About three miles from our campground is the town of Black Mountain, NC, and on the western edge of the town is the historic Monte Vista Hotel.
"The completion of a railroad connection in the late-nineteenth century brought tourists to the Black Mountain area, including Mount Mitchell and the surrounding mountains. In 1919, Lucien and Rosalie Phillips opened the Monte Vista Hotel in a former school building. In 1937, during the height of the Depression the Phillips borrowed $70,000 to construct the modern brick building that is the Monte Vista today.
The street lamp and canopied entrance of the Colonial Revival style hotel appeared quite inviting to us travelers.
Throughout the town's history, the Monte Vista has played a central role in the town's life--a welcome to tourists and a meeting place for the locals.