Crippen's Country Inn & Restaurant

About US
We are a casual atmosphere, fine dining restaurant with a daily changing menu featuring a variety of homemade breads and soups, homegrown organic salads, creative appetizers, pasta, fresh fish, meats and game meats, homemade desserts and ice creams.

Nine spacious, luxurious guest rooms with king beds and sofa sitting areas, continental breakfast. Located in the center of downtown Blowing Rock, walking distance to Main St.

In 1995 Chef James Welch and Jimmy Crippen opened Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The restaurant was instantly awarded five stars for food by Greensboro News and Record's food critic, John Batchelor, titling James' cuisine "Best Food in North Carolina". In 1996 James was invited to the coveted James Beard House in New York City as a part of the Great Country Inns Chef's Series sponsored by Country Inns Bed and Breakfast Magazine. Throughout the twelve year career, Chef James and Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant have been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers spanning the entire Southeastern United States such as, Southern Living, The New York Times, Our State, Blue Ridge Country, Country Living, Gold Coast, US Air Magazine and more. The Food Network featured Chef James' Coca Cola Marinated & Grilled Kangaroo on their show "The Secret Life of ...".

Our Products
Five Star Cuisine, Casual Atmosphere, Fine Dining, Winner NC Dept. of Agriculture's "Best Dish in NC" Contest.

Directions from Charlotte Airport: Take I-85 south to Hwy. 321 north. In Blowing Rock, turn left on Sunset Drive. Crippen's Country Inn is on the right. Directions from Greensboro Airport: Take I-40 West. After Winston-Salem, veer right onto Hwy. 421 north toward Wilkesboro and Boone. In Boone, turn left on Hwy. 105. Turn left onto Hwy. 321 south. In Blowing Rock, turn right on Sunset Drive. Crippen's Country Inn is on the right.

Hours of Operation
June - October open 7 days a week serving dinner starting at 6pm. November - May open Thurs-Sat serving dinner staring at 6pm.

Web Site

Here's where you can find our products
Right here at Crippen's

Crippen's Country Inn & Restaurant
Jimmy Crippen
239 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: 877-295-3487
Fax: 828-295-0388

Special News

NC Watermelon Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Toasted Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fresh Picked Organic Greens and Sage Flatbread

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