Railroad cabooses & cabin (depot) with high mountain meadow views for miles
We bought the land around 1997 and built the entire business from the rails/ground up on our own. We started with 2 Nickel Plate Road bay window cabooses then a few years later we added the N&W cupola caboose for our third. We stripped down the interiors of the cabooses & refurbished them ourselves. Then we added the Depot a couple of years later to accommodate more guests. We're hoping to build something for the future for our children & granddaughter. She is already working on the business at 3 years old, if she is visiting she wants to help check folks in and insists on helping clean if we need to clean while she's here.
Donnie purchased this Cabin in 1997
Why Donnie chose Fancy Gap
Probably the best sunsets around. Love the rural high meadow setting with virtually no traffic.
What makes this Cabin unique
Quite possibly the most unique lodging along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Awesome stay! Great hosts. Everything was clean and cozy. Love the caboose complete with jacuzzi tub. Truly peaceful and serene. You can see God's handiwork all around you. Take a glass of wine and sit on the swing overlooking the Valley and watch the sunrise and sunset. Close to Mt Airy. NC and several cute stores in Fancy Gap, VA. Take time to enjoy life here for a wonderful long weekend. It is worth it!
great place to stay
Off the beaten path so very quiet and serene. Beautiful view from the porches, limited light pollution so starry night skies were amazing! Space inside is utilized very well and the caboose was surprisingly spacious. It's like a tiny house but not too tiny. Everything was very clean.
There is a charcoal grill outside, a microwave, and refrigerator. You will want to bring your food with you as restaurants are a bit of a drive away.
This is a great place to utilize as a base camp for exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway area, a romantic getaway or just to enjoy the serenity of the mountains.
Donnie is an excellent host and provided all we needed to make our stay enjoyable.
And its a caboose! What could be more fun?
What a great night!
We loved it here. Easy to find off the BRH and a great price. It was a quiet, cozy, comfortable and clean. The back porch view of the sunset, the night sky was amazing and deer in morning made our day. The owners are very nice and accommodating. We would love to come back again.
Thank you so much for the nice review. We're glad you all enjoyed your stay with us.
Love this place!
Clean, comfortable, super easy check-in/check-out. Cute little caboose has everything you need to feel right at home. Cell signal was spotty so just know that at times you won't have any way to contact anybody - there are no house phones. But other than that, it was a great visit. The views are unbelievable. I just sat on the porch and had a cup of coffee for a very long time, so very peaceful and just what I needed. Yet close to whatever you're in the area for. Wonderful experience! We'll be back!!
Thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We are working on installing wifi and hope to have it in soon.
very unique and clean very friendly We will stay there again.
Thank you for the review, we're glad you all enjoyed your stay with us.
We have been on 16 trips over 71 days in the past 18 months. This is the second best spot. The best was in Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia. This is a bit closer to home, to say the least!
Thanks for the review and ranking :). We're glad you all enjoyed your stay with us.
A listing of some things within 30 minutes of us. -
Lakeview Restaurant ($),
Rap’s Bar & Grill ($),
Hillsville Diner ($),
Hungry Farmer ($),
Chateau Morrisette ($$$),
Olde Mill (Maples Restaurant) ($$$),
Galax Smokehouse ($$),
Numerous other restaurants in Hillsville
and Mount Airy -
Levering’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples),
Ayer’s Orchard (cherries, peaches, apples) -
Foggy Ridge Cider,
Old North State Winery & Brewery,
Villa Appalaccia Winery -
Floydfest – Large music festival,
Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show,
Maybry Mill – most photographed on parkway,
Rocky Knob – hiking,
Blue Ridge Music Center,
Rex Theater in Galax,
Shot tower state park,
New River Trail State Park,
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 193 & 194 at Orchard Gap. If traveling north on the parkway from hwy 52, turn left on Keno Rd at the Orchard Gap market and go 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane. If traveling south on the parkway from hwy 58 turn right on Keno rd at the Orchard Gap market.
I 77 traveling south - take exit 8 and turn left under the bridge, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.
I 77 traveling north - take exit 8 and turn right, go approximately 1 mile to highway 52.
After exiting from I 77 - At highway 52 turn right (south) and go about 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get on the Parkway and go (north) about 6 miles to Orchard gap, approximate mile 193.5. Turn left off of the Parkway onto Keno rd (the paved road) and go about 1.5 miles to Caboose Lane, turn right on Caboose Lane and proceed to the office.