For nearly 20 years, Robert Rankin has owned Snowbird Mountain Lodge in Robbinsville, NC. Sitting atop 100 acres and nearly 3,000 feet high, this resort provides guests with a one-of-a-kind experience on a secluded mountaintop. During their stay, visitors can look at the waters of Lake Santeetlah or the gorgeous vistas of the Cherohala Skyway. During the day, Rankin brings in a massage therapist or a yoga teacher to host sessions in one of the lodge buildings. Alternatively, people can appreciate North Carolina’s natural features by hiking on trails. Robert Rankin places a significant emphasis on food and wine, with gourmet picnic lunches and four-course dinners. With a history going back to 1941, Snowbird Mountain Lodge first attracted Robert Rankin when he was 18. He was backpacking through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest when he entered this Robbinsville, NC, retreat. Its Old South elegance reminded him of his youth in Alabama. He found its most remarkable feature to be the scenery, a view of the 17 peaks comprising the Snowbird Mountains. A couple of decades later, Robert Rankin was interested in changing his career after spending several years as a financial officer. Interested in owning an inn, he visited nearly 50 locations across the East Coast over 15 months, but none appealed. About to give up, he discovered that Snowbird Mountain Lodge was up for sale. Within six months, Rankin officially became its owner. To learn more about the location or to book a room, log onto snowbirdlodge.com.