My husband and I were invited to spend the weekend at the Shatley Springs Inn like we have so many times in the past. You see, my husband is an entertainer and he sings and performs to the stylings of Elvis Presley (along with being able to sing Gospel, Old Country and Oldies). Therefore, ever so often he is invited to come over and entertain the guests while they are there visiting and waiting to experience the family style country dining.
Since I am part of the “Wright” package, I get to tag along and act as his “manager and roadie”! We get to stay in one of the rustic cabins, eat all the delicious food we can hold, entertain the guests and just enjoy the beautiful scenery of the New River Country.
Nestled in the mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina in the unincorporated community of Crumpler, historical Shatley Springs is known for its quite, rustic charm and miraculous curing water which flows out of the Little Phoenix Mountain.
Founded by Martin Shatley in 1890 while passing by a cool mountain stream on the farm which he had purchased for his family. He had paused to dip his hand and face in the water to soothe his hot, blistered skin caused from a crippling skin disease which he had been diagnosed with for over seven years.
After years of failed attempts by doctors all over the country to heal Mr. Shatley from this terrible disease, it seems that he stumbled upon this miraculous cure! Within the hour after bathing his face with the cool water, the fever he was experiencing in his face was gone and his face was feeling much better.
Later that evening, he went back to the spring and bathed his face and other parts of his body in this new found curing water and within three weeks, he was back out on the farm working and doing much better. Within six weeks his lung and other parts of his body which was effected by this disease was healed!
Mr. Shatley spread the word about his miraculous curing water and from that day forward many people went to this spring with skin diseases, rheumatism and nervous diseases seeking a cure … and all were healed!
Years later after Martin Shatley sold the farm surrounding the springs, a movement was started for the development of a resort on the property. Mr. Shatley however did not sell the spring itself, returning each summer to bathe in the waters.
After growing older and becoming unable to visit the spring each summer, he sold the property to three other men: Alonzo McNeil, Bid Williams and Mr. Harper. The new owners refurbished the building with a cement enclosure and a new covering. In the 1920′s they built cabins, a tea room and renamed the inn to Radium Springs.
Later Mr. Williams bought out the interest of the other owners and changed the name back to Shatley Springs. He owned the property and the spring until 1958, when it was sold to Lee Q. McMillan, the present owner (picture shown above).
Rustic cabins were built in the 1920′s on the property surrounding the mountain streams running along the banks of a small fishing pond.
Mr. McMillan, the present owner of Shatley Springs, has since renovated and refurbished the cabins still maintaining the rustic, country charm renting them out to visitors from all across the country.
Today, the family style country dining has become as famous as the healing qualities of the spring water! The Restaurant is open for the 2012 season from March 30th – November 30th, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended.
Family style meals are brought to your individual table in generous portions, but refills are always provided.
Breakfast menu includes: Biscuits & gravy, eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes, grits, cereal, juice, hotcakes, baked apples, strawberry preserves (upon request) and a drink. Adults $9.95, Children (4-12 years) $6.00, Children (1-3) $1.00.
Lunch and Dinner menu includes: Fried Chicken & Sugar Cured Ham, served with seven country vegetables, gravy, red-eye gravy, biscuits, drink and a dessert. Only $16.25 + tax per person/adult. Children’s plates are also available.
Family style meals are available at any time. Orders may also be made off of the menu at any time.
There are several gift shops located on the property for guests to browse. You can purchase anything from candy, one-of-a-kind jewelry, locally hand crafted items, home decorations, knives, toys and more!
Shown below is Everything Has A Story – Specializing in locally hand crafted quilts, home decor, furniture, fashion accessories, baskets, outdoor decor, gifts and many other unique items.
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. & Holiday Mondays
Facebook Page: Everything Has A Story
Shatley Springs Inn provides entertainment on the weekends and periodically throughout the week for the guests to enjoy at no charge.
Local musicians and entertainers (and a few that aren’t so local) provide entertainment ranging from Instrumental, Bluegrass, Country, the Oldies and of course, Elvis!
For more information on Danny Wright - Elvis, you may visit http://ibelvis.com.
The cool, invigorating climate, the restful location, the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the sparkling spring water, and the entertainment combined make the perfect setting in which to enjoy the traditional country food (which is absolutely delicious!) that is served! Truly, an experience that everyone must have!
For more information on Shatley Springs Inn, visit their website: http://www.shatleysprings.com or call (336) 982-2236. Reservations are accepted by phone.
**This was not a sponsored review. Accommodations & food was provided by the Inn as payment for the entertainment, NOT the review. All opinions are of my own.**