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“My favorite Inn.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hemlock Inn

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Hemlock Inn
Ranked #6 of 10 Bryson City B&B and Inns
Athens, Georgia
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112 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“My favorite Inn.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

The Hemlock Inn is the first lodging I have ever given a five star rating and it is deserved. The Inn is owned and operated by Lainey and Mort White, Lainey grew up on the property and is the daughter of the previous owners who bought the Inn in 1968. Mort and Lainey treat every guest like family and many of the folks who come to the Inn have been vacationing here for years the few days we spend at the Inn every year is like attending a family reunion. The Inn is especially nice in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming and the Inn offers wildflower hikes for two weeks during the peak season with a naturalist. The rooms at the Inn are rustic but very clean, I especially recommend the rooms with a screened porch. Two meals a day are included in the price of the room and they are served family style and the good conversation that goes on at breakfast and dinner is one of the best parts of staying at the Inn. Food is southern style, well prepared and you will not walk away from the table hungry, cheese grits, fried chicken and country ham are especially good as is the deserts. If you want to spend a few days relaxing, walking in the nearby Smokey Mountain National Park and just enjoying life this is the perfect place.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Weddington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

Absolutely loved this little gem hide-away in the mountains! The whole family made our 20th anniversary trip so special! And the food......soooooo good!!! We enjoyed every bit of our stay there and look forward to going back again!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newberry, South Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

If you are looking for a motel style place to stay with a TV and lots of noise....stop right now, this is not the place for you. This family style inn has a beautiful view of the mountains without the distractions of city life around you. There are small trails about the inn and no TV to distract you. The rooms are quaint and homely and the breakfasts and dinners will be the highlight of your discussions for years to come (all served family style around a table). The owners are amazing people who genuinely care about their customers and even will sit down for a meal with you. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone because you will get to know some of the other people staying at the inn with you during breakfast and dinner. So take a step back into the olden days of North Carolina hospitality and relax....they have it covered. I have stayed at the Hemlock Inn several times and keep returning. Great for families of all sizes and ages and very near to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, an hour from Biltmore, very close to Cherokee.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Almond, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

My husband and I used to come stay at the Hemlock Inn to get away from the busy, stressful life we led in the Atlanta area. We not only came back as often as possible but began long-lasting friendships which still enrich us. We were comfortable, charmed, well-fed, and treated so courteously. The place attracts folks whose company we enjoy.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brentwood, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Hemlock Inn represents the best of Smoky Mountain culture -- friendly family familiarity, stunning views, saliva-inspiring food and comfortable quarters. The White family has managed Hemlock for ages, and their compassionate supervision provides a personal touch for every guest. You'll meet owner Mort at breakfast or dinner -- which, by the way, is a la carte, classic Southern dining. When you're done with your piece of pie, sit on the rocking chairs and overlook the Smokies or play shuffleboard with your kids.

Craving mountain adventures? Hemlock is a five-minute drive from a branch of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Go tubing at Deep Creek -- you won't regret it. Want a hike but don't feel like leaving the property? Take a stroll on the Inn's trail, which starts right behind the main lodge and winds up the adjacent hill.

I grew up going to Hemlock for a weekend nearly every summer. While my life has changed in so many ways since those days, the Inn hasn't. And that's comforting. If you want consistent, comfortable lodging with a tremendous family touch, please try Hemlock Inn.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bryson City, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

I have not personally stayed the night here, but I have family that stays here when they come to visit me. Why am I writing a review? To tell you about the food! We have had the good fortune to be a part of several meals served at the Hemlock Inn. Meals are family style and the food gets blessed! Talk about feeling at home! Anything brought to the table is prepared with love. The people running the inn are very welcoming. I also enjoyed spending time rocking on the front porch! What a view! It is close to town, but feels like your thousands of miles away.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

The property has its flaws but we still loved it. It is quaint, has lots of atmosphere and is an interesting place to stay. In fact, we were delighted that we still had two unplanned nights in our itinerary and were able to book an additional night. Our room was clean and comfortable and situated at the end of the block and yes, one day it will need a lot of money to be spent; but then the charm would be lost. There was no TV or telephone but they were not missed. The dining room area was interesting as was the pewter tableware. Our dinner experience on the Saturday night was a little chaotic because the majority of guests on the night were families with excited young children rushing off to the Polar Express train journey but everyone was so friendly and it was a very positive and welcoming experience. The sitting area was like being in somebody's home with an open warm wood burning fireplace that just invited you to sit and relax in the rocking chairs lined up in front of it. The Inn is located on the top of a hill with views to the mountains. It is an easy drive to Bryson City. This was a great place for us to have the opportunity to absorb the small town feel with the comforts of a couple of good coffee shops and a welcoming pizza outlet. Dinner is not served at the Inn on Sunday evening. Although we were not participating in the train journey, we gained much pleasure in being onlookers of all the activity at the station. We used our additional day to shuffle through the deep forest floor of fallen leaves to complete a "hike in the woods" ( "bush walk" in Australia) in the Deep Creek National Park and later drive to Cherokee and visit the Museum . A hearty cooked breakfast of juice, cereal and yoghurt, stewed apples with cinnamon, baked grits, biscuits ( scones) and muffins, scrambled eggs and tea or coffee was served both mornings at the Inn and we didn't mind one little bit that the bell was rung to rush everyone along to the sitting. We have been fortunate enough to have many overseas travels in recent years. Many of the places you stay are quite generic and often forgotten. Hemlock Inn will always be in our memories and while we probably will not return from Australia to North Carolina, we would recommend this experience to other open minded travellers.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hemlock Inn

Property: Hemlock Inn
Address: 911 Galbraith Creek Rd, P.O. Box 2350, Bryson City, NC 28713-8229
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Bryson City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Bryson City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Hemlock Hotel Bryson City

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