Although only staying one night, the Hale Springs Inn will be a cherished memory for a long time to come. From the scenic drive we choose to get there, to the easy check in, I had a good feeling early on that this would be a much needed escape from the hustle and stress of our jobs and the Holiday season.
The Inn steps back to a more simple time, where you can connect with each other and have the opportunity to meet new people. Literally built in another century, this Inn bonds the revolutionary times of the 1800's to the visitors from our generations. The staff was more than helpful, they were genuinely friendly, not fake. The room we choose, overlooked the Main St. Through the four windows, you could see a town decorated for Christmas with greenery and red ribbons on the old world street lights. The room was very large, with an antique bed that required steps to climb in. We had a gas fireplace with a sitting area and more antique furnishings. The bathroom was clean and the shower, with it's curved shower bar, was a nice touch. The three floors of the Inn were almost like a part of a historic home tour that you could stay in. The location was perfect for us. We walked to local shops and purchased a nice bottle of wine from the town's wine and liquor store. At 4:00 PM, we returned to McKinney's Tavern and had a tall, cold domestic draught beer as we waited for our reservation for dinner in the Inn. The dinner menu was a prerequisite for a perfect dinner with excellent service. The dinner rooms were intimate, rustic and had a romantic, old world charm. See my review of McKinney's Tavern for details, but suffice it to say, it was excellent! We retired to our room early after a glass of wine in the lounge. The large, flat screen TV was a modern temptation that we also took advantage of as we fell asleep dreaming of a breakfast as good as the dinner. As we checked in, their were four breakfast meals to choose from and serving times of 7:00, 8:00 or 9:00 A.M. I chose the French
Toast with crisp, well cut bacon. My wife had the 2 egg and bacon breakfast with a home made biscuit. It was very good and again, excellent service. We will plan this trip again.
If you choose the travel route we did, take I 81 and get off at exit 23 (Bulls Gap). We stopped by Yoder's Amish Market on 11 E, then took route 66 into Rogersville.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn was originally built in 1824 by John McKinney, a local lawyer and businessman. During the nineteenth century, the Inn played host to many famous personages as they made their way into the thriving new state of Tennessee. Among them were United States Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson.When the inn closed in 1998 it was Tennessee's oldest continuously operated inn. In 2003 the Rogersville Heritage Association purchased the inn and, in cooperation with city government, launched a renovation effort which surpassed $2.1 million. The inn reopened in 2009 and continues to be a gleaming example of the rich history found in Rogersville, TN. Hale Springs Inn boasts 9 gorgeous guest rooms, massage services on site, as well as McKinney's Restaurant & Tavern. The restaurant offers a competitively-priced menu with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and creative twists on traditional southern fare. ... more less
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