I decided to plan a last minute presidents day weekend ski trip for my family to Cataloochee. I first checked with another property. They had no vacancy and recommended Creekwood. I was fortunate when I called that Sonja had a cabin available for us the next day.
As we drove into Maggie Valley, everything was pretty close together and somewhat touristy near the road. The leaves were off the trees and things looked brown. It was a nice surprise to drive around the festival grounds away from the road and find a quaint row of cabins by the ponds. From the front porch I could see mountains and from the back I could see swimming mallards.
Sonja was gracious and welcomed us early. She did say she preferred cash or check, but didn't require that. We were in cabin #3 which had a room downstairs with a queen bed and a single bed. There was an upstairs loft with a double and another twin bed. There was a wood burning fireplace that we enjoyed. (It was much easier to get going with a small starter log that she helped us locate at a nearby gas station.)
I read a negative review that involved Sonja's grandson several years ago. He must have grown up a lot since then because he was very polite to me. One evening I knocked at the office door and he opened it for me as he let his grandma know that "one of the guests is here for you." Just wanted to provide that update to anyone who might be concerned by the other review...
Snow began to fall the evening we arrived and by the next morning there were icicles hanging from the porch, snow on the lawn and in the branches, and the pond was beginning to freeze. On our final morning the pond had frozen enough that the ducks would slip n slide across it as they came closer to us looking for bread. I enjoyed watching them out the kitchen window.
The festival ground provides a buffer between the main road and cabins. It was vacant during our trip but might create a less quiet atmosphere during various festivals?? This would be a super convenient location to stay if you are wanting to attend a festival and like to be very close to but a little bit away from the main drag of Maggie Valley.
The cabin was clean and adequately appointed with basic dishes and even dish soap. I did have to buy some paper towels and a pan to make brownies. The shelves provided great pantry space. The only thing I might change slightly: the laundry is done in the office near a home where there is cigarette smoke. I am particularly sensitive to cigarettes and some of the odor was on the spare sheets left folded for us on the twin bed. I hung them outside for awhile before putting them on the bed and that seemed to take care of all but the pillowcase cigarette smell. I didn't notice the smell on the other larger beds that were made when we arrived, so we just traded pillows around and opted not to even bother Sonja with it. The house itself did not smell like cigarettes, but I wanted to mention this in case anyone else is particularly sensitive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, yet in its own little corner of nature, the sound of the Jonathan Creek rushing by these Maggie Valley Cabins will remind you of the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains that surround Maggie Valley. No big- city hectic lifestyle here, just tranquil atmosphere in a picturesque setting. Two and three bedroom cabins, comfortably appointed overlooking the ponds with decks and rocking chairs. The private fishing ponds, one stocked with Rainbow Trout, decorate the three and one-half acres of land. Jonathan Creek flows along one side of the property and is excellent for tubing. The creek is stocked by the state and a permit is required to fish. Maggie Valley is a state Heritage Trout Waterway. More Fishing info.Close by the Maggie Valley rentals enjoy, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park with senic drive and countless miles of trails to explore, waterfalls, streams, horseback riding, picnicing, whitewater rafting, antiquing, fine dining, Harah's Cherokee Casino and the Cherokee Indian Reservation with history museums, shows and more.In the summer the days are temperate with highs rarly leaving the 80s while the evenings are cool in the 50s and 60s. There is even more great things to do close by. From the Biltmore Estate in Asheville 30 minutes east and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 30 minutes to the west, our Cabins are the great place to start your cabin rental plans.In the winter Cataloochee Ski Area challenges skiiers of all skill levels. Moody Top at over 1 mile in elevation and Cataloochee's ever improving ability to make snow as the temperatures drop, assure great skiing is close by. Tube World in the Valley is even closer to our rentals. Just at the end of the valley, you can experience the thrill of snow tubing. ... more less