We chose to stay in Bryson City, N Carolina because we planned a trip to the Smoky Mountains area to see the fall foliage, and take an excursion on The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.. We LOVE to take train excursions as well as ride regular passenger trains, so we went to that website, then to Bryson City accomodations on Trip Advisor. We read lots of reviews from several different lodges, inns, etc and then went to the Fryemont Inn website. It sounded like just what we (especially my husband) needed-- to get away from the stresses of work and the hectic pace of life in a city, and it WAS! This is a rustic old inn (on the National Register of Historic Places) built by a lumber baron out of the choicest timber available at the time. It is not fancy (especially the rooms) at all, but has been kept in very good shape and was very warm and welcomming. The great room, which also serves as the lobby is just gorgeous with its original shiny wood floors, wooden plank walls and MASSIVE stone fireplace. We were told that the fireplace was built to hold 8ft long logs, althought they don't use that size logs these days! Nevertheless it was SO warm close to the fireplace that I could only sit in front of it for a few minutes at a time as I'm extremely hot natured, but most people just automatically gravitate toward it. Elsewhere in this large area are tables for playing one of the many board games available or working on a large jigsaw puzzle-which seemed to occur continually. Also there are many varied books to read, and a Television in one corner with couches and chairs around it. Just a friendly gathering place that was nice to walk in to and stay awhile.
The rooms are actually very basic. They still have the original stained wood paneling, however a few of the rooms (including ours) had been painted. The doors to the rooms are even fashioned out of this same paneling. We DO plan to go back, and will request the original stained paneling next time. The whole inn incredibly still has its original metal hardware, which most people would think of as being seen today on an out building or a stockade fence. We thought this was very charming and were not afraid at all, as deadbolt locks have been added to each room. Even though the inn is high on a hill overlooking the town only a couple of blocks away, you feel as if you are nestled away in a remote area where the only thing to be afraid of is maybe a bear or a wolf outside at night, so we would have probably felt ok without the deadbolts, even though I am a security freak! You just feel that removed from modern civilization at the Fryemont which was so relaxing and enjoyable for us.
And the food! We realized that the price of the room came with 2 meals a day, but we had NO IDEA what a bargain this was, especially when we expected to pay at least what we did due to the higher prices during fall color season. The restaurant is excellent and when you go for your first meal, they ask you to decide on a time for your next meal, which was breakfast for us, as many people from Bryson City eat there also and the Inn wants to be sure and have room for their staying guests. We asked at that first dinner what we could have as guests of the Inn, and the waitress said "anything you want" for an entree. The dinner also came with soup, salad, non-alcholic drinks, delicious bread and dessert. We just couldn't believe it. Oops! I forgot you are also served 3 side dishes family style with your entree! While there are no options to choose from, the two nights we dined there the side dishes were all different. Though they might not have been the exact dishes we would have personally chosen, we both found them all delicious! The cooking could be called sophisticated country style I would say. Not greasy at all, but lots of variety and vegetables cooked in what was for us unusual but very tasty ways. Breakfast was just as splendid. There were many choices on that menu as well. There were even two ham choices, both honey and salt cured! There were delicious stone ground grits for myself, and also country fried pototoes or hashbrowns for my husband, as well as eggs any style, pancakes and I think waffles and several types of breads.
In conclusion, if you really like marble bathrooms, fancy furnishings, and continental cuisine, don't come here. You will definitely be disappointed. However if you want to get away from it all, so to speak, and stay at a warm, charming and historical place with delicious home cooking included in a small, picturesque town in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, in our opinion, you can't beat the Fryemont Inn! We'll definitely be back!
If you are confined to a wheelchair, you absolutely could not stay here, as you couldn't get int...
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