Balsam Mountain Inn

Two-Night Stay for Two at Balsam Mountain Inn in Great Smoky Mountains

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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, the Balsam Mountain Inn was built to serve travelers passing through the Balsam Gap depot, one of the highest railroad stations in the southeast. To accommodate steamer trunks, the hotel's rooms and corridors were built extra wide. A restoration in 1991 added private baths, but the inn's spacious layout and ample, 100-foot-long porches were preserved. Vintage furniture, an original mansard roof, and an absence of TVs and other noisy distractions serve as a nostalgic reminder of the past.

Each of the 50 guest rooms is decorated in different colors, textures, and furnishings. Stationed just off the lobby, room 100 evokes country elegance with pink iron bed frames, rosebud bedding, and a diamond-studded butter churn. Suite 334, a two-room lodging on the third floor, features a palette of greens and reds, complemented by whitewashed wooden floors and a wall tapestry depicting a farm scene. In suite 310's plum-colored bathroom, a claw-foot tub stands next to a rope hammock.

While 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 savored on the adjoining dining porch, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame vistas of a sprawling, verdant 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 Peaks 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.

What You Get

Two-night stay for two

  • $169 for a regular room
  • $199 for a suite

Amenities

  • Private baths
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Gourmet dining room
  • 24 acres of onsite hiking trails
  • 2,000-volume library
  • Free WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 5/25/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Subject to availability
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Valid only for a regular room or suite depending on option purchased
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 9.75% tax not included.

Other Details

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  1. Call Balsam Mountain Inn.
  2. Choose a valid date prior to 5/25/12.
  3. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details All Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Antique furnishings
  • Private baths

Regular Room

  • Most rooms feature one king-size bed or two double beds
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Suites

  • Most rooms feature one king-size bed or two double beds.
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $15 per guest 12 years or older; free for guests 11 years or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $15
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to a bed-sitting room for an additional $40 for an additional two-day stay, or upgrade to a suite from a regular room for an additional $60 for two days

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for two

  • $169 for a regular room (a $290 value)
  • $199 for a suite (a $390 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 43 miles from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL); 106 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP); 119 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS); 147 miles from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • By car: about 153 miles west of Charlotte

Customer Reviews

956 Ratings

Peace and quiet! Scenery is beautiful. Staff Great! Wonderful food!
Maurice A. · November 21, 2016
Atmosphere is awesome with old timey charm and ambiance. Always a favorite with our first visit about 15 years ago.
James R. · November 12, 2016
quiet and relaxing, good food and in the center of the mountains.
Tom B. · September 27, 2016

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