At Hidden Creek Cabins, tucked into the Smoky Mountains, the crackle of a campfire and hearty laughter often punctuate quiet nights. It’s appropriate, then, that on the porch of one of the rustic log cottages, a carved wooden sign reads, "Here Let the Fires of Friendship Burn." Other thoughtful accents—from hand-stitched quilts to decorative cast-iron cookware—are sprinkled throughout the homey accommodations.
Forest views and all-wood furnishing are staples of each Hidden Creek cabin, but locations vary from hilltop sites with expansive Smoky Mountain vistas to quiet, creek-side digs. A roomy hot tub on the deck at Maggie's cabin offers a balmy counterpoint to the crisp creek waters running their course a scented candle's throw away.
While the hot tub at Pop's Cottage heats up and burgers sizzle on the gas grill, take to the hammock or swinging love seat to watch the sun dip behind the Smokies. The similarly sited Skytop cabin overlooks an indigo ridgeline and thousands of acres of protected forest. Rocking chairs share patio space with a charcoal grill and hot tub, and high-backed adirondacks 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 rewards drivers with stunning vistas free of charge, but many visitors are happy to pay for a half-day ride in a vintage train car on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which winds through 53 miles of pristine mountain country.
What You Get
Stay for four in a one- or two-bedroom cabin
$149 for a two-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $350 value)
$189 for a two-night stay, valid for check-in Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (up to a $362 value)
$179 for a three-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $450 value)
$297 for a three-night stay, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $525 value)
Promotional value expires Jan 25, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 1/25/13 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 3/30/13
Limit 2/person, may buy 2 more as gifts
30 day cancel notice or fee up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
Valid only for option purchased
CC required at booking & check-in
Reservation req'd, subject to avail
Must be 21+ to check in
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
10.75% tax and mandatory $45 cleaning fee not included
Valid only for A-frame Chalet, Cottage, Farm House, Log, Maggie's, Lily Pad, Skytop, Pops Cottage, Bear Creek, Alarka Creek 1 and 2, and Alarka Hideaway cabins
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 A-frame Chalet, Cottage, Farm House, Log, Maggie's, Lily Pad, Skytop, Pops Cottage, Bear Creek, Alarka Creek 1, Alarka Creek 2, and Alarka Hideaway cabins.
All Included Cabins:
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4 for Pops Cottage; 6 for Alarka Creek 1, Alarka Creek 2, Alarka Hideaway, and Bear Creek; 8 for A-frame Chalet, Cottage, Maggie's, and Lily Pad; 10 for Farm House and Skytop
Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest
Check in: 2 p.m.
Check out: 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 Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
*By car: about 65 miles east of Asheville