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Windy Ridge viewed from Blue Ridge Parkway

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Relax or venture out to sample mountain culture or outdoors fun. Windy Ridge is a 3 chimney, 2 acre, 1 front porch, 1 back deck, 3 bedroom, 1 hammock, 1 grassy terrace beautiful home from which to sample the VA/NC line's relaxing natural beauty. While uniquely overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Windy Ridge is 1880's historic - it was once the post office and general store for 'Max VA.' Today its a place of relaxation and restoration. Contemplate mountains and cows all day from the front porch or back deck. Or adventure out to trails, rivers, caves, or small towns. Whatever you do, DON'T RUSH or you will violate the spirit of the place.
Master bedroom, Guest bedroom, Bunkroom (4 beds), Den with stone fireplace, Dining Room, Kitchen, Great Room (with great views). Note: Its an historic home, those with severe dust allergies don't do well at Windy Ridge. No air conditioning, which is no problem.
Full kitchen with staples; 2 fireplaces; firebowl; hammock; 'Harry Potter Memorial' Games Closet Under the Stairs (bb guns, tent, slip n slide, croquet, etc); foosball table; dvd player.
Across the street in the front is a farm. The yearling cows are skinny and skittish in spring, fat and sassy in the fall. Ditto across the Blue Ridge Parkway in the back. To the sides of the house are a few acres of woods that children can play in.

PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO FROM WINDY RIDGE:

MAYBERRY: If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, you can drive 25 minutes to Mt. Airy NC where Andy grew up. The adorable old downtown has preserved the Snappy Lunch Counter where Andy ate a 5cent porch chop sandwich everyday all the way through school (EAT THERE), and has many shops, restaurants, and Mayberry experiences (tour the town in a Mayberry replica sheriff’s car, etc.)

WINERIES: This is a jumping off point for NC and VA wineries. Follow the NC winery trail in the Yadkin River Valley, centered upon the grandest winery east of California – Shelton Vineyards (25 minutes away – feels like Napa Valley). Travel thirty minutes up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chateau Morissette, a lavish old-world castle with wine-tasting, etc. Multiple smaller wineries abound in this region.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC CENTER: is ten minutes south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They feature DAILY mountain musicians sitting around playin’ and talkin’ in rocking chairs. Pull up a chair. Then walk through the MOUNTAIN AND COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM to understand the history and culture behind such music. Mountain music is the root for bluegrass and country music. One and three mile hiking trails circle from the Music Center.

REX THEATER: in Galax VA, 20 minutes away. Every Friday night there is a live local mountain music band that is also a live regional radio broadcast. The Rex is a grand old early 20th century restored theater. You will observe locals showing up after work, stomping their feet and sometimes moving to the front and demonstrating their original clogging and other indigenous dances.

SHOPS & DOWNTOWN GALAX VA: 20 minutes away. Barr’s fiddle shop is the hub of ‘mountain music’ and anchors downtown. Antique shops, a book store, an arts center, bbq restaurant, ice cream, coffee shop and more. Poke around, see what you find.

GALAX MOVIE THEATER, WALMART, ETC: The movie theater plays the current 2-3 most popular movies. Other typical stores are in the outer part of Galax.

HIKING: One of the best hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 15 minutes south of Windy Ridge. Cumberland Knob has a 2.5 mile gorge hike that goes WAY down, criss crosses a roaring stream (lots of spots for kids and adults to wade, swim, picnic), then hikes WAY back up. There’s also a gentle ¾ mile hike from parking simply to the knob. There are one or two gentle hiking trails at the Blue Ridge Music Center, 10 miles south of Windy Ridge. Multiple other hikes can be found along the parkway.

TUBING AND CANOING THE NEW RIVER: many outfitters will set you up for a long or short canoe or inner tube trip down portions of the New River, within a 20-30 minute drive.

BIKING: The NEW RIVER TRAIL is a bike trail formed from repurposed train tracks through the mountains, thus the grade is gradual at every point. The southern entry point is in downtown Galax VA, where there are also bike rentals. Another fun entry/exit/rental point is the river town of Fries, VA (if renting bikes, that’s where we usually begin).
VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL is a 50 minute drive away, ending in Abingdon, VA.

CAVING: THIS IS OUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH KIDS! DEVILS DEN CAVE and park is 15 minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Google directions. It’s a sparsely maintained park. Bring flashlights, clothes for getting dirty, and rope if you have it. Park the car, hike ½ mile down, and you will find a hole in the mountain. Free climb into any of the 4 or 5 openings within sight. Stay in pairs! We do not know of anyone who has yet defined the depths of these caves, and you are on your own (watch out for poison ivy on the trail down and up).

