including breakfast buffet and three-course dinner
Fire pits with wooden
benches and free s’more kits
Some pets allowed
No children under 12 (con for some)
Some rooms don’t have TVs
Wi-Fi is free, though spotty
Historic Tapoco Lodge is rustic mid-range hotel in a beautiful setting on the Cheoah River. It’s not far from Tail of the Dragon Road, a popular destination for
motorcyclists, and has a grill where travelers stop to eat outside while
watching the river. There are 31 rooms with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves; some have river views. It’s a good fit for couples and
families with teens, but note that children under 12 are not allowed. The all-inclusive plan includes a hearty buffet breakfast and three-course dinner. For outdoor activities, there are kayaking and fishing on the river, and guests enjoy the free s’more supplies
provided for the outdoor fire pits.
Historic inn with gorgeous mountain setting along a rushing river
Opened in 1930, the Historic
Tapoco Lodge was built by the Aluminum Company of America as part of
hydroelectric efforts at the time. Today, following shifts in ownership since opening to the public in 1995, the beautifully maintained lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is located on 120 acres of
land in the Nantahala
National Forest, with tree-covered mountains and the rushing Cheoah River providing a scenic backdrop. Inside, the spacious lobby has clay tile floors, brick walls, and an elegant pressed-tin ceiling. A taxidermy bear, its mouth agape to reveal sharp teeth, makes an ominous addition near the front desk. The room itself is cozy, however, with somewhat dated patterned rugs, a pair of couches, and low-lying armchairs with busily patterned upholstery. Clusters of rustic wood tables and plaid-cushioned chairs sit beside a window with views of the leafy grounds. There are two
restaurants on-site including SlickRock Grill, a casual restaurant with a riverside brick patio that's popular with motorcyclists coming through the area.
There’s also Jasper’s, a restaurant with a country feel and rough-hewn wood furniture. Guests tend to be couples or groups, with bikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and regularly returning guests especially prevalent.
famous Tail of the Dragon Road in Nantahala National Forest
Historic Tapoco Lodge is located 15
miles north of Robbinsville, North Carolina, and around 60 miles southeast of
Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s on the Cheoah River in the Nantahala National
Forest, and feels fairly remote, with no other businesses nearby. The hotel is near the start of the famous Tail of the Dragon road, part of US Highway 129 containing 318 curves in 11
miles -- a popular destination for bikers and sports car drivers.
Homey rooms and cabins with varying
amenities, some with river views
Lodge Rooms, Lodge Suites, and Cabins are available. All are homey with wooden floors,
charming furnishings, and decorative bedspreads. While they do feel rustic, accommodations have modern lighting and nicely painted walls. The most basic options, Lodge Rooms, have Cheoah River or mountain views, and some have brick accent walls or bent-willow bed frames. Amenities vary by room type and
include any combination (or lack) of flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves,
and K-Cup coffeemakers. Some rooms have porches with beautiful views of the
river or mountains, and most bathrooms have black-and-white tile floors and
shower/tub combinations, though some have stall showers. Some cabins have whirlpool baths, outdoor hot tubs, wooden decks, spacious living rooms, or full kitchens.
Several miles of hiking trails originate
on the lodge’s grounds, and the river offers opportunities for fly fishing and
kayaking. There is a shuffleboard area, and outdoor fire pits are available to guests. A
breakfast buffet is included in the room rates, with tasty items like thick-cut bacon
biscuits and gravy. A three-course dinner at Jasper's Restaurant is also included, and the food earns
good reviews from guests. The restaurant serves refined country dishes, like fried green tomatoes and catfish. There's a small bar with microbrews, and SlickRock Grill serves brick-oven pizza and has outdoor
seating on a patio with river views. Coffee, apples, and granola bars are
offered in the lobby, and there is a small souvenir shop. The hotel has a
theater with a stage and two pool tables. Parking is free.
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