North Carolina has an irresistible charm that keeps visitors coming back. This might be nowhere more apparent than our state’s cozy and welcoming bed and breakfasts. Whether you’re looking to relax in rooms with ornate furnishings, wake up to brunch served on a veranda, or stroll through on-site gardens or a nearby beach, these spots offer the ultimate retreat.
1 Be Captivated By Rustic Beauty
1 Be Captivated By Rustic BeautyWhistle Stop Inn in DillsboroSee on map
Experience a casually elegant getaway at a rustic farmhouse bursting with character and cozy charm. Take a deep breath of mountain air as you step on the front porch of the Whistle Stop Inn, and admire the quaintness of Dillsboro. Enjoy the town's vibrant culinary scene, antique shopping and local artists all within walking distance. Or hop in your car and take a short drive for an outdoor adventure of winter fishing, hiking or rafting. Breakfast in the parlor – where Gladys’ peach French toast is a huge hit – will be waiting for you before you set out. You might even want to grab a beer (or two) from the nearby brewery, Innovation Station, to wrap up your adventure.
2 Pamper Yourself Outside The City
2 Pamper Yourself Outside The CityArrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast in DurhamSee on map
Tucked away, yet near it all – just a 15-minute drive north of downtown Durham is the historic Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast. Pamper yourself with a room in the Manor House, or spend a long weekend at the inn’s romantic Garden Cottage. For the ultimate private oasis, reserve the North Carolina Cabin. No matter where you stay, you’ll be sure to unwind with the help of luxurious amenities such as cozy fireplaces in every room, satin robes, all-natural Sítrónu bath products and gourmet breakfast prepared thoughtfully every morning. Arrowhead Inn also doesn’t skimp on celebrations. Take relaxation a step further or create a memorable romantic getaway by adding one of the inn’s packages to your stay.
3 Revel in Historic Charm
3 Revel in Historic CharmThe Duke Mansion in CharlotteSee on map
The Duke Mansion is a grandiose estate in the Queen City that dates back to 1915. Built in the style of colonial revival architecture, it was later expanded and tripled in size. Over the years, wealthy families acquired the property, and in 1998, it was officially established as a historic inn and meeting center. Today, the elaborate bed and breakfast includes 20 lavish guest rooms, several of which share sleeping porches. During your stay, meander through the 4.5 acres of expertly manicured grounds, dine on the sumptuous breakfast spread and lose track of time in the guest library.
4 Feel the Romance on Love Lane
4 Feel the Romance on Love LaneOak Hill on Love Lane in WaynesvilleSee on map
What better place to spend a romantic getaway than Oak Hill on Love Lane? In 1900, this cozy B&B was built with timber straight from its backyard, the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, the Waynesville homestead still has many of its original features, including the hardwood floors, grand staircases and even a claw foot tub. The inn serves a daily gourmet breakfast using locally sourced ingredients and seasonal inspiration. Stay overnight, and relax on the porch with a view of the mountains, curl up around the in-room fireplace and pamper yourself the entire getaway.
5 Relish the Sea Breezes
5 Relish the Sea BreezesBeacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Carolina BeachSee on map
Sitting across the street from the ocean, Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast provides you with a little slice of the seaside. This beach house features upper- and lower-level porches and a back deck, where you can soak up the salty sea air. Choose from a variety of guestrooms or suites, each with its own signature décor, from the Pineapple Room to the Whirlpool Suite. Wake up to a sweet or savory breakfast – depending on the day – schedule a Swedish massage, and then saunter over to the sand and sea for an afternoon filled with sunshine and seashells.