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Reviewed 27 March 2012

This review is long overdue. My wife and I have stayed at the Buckhorn at least four times over the past several years, and it is hands-down one of the best inns we've ever enjoyed.

From the moment we turn up the forested driveway of this Smoky Mountain treasure, a sense of serenity sweeps over us. Then there it is, a white clapboard building with the handmade sign over the porch, The Buckhorn Inn, looking much as it did when it first opened in 1938.

Innkeepers Lee and John Mellor, owners since 1999, extend a high level of hospitality, deftly walking the fine line between welcoming their guests and respecting their privacy. The core of the inn is a large house with a comfortably furnished central living room that includes about a dozen tables strategically situated for dinners and breakfasts. Many of the tables, as well as an expansive back porch, offer a spectacular view of Mount LeConte.

The sit-down breakfasts come with the price of the room, and the kitchen staff does a wonderful job at baking breads and pastries that are delivered warm to your table. Imaginative egg dishes are typical, supplemented by bacon or sausage, choice of juices, and coffee. Dinners cost an extra $35 per person, but are oh so worth it. The dinner consists of soup, salad, entree and dessert. A limited selection of wines is offered, or you can BYO with no corkage fee, which always delights us.

The rooms vary. All are comfortably furnished. Upstairs rooms in the inn are $115 and $130, depending on size, and fancier "premier rooms" -- with views, balconies, and jacuzzi tubs, are $175 to $195. There are also seven cottages priced at $175 each. We have stayed in all of the above, and each has its own charms.

The public areas are excellent as well, including a sprawling TV room that includes a common computer, fridge stocked with Cokes, seating for at least a dozen people, and a porch with chairs and an impressive view of the mountains. On a daily basis, brownies or cookies are freshly baked and set out for guest in the late afternoon.

One thing missing from the fridge -- and it's intentional -- is bottled water. The property taps its own wells for its water supply, and the quality and taste of the water is extraordinary.

The Buckhorn is about 10 minutes drive from the main drag of crowded, bustling Gatlinburg and only a mile from the northern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a lesser used entrance that may make you wonder if it really is the nation's most visited national park. It's also situated along the Arts & Crafts Trail, a collection of shops and retailers that showcase everything from handmade soaps to ceramics. Plus, the Buckhorn has its own walking trail, including -- at certain times of the year -- nesting swans.

Bottom line: It doesn't get much better than this.

Room Tip: To avoid stairs, choose a premier room -- our favorites and No. 1 or 2.
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5  Thank pfbird
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

On the recommendation of friends my husband and I visited the Buckhorn Inn five years ago to celebrate our anniversary. We were hooked! Everything at the Inn is rooted in hospitality: a warming fire, hearty breakfast, comfortable rooms, spectacular views, walks on the property, swans(!), fabulous food, a labyrinth, refreshments throughout the day, space to roam, thoughtful landscaping... when we want a getaway, this is where we go. Lee and John have created a place where the experience of their guests is of utmost importance. That dedication shows in every way. It's a home away from home.

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4  Thank altarego
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We don't get to visit that often since we're 7 hours away and have busy work schedules. But after traveling around the world with work The Buckhorn Inn is the most relaxing place on earth. The meals, especially the coffee, are awesome; or maybe everything tastes better in the mountains. But if anyone ever told us to "get lost!" we'd go to the Buckhorn Inn!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank RLADD44
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

My husband and i both recently spent a weekend here. We stayed at the lovely cottage 6. The inn was lovely. Our cottage was very clean and had a great and undisturbed view of the mountains and grounds of the Inn.

We had dinner one night which was a four course dinner for $35. The affair was very formal and would suggest dressing nicely for this.

Breakfast is included and was very delicious. I like that there are separate and private seating arrangements for couples.

All in all it was a very nice weekend.

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1  Thank swaprav
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We have stopped several times at the Buckhorn Inn. We keep coming back because it is cozy and comfortable. It is so much better than the sterile surroundings at "motel six". We love the restaurant for dinner and breakfast is the best we have ever eaten. It makes what used to be an arduous 11 hour trip to Hilton Head, a pleasant two day trip!

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1  Thank Gary T
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