Meadowbrook Inn & Suites
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... waterfall is a gentle slide and provides an opportunity for some easy waterfall-sliding. Once the turtle was blown up, we took turns sliding down this lower section. The water level wasn’t high and the slope is not steep, so it’s not the most exciting waterfall to slide down, but it was still a lot of fun. After a few slow runs, we realized that we had to start at top on the far side ...
... continued a short ways and found a very steep and difficult path to bushwhack down to her at the base of the falls. We got some pictures from here and then bushwhacked back up to the trail and then made our way back to the car. From here, we continued on the forest road to NC-90 in Edgemont and then got on Brown Mountain Beech Road at Mortimer and drove to the trailhead for Harper Creek Trail (#260). The small roadside parking ...
... over Gragg Prong. By this time, we had run out of water and it was getting late. We were both exhausted, so decided to come back tomorrow to get these waterfalls. We made our way back to the cars, stopping for a couple more pictures of Hunt Fish Falls with fewer people around and better light conditions. Then, the hike back up to the parking area. We decided to get Chinese takeout and have it for dinner back at the ...
... were (surprisingly), no other people here, so we got to have the waterfall to ourselves. Sandy is not so keen on getting her feet wet, but I took off my boots and waded around a bit at the base of the beautiful waterfall. Another smaller, though quite high waterfall was visible just to the right of the falls. After spending some time taking pictures and enjoying the falls, we hiked back up to the ...
... Park for our next real waterfall - Hebron Colony Falls. Although we had visited this waterfall before, I had forgotten my camera so this would be a good opportunity to go back and get some pictures. Previously, the waterfall could be accessed from a short trail off Old Turnpike Road, which was the way we had come in the last time. However, this was a small road with no good spot to park ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Meadowbrook Inn & Suites Blowing Rock
We have just completed our yearly trip to the Carolinas. Blowing Rock is a "must visit" on each of our trips. Over the years, we have come to depend on the Meadowbrook Inn for its fine service, excellent rooms, and lovely grounds. This year was no exception. Everything was just as we anticipated. Thanks to the staff for insuring that our visit was as special as we have come to expect!
After having read the recent reviews on the Meadowbrook Inn, we checked for other availability in the area, but couldn't find much. So despite what we had seen on TripAdvisor, we went ahead and stayed at the Meadowbrook, and even upgraded one of our rooms to a suite.
Our trip to the Meadowbrook Inn was really enjoyable. We stayed in one of the pool suites. It wa fabulous! There was a fireplace in the living room which was so cozy because it was snowing outside. The bedroom had a very comfortable bed with great feeling sheets which is always a plus! The jacusi tub was not only spacious but also had two shower heads, one for the front and another for the back. I'd never seen that before. The suite was decorated very tastefully and I saved the best for last........ we opened a door and walked down a spiraling staircase and there was our own exercise pool with ferns hanging from the ceiling and with concrete walls surrounding it. There were no windows so that you could swim without anyone looking. Another great feature of the hotel that was very unusual to me was an outside gazebo that actually had heaters in the top that would warm you as you were sitting inside. It was so romantic! The pool suites were in an annex building so it was a little difficult walking to the main building, but the snow made the inn look like a huge palace which helped the walk over be more enjoyable. Continental breakfast was served in the main buiding which included hot grits in a crock pot and biscuits and gravy. These foods are always a plus for a southern girl. The inn had a restaurant and a bar on site so there was no need to venture out at night for dinner. It serves Italian food in the evening which was very tasty especially on a cold snowy evening .There was a large heated pool inside the main building in which we enjoyed swimming laps and laying beside the pool in the lounge chairs and reading. My husband enjoyed the exercise room, but that was too much work for me. I'd rather get my exercise shopping. All of this was priced at $240.00 a night which my husband felt was a good deal. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. The Inn is centrally located which makes it convenient walking to restaurants and shops. I would highly recommend this Inn to anyone who is visiting Blowing Rock. We are looking forward to our next trip there and staying at the Meadowbrook.
I stayed at the Meadowbrook Inn earlier this year during my daughters wedding. I saw a few problems:
This place is run-down. There are signs everywhere; chipped paint, torn wallpaper, the patio has DANGER tape to prevent entry--the retaining wall is falling away. Its a mess. But the location is terrific so if you can find a place to drink enough the rooms don't seem so bad. I'd say this is at least a two martini motel. Plus a glass of red, maybe two.
For my 40th wedding anniversary, we stayed here for 3 nights. We had a VIP suite for 2 nights, and a pool suite for the last night. The rooms were large, well furnished, and comfortable. However, the VIP suite had a door to an ajacent room(locked) which could expand your suite to multiple bedrooms. The door had no soundproofing , and a family next door with several small children were both clearly heard and very annoying. The pool suite is not as nice a room as the VIP room, but you do have a private, shallow pool of your own-worth it for one night. The morning breakfast was sub-par, especially the Monday morning, when 1/2 of the items were not available. My son & his wife had a standard room on the first floor which seemed pretty nice, although at $170/night not a great deal. When i checked out they charged me for his room twice, and I had to call back after I returned home to get a credit for $345. It is close to downtown and the grounds are nice. Overall, I would not return for the prices I paid--too expensive for thepackage.service by the staff while friendly was just average.
Don't waste your money
We choose the Meadowbrook thinking it would have the charm of an inn. Don't be fooled! This is at best a budget hotel. The standard rooms are very basic with noisy A/C units, stained ceiling tiles, old bathroom fixtures. Non-smoking rooms are available but smell musty. Definitely not worth the premium rate advertised. The continental breakfast was awful. The front desk staff was harried--answering the reservations line while trying to check guests in and out. The location is convenient to downtown Blowing Rock but that's the only asset.
Great - especially with kids
Loved it. The pool was a great diversion for the kids. Room was large. Wireless internet available. I've stayed at many places in Blowing Rock and this is one of my top 2.
Unless you are a large group of late night types who make lots of noice, get drunk, etc avoid this hotel... I looked for the best hotel and reserved a month in advance the best room I could afford, a VIP suite at nearly $200 a night. I reasoned such a expensive hotel and room would be spacious, clean, and quiet affording my children a good night's sleep away from home. Bottom line is the registration clerk put a family with 2 small children in the middle of a all night wedding reception. The deck to the bar was below our bedroom window and there was a reception hall across from our room. We tried to put the children down for a nap but the noise below on the bar deck was too loud. Dont get room 308! 11pm the reception room must have let out because lots of people filled the hallway making lots of noise. We tried to sleep and by 1:30am I called the front desk to try to put a stop to it. The party goers then came up to their rooms located next to ours, you can imagine the noise of countless drunks entering their rooms. We moved our 3 year old to the bedroom with me and turned the fan on the AC to create white noise. The units are located in the rooms and make lots of noice. I put in ear plugs. At 2:30 am the bar deck was still entertaining guests and drunks were now running through the halls and pounding on doors. I called the front desk again. I assume the bar closed and they cleared off the deck. The bar staff then cleaned the deck off making noise for another 30 minutes. My wife slept on the couch cushions that we moved into the bedroom near the loud AC unit. I never went to sleep and my wife was able to get a few hours sleep. The children woke at their usual time of 6:30am.
My husband and I have stayed at Meadowbrook Inn many times over the past several years. When we were married in 1997, we spent our honeymoon there and have been at least once a year since then. It never changes, unless it's for the better! Meadowbrook is the most beautiful, clean Inn we've ever visited. The staff is always friendly and helpful.