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Dear Visitor,

This is Marilyn the owner…….former owner, of Melrose Inn.  I have a sad update for you…

The Melrose Inn burned to the ground on September 6th. A 7 alarm ( 7 firetruck) blaze that burned for over 5 days and is still “hot”, as I write this.

The actual clean up of the property is in the future – a long task I do not look forward to at all. Too much devastation and memories.

At this time I  am homeless, staying in a friends cottage while trying to take care of things.

I have no way to generate income at this time and yet expenses are mounting.

There was no insurance and everything I owned and created, along with my lifelong dream, was destroyed.

There is a GoFundMe Campaign set up for donations.  Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated.  It will help offset the costs of cleanup and helping me to recreate my life.  

Here is a link to the news report of the fire.  You can see for yourself the devastation.  

Marilyn Doheny

Owner of Melrose Inn


When you arrive at Melrose Inn you will step into the past with a modern twist.  Enjoy our beautifully remodeled B&B with modern conveniences.

  • All rooms have their own private bath and shower.
  • We are pet friendly.
  • Enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.
  • Free WI FI through the Inn
  • An exquisite covered porch for your sitting enjoyment.
  • Beautiful gardens add a touch of nature.

Try something unique in the U.S. and the world! Tired of the same old hotel rooms that are just clone after clone after clone? Experience the memorable, unbelievable Melrose Inn where we help you have a great stay, outstanding service, an amazing room, and gourmet dining.

The Historic Melrose Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1889 and is situated among the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, in the friendly town of Tryon, North Carolina.. Located within about an hour’s drive of Asheville and Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC, Tryon offers small town hospitality within driving distance of the big cities, equestrian parks, golf courses, wineries, antique stores, lakes and rivers, and the mountains. We are mere minutes away from Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), the Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (FENC), Harmon Field and other sporting venues.

When you visit you will step into the past, with a modern twist. The owner is Marilyn Doheny, a world famous Contemporary Quilt Artist, author, judge, publisher, decorator, and gourmet chef! Marilyn fondly calls the Melrose Inn “The Old Dame” and has been bringing her back to life!

The Inn has been extensively remodeled, renovated, and intimately decorated. Your stay here will be friendly, memorable, comfortable, and inspiring. We serve coffee, tea, or juice every morning before breakfast! A hearty breakfast is served daily in the dining room and we invite you to dine on our large, social, breezy porch any time, for breakfast, lunch, cocktails, or dinner.

Give us a few hours notice and we will prepare a sumptuous meal for any time of day–you determine all of the delectables and courses, and we’ll prepare it just as you like it! We can even set you up with all meals for your entire stay, whether for a weekend, a week, or a month.

Marilyn Doheny furnished and decorated the Inn with hundreds of art objects from her personal collections. It is filled with beautiful, intriguing, and unusual pieces everywhere you look.

Marilyn received a very warm reception when she arrived:  Letter to the editor. And she is not the only one who thinks Tryon is very special. Here is UNC-TV showing you around this wonderful little town, with a word from your hostess.


We have traveled quite a bit around the world and this B & B is truly exceptional. Marilyn is dedicated to her guests and does everything in her power to ensure her guests comfort and make sure that a stay at her Inn is memorable. As others have pointed out she is a charming hostess and wonderful cook. She fixed 2 meals for us and both were better than excellent.

We left reluctantly and are planning a return visit. As you can see from the pictures on her web site the Melrose Inn is one of a kind and Marilyn is one of he worlds great innkeepers. She has created a unique and wonderful experience for guests, she should be very proud.-
Tom A.

Marilyn’s Melrose Inn B&B is located at 55 Melrose Ave in Tryon, NC. We are conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Tryon and a short driving distance to Saluda, NC and Landrum, SC.
For reservations or more information, please call us at 828-859-0234, or email us .