Pixie Motor Inn – Linville, NC


The Pixie Motor Inn is a family owned and operated motel just one Block from the Intersection of U.S. 221 & N. C. 105. It is located in Avery County at the base of Pixie Mountain at 4150 Mitchell Avenue in Linville, North Carolina, a small resort town tucked away in the Blue Mountains.

The Pixie Motor Inn is said to be “In the shadow of famous Grandfather Mountain,” which is two miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct.


Owned by the Hughes family, the Pixie Motor Inn has 25 modern clean grade A rooms, telephones and cable TV. A Pixie Inn postcard from the 1960s stated the inn was “Air-conditioned by Nature.” They have since installed air conditioning in all the rooms.

The Pixie Motor Inn also provides play areas for children, free ice for cooler, convenient access to championship golf courses and local restaurants (The Tartan Restaurant is next door at 1 Hemingway Drive).


Within a short walk of the Pixie Motor Inn one can find the Pixie Beauty Salon at 30 Coffey Road, and across the street from the Pixie Inn, there is a seasonal produce stand named “Pixie Produce.”



Rolling up behind the Pixie Motor Inn is Pixie Mountain. The mountain’s summit reaches an elevation of 4,058 feet (1,237 m). The Linville Bypass (NC Hwy 181) goes around Pixie Mountain on its western side. The mountain is adjacent to the Linville River.

Also in the town of Linville is the “Pixie Spring Cottage,” one of the oldest properties in the area. Built in 1897, this charming gingerbread cottage with a turret (available to rent) features lovely gardens where you are likely to find fairies and elves frolicking.

NOTE: There was also a roadside hostelry called the Pixie Motel Lounge and Restaurant located  at 3480 Carlisle Pike outside New Oxford, Pennsylvania. It closed its doors in the 1990s. Click here to find a vintage matchbook cover from the Pixie Motor Inn in Cross Keys, Pennsylvania about 1/2 mile North on Route 94.

In addition, there was The Pixie Family Motel and Cocktail Lounge located at 1016 West Katella in Anaheim, California (714) 772-9450. It was right across from Disneyland. Next door to convention center. Near Angels Stadium. The Pixie was later renamed The Magic Carpet Motel. The sign was removed in 1999 as part of the Anaheim Resort renovation.

Pixie Motor Inn
4150 Mitchell Ave
Linville, NC
PO Box 277
Linville, NC 28646
(The postal address for The Pixie Inn has also been listed as 4111 (and 4150) Linville Falls Highway, Newland, NC 28646/28657 (Newland is larger town nearby.)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina.

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