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In town, Eco-friendly, Comfy, Luxury, Restorative

Black Mountain, NC, USA
  • House1650 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

Beautiful 3 BR 2 BA with idyllic spaces in and out

'Up in the Trees” is all main floor living with hardwood and tile flooring throughout - comfortable for a couple, for a family, maybe two, even for a single person who likes space! Sleeps six in three bedrooms. When the leaves are gone there is a beautiful mountain view even though you are in town and convenient to everything this quaint and stunning mountain surrounded town of Black Mountain has to offer. When the leaves are in, you are amid nature's magnificence and “up in the trees”, so any season of the year this place is a total treat, inside and out.

Entering the home, you will find yourself inside a windowed porch complete with four rocking chairs looking out through the trees. Have a seat, delve into our basket of art supplies, so if something inspires you then let the creative spirit out! In Spring and Summer enjoy the night sounds of a distant passing train, cicadas, and tree frogs. In Fall, changing leaf colors can swallow you up and sooth your soul. Bird feeders are strategically placed in mid fall and into the winter, and hummingbird feeders are up from Spring to September, so bird watchers enjoy. The night sounds from the porch, deck or rear yard are truly musical! From the front porch, you may go out onto our south facing deck complete with a deep seat deck swing and a table for four with chairs that rock.

The front porch is also your entry into the living room - best described as simple luxury, from the down sofa to the eclectic collection of books on the shelves, attractive art on the walls, to the wood burning fireplace. A comfortable place with seatting for up to eight to gather and converse. Our wood burning fireplace has a blower, so if you like it can heat the whole house in the winter. Firewood and starter is provided of course. It’s a great place for a board game; you will find Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Scattergories, and more.

Left from the living room is one of the most uplifting dining rooms you will ever enjoy. The table is pub style seating which can expand to accommodate six very comfortably. A skylight makes it bright and cheerful all day. It connects to a well equipped granite top kitchen complete with coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, and stove top/oven. You will also have available to you a hand mixer, cappuccino/espresso maker, juicer, and generally a set up to please those who have a chef's heart and skill - even a professional style butcher block table. If your idea of vacation tends toward dining out, no worries. Black Mountain has many great restaurant options. For even more options, downtown Asheville is just 20 minutes away!

At the end of the kitchen, you are welcome to use the washer and dryer complete with folding and ironing station. If doing laundry is not your idea of a vacation, there is no obligation to do anything you do not want to do here! The kitchen connects to the den where you will find a 37' high definition flat screen TV, leather sofa, a comfy chair, and a mission style upholstered oak chair. Extra chairs can be added. There is wireless internet and an extra HDMI cable if you like to see anything from your computer up on a large screen. You will find streaming options through a remote controlled Roku 3. Enjoy our subscriptions to Netflix, HuluPlus and Pandora and explore the many free channels on Roku. The den connects you to a totally private flat yard, fully fenced for your dog. If you like to grill, try the three burner stainless steel gas grill and serve your family on the patio table for six. Or celebrate with your kids by cooking hot dogs and s’mores over the fire pit.

We encourage you to park in the two car garage. From there it is a flat walk into the den. There is a motion detector light outside for your safety and comfort. Notice the kid’s fort built into the hill just behind the fence; it is only to be observed and not used at this time..

