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6280 Ela Rd, Whittier, NC 28789-8682
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#3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Whittier
Nestled in the heart of the greatest cruising country in our nation, the Gear Head Inn is a destination for the young and young-at-heart who have a love affair with the open road. Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains, we are located on State Road 19, between Cherokee and Bryson City. Gear Head Inn is unique in its friendly atmosphere and immaculate,spacious accommodations. You'll feel right at home--here in the country.
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Katherine S wrote a review Aug 2018
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee48 contributions8 helpful votes
This place is one of the neatest places. The owners were a joy. We drove up to the Inn and were welcomed by Mary. She gladly gave us a room and we fell in love from there on. They have real keys for their rooms. Each room is car themed as we got to stay in the Charger room. Massive !!!! If you are wanting a up to date Hilton room please go elsewhere. If you want friendly clean staying at your families house experience STOP here !!! We were invited to the pool that was heated. As well as invited out by the bon fire they have at night where you can watch car themed movies while relaxing away from city lights and traffic. Just 3 miles out of Cherokee hidden away. Can not say enough good things about this place. You must go and say hello to Mary yourself.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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sdeaton4266 wrote a review Jul 2018
Bryson City, North Carolina2 contributions1 helpful vote
My family and I absolutely adore this place. The owners are wonderful people and the rooms and location are amazing. They have outside non fires, movies and a wonderful pool . The Hess-Deaton family ❤️
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
Steve E wrote a review Aug 2017
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We arrived with eight friends after riding down from New England. We took five rooms and were all amazed at the size of the rooms. We stayed a week and all agree that the great time we had riding all day was only made better by the attention and hospitality that owners Jim and Mary provide, A few adult beverages under the deck roof or by the fire pit were great for meeting the other like minded souls that stay there. The outdoor movie (weather permitting) provided some raucous comedy and commentary shared by all. I highly recommend this place to bikers, not only for the proximity to some fantastic riding, but for the people you will meet there and, of course, Jim and Mary.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: We stayed in the Corvette room which adjoins by passage to the suite room with stove etc.
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Response from GearHeadInn, Owner at Gear Head Inn
Responded Aug 4, 2017
Thanks for the kind words. We enjoyed having you and your friends too.
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jleetw11 wrote a review Jul 2017
Salisbury, North Carolina138 contributions52 helpful votes
I stayed at this location and used the bath soap. The bath soap blistered my skin and I did not know it until after we left. I had to go to the Emergency room for treatment . I contacted the hotel and they did nothing .
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Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled on business
Joe C wrote a review Jun 2017
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Super nice owners, BIG, clean rooms. Loved the outdoor movie by the firepit. Will definitely come here again! Out of the hustle of cherokee, but close enough. Owners very helpful with any questions you may have.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsWhittier
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gear Head Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Gear Head Inn?
Nearby attractions include Bryson City Outdoors (4.6 miles), Swain County Heritage Museum (4.5 miles), and Museum of the Cherokee Indian (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gear Head Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gear Head Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gear Head Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gear Head Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bistro at the Everett Hotel, Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Cafe, and Mountain Perks.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gear Head Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Gear Head Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Oconaluftee Indian Village (3.5 miles) and Smith's Dry Goods (4.6 miles).