My colleague and I stayed at the Inn at Hickory last week (mid-May), and I agree 100% with what Carl O and PTYtravelers wrote. The house is elegant and comfortable, the food is delicious and plentiful. The coffee is truly good--as Carl said, that's practically unheard of. There was nothing I wanted that I didn't have at the Inn. My room was on the second floor and had a spacious en suite bathroom, shining hardwood floors (nice attention to small details: high quality bath soap! soft and absorbent towels!). The room was spotless, had a VERY comfortable bed, was well-lit, and had a ceiling fan and AC unit, although I was fortunate that since it's a cool spring, I was able to have the window open and get enough cool air to be perfectly comfortable. My room also had a daybed--which I used as a chaise longue. I liked the lock system--easy and convenient. Not a big fan of the TV setup, but since the lighting was good, I read my book. Chaz is a terrific host, and we really enjoyed the breakfasts. Chaz made a point of arranging things for our convenience. We will DEFINITELY stay here again when returning to Hickory!