My husband and I decided we wanted to go back to the mountains for vacation this year. After looking at many cabins in the area we wanted , I feel very fortunate to have found the Black Bear Lodge. We wanted a secluded mountain cabin with beautiful mountain views, near the Blue Ridge Parkway and with no pets allowed - not that I don't like pets but I do not like getting a hotel or cabin that has pet hair all over furniture. My husband teased me and said I would never find a cabin that met ALL of our needs. Black Bear Lodge met all our needs and wants and more. Because the cabin was located near all the sites we wanted to see, we were able to see and do so much and still had a lot of down time and actually had to relax and enjoy time at the cabin. We loved being secluded and surrounded by nature and we loved the yard and the beautiful deck and we walked around the yard at night looking at all the lightening bugs and yes, I even caught a few. We have stayed at other mountain cabins and the only outside space was the driveway and small deck. The Blue Ridge Parkway is right down the road and while on vacation we did a few short hikes off the Parkway. Our favorites were Waterrock Knob, Devils Courthouse, and Mt. Pisgah. We also drove to Clingmans Dome and hiked a few miles of the Appalachian trail, visited Mingus Mill, and Oconaluftee visitor center and farm museum, picnicked at Oconaluftee river and fed the geese and ducks there and of course visited Cherokee. The highlight of our trip was seeing all the wild turkeys, elk and even a black bear on Balsam Mountain road right off the parkway! We so enjoyed this vacation and we really hated to leave . The cabin is top notch and decorated so beautifully and the owners went out of their way to make sure we had everything to make our vacation memorable. From the first time talking to Ana when I called to book the cabin, Ana made me feel like I was a friend of the family. We can't wait to go back to beautiful Maggie Valley and Black Bear Lodge. Thank you so much Ana and Lee for a vacation filled with wonderful memories that we won't soon forget!