Escape to the Peaceful Side of the Great Smoky Mountains: Review of Historic Tapoco Lodge

Louida Martin from Product Review Mom at Historic Tapoco Lodge

As many of you know, I love visiting the Great Smoky Mountains yearly.  

When we travel to the mountains, we escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors and marvel at the scenic views.

Usually, my family takes our vacation in either Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, but this year, we went to another side of the smokies.

For a two-day getaway, my family and I stayed at the Historic Tapoco Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Cheoah River in Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Front view of Historic Tapoco Lodge

This hidden gem has been a mainstay for outdoor adventurers, gearheads, and nature enthusiasts since 1930. It is located on the peaceful side of the Great Smoky Mountains, with few tourists, so you'll have a relaxing getaway from all the crowds and noise.

Cheoah River at Historic Tapoco Lodge

I live 30 minutes north of Atlanta, so the drive to Robbinsville, NC, took about 3 hours. So, traveling from Atlanta would be 3 1/2 hours.

The drive up the mountains was a thrilling adventure, especially when navigating through Nantahala National Forest and the winding roads of the Tail of the Dragon, a favorite among motorcyclists and sports car drivers.

Back View of Historic Tapoco Lodge

We were wide-eyed when we arrived at our destination, looking at the lodge right off the road; it was such a stunning sight with 360-degree views! I love older-style buildings with character, and this hotel has colonial-style red brick architecture.

And the wow factor doesn't stop there!

Historic Tapoco Lodge Lobby

Historic Tapoco Lodge Seating Area

Upon entering, the classic decor is prominent throughout, and the sweet scent of maple-pecan fills the air, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels like home.

Guest Rooms

Historic Tapoco Lodge Laurel Mini Suite

Historic Tapoco Lodge has several guest rooms to choose from. They offer nine elegantly furnished rooms and suites in the lodge and 18 cabins throughout the 120-acre property.

Historic Tapoco Lodge Cabin

Only two adults can be in a room, so we got two rooms, one for Mr. M and me and one for my daughters. Since each room has only a king-size bed, our daughters took the suite that had a living room so one of them could sleep on the couch.

Historic Tapoco Lodge Rhododendron Suite Livingroom

Our guest rooms, called Laurel and Rhododendron, which are named after flowers, are beautifully decorated with a retro twist.  

Historic Tapoco Lodge Rhododendron Bedroom

Historic Tapoco Lodge Retro Refrigerator and Microwave

I love the exposed bricks and pipes detailing, the classic-style refrigerators and microwaves, and our favorite, the black and white tiles in the bathrooms. And boy, the bathrooms are a room in itself; it's enormous!

Historic Tapoco Lodge Laurel Bathroom

Historic Tapoco Lodge Laurel Mini Suite Jetted Tub

The rooms offer comfort, with plush beds, cozy seating, and breathtaking river views in each suite. Our stay was a tranquil retreat, and the girls loved having their own suite! But we were just across the hallway, keeping a watchful eye on them.

And heads up, there is no elevator, and the guest rooms are on three floors, so you must carry your luggage up the stairs. So, I suggest to pack light. But I'm sure someone from the lodge can help you take your belongings to your room.

I noticed one room on the first floor, the Evergreen, for those needing an accessible room.

Another thing to note is that the lodge rooms are for adults only; however, some of the cabins are family-friendly.


The Cheoah Dining Room at the Historic Tapoco Lodge

Several dining options at the lodge include an on-site tavern, fine dining on the weekends, and breakfast served daily. The on-site tavern offers a casual dining experience with various American fare, including burgers, pizzas, nachos, wings, and quinoa bowls. The fine dining option on weekends provides a more upscale experience. 

Artichoke Dip with Tortilla Chips

Trout Cakes

Texas Toast Egg Sandwich with a side of fruits

Avocado Toast with country potatoes and pecan pancakes

Breakfast is served daily and includes various options to suit all tastes. I tried all three dining options, and our meals were scrumptious! We didn't need to leave the property to find something to eat; Tapoco Lodge had meal options that everyone enjoyed.

Rustic Chicken Marsala with potato cake

I had the Rustic Chicken Marsala on the first night, which was my favorite. The chicken was topped with a savory garlic mushroom sauce and served with a potato cake.

Tapoco Tavern

Tapoco Tavern outdoor seating

The Tapoco Tavern offers indoor and outdoor seating along the river for a delightful dining experience. 

Tapoco Tavern Steak Tacos


Escape to the Peaceful Side of the Great Smoky Mountains: Review of Historic Tapoco Lodge

And let's remember all of the activities! Tapoco Lodge offers diverse options, from tennis and basketball to axe throwing and pickleball. 

There's rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking for the more adventurous types. And for those seeking relaxation, there are spa services and 15 hiking trails to explore.

Walking Trails at Historic Tapoco Lodge

Hiking at Historic Tapoco Lodge

We attempted a couple of hiking trails, but our shoes were unsuitable for hiking. The path was filled with puddles, and we didn't want to damage our footwear.

Next time, we need to have good pairs of hiking boots.

Also, the lodge offers several weekly events to keep guests entertained. These include live music performances, movie nights, and guided hikes. 

These events are a great way to meet other guests and make the most of your stay at Tapoco Lodge.

Book your Next Stay at Historic Tapoco Lodge

Classic Gas Station at Historic Tapoco Lodge

Our stay at Historic Tapoco Lodge was great due to excellent service, beautiful rooms, delicious food, and lovely landscaping and scenery. The experience left us not wanting to leave.

Louida Martin from Product Review Mom on Golf Cart at Historic Tapoco Lodge

I highly recommend booking your next stay at Historic Tapoco Lodge! 

You can visit their website or call their front desk to make a reservation. 

They offer a variety of room types to suit different needs and budgets, and their friendly staff are always ready to assist you with any questions or special requests you may have.

Historic Tapoco Lodge

14981 Tapoco Rd.

Robbinsville, NC 28771-688

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