Presidential Culinary Museum (The Inn of the Patriots) - Grover

One- or Two-Night Stay at The Inn of the Patriots in Grover, NC

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Secluded, Colonial-Inspired Bed and Breakfast

By age 8, Martin Mongiello was already planning elaborate—albeit imaginary—dinner parties. About 20 years later, he was at the White House, serving as executive chef for President Clinton. Today, Mongiello helms The Inn of the Patriots, named Best of the South and Best Place to Enjoy History by Built in 1879, the inn once served as the home of a former Civil War surgeon who was the great-grandson of Revolutionary War patriot Frederick Hambright.

The cozy bed and breakfast reflects its historical roots with colonial decor and antique furniture, including queen-size sleigh beds and period fireplaces. Each of the rooms and suites are individually decorated according to a theme. The Oceanicus Blue Dreams suite sports a naval look, showcasing an eclectic collection of items ranging from spyglasses and iron handguns to love letters from Civil War sailors to their wives. A Pacific Rim motif graces the golden-hued Magnificent Polynesian room, which is filled with memorabilia from Mongiello's culinary travels throughout Asia.

The chef's experiences also inspired his collection of cookware and fine china dating back to the Jefferson administration on display at the onsite Presidential Culinary Museum. Other artifacts include a display of James Polk's favorite recipe and a large stockpile of William Howard Taft's edible mustaches. For a living-history lesson, guided tours of the museum sometimes include costumed actors in full colonial garb.

Cleveland County, North Carolina: Small Railroad Towns and Revolutionary War Battle Sites

One of the southernmost towns in Cleveland County, Grover sits near the border of North and South Carolina. It's a former railroad town whose restored turn-of-the-century houses lend it a vintage look. Nearby Blacksburg, South Carolina, was the site of a pivotal battle of the American Revolution—a battle that managed to halt the British advance into North Carolina. Today, a monument, exhibits, and a 1.5-mile battlefield trail commemorate that victory at the Kings Mountain National Military Park, located just 15 minutes from The Inn of the Patriots.

For a taste of modern-day Cleveland County, the included package elements steer you toward some notable establishments such as the award-winning Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard, where you can sample up to 12 wines (tours are only available Thursday–Sunday). Other stops show off the area's culinary prowess, with farm-fresh American fare and seafood at NiFen Bistro in Shelby and dessert at Carolina Crossing Restaurant in Grover.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two in any room or suite with daily breakfast and two tickets to the Presidential Culinary Museum

  • $95 for one night
  • $175 for two nights

    Included in both options:
  • Winery tour for two at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard
  • One autographed cookbook
  • One appetizer at NiFen Bistro
  • Sweet treat upon arrival
  • Dessert at Carolina Crossing Restaurant

Book by: 7/1/12
Travel by: 5/31/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Individually themed rooms
  • Onsite parking
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Book by 7/1/12 or promo value expires
  • Complete travel by 5/31/13
  • Limit 2 per person, 2 more as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $35 fee; cancel 90-29 days in advance & fee of 1/2 the Groupon price applies; cancel 28 days or less in advance & fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be age 18+ to check in
  • Valid only for Baby Ruth, Colonel Cleaveland, Magnificent Polynesian, Nature and Earth, or Oceanicus Blue Dreams room
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 9.75% tax not included

Other Details

Room Details

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  • One queen or king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Most rooms have private bathrooms (some have shared facilities)
  • Satellite TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 5 p.m.
  • Check out: 2 p.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets fewer than 40 pounds may be added for an additional $20 refundable fee per visit.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available
  • Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the winery tour.

What It's Worth

Stay for two in any room or suite with daily breakfast and two tickets to the Presidential Culinary Museum

  • $95 for one night (up to a $224 value)
  • $175 for two nights (up to a $448 value)

    Included in both options:
  • Winery tour for two at Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard (a $14 value)
  • One autographed cookbook (a $6 value)
  • One appetizer at NiFen Bistro (a $10 value)
  • Sweet treat upon arrival (a $6 value)
  • Dessert at Carolina Crossing Restaurant (a $10 value)

    Total value: up to $494

Getting There

  • By plane: 35 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • By car: about 40 miles west of Charlotte

Traveler's Tips

  • Guests can take a four- to five-hour cooking class with former White House chef Martin Mongiello for an additional $100 per person.

Customer Reviews

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Julia L. ·
Reviewed May 30, 2012
Excellent stay, wonderful breakfast. The nearby towns have many sightseeing and exploring opportunities.


· Reviewed January 15, 2018
tthe outstanding atmosphere that the innkeepers create . You made to feel like your visiting a relative's home


Patrice B. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed November 21, 2017
Lovely historical home with a wealth of history. Delicious breakfast and wonderful hosts. Beautiful area to explore.
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