Since it opened its doors over a century ago, the Balsam Mountain Inn has emphasized hearty, carefully prepared meals using fresh, local ingredients. We serve breakfast and dinner by reservation each day all year, and a sumptuous Sunday lunch.
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At a glance:
- Full service dining
- Main dining room seats 100
- Dining porch seats 64
- Small dining/meeting rooms
- Outdoor “Café” dining
- Lawn functions
A history of dining at the Balsam Mountain Inn
Joseph Kenney and Walter Christy, brothers-in-law from Athens, GA, operated a boarding house in Balsam at the turn of the last century. They led hunting and fishing excursions, and built a name for by serving wonderful food.
In 1905 they began construction of a 100 room hotel, and opened the Balsam Mountain inn in 1908. Inspired in part by the Saratoga Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY, the inn’s corridors were built extra-wide to accommodate the steamer trunks of extended-stay summertime guests, who almost all arrived by rail.
With its 100-foot porches, spectacular views and hearty, abundant cuisine, the inn soon came to be known as the “Grand Old Lady of Balsam”.
Through most of its long life, the Inn’s room rates included all meals, because guests to then-remote Balsam didn’t tend to wander too far from the inn. Times have changed! Breakfast is still included, but in the place of an “American plan” the inn offers a la carte dining and full catering services.
Our grand Main Dining Room seats 100 guests, and plays host to our regular songwriters-in-the-round performances and other gala events. The adjoining dining porch is a warm, sun-filled and less formal spot. Smaller private dining spaces are ideal for meetings and private meals, and café and lawn seating are available outdoors (usually by prior arrangement).
Served 8-10am every day; included in room rates and open to the public
We serve a set, rotating menu. Each day one of the following items is served, along with a light breakfast plate and an assortment of cereals and baked goods.
- Eggs Elizabethan
- Decadent Caramelized French Toast
- Wild Berry French Toast
- Banana Nut Pancakes
- Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
- Oatmeal and Fruit
We serve fair trade coffees from Tribal Grounds coffee in Cherokee, North Carolina