About The Alpine Inn

Welcome to the Beauty of the Alpine Inn

Artists and lovers alike travel the curvaceous mountain incline of Rte. 226A off the Blue Ridge Parkway in pursuit of the inspiration granted from this miraculous environment.  A holistic retreat from that which is common with no annoying bells or whistles that can interfere with our freedom to just Be.  A remarkably non-commercialized and minimally developed national treasure, this vacation paradise was once only enjoyed by North Carolina’s elite. The Alpine Inn now offers opportunities to the rest of us. Peace, quiet, and comfort await visitors to this cozy hideaway. With over 120 mountain peaks reaching more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the area surrounding The Alpine Inn boasts limitless opportunities for interacting with nature. 

The meandering curves of Rte. 226A (also known as The Diamondback)  offer stunning views and an interactive driving experience for travelers.  One of the country’s best motorcycle tours and a favorite course for cyclists, this road leads to The Alpine Inn – a pleasant place to rest and regroup.  Area attractions include some of the biggest and best in the country. Nearby Mount Mitchell ascends nearly 6,700 feet above sea level, making it the highest peak east of the Mississippi.  This area of the Appalachian Mountains is reminiscent of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, and is truly a nature lover’s dream. With myriad deciduous and coniferous trees, old-growth forests, and multiple species of lichens and mosses, hikers are sure to be awed and amazed. 

Wildflower patches and Valleys punctuate the hills and vales and the nearby Apple Orchard has been breeding and tracking Monarch Butterflies, which are attracted to this area’s abundant native milkweed plants.  Summertime visitors to The Alpine Inn can take in the splendors of the Largest Rhododendron Garden in the world with a short yet spectacular drive to Roan Mountain.  The Annual Rhododendron Festival takes place the third weekend in June and accommodations in this area are in high demand so be sure to Occasionally we have extra visitors for breakfast!book your room at The Alpine Inn early.

The North Carolina Highlands surrounding The Alpine Inn include mystical waterfalls and limitless fishing opportunities. Roaring Fork Falls, Cathedral Falls, Setrock Creek Falls, Cullasaja Falls, and Crabtree Falls are all within a stone’s throw. Cawtawba Falls in nearby McDowell County are sure to delight in a pristine and preserved natural setting. Want to drive behind and beneath a waterfall? Visit Bridal Veil Falls for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Outdoor adventurer’s have long praised the magnificent power of these natural wonders.  Nearby Mitchell County offers white water rafting opportunities with seasoned guides. Kayaking and canoeing excursions in North Carolina are available nearby.  If fly fishing is your weakness then be sure to consult with your host Ron Lough at the Alpine Inn for info on the area’s best spots or to connect with an area guide.  Trout fishing is abundant with over 3,000 miles of mountain streams where you will find wild Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout varieties. Crafty natural species present challenges for even the most seasoned fly-fishing aficionados.

Another major draw to this area is the rich supply of corundum stores producing rubies and sapphires for gem mining. Several gem mines and mineral mining sites are near by and offer visitors an opportunity to literally dig for buried treasure.  A great learning experience as well as a truly hands-on way to connect with Mother Earth. Several local crafters and jewelers create unique pieces from the local harvest and your finds can be cut, polished, set for you at many of the locations.

The Alpine Inn in the Mountains of Western North Carolina is a peaceful and comfortable retreat among the many places to stay near the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Those wishing to explore the rich Cherokee history of the Appalachian trail, the natural wildlife in the areas 16 different types of forests, craft creations from local artisans, the bears and swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain, stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, or the unparalleled fall foliage of the mountainscapes in this area will secure the best vantage point by staying at The Alpine Inn, Little Switzerland, NC.


Meet Your Hosts - Welcome To the Family!

The Inn is a family owned and operated country inn that has served the Blue Ridge Parkway for over 75 years, and we like to think we have some of the most magnificent mountain views in the entire region!

Your hosts are Susan and Ron Lough

We take pride in our Inn, because it is where we live too, and that's why we know we will treat you like family, because a visit to the Alpine Inn is a visit to our home!


This was my third time staying at the Alpine Inn and I am never disappointed! They have the best views and Inn Keepers on the mountain. We arrived late in the afternoon and there was a nice campfire outside. The next morning we had a great breakfast. We will certainly return as soon as we can from Tripadvisor

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