PEACEFUL HEART ALPACAS FARM: Five minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Along one of America’s most scenic roads, you will find Peaceful Heart Alpacas. Our 27 acre, alpaca farm is located at Mile Post 204 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from the Virginia/North Carolina border. We feel blessed every day to wake up to pastures full of beautiful animals and a fiber arts studio and store located in our 100 year old farm house. Our alpaca farm and store is always open to visitors, free of charge.”
MOUNTAIN GOLF. There are several golf courses within 5-20 minutes, varying according to price and quality. If you walk, you’d better be in shape!

Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/01/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Kids will love roaming in the back fields, or walk down Blue Ridge Parkway to play in a stream, or roam in the pine woods next to Windy Ridge that we've named 'Fangorn Forest.' Thick tree cover, no undergrowth so pine needle floor alone. Fun place to play games of chase....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • This is a restored farmhouse with active fireplaces, well-used furniture, and a long history of use. People with severe dust allergies don't always fare well, so please consider. Note there is no wifi or air conditioning....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Large library of fiction and non-fiction....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a TV that gets extremely limited regional channel reception....moreless

  • Toys:

    There is a game closet under the stairs with bb guns, croquet, boule, a tent for kids to use, etc....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Gentle mountain views from the back deck and front porch....moreless

  • Rural:

    Windy Ridge is 15 minutes from Galax VA, 20 minutes from Mt. Airy NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    We prefer to dine on the back porch or under the oak trees most of the time...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    None. The temperature remains cool through the summer at Windy Ridge. On an exceptionally warm day, its always cool under the front oak trees, we just pull our chairs out there....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Use the fireplace in the den, wood pile is out front....moreless

  • Heating:

    No heat. We use powerful space heaters in the late fall and early spring, and close the house for the winter....moreless

  • Internet:

    No wifi. If necessary, use smartphone to create wifi hotspot on porch. Best phone reception is front porch. Otherwise the BBQ and other restaurants in Galax have free wifi...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line in house, feel free to use for domestic calls....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In the kitchen. Please do not use....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Yes...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Feel free to use staples in the kitchen - flour, sugar, coffee, coffee filters, olive oil, spices, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Several courses of varying quality and price are nearby....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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2 night min stay
$140 $145
Fri, Sat
$900 $2,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $35

Notes:

No smoking inside. No pets. Linens not provided. Bring own towels, queen sheets for master and guest room, singles (or sleeping bags are best) for bunk room. Linens can be provided for an additional small fee.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

THINGS TO ENJOY IN THE AREA:

*Blue Ridge Music Center: On parkway. Mile marker 212. Windy Ridge is between mile marker 208-209. Very close. Saturday nights at 7pm are great times. There is also a great hiking trail at the center.

*Cumberland Knob: One of the best hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 15 minutes south of Windy Ridge. Cumberland Knob has a 2.5 mile gorge hike that goes WAY down, criss crosses a roaring stream (lots of spots for kids and adults to wade, swim, picnic), then hikes WAY back up. There’s also a gentle ¾ mile hike from parking simply to the knob.

*Galax-directions: Get on parkway behind house heading north toward Music Center. Pass Music Center and go to the first exit. You will see sign to Galax (right). Take this road and it becomes the main street into old Galax.

*REX Theatre: Most Friday nights they have live Mountain/Bluegrass music. Free but they ask for small donations. Very much worth the experience.

*Chestnut School of Arts

*Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. Won national awards *McAdoo’s Restaurant

*George’s Coffee-great sandwiches *Bogey’s- serve dinner only

*Walmart/Groceries (stay on main road till dead ends then turn right and go another 3-5 miles)

*Wineries: Chateau Morrisette and Appalachian Villa. Very close to each other. 30 mile drive into Virginia from Windy Ridge. Mabry Mill: on way to wineries. Follow the NC winery trail in the Yadkin River Valley, centered upon the grandest winery east of California – Shelton Vineyards (25 minutes away – feels like Napa Valley).

*Lakeview Restaurant-GREAT country breakfast. Take Parkway heading south and take exit onto Hwy 52. Turn left at bottom of exit. 15 minute drive from here.

PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO FROM WINDY RIDGE:

*Mayberry/Mt. Airy: If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, you can drive 25 minutes to Mt. Airy NC where Andy grew up. The adorable old downtown has preserved the Snappy Lunch Counter where Andy ate a 5cent porch chop sandwich everyday all the way through school (EAT THERE), and has many shops, restaurants, and Mayberry experiences (tour the town in a Mayberry replica sheriff’s car, etc.)

*Tubing/Canoeing the New River: many outfitters will set you up for a long or short canoe or inner tube trip down portions of the New River, within a 20-30 minute drive.

*Biking: The NEW RIVER TRAIL is a bike trail formed from repurposed train tracks through the mountains, thus the grade is gradual at every point. The southern entry point is in downtown Galax VA, where there are also bike rentals. Another fun entry/exit/rental point is the river town of Fries, VA (if renting bikes, that’s where we usually begin). VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL is a 50 minute drive away, ending in Abingdon, VA.

*Amateur Caving: THIS IS OUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH KIDS! DEVILS DEN CAVE and park is 15 minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Google directions. It’s a sparsely maintained park. Bring flashlights, clothes for getting dirty, and rope if you have it. Park the car, hike ½ mile down, and you will find a hole in the mountain. Free climb into any of the 4 or 5 openings within sight. Stay in pairs! We do not know of anyone who has yet defined the depths of these caves, and you are on your own (watch out for poison ivy on the trail down and up).

Peaceful Heart Alpacas Farm: Five minutes north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Along one of America’s most scenic roads, you will find Peaceful Heart Alpacas. Our 27 acre, alpaca farm is located at Mile Post 204 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few miles from the Virginia/North Carolina border. We feel blessed every day to wake up to pastures full of beautiful animals and a fiber arts studio and store located in our 100 year old farm house. Our alpaca farm and store is always open to visitors, free of charge.”

*Mountain Golf: There are several golf courses within 5-20 minutes, varying according to price and quality. If you walk, you’d better be in shape!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We go back and forth between Charlotte NC and Windy Ridge frequently. We use VRBO for most of our own vacations, and now that our sons are in college we enjoy sharing our historic mountain getaway with others. Our children, relatives and friends consider it a sort of 'homestead' in all of our lives. The picture above is of one of our favorite things to do - have friends up and enjoy a long dinner under the oak trees beside the house.

Why the Owner Chose Galax, VA, USA:
Growing up our family took many Saturday drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping for picnics, hikes and playing in creeks. Later, we couldn't believe our eyes when this Virginia farmhouse was available when we started looking for a mountain place. Its been rewarding to fix up and enjoy the relaxing charm of mountain views and culture.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The charm of Windy Ridge is its historicity, gingerbread gables, 3 chimneys, two porches and gentle mountain views. On the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 10/01/2016

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Photos

  • Windy Ridge viewed from Blue Ridge Parkway

    Windy Ridge viewed from Blue Ridge Parkway

  • View from back deck, looking over the Blue Ridge Parkway

    View from back deck, looking over the Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Great room - wonderful view of fields and mountains

    Great room - wonderful view of fields and mountains

  • Dining room (with cow painting presiding over meals)

    Dining room (with cow painting presiding over meals)

  • Upstairs guest bedroom

    Upstairs guest bedroom

  • Downstairs bathroom.  Upstairs is also a full bathroom

    Downstairs bathroom. Upstairs is also a full bathroom

  • Kitchen table and door to back deck

    Kitchen table and door to back deck

  • Terrace next to house with firebowl and flower garden, overlooking mountain view

    Terrace next to house with firebowl and flower garden, overlooking mountain view

  • View of Windy Ridge from the road

    View of Windy Ridge from the road

  • Front view and porch of Windy Ridge

    Front view and porch of Windy Ridge

  • Entry hall

    Entry hall

  • Den with fireplace

    Den with fireplace

  • Master bedroom, downstairs

    Master bedroom, downstairs

  • Upstairs Bunk room - perfect for kids. TV with VCR in this room.

    Upstairs Bunk room - perfect for kids. TV with VCR in this room.

  • Kitchen. to the left is door to back deck.

    Kitchen. to the left is door to back deck.

  • Baby deer that wandered up to us one spring from the field

    Baby deer that wandered up to us one spring from the field

  • Front porch. Closest chair is primary cell phone reception point. Mostly relax

    Front porch. Closest chair is primary cell phone reception point. Mostly relax

  • View across street from front porch (cows must be in the barn at the moment)

    View across street from front porch (cows must be in the barn at the moment)

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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1880's Farmhouse on Blue Ridge Parkway

Galax, VA, USA #611763

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