DINING AND LODGING RECOMMENDATION:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Almand J. Westbrook, Sr. (Joe)

 

 

THE FRYEMONT INN

245 Fryemont Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

 

Toll-Free: 1-800-845-4879

or 828-488-2159

 

Owners & Innkeepers:

Monica & George Brown IV

Sue & George Brown

 

I can’t even remember how many years that Joe and I have made at least one visit, and often more, to this favorite historic inn in Bryson City, North Carolina.  Suffice it to say that we were not the original guests when the mountain inn opened in 1923!

 

I love it because it gives me a peak into the early days of our wonderful country, when vacationing parties arrived with their trunks by train or spindly-looking cars to “take” a month of mountain air.

 

The Brown family that owns The Fryemont Inn obviously operates it with love and seems to have dedicated a large part of their lives to the preservation and traditions of the inn.  I really like that!

 

The Fryemont Inn sits on a wooded knoll distantly overlooking the tiny town of Bryson City, North Carolina.  The town is tucked into a quiet corner of the Great Smoky Mountains with the beautiful Tuckasegee River meandering through it.  You can even hear the old steam locomotive’s whistle that summons passengers to the antique rail cars for a ride through the mountains.

 

 

 

 

The old inn’s unique exterior construction is of tree-bark shingles.  They seem to exude a feeling of warmth mixed with welcome.  On entering the spacious lobby, the huge native-stone fireplace immediately catches the eye.  On cool days, guests enjoy keeping the fire burning using the well-stocked fireside wood box, and the Paul Bunyan-sized andiron set.

 

 

The lobby has comfortable homespun mountain furnishings in seating groups with tables for games, puzzles, reading, card playing, and so on.  Sofas are cozied around the fireplace with a small library nearby, and the walls have excellent art and photography featuring lovely mountain scenes.

Off the lobby, heading toward the big porch, is an interesting pair of rustic French doors that are also split horizontally like Dutch doors.   The porch has large, comfortable rocking chairs to enjoy while chatting with friends, sipping a beverage, enjoying a nibble, and viewing the seemingly endless vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

 

The thirty-seven guest rooms with their original chestnut paneling, hand-made doors, and forged hardware are each unique in their unusual shapes and sizes.  They can accommodate everyone from couples to large families. The furnishings include period pieces with quilts, table scarves, cloth-skirted lavatories, and ceiling fans.  Some of the bathrooms have claw-foot tubs, quaintly adapted to use for showering or taking a long hot bath in a deep tub.  There are even specially made bath soaps for The Fryemont Inn.

 

The original windows that slide from side-to-side, rather than up and down, bring in the mountain breezes to cool the inn.  When it is cold outside, electric heat, fireplaces, and mountain quilts warm the toes!

 

The original chestnut paneled halls of the two-story inn are an adventure in early Americana.  They hold framed letters and photos of the inn sent from their guests throughout the years.  You could spend hours reading the wonderful stories, thank-you letters, requests for reservations from far-flung places, and viewing the historical photographs.   Along these hallways that charmingly creak and are not at all level, have passed many, happy mountain vacationers.

 

And then, the piece-de-resistance, The Fryemont Inn Dining Room!  All overnight guests are treated to a large marvelous dinner and a full breakfast included with the room.  Local guests are also welcomed for dinner and breakfast.  The dining room features another huge fireplace with large gas logs.  Interestingly, it is open on 2 sides serving both the dining room and the cozy bar, which also serves the outside courtyard patio.

 

The dining room menu has grand choices for dinner: generous slabs of roast beef, au jus; succulent steaks; superb mountain trout; lamb; ham; vegetarian; and children’s dishes all cooked to order.  The side dishes are locally grown offerings, as much as possible, and accompanied by outstanding breads.  Wines and beers are also available.  Then, oh then, there are the dessert choices featuring cobblers made of blackberry, apple, cherry, peach, or strawberries topped with ice cream-just divine!

 

 

Invariably, when it comes to the dinner entrees, I have a difficult time deciding on whether I’ll have the “Trout Eugenia” or the “Trout Lillian”.  The coincidence of names makes this a hard choice for me, since my mother, my great-grandmother, and I all share the name “Eugenia”, but then, my father’s mother was “Lillian”……  Interesting!

After such a marvelous dinner, I always think I’ll not be able to enjoy the sumptuous breakfast, but, of course, I do!  More tempting choices, hot biscuits, real country ham, three-egg omelets, homemade hash browns, blueberry or pecan pancakes, French toast, I could go on and on.  Once again, I enjoy every bite.

Many other amenities are available, plus catering for guests riding the Great Smoky Mountain Scenic Railway.  The old depot is just own the hill in Bryson City where guests from the inn depart and arrive from the train.

 

The inn is open spring through late fall.  It is truly a step-back-in-time and, by no means, a modern hotel by today’s standards.  But, if you enjoy the charm and pace of yesteryear for even a couple of relaxing days, definitely stay at The Fryemont Inn.

 

On our last visit, we had the pleasure of meeting and dining with a gentleman that we met at the inn who was visiting from Australia.  You just never know…..

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