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Recent Smoky Mountains reviews

  • Spring Break "Get-Away"

    "My husband and I recently treated our children and grandchildren to a wonderful spring break get-away in this beautiful mountain cabin. It was immaculate, comfortably furnished, and spacious -- more than enough room for our family of 12! The manager/host was always available to meet our every need. Although we stocked up on groceries at a local store, we enjoyed the luxury of several meals at various nearby restaurants. Our grandchildren were able to walk, just a few blocks away, to the Rolling Thunder River Company for a fun day of river rafting, while my husband and I enjoyed a peaceful day of basking on the porch, simply relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the mountains, spring foliage and beautiful Fontana Lake below. The next morning our host arranged a fun-filled family mountain bike adventure! We spent the rest of our time hiking, zip-lining and enjoying the quaintness of downtown Bryson City and other towns nearby. We look forward to returning in the summer when the blackberries are ripe, then again in the fall to take in the magnificent beauty of the changing leaves!"
    Guest: Scott & Starr Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 13, 2014
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  • A Wonderful Place for a Family Retreat

    "We recently stayed at Hart House for three nights with family out-of-town guests for my daughter's wedding in Asheville. The home comfortably accommodated all of our guests and offered a relaxed setting for conversations, games, meals and time to reconnect with each other. The home was well-appointed with ample supplies, towels, etc. for our large group. Beds were comfortable and the house felt spacious but cozy. No one felt on top of each other. We appreciated the fixin's for S'mores in the backyard fire pit and enjoyed visiting with the resident dogs, Thomas and Henry. Hart House was the perfect setting for our large family group to share some time together both before and after the wedding. We were all sad to leave and hope one day to return again!"
    Guest: Amy M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 6, 2014
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  • The Best Apartment We Have Stayed In!

    "We have stayed in many VRBO rentals before, but this was far above any of the previous properties. The Owner and host, Tim was friendly and met us when we arrived to show us where we would be staying. The apartment was spotless and everything you need was provided for. No need to rewash things or clean so you would feel comfortable here. Our dog was welcomed without a "pet deposit" or additional fee. This is a very nice perk and should be appreciated by responsible dog owners. We opened our "welcome" bottle of wine, relaxed and planned our activities in the Asheville area. The other reviews pretty well cover anything we did not mention. We highly recommend this property and will return at our next visit."
    Guest: Carol T. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 3, 2014
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  • Clean, comfy and great location!

    "It was a wonderful blessing to be able to spend a few days in the beautiful North Carolina mountains with our daughter, son-in-law and 6 month old grandson. As the one planning our trip, I was so worried about whether the cabin would suit our needs. There was no need to worry. The Mountain GEM was perfect for our stay. It was in a convenient location making it easy to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Valley and the Smoky Mountains. The house was well equipped and very clean. We have come to expect a few insects in rentals, but didn't see any in this cabin. Since there were no photos on VRBO of the bathrooms, I was prepared for the worst, but was pleasantly surprised. They both were bright and clean. I especially liked the antique dressing table in the upstairs bath. Our son-in-law enjoyed a game of air hockey with our grandson playing goalie (with assistance from his mom). Both beds in the downstairs bedrooms were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed for preparing meals. We have learned that renters seldom take care to clean outdoor grills, so we didn't bother to bring anything to cook out on the deck. We also never made use of the hot tub, but did enjoy the views of mountains and stars from the deck. Although there is a phone in the cabin, we were happy that both our AT&T and T-Mobile phones had good service there. Since my husband and I spent a good bit of time inside with the baby, it was also nice to have cable TV and Wi-Fi. The fact that the driveway is level with just a few steps into the home would make it a good location for someone with difficulty getting around. We had originally hoped that my elderly parents would be able to join us. With everything they would need on the first floor, they would have been able to manage just fine. Maybe they can join us the next visit. Geoff, the owner, and John, the realtor, made it easy to handle the rental arrangements. The email Geoff sent filled with links and info on things to do in the area was greatly appreciated. Our daughter and son-in-law made good use of it exploring waterfalls, hiking trails on the Parkway and a trip to Clingman's Dome while we stayed at the cabin enjoying the company of our grandson. We did all get out one day for a trip to see the 360 degree views from Max Patch Bald. We also discovered an overlook on the way down to Cataloochee that was perfect for watching the sunset over the Smokies. Thank you, Geoff!"
    Guest: Spoon Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 21, 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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