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Karen Priest Ritter

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

A Blowing Rock Property

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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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 (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

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


based on 33 traveler reviews

A Blowing Rock Property
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 33 reviews

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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Old Hickory, Tennessee

Wonderful home for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this lovely home for the last two Labor Day weekends and just love it! It is well suited to a multi-family vacation with a large comfortable living room, nice dining table, four seat counter and table for two, plus picnic table on deck. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, big yard with swing set for the kiddos. Beautifully maintained and decorated older home with a beautiful view. We plan to stay there again in the future :)

Conveniently located between Boone and Blowing Rock with good restaurants, grocery stores, etc. in both.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that your family had a good weekend together visiting in our home! Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to your next visit!
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Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 9 - 7 adults and 2 children. We were in town for a family mountain vacation to Tweetsie, Grandfather Mountain, and Linville Caverns. The house was perfect for all of us. The rooms were spacious and offered a great amount of privacy. We loved that there was a washer and dryer available for us to use, as well. After visiting Tweetsie, the two young boys had a "shoot out" on the back porch while listening to the sound of the Tweetise train. The adults enjoyed grilling, the mountain view, and just spending time relaxing on the back porch. Some of us were also able to take a quick walk around the neighborhood! We contemplated spending our vacation in a motel room but we all agreed this was a much better choice! We were able to spend time together as a family, the children were able to play together, and we all enjoyed making great memories! Loved this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that your family enjoyed this time together! We enjoy sharing our home with other families and giving them this time to spend together, making special memories for the future. We hope you will be able to return and visit with us again. Karen Priest Ritter
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Perfect location for visiting Tweetsie

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 10 -- 2 grandparents, 3 parents and 5 grandchildren, ages 4, 5, 7, 7, and 9. We were in town for a 2-day visit to Tweetsie. The house layout was perfect for us as we had three family units. Our older son, wife & 3 kiddos took upstairs, our younger daughter-in-law and her two the master bedroom, and the old folks got the king bedroom downstairs. Each bedroom is spacious and the three bathrooms allowed additional privacy. There are also two rollaway beds. The two-bed room upstairs has enough space between the beds than the four boys could play with their Legos in there and on the landing. The common area is a bit cozy for having children's toys underfoot. The kids loved the playground and playing on the rocks in the backyard. The adults appreciated the deck and the gorgeous views. We didn't try the hot tub. We were close enough to hear the train whistle from Tweetsie although the drive down the mountain took about 10 minutes/4 miles. We brought our own food and prepared all our meals. The kitchen provided much more than we needed in the way of equipment and had many thoughtful items included. We used the DVD but not the TV. The WiFi signal was steady. It was a great opportunity for memory making.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun house !

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week at this home. It is very convenient to both Blowig Rock and Boone. The flat yard and hot tub were a big hit with our daughter. The owner was very attentive and helpful. We would definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to our home and we look forward to having you return! 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving week
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and linens fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + 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 12
  • 2 roll-out beds - 2 Roll out beds downstairs
    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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