Now, back to the warm and inviting living room… as you leave the living room and enter 'serenity hall,' the north side of the house, you will find some of our favorite photos of birds plus one butterfly. To the right you will find the front bedroom, which is 'the green room,' so soothing to be in, with a basil lime reed diffuser, and similarly scented soy candle, mission style Kincaid oak furniture, beautiful framed prints, table lamps, and a queen sized bed topped with gel fiber luxury topper w/ 100% cotton sheets and cotton down comforter/duvet. In the closet is an extra blanket and pillow, a basket to hold your laundry and a carrier to hold your bathroom items. The other two bedrooms are similarly equipped. Whoever stays in this room will have access to either the hall bathroom or the master bedroom bath. Across the hall from the 'green room' is the 'blue room' which also has a queen sized bed with 100% cotton sheets and a cotton down comforter/duvet, a luxurious gel/fiber topper, nicely furnished plus a reed diffuser with violet scent and same scented soy candles. This bedroom has a few pleasant surprises to be discovered and has an attached bathroom with retro white and black tiling, separate toilet room and a restored 1910 cast iron clawfoot tub which may be used for a relaxing bath or as a fixed shower, your choice. Down the hall and also accessible to the dining room is the 'Kid's room,' which is suitable for a boy or a girl, and since there is a desk in here, it could also make a nice 'office' room. This bedroom could also be suitable for a single adult. The scent found here is gardenia. The daybed is a twin. A trundle can be pulled out and set up if two twins are needed. Soft and cozy bedding is also used here.

For those who may have allergy issues, rest assured that we use all eco friendly cleaning supplies. We also have a quiet running HEPA and carbon air purifier which you are welcome to use as much as you wish and may be easily moved to different rooms of the house.

If you have stayed at the Grove Park Inn you may recognize some of the furniture and accessories. We were fortunate that the Grove Park Inn was replacing some of their classic furniture while we were furnishing “Up in the Trees” and we were able to acquire a number of pieces. Just for fun we are offering a free three day stay next year around the same time as your current visit for the guests who correctly identify the largest number of Grove Park Inn items. Make a list and mail it to us by the end of December. One entry per stay, the entry that has the most correct and fewest incorrect items will win. Ties will be decided by a random draw. Have fun. And we hope to see you back next year.

As you consider “Up in the Trees”, feel free to drop us a note with any questions. And if you decide to take a spontaneous getaway trip, call us to ask about our last minute bookings discounts.


Vicky Olive

Member Since 2013
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About Vicky Olive

A desire to be of service to people has been a leading companion for a good deal of my life. One of my passions stems from a recognition of the value of living spaces and how these spaces can be revitalizing to the people who inhabit them. I believe that to live life fully taking time for refueling is essential. From this recognition sprung a desire to create a living space as a springboard for that fulfilling life we all desire. On a more personal note, I enjoy walking with my husband and our two dogs, hiking, gardening, food processing, making pottery on a wheel, making jewelry, reading, meditating, making naturally scented soy candles, and generally supporting others in living their best lives.

Vicky Olive purchased this House in 2013

Why Vicky Olive chose Black Mountain

Having attended Brevard College, just an hour southwest of Black Mountain, I became acquainted with Black Mountain and have since fallen in love with this place and the friendly genuine people who live here. I have returned to Black Mountain almost every year since. Don, my husband, and I have volunteered for Spring and Fall LEAF Festivals most of the past ten years, setting up the Kids Village there for the past three years. So, when we came across this house “in the trees” with its fabulous front porch, right in town, on a quiet no through street with a totally private flat backyard, great layout plus a two car garage, we sensed the potential of this place to be revitalizing for us and our guests. We set to work in mid July to transform it into the most nurturing and hospitable vacation home it is today. We strived to create simple luxury and rich comfort seen with the addition of the claw foot tub and some of the Grove Park Inn furniture and accessories. We are excited to hear the feedback from our guests over the coming months.

What makes this House unique

*All main floor living space *The home's layout, flow,and generally expansive feeling it offers *Enjoyment of the trees and the sense of being above it all *The wood burning fireplace and scented soy candles *The large living room PLUS a cozy den area *The private flat rear yard with gas grill and firepit *A two car garage to park your car/s in *Fully equipped kitchen *Natural, non-toxic cleaning supplies, hardwood or ceramic tile throughout PLUS portable air purifier *Dog and kid friendly *The luxurious feel of a cast iron claw foot tub, retro tile, denim-look bead board with separate toilet area *Winter time nearby High Windy mountain view and its range *Close to Lake Tomahawk, swimming, and Black Mountain vital town center *Close to Montreat and its trails


