An institution in Bryson City for eight decades, the Fryemont Inn, set on the side of a hill above the town, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The circa 1923 lodge exterior is poplar bark, rooms in the main lodge are paneled in real chestnut, and the lobby has a fireplace big enough for 8-foot logs. If you need more luxury, choose one of the suites with fireplaces and air-conditioning. The restaurant ($$), serving Southern fare, is open to the public for
breakfast and dinner. Inn rates are very reasonable, starting at $135 for two including breakfast and dinner. The original co-owner of the inn, Lillian Frye, was the first woman licensed to practice law in North Carolina.