Former school building, now Blue Ridge Boutique Hotel, opened in Spruce Pine


A century-old school in Spruce Pine has been turned into a hotel.

The Avery Journal reports that the Blue Ridge Boutique Hotel recently celebrated its grand opening.

Managed by the Mayland Community College Enterprise Corporation, the hotel is not managed by the college and does not use any state funding.

Formerly known as the Pine Bridge Inn, the building and grounds were donated by Robert Bailey, owner of the local Buck Stove business and builder of the Coliseum on the hotel’s property. The Colosseum will be renovated to become the Three Peaks Enrichment Center, an open-air venue that can accommodate 3,000 people.

According to the report, the renovation of the school building into a boutique hotel was carried out by local contractors.

There are currently 16 rooms on the second floor available for reservation, as well as a library and conference room.

The Blue Ridge Boutique Hotel will close this winter for work on the restaurant and bar, which will honor the original use of the space and be called the principal’s office, as well as 16 additional bedrooms on the third floor.

The completely renovated hotel will be ready to reopen in summer 2022.

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