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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • Beautiful Mountain Lake Retreat

    "We loved every minute of our one week stay at Happy Bears Cottage. We highly recommend Bear Lake Reserve for a quiet retreat amidst stunning beauty. The house is tastefully furnished and well-cared for -- there was ample seating in the living area, a huge dining table & bar stools with seating for ten, bedrooms with amazingly comfortable mattresses, and a nicely appointed gourmet kitchen adequately supplied for cooking for a crowd for the chefs among you. We loved having the large screened porch out back. It provided a safe place for our little ones to play -- with two seating areas for the adults as well. The view from the porch was stunning -- it directly overlooks a well-groomed pond, with views of the mountains beyond it. From the porch, you have easy access to a large, level grassy area around the pond -- perfect for our grandkids to enjoy. And just beyond the pond was the amphitheater area, with an even larger grassy field. This cottage is very close to the main gate, which gave us quick access to the surrounding areas on the days we wanted to explore. There are two small towns (Sylva & Cullowhee) within a 30 minute drive with grocery stores and other necessities. We spent a day at the Biltmore Estate, which is a scenic one-hour drive away. There are lots of outdoor activities available in this general area: rock climbing, hiking, beautiful waterfalls & gem mining (Franklin area), horseback riding, zip-lining & whitewater rafting. But with the outstanding amenities available at Bear Lake Reserve, you may never leave the resort! Everything was top-notch and well-groomed -- from the incredible mountaintop golf course with stunning long range views, to the lake club area with its two pool areas & gorgeous views of the lake (one infinity pool for adults & one kiddie pool with slide), plus the amenities at the lake club (theatre room, library, kids' playroom, restaurant & café, fitness center), in addition to the marina area with various boat rentals, as well as the trout pond pavilion with catch & release fishing in their stocked pond, to the Bear Creek Park area with nature trails, fire pits & camp areas for family adventures -- there are so many activities to enjoy in this resort community! Do be aware that this particular cottage is not suited for anyone with limited mobility -- there is a steep slope with stone steps from the small parking pad to the front entrance. However, I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone else -- we loved it!!"
    Guest: Christina L. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 3, 2014
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  • Extremely Pleased!

    "We are a family of 4 and were extremely pleased with our stay here. The owner was very accommodating. The location was short drive to Hendersonville and about 30 minute drive to Asheville. We were able to drive to great hiking trails, white water rafting and zip lining. Also spent a good amount of time just on the property where the peace and quiet is very welcoming."
    Guest: Amanda M. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 2014
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  • Our recent stay in Maggie Valley

    "It was awesome! Our entire family stayed 3 days and we could not have enjoyed our family vacation more. The home was exactly as advertised and easy to access as we were sightseeing. Ms Peraza provided us with all the information we needed to enjoy our stay and maintained communication with us while there. She is the best! The home was clean, comfortable and spoke highly about the type of services provided by VRBO and Home Away. We highly recommend VRBO! Thank you for making our stay in the mountains perfect! Ed"
    Guest: Ed Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 5, 2014
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  • Beyond Thrilled with this Gorgeous Home!

    "My family and I have returned from a wonderful get-away to Asheville - and Richard's Home was the highlight! Every need was anticipated in how the home was furnished and supplied. We had the pleasure of briefly meeting Richard, the Homeowner - and he was extremely welcoming and helpful. The Sonos Music System is terrific and easy to use. The Home itself is sleek and gorgeous with wonderful views. We actually chose to stay in one night just to enjoy the large deck - and lovely view. We would love to return and stay here again!"
    Guest: Kelly M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 7, 2014
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Smoky Mountains Travel Tips

The Smokies rise above the South along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and are a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. These beautiful peaks are most well-known as the home of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This area in North Carolina is great for enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. When the temperatures warm up, check out water activities like rafting or river tubing. As the snow falls, enjoy your free time with a little downhill skiing.

The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the natural fog that hangs over the peaks and creates large plumes in the distance. They’re an awesome place to plan adventurous hikes thanks to the dense forests. You might even catch a glimpse of a black bear!

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

- Cherokee Indian Museum: Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Cherokee Indian Museum displays a fascinating collection of original artifacts used by this tribe many years ago. A 20-foot, hand-carved statue of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, greets visitors to the museum, and inside you will learn all about the history of the Cherokee Native Americans through audio and visual presentations and displays.

- Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: While in North Carolina visiting the Smoky Mountains, stop by the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to catch a live show. This theater seats 1,500 people, so there’s plenty of space for both visitors and locals to see a performance. You can hear country, gospel and folk music, see a choral festival or watch a dance performance. It’s a great place to spend an evening after a delicious meal tasting the local fare.

- Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum: For those who love looking at sparkly things or may be interested in the history of the area, a trip to the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is a must. Located in a historic 1850s jail in the center of the town of Franklin, the museum features eight rooms filled with minerals from North Carolina, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescing minerals and a collection of minerals and specimens from around the globe.

Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

- Gem Mining: If you’re intrigued by the idea of hunting for buried treasure, gem mining is for you. The Nantahala River Gem Mine gives you the chance to search for a variety of gemstones like rubies, emeralds, amethyst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, turquoise, ametrine, Mexican opal, sapphires, garnets, topaz, quartz and smoky quartz, chrysoprase and more. Test your luck and skill to see if you can if you find your own beautifully colored treasure.

- Appalachian Trail: The Appalachian Trail is an iconic feat for any avid hiker or explorer and runs straight through the Smoky Mountains on its way from Georgia to Maine. Visitors to the Smoky Mountains area can enjoy numerous hikes to explore the different parts of the trail in both Tennessee and North Carolina; however, be warned that the paths are quite steep but offer spectacular views of the Southern landscape.

- Darnell Farms Corn Maze: For a unique outdoor adventure, try not to get lost in the Darnell Farms Corn Maze. Located near the Tuckaseigee River in Bryson City, the farm creates different patterns with the corn stalks each year where visitors can try to make their way from one end to the other without getting turned around. Put your orienteering skills to work as you enjoy each other’s company, some fresh air and what’s sure to be a hilarious experience.

- Deep Creek Tubing: When the weather turns warm, the best way to cool down is to get in the water. With deep creek tubing, you can rent your own tube for the day and enjoy floating along the water as you relax under the sun and breathe in the Appalachian air.

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian history and culture was born in these mountains, which can be explored on more than 500,000 acres. On the North Carolina side, there are great trails for hiking as well as horseback riding. There are many adventures to be had here as you enjoy the open spaces and breathe the fresh air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by natural beauty. You can also visit the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which displays exhibits on mountain life in the 1800s. Adjacent to the center is the Mountain Farm Museum, boasting a collection of historic farm buildings you can examine.

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