Saturday, August 9, 2008

Recommended by Duncan Hines

This postcard destination won’t make it into anyone’s hiking guide to North Carolina lookout towers. But it warrants a mention, if for no other reason, by combining an observation tower with a waterfall. Frank Lloyd Wright attempted something similar with considerably more success.

[Observation Tower and Water Falls at Nantahala Inn – On U. S. 19, 9 miles west of Bryson City, North Carolina. From this Observation Tower panoramic views may be had of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and of Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Park. Nantahala Inn serves the best in Southern Cooked Food – 35 units – Rooms or Separate Cottages – Swimming pool – Recommended by Duncan Hines.]

I have no idea if the tower / waterfall continues to stand / fall at Nantahala Inn. My guess? It has vanished.

Up the gorge from the Nantahala Inn another landmark has gone the way of the Edsel - Gorgarama Park and Restaurant. This postcard conveys the unique Gorgarama charm.

I especially like the Gorgarama-mobiles parked out front.

Perhaps the rights to the name from this fine establishment are available. Some quick entrepreneur would get rich by purchasing the Gorgarama name…

…and opening an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet.

"If the soup was as warm as the wine, if the wine was as old as the turkey, if the turkey had breasts like the maid, it would have been a fine dinner." - Duncan Hines (1880-1959)


Jackson County up in the Mountains said...

The stone steps and waterfall are still there (and operational!). They're right next to the 12 Moons restaurant and Nantahala Inn on the way into the Nantahala Gorge on Hwy 74. You can walk through the waterfall arch. The tower is gone.

Cool post!

GULAHIYI said...

Thanks so much for letting me know this. I'll be sure to track that down on my next trip to "Gorgarama!"