One of the charms of western North Carolina is the abundance of bed & breakfast inns scattered throughout the mountains. One of the clear standouts is right here in Black Mountain: The Red Rocker Inn.
The Red Rocker was originally built as one of the more prominent homes in Black Mountain more than 117 years ago and not long after became an inn. About nine years ago Doug and Jenny Bowman arrived in town and took ownership. After a career in Christian camps, they and their children settled in to operate and update the Red Rocker.
Today, the inn offers seventeen guest rooms, each with its own bath and melt away bedding. As with most B&B’s, the decor of each room is unique, with each having a different name. There’s a certain comfort when staying at a B&B. You’re a guest in someone’s home and they treat you like family. To go along with the sumptuous accommodations is excellent food.
It starts off with a different breakfast menu every morning, most often served buffet style. Offerings include staples such as bacon, sausage, biscuits and cheese grits, but also items like one of a kind souffles or “Hummingbird Pancakes” with vanilla syrup and caramel pecan French toast. A variety of juices and coffee round it out.
Dinner is served six days a week and is open to the public by reservation. Daughter Kaylea has been in the kitchen working up recipies for years. Their famous pot roast, trout and rib eye are always on the menu alongside several seasonal options. Desserts made from scratch by Jenny top off the evening. Speaking from personal experience, they are fantastic.
In August of last year, the PBS news show, “North Carolina Weekend” came to the Red Rocker and filmed a segment on the inn. The Red Rocker is the recipient of numerous awards including the Southern Living Magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Award”, three years in a row. So if you or guests want a quiet, homey, enjoyable place for an evening or weekend, call Doug and Jenny at the Red Rocker 828-669-5991.