Built by Harvard professor Williams James in 1891 and rebuilt in 1936 after a fire, this lakeside lodge, best described as dressed-up rustic, with a championship golf course, sits 3,800 feet above sea level and is one sure way to beat summer's heat. Golf is a passion here, on the Donald Ross–designed course, but the diversions are many, including tennis and fly fishing. All rooms overlook the manicured grounds and gardens. Rich chestnut paneling and stonework grace the
public areas. Some building exteriors have rare chestnut shakes. Entrées at the restaurant ($$$$) may include Boeuf Bourguignon and grilled rainbow trout; jacket and tie are required at dinner.
Oct 30, 2003
I have been to Linville many times and the charm in this mountain resort is worth the visit. The previous rater was basing the weather on record high rain that year. In the middle of August the weather can't be beat. 75 during the day and cool enough at night to start a fire. DON'T MISS the Thursday nite seafood buffet and especially the dessert tray. Of course , the lodge is dark as it is trying to be rustic and low key. It is called a "Lodge"
afterall. The golf course is beautiful and you will be blown away by the streams on site with the submarine size trout swimming around. NO FISHING on site though. Worth the visit
Apr 1, 2002
Just looked at it- did not stay there. Very dark real wood (oak? chestnut?)brown paneling on every surface. Food is supposed to be good. Right in town but very nicely landscaped and seemed quiet. Town views? An older, historic? property. Seemed well maintained but if darkness depresses you might want to avoid. Mtn areas of NC often quite drizzly and gloomy even in summer.