The Balsam Mountain Inn is under new management. Marzena Wyszynska, with two decades of international experience in the hospitality industry, purchased the 50-room lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places in December, and she has since been restoring it. The Inn is located 3,500 feet above sea level, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was built in 1908 as a retreat for fishing and hunting, and it was largely serviced by railroad. Although it was restored again between 1989 and 1991, Wyszynska found much in the old wooden building in need of refurbishment. She refinished the floors, painted the walls, and upgraded the plumbing. Most of the rooms that only had a bathtub now have a shower, and the rooms have been provided with electric heat. None of the rooms have TV or landlines because Wyszynska says, “Televisions are not a relaxing environment.” People come to the Inn to take a step back in time and enjoy mountain scenery, good food, and outdoor recreation. The Inn is currently home to an in-house library, and Wyszynska hopes to add art galleries and workshops. Wyszynska also hired back the former chef, CJ Reum, who had been away at college. The new, fresh, in-season, “classical cuisine” menu will feature summer cookouts and an 828 Local Night with favorites like fried green tomatoes and grits.