In 1950, Pat and Bill Prevost built a new home for their growing family. They didn’t have far to move, as their new house was built right next door! Bill was the developer of the Maggie Valley Golf and Country Club. Pat was an accomplished, amateur golfer. Her name is still seen on plaques at both the Waynesville and Maggie Valley Country Clubs.
This one-story, ranch-style home remained in the Prevost family for many years but was eventually sold to Richard and Joanna Swanson. The Swanson’s were the first to transform this family home into a bed and breakfast inn. Their concept was to provide a vegetarian, health-centered retreat for those struggling with various ailments. The original name of the bed and breakfast was Mountain Mist Inn. It was owned by the Swanson’s for about ten years.
Mountain Mist Inn was then sold to Ken and Mary Malmstrom. The Malmstroms renamed it Brookside Mountain Mist Inn and transformed it into a more traditional bed and breakfast. Ken and Mary were also instrumental in making significant renovations to the building, brining it more up-to-date. They owned the bed and breakfast for approximately five years.
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn was then sold to its current owners, Carolyn and Dina Giunta. Carolyn is a retired chiropractor and Dina a massage therapist, both from Florida. Their exhaustive search for a bed and breakfast ended upon entering the foyer of this elegant home. The five oversized guestrooms, huge picture windows and back terrace overlooking the mountains all contributed to the selection of Brookside Mountain Mist Inn for their bed and breakfast. Carolyn and Dina have made additional, extensive renovations to the building including all new bathrooms, a guest services room, central heat and air in the common areas and individual heating and air conditioning systems in each guest room.
Carolyn remarked, "We are often asked how we ended up becoming innkeepers at a bed and breakfast. Having worked in healthcare for many years, it had become second nature to want to take care of people in some way. We also wanted a home based business that would allow us to continue working for ourselves. In addition, Dina had extensive background in the food industry, having owned her own restaurant in Florida for nine years. All of these factors, as well as me being a “people-person”, lead us into the bed and breakfast world. Innkeeping is certainly tough work, but well worth the time and effort. We love what we do and we hope it shows in everything we do for our guests."