In an age of social distancing and the need for wide open spaces, Route 19 Inn answers the cravings of your road tripping heart while providing a clean and safe environment. This 1948 classic motor lodge nestled in a wooded enclave at the convergence of two trout streams offers retro vibes and modern amenities. Sitting just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley at the base of Cataloochee Ski Area‘s entrance road, the location is an ideal base for your adventures. Celebrating their grand opening on June 24th, 2020 after 10 years of dormancy the Inn has had many renovations and upgrades to the grounds while still capturing the beloved essence of road tripping fan’s beloved home away from home.
An icon in its own right, a bright neon sign will greet you before passing over their bridge, welcoming you to the funky mid-century architecture or as they like to call it “mid-century mountain” property. Feel at ease knowing you will not have to funnel through a lobby, elevator or stuffy hallway to get to your creekside rooms. All the entry doors are open to fresh Smoky Mountain air and there’s plenty to do on the grounds and in the surrounding area that are safely distanced and outdoors. You can take time to relax in their large pool with picnic pavilions, gather around the fire pit, behave like kids again on carousel horses, or challenge the family to a shuffleboard duel and much more.
The “Instagrammable” appeal of their many photo-op spots will leave lasting memories for you to capture digitally and mentally. Art covers many spaces of Route 19 Inn done by local artists and we would love to see how you are enjoying the spaces they created by tagging us @visitncsmokies or using their hashtag #Route19Inn.
Just down Soco Road you will find the legendary Wheels Through Time Museum featuring over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marques on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Western North Carolina’s premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hillclimbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The museum will open late Summer pending state guidelines on Covid-19.
Wanting to hug the curves of The Rattler on your motorcycle? We don’t blame you. Also check out Hwy 215 for a lush green ride or gorgeous leaves in the Fall.
After a full day of exploring you can enjoy a creekside cookout or picnic or even dip your toes in to ease sore feet. These outdoor covered areas will provide the refuge and relaxation you seek. You may even see a trout swim by!
Ready to hit the road and tour for the day? Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there’s no lack of places to explore. We suggest trying out Waterrock Knob or Black Balsam Knob for a hike along the Parkway. Wake up early to see the elk meandering in Cataloochee Valley in the GSMNP and check our our guide to view elk here.
Soco Falls is just down the road from the Inn. This short but steep hike will reward you with large double cascading falls, or you can enjoy the views from a viewing deck above the falls. Head to Cherokee Indian Reservation for the day or try your hand at skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area this winter. If you’re looking for more adventure ideas check out our blog for inspiration and don’t forget to share you experiences with us using #haynow!