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • The 'Kids room'
        Daybed and trundles are twins. The bedroom color is cream.
      • The'Green room'
        1 queen, A very soothing pale sagey/ celery green
      • The 'Blue room'
        1 queen, Not really a true blue, more close to periwinkle
      • *All bedrooms are tastefully decorated with nice furniture*The queens are all cotton bedding plus luxurious gel/fiber topper, making for a very restorative sleep*The twin/s are also quite comfy*Each bedroom closet has some hangers , a dirty clothes bin, a bathroom caddy, extra pillow/s, and extra blanket/s*


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Master bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, With a cast iron 1910 Crane claw foot tub
      • Hall Bath
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Village
            Mountain Ale House, Louise's Kitchen, plus Town Hardware and General Store, and Kilwin's. Visit White Horse!


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                        *Wireless-security code provided* Roku 3 uses internet for many entertaining streaming options through our Netflix, Pandora and Hulu Plus accounts, particularly*
                      • Air Conditioning
                        *Electric*Thermostat is in hall and is set at 73 in summer months, but you may change to suit your comfort*
                      • Fireplace
                        *In living room*Has wood burning insert, with blower for distributing heat*Glass allows for viewing fire while protected from it*Firewood provided along with fire starter*
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        No, however, seniors may use of Black Mountain's Senior Center with various offerings as well as a fitness facility.
                      • Garage
                        Room for two cars, including SUV or mini-van
                      • Heating
                        *Thermostat is in hall and set at 68 during Fall and Winter, but you may adjust to suit your comfort*
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        *Located next to washer*Dryer balls in use for less wrinkles and reduction of static*
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        *All cotton sateen sheets over gel fiber mattress toppers + all cotton duvet covers for light weight down comforter for both queens, color coordinated* Twins have mattress topper/ pad & are comfy*
                      • Living Room
                        *Lg down sofa seats 3 or 4* *Reclining chair* *Two upholstered oak mission style oak chairs next to bookshelves also**We have a small led monitor for streaming TV options either here or in a bedroom.
                      • Parking
                        We recommend that you click open on remote for two car garage and park there. You can then enter the backdoor of the house into the den or you may follow the path to the front porch and enter there.
                      • Towels Provided
                        *Two towels and a washcloth each* *We provide dark grey washcloths for women in case it is needed for makeup removal*
                      • Washing Machine
                        *Located at back of kitchen*large capacity, commercial grade*Eco-friendly detergent plus Borax stain fighter provided*


                          • Coffee Maker
                            *Plus a cappuccino/ espresso maker and coffee bean grinder*Coffee maker has a gold filter, is programmable and will stop if you pull out pot before it completes brewing, plus automatically turns off*
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            *Enough for 8 place settings*
                          • Dishwasher
                            *Eco- friendly disks available*We ask that all lingering dirty dishes are run through the dishwasher prior to your leaving*There is no requirement for you to put them away*
                          • Kitchen
                            *Granite countertops*plenty of cabinet, drawer space* Fully Equipped*W/ washer and dryer available for your use* We also include folding/ ironing station for your convenience*
                          • Microwave
                            *On the counter*
                          • Oven
                            *Self cleaning with baking and broiling functions*
                          • Pantry Items
                            *Salt, pepper, maple syrup, honey, raw cane sugar, sugar substitutes, herbal teas, olive oil, sunflower oil*paper towels, some cleaning supplies*ziplocs, saran wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper*
                          • Refrigerator
                            *LG*Fridge on top-Freezer below*
                          • Stove
                            *Four burner*
                          • Toaster
                            *We also have a smoothie mixer, a hand mixer, an electric can opener, and a pizzell maker available for your use*


