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Callie Wellendorf

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'

49 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house

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Two Suites-- TreeTop: 2 BR,bath,family room, RiverRock: 2 BR,bath,family room

Recently featured on "Wheel of Fortune". Check out what made Pat and Vanna swoon!! RiverDance has two suites of rooms that we rent out. Each suite has multiple bedrooms and the charge per suite is based on the number of bedrooms used. Please call for pricing details.

Experience RiverDance with amazing views, natural beauty at its best, and all the comforts of home! Relax in front of the cozy fireplaces in the warmth of the timber frame great room or out on the Carolina porch. Retire in your private quarters, and enjoy breakfast baskets of local Madison County delicacies, Callie and Dave Wellendorf look forward to being your hosts at RiverDance! Here you don't rent the whole house, since we live there full time. You only rent the number of bedrooms you need. Our lower level is handicapped accessible.

See more pictures, details and availability by clicking on the link below. We do not use the HomeAway calendar for this property.

RiverDance Is Much More: Bask in the hot tubs or get a massage in nearby Hot Springs. Raft down the French Broad River. Fish in the rich trout streams. Western North Carolinas is known for its arts and crafts community, visit local craftsmen at work, hike our wandering trails, the Appalachian Trail is 2 miles away and the Laurel River trail is even closer.Wander small towns of Hot Springs, Mars Hill and Marshall or immerse yourself in Asheville (the “Paris of the South”). Take a drive along the 'Blue Ridge Parkway'. Experience the majesty of Madison County, the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”. Or just the perfect place to just 'set a spell' and relax !!

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  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Callie Wellendorf (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Callie Wellendorf

Our journey to the breathtaking mountains of the Carolina's began over a decade ago, and it is a dream come true. It was time to get away from the cold and fast pace of the Mid-West and create our year round Timber Frame home. We live in RiverDance full-time and are looking forward to having you as our guest. The idea from the start was to share RiverDance with others who want to venture out and explore all that Western North Carolina has to offer.

Callie Wellendorf purchased this house in 2006

Why Callie Wellendorf chose Asheville Area

Rated the #1 bed and breakfast in the Hot Springs area for multiple years. A setting clearly reflected on our website draws guests to our listing. Significant outdoor living space within a setting that speaks of relaxation coupled with opportunities to take advantage of all the outdoor options within close proximity to RiverDance. Privacy and spacious accommodation's. Hot tub overlooking the gorge on its own attractive deck space. Not only your own suite level, but a whole middle layer of the house for you to enjoy. Continental breakfast each morning. Inviting hospitality. An experience you will not want to miss.

What makes this house unique

Relaxing environment, views that inspire, inviting and private personal living space on your own suite level, outdoor adventure, close distance to the hot springs, area rich in artistic talent, blend of the best parts of a B&B and vacation rental. This is our full time home making hospitality a key part of your stay.


based on 49 traveler reviews

Rest, and Relax in the heart of the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge.'
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews
Midland, MI

Mountain Vacation with At-Home Feel

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a vacation rental from which my son and I could explore the Smoky Mountains. Because he's autistic, it was important to find a home where he would be comfortable. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, he was sprawled on the couch like he'd lived there his whole life.

If you seek a party pad with a lot of nightlife, this ain't it.

But if you seek a peaceful mountain home from which to base your adventures and feel as if you're part owner, you owe it to yourself and your companions to investigate RiverDance.

Mountain views from nearly every window, a cliff-top view of the river far below, privacy when you want it and a family atmosphere when you don't. Funny thing about the river - while RiverDance is perched 300ft. above, the canyon's shape carries the sound of rippling water through your window.

Weather was too chilly for us to enjoy the deck and Carolina Porch (early April), but both are extremely inviting and I'm sure much time could be spent there from late spring into late fall.

While Bear River Lodge is considered a residential development, on the 1/2-mile-long drive up the mountain you only pass a few other homes.

I heartily recommend this vacation rental to:

1. Those who wish to explore backcountry adventures like hiking, paddling, fishing, bicycling, sight-seeing, etc. We hiked on the Appalachian Trail, visited Smoky Mtns. National Park, climbed Mt. Mitchell, NC (highest peak east of the Mississippi) and Clingman's Dome (2nd highest peak).

2. Couples/Families who wish to divide and conquer - one element into the woods/streams/mountains to play, while the other hunts for antiques or enjoys the cultural diversity of Asheville, just 30 minutes away.

3. Those who take a vacation for relaxation. A lot of books could be read on/near the porch/deck/fireplace, etc.

RiverDance is not a vacation rental slapped together as an investment opportunity. This is a beautiful, well-designed home built for the long haul by a wonderful couple who enjoy sharing their home with those who cherish mountain life as much as they do.

We will return and I've already recommended a stay at RiverDance to several close friends and family members.

BTW - I've rented vacation homes in three other locales throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hand's down, RiverDance was the most enjoyable and most memorable.

Happy Trails!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thoroughly enjoyed having Dennis and Tucker stay with us. RiverDance is very adaptable, whether you want one, two or three bedrooms. Whether you would like us to act as your on-site concierge to help connect you with all the activities our little piece of the mountains provides. We are handicapped accessible and offer either a completely private vacation experience or, if you desire, interractions with other guests, the owners and the house puppy.
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One of our highlights during vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two nights at RiverDance during early July. Already when we arrived to the house I got a good gut feeling about the place and the hosts, the fact that we were greeted already by the door by their sweet little dog didn´t make things worse either.

