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Rooms Available July 4 Week

We have been hearing a lot lately about how  difficult travel over the 4th will be.  Airports will be crowded, flights full, some flights even canceled, etc

If you are looking to simplify the July 4th holiday, we invite you to come to the “cool” mountains. Enjoy tubing down Deep Creek or rafting down the Nantahala, have fun at the town festival in Bryson City, and top it all off with a excellent fireworks show.

Hemlock Inn has rooms available. Simplify mealtime with your family. Breakfast and Dinner are included in the daily rate and served family style every morning and evening.

July 4th is one of the most important holidays of the year.  Don’t make it stressful and difficult.  Simplify your plans with a trip to our country inn, the Great Smokies National Park, and Bryson City

We’ll be waiting for you.



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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