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.


Dinner service starts at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturday. Dinner is served 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Sundays through Thursdays.

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

We offer an extensive wine and beer selection for your meal! Check out the menu.

Our desserts are always a special way to end your meal!


Our continental breakfast is included for our in-house guests. The breakfast menu is available for our in-house guests and open to out-of-house guests, preferably by reservation. Our breakfast menu is locally sourced, home cooked menu featuring American breakfast classics. Breakfast service starts at 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

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. To book a wedding or event, email