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In the Great Smoky Mountains of Maggie Valley, NC!

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A vacation in the Maggie Valley, North Carolina mountains gives travelers an opportunity to enjoy a trip back in time.

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With the recent ribbon cutting ceremony, the Route 19 Inn is now open and welcoming visitors to its completely refurbished and restored inn. The inn is a delightful 30 room motor lodge on U.S. Hwy. 19.

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The inn is nestled among evergreens, shade-providing hardwood trees, and large rhododendron bushes along the banks of Fie Creek and Jonathan Creek on the far west side of town.

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A great photo opportunity awaits just past the entrance where the inn’s classic car – a 1951 Kaiser, beckons visitors to pose next to its brightly painted exterior.

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Hang out at the pool and gazebo area for a relaxing day in the North Carolina mountains.

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Kids and adults alike can enjoy a leisurely game of shuffleboard, while the little ones play on original carousel horses from Ghost Town in the Sky theme park. Swings are also on site for the kiddos to play on.

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I have to admit that I’m a little bit partial to the teepee. It looks like a great place for imaginative play.

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Mountain Mike, a local award winning chain saw carver, created the impressive totem pole. Be sure to check out his shop  at 491 Soco Road!

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Another photo opportunity awaits you around the corner where visitors can sit on a vintage motorcycle placed in front of a wall mural that gives tribute to the nearby Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap.

With 318 curves in 11 miles this route is known as America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.

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Bring your grilling skills and grill up some burgers and hotdogs in the creek-side pavilion or catch a trout from the stream during the day.

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The rooms have all been meticulously refurbished with comfy beds and fresh linens, small refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers.

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Located in Maggie Valley, NC, the Route 19 Inn is ideally situated close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park where plentiful recreational opportunities await.

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If road tripping is your style, the Blue Ridge Parkway is just minutes away.

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For those wanting a day trip visit to Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and its world-famous gardens can be quickly reached via I-40 in less than an hour.

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina offers a wide variety of unique and fun things to see and do, making it the perfect vacation destination for the whole family.

Book your stay at the Route 19 Inn and enjoy all the modern-day amenities with a retro road trip vibe.

Would you like to visit Maggie Valley, NC and live your retro road trip dreams at Route 19 Inn? Let us know in a comment below.

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27 Comments

  1. This is super cute! I love this. I want to plan this right now. I am going to see what all is open with covid to see if it’s worth my trip at this point so excited to do this. Hope I can do it soon.

    1. Karie, I’m local to Maggie Valley where the Route 19 Inn is located. If you seek specific local information, I’ll be happy to help.

  2. I have stayed at the Biltmore, it was amazing, but I truly would love to stay at the Route 19 Inn, the nostalgia and history would be a great place to take the grandkids! Thank you for sharing.. it’s on my list for the nest visit!

    1. Hi Holly! The owners were quite meticulous in the restoration and while the inn has an authentic retro look, the amenities are 100% modern. Come visit!

    1. Biltmore is just a short drive from Maggie Valley. We are a quiet mountain town that’s central to everything most people want to see and do in Western North Carolina.

    1. The bathrooms have mostly kept the original tile since it was in good shape. Such a sweet motel to stay in!

  3. This sounds like the perfect spot for anything you could want. I love the Great Smoky Mountains and the Biltmore. And the Inn looks so cute and retro! Adding this to my road trip list right now.

  4. This looks like such a fun place to stay. I remember staying in roadside motels like this when we would take our annual summer trips to Canada – back when I was a kid.

  5. I am definitely going to check this out when I am in the area. I love going through the back roads in the mountains.

  6. I love staying at historical places. I am glad this one is still around and I get to stay there some day.

  7. I love your Maggie Valley! NC is on our short list of retirement destinations. So much to do here yet private and so beautiful.

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