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Carolyn & Dave at Ribbon-Cutting

Ducks & Geese on the Lake

Relaxing Fountain Sounds


Carolyn and Dave have had a life-long dream of owning and operating a bed and breakfast and Arbor House is the realization of that dream. Growing up in Alabama, Carolyn gained an appreciation for the charms of southern living. She attended the University of Alabama, obtained a degree in Elementary Education and taught school before getting married. She is an accomplished artist, working in watercolor, oil and stained glass. Some of her works are on display at Arbor House. Her interests in gardening, including certification as a Master Gardener, are on display in the gardens of Arbor House. With a passion for hiking, Carolyn has hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park and the lower reaches of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal.

Dave grew up in Pennsylvania where he attended Bucknell University. An interest in mathematics led Dave to graduate degrees in Statistics from the University of Florida. He and Carolyn met in Gainsville and were married there. Dave then accepted a position with Eli Lilly & Co in Indianapolis, IN. He had a variety of positions with Lilly including line management, project management and regulatory affairs. One of those positions took Dave and Carolyn to England for three years where they were able to travel in Europe and learn to appreciate different cultures. This was an especially valuable experience for their three children, one of whom now works for Lilly while the other two are in college. Upon retirement in 2002, Dave and Carolyn began pursuit of their B&B dream and have found it in Arbor House.

Our interests include many outdoor activities, which makes the location of Arbor House ideal for us. Dave is an avid golfer and tennis player and is delighted to be able to enjoy both for most of the year. The many local hiking trails are particularly rewarding for Carolyn. Both of us like to hike, bike & bird watch and when these vigorous activities get a bit too much, we enjoy bridge and other indoor games. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you when you visit Arbor House.


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Arbor House of Black Mountain
Innkeepers: Carolyn and Dave Johnson
207 Rhododendron Ave. Black Mountain, NC 28711
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