Mercedith Bacon
West Oak Lodging
101 Fryemont Road
Bryson City, NC 28713


By Bill Turner

There's nothing more enchanting than the gentle, tranquil mist at sunset along the peaks of the Great Smokey Mountains.

It would be hard to top the experience offered with that view than from West Oak Bed and Breakfast, located in the center of it all in the cozy town of Bryson City, North Carolina.

Situated on a picturesque hillside overlooking the town, West Oak is the perfect place for anyone looking for a quiet getaway, or any of the numerous mountain activities for the most adventurous thrill seekers. From antique shopping and fine restaurants, to whitewater rafting through the Nantahala Gorge, tubing, scenic railroads, and half-mile zip lines through the mountain terrain, they all are at your fingertips at West Oak.

Smokey Mountain National Park, with hiking, scenic waterfalls, horseback riding and trout fishing are five minutes away. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with its famous outlet shopping, music shows and Dollywood are easily accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Polar Express, a railroad winter holiday delight, departs from the Bryson City train depot five minutes from West Oak and winter skiing in beautiful Maggie Valley makes West Oak a year-round destination.

Nearby is the Cherokee Indian Reservation and its many attractions including "Unto These Hills" outdoor drama, Indian crafts and the popular Harrah's Casino, complete with all gambling games from slots and blackjack to poker.

A central lodge with five well-appointed rooms and five separate cabins that beckon the call of nature with peaked roofs, tree-canopied decks with fireplaces and mountain flora, all make a visit to West Oak invigorating and unforgettable.

Looking for a place for relaxing and reminiscing the day's activities? No place better than the spacious West Oak patio and waterfall located next to the main lodge.

New in 2014 is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath log house located 10 miles away in Fontana, with easy access to the famous Fontana Lake recreation area.

Proprietriss Mercedith Bacon continues the tradition started in 1935 by her relative Dr. Harold Bacon. Many years have passed, but the 200-year-old white oak that has always stood guard at the entrance and the views Dr. Bacon loved so well, remain unchanged. Discover yourself the reason the mountains of western North Carolina have become the place to visit.

Contact West Oak today to plan your visit. The memories await in Bryson City.