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Rent the Entire Woodlands Retreat Special Offering (formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn, B & B)
Is your home not big enough to accommodate everyone on your guest list for your special gathering? The Blue Boar Retreat may be rented year-round, without the Innkeeper or staff, for special group or family gatherings. Plan a holiday retreat or winter get-a-way for your family and friends. The Retreat has 8 guest rooms , living room with fireplace, dining room facilities, and a large commercial kitchen for you to cook your favorite meals. Outdoor covered deck and fire pit. Trout Pond. Boat dock on Lake Santeetlah. Swimming in lake. A catering service can be recommended for special occasions or festivities. There are 4 bedrooms with King beds and 4 bedrooms with 2 Queen beds each. Each bedroom has a private bath, sitting area and porch. TV and Wireless internet service is available. The Retreat is fully provisioned with linens, cooking ware, tableware, silverware and everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Just bring your personal items and food to prepare. Housekeeping services are not provided. You can fish in the trout pond or use our canoes and kayaks on the Lake Santeetlah.. Enjoy the great hiking trails in the Joyce Kilmer Forest and ride the Cherohala Skyway or Tail of the Dragon.
Springtime arrives late March, when the old growth trees begin to green and daffodils start to bloom. By Summer, the weather is warm during the day, perfect for all of the outdoor activities and the mountains are green. Fall begins to arrive early October at the higher elevations and throughout the month into late November, the foliage colors are orange, red, and gold everywhere you look. The fall air is crisp & sunny during the day and at night, the fire pit is the best place to sit. Winter is great for gathering inside around the fireplace and celebrating the Holidays with family and friends. Each season offers something special for your group to make memories!
A two-night minimum stay is required, 3-4 nights on holidays The Retreat is children friendly. Pets welcome with fee and prior permission. $600 -$900 per night plus 9.75% tax and a security deposit (refunded) of $500.00 Additional cleaning fee of $300.00 required. Two-4 night minimum. Weekly & Monthly Discounts Access road is not accessible for motorcycles or vehicles with low clearance. Call or e-mail Innkeeper for details and book early. 828-479-8126 Please visit Blue Boar Retreat, Robbinsville, NC website for a preview. Also look on YouTube for Blue Boar Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Graham County NC, Joyce Kilmer Forest and Cherohala Skyway.
What to expect in the surrounding area.
Graham County is located in the far reaches of Western North Carolina in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of the southern Appalachians. This region is home to the some of the highest and most remote mountains east of the Mississippi with elevations ranging from 1177 to 5560 feet. Graham County is nestled among hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness full of stunning mountain landscapes and many breathtaking views. Graham County is practically enclosed by rugged towering mountains on all sides. The western range of the Great Smoky Mountains separating Graham from Tennessee is called the Unicoi Mountains. The southern boundary is the Snowbird Mountains circling to Red Marble Gap, then swinging northward to Cheoah Bald. The northern border is the Little Tennessee River inundated by Fontana Lake. The Cheoah range and the Yellow Creek Mountains traverse the northern part of the county completely boxing in Graham County on all sides with the exception of the rocky gorge of the Cheoah River below Lake Santeetlah where the Little Tennessee enters Tennessee. It is then indeed little wonder that this region was one of the last regions of Western North Carolina to be settled by the white men. Graham County, a part of the Cherokee treaty lands, was not opened to settlement until President Jackson ordered the removal of the Indians in 1838.
Thousands of hiking trails surround Santeetlah Lake amidst extremely biodiverse flora, awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing wildlife. In addition to the encircling Nantahala National Forest, the Appalachian Trail can be reached to the east in less than ten miles. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park forms the northern border of Graham County providing visitors with popular camping, backpacking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and auto touring experiences. The 10,000 acres of the Snowbird Backcountry Area, where a group of Cherokee Native Americans hid from persecution on the Trail of Tears, is located south of the lake. Hunting, native trout fishing, primitive camping, and cascading waterfalls make this area a favorite among visitors. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is immediately situated on the western side of the lake. The protected area is a stunning preserve of forest that has never been harvested by man. Twenty-foot wide poplars and giant red oaks, silent in their ancientness, are among some of the magnificent specimen of life you will see.
Elevation of Blue Boar Woodlands Retreat is 2100 ft.
Keywords: Vacation Rental, Group Retreat, Lake Santeetlah, Family Get-a-way, Lakeside, private dock, woodlands setting.
(Formerly operated as Blue Boar Inn)
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Retreat owner or assistant will greet you and show you around the facility upon arrival and will be available by telephone during your stay for questions or problems. Retreat has Wi-Fi. Password is posted at front desk in lobby. You must bring your own laptops as no computer or laptop is provided. Verizon cell service works best in this area. Retreat does have one front desk phone for local and emergency dialing or calling in. Retreat has one TV with Direct TV service in sitting room off the lobby. No TV’s in bedrooms. Retreat has air conditioning and heat with individual temp controls in each bedroom. Bathrooms have combined tubs/showers.
