|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Welcome & thanks for checking with us! You & your party are very important to us and we try to make the home comfy & inviting with everything you need!
Parents with small children LOVE the gated, covered, wrap-around deck, as do dog owners (Pet fee is $35 charge). Rain or shine, the views are incredible, esp. in the fall or when the mist moves over the treetops.
We furnish many things in the cabin. Guests say you only need to bring your meals & yourselves. Everything else is there. We pride ourselves in making our guests feel at home!
The views are amazing & there are many things to do in & around the home. There are wonderful long range layered mountain views from the deck, upstairs balcony & from inside the living room.
The home is ideal for:
1) Family reunions or other family fun
2) Couples or group retreat
3) Bible study
4) Private & Secluded get away
5) Couples weekend
6) Visiting local attractions in Blowing Rock, Boone, Valle Crucis Todd....
7) Relaxing & enjoying nature & family
8) Leatherwood events: weddings, organized runs, horseback riding, trout fishing
9) ATV riding along local gravel roads (check Penley road, ride through the small creek!)
10) Visiting Buffalo Mercantile for awesome food, antiques
Sample items we provide saving trip to a store:
1. Towels, bed linens & paper products
2. Many condiments
3. Spices, salt, pepper, toothpicks!
4. Alum foil, parchment paper to line baking pans
5. Soap, shampoo & body wash
6. Vegetable & olive oil
7. And so much more, ask owner for list!
Centrally located for visiting:
1. Blowing Rock
4. Linville Falls/Caverns
5. Mystery Hill
6. Grandfather Mountain
7. Tweetsie Railroad
9. NC waterfalls, parks, hiking, biking, & fishing
10. Buffalo Merchantile & Cafe (closed Mondays)
About our home:
This lovely home has features for everyone! Fabulous views & wonderful breezes! The home is decorated with horse prints, photos of Italy & Margaret Denny photography. We have several antiques. The antique dining table has several leaves, allowing it to seat 1-8 comfortably. We have extra folding tables & chairs in the basement. Check out the coffee table, read the inside! There is also an antique book that is fun to page through.
We have granite countertops, hardwood flooring, new carpeting & new flooring in the basement.
We have 4 bedrooms, 2 upstairs bedrooms each w a balcony; each has two double beds & share one bathroom. Master & basement bedroom each have a queen bed & ensuite bathroom. All linens & towels are sanitized for your visit. The master will be made up for you, the remaining sheets will be left out for you to choose the bed/room that suits you.
You will enjoy preparing meals in our well equipped kitchen & on the huge gas grill. Everything you need is at hand! For those not helping in meal preparation, there is high speed internet WIFI, DVD, pool table, darts & foosball. Bring a deck of cards. If you have a laptop with a Netflix account, you'll have no trouble downloading at this high speed. Our home has plenty of places to read & play games. You can play CDs on the PC, it has great speakers!
After a day of hiking, you might want to wash your duds then play a rousing game of Pool, Darts or Foosball. For the family that enjoys various activities, we have 3 DVD players (one DVD player in the upstairs front bedroom), 2 TVs with DVDs, & a large basement with space for games. The children call the basement 'The Kid Zone'.
Later, watch Satellite TV, or watch a DVD. For that romantic touch, turn on the fireplace with the remote; watch the flames & pulsating embers, while enjoying the long range layered mountain views.
In the mountains, cell phone coverage is spotty, especially traveling the Parkway. Keep this in mind while away from the home. At the home, we have a network extender that allows Verizon phones to work. Other cell phones may work at the top of the hill just past our property & some have had 4 bar service on the back deck. We also have free local & long distance (US) calling. Texting should work for any phone.
The home is great for reading & relaxing. It is so quiet & peaceful. Or just sit & do nothing on one of the 4 swings on the covered, gated, wrap around deck. So many ways to enjoy!
Outside the home, you'll find a reflection bench, a swing surrounded by daffodils (in season) with long range views. There is a fenced dog run that can accommodate 2 horses (that get along well). This secluded home has irises, mountain laurel & rhododendrons.
The night time views are spectacular; the stars seem so close you think you can touch them.
The Cabin is situated in the gated Deer Crossing Community, just off of State maintained Sampson Road, near the Watauga & Wilkes county lines.
