The inn’s location at a glance

  • We are in the village of Balsam, one-half-mile off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap, milepost 443, where the Parkway crosses the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway.
  • Balsam is halfway between Waynesville and Sylva – about ten minutes from each – and 20 minutes from Cullowhee and Western Carolina University.
  • We are 25 minutes south of the Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and 25 minutes from the Cataloochee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Things to know before you reserve

The inn was built in 1908 and is different from most hotels. Here are some of the differences

Air Conditioning

During the warm months in Balsam, daytime temperatures average in the upper seventies, and nighttime temperatures in the fifties. We haven’t reached ninety degrees during the past eight years. There isn’t a single air conditioner in the entire building! Our rooms are cooled by box fans, with the help of attic fans in the evenings.


Before we restored the inn, there were no private baths. We’ve added them throughout, which accounts for their odd shapes and dimensions. Some are quite small, some are large. Some have step-in showers, some have clawfoot tubs. If you have a tub in your room and need a shower, there’s a separate, private shower room available.

Televisions and Phones

There are no televisions at the inn, or phones in the rooms. There is an open wifi network – no password necessary. We will deliver phone messages left at our front desk, and while cellular signal strength isn’t great, coverage is available.


The inn is over 100 years-old, and is made entirely of wood. It carries sound! We ask our guests to observe “quiet hours” after 10pm, and to remember the guests in the rooms beneath and around them. If guests choose to use laptops or tablets in their rooms, we ask them to keep volumes down or use headphones. Even with all these precautions, the inn is of another era – it isn’t even quiet when it’s empty!