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Two-, Three-, or Four-Night Stay at Balsam Mountain Inn in Great Smoky Mountains, NC

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This Victorian inn located amid North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains is more than 100 years old, with rooms steeped in country elegance

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Expires Feb 1st, 2013. Must book by 2/1/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 3/31/13. Not valid 12/24/12-1/1/13. Limit 2 per person. May buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies. Must be 18 or older to check in. Credit card required at booking and check-in. Not valid with reward points. 9.75% tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Restored Victorian Inn Offers Mountain Views from Expansive Porches

In 1905, two hoteliers from Georgia began construction on a Victorian inn nestled in North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains. Situated at an elevation of 3,500 feet, Balsam Mountain Inn was built for travelers passing through the Balsam Gap depot, one of the Southeast’s highest railroad stations. To accommodate steamer trunks, the rooms and hallways were built extrawide. A restoration in 1991 added private baths, but the inn's spacious layout and 100-foot-long porches were preserved. Today’s version of the Balsam Mountain Inn is a nostalgic reminder of the past, with vintage furniture, an original mansard roof, and an absence of TVs and other noisy distractions.

Each of the 50 guest rooms is decorated in different colors, textures, and furnishings. Just off the lobby, room 100 evokes country elegance with pink iron bed frames, rosebud bedding, and a diamond-studded butter churn. A palette of greens and reds adds color to Suite 334, a two-room lodging on the third floor complemented by whitewashed wooden floors and a wall tapestry depicting a farm scene.

Though the menu varies by day, a complimentary breakfast may include blueberry waffles and bacon served in the wood-appointed dining room. À la carte meals can also be enjoyed on the adjoining dining porch, where floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the lawn. The restaurant also hosts Songwriters-in-the-Round, a long-running music series that features performances from Grammy Award–winning Nashville artists.

Balsam, North Carolina: Small Mountain Town Minutes from Blue Ridge Parkway

The small town of Balsam is tucked between the Plott Balsams and Great Balsam Mountains, 40 miles west of Asheville. Twenty-four acres of wooded hiking trails surround the inn, and an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway lies just a half-mile away. One of the country's most popular scenic drives, the road winds along the lavender spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and through the fog of the Great Smoky Mountains, passing wildflower meadows and ziplining elk along the way. More than 100 hiking trails branch off the parkway, including the Appalachian Trail, which stretches all the way from Georgia to Maine.

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Tips

  • “The wonderful friendly service and homey atmosphere.”

  • “The hospitality, everyone was very kind and welcoming,and the food was great!”

  • “It is like no other place I have ever stayed! Super nice staff, beautiful views, peaceful ambiance.”


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