Winter Star Retreat is a rustic cabin located high in the Black Mountain Range of western North Carolina. The cabin offers a unique, relaxing experience for our guests.
Winter Star Retreat is located on Winter Star Creek in the Cattail Creek Community of Yancey County. We are less than an hour from Asheville NC and about 20 minutes from Burnsville, the county seat of Yancey County. The cabin is at 4200 foot elevation on the west side of the Black Mountain Range, the tallest mountain range east of the Mississippi. It is nestled beside a fast flowing creek that splashes over boulders and through rock pools surrounded by rhododendrons. The cabin is set in a lovely hardwood forest just outside the Pisgah National Forest. The setting is very private and quiet. The only noises you’ll hear are the birds and the creek- which will lull you to sleep each evening!
The cabin has three lovely bedrooms. Two have queen-sized beds and the third has a pair of twin beds. Maximum of six guests please. Two full baths are provided. One, with shower, is en-suite with one of the bedrooms.
Excellent hiking and mountain biking trails begin at the cabin’s doorstep. The trails follow the old logging railroad right-of-way which was used in the early 1900’s. A popular half day hike takes you to the 100 year old Isom Mica Mine. This can be extended to a full day loop hike that ascends to 5600 feet. Both hikes provide spectacular views of the Black Mountains and upper Cane River valley. Other trails connect to the Black Mountain Crest Trail on the top of the range and to Mount Mitchell, at 6684 feet the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
Fly fishing (with NC permit) is just minutes from the cabin as are kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the Nolichucky River (in season).
But best of all, just relax on the spacious deck next to the creek in the hot tub and enjoy the peace and solitude!
NOTE: Winter Star Retreat is an older rustic cabin. The ceilings in some of the rooms are only 6 feet 5 inches high- so if you are over 6 foot 4 this may not be the place for you! Maximum number of guests is six.
The cabin is located on a rough gravel road. The road is not suitable for low ground clearance vehicles such as sports cars. Normal sedans, large and small SUV's, etc. normally will not have any problems negotiating the road. Contact us if you have any concerns.
At our remote location we do not have Internet or TV reception. However, we do have limited satellite TV. A video monitor and DVD/VCR player are provided so bring your favorite movies! Local phone service is provided. Long distance calls may be made with your telephone credit card. Enjoy the opportunity to really unwind without distractions!
Children must be at least 10 years of age.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS:
Winter Star Retreat is closed for the winter but it's not too soon to plan your Spring or Summer getaway! We will open again in late April 2014. Check our calendar for available dates.
Explore the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway for breathtaking views!
Visit Mt. Mitchell State Park to enjoy the 360-degree view that can extend to the Smoky Mountains. Take a short hike and enjoy lunch at the Park's Restaurant (restaurant open May through October).
Visit the famous Biltmore House and Estate, a bit more than an hour away.
My husband and I retired to the western North Carolina mountains in 2005. We enjoy outdoor activities, particularly hiking in the woods and mountains. We both volunteer for the Carolina Mountain Club as trail maintainers, working on the Appalachian Trail, the Mountains to Sea Trail, and many others.
While hiking in the Black Mountains near our home we discovered the cabin which we now call Winter Star Retreat. We were so taken with the cabin and its natural setting on the creek that we immediately contacted the owners and purchased the property. We spent 18 months renovating the cabin and we now want to share it with you!
Winter Star Retreat is very private with no immediate neighbors. The creek is an endless source of wonder with water cascading over rapids and small waterfalls amid rhododendrons. The surrounding hardwood forest is gorgeous with wildflowers in spring and summer. Incredible views of the Black Mountain Range are a short hike away. But most of all we love the quiet and beauty while we enjoy sitting on the deck overlooking the creek!
Hike the highest trail east of the Mississippi on the Black Mountain Range!
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My Standard Rate
|Refundable damage deposit||$100.00|
|Three night minimum stay. Rates subject to change. Higher rates may apply during holiday periods. Pets permitted with owner approval. No additional fees for pets. No cleaning fees. Children must be at least 10 years of age.
Check-in is 3 to 6 PM.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.