Sun Porch Dining Room at the Balsam Mountain Inn

A history of hearty dining at Balsam

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 their business by serving wonderful food. In 1905 they began construction of a100-room hotel, and opened our inn in 1908. 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”.

The Balsam Mountain Inn’s evening menu emphasizes hearty regional cuisine, with fresh mountain trout, steaks and pasta dishes highlighting a well-rounded menu.

Serving each evening in our Grand Dining Room, our Sun Porch Dining Room, or, weather permitting, on our outdoor patio.

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Our Sunday lunch is a lighter version of our hearty evening menu – a perfect halfway spot for a peaceful Sunday.

Serving in our Grand Dining Room, our Sun Porch Dining Room, or, weather permitting, on our outdoor patio.

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Our breakfast is menu is included for our in-house guests, and open to out-of-house guests, preferably by reservation.

Serving in our Grand Dining Room and our Sun Porch Dining Room.

With seating available for nearly 200 guests in multiple dining rooms, and with lawn space available as well, the Balsam Mountain Inn is a popular spot for gatherings, celebrations and weddings.