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'The Great Escape'-Panoramic Views-Hot Tub-WiFi-Pets OK-Private-Booking Fast

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Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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West Jefferson Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Location: Near Fleetwood, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA (Mountain side cabin at 3800 feet near the New River.)

Accommodations: Hand Hued Log Cabin, 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom (sleeps 6) Mulatto Mountain Hideaway, located near Fleetwood, NC, is a great gateway to a memorable mountain vacation in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Our cabin was completed in the Spring of 2009, and is ready to welcome you to the Appalachian Mountains for a long weekend, a week, or a month away from it all.

'The Great Escape' offers a large, upper-level master bedroom with a King sized bed, as well as a full bath with a Jacuzzi tub and vanity with granite counter top, and a walk-in cedar closet. An upper level 15'x32' spacious deck provides a four place Hot Tub/Spa, two place swing, glider rocker, picnic table, and LP Gas Grill. A second spacious bathroom is located on the first level with an adjoining wet/dry sauna, and a two car garage. Additional amenities include a gas burning fireplace with a remote, flat screen TV with a blue ray DVD, two Ikea sleeper sofas, two large 5'x6' windows facing to the East and West, two large sliding glass doors leading to a spacious deck with panoramic bird's eye views from 3800 feet of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain, a large well equipped kitchen with an eight foot bar, wormy maple cabinets, and granite counter tops, an expandable antique dining table, and front loader washer and dryer. The cabin has a southern pine T&G interior throughout with oak hard wood flooring, and cathedral ceilings in the kitchen/dining area and sitting area where you will be able to feel the warmth

Treat yourself to the casual atmosphere fine dining of Crippen's Country Inn & Restaurant in Blowing Rock. Located in a quaint, Southern, side-street cottage, you will dine on an absolutely artistic creation designed for the season. Don't miss Canyon's Restaurant, the view is priceless!! Canyon's is inconspicuously built on a ridge where you can enjoy a burger, and a million dollar view! You cannot leave Blowing Rock without a stroll downtown where you have to visit Kilwin's homemade ice cream and candy store on Main Street, and let the kids play in the park which is the centerpiece of Main Street.

In Ashe County NC you can enjoy virtually any outdoor activity you can think of. Everything from fishing, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, to skiing and golf can be found in and around Ashe County. Kayaking the New River is as easy as traveling the short distance to Riverside Kayak and Bike Rentals where they have kayaks, tubes, bikes, and horses. More adventurous activities can be found by rafting the Watauga or Nolichucky Rivers, spelunking the Linville Caverns, or hiking the Linville Gorge, all of which are within 40 minutes of Fleetwood. And, don't miss the most visited destination in NC, Grandfather Mountain, which can usually be seen from the cabin, with the mile high swinging bridge, the animal park, and more. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite spot for many people. You can look out over the many overlooks and see miles and miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains across North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Enjoy biking, hiking, camping, and many other activities.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Howard Shipman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, Bulgarian
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Howard Shipman

Howard lives in the Florida Keys, and has three grown kids. He is a retired Commercial Airline Pilot, and retired USAF Pilot. Howard is a NC native. He enjoys the natural beauty, fresh air, and wildlife of the Blue Ridge Mountains while trekking and biking.

Howard Shipman purchased this cabin in 2009

Why Howard Shipman chose High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

I was looking to build an all wooden cabin with modern conveniences in a location that provided the best long range mountain views The Smokey Mountains had to offer, yet close to places to go for dining and activities. Southern Ashe County, 20 minutes from Boone, and close to West Jefferson, was the ideal place.

What makes this cabin unique

Privacy, Long Range panoramic views of The Great Smoky Mountains from 3800 feet.


based on 141 traveler reviews

'The Great Escape'-Panoramic Views-Hot Tub-WiFi-Pets OK-Private-Booking Fast
average rating of 4.992908 based on 141 reviews

A get-away delight! Thanks, Howard!

