We've been to Boone & Blowing Rock several times, but have usually stayed closer to town. This time, we were bringing two dogs and searched online for a dog-friendly hotel on short notice. Not a lot of places were available the day before Labor Day weekend, and it was about $119/night, so we weren't expecting much.
What a surprise! We stayed in one of the "villas" away from the main Inn. It had been freshly refurbished - we could still smell the paint. The villa included a full kitchen with a generous sized living room, king bedroom, and very nice bathroom.
Continental breakfast in the morning includes the usuals (bagels, danishes, fruit, & cereal), and also a new hot bar (including waffle makers) that the staff said they just started.
Service here is outstanding. We arrived at night, and the clerk actually left the front desk and *walked outside* to show my husband where to park. When it was obvious I was taking a couple of bagels outside the breakfast area (to my husband in the room), a server offered me a to-go box. The waiter in the restaurant, Table, was honest about his recommendations of what to try on the menu -something I always appreciate. You can tell that the people who work here enjoy their jobs and want their guests to be comfortable.
A few items of note:
As another reviewer noted, the spa itself is located a bit away from the main building and is a little difficult to find. We found it a pleasant walk, but didn't try any of the services, so can't comment.
The restaurant is good, but not great. It's what I call "form over function." Beautifully decorated with great waitstaff, but the food is just ok. I did like their key lime pie, though.
A word of caution: In the daylight, the drive to and from the Inn is stunning. However, we arrived in Boone after dark, and driving on an unfamiliar, narrow mountain road is nothing short of terrifying. I would highly recommend arriving before nightfall, if at all possible.
If you're looking for dog-friendly restaurants, we found the Hob Nob Farm Cafe in Boone and MK's Southern Cooking in Blowing Rock to be very accommodating. Hob Nob has a covered patio (great if it rains). MK's patio isn't covered, but the waitress brought us dog bowls of water, which was unexpected & very sweet.
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