Your Historic Mountain Getaway
The beautiful bark-covered hotel was built in 1923 by timber baron Amos Frye, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Brown family — owners since 1982 — have lovingly preserved Frye’s mountain getaway, maintaining the same rustic charm that’s attracted guests to the mountain retreat for generations.
In the Fryemont’s spacious lobby you’ll find a huge stone fireplace, large enough to burn eight-foot logs — an ideal setting for mingling with old and new friends, playing games, watching the game in the TV corner, or just relaxing after a day in the outdoors.
Help yourself to a cup of coffee and take it through the French doors that lead to the rocking chair porch with its view of the Smoky Mountains. From the porch you can also glimpse the swimming pool nestled in a grove of hemlock, dogwood and poplar. And be sure to visit our gift shop for souvenirs of your stay in the mountains.
We have 37 cozy, chestnut paneled bedrooms in the main lodge with king, queen, and combinations; some rooms even connect — perfect for your family.
Fryemont Inn Featured
The Inn was recently highlighted on a WTCI TV PBS Special with Karen Elliott. Explore the Inn in this video clip from the show.
These details — the lustrous hardwood floors and furniture, the paneling, the native stone masonry — recall the graciousness of a bygone era and add to the Inn’s remarkable aura of homeyness, along with the sincere North Carolina hospitality of the staff and owners.”
— Alan Linn, The Los Angeles Times
Meet the Innkeepers
Sue & George
In 1980, Sue and George were living in Atlanta. George was working for an international accounting firm and Sue was in property management. On a motorcycle trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway they found themselves in Bryson City. They sought out The Fryemont Inn which had been recommended by a friend. They loved it! The following year they brought their son, George. He loved it, too. In 1982, George saw an ad in the Wall Street Journal that advertised, “Country Inn, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 40 rooms, swimming pool.” They immediately thought it must be the Fryemont, and answered the ad. The rest is history!
Monica & George
George IV was 16 when his parents bought the Fryemont Inn. He was a junior in high school and played baseball and football at Swain County High School. He also waited tables and worked in the kitchen as a cook. In 1984 he enrolled in the University of Tennessee where he met his future wife, Monica. After graduating, they married in 1990 and returned to Bryson City. George took control of the restaurant–the dining room and kitchen. Monica took control of the hotel—the front desk and housekeeping. In 1993 they welcomed their first child, Tyler, and in 1999, Kathryn was born. Kathryn is now a Drama major at UNC Chapel Hill and Tyler is an accomplished musician. They both continue to work at the Fryemont Inn when time permits. Monica and George continue to share the duties and delights of feeding and hosting thousands of guests each season.
We even have a resident cat and assistant innkeeper, Punkin, who will do everything he can to make you feel at home!