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Spacious Log Cabin - Owner Managed !

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, stone fireplace, grandfather mtn. view

Welcome to Summer in the mountains. Make yourself at home in our lovingly restored Lincoln-log cabin located on more than an acre of pine and rhododendron half-way between Boone and Banner Elk off highway 105 S on a quiet dead-end street. Enjoy the beautiful open floor plan. Fireplaces in living area and master bedroom. Very large, fully equipped eat-in kitchen. TV with cable in living area and cable TV in all bedrooms. Wireless internet, washer and dryer. Front and rear decks . Back yard offers peace and quiet among the pines with Grandfather Mountain view. Enjoy cooking out on the grill or gather round the fire pit, weather permitting. No mountain driving or 4-wheel required to get here. 1 king, 3 queen and 1 roll-away bed. Please inquire about pets, no smoking in-doors.

Let Us Work for You: We strive to give you and your group an old-fashioned vacation for all seasons. We will work with you to customize your stay with us for maximum comfort and enjoyment.

We welcome Multi-generational Families: Our easy access makes it possible for the whole family to enjoy mountain living. Two bedrooms on the main level next to bathroom are quiet for early evening retirement. Large kitchen and living area accommodate family gatherings for TV watching, game playing or just visiting with each other. Outdoor seating, family bar-b-ques, a dog run - accommodate everyone. Plenty of easy parking.

Activities, Culture, Shopping, Restaurants: Close to river swimming, fishing, hiking, skiing, Grandfather Mountain, zip-line. The cabin has its own sledding hill when there is snow. Boone's Appalachian State University holds concerts and other lecture, music, and theater events throughout the year. Many local art galleries, antiques and unique shopping await you. Excellent dining or eat casual - many bar-b-que recipes to sample as well as other traditional fare.

More Details

Sally Schwyn
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2017

About Sally Schwyn

I am a retired school teacher and college administrator in love with the western North Carolina mountain communities around Boone. I spent my childhood in Ohio, raised my family of 5 children in Michigan and lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before retirement. As a mid-westerner I especially enjoy our wonderful mountain climate; warmer in Winter, cooler in Summer and so so beautiful in Spring and Fall.

Sally Schwyn purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Sally Schwyn chose Blue Ridge Mountains

I have always been attracted to older homes, with large trees on the property, and enjoy returning them to their intended grace and beauty. We bought this tired, older log cabin in 2005 and spent 3 years restoring it to its current condition. I love being an Inn Keeper and sharing my home and its beautiful setting with our guests and my family when they can come for a visit. In addition to the upper cabin with its 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, etc, there is a separate apartment on the lowest level which is where I live when I am not traveling.

What makes this cabin unique

This property used to be a Christmas tree farm - the trees now tower over 70 feet and provide a year round green buffer from the local roads that make getting to points of interest easy and convenient. I like sitting on the hill next to the cabin and looking at the profile of Grandfather Mountain. It's a great way to start the day with a cup of coffee and an even better way to unwind after a busy day of mountain activity or just sightseeing our beautiful mountain area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cabin was a wonderful retreat for our week-end. The kids loved the board games, bears and Boone. Great trip to Blowing Rock and Mast General. The view of Grandfather Mountain was majestic! Thanks for sharing your home with our families.
Nov 2013
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Banner Elk Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , plus 1 roll-away
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Please inquire for current bedroom setup. We will attempt to accommodate your group.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Location, location. Central to all area activities.


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Spacious Log Cabin - Owner Managed !
average rating of 4.428571 based on 58 reviews
Nashville, NC


  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin during family weekend at ASU. The cabin was clean and the description/pictures were accurate. Sally was very helpful in checking in as well as during our stay. The cabin is also very stocked with pots/pans, dishes, silverware, etc. With a student at ASU, we will definately be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write your review. As the owner/manager of the Red Bear Cabin I attempt to make the cabin a" home away from home" for my guests. I enjoyed meeting you and your delightful family and I look forward to your next visit.
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Red Bear Cabin is Lovely

