A time…

It all started with the gift of a book…a book created by my friend Neil Spencer and his incredible wife Sam.  It was a collection of my writings and photos taken over the years off of Facebook. Views from the INNside looking out. Living where I do, at the literal ends of the power lines in rural, remote western North Carolina certainly has its advantages, but the are disadvantages too. Creating a social and magical place where others can relax, reconnect, refresh and just “be” has become one of Snowbird Mountain Lodge’s hallmarks. Creating that space has been a lifelong quest for me and the team that surrounds me. Have we succeeded? Some days yes…others no, but we keep at it because we believe that in this connected world nothing is more important!

This blog is a space where I can reflect, pause and express ALL of my feelings…without fear…and can always tell the truth beyond what is expected and expected. I have chosen to live my own life here – one that isn’t always “constrained” by the feelings or thoughts of the general society. Where I can be exactly who I am. I invite YOU to share the experience with me, make comments, enjoy the ride (or not). You should know that I make TONS of mistakes..spelling, grammer, living and otherwise. I’ve loved, been loved, hurt and been hurt. Yet here we are – survivors all. I enjoy being alone and recharging my batteries, but like you, I don’t like being lonely….and yes, I get that way too…..

Living at the end of the power lines has rewards that go far beyond the small community of Robbinsville North Carolina and it’s here that I get to call home. A magical, wonderful, strange place in the southern Appalachians.  It’s here where these pages will be written, often sitting at my desk reflecting on the day, week or months that pass. Join me and let’s…

Celebrate the Great Adventure Ahead!

Robert Rankin

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Published by robertrankinsnowbirdmountainlodge

As Innkeeper & Steward of Snowbird Mountain Lodge, Robert Rankin lives at an elevation of 3,000 feet in scenic Robbinsville, North Carolina. Operating this historic retreat in the western part of the state, he strives to ensure that guests feel at home and are well acclimated to their surroundings. Intimately familiar with the area, Mr. Rankin has owned the 100-acre resort for the past 21 years and guides visitors personally to aptly named landmarks such as Sunset Deck and Sunrise Point. Snowbird Mountain Lodge offers guests a diversity of comfortable lodging options in cottages and houses. At the center of the Robbinsville, North Carolina, property is the chestnut-hewn Main Lodge, which offers dramatic views over valleys below and crystalline Lake Santeetlah. Guests are encouraged to make use of a full “outdoor fleet” of kayaks, canoes, mountain bikes, paddleboards, and fly rods. Guided season-specific adventures await, including wildflower walks and birding and fly-fishing excursions. Lucky beyond belief this is the celebration of a life well lived! Robert is an Adventurer, Innkeeper, Captain & Pirate, Hooligan and a Dreamer!

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