                              • Dining
                                *Indoor dining pub style table easily expands to seat six comfortably*The back yard patio dining table seats six also*Chairs found here rock and swivel and are made of really smart fabric*
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    *An eclectic collection in library*Please ask if you would like to take one with you that you began and have not enough time to complete*
                                  • Games
                                    *Scrabble, Scategories, Checkers, Chess, Backgammom, Boggle, Noggin gnosh, Mancala*1000 piece puzzles of Thomas Kincade paintings*
                                  • Television
                                    *37 inch HDTV, Samsung 1080P* *Connected to Roku 3* Extra hdmi cable to connect to your laptop or tablet also* Plus a 24" LED 1080P monitor with its own Roku- may be moved to location of your choice*
                                  • Toys
                                    We do have a few hackeysacks, juggling bags, some art supplies, a frisbee, and puzzles*Horseshoes avail-ask*


                                      • Bicycles
                                        No, but Epic Cycles is right in town at 102 Sutton Avenue. They rent bikes.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        *We have both*Deck located on the front of the house- 'in the tree's*Patio in flat fenced back yard*
                                      • Golf
                                        Black Mountain Golf Course, 18 holes, 6215 yards, a municipal golf course for a fee-Located at 17 Ross Drive.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Front yard is sloped w/ grassy, mossy, tree, shrub, and flower areas. The back yard is grass w/in fenced area* Beyond the fence is hill leading to a ridge*Please do not use this area behind fence*
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        *A stainless steel 3 burner Jenn-Air for gas grilling*
                                      • Tennis
                                        Cragmont Park, located at Cragmont Rd and Swannanoah in less than 1 mile has tennis courts for public use.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                *Black Mountain Pool, an outdoor seasonal pool is open to public for a small fee*


                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • Babysitter
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • whitewater rafting


                                                                  • Our home is the second to the last house on a no through street. The folks who live next to us would prefer that we live in the house full time vs. offering it up as a vacation rental. They are very kind, nice folks, named Debbie and Rick. You might think otherwise by seeing their protest signs they have in their yard. We nor our guests have ever had a negative interaction. We respect their right to protest in this way and we exercise our right to make Up in the Trees available as a vacation rental. Some people may feel uncomfortable, so we want you to know before you book. It feels a little unwelcoming initially and a little psychic cleanse might be needed, but once you pull into the garage, close the garage door you will know immediately that you are in your own private domain, whether on the front deck or in the rear yard.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    15 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Black Mountain Retreat

                                                                    Emily Z.

                                                                    We had a great experience at "Up In The Trees". The home is spacious and comfortable.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hi Emily. We were delighted that you and your family were guests with us. We appreciate the ease of communications. We hope you will think of us on your next visit to Black Mountain, although it sounds like you may have family living there by then! Take good care. Wishing you and your the very best! Warmly, Vicky

                                                                    Perfect Vacation Destination

                                                                    Casey M.

                                                                    My friends and I recently enjoyed a few days at the Up in the Trees home. The house is cozy, beautiful, and kept very clean! It was also very well stocked-- towels and washcloths were provided, and the kitchen was stocked with dishes, spices, etc. The owner remained in contact throughout the booking process, answering any questions we had. The location is also perfect if you are looking to spend time in Asheville and Black Mountain. We had a lovely time "Up in the Trees."

                                                                    Lovely home, great hiking & restaurants nearby

                                                                    Lisa S.

                                                                    This was a great place for our family getaway! The house had everything we needed. Comfortable beds, relaxing atmosphere, clean, inviting. We prepared some meals at the home, as well as eating in Black Mountain and Asheville. Every morning we drove a few minutes to Montreat and hiked. We used the wood burning fireplace a couple of times. We did not turn on the TV so can't speak to that. Wifi worked well. We would love to stay here again! And thank you Vicky for the peppermint bark!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Lisa for taking the time to give us such a nice review. It was our pleasure to have you all there. We will look forward to having uou again. Stay well. Warmly, Vicky

                                                                    A Vacation Rental with Special Touches

                                                                    Charlene M.

