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The new Summit House and adjacent Mine Tavern are bold and ambitious entrées, and both are models of subtly and understatement. Like the chef leading the culinary team, extraordinary architecture is a team effort. For the clubhouse facilities at Doubletop this inspiring team includes Atlanta’s Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects, with principal Mark Diedrich, AIA, as lead. Interiors are by Alchemy Design, with landscapes by Vision Design, both from Asheville.
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Dining is an all-day affair at the clubhouse — where members and guests comfortably meander from the Mine Tavern to the Summit House, and back again. But the Summit House is surely the main attraction. It’s an active and engaging space, with a grand main dining room anchored by a sleek two-story fireplace, a long cantilevered terrace that spills outside with views that rival the menu, as well as a private dining room and wine cellar.
As with everything that is Balsam, seeing is believing. And as always, God is in the details, which are nuanced, minimalistic, and executed to perfection. The careful eye and delicate touch are rewarded with flawless materials transitions, bold yet delicate design, and everywhere, a confident, light touch. All this creates a clean and warmly inviting setting that lets the cuisine take center stage.
Throughout the clubhouse campus are distinctive furnishings handcrafted by friends of Balsam Mountain, and from materials found on-site. One of the true treasures is an 18-foot, hand crafted dining table adjacent to the glass-walled wine cellar — cut from an old growth red oak tree. This piece, like so many others, has a story.
A long two-sided bar, half inside, half outside, is a bar you should take seriously. But at the Mine Tavern, the only serious attention is paid to handcrafted cocktails, a long pull on a local brew or deciding what to put in that chilled glass. To fuel the day’s activities or refresh afterward, a hearty and healthy menu always seems to satisfy.
Forgot an essential? Famished and in need of a grab-and-go nibble? An ice cream treat? Market serves up all the essentials and sinful little luxuries one could want. Close. Convenient. Easy.