This nearly 200 year old building has been well maintained, updated and features carefully chosen decor and attention to detail.


The Black Mountain Inn

Spacious Rooms

We offer cozy rooms and a loft suite that are designed with a touch of old world charm.

Originally designed as a stagecoach stop, the inn was built circa 1830 and for more than 100 years it underwent several transformations. At the turn of the 20th century it operated for several years as the Franklin Humanitarian Home (a TB sanatorium).

Notably, in 1940, as the famed Black Mountain College approached its zenith, the property was purchased by Mary Aleshire and Daisey Erb. Mrs. Aleshire was the manager of the Norton Art Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida. She artfully restored and updated the historic property. In 1942, the house was opened as the Oak Knoll Art Studio, which served primarily as a summer artist's retreat for Mrs. Aleshire and her many famous guest; Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Norman Rockwell, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and Joan Sutherland among them.

In 1965, wishing to preserve the house, and prevent commercial development the Aleshires sold the house to their caretaker Jim Reid.

The house was purchased again in 1989 and lovingly restored by its current owners, who transformed it into the Black Mountain Inn. Since then, we have been privileged to return this wonderful inn to the tradition of welcoming guests to the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains.

We offer cozy rooms and a loft that are designed with a touch of old world charm.


Spacious grounds and luscious landscapes are the perfect setting for your wedding, event, vacation or just for a family weekend away. 


If relaxing is more your style, be sure to check out our luxurious spa and spend your afternoon unwinding and relaxing in the Inn. (Spa services available upon scheduling.)



Private Bathrooms

Each room has a private bathroom, allowing you to unwind and relax like you were home.

Charming & Elegant Historic Inn