A stay here is like going back 100 years in time, 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 is a delight, with a cozy library, friendly
staff, and a wonderfully unpretentious restaurant (average entree at dinner is around $20). 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.