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A Blowing Rock Property

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Blowing Rock House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 12 (including 2 roll-away beds)

Ski to Sea is a beautiful family home at an elevation of 4,500 feet on Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock. The main level consists of a comfortable living room with cable TV and DVD, stone fireplace with gas logs and new leather recliner sectional sofa and 2 new leather recliners with ottomans (July 2016). The dining area has large windows to view the mountains, It has a large table with seating for 6, a small table with seating for 2--3, and a bar with 4 stools. The kitchen is fully-equipped with dishwasher, microwave, coffee-maker, toaster, 2 crock pots, toaster oven, disposal, side-by-side refrigerator with icemaker, glass-top range, disposal, new cookware, 2 sets of china and flatware. The master suite has a queen bed, cable TV, private bath with large glass-enclosed shower, and doors to the large wrap-around deck with the beautiful, covered hot tub overlooking the surrounding mountains and ski slope below. There is a roll-away bed stowed in the closet of this bedroom. The main level also has a smaller 2nd bedroom with king bed, cable TV (Smart TV), and full bathroom (shower/tub). There is a 2nd roll-away bed stowed in this closet also. Upstairs is the largest bedroom with picture windows to view the mountains and overlooking the play area in the yard. It has a king bed, cable TV, rocking chair, and Pack and Play. There is a second bedroom upstairs with 2 double beds which also has a TV (Smart TV.) There is a full bathroom with walk-in shower upstairs. The yard is large and relatively flat with a playground for kids and benches to sit and gaze at the views. We have a fire pit near the play area for roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. There is paved parking that will accommodate up to 5--6 vehicles. Conveniently located between Boone and Blowing Rock and close to the High Country attractions… it is a perfect mountain vacation home----ready for you to enjoy resting, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Karen Priest Ritter
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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About Karen Priest Ritter

While vacationing in Blowing Rock, my parents fell in love with the area and decided to begin looking for a home there! They found this home, but it needed a good bit of work. The mountain view was so wonderful though, that they decided to purchase the home and begin renovations. They added an extra bedroom and full bath, put on the deck, bought a hot tub and added gas logs. They started on their landscaping projects soon thereafter and have continually added things to make the home more comfortable, while maintain its home-like feel. It was a second home for them and they decided to share it with guests who also enjoy a clean, comfortable home where they can relax and feel at home themselves! Many families come each year, making memories and spending time with their own families as they continue the tradition.

Since that time, my father has passed away and my mother is in her 80s and living in a senior community. My brother and I take care of their home and enjoy working with the families who have come for many years, as well as meeting the new guests who are visiting for the first time.

Karen Priest Ritter

Karen Priest Ritter purchased this house in 1994


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

A Blowing Rock Property
average rating of 4.675676 based on 37 reviews

Nice place

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at your place, however were disappointed that the gas fireplace wasn't working and it was very cold the weekend we were there. In addition, we had to call to have water and chemicals added to the hot tub before we could use it. I specifically asked prior to renting if the hot tub was working, and was told yes. Otherwise, a good place to stay. Thank you

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and in a great location to enjoy sitting on the deck to watch the sun rise. The playground was a great attraction for our grandchild and the ability to build a small camp fire was perfect for introducing him to roasted marshmallows, which turned out to be his favorite part of the weekend. The house is close enough to Boone for shopping, yet nestled among the trees. Thanks for providing a good place for a family get-together. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect for visits to Blowing Rock and Boone. My elderly parents enjoyed the main living area on one level and the dog loved the back yard! We look forward to another visit!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your first trip visiting in our home! It is nice to have a master bedroom on the first floor for those with limited mobility or difficulty managing the stairs. Glad the dog enjoyed the large back yard, too! Vacations are so much more enjoyable when you can bring your pet along. Thank you for your nice review. We hope you will be able to return soon. Karen Priest Ritter
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Beautiful views at a very nice price

