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In the Words of a Guest, "This Place is Beyond Beautiful"..

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Private and With Beautiful Mountain Views

A recent guest wrote in our guest book....'this place is beyond beautiful'....

Retreat in the Sky is an unforgettable place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and all those special times.

Come to the Smoky Mountains and Retreat in the Sky for an unforgettable vacation! Whether you're sport enthusiasts wanting to be located in the hub of all the Smoky Mountain activities... or second honeymooners celebrating your wedding anniversary and hoping for that very special place... or vacationers/seniors looking for rest and relaxation at an incredibly beautiful vacation home....we offer it all.....

Sitting close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain, our guests enjoy our wonderful, very private, mountain home...and its great the very heart of the Smoky Mountain activities!!! Special features include a breathtaking view of the Smokies from most rooms including the screened qaaaporch and deck, a large deluxe hot tub on the screened porch (where you're safe from all the outside critters), a fire log burning fireplace, a beautiful cathedral ceiling in the Great Room, and an outdoor fire pit for those wonderful wood burning campfires.

In addition to the hot tub, the large screened porch has a teak wood table and chairs and comfortable furniture. The deck is great for relaxing with your loved one on the swing and enjoying the spectacular short and long range views, grilling out and dining on the umbrella table or rocking and enjoying the wonderful feeling that comes with being in the mountains.

Retreat is centrally located for ALL of the Smoky Mountain activities!! We offer a great location. Just minutes to Bryson City, the Gateway to the Smokies... the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad... Fontana Lake, a beautiful mountain lake where you can swim, fish, and rent a pontoon boat for half or the entire day... the Nantahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, biking, and fun restaurants... Cherokee, you can try your luck at Harrah's Casino... Deep Creek for tubing, hiking, and picnics...the Smoky Mountain Country Club which is a beautiful mountain course and open to the public....the Blue Ridge Parkway...where is there a more beautiful drive??? And maybe best of all... Ingles Supermarket is only five minutes away.

But...if you're looking for complete seclusion, getting totally away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...and doing nothing more than relaxing, reading a good book and enjoying being alone together...You will love Retreat in the Sky...the view is majestic and the only neighbors are the birds and occasional wild turkeys that come to visit..


* We offer a beautiful vacation home

* Check-In after 3:00 pm and Check-Out by 10:00 am.

* Unlimited free Wifi

* Signed Rental Agreement required

* No smoking in house or screened porch (and no exceptions!)

* No pets (and no exceptions!)

* Be sure to bring your cell phone; there is no longer telephone service at the cottage...

* Hot Tub is available March 15th through October and is inside the screened porch...that means no bugs or critters or scary outside dark...

* Maximum guests: 4

* Returning guests deposit waived and offered a 15% discount on rate...

* Fire log burning fireplace (not wood) Firelogs not provided

* Not suitable for children... (and no exceptions)

* 3 night minimum...except July and October which are weekly only...

* Our road association does not permit motorcycles or trailers.

Be sure to visit our other vacation home vrbo 7436. It just might be available if Retreat is not.

We are celebrating the 19th anniversary since we built and opened our vacation home to guests. We have learned a lot (and are still learning) about what makes a great vacation and what we need to do to help our guests have one! Ty and I have talked with and met many wonderful new friends who have stayed with us from all over the USA, plus England, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, China, Norway, Canada and Finland. We thank you for looking at our web page and we hope you have an opportunity to vacation or visit with us at Retreat in the Sky.

Ty and Sandy Nelson

Keywords: Mountain retreat, mountain getaway, mountain chic, mountain cabin, mountain chalet, mountain cottage

More Details

Sandy Nelson
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Sandy Nelson

Ty and I have been sharing our vacation home, Retreat in the Sky, with guests for over seventeen years. It has been fun, sometimes very challenging...but most of all...a rewarding experience. Our goal is... and has always been provide a wonderful vacation experience for our guests..

Sandy Nelson purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Sandy Nelson chose Bryson City Area

We fell in love with Bryson City the first time we visited. It is quaint, friendly and surrounded by beautiful mountains. We found the perfect spot to build our second home. It's close to the top of Bear Cove Mountain in the Smokies. Our view is beautiful. Retreat in the Sky has a privacy that is hard to describe. Our first home is three hours away and seventeen years later, with our car packed with all our stuff, heading for Bryson City and our Retreat in the Sky, we're still excited.... after all these years, we still can't wait to get there.

What makes this cabin unique

Sitting on the swing on our deck...enjoying the beautiful the ultimate in relaxation. Retreat in the Sky can only be reached by driving up the private road and then you drive up some more on our paved driveway. We are not on the road so no one can see us or drive by us. So you see, we also have the ultimate in privacy. We not only have a beautiful deck filled with flowers and a wonderfully landscaped setting, but a large screened porch complete with hot tub and a great place to hang out. We're only five minutes from Ingles Supermarket, the quaint town of Bryson City and only ten minutes from just about everywhere else.

