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, often rarely venturing outdoors until springtime. Today, Mountain Vista Log Cabins are settled in the same secluded area but instead serve as base camps to embrace the winter landscape or to enjoy the spring months in the mountains. Families can set up to ski and hike throughout the Smokies, then retire to these rustic and charming properties, which lie along Alarka Creek, nestled in the mountains just outside Bryson City.
The cabins' woodsy décor echoes their natural surroundings; each dwelling is trimmed with wood-paneled walls and thick quilts. An outdoor hot tub provides a tranquil setting to ease muscles fatigued from trying to lift up boulders to rescue trapped snowmen. The roomy Eagle's Nest cabin sits steps from Alarka Creek's rushing creeks, and a private porch and rocking chairs look toward the waters, where anglers can fish for trout. In the Smokies cabin, an old-fashioned fireplace glows amid natural wood accents. Before hiking the Smokies, breakfast can be whipped up in the full kitchen.
Bryson City, North Carolina: Small-Town Charm with Nearby Skiing Resort
Tucked in North Carolina's southwest corner, the small town of Bryson City sits in the Smoky Mountains' woodsy slopes. The bisecting Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers create picturesque waterfalls throughout the mountainous terrain, a natural setting for yearlong outdoor recreation. On clear days, one can catch a 360-degree view of the entire range from the 6,500-foot Clingmans Dome, the national park's highest point.
In winter, the Cataloochee Ski Area hosts 16 illuminated trails and slopes on its challenging downhill course. Once all the snow thaws or is exported as ice cubes to Hawaii, whitewater rafting and kayaking become popular attractions at nearby Nantahala Gorge. And Bryson City charms visitors with antique stores, handcrafted pottery, and house-made chocolate amid the natural landscape.
What You Get
Accommodations for four (Check the Fine Print & Details tabs for available cabins)
$255 for a three-night stay
$340 for a four-night stay
Choose from 10 cabins
Great Smokies views
Nearby trout fishing
Private outdoor hot tub
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must travel by 5/24/12
Not valid until 2/19/12
Limit 2/person, may buy 1 more as a gift
Valid only for option purchased
30 day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21 or older to check in
Valid only for Ray's Cabin, Hideaway Cabin, Smokies Cabin, Dogwood Cabin, Eagle's Nest, Bear Kottage, Captain's Bend, Wolf's Den, Moonlight Ridge & AJ's Mountain Hideaway
Credit card required at check-in
10.75% occupancy tax and $45 cleaning fee not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How To Book
Call Mountain Vista Log Cabins.
Choose a date prior to 5/24/12. Choose from the Ray's, Hideaway, Smokies, Dogwood, Eagle's Nest, Bear Kottage, Captain's Bend, Wolf's Den, Moonlight Ridge, or AJ's Mountain Hideaway cabin.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
Visit Mountain Vista Log Cabins' accommodations page for more information about individual cabins.
In All Included Cabins
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 6
Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each guest
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 10 a.m.
Parking: free driveway parking for each cabin
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $45 per stay.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check in for an additional cost.
What It's Worth
Accommodations for four
$255 for a three-night stay (up to a $638 value)
$340 for a four-night stay (up to an $850 value)
By plane: 69 miles from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)