Food for the body. Nourishment for the soul.

Some say the mountain air alone is enough to give you an appetite. Others would tell you that a brisk hike to Todd's Folly, an afternoon horseback ride to the top of Hemphill Bald, or a day of exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will make you even more ready to revel in the bounty of dinner at the Ranch.

On a typical night’s menu, your choices could include broiled salmon or southern pork chops. On another night, you could find yourself enjoying an old-fashioned cookout, with steaks, trout, chicken or ribs sizzling cheerfully on the outdoor grill while the soft blue peaks of the Great Smokies serve up the ultimate feast for the eyes. The evening’s entrees may vary, but they’re always plentiful. And always accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables, hot dinner rolls, homemade jellies and desserts.

Lunch is also served every day. A hamburger and hot-dog cookout maybe. Or from a menu that includes fresh garden salads, homemade soups and deli-style sandwiches.

If you’re an overnight guest, both breakfast and dinner are included in your lodging rates. Or if you’re a B&B guest, breakfast is included. If you aren’t lodging with us, you’re invited to join us any time, as long as space is available for that meal. After all, as most of our guests would tell you, Cataloochee cooking is an experience that was definitely meant to be shared.

What’s cooking at the Ranch

It’s not just about the food.
(But mainly, of course, it’s about the food.)

The real cooking: family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with barbecues or cookouts on the remaining days.
On most nights, an after-dinner treat: live entertainment, from authentic mountain music to storytellers and magicians.

Dinner is served.
Breakfast and lunch, too.

Call (828) 926-1401 for reservations.

Hearty family-style
8:00 - 9:30am
Every day
Included for
overnight guests
$10.95 per person
(non-overnight guests)
12:00am - 1:30pm
Every day
Not included for
overnight guests
$8 - $13.95 menu
Social hour 6:00pm
Dinner 7:00pm nightly
Varies from indoor family-style dining to outdoor cookouts
Included for
overnight guests
$29.95 per person
plus tax and gratuity
(non-overnight guests)
Beer and wine available for purchase.

Cataloochee Cooking in your own kitchen

It’s not just a cookbook. It’s an adventure. This special collection of favorite Cataloochee recipes, compiled by family member Judy Alexander Coker, also features the history and stories of the Ranch from its beginnings to the present day. Buy your copy of the newest edition now, or try it out first by downloading a few of our more popular recipes.

Recipes included: “Zebra Cake” and “Miss Judy’s Onion Casserole.”

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