                                                                    We enjoyed a week visit at the Up in the Trees Vacation rental. Having 3 bedrooms for four adults and two children was terrific. The owner has added many special touches to add to the experience - even robes for guests. The galley kitchen with the laundry definitely suited our visit. The dining area has a high top table and chairs that was fun for us and the grandkids. Plus the skylight kept it from feeling closed in. The bedrooms each had special touches to add to the ambiance of being in a home and not just a rental. The grandkids loved bathing in the claw foot tub - since it was different. It was also nice to have a living room and a den with a TV. We did have a few challenges with the TV since it is only ROKU (which we were no familiar with it since we are use to cable) but managed to adapt to it. The enclosed porch was nice for just sitting and relaxing before or after dinner. The grandkids were excited to have the treehouse to climb and check out in the backyard. However, we stayed very busy on this visit so they had limited time to play in the treehouse. The house is located on a cul de sac in a neighborhood. While the houses are close together, the layout and the trees (hence Up in the Trees name) give the impression of being away from it all. The driveway into the garage is steep and a bit tricky backing out initially. The owner is very welcoming and quick to address and items. It was a fun visit and we liked the convenient location.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Charlene and Richard for being very understanding guests, embracing the challenges of navigating the Roku and driveway and anything else that may not have been ideal. We are so glad you had such a rich experience while in town and hope that you will consider staying with us again in the future. Have a fantastic Fall. May any travels find you some new adventures!

                                                                    Wonderful property, felt like home!

                                                                    Laura M.

                                                                    We had a wonderful stay in Black Mountain. The house was much better than we had even expected. We loved all of the separate living spaces so we could each retreat with our books when we wanted to. The bedding was luxurious. The house had everything that we needed and more. It was quiet and cozy and very clean. The town of Black Mountain was very quaint. We would most definitely stay here again!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hi Laura. It was wonderful having you all as guests and

                                                                    we look forward to next time! Take good care.

                                                                    Nice home for those needing 3BR close to downtown Black Mountain

                                                                    Todd S.

                                                                    The owner is very welcoming and quick to respond to inquiries. Checking in was easy. The home is a simple, but nice 3BR close to downtown Black Mountain. The backyard is small, but has a nice grill and backs up to woods. No views, but located near the end of a street so it was quiet. Beds were comfortable, and the house was clean. Overall a nice stay and affordable for those needing 3br in a convenient location.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Todd for taking time for your review. I am so glad that you all had such a great time in Black Mountain and found the home suitable to your needs, We will be happy to have you as a guest again at some future time. Have a great summer!


                                                                    Black Mountain, NC, USA

                                                                    Black Mountain is right off I 40, and while an attraction in its own right, it is very convenient to Montreat, Swannanoa, Asheville, Weaverville, Hendersonville,and Bat Cave. John Campbell Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Pkwy. Of course, Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock, Waynesville, Brevard, and so many other special spots are beautiful, scenic less than an hour away options as well. Right here in Black Mountain is one of the country's best music/ dance/ arts festivals every Fall and Spring, set at gorgeous Camp Rockmont, the Lake Eden Arts Festival, AKA LEAF. In July, the Sourwood Festival also takes place right in town. We have materials/ brochures at the house as well as a book to introduce you to many of Asheville's independently owned restaurants, their chefs and some recipes from each. There really is not time to relay all the types of places and activities that are within reach of this beautiful quaint Black Mountain town, whether you are an musician, artist, photographer, healing arts practitioner, outdoorsman- hiker, fisherman, rock climber, backpacker, shopper, foodie, golfer or enthusiast of a variety of activities, you will fall in love this area. The beauty of the natural areas will take your breath away and the culture within the Appalachia is so very rich. Loyal return visitors know this. Those of you who have not visited owe it to yourselves to get to know this special area of the world. It can change you for the better.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Additional Guest Fee

                                                                    Refundable deposit with dog/s is $300 Winter rate is for a 1 mo. only and could range from $1995- $2250/mo depending on length of stay beyond the month and the length of stay.

                                                                    15 Reviews
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