We visited the Fryemont Inn October 29 and stayed one night. We were intriqued by the fact that the lodge has been preserved to reflect life as it was back in 1930--like stepping back in time.
At the time of booking we weren't sure of the weather conditions and therefore opted to book accommodations with A/C and use of gas fireplace if needed. We also enjoy keeping up with current events in the news and wanted the luxury of a TV in the room that we could control. We paid significantly more for this convenience.
Although we thoroughly enjoyed our one night visit including the dining experience, we were a little disappointed that the furnishings in the suites located adjacent to the lodge did not reflect the same "mountain retreat" atmosphere. They were quite eclectic; stepping into a room with stark white walls was quite a contrast to the warm wood of the lodge; however, the balcony with rockers was larg and quiet nice.
We have every intention of returning; however, in order to get the complete experience, we think we will opt for a little less modern complete with chestnut wood paneled walled rooms with no TV, no AC and wonderful pocket windows that can be opened to take in the fresh mountain air!
We visited the bar/lounge located just behind the large fireplace in the dining room for cocktails prior to dining. What a great place for meeting new people! It reminded us of the supper clubs we enjoy in the north.
Dinner was a delightful experience. To start with, our server was very friendly and made us feel quite welcome. The prime rib was cooked to perfection and the pecan crusted rainbow trout was delicious! The dinner salads were fresh and crisp and the side dishes were tasty.
We had a concern about breakfast because we had booked a trip on the 9 o'clock train; however, no need to worry. The dining room opened at 8 AM and we were able to order what we wanted from the menu (not necessarily the Express) and had plenty of time to enjoy it and still catch the train on time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the quiet village of Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Fryemont Inn offers you secluded comfort and excellent dining, warm fireplaces and scenic vistas. The beautiful bark-covered building was built in 1923 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Inn and Dining Room are open mid-April through November. The Fireplace Suites and Cabin are open all year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fryemont Hotel Bryson City