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the lovely Red Bear Cabin, which is warm and fully equipped with all the necessities of home. It gave us the opportunity to poke around Boone, NC, and then return to our cozy cabin situated in the midst of some glorious scenery. The owner, Sally, is a delightful hostess who told us about the best places to see in the area. We will return as often as our travel plans allow.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy Christmas Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Red Bear Cabin months in advance, literally "dreaming of a white Christmas" with the whole family in the mountains. El Nino prevented the white Christmas but we still had a lovely time because Sally, the owner/manager made sure we had eveything we needed! The cabin was comfortable, clean, well-stocked, and met our needs very well. We had three families and two little boys - took Santa and all our gifts with us, as well as groceries for an entire Christmas dinner. The big country kitchen made it easy to prepare a Christmas meal - turkey and all the trimmings, which we ate around the big kitchen table! We cut down a tree (although Sally had put one up for us as well) because we wanted the experience of cutting one!

The cabin in centrally located between Boone and Banner Elk, and easy to get to without traversing scary roads. It is convenient to anything you want or need - from grocery stores to ski resorts, hiking, tubing, recreation and shopping of all kinds.

The pictures do not do this cabin justice. It is a real charmer. And Sally herself is it's best asset. She felt like a member of our family . She lives on site, so she was there to let us in, to answer questions and handle anything that came up.

We would totally recommend this cabin .

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Red Bear Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent time during our stay at Red Bear Cabin!!! Ms. Sallye and Mr. Michael were super host and everything was exactly as described. I especially enjoyed walking around the property and taking pictures while the kids loved playing outside in the beautiful yard. The sunflowers were my absolute favorite ... I have never seen such huge flowers before!! The kids also enjoyed the fire pit...s'mores 2 nights in a row!!! My parents also enjoyed their stay and are already talking about our stay next year!!!! I'll be contacting you soon, Ms. Sallye!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No comforts here!

  • 2 of 5

This was our second year spending a family vacation in this cabin. Last year we were able to ignore the paper-thin walls and floors since everything else was enjoyable. This year, not so much. The storm windows were not lowered and so we had to go around "winterizing" the cabins very old windows. The doors had such bad weather stripping that you could see large gaps of light around them. And to top it off, the thermostat was "touchy" and refused to work properly during a very cold spell (-10 windchill!). We had 3 very small children in the house and yet the owner did not return our call or text about the thermostat. The only warm spot for the kids was sitting close to the fire. Bedtimes were a nightmare due to the cold. She needs to put a little maintenance and effort into the cabin to make it comfortable again. I would only recommend this cabin in the warmer months and to groups with no young children.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry this guest did not have an enjoyable time at the cabin. They were there when the outside temperature dipped to a low of 7 below zero, unusually and extremely cold - setting local records. I did respond to their call regarding the thermostat and did get it working properly. The bedrooms are very warm if the heat vents are opened and by choice they had a fire in the fireplace most of the time. I was not informed of the cold bedroom problem. I appreciate the concerns expressed and am making every effort to make the cabin a more cozy place to stay - even in the coldest of times.
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Raleigh, NC

Fun girls' getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Five friends and I stayed at Red Bear Cabin this summer. We so enjoyed sitting on the deck drinking coffee in the mornings and all the little extra touches provided by Sally. It's in a great location, and we'd probably stay there again if we take another trip to the mountains!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Tri-City, TN
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
breakfast/lunch, 500 yards, many nearby
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
15 minutes
Car: necessary

Perfect just off-highway location with no steep driving, half-way between Boone and Banner Elk. Close to river rocks - swimming, fishing, skiing, tubing, sledding, hiking, Grandfather Mountain, gem mining, ASU, galleries, antiques, shopping, restaurants and more.

Other Activities: Hawksnest family zip-line and tubing center, largest in the East is only 3 miles from the cabin. Tweetsie Railroad, Mystery House, Blowing Rock, Mast General Store near-by.

Ski: 15 minutes to Sugar Mountain skiing, 15 minutes beyond that is Beech Mountain. 5 minutes to Hawksnest Family Tubing Center and 20 minutes to Appalachian Ski Area. Winter hiking and fishing close by as well.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $150

50% confirmation deposit.
Balance and security deposit due at or before check-in.
Accept VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, personal/business check, money order, cash

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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