  • 5 of 5

If you love the wilderness with all the comforts of home, you'll love this place. From the steamy mist of the jacuzzi, we enjoyed the majestic views of the mountain range and the sounds of a Barred owl in the evening while the welcome cool, fresh mountain breeze swept through the trees into our faces. Howard's advertised picture from the porch says it all. The cabin is clean and nicely secluded with all the amenities you could possibly want in the middle of forest on a mountain slope. Howard was very friendly and accommodating with prompt response on booking, and ample instructions and contact information in case you need anything. Everything went swimmingly but it's a nice reassurance. Our security deposit was promptly refunded the following day as well. Don't be fooled by the gravel access roads as there is a paradise waiting for you at the end. The gravel access roads extend up the mountain about 2 miles to the cabin. I'd recommend bringing a cooler and bringing all your food and drink with you if you want to maximize your time at the cabin. Traveling the gravel access roads is fine if you go slow and navigate smartly. You'll be going 2 mph if you care about your vehicle. If you come during periods of snow and ice, I would only take AWD or 4WD as Howard suggests. Thank you Howard for sharing your cabin with us and others to enjoy!

Steve & Brenda

New England

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steven and Brenda for your very poetic description of your experiences at The Great Escape. I do not think Walt Whitman could have said it any better. I am very pleased that you enjoyed the Spa, and the panoramic views of The Blue Ridge Mountains while enjoying the Spa, and hanging out on the deck with the swing built for two and the picnic table for your meals in the cool mountain air. The 1.5 miles of gravel roads to the cabin from the paved road, can be an experience, especially if you are not used to driving on gravel mountain roads. It was interesting that you chose to drive very slowly, which would be fine on the first 0.9 miles that is relatively flat. However once you start the climb up the South side of the mountain, I would suggest about 15-20 mph in order to have a little momentum through the steeper part of the last 0.6 miles to the cabin. Once you have one or two trips up the mountain under your belt, you will figure out that this is the best strategy, and to stay as far to the left as you go up the mountain as possible. I have to agree that the somewhat adventurous trip up the mountain is worthy all the effort when you arrive at the cabin. I do hope you guys will find the time to return again soon!!!
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Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Great stay. Had everything we needed. Hot tub ROCKED! Plenty of seating in living room. Nice, big, open kitchen and dining area. King bed was cozy. Pet and wifi friendly!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mitzi for finding the time to leave your wonderful remarks regarding your experience at The Great Escape! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Spa, and the comfortable King sized bed, and your appreciation of the kitchen and dining areas. I am sure it goes without saying, that you enjoyed the long range views of The Blue Ridge Mountains visible from almost every point in the cabin, and especially from the large covered deck. Also, with the gate on the deck, it is nice to be able to let your pets roam out to the deck and enjoy being outside without being concerned that they may wonder away. You guys were wonderful guests, and I do look forward to hearing from you again soon for another visit to The Great Escape and the Ashe County area.
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  • 5 of 5

This was our first time at The Great Escape and it was wonderful. Beautiful cabin and a great view.

A great place to relax. Howard thank you for opening your home to us. We look forward to many more


Curtis & Debbie

Wilmington, NC

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie and Curtis for choosing The Great Escape for your get-away to The High Country of North Carolina. I appreciate your friends Pat and Jack recommending The Great Escape and the Ashe County area. It was my pleasure working with you. I hope you also had a chance to venture out and enjoy some of the sites, and visit some of the great restaurants and shops, e.g. The Cheese Factory in downtown West Jefferson, and some of the art galleries available there. Several guests have had fun discovering all the frescoes in different small towns around the area. There are plenty of things to do and see during every season of the year. The Fall Colors are now just around the corner, then Winter will provide some great skiing conditions from December to April. I look forward to hearing from you guys again soon. Thanks again for your patronage!!
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  • 5 of 5

We came to the Great Escape to celebrate our anniversary. I can honestly say the pictures don't do this vacation home justice. The views are absolutely breathtaking and Howard's hospitality made this home very welcoming. The West Jefferson town was awesome as well with great restaurants and shops. We will absolutely be coming back to this house for many years to come and would highly suggest it to anyone looking for a fantastic get away!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monroe, GA

Great great escape!!

