Built in 1987, the Graystone Lodge was one of the largest hotels in the charming mountain town of Boone that embodied the spirit of the High Country. Situated perfectly in the heart of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel was created to feel like a mountain lodge that provided guests with a warm welcome and respite as a ‘home away from home.’
The Graystone Lodge was an integral part of providing lodging to accommodate the tourism “boom” in Boone, along with the continued expansion of Appalachian State University. While the hotel flourished and made its mark in the area, Boone continued to develop and attract tourists from throughout the southeast and beyond.
Guests appreciated the convenience of the hotel’s centralized location on Highway 105 and close proximity to the many area attractions. They enjoyed endless adventures at Grandfather Mountain, breathtaking views of Blue Ridge Parkway, family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, thrilling Appalachian State University sporting events, as well as shopping and dining in downtown Boone. In 2006, the Graystone Lodge transitioned to a hotel collection to meet the needs of the evolving hospitality industry.
As the area has continued to grow and attract more guests, plans were put in place to update and re-establish the hotel as the Graystone Lodge through an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation. The interior has been completely revitalized to return to the warm, welcoming ambiance of a mountain lodge with an enhanced modern design and upscale amenities. The original grand fireplace has been maintained, updated and continues to serve as the historical, signature centerpiece of the Graystone Lodge. It also features a stunning focal point of beautiful, one-of-a-kind commissioned artwork of Julian Price Lake called “Reflection of Nature’s Beauty” by Angelia Wilson. While the foundation of the original hotel remains, the exterior has also undergone a complete transformation.
Local elements have also been incorporated into all aspects of the Graystone Lodge to provide guests with a truly authentic Boone experience. The hotel features local photography, artwork for purchase from local students of artist Angelia Wilson who is a local teacher at Lees-McRae College and owner of Let’s Be Artsy, fresh roasted coffee from Hatchet Coffee, baked goods from Stick Boy Bread Co., decadent handcrafted chocolates from Venture Chocolate, as well as special packages featuring flowers from Bouquet Florist. Our hope is to introduce pieces of our local community to our guests and then send them out to where they came from so guests can experience what we are all about here in the High Country.
The Graystone Lodge also partners with Humankind®, an organization dedicated to supplying clean drinking water to those in need. Each room includes a complimentary 23.7-ounce bottle of water, with additional bottles available for purchase in the gift shop. 100 percent of the profits of each bottled water goes directly towards helping people receive clean drinking water throughout the globe. With contaminated water being the leading cause of death among children worldwide, this is Graystone Lodge’s way of giving back on a global as well as a local level.
The new Graystone Lodge honors its past and provides an unparalleled experience for the next generation of guests with modern, one-of-a-kind developments. Guests are invited to become part of the Graystone Lodge story on their next trip to the High Country as they explore everything that makes Boone so special.