Property at a Glance: Mountain Vista Log Cabins
To prepare for winter in the Great Smoky Mountains during the mid-19th century, frontier families constructed tiny log cabins to shelter them from the heavy snow; they rarely ventured outdoors until springtime. Today, the Mountain Vista Log Cabins are settled in the same secluded area, where they serve as base camps for visitors to explore the winter landscape. Families can ski and hike throughout the Smokies, then retire to these charming properties in the mountains just outside Bryson City.
- Rustic decor: wood-paneled walls, thick quilts, and heavy wood furniture
- Cook up a storm in your full-size kitchen or, if the weather’s nice, on a barbecue grill.
- Cozy up to an old-fashioned fireplace on chilly nights.
- Relax with a soak in the private hot tub.
- Stargaze on the porch or just enjoy the scenery.
Bryson City, North Carolina: Small-Town Charm in Great Smoky Mountains
The small town of Bryson City sits amid the woodsy slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. The Tuckasegee River flows right through town, creating picturesque waterfalls and fishing holes teeming with rainbow and brook trout. On clear days, head a few miles north to catch a 360-degree view of the entire range from the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest point of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can also tour the rugged wilderness by train—the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad runs year-round excursions in restored historic railroad cars that depart from Bryson City.
In winter, the Cataloochee Ski Area opens 18 trails and slopes on its challenging downhill course. Once all the snow thaws, whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular at nearby Nantahala Gorge. All the while, downtown Bryson City charms visitors with antique shops, handcrafted pottery, and housemade chocolates.