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Ralph Grissom

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Taxes and Fees Incl. Bring family, friends. Enjoy the best Blowing Rock livin

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains House Rental Photos and Description

Want the BEST? Our fabulous log house, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

My name is Ralph. If you seek a truly special vacation in a magnificent home, not a typical rental house, then you will find 'Bear Lodge' to be your place. If you value personal attention, you found it here! Please read our REVIEWS. We care what our guest experience while in our home and do our best to make your vacation the best ever.

A magnificent 4500+ square foot NON SMOKING, custom home built true LOG HOME built from 'massive logs from Western Canada' and features a lovely view of Grandfather Mountain. Nothing but the best throughout, including the latest Wi-Fi available to all renters. Bear Lodge was built in 2000 and is simply the best in a great location with a gorgeous western view of Grandfather Mountain and nearby areas. Only 4 miles from downtown Blowing Rock, 15 miles to Boone, less than one mile from the famous Westglow Spa, two miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a short 5 mile drive to wonderful Appalachian Ski Mountain, approximately thirty minutes to Sugar Mountain and another 15 minutes to Beech Mountain, and located in well-known Misty Mountain on Hwy 221 towards Grandfather Mountain and only 4 miles from downtown Blowing Rock.

The huge great room features a soaring 27' tall ceiling with 65' TV and wood burning fireplace.

The fully equipped large kitchen has commercial grade stainless steel appliances.

The large Master Bedroom is special and the Master Bath has a magnificent 84' x 69' Jacuzzi tub plus a walk in shower.

PLEASE NOTE: We have wonderful sleeping accommodations:

two bedrooms feature KING beds

one bedroom with a QUEEN bed

one bedroom with two TWIN beds

(each of these four bedroom has it's own private bath)

Additionally, the spacious vaulted loft has two TWIN beds that shares the loft bathroom with the other upper level twin beds room.

In cooler months, you will love the warm floors provided by in-floor radiant heat.

Outside, you will enjoy over 1200 square feet of deck space suitable for al fresco dining or a grand cocktail party, plus a wonderful view of Grandfather Mountain from the rear of the house, which includes a 72' wide full width deck on the main level and a smaller deck on the terrace level.

Children will love the upstairs loft plus the terrace level den as well as the extra large front and rear decks.

Keywords: Blowing Rock, large, Log House, log cabin,Grandfather Mtn view, fireplace, fire pit, pet friendly, sleeps 10, view

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ralph Grissom (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

About Ralph Grissom

We are Ralph and Sassie Grissom, live in the Wilmington, NC area, and sincerely thank you for visiting our home. We take great pride in helping you to thoroughly enjoying your visit to our home. We designed and built our home beginning in 1999. The house features extra large round logs from western Canada and is upscale throughout. Please read what others say and we hope you will come and experience your vacation in our majestic home. We think if you come visit once, you will return often and we will make ever effort to assure you of a grand vacation.

Ralph Grissom purchased this house in 2000

Why Ralph Grissom chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

Simply the best!!! Located on superb Misty Mountain only 4 easy miles from Main Street Blowing Rock just off of Hwy 221. Only 5 miles to Appalachian Ski Mountain.

What makes this house unique

In-floor radiant heat throughout our home, 4500 square feet of beautifully appointed space, 65' TV and wood burning fireplace in the Great Room. 72' wide rear deck facing Grandfather Mountain, Master Bedroom and Master Bath are spacious and has a 'huge' two-person Jacuzzi.

Our kitchen features all commercial grade appliances and a chef's dream. Our driveway connects the road above our home to the road below our home for easy access year round, especially during inclement weather.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your home in Blowing Rock even if the weather did not fully cooperate. Your home, Bear Lodge, was perfect for our group, giving us plenty of room to spread out and plenty of privacy as well. We did a lot of cooking and found the kitchen to be very spacious and accommodating. We had rented another place last year and it was not as spacious as yours so we were very grateful for the large great room where we could all spend time together.

Many thanks,

Dec 2015
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based on 22 traveler reviews

Taxes and Fees Incl. Bring family, friends. Enjoy the best Blowing Rock livin
average rating of 4.818182 based on 23 reviews

Huge Cabin In A Good Location

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacations we had in a long time. We love going to the mountains and travel few times a year to get out of the city life. This cabin is huge, it was very close to restaurants, blowing rock attraction and Boone, not too far from Grandfather mountain either. We were lucky to get right amount of snow at the right time, this made our trip worthwhile. Ralph was easy to deal with, very responsive. He has a couple that takes care of his property, they were nice and easy to deal with. All in all a great cabin and great people! Not too far from Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain etc. In good location, friendly neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joshua, we are enjoyed working with you to help you make a fabulous vacation for your family. We learned a long time ago that our wonderful home, Bear Lodge, must have two key people nearby to make things operate smoothly. We are blessed to have Wendy and Jeff close by. Between them and a few others if necessary, we can take care of just about anything other than what I reference as acts of God. Our intent is to respond to anything immediately. Come back to Bear Lodge soon. Best to you and your family, Ralph
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Beautiful Home, Beautiful Are

