It's way back up in the hills, but it's the experience you're looking for if you want a nice room in a quiet, scenic area with excellent food and unrushed service. The Lodge is practically at the NC entrance to the Cherohala Skyway and the Joyce Kilmer forest area, each of which provide magnificent mountain views and great hiking. Because it's a long trek from almost everywhere else, if you get an early start, you'll enjoy both of them without the crowds. We had the most expensive room with a hot tub on a private deck overlooking the mountains, and it was worth it. As soon as we saw the huge, comfortable room (which included things like XM satellite radio, a local trail guide, a mini-fridge, a whirlpool bathtub, and numerous other nice touches) and the view, we arranged to stay an extra night.
The room comes with all three meals, with lunch (including AFTER you check out!) being packed for you--if during your stay, if you want, in a picnic basket or a backpack--a great help on a hiking or picnic day. The chef is obviously very talented, the local beers on tap and the house wines are very good, and the wine list is surprisingly extensive. The variety of meal offerings is somewhat repetitive, but all of it was excellent and very creative and not a big issue for a three day stay, and the rustic dining room is very pleasant. The adjacent lobby has a huge, comfortable library with thousands of books, including many on the local area trails, flora and fauna. The lodge offers many outdoors activities, but we stuck to hiking and touring the area, as there is much to see--do allow at least 2 whole days. We'd stay there again anytime.
- 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