Exterior photo of the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska

Lambuth Inn

From rocking chairs on the front porch to quaint parlors, the Lambuth Inn is just right for guests looking for historic charm and an old-world feel.

Built in 1921, Lake Junaluska’s “stately lady” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A renovation in 2018 added modern conveniences while preserving the inn’s historic details and atmosphere. Stroll through the gardens to nearby Inspiration Point to watch the sunset over the lake and mountains.

  • Lakeview rooms, handicap accessible rooms and rooms with walk-in showers available
  • Room amenities include coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and free wireless Internet
  • Elegant lobby and parlors
  • Christmas Memories year-round Christmas shop
  • Prayer room
  • On-site meeting rooms
  • Access to the Lake Junaluska Fitness Center and seasonal outdoor pool
Flowers outside the Lambuth Inn
Cherokee summer boat cruise

Specials & Packages

New Year’s Lodging Special

Ring in the New Year at Lake Junaluska! Book a three-night stay at The Terrace Hotel or historic Lambuth Inn that includes the night of Jan. 1, and our reservations team will apply a 50% discount to the room rate for the third night.

The New Year’s Lodging Special is available for stays Dec. 30, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023; Dec. 31, 2022-Jan. 3, 2023; or Jan. 1, 2023-Jan. 4, 2023.

You must call 800-222-4930 and ask for the New Year’s Lodging Special to enjoy this rate. This discount cannot be combined with any other special or offer.

Availability:
Holidays,
Winter
Pricing Information:
Enjoy 50 percent off the third night of your stay when you book a three-night New Year’s getaway to Lake Junaluska that includes the night of Jan. 1, 2023.
Booking Details:
To book, call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m
Scenic view of the lake and mountains during the holidays at Lake Junaluska

Winter Lodging Special

Have a cozy winter getaway at Lake Junaluska with the Winter Lodging Special. Visit before March 5 to enjoy 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off 4 or more nights at The Terrace Hotel or historic Lambuth Inn.

You must call 800-222-4930 and ask for the Winter Lodging Special for these special rates. These discounts cannot be combined with any other special or offer.

Please note the lake level may be below full pool during your stay due to a lake drawdown scheduled to take place between January and March. 

Availability:
Holidays,
Winter
Pricing Information:
Book your winter getaway before March 5 and get 10% off a 3-night stay or 15% off a stay of 4 or more nights.
Booking Details:
To book, call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Terrace Hotel with a lake view in snow

Group Ski Packages

An official lodging partner with Cataloochee Ski Area, Lake Junaluska invites guests to stay with us after enjoying a day at Catloochee. We also offer ski packages for groups that include lodging, meals, ski lift ticket, boots and skis or snowboards. Available seasonally from December to February. Learn more about winter group packages.

Availability:
Holidays,
Winter
Booking Details:
For more information, visit Winter Youth Retreats page and view our ski/snowboard group package options.
Friends downhill snowskiing pause for a photograph
Stuart Auditorium Summer Worship

Upcoming Events

Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Date:
December 9, 2022–December 11, 2022
Location:
Lake Junaluska

Enjoy candlelight, carols and carriage rides plus holiday shopping at Junaluska Gifts & Grounds during the Christmas at Lake Junaluska weekend.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 13, 2023–January 16, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 20, 2023–January 22, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
January 27, 2023–January 29, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Date:
February 17, 2023–February 20, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for energized worship, fellowship and fun at our Winter Youth Retreat during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

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Community Lake Cleanup

Date:
March 11, 2023
Location:
Check-in location to be announced.
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Confirmation Retreat

Date:
March 31, 2023–April 3, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Come with your youth group for a confirmation retreat at Lake Junaluska.

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Friends of the Lake 5K

Date:
April 8, 2023
Time:
9:00 am
Location:
Starts/Finishes at Nanci Weldon Open-Air Gym
Categories:
Charitable Support

Take part in the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk on April 16, 2022, and enjoy a scenic run or walk around Lake Junaluska while supporting the lake!

