Our History

The Pine Crest Inn was constructed in 1906, and has welcomed guests since equestrian Carter Brown converted it to an inn in 1917. It was added to the the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, the Inn features 35 comfortable guest rooms; four in the main Pine Crest Lodge and the remainder in ten outlying cabins & cottages. Original buildings, including a 250-year-old log cabin, a woodcutter cottage, and a stone cottage, add to its charm. The inn also features a modern conference facility that is perfect for corporate meetings, group training sessions, marriage retreats, or family reunions.

Reminiscent of an English country inn, the Pine Crest’s comforts include supple leather chairs, richly upholstered furnishings, lovely stone fireplaces and natural hardwood floors. Each of our guest rooms have full, private baths, flat screen TVs and complimentary wireless high speed internet. Many of our rooms feature spacious sitting areas, cozy fireplaces, and jetted tubs. The Inn also offers an extensive library of books and games to peruse and play at your leisure.

The culinary team at Carter’s Tavern and Wine Cellar cater to your group’s schedule and dining needs. Fresh flowers, candlelight, and a crackling fire complete the English Tavern setting and enhance your dining enjoyment. Our Chef prepares inspired cuisine from the freshest ingredients; a feast for both the eye and palate. Our award-winning wine collection offers a variety of select vintages to perfectly compliment your meal.  At this time, we only serve dinner to groups and for special events by advance reservation.

We hope you’ll take a few moments to enjoy our video online tour of the 1906 Pine Crest Inn.

The Innkeeper

North Carolina native Carl Caudle bought the 1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant in 2003. Looking for a significant lifestyle change, Carl came to Western North Carolina to breathe new life and energy into this historic property.

Carl serves as the General Manager and Innkeeper of the Pine Crest Inn. Carl’s relocation from Raleigh’s Research Triangle Park and transition from the technology sector to the hospitality industry benefits the inn’s corporate clientele. Traveling across the country and around the world for previous employers, Carl has experienced first-hand the best and worst of accommodations, conference facilities, and dining for the business traveler. He draws upon these experiences when ensuring that the inn’s corporate retreats are appropriately tailored for productivity and relaxation. Carl also brings his passion for wine; an interest that matured during his 7-year tenure living near California’s wine country.

Carl is joined by a wonderful team of dedicated hospitality professionals who work together to deliver world-class hospitality in a classic southern style to all the guests of this historic property.