The Balsam Mountain Inn was opened in 1908 to serve the highest railroad station in the east. Located in the North Carolina mountains, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the historic inn welcomes guests with fifty cheerful rooms, rocker-filled porches, a warm library and gracious dining. Come read, rest, ramble and romp in our mountains!
The Balsam Mountain Springs Hotel opened in 1908, meant mainly to serve southerners seeking an escape from lowcountry heat.
Balsam Station was the highest in the east, and guests arrived on Southern Railway passenger trains, then took a slow stroll or carriage ride up to the inn.
With its broad porches, spectacular views and hearty, abundant cuisine, the inn soon came to be known as the “Grand Old Lady of Balsam”.
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Dining hours by reservation:
Breakfast: Daily, 8-10am; Lunch: Sunday, Noon-2pm; Dinner: Daily, 6-8pm (6-9 on Friday and Saturday) | Menus