Finding the cabin was easy via VRBO- (and the fact that my cousin owns the place but I promise this review is honest.) Getting to go alone was not easy. Nor did it happen. Before I knew what hit me, every single one of the lovelies was coming with me as well as SILextraordinaire and DrummerBoy. AND, Dad and my wonderful step-mom said they would come up for a day to celebrate Christmas since we would be there the day after for 7 days. Not to mention Tucker. But he was going anyway.
The cabin is located in Lake Lure, NC. Did y'all know that part of DIRTY DANCING was filmed there? And THE HUNGER GAMES? Yep. Deanie, who LOVES the movie, DIRTY DANCING, wanted to see where, exactly, they filmed in Lake Lure. So, Breezy asked Siri: "Where was DIRTY DANCING filmed?" Siri replied: "I do not see any theaters showing the movie DIRTY DANCING." Siri was NO HELP.
|I took this one on one of our little sightseeing trips.|
This is the view upon entry---
And, when you turn around, you see this (it was much more orderly before we unpacked):
The others had to fend for themselves. Not that it was difficult- there was another bedroom next to the master.
And yet another bedroom downstairs.
Then there was the pull out sofa.
There were two full bathrooms. One upstairs---with a bathtub/shower.
One downstairs with a shower stall.
The main room upstairs was cozy and had a lovely view. I bet that, during the summer, you truly feel like you're actually living in a tree house. Except at night. Because night time up there gives dark a whole new meaning. Take a nightlight.
There is a washer and a dryer in that closet.
The fireplace is behind me in this one.
And then, here's one with the door behind me. The view from the sliding glass doors is lovely. And there is a cement patio out there.
The patio ends and a path around the side to the front begins.
The patio runs the length of the cabin.
The upstairs deck wraps and runs along the side to the front-- my cousin will be making this section into a grilling deck this year.
The back deck will be extended to make it easier to dine outside. Many an hour was spent by all of us on that swing with a hot cuppa and a good book or just some quiet time. The sounds of the birds and the rustling of tiny animals was so relaxing. There was one time when I felt that the rustling might be from a larger animal but I never saw anything. Of course, I had moved to the inside so...It was probably just that bobcat that DoodleBug saw on our last day up there. YIKES!
Some days, the mountains were covered by clouds. It was lovely, regardless. It gave me a nice, peaceful feeling watching the clouds move in and cover the mountains. But then, the whole vacation gave me that feeling from the cabin to the scenery. When I took Tucker for walks or sat out on the deck, and was very quiet, the birds, the rustlings, the wind through the trees...all of it, was like a soothing lullaby. It was quite lovely.
There is a gym RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR. When you leave the cabin and head to the right, you almost immediately embark upon a steep climb but, instead of being cooped up inside a stuffy, stinky gym, you are outside in the fresh, crisp air surrounded by lovely scenery. AND, if it's more scenery you want, there are more steep inclines not that far away. :)
|Doesn't look that bad from the top looking down. Only we aren't at the top yet.|
|Should you come to stay in this lovely cabin, AVOID walking on Pheasant Street. A.V.O.I.D.|
All of the roads are steep up and down and curvy. You can get motion sickness in the car. And stop breathing when you walk. Ha! But no matter how you go, EVERYONE you meet greets you with a smile and a wave. Lake Lure is filled with nice, friendly people.
The location of our mountain getaway was perfect. It's pretty much dead center to fun places to visit such as Asheville, Rutherfordton, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Chimney Rock...Lake Lure itself is a charming little place.
There are nature trails, zip lining, those cute little roadside vendors, river walks, adorable shops in the towns, golf courses...and if that's not enough for you, there are tons more things to do while surrounded by stunning scenery.
|This nature trail was closest to the cabin. Don't bother looking at the trail options. They are ALL strenuous. The board lies.|
|Y'all think I'm kidding but I'm not. I didn't take a picture because I wasn't breathing at the time and I might have been a bit pissed about seeing that steep of a hill.|
|The beginning of the trail look easy enough. That was deceiving.|
|See? The whole time, we're going at a downward angle going in.|
|Those signs are misleading. Nothing was easy and, their idea of moderate means that they do not know the definition of 'moderate'.|
|There was a golf course running alongside the trail and I notice a few idiots enjoying some ice golfing.|
As it must do, the sun set on our sweet mountain vacation. Tucker and I enjoyed our last sunset from the upstairs deck one last time. It was bittersweet. Mostly bitter as I was not ready to give up this little piece of paradise.
I know this was a long post. But just think how long it would have been had I not decided to split it into parts! LOL And I probably left something out of this first one.
Thanks for reading and looking! And stay tuned for Part 2. And Part 3. And...;)