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Welcome To

The Firehouse Inn

In Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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The Firehouse Inn

Where comfort, service, and hospitality reside.

Located in the Blue Ridge Foothills of North Carolina, The Firehouse Inn offers six unique, spacious rooms and suites for you to choose from. We're easy driving distance from Asheville, Spartanburg, and Charlotte, making The Firehouse Inn the perfect location for a weekend getaway, family vacation, or romantic escape.

Feel free to contact us for more information about our inn and our area. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Inn

Just a block from historic downtown Rutherfordton, North Carolina, The Firehouse Inn was originally the town's city hall and fire house. The building was completely renovated and restored to create today's Firehouse Inn.

Our inn features European decor, with four elegantly appointed rooms, the spacious Firehouse Suite, and relaxing, private apartment. The apartment is perfect for business travelers or extended stays.

For more information, visit our Accommodations page, or give us a call. We'll be glad to help.
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Our Area

When you stay at The Firehouse Inn, in historic Rutherfordton, North Carolina, you have easy access to everything western North Carolina has to offer.

For example, Rutherfordton, established in 1787, is one of North Carolina's oldest towns. It has numerous site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Bechtler Mint Site, Fox Haven Plantation, and the Main Street Historic District.

In addition, Tryon International Equestrian Center, one of the premier locations for equestrian activities is a short drive from the inn. The center offers activities for both spectators and competitors, as well as many dining opportunities.

And, if you're looking for outdoor activities, we are just a few minutes from several of North Carolina's most popular parks and attractions: Lake Lure Beach, South Mountains State Park, and Chimney Rock State Park, just to name a few.


The Firehouse offers you a unique atmosphere for your wedding, bridal shower, or other event.

With inside seating for 30 guests, and outside room for 75 guests, we can help you create the perfect arrangements for your special occasion. And, all events have exclusive access to an Event Coordinator.

Rooms and Suites

The Firehouse Inn, we offer a variety of accommodations to meet your unique needs. Choose from six elegant, spacious rooms and suites.
room 1

Suite One

The Firehouse Suite includes a king bed, fireplace, and walk-in closet. Private bath, with whirlpool tub.
room 2

Room Two

Queen bed, plus loft area with two single beds. Fireplace, and private bath with large walk-in shower.
room 3

Room Three

Queen bed, plus loft area with two single beds. Fireplace, and private bath with tub and shower.
room 4

Room Four

King bed, high ceilings, and lots of privacy in an intimate setting. Private bath with walk-in shower.  
room 5

Room Five

Queen bed, two armchairs, and Bose music system. Private bath with walk-in shower.
room 6

Suite Six

Large apartment on ground floor. Two queen beds, and twin bed. 600 sq ft. Perfect for extended stays. 

Business Travelers

The Firehouse Inn is an excellent location for business travelers. We have a large outdoor courtyard perfect for meetings and after-work get-togethers. We also have a large gathering room inside the inn, with tables, chairs, and couches.

And, our apartment suite provides ample room for the overnight business traveler who may need to have smaller meetings in a private living room.

Overall, The Firehouse Inn is equipped with everything the business traveler needs for a successful trip. 


Charming inn, tastefully decorated with an excellent breakfast. We stayed for two nights in a room with extra twin beds in a loft, which our son loved. Comfortable beds. Breakfast was excellent both days and Ms. Donna was so friendly and welcoming. We would definitely stay again.
Charming inn & excellent breakfast. Nicole10, Trip Advisor
We will be back. Room was spotless and very, very well appointed. The food was amazing. The outdoor patio was so peaceful. For me, the best part is how much the owners have done to ensure they are observing COVID restrictions. This may be the only place I stay in the Lake Lure area! It was truly wonderful.
Amazing place to stay that thoroughly observes COVID restrictions. zahntoria, Trip Advisor
I was in Forest City on business for two weeks. I needed to bring my two dogs and the Firehouse is pet friendly! The rate was very reasonable. The rooms are lovely, the breakfast is sensational. Donna will feed you very well. You will not need lunch. The living and dining area is very inviting. I am staying two weeks in July and this place is now my home away from home! Top notch management and staff. They cater to every need! I WILL BE BACK! BTW the courtyard in the back is a lovely place to hang out and relax. Dean Dresser
Awesome stay and wonderful staff. DD84, Trip Advisor
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