Balsam Mountain Inn

Balsam Mountain Inn, 68 Seven Springs Dr., Balsam, North Carolina, 28707, United States

A stay here is like going back a century in time—the inn originally opened in 1908—when folks rocked and chatted on the front porch, went to bed at 10 pm, and hotels didn't have amenities like air-conditioning, room TVs, swimming pools, or, heaven forbid, fitness centers. In this rambling, old wood-frame railroad inn, the floors creak, and you may overhear your neighbors through paper-thin walls. But if you can buy into the back-in-time premise, Balsam Mountain Inn, off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MM 443, is a delight, with a cozy library, friendly staff, and a restaurant—open to the public with advance reservations—with well-prepared Southern food, many ingredients locally sourced (average entree at dinner is around $24). The rooms, most not overly large, have been redone, but old-fashioned elements such as claw-foot tubs remain. You'll enjoy the included breakfast served on the sun porch. The inn serves wine and beer only.


  • Friendly, down-home, old mountain inn
  • delicious food


  • Rooms vary, and some are small, with thin walls
  • no in-room phones, a/c, or TVs
  • spotty cell and wi-fi service


Phones: 828-456–9498 | 800-224–9498-Reservations


50 rooms, some connecting to form suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast