Lydia and Eric have been traveling to Western North Carolina since the 90’s. Eric’s love of motorcycles brought them to the area and they fell in love. In 2005 the decided to take a leap of faith and move permanently to Maggie Valley. They were interested in rental properties, coincidentally, Smoky Falls Lodge happened to go on the Market. While the lodge needed work and some people would have run at the thought of all the hard work and time it would take to get it operating again — Eric saw it as an opportunity to turn it into a beautiful property for families to come year after year.
July 4th weekend 2005, Smoky Falls Lodge opened up and had— 4 rooms were officially done and booked! They used the rest of the summer to remodel and decorate each room and give each room its own style and flare. In 2006 all renovations were done to the hotel side and they started to work on the restaurant — things came together and the restaurant opened in ____. The Moonshine Grille is a town favorite, offering a full bar and a casual dining menu with some fine dining mixed in. Some weekends in the summer they even have celebrity sightings. The hotel and restaurant cater to large groups, wedding parties and celebrations of all kinds.
This July they will celebrate 14 wonderful seasons of business. Like all ventures they’ve navigated the ebb and flow of running a full time business. But the fact that they have friends and families returning year after year and enjoying this little piece of the Smoky Mountains keeps them smiling and excited to run Smoky Falls Lodge and Moonshine Grille.
We look forward to seeing you and your family very soon!