Cataloochee Ranch was founded by “Mr. Tom” and “Miss Judy” Alexander in 1933 and was originally located in the serene and beautiful Cataloochee Valley. In 1938 Mr. Tom purchased a large part of the present Ranch property on Fie Top Mountain from Verlin Campbell, the “Potato King” of Haywood County. From Verlin he inherited a sturdy stone and log cattle barn, now the main Ranch house, and several derelict cabins and sheds. The eroded pasture land was littered with stumps and old potato crates, but it provided a number of excellent “bold” springs. Its 5,000-foot elevation bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park also created the ideal combination of extraordinary mountain views and wonderfully cool summer temperatures. They say these mountains are 250 million years old. They’ll get no argument from us. Only time could have rounded their contours, carpeted their slopes with ancient hardwoods and their hidden trails with snowy trillium blossoms, and sent their blue peaks rolling away into the distance like a vast, eternal sea. In fact, one translation of the Cherokee word “Cataloochee” is “wave upon wave.” And that’s a translation that gets no argument from us, either. For more than 75 years, the Great Smoky Mountains have been our home. And people like you have been our guests, often returning again and again to establish their own family vacation traditions and help us preserve the heritage of this very special corner of western North Carolina. If you’re one of those old friends, we look forward to welcoming you back to Maggie Valley this year. If not, your welcome is waiting. You may be a first-time guest, but we promise, you’ll never be a stranger. We invite you to come and discover for yourself what makes a vacation with us an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Even if, like the mountains, you live for a long, long time. Cataloochee Ranch Website - http://www.cataloocheeranch.com/ Cinematography by Chibi Moku - http://www.chibimoku.com+ More details
Reconnections begin with a stay at our historic bed and breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina. The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast, one of the most welcoming Blue Ridge Parkway bed and breakfast inns in Waynesville, NC is located just 7 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway Exit at Balsam Gap MP443.1 in Western North Carolina. Within walking distance (not quite a mile) from downtown shopping and restaurants and other Waynesville, NC attractions, and a short drive to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Maggie Valley, our Waynesville, NC bed and breakfast allows you to connect to all of the western North Carolina attractions that abound in our area and more (just an 1-1/2 hours from Gatlinburg, TN!), while providing you with a warm and cozy sanctuary to return to at the end of the day. Built in 1910, and designated by the town of Waynesville as a local, historic landmark, our late Victorian home with its original tiger oak woodwork and heart maple hardwood floors provides an atmosphere of comfort from the moment you enter our front door, whether you're visiting for a Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountain romantic getaway or looking for outdoor adventure. As you enter, you'll realize this was just what you were looking for in Blue Ridge Parkway lodging. . .warm and inviting luxury accommodations in Waynesville, North Carolina, with weekday and weekend reasonable prices that allow you to plan your Smoky Mountain or Blue Ridge Parkway getaway any time of the year. Spend 3 nights or more with us for your next North Carolina mountain vacation, and you can take advantage of our Room and Suite Extended Stay Discounts that can give you $10 off/night for a room and $15 off/night for a suite! Come explore the possibility of truly relaxing and improve your health and well being by reconnecting with nature, art and culture, and with each other in an area convenient to places like the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, TN to the west and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville, NC to the east. Allow your spirits to soar while you enjoy the natural beauty, fresh air and adventure of our surrounding mountains, national parks and forests. Exercise your body and soul while you explore endless hiking trails of all skill levels (for an early morning run - we even have a 1/4 mile track right across the street), connect with the history of buildings like the Biltmore Estate, while enjoying the colors and scents of the Biltmore's Gardens in Spring, Summer or Fall (check off Biltmore tickets when making your reservation so we can pick up discounted AAA tickets for you at $47/each!) and absorbing the art and culture in the unique shops and galleries of historic downtown Waynesville and nearby towns like Asheville, Black Mountain, Sylva, Dillsboro and Bryson City. Always returning to our bed and breakfast for your Waynesville romantic getaway, you'll feel a sense of safe haven and slower pace that will help you unwind nestled in our glorious Balsam Mountain ranges. Then let the calm and peaceful atmosphere of our gardens, the breezes of our old fashioned wraparound porch, and the romance of our Victorian style, take you to a place without cares and worries. Website - http://www.windoverinn.com/ Cinematography by Chibi Moku - http://www.chibimoku.com+ More details
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