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a prime location with gorgeous views of the mountains without breaking the bank then this is the house for you. It's fully equipped with everything you need in the kitchen for cooking and entertainment for everyone with wifi, flat screen televisions, and cable. The deck is large and has seating for at least 10 people. We utilized the propane grill for a cookout and although the tank ran out partway through cooking there was a full spare tank ready to swap so we were back up and running in 2 minutes. The hot tub looked inviting but we didn't get around to trying it. Be forewarned that the house is a bit outdated and could use some updates if you care about that sort of thing (but I'm sure the price would also increase if renovations happened). The living furniture is new and comfortable however. The electronic door locks were very handy for large party of 10 since we didn't need to worry about passing keys back and forth all the time if we weren't going to be together. Overall we were very satisfied with the experience and the owner Karen was courteous and prompt with all communication.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to our home! We love the location and the quiet, while still being close to Boone and Blowing Rock. We like being able to share our home with families who have children, or want to bring their pets, so it really is a very comfortable, lived-in kind of home. You are correct....we do try to keep the costs as low as possible for our guests, but some changes and updates are good too! We appreciate hearing from our guests and like their recommendations for things they would like to see added to the house to make it more comfortable for their next visits. If you have ideas on things that we might want to consider, just let me know. Thank you for your nice review! We look forward to having you visit again, and hopefully you will have time to enjoy the hot tub next time. Karen Priest Ritter
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Great house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family with 4 adults & 3 kids enjoyed a great weekend at this house. Extremely close to Tweetsie, Boone, Blowing Rock. Easy access. Great yard for kids to play in. Wonderfully stocked kitchen. Everything was as described & Karen was extremely prompt & helpful leading up to the weekend. The only suggestion would be add mattress toppers to the upstairs beds.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that your family had a good visit! We hope you will be able to return in the future. Our goal is for you to feel right at home and have a comfortable, relaxing vacation. Thanks for the suggestion of the mattress toppers! We try to make improvements each year and add things that our guests would like to have in our home. I will contact you directly to get your specific recommendations for this. Karen Priest Ritter
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We would recommend this place!

  • 5 of 5

We would defiantly go back. It was perfect for our family! Beautiful on top of the mountain! Loved the hot tub too :)

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to our home! We love being at the top of the mountain too--it is so quiet and peaceful. Hope you will be able to return again soon! Karen Priest Ritter
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Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Near US 421 & US 321
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Applachian Ski Mountain
Car: necessary

Overlooking Appalachian Ski Mountain, 3 minutes from the slopes. Slopes are in view of deck and spa. House is near Tweetsie Railroad attraction. You are only minutes from Boone or Blowing Rock NC. There is outlet shopping at Shops on the Parkway which is 5 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Blowing Rock House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
MLK weekend
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning and linens fee $110 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.75%

Check in 3 p.m. Check out 10 a.m.
Pet fee is $50 for less than 1 week/ $100 for weekly rental
We have a rental agreement I will send directly to you via email if you choose to visit our home.
Payment Options:
1. You may pay by credit card. This option is the most convenient, but does include a service charge from Home Away and a credit card transaction fee.
2. You may pay by personal checks. There is no additional fees for use of personal checks. If you choose to work with personal checks, do not enter your credit card information when booking the house. If this information is provided, the system will proceed with credit card charges automatically when you book the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Blowing Rock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs, TV, rocking chair, Pack and Play
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Downstairs, 24 inch Smart TV
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Upstairs, 32 inch Smart TV
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstairs, TV, lg bath w/ shower, door to deck & hot tub
  • electric blankets on beds during winter season All bedrooms have ceiling fans
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
2016: new leather sectional sofa with recliners; new leather reclining chairs with ottomans; updated décor; new comforter sets for king beds; 1000-thread count linens, 2 Smart TVs 2015: new dishwasher, stove, clothes dryer, new comforter sets for queen bed 2014: new comforter sets for double beds

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