Shoppes & Restaurants

The Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location for a couple’s weekend getaway, family reunion, celebrating a special occasion, visiting family or for business travel. Located in the heart of Rutherford County, we are conveniently located about an hour from Charlotte, Asheville-Hendersonville and the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

You’ll find plenty to do in Rutherfordton from our various unique shoppes, locally owned restaurants and outdoors opportunity.

Local Shopping Opportunities:

Mill Hill General Store      195 N. Main Street

Impulse Art Shop        181 N. Main Street

Sunny Days     177 N. Main Street

Michelle Parisou Women’s Boutique       163 N. Main Street

Rutherford County Visual Art Center      160 N. Main Street

Hill’s Hardware General Store      184 N. Main Street

Victorian Lace Antiques   196 N. Main Street

Dragonfly Market Place      165 S. Washington Street

Different Times Mercantile    548 S. Main Street

Dive Bomber Vintage    126 Park Lane



There are great, local places to eat all of which are independently owned including American fare, Thai, pizza, sandwiches, salads, Mexican and ice cream and coffee shops too.

In addition, you will be just a short drive from major attractions in the area.

Forest City has many wonderful shops and restaurants as well as the Owls, a collegiate summer league featuring top-notch college players from across the country. Over the holiday season downtown Forest City has over half a million lights - more than any other town in NC.

Lake Lure and the Chimney Rock Village have a beautiful beach and views of the mountains with boating, fishing, swimming, rock climbing and golf. Lake Lure is where the movie 'Dirty Dancing" was filmed. Chimney Rock State Park offers hiking and a breath taking view of Hickory Nut Gorge and the surrounding area.

Looking to explore even further, you can travel to Biltmore in Asheville, breweries in Old Fort, the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland and the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring.

Wanting to sample local wine?  There are great wineries located approximately 20 minutes from the Carrier Houses:

Overmountain Vineyards 2021 Sandy Plains Rd, Tryon NC

Mountain Brook Vineyards 731 Phillips Dairy Road, Tryon NC

Parker-Binns Vineyards 2275 Whiteside Road, Mills Springs, NC

My Sweet Love Vineyard 241Greer St, Spindale, NC


You can enjoy any of these activities and many more, then return to the peace and quiet of the Carrier Houses Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing evening on the front porch. We’ll prepare a delicious, gourmet breakfast using local, fresh ingredients. Call us with any questions.


RESTAURANTS  within walking distance to the Carrier Houses B&B


187 N Main Street

Rutherford Thai
123 W. 2nd St.
(828) 980-1622

Gregory's Original Restaurant
161 Park Lane Plaza
(828) 287-2171

Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant
139 S. Washington St
(828) 286-2860


Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant
657 Oak Street
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 245-3979