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Brown Bear Retreat -3mi ASU 10 Minutes to Both Sugar and Appalachian Ski Slope

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,650 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Come across the walkway on to the front porch with five rocking chairs, open the door and the first thing you notice through the doors at the end of the family room is the view. The magnificent 180 degrees of layered blue mountains is exactly what you would hope to see in a mountain home. You will be drawn to pass through the great room on to the expansive upper deck to marvel at the view before you even begin to examine the house which is another wonderful experience. The house is in a gated community with easy winter access.

Main Floor Once back into the great room you will notice the 22 foot ceiling with tongue and groove southern pine. The centerpiece of the room is a floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace with gas logs. In addition to the great room there are two bedrooms, dining room and kitchen on this floor. Like the great room the master bedroom also has a 20 foot ceiling with double doors going out to the deck. The expansive bathroom has two separate granite counter top sinks, a glass enclosed tile shower with two heads and a whirlpool tub. The other bedroom on this floor has beamed ceilings, a queen sized bed and its own bathroom with a shower. The dining room table seats eight and there are three bar stools at one of the two granite islands. This is a kitchen any chief would love to cook and entertain in. There is an abundance of counter space, and the well stocked kitchen has all the cookware, appliances, and serving pieces needed to prepare the finest of meals. There is additional seating for eight on the deck.

Upper Floor The upper floor has a beautiful bedroom with a king size bed. There is an antique desk in front of the dormer window with long range views should anyone need to do work on their computer. A sitting room in the loft with a spectacular expanse of view separates the second bedroom on this level where there are three twin beds with a kids motif. There is a pack and play available as well as other baby needs.

Lower Level The lower level is also magnificent with 12 foot beamed ceilings with its own floor to ceiling stacked stone wood burning fireplace. The fifth bedroom which is on this floor has a queen sized bed and opens to the lower deck. The walk in closet houses a child's Crib. The large family room opens to its own private kitchen with coffee, dishwasher and refrigerator. There is a walk in wine cellar to store all the wine you have brought with you as well as a Jacuzzi hot tub to drink the wine with amazing views of the sun setting over the mountains.

Decks and porches. The house has over 1200 feet of deck and porch space to truly enjoy an outdoor experience. There is plenty of high quality furniture to eat and relax on. A gas grill is available and there is a large Jacuzzi hot tub to relax and gaze at the clear starlit nights. You can see the sun rise from the front deck and watch it set in the back of the house.

Our Holiday rates are slightly higher than posted and have a 3 day minimum. When possible, we offer a 1/2 day rate if you are interested in checking in early and checking out later in the day.

Keywords: Log home in Gated Community with long range views, centrally located to Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Blue Ridge Parkway and Watauga River close by.

More Details

Mary Fehl
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Why Mary Fehl chose Vilas

We always wanted to build a log home,and when you see this house we hope you will appreciate the time and effort we spent planning, designing and furnishing it. Its a two hour drive from our home in Charlotte, which makes it very accessible for a weekend getaway. It's a wonderful retreat.

What makes this cabin unique

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking along hundreds of miles of trails, fly fishing,shoping in nearby Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. The area has a multitude of really good restaurants. Football games at ASU in the fall are not to be missed. Craft fairs, art shows, plays and concerts abound throughout the surrounding towns and countryside throughout the summer and fall. When cold weather arrives sitting in front of the fireplace reading a book, or for the adventurous skiing at three nearby slopes. The changing of the seasons, especially spring and fall are dramatic. This is truly a four season area, with unlimited adventures awaiting its visitors.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Your home in Boone is absolutely wonderful. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. It is decorated beautifully and all the rooms were just so comfortable and the kitchen was perfect for all our meals. We had so much fun we decided to make it an annual event The weather was also perfect and we got to enjoy the deck and view every evening for cocktails. What a special place you have and how lucky your are to be able to go and enjoy that fabulous house any time. Again thanks for sharing your
Aug 2011
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Vilas Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in room for kids, Child Beds (1) Pack and play, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Sofa bed in Loft and Lower level
  • Air Hockey
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Brown Bear Retreat -3mi ASU 10 Minutes to Both Sugar and Appalachian Ski Slope
average rating of 4.965517 based on 30 reviews

Great home for a gathering

  • 5 of 5

The layout of the house was great for a large group. The view was fantastic. It is a great location if you go to Boone for a football game or a graduation at App. Hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Perfect place to be with family, have fun, relax and enjoy being with each other. The house was nice and cozy, and the view was spectacular! Would love to go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great Mountain Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family gathering could not have been better! The phenomenal view and mountain climate made for many lovely evenings gathered in laughter and conversation. The large front porch became the coffee gathering spot as we planned our activities for the day. We loved our vacation and would recommend this home to anyone considering a stay in this area.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Big and roomy, with lots of common areas indoors and on the expansive decks. View is hard to beat, and the pics on VRBO don't do it justice. I have rented many homes on VRBO, and this was one of my best experiences, from the ease of check in to how well the house is appointed. It's a winner, we hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend Brown Bear Retreat. Our group had an absolute blast, and we are looking forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Cabin.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin. Our family was able to come together & be comfortable. It was located close to everything. Awesome. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $800
Tax Rate 12.75%

Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years


Weekly Discounts HOLIDAY Weekends are slightly higher with a 3 day min.

Cleaning fee - 160.00 Sales tax 6.75% Watauga Occupancy tax 6%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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