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Mountain Magnolia Inn lends itself to unique and interesting stories for newspapers, magazines and books.

  • The unique restoration was featured in "This Old House Magazine."
  • We have been covered as a green inn and green wedding destination.
  • "Southern Living" featured Hot Springs and the Inn as a quaint mountain town.
  • We are included in a book on inns with ghosts.
  • We are featured in “On the Porch” a book on beautiful and unique porches.

Below are summaries of areas which would we would be happy to work with you on in developing a story.

Intimate Destination Weddings

Intimate Destination Weddings. Destination weddings are incredibly popular as brides and grooms seek ways to get friends and families together in one locale for a weekend of fun, celebration and festivities. At Mountain Magnolia Inn, we host 10-15 weddings per season from small intimate gatherings to 150-175 people. Our services are highly customized and we dedicate the entire facility and staff to serving the bride and groom and their guests. Reader areas of interest might include: destination weddings, green weddings, small intimate weddings and more.

Fascinating, Rich History

Fascinating and Rich HistoryMountain Magnolia Inn is the former residence of Colonel James Henry Rumbough and his wife Carrie. The Rumboughs owned the 350-room Mountain Park Hotel here in Hot Springs which was the site of North Carolina's first golf course (the Wanna Luna) as well as a popular vacation resort in the 1800's. Carrie Rumbough was a diminutive yet feisty lady who is said to have burned the French Broad River Bridge down as Union soldiers sought to cross it. On another occasion, she rode to Knoxville to negotiate the release of her husband who was in a Union military prison.

This history presents an exceptional opportunity to speak to the interests people have in historic places and people.


Unforgettable Dining

Unforgettable DiningDining at Mountain Magnolia Inn reflects our commitment over the past ten-plus years of offering exceptional food to compliment your experience at Mountain Magnolia Inn. Lead by Chef Zeb McDermott, using mostly organic foods and serving just 40-50 people per night, we provide an unforgettable dining experience in our two indoor dining rooms and two outside dining venues.

Relaxation and Healing

Relaxation and HealingOccasionally we encounter a teary-eyed guest in the yard and gently ask if everything is ok. More often than not they respond, "it so quiet and beautiful here, I am so joyful I just started crying." Our beautiful location, incredible staff, hammocks, massages and soaks in the hot mineral springs relieve people of the stress they have in their busy lives. They relax, let go of stress and get in touch with themselves and their companion.



Adventurous Getaway

Adventurous GetawayThere is an element of adventure in folks young and old. Mountain Magnolia Inn and Hot Springs combine to offer adventure-packed visits, whether it involves grandma whitewater rafting down the French Broad River (mine has), horseback riding, skeet shooting or llama trekking. Or for people looking for more restful adventure it might include a hike to Lover's Leap or a picnic lunch to 5000-foot bald mountain, Max Patch. Great reading for couples and families looking for outdoor adventure.

Painted Lady

Painted LadyRutland, as their 1868 home was called, was quite an adventurous undertaking after the Civil War. Its dramatic Italianate Victorian architecture features a towering cupola, characteristic angled bay windows and ornate trim. Inside, well preserved ornate plaster features a double door arch and columns, wide cornice and a dramatic ceiling rose. The exterior paint on the home today features eight different colors ranging from a warm light green to lavender and mustard. Guests and visitors alike love to capture this beauty on camera, on canvas or on video.


The Magnolia Experience

The Magnolia ExperienceImagine a quaint mountain town in a river valley surrounded by 3500-foot Blue Ridge Mountains. Then imagine an immaculately restored 1868 Victorian Estate with four-plus beautifully landscaped acres and nothing but mountains for views. Yet this oasis is just 300 yards across a 1900-trestle bridge and Spring Creek to downtown Hot Springs with its quaint shops and restaurants. Most guests say "once here you never imagine you are just minutes by foot to town." It is really the perfect place to relax and/or celebrate something special. The house itself has amazing craftsmanship and tons of character. We have a very professional and dedicated staff, some of which have been working here for over a decade. They are committed to creating a unique and memorable experience for all guests. We are also dedicated to the environment and incorporate green practices wherever we can, including growing our own herbs and vegetables.

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