I've been wanting to visit this place for a number of years but never quite had the opportunity until we spent two nights at this beautiful mountain lodge in late May 2012. The setting is great - a stunning mountain view and a really great lobby full of books, couches, and games. Rocking chairs on the front patio, a hammock on the lawn, a screened-in summer house, and a variety of benches throughout the surrounding woodland provide additional spots to relax. It is a very peaceful place. The no kids under 12 policy helps ensure that.
Staying here presents a conundrum. It is set in the Natahala National Forest, with easy access to hiking in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest or spending time on the adjacent Lake Santeelah. But this place isn't for the faint of pocketbook....you're spending so much money to stay there that you almost feel obligated to stay on property to get your money's worth. If you've got the inclination to just unwind, this is a great place for that.
The accommodations are excellent - four room types to choose from; two in the main lodge and two cottages. Some of the rooms are original to the lodge, others are fairly new. Our room was clean; came with a fridge, and a comfortable bed.
The rates at Snowbird include three meals for two people. The food is excellent, especially the dinners. You get a choice of four or five entrees, one soup, one or two appetizers, and about five desserts. The menu changes frequently. The portions are ample but not huge. Don't plan on losing weight while you're hear....the food is much too good to be on a diet! Breakfast choices are a bit more slim than dinner, but certainly acceptable. The third meal is a packed lunch of your choosing - about five to chose from - but they don't seem to vary much by the day.
One cost factor to figure into your trip is that there is a service fee (tip or gratuity) on EVERYTHING....including your lodging. You'd expect to pay that for the meal portion, but it really adds up when applied to your room as well. Combined with a relatively high lodging tax, you can figure on paying 25% more than their rack rates. Despite the "high-end" nature of the place, it isn't at all pretentious...the staff and other guests were quite friendly.
I would certainly stay here again if I could afford it - a great place for a special occasion or a significant splurge. Maybe again in three or four years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Snowbird Mountain Lodge, a unique and timeless retreat with majestic views, pampering accommodations, warm hospitality, endless adventure and delectable cuisine, is tucked deep in the Nantahala National Forest. Created in 1941, Snowbird continues to be a mountain haven where guests remove themselves from everyday life and connect with one another amidst nature's abundance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Snowbird Mountain Hotel Robbinsville
- Snowbird Mountain Lodge b&b