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Robert Rankin
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Snowbird Mountain Lodge - Led by Longtime Owner Robert Rankin
Snowbird Mountain Lodge - Led by Longtime Owner Robert Rankin

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Adding to the discovery of these beautiful mountains and the Lodge that I call home, Thanks Points North - Robert Rankin

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Snowbird Mountain Lodge, Robbinsville, NC. Morning light and thoughts from life

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Nothing more beautiful than our mountain lakes!
Cheoah Lake was formed with the construction of Cheoah Dam in 1919. There is a modern boat ramp at the eastern end of the lake. Fish include lake and brook trout, bass, crappie and bluegill. More about our lakes:
http://www.grahamcountytravel.com/discover-graham-county/lakes-creeks-whitewater/
Photo: https://instagram.com/p/1TT8L6l7mq/
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Flyfishing the mountains of WNC surrounding the town of Robbinsville, there's not much better than mountain trout!

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Sharing the wonderful world of the mountains around Robbinsville!

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It’s almost time….

The days are beginning to lengthen now. It has been a perfect January 2015 and surprisingly un-winter like. After a month under the clouds, we have had a fabulous four days of warmer weather and bright, bright blue sky. It is absolutely amazing what some vitamin D will do along with the freedom to get outside and play!

Late yesterday we took the dogs for a stroll to one of my favorite spots – Huckleberry Knob. Those of you that have stayed here on the mountain with us know it well. It’s a walk that we often recommend for the stunning views from the summit. It wasn’t quite as warm there as at the Lodge with temps only floating into the high 40’s low 50’s. It was gusty, but a perfect day for the dogs to romp and play in the meadows. I love how they can play without distraction. Seemingly to never think about the past or future, but to be completely in this moment. A lesson I surely need to remember.

 As I was seeking a little solitude to be able to process thoughts in my mind I was surprised at the new things I noticed on the walk. I don’t know if I’d just missed them before, was seeing them with new eyes or they were things I’d forgotten, but each new discovery, each new rock, each reach of grass far off in the open woods seemed fresh and new. Sitting high on top of the bald I looked at the town of Robbinsville in the distance. I know now that was a great gift on this walk. The realization that, for me at least, this never gets old. There is always a new discovery or adventure waiting just outside of my door. I bet the same is true for you too…if only you take a moment to look….that’s all you need…just a moment…take it…you will be amazed. I promise

We’re hard at work here on the mountain. Snowbird Mountain Lodge is getting cleaned and freshened. The new bathrooms are looking great. New furniture in place and grounds being prepped for an amazing year. We lit the first fire yesterday and it was great to watch the smoke curl from the chimney top. It’s another bright clear day and our vision for what is yet to come is fabulous. Won’t you come share it with us? Like I said, it may be all you need…just a moment…if you’ll take it…come, celebrate the magic of life with us!

 

In Celebration of the Great Adventure Ahead!!!

Robert Rankin

Innkeeper, Adventurer, Explorer
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Indeed, Work life balance!

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High Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the North Carolina mountains for seven days in 2015:

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The walk down the old road was one we’ve taken hundreds of times before. The dogs bounded ahead, smelling the crispness in the air and celebrating life like they always do. The creek flowed wild and free beside the road, a light crust of frost lay on the ground and the trees bent to the wind. It was a perfect time.

Later Sophie, Elizabeth and I sat on a big rock over the water and skipped stones. Watching the retrievers chase sticks that we’d throw, Beau wandering in the sunshine and Max watching every move I realized how incredibly blessed I am to be able to live in this magical place. It’s hard to think that 20 years have passed since I became the steward Snowbird Mountain Lodge. I am filled with gratitude for allowing us to share our dreams, our passions and our lives with you!

It’s been a busy winter here on the mountain. Our team has been busy making plans for all that 2015 will bring. The kitchen is working on new recipes, planning the gardens and looking after the chickens. The grounds and maintenance crew has been working on landscaping, repairs and the new bathrooms that grace all of the larger main lodge rooms. New plusher and thicker towels await your next visit as we continue to upgrade and make improvements to the Lodge here on the mountain. We can’t wait to share it with you.

The doors will be getting ready to open for our 2015 season as you read this. There are many new things here on the mountain, but we continue to celebrate our past as we look towards the future. Guided walks, hikes, nature, food, wines, art and good conversation all abound here at Snowbird.  

Whether you were just here or if it’s been a while since you’ve visited us here on the mountain please consider this our personal invitation to come and join us for the magical experience That Snowbird offers. We look forward to sharing it with friends, some old, some new…like you!

In Celebration of the Great Adventure Ahead!

Sophie, Elizabeth & Robert Rankin
Innkeepers & Adventurers

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