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Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Balsam B&B and Inns
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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95 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Classic Southern Railroad Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

After our second day of meandering south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, forgetting to print the directions to the hotel and the GPS would not recognize Seven Springs Drive oh what to do except follow the railroad tracks and the signs to the Balsam Mountain Inn. Oh what a find it way. You have to love the short up the hill driveway after crossing the railroad tracks and finding a classic wooden three story hotel. Two floors of long porches with green rocking chairs greet you. Open the screen door the squeaks and you are into a large open lobby and sitting area. Step back in time and just enjoy the wood construction and what a grand place this was in the days of rail travel. It still is a wonderful stop in the days of the Automobile road trip. Our room was large, the bathroom was small, obviously a converted closet, the floor squeaked, the furniture was period, the bed very comfortable, and the 10 foot wide hallways were marvelous. And the restaurant, just great and I mean great. Do not miss it! The whole experience of this Inn is not to be missed especially if you love the history of this country…

Room Tip: While a porch view is nice, remember some one can be sitting in the rocking chair outside your room...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Oh, heaven! We hated to leave after only two days, and we will definitely make it a point to return. This place is just enchanting. Quiet - no TV or phones, charming and comfortable. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Meals in the dining room were superb, both breakfast and dinner. There, the service was just a tad slow, but it created an easy and unhurried atmosphere that allowed us to really enjoy the excellent cuisine, and we really had no where else to go except to rock on the porch!
The inn is in a beautiful location, easily reachable from the highway, and convenient to many of the sights and activities of the western NC mountains. A wonderful place to truly get away from it all. Cudos to the Innkeeper.

Room Tip: In the heat of summer, you may not wish to pick a room on the top (3rd) floor, as the Inn has no air...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Asheville
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

During our visit about 2 years ago, the inn exhibited significant neglect. A previous owner has come back to bring the inn back to its previous glory. Although still a work in progress for some of the rooms, most of the inn has been restored. One can now enjoy a restful get away and go back to the simple life while relaxing in the lobby area and two porches with rocking chairs.

We stayed for two nights. Out suite @ $165 a night was very large with several sitting areas. The included breakfast on both mornings was delicious and filling. An excellent wild berry french toast was served the first morning and equally great apple pancakes with fresh fruit the second morning. We also had dinner one night. As with the breakfasts, our meals were excellent. My wife had fresh trout from the local Sunburst Farms trout farm and I had the evening special of wild mushroom stuffed ravioli. We were too full to try the deserts.

A few heads up: The separate hot and cold faucets in the rooms are spring loaded so one has to continue to hold the handle while obtaining water. The hot water is extremely hot so attempting to wash ones hands, etc. can be a challenge. As would be expected in a 107 year old inn, the wooden floors will creak. Light sleepers may wish to choose the third floor.

My wife and I have stayed here several times and we recommend that anyone wishing to go back in time to relax in the mountains give this inn a try.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms are a good choice to avoid noise from wood floors.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beverly Hills, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

We just came home from four wonderful restful days at the Balsam Mountain Inn. It is very quaint and quite. This will take you back in time when you didn't have TV. It was so peaceful and comfortable. The rooms were very clean and in our room there was a diary of people who stayed there before us and I loved reading all the things they had to say about our room including the ghost stories. Our room was the Eggplant Room. The floor creeks when you walk on them and the cold water is really cold. The restaurant had a different breakfast each day and everyday we had delicious fresh fruit. Dinner was very nice and the selection was wonderful. It is very close to all the attractions we wanted to see and yet far enough away to keep the prices of food and gas lower. Just a perfect location. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor but I believe that all rooms would be great.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

When did you last stay in a place where strangers share a glass of wine and stories on a covered porch, play checkers or do a jigsaw puzzle together, or lower their voices after 10 PM to keep from disturbing their neighbors? If the answer is never then you owe it to yourself to visit the historic Balsam Inn. This place is a step back in time with an outstanding setting (resotred, not rennovated) interior, and an atmosphere like no other place you have ever stayed.

Owner operated. Three thumbs up.

Room Tip: Room 231 has a little guest room with a single bed and the only window, but there is a skylight too...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sebewaing, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Historical, railroad stop inn, in beautiful North Carolina. Recommend for couples, or families with avid reading kids. No TV, radio, but there is WiFi. Room we had was only big enough for the bed, small stand, and a rocking chair. Request a shower in your room, or you may only have a tub. Bathroom faucets are spring loaded to conserve water. Remember, you're back in time in this inn. You can read and drink coffee, or whatever, in the library, or you can read on the rocking chair lined front porch. You can walk the grounds, along the railroad, or down the road. Waynesville is nearby with the small town tourist attractions, and restaurants. Eating at the Inn was also great. We had salmon, simply prepared with a butter sauce and dill, cooked to perfection, slightly seared. Lights out in the hallway at 10pm; quiet time. For a place to get away from it all, read, walk, and enjoy the quiet; this is your place. However, it's not for everybody.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a shower in your room, unless you want to take a bath.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

We absolutely loved staying at this Inn. The location was perfect for the Smokies or for relaxation. The staff was friendly and helpful. Everyone was kind, they offered suggestions for the area, and things were clean. The food was exceptional.....such a treat... Can't wait to visit again! The 2nd floor porch is new my favorite hang out.

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Property: Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant
Address: 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 28707
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina 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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