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Lake Junaluska offers buy-one-night, get-one-night-free lodging special through holiday season


Lake Junaluska has introduced a lodging special for guests to spend a second night for free at the recently renovated historic Lambuth Inn during the winter holiday season, Sunday through Thursday.

“For locals looking for a place for out-of-town family and friends to stay during the holidays, the buy-one, get-one-free lodging special at Lambuth Inn is a great opportunity,” said Ken Howle, executive director of Lake Junaluska. “Guests can stay in recently updated rooms, see spectacular views of the mountains and Lake Junaluska, and spend time together in parlors that are even more elegant this time of year with all of the holiday decorations.”

Lights, wreaths, garlands, bows, angels, nativities, Santa figures and 20 Christmas trees ranging in size from 4- to 14-feet tall will adorn Lambuth Inn through Jan. 6. 

“Two favorite trees are always the blue tree and the cardinal tree,” said Suzanne Milner, who works at Lake Junaluska and coordinated Lambuth Inn’s decorations. Milner, Lake Junaluska staff members and more than 50 community volunteers worked together to decorate Lake Junaluska for Christmas.

Guests also enjoy Christmas Memories, a year-round store in the lobby of Lambuth Inn. Christmas Memories sells holiday and gift items, stones with Bible verses, puzzles and decorations including a new collectible ornament that depicts Lambuth Inn.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lambuth Inn opened in 1921 and is a Classic Revival building with white columns that stand three stories tall, porches, rocking chairs, parlors, meeting rooms and a dining room. A $3.2 million renovation completed earlier this year added modern comforts such as new bedding and walk-in showers, while preserving the inn’s historic charm.

Jenny Hustad, a retired kindergarten teacher from Bristol, Virginia, took advantage of the two-night special in the fall, along with her husband and two of their friends.

“Our days were spent exploring Waynesville and Maggie Valley, and our evenings were spent playing dominoes in the parlor,” said Hustad, who had previously attended United Methodist Women and United Methodist Church conferences at Lake Junaluska. “We had a very relaxing two days enjoying the scenery of the surroundings and watching the beautiful sunsets over the lake. We will be returning to Lambuth in the future.”

In addition to serving overnight guests, Lambuth Inn is open to day visitors interested in shopping at Christmas Memories or enjoying the Sunday buffet held each week in the inn’s dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance reservations for the buffet are requested.

Call 800-222-4930 to make reservations for the Sunday buffet or to book the buy-one, get-one-free two-night special available through the end of March by asking for the “join us” deal at Lambuth Inn. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. For more information about Lambuth Inn, visit

Lake Junaluska is a conference and retreat center and residential community that surrounds a 200-acre mountain lake in Western North Carolina. Lake Junaluska’s mission is to serve as a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information, visit


Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745