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WELCOME 2022

Open for the Season!

Hemlock Inn is open for the 2022 Season.  We invite you to visit our inn and explore the Great Smoky Mountains this year.

Our calendar is open and you can call us at (828) 488-2885 to make your reservation. You may use our online reservation system found on this website to reserve the room you want.



70 Years!  It all started with a dream

Hemlock Inn will celebrate our 70th year of operation in 2022.  The inn was the dream of Seth and Lorraine Haynie from Atlanta.  Mrs Haynie, was the food service director of Emory University.  She was hired by the government to provide meals for the workers building the Fontana Dam in the 40s.  They fell in love with the mountains and bought a farm just outside Bryson City from Plummer Plemmons (yes, that was his real name). It rested on 60 plus acres which rested on a small hilltop overlooking  mountainous views and the valleys below. Seth oversaw construction of the inn which opened on July 4, 1952.

The inn has had several owners of the inn over the ensuing years, including the current owner, John Shell originally from Marietta, GA.  He and his wife, Ella Jo,  bought the inn as their dream in 1969, 53 years ago.  Their daughter, Lainey and her husband Mort White, joined John and Ella Jo in 1988, and still serve as Innkeepers today.

One of the definitions of a dream is “…a cherished aspiration, or ideal”. That certainly fits the description of Seth and Lorraine, John and Ella Jo, and Lainey and Mort and perhaps others.   Hemlock Inn was and is more than a job for each of them.  It is an idea of a special place that offers each guest and unique experience of fellowship, atmosphere, and of course delicious meals. It’s a feeling that can be hard to describe, it has to be experienced>

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