Snowbird Mountain Lodge has a rustic look but has most of the amenities of a full-scale resort. We stayed in the Chestnut Lodge building which has large, upscale rooms featuring a fireplace, a private outdoor deck with hot tub, comfortable chairs and sofa, wet bar, CD player and small refrigerator. Keep in mind that there are no TVs or phones in the rooms. Cell phone service is pretty good, though. Wi-fi is in the main building only; the inn has one desktop computer to use.
Food is very good to excellent. Breakfast features a daily special such as banana pancakes and breakfast quesadilla. Lunch is a sandwich, cookie, fruit and drink packed for sightseers and hikers. Dinner features four choices--steak, trout, chicken/pasta and something different, such as pork loin or shrimp and grits. Desserts are all delicious, especially the cobblers.
Pets and children under 12 are not allowed. Clientele on our visit was mostly affluent retirees who favor shorts and t-shirt; at dinner they wear shorts and a nicer shirt--definitely not a dress-up place. Don't expect a lot of activity--it's mostly hiking, walking and admiring nature. The lobby/library has 100s of books and is a comfortable place for reading and relaxing.
Mountain views are spectacular, probably the best in NC, including the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest (giant hemlocks and poplars) and the Cherohala scenic skyway.
Staff is small--most of them seem to have more than one job--but they are pleasant and helpful.
Recommended for a scenic, classy and serene getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Snowbird Mountain Lodge, a unique and timeless retreat with majestic views, pampering accommodations, warm hospitality, endless adventure and delectable cuisine, is tucked deep in the Nantahala National Forest. Created in 1941, Snowbird continues to be a mountain haven where guests remove themselves from everyday life and connect with one another amidst nature's abundance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Snowbird Mountain Lodge b&b
- Snowbird Mountain Hotel Robbinsville