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“Fall leaf trip” 5 of 5 stars
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14981 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Robbinsville B&B and Inns
Mocksville, North Carolina
1 review
“Fall leaf trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I came here often before the amazing restoration. It was good then, but is beyond description now. The current owners, Ronnie and Terry Hedrick, spared nothing and it shows.
This past weekend was my second stay at the new facilities and there will be more next year when they open in the spring. This trip I brought my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter with the purpose of running the Dragon in the Miata. 15 year old granddaughter got to ride with grandfather squalling the tires - great memories.

Thanks Ronnie, Terry, Becky, and All the staff - y'all are the best!
Bert Bahnson

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your recent stay, and your visits last year. Returning guests such as you mean a lot to the staff here at Tapoco. You have become a part of the Tapoco family and we look forward to your many safe returns. We really appreciate you taking the time to review the lodge on TripAdvisor, and thanks from the staff and myself for all the kind words.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Summerfield, North Carolina
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Second stay. 3 nights. 3 diners. 3 breakfasts.
I do not know where to start.
Everything is perfect.
Hospitality is not matched by any place I have been to anywhere in the world.
Location is fantastic for someone who wants to be In the NC/TN mountains.
Food is absolutely amazing.
Ronnie, Teri, Alex and Becky and all the rest of the team: Thank you !!!
Already booked my room for their opening weekend late April 2014. Cannot wait!

  • Stayed October 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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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your continued support of Tapoco Lodge and thanks for the awesome review. It is always a pleasure to have you, your wife, and all of your friends visit here at the lodge and we consider you all to be friends and a welcome part of the Tapoco Family. Thanks for the Dragon ride that will always be etched in my memory bank! You are the best! Thanks again for everything.
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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

My buddies and I were looking for a destination for our annual motorcycle trip and the Tail of the Dragon and the Great Smokey Mountains seemed like a perfect location. The location of the Tapoco lodge, the awesome restaurant and the very warm and friendly staff exceeded our expectations. Thank you Ronnie and Terry for an awesome long weekend!! We will be back again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thanks for your review of the lodge and staff for TripAdvisor. We are certainly proud that you had a great time while visiting our area and we hope you will return to the lodge again in the near future. Tell all the guys hello from all the staff here at the lodge.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you want to get away from everything, this is your place. Much like at the Yellowstone Inn, you'll find no TV, no wi-fi in the rooms, no phone...no option but to chill out! Lots of quiet here, except for the sound of falling water in the nearby creek/river. Bring your camera...you'll need it for the scenery nearby in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, the gorgeous Cherohala Parkway, and Lake Santeetlah. Bring a board game or two to play in the central lobby next to the antique auto. Bring your appetite, too...the five-course dinner each night comes with a huge entree, so be sure to ask for a smaller portion if you're watching your waistline (I did and still managed to gain two pounds in two days). Consider yourself blessed if they offer the chocolate creme brulee while you're there. Breakfast is also belt-breaking, so you don't really need lunch...but the kitchen staff can make a boxed lunch for you a la carte. Spend a few minutes in the cute gift shop, too. Owner Ronnie and all staff--who multi-task as desk clerks, meal servers, hosts--are exceedingly nice. Would love to come back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
You obviously like the outdoors and the unplugged getaway that we provide here at the lodge. We really appreciate you reviewing the lodge and its surroundings and hope that you will return in the near future to experience the things still left to offer, or not offer, such as being totally connected! There is too much here for people to miss if they stay connected. We are happy you understand this. Thanks again for your awesome review for TripAdvisor.
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Athens, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Tapoco Lodge is mesmerizingly PERFECT in every single way imaginable!! Your hosts are attentive and sweet as can be. The food? OMG!!! You will not believe how each and every course of your meal could be so marvelous. (Save LOTS of room for your entrée....it comes on a turkey platter sized plate!!!) Best steak my husband has ever eaten (and he has eaten at THE best steak houses in the world!) We stayed in the Evergreen Suite (it was the size of most people's apartments...no joke!) The grounds are wonderful and you are encouraged to stroll and enjoy every nook and cranny. They have fire pits stoked and ready to roast marshmallows...they have a theatre that shows neat old movies...the river is beautiful...I could go on and on and on....we WILL be going back when they reopen in the Spring....Randy and Lisa Heafner

