My wife and I took advantage of a "Social Living" special for a two-night stay at this little resort tucked away in the mountains outside of Bryson City, North Carolina. The resort was originally a motel built in the 1950s, but it has undergone a very nice transformation. The vestiges of the old motel are still visible, but it is still a comfortable place with an incredibly friendly staff. It is located on the side of a mountain, offering nice views of the Tennessee River.
We stayed in one of the stand-alone mini-suites, which is equipped with a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom. While it is fraying a bit around the edges and has a tiny bathroom, it was still quite comfortable. The price comes with breakfast each morning and a later afternoon "happy hour", which includes cheeses, snacks and wine.
Don't be confused: this isn't a ritzy, upscale resort. It has a more earthy, down-home feel. You will still be quite comfortable and have ample opportunity to relax and unwind. They use the term "rustic chic" to describe the place, and it fits. We didn't use the spa facilities, but several other guests were raving about the services.
Dinner is a bit of a challenge, particularly off-season, as the nicest restaurants are closed at that time. We did venture to Sylva, which is about a 25 minute drive, and enjoyed a very good gourmet-style dinner at Lulu's Cafe. Bryson City doesn't have much in terms of upscale restaurants, but they do have some passable family establishments. There is also a very casual BBQ restaurant in Dillsboro that is quite good. Their claim to fame is that Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones and many of the crew that worked on the Fugitive film ate there.
I will disagree with the previous poster who stated there wasn't much to do in or around Bryson City. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are miles and miles of trails, particularly in the Deep Creek Campground (about a 15-minute drive) in the Smoky Mountains. These trails are very nice and lead past numerous waterfalls. You can also take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway, which offers a relaxing journey into the North Carolina mountains. During season, there is tubing and rafting in Nantahala Gorge, which is about 40 minutes away. There is ample shopping in Bryson City, Dillsboro (20 minutes) and Sylva (25 minutes). A bit further afield one can find shopping in Franklin (30 - 40 minutes) and Highlands (1 hour). Franklin also boasts a theater that offers live plays.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit and found the resort relaxing and friendly. It is a great place to stay while you visit western North Carolina.
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