Snowbird Mountain Lodge

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The Plateau Magazine – August/September 2020

Escape to where the mountains kiss the sky

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Snowbird Mountain Lodge sparks magic in a natural setting and lives up to its tagline- “disconnect to reconnect.” This all-inclusive (3 meals a day included in your stay) serves really good food and cuisine that is comfortable, healthy, and offers options for the most discerning eater. Known for its bar selections (craft cocktails, wine cellar, whisky or whiskey, craft beer, and house bubbly), food, service, and incredible views, Snowbird is a fresh-air mountain embrace- sip your favorite happy hour indulgence, converse, hike, read in the screened-in patio, or sway to and fro in the front porch rockers. Televisions are intentionally absent.

What to Take Home: Travel Candle, Jewelry, Italian Pewter Gifts

Where to Dine: With all meals made on the property, take your packed picnic lunch to Huckleberry Knob and enjoy the view. 

Where to Play: Feeling spicy? Take the paddleboards or kayaks provided with stay, out on Lake Santeetlah.

“Right off the skyway, at the top of a steep driveway, a cozy lodge blends seamlessly into the landscape. Everything about the inn that Arthur and Edwin Wolfe built in 1941 is a celebration of the wilderness all around: The first thing you see when you walk inside is a window with a breathtaking view of the Snowbird Mountains. The Wolfe brothers couldn’t have asked for a better caretaker of their legacy than Robert Rankin, who has owned the lodge since 1995. Over the years, Rankin has made thoughtful additions, always mindful of the purpose of this place: real connection, within and without. Seasonal events — art classes, music series, and wildlife talks — encourage guests to get outside their comfort zones, preferably in nature. “My designation is to preserve and protect this place, to make it as valuable and viable in the present as in the past,” he says. “And to do that, we have to know who we are — and we don’t change.”

Katie Saintsing, Our State Magazine October 2019