Approach to Retreat is down a 1-1/4 mile well maintained gravel Forest Service road. Last portion is slight incline with “s” turns for consideration of those on motorcycles. Lake Santeetlah is a 4 minute walk from the Retreat or you can drive and park at the lake landing. Retreat has 3 canoes and 3 kayaks you can use. Life jackets are available (adult size only). Canoes and kayaks are on a trailer at the lake landing and you will need a key to unlock the cable lock that locks them to the trailer. Bring your own fishing poles. You can dock a small boat at no charge at our dock. You can put in a small boat at our lake landing or larger boat at Massey Branch Forest Service Boat Launch on Massey Branch Road. There is adequate parking for approximately 8-10 cars in front of the Retreat with space for 3-5 cars in back. Retreat has 2 washers and 4 dryers in the basement you can use. Bring own detergent. Pets are allowed with prior permission and must stay in designated areas with a fee charged based on number of pets and length of stay. The cottages on the hillside behind the Retreat are privately owned and sometimes rented. You will see others on the road or at the lake but they will not interfere with your visit. You are in the woods—watch for snakes, small critters, bugs, wasps, wasp nests, etc. Bring sun and bug spray. You will not see bears or boars on the property. Firewood is provided for fire pit beside covered deck. You will need to gather starter twigs or bring fire starter supplies.
There is an Ingles Grocery Store in Robbinsville, 8 miles. Also, a Walgreens, fast food, post office. Closest hospitals in Bryson City or Murphy—both about 50 minutes. Closest place to buy wine, beer or spirits is Andrews, 35 minutes. Graham is a dry county. Walmart-- 50 minutes in Murphy
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest—4 miles—beautiful hiking trails Cherohala Shyway—2 miles—scenic byway and hiking trails Tail of the Dragon—about 35 minutes—Deals Gap Nantahala Gorge—white water rafting—about 35 minutes Tsali Mountain biking trails—about 35 minutes Two Marinas on Lake Santeetlah—Santeetlah Marina and Deyton Camp Marina for boat rentals Cheoah Ranger Station is about 15 minutes from Retreat—828-479-6431 for camping, forest, lake questions NC fishing license is needed to fish in Lake Santeetlah. Forest Service Boat ramp is on Massey Branch Road—concrete ramp and parking
Kitchen has dishes, glassware, silverware for approx 25-28 people with large pots, pans. Kitchen has 6 burner gas stove with 24” x24” grill, convection oven and regular oven. Kitchen has propane char grill, 1 commercial refrigerators, 2 19 cu. Ft freezeerless refrigerators, 1 7 cu ft. freezer, ice machine, commercial Bunn coffee machine (filters supplied), 2 microwaves, 2 toasters, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer home dishwasher, heating lamps , lots of storage, counter, and work space. There is an outdoor propane grill on the back deck area and two picnic tables. Dining room has seating for 25-30.—there are plastic table cloths on the tables. Bring extra bags of ice for use in coolers for boating or hiking. There is no food delivery service from Robbinsville. There are no catering services that I know of that I can recommend for a special meal.
Trout Pond, Fire Pit, canoes and kayaks, dock and access to Lake Santeetlah. 8 miles from Robbinsville for grocery shopping. Nearby whitewater rafting, Fontana Dam, Ziplines, Cherokee, Joyce Kilmer Forest, Stecoah Valley Center with handcrafted items from over 135 local and regional artists. Marina on lake for boat rentals. Horseback riding nearby. The 2800 acrea Lake Santeetlah is surrounded by the Nantahala Forest. The fish population is comprised of walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, and large and smallmouth bass. The lake also has a swimming beach, and several boat ramps. Nantahala Forest presents visitors with a variety of excellent hiking opportunities. Also nearby is whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, access to the Appalachian Trail, and Fontana Dam, the largest dam on the Eastern Seaboard. Mountain Biking, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and the scenic Cherohala Skyway stretching from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains, TN....moreless
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September Special Sep 8 - Sep 30, 2015 2 night min stay
November Special Nov 1 - Nov 23, 2015 2 night min stay
Thanksgiving Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2015 4 night min stay
Christmas/New Years 2015 Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2015 4 night min stay
Memorial Day 2016 May 27 - May 31, 2016 3 night min stay
July 4th 2016 Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2016 3 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2016 4 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $743 Nightly
Labor Day 2016 Sep 2 - Sep 5, 2016 3 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2016 Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016 4 night min stay
Christmas 2016 Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2016 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $600 Nightly
Additional information about rental rates
cleaning service fee$300
Rates subject to change for longer stays and month of the year.
One night deposit on booking and signing of rental contract.
Balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
60 days cancellation notice for deposit return.
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White water rafting, birding, wildflower viewing, fly fishing, canoeing, scenic drives, Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, Nantahala Gorge, boat rentals for lake Santeetlah. Local arts and crafts. Cherokee History information. Area draws motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts from all over the country to ride the Tail of the Dragon, an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves. Graham is known its for car gatherings and motorcycle rallies.
Lake Santeetlah is the most scenic and least visited of any lake on the eastern seaboard. With approximately 75% of the shoreline either USFS lands or in conservation easements, you will always enjoy a guiet boating experience. The mountains rise right out of the shoreline and there are long range views from just about anywhere on the lake. And this area looks much the same as the first European Settlers found it when they drove their wagons across the 5,000 foot high mountain divides to get here.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: I purchased this property in 1998 when it was still an old hunting lodge built in the 1950's and spent a year renovating to create an updated rental property. I ran the facility as a bed and breakfast for 13 years before offering it as simply a large group vacation rental home.
Why the Owner Chose Lake Santeetlah: Lake Santeetlah is a lake surrounded 75% by National Forest and is not crowded with lakefront homes and boat traffic. The property is surrounded by woodlands but has access to the lake with a permitted boat dock. It is out of the way and serene.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: We have our own stocked trout pond, access to the lake, and space for up to many people to sleep comfortably with 8 private bedrooms with baths. The local Ingles grocery store is just 8 miles. There are 2 marinas on the lake for boat and jet ski rentals.