A fond goodbye to our friend Paul Craft

Despite a forest of vibrant colors all around and plenty of good company, it’s been a sad week in Balsam. Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Craft, a longtime friend of the Balsam Mountain Inn, passed away last weekend at age 76. A wickedly clever writer and all around hell of a guy, Paul, along with Balsam innkeeper Merrily Teasley, launched the Balsam Songwriters in the Round in 1996. Paul’s visits to the inn, often accompanied by sidekick songwriting luminaries like Bill Edd Wheeler and Thom Bresh, made for legendary weekends and many happy times. We’ll miss you Paul. … soon all the good times The gay times and play times Like colors run together and fade Oh Lord if you hear me Touch me and hold me And keep me from blowing away. – “Keep Me From Blowing Away”, written by Paul Craft, first recorded by Linda Ronstadt, 1974 More from the Nashville Tennessean More from the New York...

“Anglers and Appetites” visits the inn

Fresh, local mountain trout is a signature dish at the inn, and fly fishing is a favorite activity of our guests. Last fall we were happy to host Dave Zelski and Phil Proctor of the FOX Sports South television series “Anglers and Appetites” for a visit to the inn. After Dave’s outing along Jackson County’s famed fly fishing trail, Phil and Balsam Chef Phillip Paige tried out a simple, sumptuous grilled trout recipe. See the entire episode below, or catch the Balsam segment beginning at the 15:30...

New balusters for a very old railing

The 100-ft. railings on our front porches have been looking a little snaggle-toothed lately, with a baluster missing here and there. The hand-turned pieces aren’t easy to replace, so we had to search around, and fortunately we found Maik Fayad, an accomplished wood turner based in Hickory, NC. Here’s a look at one of the railings – which has propped up many feet and more than a few little girls over the past century – our fresh new balusters nestled in their box (with an original sample), and a view inside Mr. Fayad’s shop, courtesy of our friend Philip Buchanan, who will install the new...

2013 Fourth of July picnic!

Each year, the inn hosts a picnic for residents of Balsam and inn guests just after the annual Balsam community 4th of July parade. This year’s parade will begin between 11:30 and noon, with the picnic to follow. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the inn (no ticket sales on Thursday), and a $5 ticket covers a lunch of hot dogs, slaw, chips, drinks and dessert. Parking for residents is in the overflow area at the bottom of the hill below the inn. Call us for more information!...