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_The Appalachian Inn is a great place to sleep in the Smokey Mountains and right in the heart of the Tail of the Dragon and Deals Gap Roads. The Appalachian B&B is located at 300 Knoll Top Road, Robbinsville, NC. For reservations __visit the website at http://www.appalachianinn.com._
Tennessee border is famous for a number of very good reasons. The
Smoky Mountains are world renown for their natural beauty and the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park that dominates the region is a
haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Hikers flock
to the area each year to seek out some of the most challenging
sections of the Appellation Trail, families can be found camping
throughout the park taking in the beautiful vistas and mountain
bikers, canoers, and fishermen make the most of the remote and
stunning terrain. The area is also much loved by motorcyclists and
sportswear drivers for the sheer abundance of excellent roads. From
the Cherohala Skyway to Deal's Gap & the Tail of the Dragon, and
beyond, the selection of roads in this part of the country is really
quite overwhelming. In fact, regardless of your particular interest,
there are few regions that offer so much diversity and natural beauty
as this section of North Carolina.
With so much on offer, the area makes for the perfect weekend getaway,
and my wife and I were sure to include a visit to the region when we
planned the route for our year long, Canada to Argentina motorbike
trip. After several weeks of sleeping in a tent and in any number of
completely anonymous hotels, we wanted to stay someplace special that
captured the feeling of the area. We also wanted to stay in an area
that provided quick and easy access to the area's most exciting
activities, in our case that meant access to great motorcycling roads.
Friends of ours had stayed at the Appalachian Inn the previous year
and liked it, so after some further discussion and a little
research it was settled, we would be spending the weekend at the
Appalachian Inn and the arrangements were made.
The Innkeeper, Elizabeth co-ordinated the dates for us via email as we
were on the road without access to our cell phone. She provided us
with a very warm welcome and was genuinely friendly. She immediately
made us feel very well looked after and was the perfect host.
The B&B itself is star attraction, it is simply beautiful. It is a
true log home, custom designed by Elizabeth to meet the particular
needs of a B&B of which most homes could never attain. In fact there
is a photo album on the coffee table that is worth taking a peek at;
it documents the 18 months it took to build the large, log framed
house. From the initial clearing of the land to the final trim
finishing, the one thing that stands out in the photos is that
Elizabeth is in almost every photo working on every aspect of the
project. Her influence did not end with the construction of the Inn,
she decorated the entire log home herself, and each room reflects her
precise attention to detail and sense of style.
Our room on the main level was very large and comfortable, with a
fantastic bed and a large spa style bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and
shower. In fact all the rooms were large and well thought out, each
with it's own theme reflecting the charm or the area but with a modern
touch. We would have been happy to stay in any one of them. The inn
was also very clean, from the common living room with the cathedral
ceiling and stone fireplace to the deck with the stunning view, the
place was immaculate, my German grandmother would have been impressed.
The setting was equally pleasing, the grounds are lovely and the
aforementioned view of the Smoky Mountains is memorable. Even the
parking lot, which provides amble space is tastefully appointed with a
flagstone waterfall. We spent quite a bit of time on the front
veranda watching the humming birds having a go at the bird feeder and
the surrounding flowers. There is no getting around it, it is just
really pretty there.
Although we were there for only two nights, on both evenings I slept
like a baby. It may have had something to do how I spent my days
(taming the Dragon and tackling the Cherohala Skyway on my motorbike)
or it could have been the extremely comfortable bed, but each morning
I woke up happy and refreshed. Waking up happy and refreshed is good,
however on both days waking up happy and refreshed was only the
beginning, as Elizabeth had prepared gourmet breakfasts, and great
coffee for us and the other guests. What more could you ask for.
I struggled to find something to critique, but everything was top
notch. If really pushed, I'd say the Internet service could be
improved as it would come and go sporadically. But, if you're there
for relaxation and some reclusive personal time, this won't matter to
Elizabeth was a great host, warm, friendly and professional. The Inn
is stunning and the surrounding area is gorgeous. There are a ton of
activities to keep you busy, or a very comfortable couch on which to
read a good book, if you prefer. We really enjoyed our time at the
Appellation Inn, both my wife and I agreed that it was the best B&B
we've ever stayed in.
Overall a great place to EatSleepRIDE! I've included a map of the Appalachian Inn and the surounding roads.
The Appalachian B&B is located at 300 Knoll Top Road, Robbinsville, NC. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the website at http://www.appalachianinn.com.