We had initially a minor issue concerning our booking but that was quickly forgotten mainly by the way everyone acted regarding this. Once that was out of the way and handled, the stay was just amazing.

I would, without a doubt, recommend this place to everyone I know. My only regret is that we didn´t book more nights at this place.

During our stay there I started my mornings out on the veranda doing my morning meditation and yoga overlooking the mountains and the smoke rising from the valley and up, seeing the sun coming over the top. This was such a lovely start of the day and remains to be one of the highlights of my vacation.

After getting back home, we even received a "Thank you for your stay with us-card" which just added on to the nice feeling we had of the place and the hosts!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We didn't want to leave!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent a quick overnight trip at River Dance Bed and breakfast. We stayed in the ground floor suite and it was beautiful, private and so cozy. We had a separate entrance into our suite that included a bedroom with a very comfortable Queen sized bed, a spacious bathroom with radiant floor heating and a large sitting room with a kitchenette and cozy furniture. A basket of snacks to enjoy while watching TV was a nice touch and guests have access to a refrigerator full of cold drinks. The views are magnificent, the home is immaculate and looks brand new. The owners Callie, Dave, and Marley their dog, could not be nicer. They served us a delicious breakfast with plenty of coffee, offered advice for outings and made us feel as if we were visiting friends rather than staying at a hotel. We had plenty of privacy and yet wonderful hospitality when sought. We enjoyed hiking to Max Patch on the Appalachian Trail where we had a panoramic view of the gorgeous mountains. Our only complaint is that we could only stay for one night. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy place to stay with friends or family!

  • 5 of 5

My friend Natalie and I came to stay at RiverDance for a couple of days and really enjoyed the service and the view. The hosts greeted us warmly and provided us with recommendations on places to visit while in Asheville. We had the top suite upstairs, and loved how we were able to have our own privacy. The suite was spacious and the rooms were very cozy. The hot tub was my favorite. It had a stunning view and overlooked the mountains. I liked the breakfast was always at the same time everyday, and Callie provided lots of options. The hosts always checked up on how we were doing and made sure we had everything we needed / wanted. I really enjoyed staying here and would definitely come again!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

very attentive and accommodating to our needs. The setting is in the mountains of North Carolina and we had a great view from our spacious suite and we were lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the Laurel River flowing below in the gorge. We particular enjoyed the continental breakfast of assorted fruits, yogurts and breads. For early coffee all we had to do was switch on the pot. Callie also provide an early breakfast on the morning we had to leave early to make our rafting trip.

There are ample provisions in the suite and kitchen if one desires to prepare meals.

This visit to RiverDance was one of our best travel stops. We hope to go back.

Bill and Judy

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Beauty and Hospitality at Riverdance

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the beauty and hospitality of Riverdance. The owners, Callie and Dave, were exceptional hosts and made us feel at home from the first hello. The beauty of this timber frame home with vaulted ceilings, huge windows for natural light and views of the mountains, and a wraparound porch was beyond our expectations. Breathtaking describes it well.

The home was clean and beautifully decorated. The beds were comfortable and meticulous detail was given to all aspects of the accommodations. We have rarely felt so relaxed. We were greeted each morning with the smell of fresh brewed coffee and a nutritious breakfast to get the day started. It was fun to eat breakfast in the common area and socialize with our hosts and their wonderfully gentle dog Marley. Even our 1 year and 3 year old granddaughters fell in love with Marley.

Our family was in Hot Springs for our son’s wedding and we were busy with wedding activities, but we made time to trail hike, visit Hot Springs, and eat at several local restaurants that our hosts suggested. The steaks and fresh fish at the Iron Horse Inn were delicious.

During our stay at Riverdance we especially loved the quietness of the evening, the calming sound of the river and the brilliant night sky as we spent family time on the porch or relaxing in the hot tub. We hated to leave and hope to return again. Maybe next time in the fall to enjoy the colors of the autumn leaves on the mountain.

If you have the opportunity to visit Hot Springs stay at Riverdance. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Asheville NC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Iron Horse Station in Hot Springs, NC
Car: necessary

Vacation in Madison County, the 'Jewel of the Blue Ridge', two miles from the Appalachian Trail and the quaint spa town of Hot Springs. History is alive in Madison County! Whether it's arts and crafts that interest you, outdoor sports, agri-tourism complete with u-pick and teaching farms, or you're simply looking for a place to completely get away from it all, consider visiting us in Madison County for your next excursion.

Rolling hills, green as an Irish landscape or painted in lovely shades of ochre and beige in winter, rugged mountains ringing the horizon, successive switchbacks on mountains ascents and descents, cows grazing on steep mountain pastures, farms and tobacco barns tucked into folds of the landscape. Located just 30 minutes from Asheville, one can go from wildly dramatic scenery to pastoral peace simply by turning a corner.

The calendar you will see on this HomeAway site is up to date. Do feel free to give us a call at 847-809-3098 with any questions.


Rates & Availability

Hot Springs House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 6 2016 - Jan 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40 + Tax
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 6.75%

More than one bedroom is an additional cost. Deposit of half of the rental price is required to hold your room(s) and need to be received two weeks in advance.We can accept credit cards..

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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Asheville Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • RiverRock - toilet , shower
    TreeTops - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • RiverRock - 1 queen
    TreeTops 1 - 1 queen
    Tree Tops 2 - 2 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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