We were dreaming of a cabin in the woods for a week-long get-away, and we found it with Baby Bear! Baby Bear is in such a beautiful and well-appointed area that we ended up spending most of our week at the cabin or nearby. We actually considered staying closer to Ashville during our planning process, but I'm so glad we didn't! We couldn't have found an area as beautiful as Fines Creek, and the properties we considered were nowhere near as lovely as Baby Bear.
Baby Bear manages to retain the charm of a 1920s cabin, despite being fully-renovated within the past decade. Lovingly-chosen antiques and handmade quilts contribute to the feeling of being back in time, but guests still enjoy great water pressure and a modern kitchen. The cabin includes a comfy four-poster bed, a back patio and grill, a fireplace, a dvd player, and a cozy couch with afghan. There's also a wonderful cross breeze moving between the front and back screen doors.
Every morning, we enjoyed breakfast on the cabin's front porch gazing at the stunning view of the mountains and breathing in the fresh air. We hiked the ridge trail connected to the property, as well as part of the Appalachian Trail a short drive away. We made friends with the proprietor of the area's General Store, and attended a Bluegrass Festival down the road. We drove twenty minutes into Waterville for a Farmer's Market and a great restaurant meal, and spent a day following the Blue Ridge Trail into Ashville.
Also notable, we were warmly welcomed by the proprietors of Baby Bear. They greeted us with a basket of crackers and honey made on the property, and even slipped us a little moonshine (legal, if you're not handing over cash for it). We also had an unexpected - and memorable - host in the form of an enthusiastic brown labrador who greeted us mornings with wagging tail at our front door.
As I indicated in the title, I cannot recommend Baby Bear enough! It is a truly memorable, country get-away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come rent one of our charming, rustic cabins at Three Bear Holler, near Waynesville North Carolina. Our cabins have been fully restored by the owners with premier craftsmanship and detail. ... more less