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a 5-day vacation at this lovely home. The home was very clean and comfortable. The spacious home boasts a large kitchen with everything for cooking which we like to have on vacation. We were able to see the Blowing Rock area, drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and take advantage of some hikes and walks. Highly recommend this home for a family or group trip.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much to David and Cary. I greatly appreciated your phone call after your stay at Bear Lodge and now appreciate these kind words. We look forward to having you return to our most special little world soon. Best to you both and to your family, Ralph
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Columbia, SC

Wonderful birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I plan to spend Thanksgiving in this wonderful home, but thought how nice it would be if we could get away for my birthday and at the same time have a chance to stay at Bear Lodge without the family and get familiar with everything. Ralph was kind enough to rent us the house for a long weekend and I couldn't have been more pleased with this house, the location, the great hiking trails and shopping all within a few miles. I love that the main living area is so spacious with the wonderful deck overlooking the mountains and the kitchen has everything I will need to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. The guests rooms are quiet and private and knowing that some of my family members are a little competitive, I'm certain the ping pong table will be put to use. The house will be perfect for our family gathering in November. Ralph left no attention to detail unattended when he designed this wonderful home. I am thankful for this opportunity.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laurie, you are so gracious and I thank you for this outstanding review. Bear Lodge itself makes many friends for us but I've learned the value of making a personal effort to become friends with our guests and customize their visit. We are thrilled to think of your family having fun in our home over Thanksgiving. It's a special time of year for each of us to count our blessings! Talk again prior to your visit, and as always, we thank you for selecting Bear Lodge.
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Raleigh, nc

Bear Lodge just gets better every time!!

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay and we would never stay anywhere else. Ralph is great and more than accommodating for all request.

We love the three levels with the living space and Master suite on the middle floor. We put the kids upstairs, adults downstairs, and all is good with the world.

What a deck here. We love to sit outside, enjoy the mountain air and those great views and sunsets. My wife loves the front patio for our morning coffee, plus we often sit there in the afternoon and enjoy the shade, then go to the rear deck for the sunset.

Can't forget that kitchen. Amazing.

I'm out of praise. Oh, we get to have our dog also. That's great, and the house is always super clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a delight having you and your family return to Bear Lodge. We are blessed to have many new friends like you who return over and over. So glad you had a great stay again.
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Emily and Family

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! What a fantastic property in so many ways. To start, the house was gorgeous and well furnished. It was clean and the there was even a personal note from the cleaning lady in case we needed anything. The location is superb. Only a few min from all the shopping and restaurants in Blowing Rock. We were there with kids, ages 8 and 6. We enjoyed Grandfather Mountain, hiking some trails along the Parkway (nearby), trout fishing, and horseback riding along the Watauga River. After fun filled days we were content to sit outside with a glass of wine and talk about the upcoming day. Ralph was very easy to deal with and accommodating. Thanks for the memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emily, we are so happy that your family had such a great week. It's been a true pleasure to work with you, help you plan ahead so you would be ready for pure fun and relaxation, and now read your kind words. We work hard to keep our home as clean and functional as humanly possible. If there happens to be an issue, our professional assistants will be there to make things right. Thanks again, and our best to each of you. Come stay with us again! Best always, Ralph
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Morehead City North Carolina

"Disney-;like" Beauty

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented this extraordinary home for the Columbus Day Holiday. We needed a home in the Blowing Rock area to accommodate my parents, my two sisters and their families, and my own so that we could meet in the middle (they live in WV and we in NC). As you know, anyone finding the rental for the larger group feels pressure to please everyone. Upon our arrival, all parties were thrilled with the home. Whew! The location is ideal, close to downtown Blowing Rock and the parkway within the haven of a lovely neighborhood called Misty Mountain with a view of Mountains galore. My Husband remarked that the construction reminded him of the lodge in Disney...definitely not a "kit house." You can tell that Ralph, the owner, set out to make it magnificent and did he succeed! Ample room for the four families and kids, large open kitchen, incredible great room, expansive porch, and very comfortable beds! Did I mention how clean it was as well. On top of that, I felt like we had a personal connection with Ralph as he ensured we were pleased. I would recommend this without hesitation to any of my friends and family. Thanks to Ralph and Sassie for sharing their home with Renters like us. We had a wonderful time with lots of laughter and togetherness in this beauty of a home!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa, you are so kind and it's been a joy getting to know you if only via email and one brief phone call. As I designed and built our home, I did spend an enormous amount of time making it as good as I could. Reading your words and those of others, I think I came pretty close to my goal but the real thing, so I we'll know, is that it's essential for me to be available if you need help. Sassie and I hope to meet you nice folks when we are down your way, and again, thanks for selecting Bear Lodge. Our best to you, Ralph and Sassie
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Rates & Availability

Blowing Rock House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 19 2016 - Dec 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas and NY Eve
Dec 10 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
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High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • tennis

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