Presidential Culinary Museum (The Inn of the Patriots)

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

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Secluded, Colonial-Inspired Bed and Breakfast

At age 8, Martin Mongiello was already planning elaborate—albeit imaginary—dinner parties. About 20 years later, he was at the White House, serving as President Bill Clinton’s executive chef. Today, Mongiello runs 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. Today, it’s home to a culinary institute where you can learn cooking tips from some of the country’s best chefs or simply dine on their artfully crafted cuisine. With options three and four of this deal, you’ll attend at least one four- to five-hour BYOB cooking class conducted “Iron Chef style” with surprise ingredients.

The 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 has been 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 enlivens the golden-hued Magnificent Polynesian room, which is filled with memorabilia from Mongiello's culinary travels throughout Asia. As for breakfast, The Inn of the Patriots invites guests to wake up to the same food prepared for presidents and other dignitaries, accented by local syrups and hand-cut potatoes.

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 Cleveland County’s southernmost towns, Grover sits near the border with 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 the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution—a battle that managed to halt the British advance into North Carolina. A monument, exhibits, and a 1.5-mile battlefield trail commemorate that victory at Kings Mountain National Military Park, located just 15 minutes from The Inn of the Patriots.

For a taste of modern-day Cleveland County, head to 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 with breakfast

  • Option 1: $89 for a one-night stay (up to a $225 value)
  • Option 2: $169 for a two-night stay (up to a $450 value)
  • Option 3: $189 for a one-night stay with one cooking class (up to a $435 value)
  • Option 4: $359 for a two-night stay with two cooking classes (up to an $870 value)

Included in all options

  • Winery Tour for two
  • Complimentary appetizer and dessert for two at local restaurants
  • Presidential Culinary Museum tour for two

Book by: 2/8/13
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

  • Must book by 2/8/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 5/31/13
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $35 fee
  • 91-day cancellation notice required or fee of 1/2 Groupon price applies; 29-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 9.75 tax not included (tax rate rises to 10.75 on 1/1/13).

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: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets fewer than 40 lb. 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

Getting There

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

Traveler's Tips

  • Wine tastings are available Monday through Wednesday by appointment, Thursday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m., and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

Customer Reviews

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Sue K. ·
Reviewed May 7, 2013
also the connection with Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery tour was delightful and we were so happy we went there too


Sue K. ·
Reviewed May 7, 2013
Great history tour and time with Chef Marty , we enjoyed our fellow guests during a breakfast that was customized for our wonky diet needs.


R H. ·
Reviewed May 2, 2013
By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.

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