Sunday, July 5, 2015

North Carolina: The Cabin at Higher Ground


Our family had the privilege of spending nearly a week at Higher Ground, the mountain cabin built by my son-in-law Alex's grandparents about 30 years ago. It is now owned by Alex and Julia. It is beautiful. It is huge. It is also available for vacation rentals. :-) I'll give you contact information at the end.

The cabin is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, North Carolina. It is right near the top of a mountain, very close to the famed Grandfather Mountain.

Alex's grandparents, Jerry and Shirley Corbett, ran Higher Ground as a bed & breakfast inn for a while, and the sign is still there.



The driveway from the road is long and gorgeous.



Julia and my grandson were there on the main balcony porch to welcome us.

The front steps...




Yes, this cabin is built of real logs. 



The entry foyer...



Spacious living room with stone fireplace, couches and chairs, a big screen TV, and fully stocked book case with books, games and puzzles. 


Mantel...


You can see a little of
the kitchen in the background.

The sun room has a VCR, so bring those old tapes you've been wanting to see again!



A large dining area with two tables - enough to seat 14 comfortably.




I didn't get a good picture of the whole kitchen, but I borrowed this one from their Facebook page. They've got all the cooking equipment and dishes you could imagine, including a Belgian waffle maker that can make two big ones at a time.



Yes, there are rules. Pay close attention and make sure to follow them.



In order to help you comply...
Making s'mores and memories
Cheerwine?
It's a favorite soda in these parts.
You can find it anywhere,
but why not a trip to
the Mast General Store
in nearby Valle Crucis?
Yes, drink the Cheerwine for sure.
The main porch runs
the whole length
of the cabin,
with plenty of
rockers and porch swings




You can grill on the
big back porch!

Master bedroom
on the main floor

Painting by Shirley Corbett
is at the top of the stairs

Heart bedroom -
one of the five
upstairs bedrooms!

Blue bedroom -
this is where I slept!

Bunk room with
bed space for three

Bunny room

Critter room
with two twin beds

One of the huge
upstairs bathrooms

Don't you just love it? 


I do! I wish I could have spent two weeks there instead of just one!


Pop on over to the Higher Ground Facebook page if you're interested in visiting! So far, the cabin has only been advertised word of mouth, but they are listing it with a rental management agency soon, so the summer and autumn months may fill up really fast! The cabin has also been used for church retreats. There is regular bed space for 13, plus extra mattresses tucked under some of the beds for extra sleeping.

You might like to see my two other North Carolina trip photo posts: Mountain Flowers and Mountain Creek Fun

There is so much to do and see near Higher Ground! Stay tuned for the photos of Lake Watauga (nearby in Tennessee), the Biltmore Estate (two hours away in Asheville), the picturesque village of Blowing Rock (not far at all!), and Grandfather Mountain (very close, but it takes a half hour to drive down one mountain and up the other).

North Carolina: Mountain Creek Fun



Welcome back to my North Carolina trip photo series!

This second post chronicles a morning visit to the creek at the bottom of "our" mountain. At the start of our trip, we had all but my oldest daughter and her family with us, which made a total of thirteen of us. Three of the adults returned home early for various reasons, but they're all in the pictures here. Of course my grandson steals the show.






 

Kids love to skip rocks

Adults, too!

Uncle and nephew

The flower child aunt

A little help from daddy

Pregnant mama
(my second daughter)
and her little boy

Lots of rocks!




Endless photos!



Ripples







Me - the Grandma -
with the little guy!

Thanks for joining me on my little photo tour! Stay tuned for more over the coming days!


Here are my other photo posts so far!



Enjoying the beauty,
Virginia Knowles

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