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“Pretty, Pricey, Peaceful, But Not Pretentious”

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Snowbird Mountain Lodge
Ranked #1 of 12 Robbinsville B&B and Inns
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“Pretty, Pricey, Peaceful, But Not Pretentious”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

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.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

I would not have known of this place without reading the reviews on tripadvisor. We had planned a trip to the Joyce Kilmer Forest and had no idea where to stay. I looked at the hotel web site and was impressed with the natural setting. We were a party of four and no one in our group was disappointed in any aspect of our three night stay. The main lodge is rustic and comfortable with lots of charm. The other smaller buildings newer and more modern with larger rooms and more privacy. The food was delicious and the employees were gracious. We look forward to going back there again all the way from California. Finding our way there was a little difficult as it is far from town, but worth a little frustration!

Room Tip: In the main lodge the largest rooms are on the 2nd floor at the end of the hall
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Snowbird Mountain Lodge last week, our third trip to this Smoky Mountain retreat. Our stay was wonderful, as usual. The staff, from the servers, bartender, front desk, and owner, Robert, is all very friendly and helpful.

We have always stayed in the original lodge, which is a step back in time. Old time comfort without television or room phones, but still with 21st century wi-fi. All the rooms have wood paneling of one type of lumber- we were in the wild cherry room this time. We had a corner room upstairs with a king bed, comfortable chairs, a small refrigerator, and a beautiful view of the Smokies. The main lobby is gorgeous, with comfy couches and chairs, games, game tables, and a huge fireplace. Did I mention that one end of the room faces the mountains, which stretch as far as the eye can see? The bar is a cozy room off the main dining area with another fireplace and beautiful décor. In fact, the artwork throughout Snowbird is amazing.

The price of a room includes 3 meals a day per couple. The lunch is bagged for easy takeaway for those hiking, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking, or simply enjoying the landscape nearby or sitting on the patio and eating it there. The breakfast has a myriad of choices, all excellent. The dinner, likewise, has soup, appetizer, main and dessert. There are several choices for entrée. The nights we were there, the trout was to die for.

Each week there is an artist or naturalist in residence to provide an optional program for guests at no charge. We have spent time at Snowbird with naturalists Scott Dean and Liz Domingue, both excellent. Other week’s activities include, in part, pottery, painting, birding, and photography. By checking their calendar, you can book your time at Snowbird and learn something to boot.

I am sure that many more trips to Snowbird Mountain Lodge are in our future.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

I spent a week at the Lodge leading guests on natural history walks through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, which is only minutes from the lodge itself. Sharing the experience with people from Alabama, California, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Florida was an amazing and gratifying experience. Equally amazing was the Lodge itself. Everyone from Robert, the owner, to the gals at the front desk, to the kitchen and bar staff, and the room service folks were friendly and went out of their way to ensure the guests were catered to. The food was amazing, the service first rate, the setting phenomenal. In short, I can't imagine a better way to spend a few days being spoiled and enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

This was for a birthday mystery trip for my husband. He loved it! Great accommodations, setting, and food.

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Decatur, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

My husband and I were with two other couples for our annual lake/mountain trip. This was our first stay at Snowbird and we all came away with very positive feelings. We knew we loved Lake Santeelah and Joyce Kilmer National Forest and now we know where we want to stay! We loved being able to take advantage of Snowbird's canoes and we rented a pontoon from Bob the boat rental guy down the road. So, we had two wonderful outings on the pristine lake.
The setting of Snowbird Inn is gorgeous and the grounds well maintained. The food was excellent although I'm sure I gained weight over the three days we stayed there. Robert and his staff are very friendly, informative and accommodating. We could not have been more pleased. Actually if they add chocolate chip cookies to the afternoon cookie tray it would be beyond perfection! That was our only complaint. More chocolate!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms overlooking the back have gorgeous views of the mountains and the yellow finches at t...
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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

This is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and eat fabulous food. You will be surrounded by the peace and serenity of the mountains and we especially enjoy the fact there is no TV or phone in your room.

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Property: Snowbird Mountain Lodge
Address: 4633 Santeetlah Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771-7824
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Robbinsville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Robbinsville
Number of rooms: 23
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 
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Snowbird Mountain Hotel Robbinsville
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