At Hidden Creek Cabins, tucked into the Great Smoky Mountains, the crackle of campfires and hearty laughter often punctuate quiet nights. It’s appropriate, then, that a carved wooden sign on the porch of a rustic log cottage reads, "Here Let the Fires of Friendship Burn." Other thoughtful accents—from hand-stitched quilts to decorative cast-iron cookware—are sprinkled throughout these homey accommodations.
Forest views and all-wood furnishings are featured in each cabin, but locations vary—some of the cabins are up on hilltops and have views of the Great Smoky Mountains, and some are set next to a creek. There’s a roomy hot tub on the deck at Maggie's Cabin. Pop’s Cottage has a gas grill, and you can take to a hammock or swinging love seat to watch the sun dip behind the Smokies. Skytop Cabin overlooks an indigo ridge line and thousands of acres of protected forest. Rocking chairs share patio space with a charcoal grill and a hot tub, and high-backed adirondack chairs surround a campfire site below.
Bryson City, North Carolina: Mountain Beauty and Outdoor Adventure
Set in the heart of North Carolina's Blue Ridge about an hour west of Asheville, the town of Bryson City lives up to its nickname as "Base Camp for the Great Smokies." The nearby Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park each provide endless year-round opportunities for hiking, biking, and stealing picnic baskets.
Between November and early spring, Cataloochee Ski Area, a half hour northeast of Bryson City, opens its 14 slopes to the public. The Blue Ridge Parkway has stunning vistas. It’s also possible to get good views from a vintage train car on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad; on a half-day trip on the train, you can wind through 53 miles of pristine mountain country.
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What You Get
2-night stay for up to four in Farm House, Lily Pad, The Cottage, The Log Cabin, Maggie's Cabin, Skytop Cabin, Pop's Cottage, Alarka Hideaway, Karolina Kabin, Kountry Kabin, Krest-View Kabin, Kozy Kabin, or Kloud-View Kabin.
Option 1: $159 to check in Sunday–Tuesday (up to a $338 value)
Option 2: $198 to check in Thursday–Friday (up to a $378 value)
2-night stay for up to four in Birds Nest, Ridgetop Retreat, Redwood Lodge, Aframe Chalet, Chestnut Lodge, Oak Ridge Cabin, or Horse Country Cottage
Option 3: $277 to check in Sunday–Tuesday (up to a $554 value)
Option 4: $329 to check in Thursday–Friday (up to a $594 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 12/27/13
Travel by: 3/31/14
Blackout dates: not valid 11/28–11/30, 12/20/13–12/31/13, or 2/14/14–2/15/14
Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $75 fee. 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Taxes: 10.75% tax not included
Additional fees: $60 cleaning fee not included for options 1 and 2; $75 cleaning fee not included for options 3 and 4
Promotional value expires Dec 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 12/27/13 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 3/31/14
Not valid 11/28-11/30, 12/20-12/31/13, 2/14-2/15/14
Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
Limit 2 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
All cancellations subject to $75 fee
30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Not valid with reward points
Cleaning fee not included: $60 for options 1-2, $75 for options 3-4
10.75% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Consult Hidden Creek Cabins' index page for more info on the Farm House, The Lily Pad, The Cottage, Log Cabin, Maggie's Cabin, Skytop Estates, Pop’s Cottage, Alarka Hideaway, Karolina Kabin, Kountry Kabin, Krest-View Kabin, Kozy Kabin, Kloud-View Kabin, Alarka Creek 1, Alarka Creek 2, Bear Creek Cabin, Bird Nest, Ridgetop Retreat, Redwood Lodge, A-frame Chalet, or Chestnut Lodge.
All Included Cabins:
Standard occupancy: 4 (2 adults and 2 children in Log Cabin)
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 2 children in Log Cabin; 4 for Pop’s Cottage; 6 for Alarka Hideaway, Alarka Creek 1, Alarka Creek 2, Bird Nest, Karolina Kabin, Kountry Kabin, and Bear Creek Cabin; 8 for A-Frame Chalet, The Cottage, Maggie's, Krest-View Kabin, Kozy Kabin, Kloud-View Kabin, and Lily Pad; 10 for Farm House and Skytop; 12 for Ridgetop Retreat; 20 for Chestnut Lodge; 28 for Redwood Lodge
Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest
Check-in: 2 p.m.
Checkout: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available, but extra bedding already in cabins
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: two dogs may be added for a nonrefundable fee of $50 per stay in select cabins only.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.
By plane: about 69 miles from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL); about 83 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
By car: about 65 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina