Chalet, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-3)
About Bettie Sommer
The day I happened upon the Kilmichael Tower during an idyllic vacation in Little Switzerland, I decided to turn it into a residence although I resided 600 miles away in Winter Park, Florida and worked as a tenured professor at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I am developing a website at Bike-Sync.com featuring innovative and time-tested bicycle transportation systems and also launching a second career in photography, inspired in part by the beauty of leisurely days spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I like having kindred spirits enjoy the chalet.
Bettie Sommer purchased this Chalet in 1986
Why Bettie Sommer chose Little Switzerland
Pristine forests, meadows and waterfalls are right there in the town within walking distance. The Switzerland Inn offers breakfast-through-dinner fireside dining with a lively bar, a grand flagstone lobby with massive fireplace and views south into the valley and newly added stone bar and dining patio and fire pit seating below. The village of Little Switzerland is informal, energetic and blessedly free of pretense. commercialism, and “development.” The area is internationally renowned for both its welcoming fine craft artist studios and rustic arts. In the area, folks play mountain music, clog and square dance, work iron and wood, make cane chairs, and engage in other traditional activities that are open to visitors. Surrounded by wild nature, Grassy Mountain offers the opportunity to be among deer, rabbits, wild turkey, fox, huge owls and other birds, wild apple trees, forests with hillsides of blooming native plants, and the annual monarch butterfly migration.
What makes this Chalet unique
Location, location, location right in the village of Little Switzerland -- surrounded by nature, in a historic building on a mountaintop, and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A fun vacation getaway tailored to one or two persons in a spacious residential mountain neighborhood with nature still intact. The romance of interior stone walls and holiday architecture and furnishings. A delightful stroll downhill in an ever-changing landscape to the village center and a waterfall. Scenic drives to Mt. Mitchell, Crabtree Meadows and Falls, Linville, Penland and America’s best fine craft studios, and the always fascinating Asheville.
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Reconnected But Not Rested
The little stone chalet was just what we were looking for for our Anniversary weekend. We were not looking for luxurious but we were looking for comfortable. The bed nor the sofa was comfortable. Neither of us felt well rested after the very little sleep on the old hard lumpy mattress, and the sofa was not much better. This made lounging and hanging out miserable. I would love to give this an overall 5 stars because the vibe was definitely there but the berber carpet, and uncomfortable furniture were just too much to ignore.
Awesome property in an incredible location. Absolutely quiet except for the sound of the wind in the trees and the birds in the morning. At night you lay in bed and see nothing but the moon and stars.
It was a perfect long weekend getaway from the grind of Washington, DC.
What a charming and beautiful chalet-quiet and quaint and the location was perfect for our vacation getaway. The historical significance was a bonus. Can’t wait to visit again!
Lovely , rustic getaway
Quick stop over . Wish we had more time. Beautifully elemental place to stay . Cozy with artistic touches throughout . Tight spiral staircase and bathroom should be considered by guests (only toilet upstairs in sleeping area which worked great for us but wouldn’t for large person or anyone with mobility issues). Driveway totally fine in good weather if you’re used to mountain driving . We loved it...especially the night sky from the bedroom .
My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and it was beautiful. Everything was clean and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again!
The most amazing experience this little Chalet offers is the view of the sky from the bedroom. Seeing all the stars and the moon as you lay in bed at night is incredible. It is located about halfway between Boone and Asheville. Which made it great for day trip’s using the parkway. The bathroom facilities were a bit of a challenge.
Hiking to nearby waterfalls; Mt. Mitchell; star gazing in one of the few places east of the Mississippi without light pollution; gem mining; visiting and observing glass, wood, clay, iron and other fine craft artists that live in the area, which has one of the finest collection of artists in the US, centered on the 75 year old Penland School of Crafts, less than 15 miles away