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