by smmmarti guide
October 2, 2000
The misfortune paved the way for a new concept when in 1994, Drew, Tim and Karen decided to pursue their own dream of operating a B & B. They have obviously chosen the ideal outlet for their passions and talents. Here you will find a veritable cast of characters from, "Holiday Inn" with Marjorie, Fred and Bing wining and dining guests sending them off on favored outings, perhaps taking them for a sleigh ride (or llama trek) and afterward playing the piano and singing for them during dinner!
In the parlor guests are welcome to help themselves to a vast collection of paperback books, bestsellers, CDs and Videos (including, "Holiday Inn") available at no extra charge. This casual, breezy, trustworthy ambiance is the unique hallmark of Christopher Place, yet unlike the atmosphere in many other B & B‘s I‘ve visited, privacy is utterly respected; interaction is strictly on your terms.
Step into the kitchen through the back door and see what’s cooking. Breakfast is included in the room fee and will be prepared to order whatever time you choose. You are likely to have the dining nook to yourself, as only nine guestrooms, each limited to two guests, are available. After breakfast take a journey through the surrounding area wilderness, or relax beside the heated outdoor pool or play a rousing set of tennis on the private court. Later on, unwind on the upstairs veranda porch and watch as hawks soar and peregrine dive over the forested hills or peak in on the sunset with a chilly glass of bubbly (byo).
Although "Black Bear Cave" may be a more appropriate illusion for a hide-away suite in the Smokey Mountains, our home for a few days at Christopher Place was known officially as "The Lion’s Den." Intended originally as the estate’s master suite, the impressive room indulged us as kings of the forest with its massive mahogany bed, dual bathrooms and en suite double whirlpool tub. Other equally enchanting rooms have distinctive themes such as "Roman Holiday," or "Tournament of Roses."
Another unique aspect of Christopher Place that distinguishes it from a mere B& B, is the exceptional menu and cooking of chef Karen Valentine (a.k.a., Marjorie.) Every night hotel guests and others, after making a reservation at least 24 hrs in advance, are treated to a gourmet meal with ingredients gathered and prepared freshly that day. Take a look at this sample menu and you will understand why we dined outside the hotel only once during our trip. I continue to receive weekly updates on Christopher Place menus. It keeps me in touch with these charming hosts and nourishes a delightful memory.
From journal Romance Rekindled in Smokies