- Reviews: 1
Family Lodge (slept 20+): Blue Ridge For Rent
Starting with the rentals company. They were very easy to work with, gave us time to get our group on the same page and were just easy from Day One. They keep the keys on property, so we didn't drive 20 minutes out of our way to pick up a key. No hassles. Easy communication and they answered their phone after hours. Offered to let us visit before arrival and allowed an early check-in because the home was open the night before.
Directions were good from 2 directions. Family Lodge is off the Parkway, maybe 2 miles. Advertised as 9 bedroom, we counted 12, I think because a few are really small. So 9 plus bonus bedrooms makes sense. It was big, clean and had everything we needed. Views, outdoor seating, privacy, hot tub, game tables. It was missing a firepit, so we dropped $45 at Lowes and brought one back (we knew it didnt have one). Worth every penny - we asked for a discount and got one!!! Easy access. I could not recommend a better company this go around or a better property (if you have a large group). Its layout isn't perfect, gets dizzying, but then again, I havent rented many 10 bedroom cabins before!
Managers: Unique was them being available. I called at 9pm and got an answer from a human. Laid back, but they have rules, as they should.
Cabin: A lot of privacy inside. Kids upstairs, parents downstairs. 2 kitchens. Horse farm next door that gave the kids rides. Views from the home, but walk up the road to 100 mile views (the top of Boone!!!) Just start walking, get a little lost, enjoy the time with the family. That is what the mountains are all about...
- Reviews: 616
Willow Valley Resort: Log cabins - heritage of High Country
The cabin given to us was large – family / living room, dining area, full kitchen, 1 bedroom with two single beds, a full bathroom, a Queen size bed in the loft with an attached quarter bath. The family room was large and well decorated. The whole cabin was well furnished and well maintained, except for few table lamps that had fused bulbs, but which we did not need in any case. The location of our cabin, like many other cabins, was in the deep interior of the hill forest, but was set in beautiful landscape. Approaching it in the total darkness of 6 nights was a hassle though.
Staying at this resort enabled us to enjoy several touristic attractions in the region – Blue Ridge Parkway and the Grandfather Mountain were easily visited and we enjoyed them thoroughly. We pushed ourselves to the limit hiking and trekking on many trails and canoeing and kayaking in the New River, knowing fully well that we will be able to relax back at the cabin. We also did lots of shopping on Highway 321. The prices were low and taxes, compared to Canada, were next to nothing.
The reviews we read on this resort intimidated us a bit and we were really not sure what we are going to get. However, when we reached this resort after driving 1200 kms from Mississauga, Ontario, we found it to be more than satisfactory. The suite that we got was a log cabin (#8) up in the hills, totally isolated from other accommodations, except the neighboring cabin # 9, and offered beautiful view of the tall Appalachian Mountains from the rear balcony. It was a log cabin, had old and rough appearance, but was clean and well maintained. The resort has a challenging golf course, swimming pool, and even opportunities for bird watching. The people at the reception were very helpful with any guidance for a Boone attraction.
The resort is located close to the most popular tourist destination of North Carolina – the Grandfather Mountain and an entrance to Blue Ridge Parkway is couple of miles further away. The historic village of Valle Crucis is close by and so are the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Highway 331/221, about 6 kms away, is full of shopping centres and restaurants.
- Reviews: 967
Rent a Cabin or Vacation Home
We travel to Boone at least twice a year and rather than stay in a hotel, we rent a vacation home. It's especially ideal for families or large groups as the per person/couple price is significantly less than hotel rooms. Choose your cabin or home by location (we usually stay in Valle Crucis, just outside Boone), amenities, or price.
Almost all of the rentals have hot tubs and outside grills. Additional amenities may include fireplaces, wifi, big screen TVs, dvds, game rooms (pool tables, video arcade games, etc.). Dogs are allowed in certain rentals.
All of the rentals we have had have been extremely nice and clean. All bedding (including comforters, towels, etc.) and kitchen appliances, dishes, pots, etc. included.
Although there are many rental companies we use Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins and Realty. They have everything from cabins for 2 people to houses that accomodate 12+. You have to pay for your rental in advance. I would book as early as possible during the high seasons as the best rentals go quickly. They also offer discounts at various times throughout the year. Check online for availability and to make your reservations.
We just stayed at "Moose Preserve" (www.blueridgevacationcabins.com/details.php?mode=search&table=rental&Start=12&Offset=12&id=31&back=1) and it was great!
Photos are of a previous rental.
I highly recommend a vacation rental!
- Reviews: 248
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference Center: Cheap, centrally located hotel
This hotel is comfortable enough but its best feature is its proximity to campus. It's easy enough to walk to campus from here along 321. The hotel itself has comfy rooms, a pool and a nice lounge area, and continental breakfast in their dining area, which serves lunch and dinner as well.
Here's a good review of the hotel.
- Reviews: 1
Hound Ears Golf and Country Club: Best place to play Golf in the summer
Nestled in the mountains and woods. On a cold quiet morning sit on the back deck and watch the deer play in the woods.
Pool table, Fireplace, Exercise equipment
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