We took a survey from vrbo/homeaway a few years back that results showed that only 21% of property owners that rent their vacation homes use it themselves. We use ours every chance we get. Not only because we love being there but because we want to maintain the high standards we set for ourselves in maintaining our beautiful vacation home. .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Retreat in the Sky is a feast for the senses! The interior of the home is filled with artistically arranged collectibles and plants that provide a treat for the eyes in any direction. The flower-laden deck is wonderful alone but combined with the amazing view of the mountains takes your breathe away. The candles and comforts provide a romantic ambiance and the overall effect of a week here was very soul-soothing. All this and the amazing variety of hikes, views, activities and waterfalls (our favorite) made for a fabulous vacation---we loved it!
Jun 2013
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The Filling Station Deli Sub Shop
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bryson City
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Smoky Mountain Country Club, Whittier, NC
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 74
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, NC
Car: necessary

The most exciting new activity has to be ziplining....our guests just rave about how much fun it is...take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway... it is unforgettable...pack a picnic lunch (picnic pack for two at Retreat for guests use) and mountain gaze, and you must go to Highlands and Cashiers (great shopping and restaurants) and visit all of the waterfalls in the area, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is only one hour should plan to spend the entire day as there is so much to see, go for a hike at the Joyce Kilmer forest or Deep Creek, visit Dollywood and stop at all the outlets on the way, Win some $$ to take home at Harrahs Casino in Cherokee and enjoy a great dinner there as well. You will NEVER run out of things to do. Or, never leave, sit on the deck at Retreat in the Sky and enjoy the privacy, the wonderful view and each other!


Bryson City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1. No pets no exceptions 2. Smoking only on porch and deck 3. No extra guests
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths provided
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2),
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
What makes Retreat in the Sky so special?? Maybe it's that the road in Bear Cove is mostly paved and you don't need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach it, or maybe it's that it's so convenient, only a few minutes to Ingles to pick up those limes you forgot, then maybe it's because of the privacy, it sits up high on the mountain all by itself, you would never have to see or listen to any other vacationers, but then maybe it's the view, whether you're inside or out, the view is everywhere and it's beautiful, could be the hot tub; most hot tubs are outside, yours would be inside the screened porch, you could use it rain or shine and not have bugs or critters...maybe it's the comfort, pillows everywhere, maybe that's it, maybe it's having a deck AND screened porch, sometimes you could even want privacy from each other, or even maybe the outside woodburning firepit for marshmallows and fun. We love it all and we think you will too!!


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In the Words of a Guest, "This Place is Beyond Beautiful"..
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

The ONLY place my wife and I will ever stay when visiting the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Been staying here since 2015. Absolutely love this cabin, as soon as you pull into the driveway you feel at home. We always sleep in the upstairs bedroom cause the overlook view of the mountains first thing waking up in the morning is breath taking. The cabin is always clean and spotless when you get there. We also love the fact it's the last cabin on top of the mountain and very private. We always eat breakfast on the front porch so we can over see the mountains and watch the sun shine rise in them. My favorite part is the hot tub in the screened in porch unlike some of the other cabins we have looked at were they are outside meaning we can enjoy the hot tub rather if it is raining or not. I have spoken with the owners of this cabin many times over the phone and are very friendly and almost like talking to family when we do call each other. The money paid for the cabin is very well spent considering what you get with this cabin and the price difference you would have paid for a Hotel room with 2 beds. I would recommend this cabin to anyone looking to stay in the Bryson City area. Plus everything you would need from town is only 5 minutes away and the casino is only a 25 minute drive. If you we reading this I strongly suggest you stay here because you will not want to go anywhere else once you do.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Friends ask how we could possibly rent our vacation home to people we've never met. All you have to do is read John's review of Retreat and you will understand the joy it brings us to make people this happy! The joy it brings us that John is this thoughtful and caring to share his thoughts with future guests! We are the lucky ones!! Thank you John. We look forward to meeting you and your wife and having you as return guests !
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Excellent well furnished cabin with a great view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin and the VIEW. It was close enough to all of the activities we love in the smokies, but secluded and private. The cabin had everything we needed for an enjoyable week. Sandy was very helpful leading up to our stay. I would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone and look forward to staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent condition, cleanly and great location.

  • 5 of 5

This property was exactly what we were looking for, for the weekend. It was tucked away, but close to the city. The owners have taken excellent care of the property and it has all the amenities we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being guests.
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My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Retreat in the Sky!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were hoping we'd find a nice cabin up and away from all the D.C. area congestion, where it would be quiet and peaceful and hopefully with an amazing view of the Great Smokey Mountains.. and we were extremely pleased and happy to find out Retreat in the Sky was everything we'd hoped for and more. Who knew it would offer a front row viewing seat for the Great American Solar Eclipse!!! So perfect. We would highly recommend this cabin and the quaint and friendly town of Bryson City. The Smokey Mountain Railroad is there and we were thrilled to take a ride on our first steam train!! Sandy made our stay very easy and convenient by mailing us all the cabin info along with information for what to do and where to go in and around Bryson City. We definitely would like to come back. Many thanks to Sandy for making it such an enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being guests. Thank you also for taking the time to write this review.
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Views are awesome.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. We really enjoyed sitting in the rocking chair on porch

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the mountains. Sandy was so helpful and friendly. The cabin was beautiful and clean and tucked away from everything, yet easy to access from the highway. Wonderful trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

$50 cancellation fee when applicable
One free night with weekly rental

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.