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where luxury and charm come to life

One of the Leading Mountain Inns in Boone, NC

Relax and unwind at The Inn at Little Pond Farm, one of the leading mountain inns in Boone, NC. We think of our inn as more than a bed and breakfast but a physical extension of our mind's happy place. Say hello to a place where your concerns are unfounded, the details are handled, and you may breathe easily with the weight of the world firmly off your shoulders.


The Inn at Little Pond Farm is the ultimate combination of luxury and calm, thanks to its lavish European finishes that make guests feel at home. Every aspect of your stay will be luxurious, from the Provence-imported furniture and tableware to the kitchen's use of locally produced food.

A Great Place for Various Events

Our inn, located in a pine grove 10 miles west of Boone, NC, is the ideal retreat for burnt-out achievers, outdoor adventure seekers, and food lovers alike. Our kitchen offers the culinary experiences you'd only anticipate from an international cuisine tour, and each of our six guest rooms offers amenities straight off your Pinterest board.


Our inn is the place to go when looking for a beautiful mountain wedding venue in Vilas, NC. It can accommodate small gatherings, including weddings, retreats, corporate meetings, and more. We also provide a range of classes annually, focusing on friends, food, health, and well-being.


Meet the Faces Around the Inn

Owners Karen and Ben Slocum



Ben and Karen live in Charlotte, NC, with their two children. The latter was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, before moving up and down the East Coast for college, medical school, residency, and fellowship. Ben is from Vienna, VA, but he was raised in a military family and moved around before attending college in western Massachusetts.


Before relocating to Charlotte with Karen in 2015, Ben continued his travels after graduation and resided in Louisiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. Ben spent the summers with his family on Martha's Vineyard, where Karen waitressed after graduation. They both love meeting new people and going on new adventures — and they feel The Inn at Little Pond Farm will be their best one yet.

The moment Karen stepped inside the Inn, she felt enchanted. She felt like she was in a foreign country as French music played; the Inn was so neat and simple. She was confident that she had discovered a luxurious hideaway in the North Carolina mountains that could compete with any five-star resort. She learned how to make the ideal filet mignon and crème brûlée that evening while having a four-course French meal cooked for her. She quickly called Ben to tell him about this unique location; the rest was history.

Michael Armes--Head Chef

Michael Armes

Head Chef

Michael worked on family farms in rural North Carolina in his early years. He moved to Charleston and started working with some of the nation's top up-and-coming chefs after finishing college in Savannah, GA.


Micheal counts his time spent learning under Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in 2003 as one of his career highlights. Since 2006, he has been working in the high country, serving patrons at some of the most renowned eateries in the area. Now that he has joined us at The Inn at Little Pond Farm, we are thrilled to have him.


When he is not working, Michael enjoys raising his 16-year-old daughter Josephine and their chickens at home. He also likes to spend as much time as he can exploring the woods for mushrooms and other tasty wild plants he uses in his cooking.


Rachel Conway

Assistant Inn Manager

Rachel relocated to the high country in 2015 while attending Appalachian State University. During her time in Boone she worked as a Montessori Teacher, raft guide, and advocate for sustainable food systems. She was thrilled when she stumbled across The Inn at Little Pond Farm and has been loving every moment of it!


During her free time, Rachel is an avid whitewater kayaker and enjoys traveling around the southeast exploring rivers. She can also be found camping, climbing, or trying out new recipes at home. 

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