I am so thankful that we stumbled upon Welcome Valley Village. Everything about our cabin and the whole little community was simply perfect. Our cabin was beautiful--clean, well-equipped and comfortable and best of all, had the most serene view of the Ocoee River. The cabins are well placed in terms of privacy, and the owners live onsite which was nice, just in case. Everything we needed was provided, even things like coffee filters and paper plates. The kitchen area in our cabin was very tiny but again well-equipped and served the two of us just fine. For those that might care, there was no cable, just a few local channels and the reception wasn't perfect (in what brief time we turned it on) but there are also quite a few popular DVDs provided.
There is a common area that is beautifully designed with a large pavilion and decking with seating areas, a swimming platform and a restroom area nearby. Everything is beautifully landscaped yet natural. There are also firepits scattered about with adirondacks, hammocks, a walking trail that circles the property, and some game/ball areas as well.
The area is non-commercialized but you are very close to whitewater rafting, hiking, etc. Not a ton of restaurants very close but the owners recommended a couple local eateries and there was also a couple fast food places, a Dollar General and a grocery store (though overpriced) close by.
The owners are super nice and very helpful with suggestions on things to do but really, this place is so completely peaceful, relaxing and romantic you really don't need to "do" a whole lot! Though I could definitely see bringing the kids, they would have a ball too!
We will be back for sure. I really can't say anything negative about WVV. It totally exceeded our expectations. You won't regret it!
(One tip, the availability calendar on the website didn't appear to be accurate once we called for reservations so I would just call.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome Valley Village is a privately owned and operated 17 acre riverside retreat. Our 5 log cabins are nicely appointed with fireplaces, jacuzzis, and fully furnished kitchens. Owners live on the premises resulting in quick and friendly customer service. Guests enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, photography, biking, basketball, horseshoes, and every cabin has its own campfire pit. Take a guided whitewater rafting trip on the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater paddling events. Float trips are also available on the milder Hiwassee River. ... more less