After hearing about Cataloochee Ranch for years, we finally got a chance to spend a couple nights there, and we are happy we did. The property is rustic/elegant, tastefully provided with what you need but not opulent. There are 15-20 miles of scenic and moderately challenging walking trails, with some terrific views. The horseback program is very popular and well run. The little trout pond has many lunkers in it, and the kitchen will cook them for you. Kids love this place, but it is also relaxing and quiet for all...a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together.
The food is high quality and tasty, with a local flavor; e.g., biscuits and gravy generally get a bad rap, but theirs are well and carefully prepared, with sausage bits and a complex sauce. I rarely eat this anywhere else, but it is very good here. The fried chicken, ham and veggies are also tasty. Some nice wine and beers are served, and the service throughout is cordial and accommodating, with staff coming from nearby communities. After dinner, live music and raconteurs are often featured. Guests are quality folks, coming from all over and generally being very simpatico, unpretentious and engaging without being intrusive.
- Also Known As:
- The Cataloochee Ranch Hotel Maggie Valley