For sale: Nu-Wray Inn in downtown Burnsville


The owners of the Nu-Wray Inn sent me another blurb asking me to spread the word about the fact that their historic inn is for sale. It’s been for sale for some time. I might just have to get out to Burnsville for a tour. It’s a good-looking inn, and Burnsville’s a quaint little town. More from wiki on Nu-Wray:

The Nu Wray Inn is an historic hotel in Burnsville, North Carolina. It was built in 1833 at the time Yancey County was formed and a year before Burnsville was established. It was originally built of logs and had eight bedrooms and a dining room and kitchen.[2] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [1]
Thomas Wolfe spent the night there in 1929 when he was a witness at a murder trial in Burnsville.[3] Elvis Presley and William Sidney Porter (O. Henry) were also guests.[4][5]

In an email, Bob Cohen says the asking price for the inn has just been reduced to $1.295 million. From his note:

Anyone know any talented chefs, entrepreneurial folks looking for an amazing opportunity? Very unique / amazing historic (Built in 1833′) to either lease or purchase (about 30-mins from Asheville, NC. )

Other highlights include:
*Famous restaurant operated on site for 50+ years
*Landmark property located on the Town Square
*Tremendous upside potential as marketplace is wide-open for a good quality restaurant / brewery / Club
*26-Rooms / 16,000 SF
*Located about a half-hour from red-hot “Beer Capital” Asheville, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Video story here by WRAL.


Suzanne July 18, 2014 - 5:29 pm

My husband and I are planning to move to the area in the fall and we would love to purchase and run an inn. However, I don’t know if this place could ever make money after the damage that has been done by the current owners. I was blown away by the rude reply to a fairly decent review left by a former guest. Really mind boggling!

Nu Wray - Lisa January 4, 2014 - 9:06 am

Thank you for posting this. We really appreciate it.

Doug S. July 11, 2013 - 9:17 pm

I encourage everybody to check out their page. The owners seem as crazy as that couple on Kitchen Nightmares that got all that attention recently. Pretty funny stuff. SOmething tells me the Chamber of Commerce there will be throwing a party when that place is sold to new owners.

Maybe, Maybe Not July 11, 2013 - 2:42 pm

I love me some Burnsville. Probably a good idea for them to get out of the business, based on the Yelp reviews, and the nondisclosure agreement on their website.

Nate July 11, 2013 - 9:37 pm

I love the idea that by staying there you basically agree never to tell anyone about the place . . . they really grok this whole new social media marketing landscape! Can’t believe that any judge would ever enforce such an “agreement,” though . . .

One review on another site said that the owner used the customer’s contact info to follow up with a pitch on an unrelated and dubious business proposition … sounds like a real prize.

Nu Wray - Lisa January 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

You are too funny.

Nu Wray - Lisa January 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

Love you Nate.

Laura July 12, 2013 - 6:01 am

Just read Yelp – WOW. Why they even went into the hospitality business is beyond me, if they can’t handle constructive criticism.

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