The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina parallel the Appalachian Mountains to the west and end near the state’s border with South Carolina. Cabins, available throughout the area, are generally upscale vacation homes with large rooms and high-end amenities. Expect seasonal variations in rates and minimum-stay requirements over weekends and holidays during the summer.
A Bear’s Den Blowing Rock Cabin
This cabin, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, has three bedrooms and two baths, and sleeps up to six. The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is ½ mile away and the cabin is within a short drive of local attractions like Blowing Rock, a boulder atop a cliff where the wind blows upwards. Amenities include a fireplace, rocking chair porch and full kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. The owners offer nightly, weekly and monthly rates. During the busy season, minimum stays may apply. Kids and well-trained pets are welcome.
A Parkway’s Edge
Located in Deep Gap near the Blue Ridge Parkway, this cabin has two king master suites and a sleeping loft. The cabin is set on three acres with hiking paths and a fire pit. A rocking chair porch, outfitted with a hammock and porch swing, provides mountain views. The kid-friendly cabin has a train table, dollhouse, air hockey and a convertible pool table. The cabin is available for nightly or weekly rentals, with some minimum stays required. Pets are not allowed.
Abby’s Place is on two and a half acres in Valle Crucis, a small mountainous area north of Boone. This large three-level cabin has five bedrooms and three baths, wraparound porches with seasonal views and two finished game rooms for kids and adults. Each bedroom has cable television, and the fully equipped table-space kitchen has new appliances. A logging trail meanders through the property and a hot tub has room for six. Abbey’s Place, available nightly and weekly, offers discounts for extended stays. The owners will consider allowing one mature dog.
The Mast Farm Inn Historic Lodging & Gourmet Dining
The Mast Farm, established in the late 1700s, is the site of the oldest inhabitable cabin in Watauga County, North Carolina. That cabin was turned into a loom house for one of the owners, whose weaving is on display at the Smithsonian. The farm, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is an important collection of historic farm buildings. Eight buildings on the farm are now renovated guest cabins and cottages, including the original loom cabin. All have upscale amenities and country breakfast is included. Pets are not allowed.
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