1) 7 mi Blue Ridge Parkway
2) 9 mi Blowing Rock city limits
3) 12.8 mi Tweetsie Railroad
4) 13.5 mi Boone
5) 13.5 mi App Ski Mtn
6) 13.1 mi Kilwins for ice cream
7) 15.5 mi to great food at Daniel Boone Inn or visit App State
8) 13.5 mi Mystery Hill
9) 12.2 mi Tanger Outlets (shopping)
10) 6.1 mi Leatherwood
11) 24.9 mi Grandfather Mtn
12) 31 mi Sugar Mtn
13) 28 mi Tubing/zipline Hawksnest
14) 39 mi Beech Mtn
2 routes to 321 (Blowing Rock or Boone):
a) Right out of Deer Crossing
b) Sampson to the Parkway (right on parkway)
c) Left on Aho which dead ends on 321 (left to BR, right to Boone)
Notes: State road Sampson had 6 mi gravel, but now 1.75 mi is paved & the views are awesome! Trip time for the 6 miles is 18-20 minutes & getting quicker as road work continues! Benefits include quicker travel time to attractions, outstanding views & scenery and wildlife sightings.
2) Minimum gravel:
a) Take Sampson (turn left out of Deer Crossing) to Elk Creek road (right on Elk Creek)
b) Then take Buffalo Cove road to highway 268, then to 321. Benefits include mostly paved roads except for 2.5 miles down Sampson; trip is longer to reach attractions.
Once you have paid the deposit, you will receive directions and info on local amenities & attractions.
The property is wooded & nature is a few feet away. The community is great for walking. If you are hiking wooded paths, wear long pants & before coming into the home, brush them off & park muddy boots outside the door. The wet shoe/boot tray is just inside the door.
Our guests do spelunking at Linville Caverns, hike, bird watch & boat at Julian Price Lake just off the Parkway, white water raft at Wahoo, bike on Railroad Grade rd then tube at Todd while others do trout fishing or horseback riding at Leatherwood. Guests say Wilson Creek is good for canoeing & hiking; excellent swimming is at Elk River Falls. There are directions to these locations in the binder inside the home.
The Blue Ridge Parkway area has many less traveled hiking locations. We have several hiking books in the home (return to the home after use).
If you want to go to NC gem mining sites we have directions to many places in the white binder at the home!
Bring your ATV, cycling, canoeing or fishing gear, the pull through drive way accommodates 5 or more cars, or car & trailer (motorcycle, canoe, horse or ATV).
There are multiple bird feeders next to the home. When you're out, grab a bag of food put some in the feeders & they will show up! During the hot months, we have sugar for making Hummingbird food. Feeders are located under the deck next to stairs to the basement level.
You will love your day trip to laid back Blowing Rock, Kilwins ice cream shop is a must do, as is Tweetsie for the kids (April-Nov). Boone is famous for App state & Mast General Store, plus Daniel Boone Inn, where the food is terrific! The Saddlebrook restaurant in Leatherwood is open on weekends spring-fall for some tasty fare. When out food shopping you can use one of the Styrofoam coolers we have in the laundry room. The coolers also come in handy on a day trip, to keep sandwiches & drinks cool. If you need to, you can take one of the coolers home with you (those marked Omaha).
Note: you do not need 4WD/AWD to get to the home or into Boone/BR April-November.
Stays of December thru end of March, 4WD or AWD is best. Please be sure you have ample provisions with you on arrival, if heavy snows fall, you might need to wait a day for it snow to melt/clear/get plowed. Snow often melts faster than plows travel at this altitude!
Pets: We ask guests with dogs to use our pet sheets to cover fabric furniture and bedding to keep hair and dander from fabric; this also helps future guests with pet allergies.
A home away from home, private/secluded & free of all the trials & tribulations of a hectic pace!
When counting your guests for a quote, note that the number includes children & anyone you might invite during your stay so notify the owner if you are inviting more guests. We will add 10$ per night for each additional guest. Please let us know of children using pack&play, you will not be charged for bringing these young ones.
Rates (Please request personalized quote for weekly rates & for 2-5 or 10-14 guests):
1. 2 guests 95$ per night
2. 3 guests 105$ per night
3. 4 guests 115$ per night
4. 5 guests 125$ per night
5. 6 guests 135$ per night
6. 7 guests 145$ per night
7. 8 guests 155$ per night
8. 9 guests 165$ per night
9. 10-14 guests will be quoted for you & will include discounts
Cleaning fees cover dusting, vacuuming & sterilizing, scrubbing, washing towels & linens, setting out renter geared supplies for your visit & also covers the pickup/ transport & sorting to comply with the county’s refuse/recycling laws.
