Rent the Entire Woodlands Retreat
Special Offering (formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn, B & B)
Is your home not big enough to accommodate everyone on your guest list for your special gathering?
The Blue Boar Retreat may be rented April - December, without the Innkeeper or staff,
for special group or family gatherings.
Plan a holiday retreat or summer get-a-way for your family and friends. Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By Summer, the weather is warm during the day, perfect for all of the outdoor activities and the mountains are green. Fall begins to arrive early October at the higher elevations and throughout the month into late November, the foliage colors are orange, red, and gold everywhere you look. The fall air is crisp & sunny during the day and at night, the fire pit is the best place to sit. December is great for gathering inside around the fireplace and celebrating the Holidays with family and friends. Each season offers something special for your group to make memories!
The Retreat has 8 guest rooms, living room with fireplace, dining room facilities,
and a large commercial kitchen for you to cook your favorite meals. Outdoor covered deck and fire pit. Pond with fountain. Boat dock on Lake Santeetlah. Swimming in lake. There are 4 bedrooms with King beds and 4 bedrooms with 2 Queen beds each. Each bedroom has a private bath, sitting area and porch. TV and wireless internet service is available.
The Retreat is fully provisioned with linens, cooking ware, tableware, silverware and everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Just bring your personal items and food to prepare. Housekeeping services are not provided.
You can picnic by the pond or use our canoes and kayaks on the Lake Santeetlah..
Enjoy the great hiking trails in the Joyce Kilmer Forest and ride the Cherohala Skyway or Tail of the Dragon.
A two-4 night minimum stay is required.
The Retreat is children friendly.
Must be over 25 years to sign rental documents.
Entry road is not accessible for motorcycles or vehicles with low clearance.
$600 -$900 per night plus 9.75% tax and a security deposit (refunded) of $400.00 Additional cleaning fee of $400.00 required.
Two-4 night minimum. Weekly & Monthly Discounts
What to expect in the surrounding area.
Graham County is located in the far reaches of Western North Carolina in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of the southern Appalachians. This region is home to the some of the highest and most remote mountains east of the Mississippi with elevations ranging from 1177 to 5560 feet. Graham County is nestled among hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness full of stunning mountain landscapes and many breathtaking views.
Graham County is practically enclosed by rugged towering mountains on all sides. The western range of the Great Smoky Mountains separating Graham from Tennessee is called the Unicoi Mountains. The southern boundary is the Snowbird Mountains circling to Red Marble Gap, then swinging northward to Cheoah Bald. The northern border is the Little Tennessee River inundated by Fontana Lake. The Cheoah range and the Yellow Creek Mountains traverse the northern part of the county completely boxing in Graham County on all sides with the exception of the rocky gorge of the Cheoah River below Lake Santeetlah where the Little Tennessee enters Tennessee. It is then indeed little wonder that this region was one of the last regions of Western North Carolina to be settled by the white men. Graham County, a part of the Cherokee treaty lands, was not opened to settlement until President Jackson ordered the removal of the Indians in 1838.
Thousands of hiking trails surround Santeetlah Lake amidst extremely biodiverse flora, awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife. In addition to the encircling Nantahala National Forest, the Appalachian Trail can be reached to the east in less than ten miles. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park forms the northern border of Graham County providing visitors with popular camping, backpacking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and auto touring experiences. The 10,000 acres of the Snowbird Backcountry Area, where a group of Cherokee Native Americans hid from persecution on the Trail of Tears, is located south of the lake. Hunting, native trout fishing, primitive camping, and cascading waterfalls make this area a favorite among visitors. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is immediately situated on the western side of the lake. The protected area is a stunning preserve of forest that has never been harvested by man. Twenty-foot wide poplars and giant red oaks, silent in their ancientness, are among some of the magnificent specimen of life you will see.
Elevation of Blue Boar Woodlands Retreat is 2100 ft.
Keywords: Vacation Rental, Group Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Family Get-a-way, Lakeside, private dock, woodlands setting.
(Formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn)
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Retreat owner or assistant will greet you and show you around the facility upon arrival and will be available by telephone during your stay for questions or problems.
Retreat has Wi-Fi. Password is posted at front desk in lobby. You must bring your own laptops as no computer or laptop is provided.
Verizon cell service works best in this area.
Retreat does have one front desk phone for local and emergency dialing or calling in.
Retreat has one TV with Direct TV service in sitting room off the lobby. No TV’s in bedrooms.
Retreat has air conditioning and heat with individual temp controls in each bedroom.
Bathrooms have combined tubs/showers.
Approach to Retreat is down a 1-1/4 mile well maintained gravel Forest Service road. Last portion is slight incline with “s” turns for consideration of those on motorcycles.
Lake Santeetlah is a 4 minute walk from the Retreat or you can drive and park at the lake landing.
Retreat has 3 canoes and 3 kayaks you can use. Life jackets are available (adult size only). Canoes and kayaks are on a trailer at the lake landing and you will need a key to unlock the cable lock that locks them to the trailer.
Bring your own fishing poles.
You can dock a small boat at no charge at our dock. You can put in a small boat at our lake landing or larger boat at Massey Branch Forest Service Boat Launch on Massey Branch Road.
There is adequate parking for approximately 8-10 cars in front of the Retreat with space for 3-5 cars in back.
Retreat has 2 washers and 4 dryers in the basement you can use. Bring own detergent.
The cottages on the hillside behind the Retreat are privately owned and sometimes rented. You will see others on the road or at the lake but they will not interfere with your visit.
You are in the woods—watch for snakes, small critters, bugs, wasps, wasp nests, etc. Bring sun and bug spray. You will not see bears or boars on the property.
Firewood is provided for fire pit beside covered deck. You will need to gather starter twigs or bring fire starter supplies.
There is an Ingles Grocery Store in Robbinsville, 8 miles. Also, a Walgreens, fast food, post office.
Closest hospitals in Bryson City or Murphy—both about 50 minutes.
Closest place to buy wine, beer or spirits is Andrews, 35 minutes. Graham is a dry county.
Walmart-- 50 minutes in Murphy
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest—4 miles—beautiful hiking trails
Cherohala Shyway—2 miles—scenic byway and hiking trails
Tail of the Dragon—about 35 minutes—Deals Gap
Nantahala Gorge—white water rafting—about 35 minutes
Tsali Mountain biking trails—about 35 minutes
Two Marinas on Lake Santeetlah—Santeetlah Marina and Deyton Camp Marina for boat rentals
Cheoah Ranger Station is about 15 minutes from Retreat—for camping, forest, lake questions
NC fishing license is needed to fish in Lake Santeetlah.
Forest Service Boat ramp is on Massey Branch Road—concrete ramp and parking
Kitchen has dishes, glassware, silverware for approx 25-28 people with large pots, pans.
Kitchen has 6 burner gas stove with 24” x24” grill, convection oven and regular oven.
Kitchen has propane char grill, 1 commercial refrigerators, 2 19 cu. Ft freezeerless refrigerators, 1 7 cu ft. freezer, ice machine, commercial Bunn coffee machine (filters supplied), 2 microwaves, 2 toasters, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer home dishwasher, heating lamps , lots of storage, counter, and work space.
There is an outdoor propane grill on the back deck area and two picnic tables.
Dining room has seating for 25-30.—there are plastic table cloths on the tables.
Bring extra bags of ice for use in coolers for boating or hiking.
There is no food delivery service from Robbinsville. There are no catering services that I know of that I can recommend for a special meal.