Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

We’d like to thank everyone who visited our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins in 2009. There are many options for lodging in beautiful North Carolina, and we appreciate that you choose to stay with us.

Welcoming people from all over the world is the best part of what we do. Ensuring that your holiday goes smoothly, at least with respect to your lodging, is our foremost goal.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces in 2010, and to meeting new guests.

Happy New Year from Mountain View Lodge.

Our valley blanketed in winter snows

Our valley blanketed in winter snows

Ski Appalachian Mountain

Monday, December 14th, 2009

There is fantastic skiing less than an hour from our Blue Ridge Mountain family cabins, at Appalachian Mountain. There is snow on the mountain and the slopes are open seven days a week. Bring your family here during the school break over the holidays.

View from Mountain View Cabins

View from Mountain View Cabins

New Year’s Eve at Appalachian Mountain will be loads of fun. There will be moonlit skating from 10pm until midnight, along with torchlight skiing. The restaurant will be hopping, serving breakfast to anyone in the mood for it. Fireworks will light up the ski when 2010 arrives.

Our Blue Ridge rental cabins are ideal for families with both skiers and non-skiers. While the skiers head to the chairlift, the non-skiers can head to nearby towns Boone or Jefferson for cafe hopping and shopping. Or they can go for a day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the end of the day, everyone can meet up to share a meal and swap stories.

A Family Holiday Tradition

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is gathering the family together and heading out to find the perfect tree. Over the years, we have gone to many places to get the tree: sometimes we go to tree farms, sometimes we stop at tree stands, and sometimes we head to nurseries where we choose a live tree. We talk of one day heading out to the national forest, where trees can be found in the wild (with a permit, of course). While each place has its merits, my favorite by far is the tree farm.

I like the neat rows of trees, varying in height and density from recently planted saplings to large, heavily-boughed mature trees. I like learning (again and again, year after year) about the different varieties of evergreens. I like tromping across frozen or snowing ground, pointing out each tree’s merits and discussing the finer points of tree aesthetics. The greatest moment, of course, is once we’ve agreed on a tree and we all take a turn with the saw.

Take this tradition a step farther this year with a few days at our Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins. This is an ideal option for families that live in the city, a good distance from the nearest tree farm. We are located close to several such farms: Shady Rest Tree Farms (about 3 miles); Sexton Christmas Tree Farms (about 12 miles); and Hudler Carolina Tree Farm (about 30 miles) are just a few.

Leaving home and stepping out of the routine can help make the holidays feel much more special. Children won’t be hurrying off to see friends and parents won’t be tempted to get in an hour or two of work. Instead, everyone will be gathered together in a cozy cabin Blue Ridge Mountains, sipping cocoa and enjoying each others company. You can even bring the family dog, as we have several pet-friendly cabins.

SugarFest ’09

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Sugar Mountain Resort is in the Cherokee National Forest, about an hour southwest of our North Carolina cabins. Currently there is snow in them there hills, and the slopes are open.

Visit nearby Sugar Mountain while staying at our vacation cabins

Visit nearby Sugar Mountain while staying at our vacation cabins

This year Sugar Mountain is celebrating its 40th season with SugarFest ’09, and that means a host of special events at the mountain in the upcoming months.

December 12th and 13th will be full of ski, snowboard and skating clinics. Several former Olympic Medal Winners will be on hand as guest coaches, offering demonstrations and tips. After a day out in the fresh mountain air, there will be apres ski, with live music from Boss Hawg, refreshments and even fireworks. You won’t want to miss this, but you’ll be happy to head back to your peaceful Blue Ridge Parkway rental cabin.