Locally Owned & Operated
Built in the heyday of the American motor lodge and lovingly restored in 2021, the Blue Ridge Tourist is a a local treasure. While most historic properties of its kind have been demolished and replaced by apartment complexes and chain hotels, local residents, Brian and Mira Williams, saw an incredible opportunity to preserve a special piece of the High Country's past. Through their careful renovation and vision for mid-centry style, the Blue Ridge Tourist Court is back and better than ever.
A fabulous find for your next road trip to Boone.
Estel Wagner opened the original Blue Ridge Tourist Court with 7 rooms and the iconic stone office.
* Image courtesy of the Bobby Brndell Postcard Collection, Digital Watauga Project.
The Tourist Court doubled in size by offering 15 rooms, 3 suites, and a garage apartment.
After changing ownership several times over the years, the motel was converted to an apartment complex.
The motel had fallen into disrepair and sadly, was condemned.
Known for their generosity and deep roots in the community, local residents, Brian and Mira Williams saw an opportunity to resurrect a special piece of local history.
Boone's oldest remaining roadside inn reopened with the original 7 rooms and a unique retro experience returned to the High Country.
Through extensive research, careful consideration of the existing structure, and guidance from historic consultant Eric Plaag of Carolina Historical Consulting, the property was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
The restoration of two additional suites is completed to enhance the boutique experience and provide ADA accessibility.