1. 2-4 guests 60$
2. 5-9 guests 75$
3. 10-14 guests will be quoted
Thanks for your interest & welcome!
My husband is an avid cyclist and I love to ride my paint horse. We love our family and friends and love to entertain them and have fun! This is a vacation home, our main residence is in Pleasant Garden, NC.
We were relocated to NC from Illinois, where we both grew up. I'm originally from Sandy Springs GA. We met over a pitcher of beer after a softball game and have been together now for over 27 years. My husband is so much fun to be with and we love it here in NC. My son and his wife live in Oregon, Wisconsin, a very long distance for a mom to endure! We love our visitors and will go to the nth degree to make your stay wonderful!
Mary Ellen Smith purchased this cabin in 2006
We chose this property because it accommodated both our interests! For my husband, the proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the cycling opportunities it offered, the cooler temps of the mountains and the ability to keep my horse at the property and sometimes trailer the 6.1 miles to Leatherwood for a day of riding. Plus we really love the mountain area. The photo shown here is of a day trip we took to Elk Knob. Elk Knob has a 1.9 mile hiking path to the heavens with heavenly views!
The biggest benefit of this home is that it is secluded, quiet & peaceful, yet close enough to visit all the fun of the Blue Ridge and other tourist destinations! The home has wonderful mountain views, is spacious enough for the whole family so that everyone can do what they please without impacting the others. Proximity to Leatherwood is a real plus! 10$ and a coggins gets you a full day of trail riding! Another sensational feature of the home is the gated wrap around deck. There are 4 swings that allow you to take in the views and enjoy the breezes. A favorite is the upstairs bedrooms with private decking. Grab a chair from the master closet and sit and read on your own private deck. Or, gaze out at the long range views from the upstairs back bedroom. The main floor master has access to the deck and has an ensuite bathroom. The basement bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, and is private. Home includes washer and dryer. The views can be shared from the living room with a french door leading to the deck. With all the windows open, there is rarely a day you need to turn on the AC, but it is at the ready. The home has a wonderful wood stove in the basement and a wall heater, plus an extra refrigerator. The fenced in paddock will accommodate a horse or your favorite pooch! Also, featuring photography and music by Vivid Peace (Margaret Denny and Jim Pearson) See their site for photos.
This group spent quality time together and had a fantastic time. Joyce spoke with me on the phone and remarked that this home made everyone feel at home. There was nothing they required as it was all right there for their use. She remarked that it was a wonderful stay, they wrote all their comments in the book we keep at the home for such remarks. She did say that using their GPS, in lieu of our supplied directions, took them out of their way. So future renters, take the directions the owner provides with you! As a property owner, I enjoyed speaking with Joyce, such nice folks! They had a wonderful family get together!
I NEVER expected what we got! The cabin is beyond gorgeous! Practically everything you need is there! We felt like royalty :) The wrap around porch is so relaxing and the view from the back deck is heavenly. There was nothing about this cabin that we could possibly complain about! It was simply perfect. When we went to Blowing Rock and Boone we took our time and enjoyed the drive down the mountain! It is amazing what you can see when you take the time to look. We saw a mom turkey and about 10 or so babies with her as well as several other wild turkey and we spotted a ground hog or something similar to it on the side of the mountain. There were so many different colored flowers just growing wild, the rocks in the side of the mountain, the small creeks, the moths ... so many different kinds of them ... this cabin is something that anyone would definitely enjoy! Look forward to our trip back next year :)
This cabin is set in a gorgeous, secluded setting. It has all the amenities you could possibly need for a stay in the mountains of NC. First of all, Mary Ellen, the host, was incredibly helpful, responsive and provided all the information necessary to access the home and the area. Her information was detailed about the cabin and also about the many attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding towns. It is an interesting drive along a gravel road that is well maintained, but it is curvy and mountainous so it does take longer to get places if you aren't accustomed to driving on those types of roads. You do not need 4 WD, at least during the time we were there (Sept 2016). The cabin has a wraparound porch with a gate that our dog loved to roam on. It really was a wonderful place to relax and unwind and get away from it all.
House had everything we needed. Enjoyed our stay..
