Pinhook Plantation House B&B (Calhoun, TN)
A couple weekends before we started this trip, we took advantage of a Living Social deal to have a weekend at Pinhook Plantation House B&B in Calhoun, TN. Calhoun is a tiny little place just outside of the Cherokee National Forest, about an hour northeast of Chattanooga. Once you get there, you drive even further off the beaten path to find Pinhook tucked back off a narrow county road.
The beauty of a B&B is that you typically get a more personal touch than in a hotel. The rooms have more character and charm. Each room is usually different, which is a nice touch. Pinhook didn’t disappoint.
Our room was as clean as you’d expect. Each suite has its own bathroom, though in the Alicia Suite (where we were), you have to go out in the hallway, a minor inconvenience. Our room was a tad hot and we didn’t have a way to control the thermostat. There was a thermostat, but it didn’t seem to work.
Unfortunately, the windows didn’t open very well either. We managed to get one cracked about 2”, but it felt like it was going to break, so we stopped. Each room has its own electric fireplace too, though we definitely didn’t need it since the room was already a tad warm.
The house itself was inviting. Built in 1810, it was about what you’d expect for an old house. Quaint, built for shorter people (even Edie nearly bumped her head going up the stairs), creaky, and full of character.
Ellen and Doug are incredibly friendly, as you’d expect from B&B owners. They’re also very talkative, again, as expected. There was a snafu with our registration that caused us to only get 1 night instead of 2 (though we were partially to blame for not catching it prior to the day before), so that wasn’t great, but Ellen was willing to work with us to make sure we walked away happy. We ended up in Knoxville for the second night instead.
Mistakes happen, so really, no complaints at all about the hospitality.
While the bed at a Bed & Breakfast is important, the breakfast is just as important. Pinhook certainly nailed this part. Breakfast started with a baked pear topped with granola, which was followed by pumpkin-cream cheese stuffed French toast, bacon, sausage, mini-banana nut muffins, and deviled eggs, plus coffee and, if desired, some kind of juice (neither of us drank it, so we can’t recall, but it was multiple juices together). The bacon was a little crispier than Scott desires, but that was A-OK with Edie.
It was back in the middle of nowhere, though within 15 minutes of a couple small towns where you can eat or shop, along with close proximity to Cherokee National Forest for some daytime recreation. It was enough off the beaten path and away from any major cities to feel pretty secluded, but the distance to any major cities means there isn’t much beyond petting the animals (2 dogs and 4 cats) without getting into a vehicle and driving 15 minutes to an hour. The only really unfortunate thing is that some of the area beyond Pinhook has been developed into a subdivision.
For more photos from Pinhook and the surrounding area, check out our photo gallery for Calhoun, TN.