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Brown Bear Retreat -3mi ASU 10 Minutes to Both Sugar and Appalachian Ski Slope

Bedrooms 5
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Come across the walkway on to the front porch with five rocking chairs, open the door and the first thing you notice through the doors at the end of the family room is the view. The magnificent 180 degrees of layered blue mountains is exactly what you would hope to see in a mountain home. You will be drawn to pass through the great room on to the expansive upper deck to marvel at the view before you even begin to examine the house which is another wonderful experience. The house is in a gated community with easy winter access.

Main Floor Once back into the great room you will notice the 22 foot ceiling with tongue and groove southern pine. The centerpiece of the room is a floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace with gas logs. In addition to the great room there are two bedrooms, dining room and kitchen on this floor. Like the great room the master bedroom also has a 20 foot ceiling with double doors going out to the deck. The expansive bathroom has two separate granite counter top sinks, a glass enclosed tile shower with two heads and a whirlpool tub. The other bedroom on this floor has beamed ceilings, a queen sized bed and its own bathroom with a shower. The dining room table seats eight and there are three bar stools at one of the two granite islands. This is a kitchen any chief would love to cook and entertain in. There is an abundance of counter space, and the well stocked kitchen has all the cookware, appliances, and serving pieces needed to prepare the finest of meals. There is additional seating for eight on the deck.

Upper Floor The upper floor has a beautiful bedroom with a king size bed. There is an antique desk in front of the dormer window with long range views should anyone need to do work on their computer. A sitting room in the loft with a spectacular expanse of view separates the second bedroom on this level where there are three twin beds with a kids motif. There is a pack and play available as well as other baby needs.

Lower Level The lower level is also magnificent with 12 foot beamed ceilings with its own floor to ceiling stacked stone wood burning fireplace. The fifth bedroom which is on this floor has a queen sized bed and opens to the lower deck. The walk in closet houses a child's Crib. The large family room opens to its own private kitchen with coffee, dishwasher and refrigerator. There is a walk in wine cellar to store all the wine you have brought with you as well as a Jacuzzi hot tub to drink the wine with amazing views of the sun setting over the mountains.

Decks and porches. The house has over 1200 feet of deck and porch space to truly enjoy an outdoor experience. There is plenty of high quality furniture to eat and relax on. A gas grill is available and there is a large Jacuzzi hot tub to relax and gaze at the clear starlit nights. You can see the sun rise from the front deck and watch it set in the back of the house.

Our Holiday rates are slightly higher than posted. When possible, we offer a 1/2 day rate if you are interested in checking in early and checking out later in the day.

Keywords: Log home in Gated Community with long range views, centrally located to Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Blue Ridge Parkway and Watauga River close by.

More Details

Mary Fehl
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2017

Why Mary Fehl chose North Carolina

We always wanted to build a log home,and when you see this house we hope you will appreciate the time and effort we spent planning, designing and furnishing it. Its a two hour drive from our home in Charlotte, which makes it very accessible for a weekend getaway. It's a wonderful retreat.

What makes this cabin unique

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking along hundreds of miles of trails, fly fishing,shoping in nearby Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. The area has a multitude of really good restaurants. Football games at ASU in the fall are not to be missed. Craft fairs, art shows, plays and concerts abound throughout the surrounding towns and countryside throughout the summer and fall. When cold weather arrives sitting in front of the fireplace reading a book, or for the adventurous skiing at three nearby slopes. The changing of the seasons, especially spring and fall are dramatic. This is truly a four season area, with unlimited adventures awaiting its visitors.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Your home in Boone is absolutely wonderful. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. It is decorated beautifully and all the rooms were just so comfortable and the kitchen was perfect for all our meals. We had so much fun we decided to make it an annual event The weather was also perfect and we got to enjoy the deck and view every evening for cocktails. What a special place you have and how lucky your are to be able to go and enjoy that fabulous house any time. Again thanks for sharing your
Aug 2011
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Vilas Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in room for kids, Child Beds (1) Pack and play, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Sofa bed in Loft and Lower level
  • Air Hockey
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Brown Bear Retreat -3mi ASU 10 Minutes to Both Sugar and Appalachian Ski Slope
average rating of 4.96 based on 26 reviews

Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend Brown Bear Retreat. Our group had an absolute blast, and we are looking forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin. Our family was able to come together & be comfortable. It was located close to everything. Awesome. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifull Cabin & Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect cabin, very spacious, great location, the owner is very nice. We have an amazing time there, 15 minutes to sky areas and tubing. We found everything we need in the cabin. 100% recomended !

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas with the Family

  • 5 of 5

The property is actually more beautiful than it looks in the photos. They thought about everything! All we had to do was to bring our bags and groceries (all the spices we needed was already there).

The views were breathe taking!!! Will we go again? You bet we will! Will I recommended it to my friends? You bet!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

This past weekend we planned and successfully carried out a surprise 60th birthday party for a friend. There were 4 couples at Brown Bear Retreat for the weekend and it could not have been a more perfect place for this special occasion. The home design was perfect for us.....4 bedrooms with either queen or king size beds, each with it's own bathroom...and it was tastefully and lovingly decorated to make a homey feel for us. It was the perfect home design for being able to entertain and socialize....very open on the main floor with the kitchen, dining area, great room, and decks flowing together. Also, the fact that no 2 bedrooms were back to back allowed everyone to have their own space....2 bedrooms on the main floor, 1 (plus a smaller bedroom with single bed and bunk beds) on the upper floor, and 1 on the lower level. Each level had it's own "living area" also and the lower floor had a small kitchenette as well as access to a lower level deck with a hot tub. The house it situated to have a lovely view from the decks and although it is one of the first homes as you enter the "subdivision", you still have the feeling of being secluded.

This was my first time to rent a vacation home and I must say it will not be the last. The owner of this property was wonderful to deal with in every way. She always answered any questions or concerns that I had very promptly. Should the occasion arise to return to this area, I would definitely book this home again and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a vacation rental for a larger group.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wake Forest, NC


  • 5 of 5

My family of 12 spent Thanksgiving 2015 at the Brown Bear Retreat. It was all SPECTACULAR. The house was so warm and inviting, decorated beautifully, along with a beautiful view. The weather was in the 60's & 70's so we were able to enjoy the expansive deck areas on 2 levels. The home was more than I expected and met all of our needs. It is very convenient to downtown Boone & Blowing Rock and to all of the surrounding ski resorts. We cooked a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and especially enjoyed some 1st time karaoke in the lower level. Mary, the owner is awesome to work with and very responsive.......I can give the home and Mary an A++++++, it was a GREAT vacation family is looking forward to returning in 2016! I highly recommend this vacation home!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Vilas Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Season
Apr 21 2017 - Jun 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
late fall
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years


Weekly Discounts HOLIDAY Weekends are slightly higher with a 3 day min.

Cleaning fee - 160.00 Sales tax 6.75% Watauga Occupancy tax 6%

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