“People are just loving it,” comments Bob Cohen in reference to the re-opening of the historic Nu Wray Inn
in Burnsville, N.C.
In April 2010, Cohen and his wife Lisa England, purchased the three-story clapboard colonial house and spent four months (“12-15 hour days,” says Cohen) preparing the property for the grand re-opening in early August.
Overlooking the Town Square, Nu Wray Inn, established in 1883, is an integral part of Burnsville and its history. Throughout its time, the property
has hosted a variety of such guests as Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe and Elvis Presley. Cohen refers to Nu Wray Inn as “a magnet that draws people back.”
“We’re hearing from visitors and those in the community their memories of the property. The history of Nu Wr
ay is so fascinating. We are working on a journal to capture all of these stories.”
Currently, the property has opened 12 of its available 26 guest rooms, with the remaining slated to be opened at a later date. Three of the 12 rooms are deluxe rooms located on the first floor, with the other nine located on the second floor as standard rooms. And if you’re wondering, it is possible to see and even stay in the room that Elvis once stayed in.
The couple had added special touches throughout the property, from decor down to handmade soaps from local farmers. Wireless internet service is also available, as well as a daily family-style breakfast that Cohen guarantees no one will walk away hungry after enjoying the meal.
For something extra or to work off breakfast, talk a quick walk downtown to the various shops and restaurants. The town of Burnsville is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is considered as the Gateway to Mt. Mitchell, so there’s plenty of activities
for every interest to enjoy.
The Nu Wray Inn is open year-round. The property’s room rates range from $125-$150 for double occupancy and breakfast is included.
photos are courtesy of Nu Wray Inn