Balsam Mountain Inn

2-, 3-, 4-Night Stay for Two at Balsam Mountain Inn in the Great Smoky Mountains, NC. Combine Up to Eight Nights.

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Restored Victorian Inn Offers Mountain Views from Expansive Porches

In 1908, two hoteliers opened 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 extra wide. A restoration in 1991 added private baths, but the inn's spacious layout and 100-foot-long porches were preserved. Today, the Balsam Mountain Inn is a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, as well as a nostalgic reminder of the past—Fodor's says "a stay here is like going back 100 years in time, when folks rocked and chatted on the front porch." Here, you'll stay amid vintage furniture, the original mansard roof, and an absence of TVs and other noisy distractions.

Different colors, textures, and furnishings decorate each of the 50 guest rooms. Just off the lobby, Room 100 evokes country elegance with white-iron bed frames and ivy print bedding. Located at the back of the inn, the floral-accented Room 106 offers views of the forest and the inn’s courtyard.

Though the menu varies by day, a complimentary breakfast may include banana nut pancakes or wild-berry french toast 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. Tickets are $47 per person and include a buffet dinner.

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. The Blue Ridge Parkway lies just a half mile away. One of the country's most-popular scenic drives, the parkway winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains' lavender spine and through Great Smoky Mountain fog, 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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What You Get

Stay for two in a regular room

  • Option 1: $169 for 2 nights (up to a $290 value)
  • Option 2: $249 for 3 nights (up to a $435 value)
  • Option 3: $337 for 4 nights (up to a $580 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 9/12/14
Travel by: 9/25/14

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 8/29-8/30 or 9/1/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies.
  • Taxes: 10.75% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


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

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/12/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 9/25/14
  • Not valid 8/29-8/30 or 9/1/14
  • 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
  • 10.75% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

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Regular Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Antique furnishings
  • Private baths with shower or tub

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available.
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: may be available during check-in

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL; 43 miles); Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP; 106 miles); McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS; 119 miles)
  • Nearest cities: Knoxville, Tennessee (107 miles); Charlotte, North Carolina (153 miles); Chattanooga, Tennessee (165 miles)

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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