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Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Balsam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
ocala
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A trip back in time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We visited the Waynesville for Labor Day wkend 2013, and on Sunday went for lunch at the Balsam Mountain Inn. It was superb, to say the least. What a great place, first the food was fabulous , totally delicious , the staff extremely friendly, and what a magnificent place, we walked around the hotel for a while, I felt that I had stepped back in history, I could just imagine the people arriving by train, going up to the hotel and walking around with their lovely outfits that were worn back then. It was totally relaxing, we sat on the rocking chairs in the porch, what a splendid and majestic view, can't wait to go back in late October. The colors of the trees will be gorgeous, something we don't get to see down in Florida.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fishersville, Virginia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Attended a meeting at Balsam Mountain Inn. What a lovely old Inn that is in a beautiful location with nice surroundings and quiet! The owner, Wally is great as well as John. Welcoming, witty and hospitality. Delicious trout dinner, cozy little room with no TV.......thank heavens. Ended the evening with some good wine on the long front porch rocking the night away. A step back in time! I would revisit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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8 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This summer, our family visited North Carolina and stopped at Balsam Inn for wine and hors d'oeuvres. A good variety of wines are offered and we enjoyed ours with some home-made trout/fish dip while sitting in rocking chairs on the broad covered porch overlooking a broad lawn and the mountains in the distance. it is a charming historic Inn in the mountains near Waynesville, reported to be haunted, but we saw no ghosts! There's a gift shop with excellent locally made pottery and other crafts. It is well worth a visit!

Room Tip: We did not stay at the Inn, but enjoyed wine on the porch.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This lovely inn is well worth driving off the beaten path to find ... in the mountains of western North Carolina, nestled between two charming towns of Sylva and Waynesville ... no phones, no tv's, just unbelievably wonderful food and calm ... rooms are all unique, furnished with comfortable beds and an eclectic combination of furniture styles. We enjoyed the library, the game room and toasting with our good friends from rockers on the porch before dinner. If you want more, it is a short drive to Asheville in one direction or Bryson City for trains and other outdoor activities.

Room Tip: No air conditioning -- none needed. We had a corner room with cross breeze and liked it. Ask for a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, NC
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Balsam Mountain Lodge is a historic inn hidden away in the North Carolina Mountains (and I do mean hidden; if you don't know exactly where it is, you would never find it). But that is part of the adventure; coming around a bend in the road and seeing a fine old hotel in a beautiful mountain setting peeks your curiosity. Why is it here? When was it built? The first close look is inviting; a large porch lined with rocking chairs. The lobby welcomes with cozy clusters of comfy chairs. The rooms are all individually decorated. We came on a week-day, so we could pick our own - #234. Great corner room with a view of the sunset and a claw-footed tub. This hotel does not have television, internet or other noisy pass-times. But it does have a great restaurant and breakfast is included!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This inn is probably unique, and we enjoyed our first visit probably five years ago. We were somewhat disappointed with our room this time (two nights). We upgraded to a larger room on the front for comfort's sake (We were celebrating our 50th anniversary). The trouble is that it was not very comfortable. The twin chaises, which had appealed to us very much, were quite difficult and uncomfortable to sit in to read (very rainy, chilly weekend), and the room was not as clean as it needed to be, even the bathroom had some dirt on basin that I easily removed.

The breakfasts are super. No complaints at all. We didn't have dinner at the inn but went to the Chef's Table in nearby Waynesville for our anniversary dinner. The food and service there were splendid.

The inn seems to suit hikers and adventure travelers very well, but we probably chose wrong for ourselves this time.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Decatur, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

When we arrived we were invited to choose our room from the ones available. We chose a room upstairs a few steps away from a long balcony porch. We spent some relaxing time reading on that porch and looking at the surrounding mountains.
Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper, as they are quick to tell you, those 100 year old walls are thin. The bathrooms are tiny, but who cares when the evening air is so nice.
The food, oh my, so good. We look forward to going back just for their evening meals.
Recommending the Balsam Inn.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant

Address: 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Jackson County > Balsam
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Balsam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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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