Our extended family spent Thanksgiving (2013) at the Blue Boar Retreat. It accommodated 22 people comfortably (only one Aerobed was needed in one of the rooms). The rooms are very roomy each w/ it's own sitting area, bathroom, and outdoor access. The "common" area has lots of room and sitting areas. The dining area is very large and could easily accommodate a larger number of people than our party. The kitchen has all the amenities needed to cook a large Thanksgiving meal and suited us perfectly for all of our other family style meals. The layout of the kitchen is a little "tight", but nothing that was in any way unworkable. A large pantry area for dry goods and a large commercial refrigerator. The stove, oven, & grill are all commercial kitchen grade gas appliances. All the necessary pots, pans, etc. Plenty of dishware & utensils. Curiously, no serving spoons - at least not that we could find. The laundry area has two washers & three dryers. The only reason we needed these though was because our college age students brought their dirty laundry with them! Since the linens & towels were all available, we would not otherwise have needed the laundry facilities. There is a large TV in the Inn's entrance sitting area with DirecTV service and a DVD player. A good selection of DVDs was available as well. Lots of books too. There is Internet service available. We did have to do a little "engineering" of the router location to improve the Wi-Fi signal to the far end of the Inn (e.g., the common area & the far rooms). After we did this, there was no major issues with Wi-Fi although the connection from the Inn to the Internet did have some issues throughout the weekend. But, when it was working, it was a good enough connection to stream music & movies (we brought a couple of TVs & gaming consoles). Speaking of music, the common area has an amplifier, multi-CD player, & iPod player and is wired with speakers in the ceiling. Also a good selection of CDs. Outside there is a covered sitting area with a propane grill and also a nice fire pit. We were hoping to enjoy the canoes & kayaks down by the lake, but the weather proved a bit too chilly.
This location is definitely a place to "get away" and just relax. It snowed while we were there which made the for some awesome views on the Skyview Drive. I'm sure the fall foliage in the area would be pretty impressive too. Take the opportunity to go up to the Skyview at night (only a couple of miles from the Inn) to star gaze... deep into the Milky Way. We also took the opportunity to drive the Dragon while we were there. It being the "off season" probably made it easier to drive without being stuck behind a lot of traffic. Lots of great scenery to enjoy all over the area.
Plan on bringing everything you need with you, or at least trying to. The nearest grocery store is in Robbinsville which is about a 20 minute drive. Not a huge deal, just make a list and minimize the number of trips you have to make. And BYOB. Graham County is a dry county!
Definitely two thumbs up!
Thanks for everything Pam!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An upscale mountain inn with 8 spacious rooms. Access to Lake Santeetlah and close to Cherohala Skyway. Perfect for couples, group retreats, reunions, small weddings. Fine cuisine, luxury accommodations in a secluded woodland setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Boar Hotel Robbinsville