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“My Family Vacation!!!!!”
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Gear Head Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Whittier B&B and Inns
Easley, S.C.
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3 reviews
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“My Family Vacation!!!!!”
Reviewed September 29, 2010

We stayed at the Gearhead Inn with our 2 boys in July. We had been staying in Cherokee at the Cool Valley Motel since 2000 and when we found out it wasn't going to have a pool this year we started looking around and we found the Gearhead Inn. Jim and Mary are the nicest people and we so enjoyed our stay at their motel. Our boys who are 16 and 13 loved the pool and stayed out there the whole time we were there. I would recommend this motel to anyone. It is a very nice motel and the rooms are clean and oversized and all 4 of us stayed in the room and we had plenty of room to move around. We have already gotten reservations for next year in July. Can't wait to go back.
Beverly from South Carolina

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

We were looking for an out-of -the way older motel for our visit to Cherokee. I am glad we found Gearhead Inn! It was clean and the beds/pillows were very comfortable. We loved the large room and the retro feel of the place. The owners, Jim and Mary were very friendly and helpful. The coffee Mary had in the office in the mornings was great. We were in town for business and pleasure and Gearhead Inn was in the perfect location. The pool was clean and refreshing. If you are looking for a newer more modern hotel this is not the place for you but if you want spacious rooms, comfy beds and the feel of yesteryear you will love this place.We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

My husband and I have stayed at the Gearhead Inn 3 times this year. We make it our regular stop no matter where we are driving. The "smell of the South" in the shrubbery greats you as you get out of your car. The rooms are very spacious with everything we need to be truly comfortable. The owners are new, the name is new, the theme is new and exciting as each room is themed for the muscle cars of the 50s and 60s. Jim and Mary have worked to restore this motel to it's original condition. The past visit included our adult children and our grand children. Eating by the pool while the kids unwound from our driving trip was an instant pleasure. We were within a few miles of the Smokey Mt National Park entrance; we enjoyed that the next day returning to the Gearhead and the southern hospitality of Jim and Mary. We will definitely return to this special inn again and again.
RnL, Orlando, FL

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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St Peter, MN
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

We spent a night at the Gearhead Inn and would recommend it to those traveling with families. The kids had fun in the pool. Great hospitality from Mary & Jim. It was fun to hear about their plans for the place - can't wait to go back to see all the improvements!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Fairlawn, VA
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

I'm into cars and motorcycles and there are enough great car and motorcycling roads to explore a different one each day for a week. And the nightly campfire is a great place to kick tires and swap lies with two really knowledgeable car buffs (owners Jim and Mary). Restaurants are a few miles away though (The Bar-B-Que Wagon‎ and Jimmy Mac's Restaurant‎ are two of the best and worth the visit).
They are constantly improving what was obviously a motel in need of tLC (they were replacing doors while we were there). The car and MC themes are different for each room but they are keeping a 60s retro look which includes large rooms with high ceilings, a step back to when motor lodges were king, nice nostalgia. Quiet clean rooms and helpful owners
what more can you ask for? Oh yeah reasonable rates too. I'll be back.,

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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McCordsville
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

For the money wow!... and tucked away and quiet setting is so pleasurable for a weekend away with family and friends. We talked to the owners and they are still in the works of getting things updated and changed even more than what they have already done. The rooms are bigger than the high dollar places for 1/2 the price. You ARE close to all the smokie mountain parks and roads. Easy to get to and nice and clean. The wood work in the rooms were so nostalgic ! ! Goes with the area, unlike ANY of the new places !!!! The room we were in was nice! windows on each side gives you a breeze without the air conditioning. We really did enjoy our stay and would tell any of our friends to stay there anytime of year. The family who owns it live right there and will help you with anything you might need or need to know. We WILL be going back!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

Very excited about the changes at the "GearHead Inn." Beds are comfortable and pillows terrific! A work in progress but looking forward to the future improvements here and can't wait to return to the area.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gear Head Inn
Address: 6280 Ela Rd, Whittier, NC 28789-8682
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Whittier
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Whittier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Gear Head Inn 1.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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