  • 5 of 5

We thourghly enjoyed our stay at the Great Escape!! The panoramic mountain views were incredible!! The cabin is beautiful and was well stocked. Thank you Howard for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sandy for finding the time to leave your remarks regarding your visit to The Great Escape! I am very pleased that you enjoyed the ever-changing views of The Blue Ridge Mountains from the deck. I tried to design the cabin so there are views from everywhere in the cabin, except the upstairs bathroom, but especially from the deck. I have had some of the trees topped in order to open the panoramic views. I do try to keep the cabin well stocked with staple items so my guests do not have to be concerned with bringing simple items like paper towels, TP, facial tissues, shampoo, body wash, and even the basic items in the kitchen like salt and pepper, and a few other spices, and olive oil and vinegar, and most of the time I will have coffee and tea available, as well as sugar. It was my pleasure serving you guys, and working with you, and I hope you will plan to return many times in the future.
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Simply AMAZING!!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot express how much my family and I enjoyed this place! There was 5 of us along with 2 dogs and we had more than enough room! It was exactly what I needed to "recharge my battery" as I was feeling so burned out from work, yet close enough to tourists attractions to enjoy those as well! I will definitely stay here again! The views were breathtaking and priceless! Thank you, Howard for sharing your amazing place with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
115 Miles
Charlotte, NC
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Black Jack Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
300 Miles
Outer Banks of NC
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Mountain Aire Golf Club
Nearest Train
115 Miles
Charlotte NC
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 221
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Boondocks Grill and Pub
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Nearest Beach
300 Miles
Outer Banks of NC
Car: necessary

In less than 30 minutes travel time, you can cover the 20 miles to Boone, drive 8 more miles to Blowing Rock. West Jefferson is only 10 miles away. The home of Appalachian State University and the Mountaineers (Go ASU!!), Boone offers the casual atmosphere of a college town. Walk the downtown area to find antique shops, restaurants, ice cream shops, and coffee shops. Cafe Portofino & the Tap Room and The Black Cat Burrito are two of our favorite restaurants. Once an old hardware store, Farmer's Hardware has been converted into terrific emporium shops, located on King St in Boone. The converted hardware store to emporium shops are fabulous. Convenient for purchasing Vera Bradley Products, pottery, fashion jewelry, greeting cards, candy, toys...what you don't have!!!! The detail for renovations to the old building is great, and the friendly staff make this a must when visiting downtown Boone. Also, don't miss the Mast General Store across the street.

Other Activities: Boating, kayaking, snowboarding, rock climbing


Rates & Availability

West Jefferson Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

I have Rental Policies available that will describe the check-out process, cancellation policy, etc.


Minimum stay during Holidays 4 nights. Nightly rates are higher during the Holiday Periods, contact owner.

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West Jefferson Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Downstairs - toilet , shower , Sauna
  • The Master bathroom offers a large jetted tub/shower, vaniety with a golden fantsy granite countertop, marble floor, and separate toilet area. The large Downstairs bathroom offers a corner shower, vaniety with a granite countertop, natural slate stone floors, and an adjacent wet/dry cedar sauna.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Sitting Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master Bedroom has a walk-in cedar closet, and bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and granite vaniety. The two Queen size Ikea sleeper sofas offer comfort, and the best views in the cabin where you can fall asleep in front of the fireplace, the TV, or the great views of the mountain tops.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Bathtub with jet pump in Master bedroom bath. TV- local channel antenna that picks up stations from Charlotte, Highpoint, and Greensboro, e.x. UNC-EX, PBS Maid service can be arranged for an extra fee. Sauna is wet or dry. The main living area of the cabin is appx. 16 feet from the garage level, available only via two sets of stairs. A gate is available for the stairs from the deck, guests must close the gate to protect small children and pets.

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