Submitted: January 13, 2012
Stayed: October 2011
Mountain Wind was exactly what my family needed for a summer retreat. After a brief withdrawal from cell phones, cable television, and internet, we fell into the rhythm of hiking, dinners together, playing games (remember monopoly), reading, talking, and wonderful, peaceful sleep. The property is serene and isolated, yet only five miles from the town of Hot Springs and adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest. It is tastefully decorated, clean, spacious and comfortable with a great kitchen and wrap-around porch complete with gas grill, table and chairs for outdoor dining.
There are not many places in the WORLD (none in Europe), that an entire 20 minutes passes, during the day, without the sound of the modern world. There are definitely 20-minute stretches of such silence at Mountain Wind; well, not silence but the music that planes, trains, and automobiles often drown out: the chirping of crickets, the songs of frogs and birds, the rustling of wind in the leaves, and the distant sound of falling water emanating from Spring Creek. Sitting on the scenic porch in the evening, in addition to hearing these songs of nature, we saw 1000’s of fireflies made even more visible by the welcome absence of artificial light.
Mountain Wind is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There are several trails directly on the property and several hiking trails within a short driving distance. Spring Creek, a short walk through the property on a rugged trail near the house, is breath taking. This was our favorite spot and we made several trips there during our stay. The creek is pristine and we had fun skimming stones, climbing on rocks, wading, swimming, and hiking up and down the river bank. On the way to the creek, you can’t miss a historical building, a tobacco barn, that is quite impressive and a huge part of North Carolina’s history. Everywhere you look throughout the entire area, there is an abundance of beautiful ground moss, plants, flowers, trees, wild berries, and wildlife.
Any direction you travel, by foot or by car or motorcycle, there are picturesque views: creeks, waterfalls and scenic driving tours. Max Patch and Lover’s Leap were two of our favorite hikes and both just a short drive from Mountain Wind. The Rocky Bluff Campground and entrance to the Pisgah National Forest is only about two miles away and has a nice hiking trail as well.
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