Experience

Welcome, we’re glad you’re here

Although we are still under renovation, we have seven rooms available to book for your stay.  Our inn features many scenic common areas to enjoy throughout your stay, a continental breakfast spread daily, and comfortable rooms with all  the modern conveniences nestled within this historic property.

Meet your hosts, Innkeepers Mary and Kevin Parker.

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Mary and Kevin Parker were in the market for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the Upstate.

Their daughter had moved from their Ohio home to teach in this area, and the Parkers decided they might come down South as well. They made plans to renovate a couple of small guest houses in the area once they found a home of their own, and maybe even work themselves up to a small bed-and-breakfast.

They ended up buying the recently foreclosed, century-old, 12-bedroom Mimosa Inn in Tryon, N.C., instead.

The Parkers have been hard at work renovating the inn, which they haved renamed the Greenlife Inn at Mimosa, since they purchased it a year-and-a-half ago.

 

Our Story

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“We never expected to buy something this large,” Mary Parker said. “But we just thought that if somebody didn’t get in here soon, it might be torn down.”

The Parkers already had some restoration experience under their belts although this would be their biggest project yet, they decided to redirect some of their retirement savings into the inn and bring it back to life.

Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Sciacca said the community has shown great enthusiasm for the inn’s reopening.

“This beautiful and historic bed-and-breakfast will provide much-needed accommodations here, and they are the closest B&B to I-26, so they will attract guests from that access,” she said.

Plenty of work still has to be done before the inn is completed, yet Mary Parker has a clear vision of the final product. She is striving for a comfortable, clean, contemporary space.

“We don’t want it to be a stuffy old B&B,” Parker said. “There won’t be any rose wallpaper.”