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 (a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner) is 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.” Guest rooms are decorated with vintage furniture, and there are no TVs or other noisy distractions.
Different decor and furnishings can be found in each of the 50 guest rooms. Just off the lobby, room 100 evokes country elegance with wrought-iron bed frames and floral-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 porch, where floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the lawn. A long-running music series at the restaurant features performances by Grammy Award–winning Nashville artists. Tickets 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 lavender spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains 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 a portion of 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: 3/1/15
Travel by: 5/21/15
Blackout dates: not valid 2/14/15
Cancellation policy and fees: 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 1 night’s stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
Taxes: 10.75% not included
Gourmet dining room
24 acres of onsite hiking trails
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 3/1/15 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 5/21/15
Not valid 2/14/15
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 Groupon price applies
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
Not valid with reward points
10.75% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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One king bed or two double beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Private baths with shower or tub
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: may be available during check-in at an additional cost