"We stayed in Edelweiss Lodge for a week in June with our 3.5 year old son. The location of the home couldn't be more perfect. Blowing Rock is a very charming town with excellent shopping, dining, and even a wonderful public park to enjoy. We managed to squeeze in a lot while we were there due to its proximity to everything. Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Linville Caverns, Tweetsie Railroad, gem mining, the Blue Ridge Parkway and all of its hiking trails, the Mast General Store in Boone....all within easy driving distance. However, the house is situated high up on the side of the mountain (which can make for a tricky drive, so I'd recommend not arriving at night) where the only sounds you hear are the birds, the creek, and the occasional car passing below. Higher up the road they are currently building another house, so the road got a little busy in the mornings/evenings, but we didn't hear any construction noise, so it didn't bother us. The weather allowed us to sleep with the windows open most nights. Lovely.
The stars at night are amazing. It rained quite a bit while we were there, but we were able to make use of the fire pit one night, and saw hundreds of lightning bugs everywhere! True to its name, Blackberry Creek has lots of blackberry bushes which should be ripe in July, so enjoy if you are going through there!
The house is quite large and could easily accommodate two families. Since it was just us, we chose to stay in the upstairs master bedroom to be near to our son, who insisted on sleeping in the top bunk. ;-) That said, my only recommendation to Arion and Wendy would be to consider putting drapes on the upstairs bedroom windows. Even with the wood blinds, the light was enough to wake us up each morning quite early - that is, if our son didn't wake us up first!
Plan on a steep drive the last hundred yards or so up to the house. I have to say that if it were winter, I'd probably want an all-wheel drive vehicle. But that's not uncommon for any home in the mountains. If you're staying for a week or longer (and especially if you cook a lot like we did), plan to have to haul your trash out once or twice to the local facility, which is not bad - it's just something you have to do."
Guest: Kelly S.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 17, 2015