When I made reservations for a brief family trip to the NC mountains to ensure we had some solid family time before taking our eldest child to West Point to begin her college and Army journey, I had no idea that we would return home with the sense that we had been personal guests of the Wellendorfs. Their hospitality was so natural and their home so thoughtfully appointed to accommodate multiple guests, including our family of five, we felt completely at ease. Whether being lulled to sleep in our loft suite by the sounds of the river far below, watching the fog gradually lift over the mountains while sipping hot coffee in the morning, or cooking after a long day of adventure, sharing food and conversation with them around their dining room table, it was a vacation to remember.
Some features of the home and aspects of the visit that made it particularly wonderful for our family included the private space with two bedrooms and sitting room with TV and movies (perfect for downtime for our teenagers); the magnificent location overlooking the river and in a neighborhood with enough roads and trails to make out-the-door walks and runs possible; the close proximity to our rafting and zip-lining activities; the use of the washer and dryer; the simple but tasty pastries, cereals, breads, yogurt, fruits, berries, and coffee each morning – timed with consideration for each guest’s planned activities; and , most wonderfully, the company and companionship of Callie and Dave. We hope to return again someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RiverDance in Hot Springs NC is a captivating blend of the best in a traditional Vacation Rental and an upscale Bed and Breakfast. Recently featured on the national TV show, Wheel of Fortune. See what made Pat and Vanna swoon. As our guests, nestled on a quiet mountainside, high above the river, you will find your home away from home. Experience the outdoors at its best, day or night, from our Carolina Porch with its barn board fireplace Relax in front of the massive Arts and Crafts fireplace in the inviting great room, and rest comfortably in your own private quarters. RiverDance offers two separate suites each with a sitting area and full bath. TreeTops features two bedrooms (one with a Queen bed and full futon, the other with two twins and a full futon). Each bedroom in River Rocks has a Queen bed. There is also a large gathering area with a full kitchenette in addition to a private deck. ... more less