An escape to your own renovated, eco-friendly log cabin in the majestic Blue Ridge MountainsStaying in a rustic log cabin, recently renovated, but not without retaining its old-fashioned charm
Being just a short drive from Asheville and a short distance from scenic hiking, rafting and riding
Appreciating the property’s charming fairy-tale theme
The buzz this off-the-grid spot has generated; it was featured on an episode of FYI's Unplugged Nation
What To Know
The cabins are more rustic than chic
Each has a fully equipped kitchen — bring groceries to cook while you're here
Leave the cell phones, tablets and laptops at home; service is spotty and there's no WiFi
A rustic stay at a historic, renovated log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the Appalachian Trail
Famously finicky Goldilocks would feel right at home at the renovated, rustic Three Bear Holler: Built in log, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner’s three cabins – each named for Momma, Papa or Baby Bear – are ideal for all her signature pastimes. For supping on porridge, there’s the stovetop in the full, modern kitchen, and for sitting, she (or you) can choose between mountain-view porch swings and rocking chairs. When you’re in the mood for a leisurely afternoon nap, stretch out on your comfy bed – but don’t stay there too long, or you’ll miss out on the other recreation in the region.
Since you’re in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’re near the Appalachian Trail and its miles of hiking trails and near national forests with stunning waterfalls and whitewater rapids. You can go fly-fishing, horseback-riding and, in the winter, skiing. You’re also right near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, which boast beautiful scenery, and Asheville, which houses shops, nightclubs and the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Yep, your Three Bear Holler stay is a little bit country and a little bit city. Or, as she of the golden hair might describe it, just right.
Good to know
Haywood County is dry, though some people choose to stock up on liquor of their own, so feel free to BYOB.
GPS directions are unreliable; the owners will contract you via email after you book with specific instructions for reaching Three Bear Holler.
Firewood is available for purchase on-site.
Renovated with a mind toward preserving their historical features, the circa 1880 and 1920 log cabins will make you feel like you’ve escaped not only your nine-to-five, but the whole 21st century. When you’ve got a campfire pit, gas grill and kitchen, to boot, all you’ll need are groceries and a book to read by the wood-burning fireplace or on the mountain-view porch’s swings or rocking chairs. In the Baby Bear cabin, reclaimed and original hardwood floors, antiques, patchwork quilts and iron beds complement the surrounding countryside and create a welcoming home away from home. But if you want some more space, upgrade to the Momma Bear or Papa Bear. Both the Baby and Momma Bear cabins feature an open studio floor plan with one queen bed, while the Poppa Bear Cabin contains a large sleeping loft upstairs with a queen bed, plus one full and one twin bed.
Amenities - Linens- Towels- Paper towels- Toilet paper- Heat and air conditioning- DirecTV- Washer and dryer- Covered motorcycle parking
Your cabin’s fully equipped kitchen guarantees you’ll never want to leave your rustic retreat. Shop for local ingredients and stock the pantry for your stay, because this country escape will inspire you to whip up Southern plates and soul-food dishes you’ve only dreamed of. Biscuits and gravy, anyone?
Located near Asheville, Three Bear Holler is a stone’s throw from some of the South’s hippest and most historical attractions. Tour the famous 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, explore Asheville’s shopping, nightlife and brewery scene, take scenic walks and hikes through the area’s national forests, waterfalls and Appalachian Trail or drive to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can also experience the thrills of fishing, whitewater-rafting or, in winter, skiing – in warmer seasons, you can even go blackberry-picking.