Balsam Mountain Inn

2-, 3-, or 4-Night Stay for Two at Balsam Mountain Inn in the Great Smoky Mountains, NC. Combine Up to 8 Nights.

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Restored Victorian Inn with Mountain Views

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


  • 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 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.

Other Details

Room Details

Click here for more details about all the available rooms.

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 the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: may be available during check-in at an additional cost

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL; 43 miles), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP; 94 miles), and McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS; 119 miles)
  • Distance from Knoxville, TN: 106 miles

Customer Reviews

Friendly staff. Great front porch and good food
Ed A. · 7 days ago
The Inn is lovely. We had a great time hiking up a trail on the Beautiful parkway. I would definitely recommend this quiet vacation
Tammy C. · 7 days ago
Best thing was proximity to Blue Ridge Parkway and spectacular scenery and hikes nearby.
Jacqueline B. · June 11, 2017
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