Charleston Inn
Bryson City, North Carolina, USA

Angela and Scot Warf own and operate the Charleston Inn, just minutes from the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited site in the US parks system. recently spoke with Angela and Scot about their romantic bed and breakfast.

Describe your most romantic room.

Our most romantic room is our King Jacuzzi Room. It is one of our larger rooms and has a king-sized bed. The room is decorated in a Victorian style.  The best aspect of the room, however, is the large Jacuzzi bathtub.

Pretend you are a couple visiting your property for the first time. What would you plan for your special weekend?

We would arrive on Friday night, having previously arranged with Scot & Angela dinner reservations for the evening. After dinner, we would take a moonlight walk through town, stopping at some of the watering holes and gathering places along the way. After that, we would likely head back to the Charleston Inn for a soak in the outdoor Hot Tub or in our own in-room Jacuzzi Bathtub.

We would wake the next morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Since we know that breakfast is served between 8am and 10am at intimate tables set for two, we would probably not worry about getting to breakfast too early or having to interact with other guests unless we just wanted to. After breakfast, we would head out for some adventure!

We could hike the many trails through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We could get dizzy riding our motorcycle on the Tail of the Dragon, head to the casino for some gambling and entertainment, or ride the scenic railway to the Nantahala Gorge and back.  There is so much to do that we would have a hard time deciding!

Anyway, later that evening, we would get dressed up for the Dinner Train ride (Scot & Angela made these reservations for us, also), and return afterward to the Charleston Inn for another night of lounging in the outdoor Hot Tub or private Jacuzzi. The next morning, we would wake up to another delicious breakfast and make our way back home.  Of course, we would take the long way home to see some of the sights we missed on Saturday!

What are some of the most unique aspects of the Charleston Inn?

One of the most unique aspects of our property is the beautifully landscaped gardens.  This is one of the reasons that weddings are so popular here. Some very beautiful pictures have been taken at Charleston Inn weddings! The variety of rooms we have can accommodate every member of the wedding party from the grandparents to the cousins to the bride and groom themselves. The Charleston Inn is uniquely suited for small weddings and wedding receptions.

What's a typical breakfast at the Charleston Inn?

Our breakfast can be described as good country cooking!  Items include Hashbrown Casserole, Cheese Grits, Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits, Gravy, Country Ham, Baked Apples, and Belgian Waffles. We believe that our guests need all the energy they can get for their outdoor adventures!

What the best time of year to visit your property?

Couples love to visit Western North Carolina in October. The leaves are stunningly beautiful all month long! The most popular month for families is July. 

Both of these months are busy times of the year. However, we believe that one of the best times to visit is in the Spring!  Spring time is a beautiful time to be in the mountains.  Everything is blooming, temperatures are moderate, and crowds are smaller during April, May, and June.

For a truly relaxing getaway (the kind where you don't really want to leave the room except to eat), renting the Gingerbread Cottage or King Jacuzzi Room in a month like November, December, February, or March would be ideal. Who knows, it may even snow during your stay!

Do you host weddings?

Yes, we host weddings at the Charleston Inn. We are uniquely equipped to host outdoor weddings and receptions for up to 75 people and indoor weddings and receptions for up to 50. We can accommodate up to about 50 in our lodging facility as well, and we seriously discount our facility fee if wedding party guests occupy a certain number of room nights!

I guess the perfect wedding experience would be for the wedding party to occupy the entire facility and have the wedding ceremony, reception party, and lodging at the Charleston Inn. That has happened a few times, and most recently on a beautiful Saturday last April. The family started arriving on Friday night, and the wedding ceremony was held Saturday outside under the paragon (a white circular structure between the Main House and the 14-room Inn).  The reception was held in the dining room and on the decks overlooking the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the guests retired to their rooms afterward. The food was delicious, the DJ kept everyone dancing, and the bride's father was so happy, I thought he was going to bust! We enjoy hosting weddings, and look forward to many more in the future.

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