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Marilyns Melrose Inn Artists Retreat and Private Dining Club

55 Melrose Ave
Tryon, NC

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Phone: 828-859-0234

The Historic Melrose Inn was built in 1889. It is situated in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small, friendly town of Tryon, North Carolina. It is now open, and under new ownership! When you visit you will step into the past, with a modern twist! The owner is Marilyn Doheny, a world famous Contemporary Quilt Artist, author and gourmet chef!

Marilyn’s Melrose Inn - Artist Retreat Center, has been transformed into a lovely, comfortable, friendly, home away from home. Each of the extensively decorated Theme bedrooms has its own private bathroom with shower. The beauty and abundance within each room will amaze you. Select a theme; Equestrian, Floral Abundance, Birds and Nature, Egyptian, The Jungle…., Angels Abound, Renaissance, or Whimsy #1. View us online for a visual tour at Marilyn's Melrose Inn.

The Inn has a game room filled with toys, puzzles, cards, books and board games. Wi-Fi is available for guests. The Melrose Inn is also the home of Tryon's first Private Dining Club. Membership is $1 per year and members can reserve dining for 1-60 people--breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Expect a beautiful setting with fabulous food prepared by experienced gourmet chefs. All meals feature fresh local ingredients and menus are customized at the time of reservation. Please plan 24 hours ahead so one of our chefs may tailor the menu to suit your particular tastes and desires. Join us for a culinary feast every month! Dinners are ‘over the top’! A 5-7 course prix fixe extravaganza featuring Chefs Amanda Greene and Marilyn Doheny.

Outdoors on the grounds surrounding the inn, there are several extensive intimate secluded gardens and a huge covered porch to enjoy while having your morning coffee or evening libation while reading, visiting or bird watching. The porch and gardens are lovely for weddings and receptions.


There is every possible activity within a few miles…amazing golf courses, several lakes for fishing, boating, waterskiing and canoeing. We have beautiful hikes, wineries, antique stores, floral garden tours, and equestrian activities year round. Tryon has many special and unique events—a weekend devoted to children, an outhouse race with an Easter Bonnet Contest, and the most amazing BBQ Festival.

Downtown Tryon, as well as numerous churches, are a short walk from the Inn. There are delightful shops and restaurants, even a hardware store worth seeing; a page out of history and owned by the same family for many generations. Everyone you meet is relaxed and friendly – you will never want to leave.

It is possible to rent one room or reserve exclusive use of all facilities at Melrose Inn, for weddings, private parties and weeklong seminars. We are happy to customize our facility and meals to meet your preferences and needs. Discounted rates are available for week long, exclusive use bookings.

We are open year round as a Bed and Breakfast. All overnight guests have a full breakfast included and one evening beer/wine beverage coupon, per night, per guest.

Marilyn Doheny, the new owner, often presents her own quilt retreats and writing seminars. If interested please see seminar dates and topics at Her retreats are ALL-INCLUSIVE and decadently rewarding.



Marilyn's Melrose Inn is also available for:

  • Bed & Breakfast – year round.
  • Weddings and Receptions
  • Business and Private Parties
  • Meetings and Club Gatherings
  • Dances
  • Specialty Dinners
  • Artists Retreats
  • Community Events

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Marylins Melrose Inn Specials

Come stay with us at the exquisite Melrose Inn, located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy the best of small towns. Browse unique shops and galleries and dine with our Friends of the Chef Private Dining Club at the Melrose Inn. Or enroll with us to learn fabulous quilting techniques taught by world famous quilting instructor, lecturer, judge, and contemporary quilt artist, and owner of the Melrose Inn, Marilyn Doheny.

Special Offer -- 10% off for 3 days or more; 15% off on 30+ days or more.   Mention the “First Peak Special”!

Call 828-859-0234 today to make your reservations!

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