The Green Park Inn
in Blowing Rock
FIRST OPENED IN 1891
The Green Park Inn is a beautiful and historic hotel nestled in beautiful Blowing Rock in the heart of the High Country. First opened in 1891 by three men from Lenoir, the Green Park Inn contained the only post office for the entire area, which still remains in the hotel today. The “golf wing” was put in place in the late 1950s, and throughout the decades various celebrities spent nights at the hotel including Annie Oakley, J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Margaret Mitchell, who wrote part of “Gone with the Wind” while staying at the hotel.
The Green Park Inn straddles the Eastern Continental Divide at the gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.The “Grande Dame of the High Country” remains the second oldest operating resort hotel in North Carolina.
The New Green Park Inn
In 2010, New York Hotel afficianados Eugene and Steven Irace purchased the hotel and in the fall of that year the hotel underwent extensive repairs and modifications, including refurnishing of the space and modernization. Most of the hotel’s new furnishings were made in the United States, many of them crafted just down the road in Lenoir or High Point.
The Chestnut Grille
The Laurel Room Restaurant was reopened in 2013 as the Chestnut Grille, a casual mountain dining experience. Completely renovated to show off the beautiful chestnut wood construction, the Chestnut Grille offers comfort cooking with a touch of gourmet, a thoughtful wine selection and fabulous service.
The Divide Tavern
The Divide Tavern and Lounge is now serving mixed beverages in addition to an extensive wine and beer menu. Enjoy the lounge, library or the veranda to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, listen to live music and enjoy the atmosphere.
Every Sunday at 6pm, the music gets started at the new Green Park Inn and guests flock to the tunes to enjoy an evening of music and great food. What started last summer as a summertime music series on the veranda has become a year-round Sunday tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. Music starts at 5 p.m. every Sunday night and keeps going until 8pm.
The Green Park Inn Story
The Green Park Inn was opened in 1891 by a group of businessmen that included the Green family on extensive acreage then known as "Green Park". Back then, and for many years, the hotel contained the only United States Post Office for the area.( A piece of this original post office remains with the hotel, in our "history room", to this day.) In the late 1950s and early 1960s what is now referred to as "the golf wing" was built, adding somewhat larger rooms and balconies overlooking the golf course to the hotel's inventory. Throughout the decades and generations this Grand Dame of the High Country has hosted such historic and memorable figures as Annie Oakley, J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Margaret Mitchell (who penned part of "Gone With the Wind" while a guest of the hotel) and somewhat less notable, though no less important guests as the Smiths, and the Jones and so many more sojourners in search of a night's respite, or a superb and intriguing vacation destination.
Given the hotel's physical location, straddling the Eastern Continental Divide (at the gateway to the Blue Ridge National Parkway) and its rich history and significance to the North Carolina High Country, the Green Park Inn was rightfully placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The last of the "Grand Manor Hotels" in western North Carolina she remains the state's second oldest operating resort hotel.
In May, 2010, the Green Park Inn was purchased by New York hotel "affection-ados" Eugene and Steven Irace. Throughout the summer and early fall of 2010 the hotel underwent extensive infrastructure and systems repair and modernization, as well as having been entirely refurnished. We are proud to say that, having made a commitment to "Buy American", much if not most of the hotel's new furnishing were made in America. For example, many of the room furnishings are Thomasville, and manufactured just down the mountain in Lenoir, NC, or in High Point, NC.
The hotel includes 88 guest rooms, approximately one half of which have been, refurbished. All guest rooms contain entirely new room furnishings, most have renovated or updated bathrooms, and many have new carpeting. All of the hotel’s public areas have also been refurbished and contain entirely new furnishing, and new floor finishing in most public areas. Work continue behind the scenes to update and reopen even more guest rooms, and additional public areas such as the Broyhill Room, a 300 person conference and event space, and the Blue Ridge Room, the hotel’s smaller 50-60 persona capacity meeting room.
Following a "gut renovation" of the hotel's kitchen facilities that included 200 feet of underground plumbing trenches, new 400amp electrical service, and entirely new kitchen equipment the Laurel Room Restaurant was re-opened to the public and guests on July 1, 2011, offering fine dining (and event facilities).
The Proprietors and Staff of the Green Park Inn anticipate even more history being created throughout the many years and decades to come as we welcome you to, or welcome you back to the Historic Green Park Inn.