  • Stayed October 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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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind review and yes we do encourage our guests to explore the property, which is very unique in itself. We are happy that you enjoyed the time here and we hope you will return to explore the remainder sometime in the near future. Thanks again for letting Tapoco be your destination weekend.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

What an amazing treat! My wife and son (over 12 requirement) went up to the mountains to raft the Nantahala River and hike around Joyce Kilmer National Forest last weekend. Not much around Wesser NC and tired hotels in Bryson City. This was our first visit. The staff were very warm and friendly. The proprietor has put a lot of time and money bringing this property up to its former glory days. Dinner was a five course meal prepared by a chef out of NYC and trained at California Culinary Institute.

You can hike to a small waterfall on the property, have breakfast overlooking a beautiful river, after dinner drinks in the bar or by the fire pit. It was all good!! Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Thanks so much for your review of the lodge and its surroundings. We were happy that you could enjoy the time spent here with your family and we hope that you will return to continue to explore all that this area has to offer. While there is lots to explore here at the lodge, the area is rich with outdoor wonders. We hope that you enjoyed your stay and will return soon. Thanks again.
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Charlotte, NC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

On a motorcycle trip over the weekend, we had the opportunity to stay at Tapoco lodge. I cannot say enough about the lodge accomodations, dining and hospitality! From the delightful dinners, great cocktails, and relaxing breakfasts next to the creek everything was top notch. For dinner on the second night, I had possibly the best filet mignon I've ever had! The beds were perfect, we opted to stay in a cabin and had no trouble relaxing with the cool mountain air and sounds. I definitely recommend this hotel as part of your experience for whatever brings you to this part of North Carolina!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ronnie H, Owner at Historic Tapoco Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
We are happy that you chose Tapoco Lodge for your visit to our area with family and friends. Thank you so much for your review, and we apologize for the inconvenience that your table experienced while dining at Jasper's. I will have to say that with our staff, that was a rarity. We hope you will consider returning to the lodge anytime your travels bring you to this area.
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Address: 14981 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Smoky Mountains > Robbinsville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Robbinsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Tapoco Lodge is proud to offer a non-smoking atmosphere to guests seeking a lodge that’s anything but ordinary! We offer cabins or Lodge rooms with beautiful views of the rushing Cheoah River as well as Suites with Jacuzzi garden tubs and full living rooms for your relaxation. The grounds have been meticulously restored to reflect the grandeur of the 1930's and our staff has been hand picked to give you the best of everything! From our gourmet five course dinners, our famous made to order breakfast to outstanding guest services Tapoco has become the highlight of the mountains. Each bundled package includes a five course dinner created by Executive Chef Alex Henry, a Culinary Institute of American graduate, as well as a full breakfast from our breakfast Chef Will Collins. We don't have a menu for breakfast; he will create whatever you like! After you've been delighted by your dinner we welcome you to relax by one of our stone fire pits or take a walk up to the beautiful Bear Creek Falls. Tapoco is also offering Adventure Day trips which can be booked up to 24 hours prior. These half and full day trips include Guided Lake Kayaking on one of three different lakes, Guided Hiking, Fly Fishing Expeditions and an afternoon Pontoon Boat and History Tour of Lake Santeetlah. The season begins with the addition of the Tapoco Tin Theater which was renovated over the winter and is now available for guest booking for weddings, seminars, team building sessions, and most anything you can imagine. The building is nothing short of incredible. Come join us for an experience you'll never forget at Historic Tapoco Lodge! For the safety, privacy and security of our guests, Tapoco Lodge has instituted a no walk-in policy and the property is dedicated for the exclusive use of our "Registered Guests". Advanced arrangements can be made for limited tours of the property on non-operating days. ... more   less 
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