We would never have known about the Iron Mountain Inn if it weren't for Groupon. When we saw that offer and perused the official website, we decided it was the place for us to stay after a 7 mile hike on the AT - one of our "bucket list" activities. The Inn is a log home with 5 rooms to rent. A beautiful setting, on top of the mountain, offers spectacular views from any of the rooms or wrap around deck. Breakfast was served on the deck in the fresh mountain air - enhancing the delicious food that Vikki had prepared. We especially appreciated the amentities in the room (family memories) which included a spa tub and steam shower. We really needed those after our hike and felt much better as a result. The bed was so comfortable and linens above average. We slept with the door to the deck off of our room open and could hear the stream and wildlife. Loved being awakened by the Whipporwill in the morning!
The website for the Inn is very comprehensive, if you take the time to read it. Vikki's communicaton with you is excellent via email. Make sure to copy Vikki's directions from the website and you will have no problem finding the Inn. Don't rely on your GPS in this case. We also were introduced to many other trails and activities on their official site. We rented bikes in Damascus and "coasted" down the Virginia Creeper Trail as recommended by Vikki. The rental company takes you to the top of the trail and you can "coast" either 17 mi. back to Damascus or do the complete trail for 34 mi. It is a beautiful ride, almost entirely in shade, with a great little cafe at about the 10 mi. mark. We were told to try the chocolate cake - fantastic!! We did the 17 mi. ride.
We really enjoyed getting to know Vikki. Her hospitality made for a fantastic stay. She knows so much about the area and can tell you about anything you need to know. She will go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. She even took us down to her lake house (which she also rents out) to show us around there. It is spectacular - on the lake - and very high end amentities, also. We hope to return with our grown kids and their families to the lake house at some point. You could not go wrong staying at the Iron Mountain Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Summer heat has given way to summer rains. But no matter, plenty of hours for hiking, swimming, boating, biking or exploring these beautiful mountains.When you visit the Iron Mountain Inn B&B, there are not enough hours in a day or a week to accomplish everything there is to do in Johnson County and surrounding states. After all, we are snuggled between Boone, NC and Damascus/Abingdon, VA. We like to say, "we are 45 minutes from everything", and plenty to do right on the 140 acres surrounding the Inn.Watauga Lake is just down the road for fishing, swimming, and boating.Virginia Creeper Trail is just over the mountain for downward biking.But many guests enjoy just relaxing on our open decks in the rocking chairs while we offer them our "Pampering Perfected" service. Cold drinks and snacks including the famous Iron Mountain Inn B&B chocolate chip cookies.Come, share the magic of the mountains. ... more less