We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay at the Balsam Mountain Inn! It is a large and amazing building, built from the original timbers on the property 105 years ago, and has been completely period-restored! To put in the radiator heating, the owner was able to get original radiators from an old college that was being redone, so everything is true to the period, including the comfortable, light and airy dining restaurant she put in for the breakfast serving area. I would say Victorian in decor, but not over the top or "phoo phoo", it is very tastefully decorated in the comfortable and large lobby area where we were able to spend enjoyable visits with other guests, as well as read , play games, or do puzzles, and enjoy the double fireplace. There is an elevator, and we were allowed to explore the other rooms that hadn't been occupied yet, each unique, different sizes and shapes, some suites. They also have a gift shop, as well as local artists/crafts available for purchase throughout the halls and walkways to enjoy. The bed was quite comfortable, as were the pillows and linens. I generally take my own pillows along, but left them in the car as those provided were quite comfortable.No TV's or phones in rooms, which was perfect for our disconnect getaway, although we did have full phone reception and internet connections if you need to have it. We had the tub/shower room on the first floor, and because we always bring a small cd player with "white noise ocean waves",we were not at all disturbed by any noises from the hallway or other rooms, even though we were right down the hall from the restaurant, and the entire inn was booked for a group and a wedding. The staff was very helpful, full of information about the history of the inn and the area, and we were within 30 minutes of Ashville and other great areas, and were able to explore, relax and enjoy. Breakfast was good, came with the room , no choice for the guests, but at any other B&B you are also served a particular breakfast, so we expected this, even though it looked like a restaurant. I would suggest that for diabetic guests, some consideration should be taken into account, as our 2nd breakfast was all carbs, with 2 slices of bacon, so had to be very careful wth it as it was "caramelized" french toast, very very sweet, although tasty, so couldn't really eat it. They did have juices, cereals, fruit available on a common table the 2nd morning to go with this french toast, but, again, all carbs. The front 2 level verandas were filled with rocking chairs, and a beautiful view of the mountains. Really relaxing and enjoyable to sit out there and read, or, if you like wine, they had a full selection that guests were enjoying (we don't drink). We also had dinner the first night, and the steaks were very good, as was the trout, and sides. Waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. We spent our full day at the Ashville Village, and had dinner there the 2nd night, but if we hadn't, I would certainly have had dinner again at the restaurant. A very comfortable and enjoyable visit, and we stopped at the little bitty "pottery" roadside house just outside of the property, a few blocks down,with all the signs saying," pottery ahead", and got a few nice pieces of original pottery there as well. All in all, an very nice visit, beautiful view, great staff, and comfortable historic period old Inn! Would stay here again in a heartbeat!
- Also Known As:
- Balsam Mountain Inn And Restaurant
- Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant Hotel
- Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant Hotel Balsam
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Read, rest, ramble and romp at the Balsam Mountain Inn! Nestled among lofty Smoky Mountain peaks just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Balsam Mountain Inn was completed in 1908 to serve the highest railway depot in the east. Restored in 1991, the inn now welcomes travelers with 50 cheerful rooms, rocker-filled porches, a fine library and gracious dining. Plump pillows and soft comforters inspire pleasant dreams! In December, 2011, the Inn came once again to be owned by Merrily Teasley, the innkeeper who restored the structure two decades ago. An experienced rescuer of wonderful buildings, Teasley bought the derelict inn in 1990, and her certified rehabilitation effort helped the inn – already on the National Historic Register – experience a rebirth. ... more less
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