Snowbird Mountain Lodge | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

Snowbird Mountain Lodge | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>>WE LOVE OUR FOUR SEASONS,
BUT IT’S TIME TO SAY BYE-BYE, OLD MAN WINTER. HELLO, LADY SPRING. AND I DISCOVERED THE PERFECT
GETAWAY IN THE FAR WESTERN REGION OF OUR STATE. COME WITH ME TO THE SNOWBIRD
MOUNTAIN LODGE NESTLED IN THE NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST FOR
GREAT FOOD, BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS, RELAXATION, AND
MORE.>>THERE’S A MAGIC THAT GOES ON
HERE, AND I WISH I COULD REALLY PUT MY FINGER ON WHAT THAT MAGIC
IS. SNOWBIRD IS THE NAME FOR
ACTUALLY ONE OF THE BRANCHES OF THE CHEROKEE INDIAN TRIBE. THERE ARE ABOUT 850 SNOWBIRD
CHEROKEE THAT LIVE IN THE AREA. THEY TOOK THEIR NAME FROM THE
SNOWBIRD OR THE JUNCO, WHICH APPEARS IN THE WINTER MONTHS
HERE, AND WE, OF COURSE, OVERLOOK THE SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN
RANGE. THE LODGE OPENED ABOUT MAY THE
3rd OF 1941. IT WAS DESIGNED TO BRING
TOURISTS INTO THE AREA TO EXPOSE THEM TO NATURE IN A WAY THAT
THEY HADN’T BEEN EXPOSED TO IN THE PAST.>>THE SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE
RESTS ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN SURROUNDED BY THE SCENIC RANGES
OF THE BLUE RIDGE, SMOKY, AND UNICOI MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS. THE HISTORIC MAIN LODGE OFFERS
15 BEAUTIFULLY RUSTIC PRIVATE ROOMS FEATURING A COMFORTABLE
KING-SIZED OR TWO DOUBLE BEDS. THEY’RE COVERED WITH SOFT,
HAND-SEWN QUILTS, AND EACH ROOM IS PANELLED IN A LOCAL NATIVE
HARDWOOD LIKE SILVERBELL, CHERRY, OR MAPLE. FOR SPECIAL OCCASION STAYS,
THERE’S THE WOLF OR CHESTNUT LODGE WITH PREMIUM
ACCOMMODATIONS. THESE EXTRA SPACIOUS ROOMS
FEATURE CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, FIRESIDE SITTING AREAS, CD
PLAYERS WITH SATELLITE RADIO, AND PRIVATE DECKS WITH STEAMY
HOT TUBS. JUST ANOTHER WAY TO RELAX AND
SOAK IN THOSE MOUNTAIN VIEWS. YOUR STAY AT SNOWBIRD ALSO
INCLUDES ALL THREE MEALS, STARTING WITH A FULL BREAKFAST
SERVICE.>>SNOWBIRD LODGE IS VERY MUCH
ABOUT SORT OF NEW SOUTHERN CUISINE. THEY FIND THAT IN BREAKFAST AND
IN DINNER. WHEN GUESTS COME TO JOIN US IN
THE DINING ROOM FOR BREAKFAST, WE OFFER THEM A BREAKFAST ENTREE
OF THE DAY ALONG WITH AN ITEM LIKE AN OATMEAL OR GRITS. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A SMALL
BUFFET WITH COOLER ITEMS, THINGS LIKE GRANOLA AND YOGURT. THIS IS VERY MUCH A RUSTIC,
ELEGANT DINING ROOM, SO WE DO ALLOW CASUAL DRESS, BUT WE
REALLY ASK PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE HERE. SO WE HAVE WHAT I TALKED ABOUT
AS OUR NEW SOUTHERN CUISINE. TONIGHT’S MENU, FOR EXAMPLE, WE
ARE FEATURING SALMON WITH A BACON MOLASSES VINAIGRETTE,
GRITS, AND KALE. WE HAVE A MOCHA POT DU CREME,
WHICH HAS JUST TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THOSE REALLY POPULAR
ITEMS. AND WE’RE ACTUALLY DOING A LEMON
CURD CAKE WITH A POPPY SEED WHIPPED CREAM TONIGHT AND A
LEMON VANILLA BEAN REDUCTION. AND THAT’S ACTUALLY STRAIGHT OUT
OF “FOOD AND WINE” MAGAZINE.>>TRUE HOSPITALITY IS EVIDENT
IN THE LITTLE THINGS AT SNOWBIRD, LIKE LUNCH PACKED IN
KNAPSACKS FOR GUESTS TO PICK UP ON THEIR WAY OUT FOR A HIKE,
FLASHLIGHTS, INSECT SPRAY, AND BINOCULARS STATIONED AT THE
SCENIC OVERLOOKS, AND MAPS AND A KNOWLEDGEABLE DESK RECEPTIONIST
TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR OUTING FOR THE DAY.>>WE ACTUALLY HAVE 400 MILES OF
HIKING TRAILS. WE HAVE 200 MILES OF FLY FISHING
WATER, 60,000 ACRES OF LAKES. IT IS JUST AN OUTDOOR
ENTHUSIAST’S DREAM TO LIVE HERE.>>EARLY RISERS MIGHT START THE
DAY WITH A SHORT WALK TO SUNRISE POINT TO CAPTURE THE FIRST
GLIMPSE OF MORNING SUN OR JUST TO ENGAGE IN A BIT OF MISCHIEF. [CHIME RINGING]
THAT WILL WAKE THEM UP. AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THERE
ARE SCHEDULED EVENTS.>>WE HAVE NATURALISTS. WE HAVE COOKING CLASSES. WE HAVE MUSIC ON PREMISE. WE OFFER ALMOST 80 SPECIAL
EVENTS A YEAR HERE. I HAVE A 14,000-ACRE PRISTINE
LAKE, SO YOU CAN CANOE AND KAYAK TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT AND SEE
BALD EAGLES FLYING. THE JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL PARK
IS AMERICA’S LARGEST STAND OF VIRGIN HARDWOOD TIMBER. THE NANTAHALA RIVER, WHICH
OFFERS A GREAT WHITEWATER EXPERIENCE, IS CLOSE BY. TSALI RECREATION AREA, WHICH IS
THE SOUTHEAST’S NUMBER ONE MOUNTAIN BIKING AREA. THE CHEOLA WHITEWATER ADVENTURE,
WHICH OFFERS A WHITEWATER EXPERIENCE UNPARALLELED IN THE
SOUTHEAST. I CAN GIVE YOU GREAT FOOD. I CAN GIVE YOU GREAT SERVICE. I CAN GIVE YOU GREAT WINE AND
SPIRITS. BUT I CAN ALSO GIVE YOU ALL OF
THIS, WHICH YOU CAN’T GET, AS FAR AS I KNOW, ANYWHERE ELSE.>>THERE’S SO MANY WONDERFUL
OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS TO ENJOY WHILE YOU’RE HERE AT SNOWBIRD,
LIKE THE JOYCE KILMER NATIONAL FOREST, OR MAYBE TAKING A BOAT
OUT ON THE SANTEETLAH LAKE. BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO
SPEND SEVERAL DAYS HERE TO ENJOY IT ALL IF FOR NO OTHER REASON
THAN TO SPEND ONE DAY DOING JUST THIS. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND” IN
ROBBINSVILLE, I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL.>>>THAT’S IT FOR TONIGHT’S
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