Arrived on a Friday afternoon just in time to enjoy the great view from the enclosed deck. The owners directions were very specific, and we had no trouble at all finding the place. The home was very clean, and well equipped. The enclosed deck was a favorite spot for our dog who enjoyed being outside as much as we did. Travel to Blowing Rock and Boone was no problem even though the shortest route took us over some gravel and unpaved sections of the road. Eats at the Buffalo Cove Mercantile were just as good as the owners said they would be. The beauty of the area, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, was exceptional. Overall the home and the scenery were exceptional. We highly recommend a stay at the Smith's mountain home.
Our entire party was impressed with all the cabin and location had to offer. Plenty of hang out space for everyone inside and out. Although we had a large party no one ever felt cramped. Everything and more was provided. We all had a wonderful time and hope this is just the beginning of many vacations together at this location. My husband said all you need is a bite to eat and a pair of clean undies. All else is provided. And to be honest, he's right. We didn't have any issues with the property. It was clean and well maintained. We enjoyed Tweetsie RR one day. Grandfather's Mtn. another day. A day trip down the parkway. Grocery stores and Walmart just minutes away.
We stayed here a few weeks ago because my husband was riding in the Gran Fondo in Boone. The house was really perfect for us - there were 7 of us staying and there was plenty of rooms and beds for everyone. We cooked a few times and had everything we needed. The house has a wrap around porch with several porch swings. This was my favorite part of the house - I spent a lot of time reading on the porch and enjoying the view on the back deck. The house is definitely off the beat and path and a great place to go if you want to get away from it all! Mary Ellen, the owner was very easy to work with too!
Think about this, staying in Blowing Rock then visiting Boone takes the same amount of travel time as if you were staying at this home & going to Blowing Rock or Boone. Same with Linville Falls/Cavern, takes less time to visit the falls than it does if staying in Boone or Blowing Rock. From the home to BR or to Boone, is the same amount of time. But you don't have the traffic or the tourists, just visit, have fun and come home and relax in a home that feels like your own home.
Home is located in the mountains just 7 miles from the parkway, 9 miles from Blowing Rock city limits and 13 miles from Boone, in the Deer Crossing gated community just off of Sampson road. Home has great mountain views from back deck, upper balcony bedroom & from inside the living room.
(Note, some maps may show us as being near Deep Gap but we are on a state maintained road called Sampson between Boone and Blowing Rock).
Home is also 6.1 miles from Leatherwood for horseback riding or fly fishing! This resort offers many activities too!
There are many fun activities in the Blowing Rock/Boone area. Search for a site that explains 67 things to do in the Boone Blowing Rock area for more detail, this link will be provided to you after booking.
Near the home there are loads of state stocked trout fishing sites, horse back riding at Leatherwood. Visit Linville Falls. Many of our visitors, go there to hike & take photos. Alternatively, there are many relaxing things to do at the home. Hike the community, bike the hills nearby, take a deep breath & commune with nature. This is THE place to totally unplug and get away from the hustle and bustle of life & reconnect with your family! Fully furnished with many, many extras, the personal touch that shows we care about you! Stay tuned, Sampson Road is being widened and then paved. The trip to town(s) will be much quicker. Enjoy this paradise in a home that will welcome you!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$175|
|Cleaning fee 6||$75|
Note: regarding monthly rental, or, weekly rates and discounts for < 6 guests or 10+ , please ask owner for more details for your size party.
Our security deposit to 175$. We now have outside security cameras and signs to help deter damage.
There is no hunting or target shooting on our property so please don't bring firearms, BB guns, pellet guns etc.
We have a lovely firepit, use on basement level only.
This is our home, please don't leave bags of garbage next to cans on basement level or on the deck for critters to get into, we have several garbage cans on site. If you fill them up, please take a load of garbage and recycling to the Buffalo Cove center. Hours & directions in white binder.
The home is set up for maximum family use. Please do not move appliances or furniture, the rooms are all large and can fit pack & plays, blow up mattresses & luggage etc.
We have a dehumidifier in the basement to help keep the home fresh. Please do not unplug it or anything that is plugged into the white surge protector or the wall. To use the fridge, plug in the long green cord into the white surge protector & then close the doors. The fridge has ice and water in the door, so moving may trigger a leak, causing damage to the new flooring.
Security deposit is refunded within 14 days of your departure. Once you receive notice that the refund has been started, you may get additional info by calling Home Away Payments at 1-866-210-6106. VRBO handles the money side of the rental.
Our cleaning rates are low & are based on the number in your party. Please leave our home as you found it. If you make spills, clean them up. If you have questions or concerns, please call me at 336-430-6855. I'll be happy to help you!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.