Don and Debbie Jones, Owners / Innkeepers
1709 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Reservations: (877) 687-4333
Telephone (828) 963-4006
Keeping Up with the Jones'..... and Scooter
As the owners/innkeepers of Mountainside Lodge B & B , the Jones’ would like to share a little past history about themselves
In making the huge life changing commitment to become innkeepers of a B & B , we had been guests of many B & B's from Maine to Georgia over the past 26 years. This enabled us to choose ideas from the best of the best to incorporate into our own business. We had visited the historic and scenic Valle Crucis area for years and had fell in love with the area not knowing some day that we would become innkeepers in this beautiful mountain setting. After finally finding the right property and builder, it still took from start to finish, two years to complete the lodge. We spent many long nights at auctions looking for the right furnishings to accent the lodge atmosphere and planning the décor of the rooms.
Debbie grew up in the Washington, DC metropolitan area of Springfield, VA. After graduation from High School, she moved with her family to North Carolina and attended college in Raleigh. Don is a native of N.C. from the rural farming community Bunnlevel. After they both completed college in 1974, they married, and after numerous moves ended up in Raleigh, N C in 1980.
Don has been an insurance adjuster for 35 years and has owned his own company for 25 years. Along with his profession, he has been an avid hunter and fisherman all his life. For the last 20 years, he has enjoyed guiding other hunters, dividing his time in Texas helping his Outfitter friend and the balance operating quail hunting preserves. He opened a quail hunting preserve near his home in 1992 and opened his second quail preserve near Boone in 2007. Otherwise, he plays side kick to Debbie as they prepare the morning breakfast for their guests.
Debbie has worn many hats since her college days. She has been a secretary, interior decorator, receptionist/orthodontic assistant, Pampered Chef consultant, floral designer, cake designer/decorator and caterer before becoming an innkeeper. Many of these professions have given her training for now being hostess to her guests. Since cooking is her passion, she enjoys creating new dishes, gardening (flower & vegetable) and decorating. She looks forward to getting to know her guests as they share life experiences and day to day highs and lows.
Scooter, affectionately called “The P.R. Man”, came into their lives after 26 years of owning dachshunds. In 2005, they decided that the B & B needed a more involved public relations pet. Therefore, after a diligent search “Scooter” the Silky/Yorkie Terrior was found. Since that time, they could say without any doubt, based on their guest’s actions and comments, that he is a “highlight experience of their trip”. This is evident from photographs taken, comments made, and gifts. Scooter’s passion is watching the outdoor channel, specifically any shows having deer and bears and watching bull riding on Saturday and Sunday nights.
In historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Reservations: (877) 687- 4333