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Easter Sunrise Service

Date:
April 9, 2023
Time:
7:00 am
Location:
Amphitheater
Categories:
Spiritual Renewal

Celebrate Easter with a powerful outdoor Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross.

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Annual Plant Sale

Date:
May 6, 2023
Location:
Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym
Categories:
Gardens

Shop for annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and house plants at the Lake Junaluska Annual Plant Sale! The annual plant sale supports landscaping at Lake Junaluska, where the gardens and grounds are open for all to enjoy and are made possible through charitable giving.

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Mother’s Day Buffet

Date:
May 14, 2023
Categories:
Dining Events

Lake Junaluska will host a special Mother’s Day Buffet.

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Independence Day Celebrations

Date:
July 1, 2023–July 4, 2023
Location:
Lake Junaluska
Categories:
Independence Day Celebrations

Lake Junaluska’s annual Independence Day Celebration features music, barbecue and fun — from concerts to fireworks to floating wish lanterns.

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Waterrock knob in the Great Smoky Mountains

Area Attractions

The historic Lambuth Inn provides old-world comfort next to a 200-acre lake in the mountains, but is close to top Western North Carolina attractions. Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in nearby Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Drive less than 15 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or drive 30 minutes to Asheville or Cherokee. Ask about visiting Biltmore Estate!

  • Discover places to ski, snow tube and enjoy Western North Carolina as a Winter Wonderland.
  • See scenic views from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Watch the majestic Cataloochee Elk.
  • Mountain bike, hike or picnic at nearby Chestnut Mountain Nature Park in Canton.
  • Adventure to waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest.
  • Spend time outdoors and more in Cherokee.

Check out the area at Visit NC Smokies.

A housekeeper cleans at The Terrace Hotel

Health & Safety

Lake Junaluska follows enhanced cleaning and sanitation processes pursuant to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and other leading health and industry experts. Visit our health and safety page to learn more:

Lambuth Inn lobby interior sitting area

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

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Check-in time is 4 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.

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Please make prior arrangements for your pet’s boarding, as pets are not permitted at Lambuth Inn. If traveling with a service animal, please notify the front desk upon check-in.

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Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska is a smoke-free environment.

Awards & Recognition

Kayak Travel Award for Lambuth Inn
2022 KAYAK Travel Award
Learn more at KAYAK.com
Tripadvisor 2021 Travelers' Choice emblem
Top 10 Percent of Hotels Worldwide
Based on 2021 Travelers' Choice Award
EXCELLENT!!!

This was the first trip that my husband and I have taken to Lake Junaluska but we don’t plan on it being the last! The Lambuth Inn was absolutely wonderful! Clean, quiet, peaceful, and a great value for the price. Our room was very nice as was the Inn itself. The grounds are beautiful! The views are breathtakingly stunning! I felt cocooned in time and place. The presence of the LORD GOD, JESUS, and the HOLY SPIRIT permeate this place. Inspiration Point, the Cross, and the entire surrounding community speak to your very soul. I found the people to be pleasant, friendly, and kind. If you need a break…this is the place to visit. There is no hustle bustle. The rocking chairs on the balcony and in front of Lambuth Inn and the mountains, lake, nature, gardens, and walking areas surrounding the Inn and Lake Junaluska bid you to slow your pace, breathe deeply, and just relax. The pontoon boat tour is a great way to see the surroundings and to learn the history of the area. I surely did not want to leave!

BernadettePotts, TripAdvisor Review, July 2021
Very pleasant accommodations

…Just a very pleasant, clean, well managed place. From sign in to check out everything was perfect. Front desk was very helpful and informative. Bed was very comfortable and clean. Will definitely be back when in the area again…

Bo Hart, TripAdvisor Review, November 2020
Fabulous Retreat!

Having grown up spending summers at Lake Junaluska with my family, I have always dreamed of staying at Lambuth Inn! I gave myself a “personal retreat” for three days and thoroughly enjoyed the location, the views, the quiet, the wonderfully accommodating personnel, the lovely room—everything was absolutely what I needed!

Seemore66, TripAdvisor Review, February 2020