Tasting Tours,Historic Tours and Sites 

Carl Sandburg Home

 During your visit make time to visit the Carl Sandburg Home in nearby Flat Rock. Explore the home and grounds of the famous poet and meet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg's herd of dairy goats.  Admission to the grounds is free and there is a small admission charge to tour the house.  Walking paths and beautiful scenery can be found throughout the property.

Thomas Wolfe Angel

Author Thomas Wolfe’s first novel was Look Homeward, Angel. In the book there are constant references to an angel statue carved from Italian marble. This is the angel Wolfe placed in American literature. Thomas Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, sold the statue to the Johnson family to mark the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery. The angel is holding a lily in her left hand and extending her right hand upward. Oakdale Cemetery is located on Hwy. 64 W., just a short distance from downtown. The statue is protected by a wrought iron fence, and there is a historical marker located on the highway.
                                     TASTING TOURS 


From the INN there is a great walking trail to explore....first hit the BASIC BREWERY on the opposite corner from the INN, next the CIDER WORKS, opening mid March is one block up to Main Street and 3 doors down from the corner. you then can venture on down main to Sanctuary Brewery on First Avenue. Pets are welcome there. End your tour at Southern Appalachian Brewery for some live music and beer, but they also serve wine there. You may find the ultimate food truck waiting for you.


Sierra Nevada a short 15 minute driver from the INN has a gazillion of their beers on tap daily, and serves lunch and dinner as well. Check out their live music schedule or book a tour of the brewery. It is a MUST see when you visit the INN.

Biltmore Estate has a winery tour that is included with the main house tour package. You must reserve tickets for the house tour with us in advance.

Oskar Blues is a short 20 minute drive from the INN and is a beautiful drive in the countryside. 

Burntshirt and  St. Paul Wineries are a short drive out highway 64. It is a beautiful drive through the apple
orchards and many farms. Both wineries are close to each other so you must do both while you are at it. They offer wine tastings, wine for purchase, and a wonderful gift shop. Burntshirt often has live music.

***Let us pack a picnic lunch , nuts and pretzel snack, or cheese and cracker basket for your tour. Please order when making your room reservation. Must be ordered in advance!***