The inn is among the oldest in the North Carolina mountains... Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1908. It was modeled after the Saratoga Inn in New York. It features neo-classical architecture. The three-story building has 46,000+ square feet and 225 windows. A hallmark is the 100-foot, two-tier porch offering splendid views of the Balsams. The inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July, 1982. The inn was renovated beginning in October of 1990.
The 10-foot wide hallways, designed to accommodate huge steamer trunks of guests arriving by rail (nearby), are now filled with art and crafts of more than 75 local artists. Victorian trim accents the interior of the inn.
The 23 acres on which the inn is situated is marked by seven springs. The elevation exceeds 3500 feet. And there are several hiking trails around the area ---where you can see lots of wildflowers this time of year.
And for us, besides a great place to stay and a great restaurant there, this inn was only 1/2 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 443).
Today I will show you some pictures we took of the outside of the inn. In another blog, I'll share some inside pictures... Above is a picture of the inn (and sign) from the bottom of the hill looking up there. Be sure to enlarge the photos for larger pictures.
Hope you had a marvelous Easter Weekend. We certainly did!!!!