tennessee3 contributions
We have been staying at the Red Rocker for many years. We are pleased to find that the experience is what we always expected; great food, a restful stay and quality amenities. Recently we found that the owners were away for a family funeral. The well trained staff did not drop the ball in any way. It was as it had always been. We recommend the Red Rocker and a visit to the quaint and beautiful town of Black Mtn.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Nov 21, 2021
Thank you for coming again, and for the really nice review. I'm so glad to hear that our staff ran things just as well as always and that you felt at home. Hope we'll be around the next time you are here.
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Dexter A wrote a review Nov 2021
Somerset, Kentucky28 contributions10 helpful votes
We spent three restful nights at the Red Rocker Inn in mid-November 2021. This was our second stay at the Inn, and it was as enjoyable as our first. We stayed in the Inn's "Garrett" room, a third floor bedroom with en suite bath and a king bed. The room includes a soft, chifferobe, dressing table, gas fireplace, and two skylights. The bathroom includes a tub and a separate enclosed shower. There are no TVs in the Red Rocker Inn's guest rooms, a thankful respite in these days. There is excellent wifi available throughout the Inn. The days were warm and we enjoyed sitting in rocking chairs (red ones, of course) on the front porch. The included breakfast was plentiful and included the best, crispiest bacon I've found. We enjoyed the apple butter and granola and took home some of each of the Inn's product. We ate supper in the Inn's restaurant twice. The portions were generous and the food was prepared to perfection. Black Mountain is a walking town, and we parked our car at arrival and walked from the Inn to town for lunch, shopping, and for one evening meal. Our stay at the Red Rocker Inn was quiet, uneventful, and exactly what we needed to relax for awhile. We'll be back.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Doug Bowman, Owner at Red Rocker Inn
Responded Nov 21, 2021
I'm so glad to hear of your wonderful visit! And we are looking forward to the next time you will be here. Thank you for writing such nice comments!
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PRICE RANGE
$175 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
red rocker hotel black mountain
LOCATION
United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsBlack Mountain
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Red Rocker Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Red Rocker Inn?
Nearby attractions include Black Mountain Escape (0.3 miles), Black Mountain Town Square (0.2 miles), and Lake Tomahawk Park (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Red Rocker Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Red Rocker Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Red Rocker Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Red Rocker Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Red Rocker Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Red Rocker Inn Restaurant, Veranda Cafe & Gift, and The Dripolator Coffeehouse.
Is Red Rocker Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Black Mountain.
Does Red Rocker Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
Is Red Rocker Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.