About the Innkeepers

Meet Patti and Bear

Innkeepers, Patti & Bear

Patti was born and raised in New Jersey, but lived in California and Colorado before moving to North Carolina in 2003. She has over 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry. After receiving her culinary training, Patti opened Lemongrass, a catering and event planning business specializing in weddings and parties. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, decorating, hiking, drawing, and calligraphy. She could spend all day in an antique shop, reads cookbooks like most people read novels and loves spending time with her two beautiful granddaughters!

Michael (most people call him Bear) was born in New Jersey, but raised in Colorado. He is a General Contractor and was a chef for Lemongrass. His expertise in building was used extensively in the renovation and remodeling of the Inn. Bear enjoys cooking, entertaining, hiking in the mountains, and just about anything you do outdoors. He enjoys spending time with their two Labs, Charlie and Bailey, and can’t get enough of his two wonderful granddaughters!

Bear and Patti have been married for 35 years and have one daughter, Christine. They both really enjoy meeting new people, working together, living in North Carolina, and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to share their beautiful mountain setting with new and old friends.


Our beautiful daughter and granddaughters (top), The welcoming committee Bailey, Charlie, and Milli (bottom left) and Patti and Bear resolving a kitchen conflict (bottom right).

Meet the Lady We Can’t Live Without . . . Rosie!


The next time you visit the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn, please take a minute to meet and speak with Rosanne (Rosie).   When she joined us two years ago, she immediately fit right in with her impressive work ethic, high standards, and pleasant personality! She works very hard at keeping the guest rooms and the entire inn clean and beautiful for all of our guests.  Rosanne has lived in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains all of her life and married her husband, Mark, 19 years ago.

Rosanne enjoys being involved in her church as well as camping, fishing and boating, but her main passion is her family! She and her sisters care for their ailing parents, and Rosanne & Mark are the main caregivers for their niece and three nephews.

With her background in customer service, marketing, and advertising as well as her excellent cleaning skills and attention to details, we are delighted that she is part of the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn family!