One more note about the Skyway
If you hit the skyway before 9:00 am or so, you miss most of the bikers. Then again in the evening after 5:00pm, there are plenty of idiots out there, I drive a big old wagoneer for just that reason.
Hotels in Robbinsville; SanRan, Phillips and Microtel. There are other places around Santeetlah lake and the Snowbird Mtn lodge about 10 minutes from the creek is really nice, fine food, plush rustic surroundings etc if that suits you. There are others, just type in Western NC, Robbinsville lodging and see what you find. I can't get back until after Christmas (unless maybe for a day trip). I hope someone (or two) get there and give it a shot.