I found the Boyd Mountain cabins outside of Maggie Valley (near Waynesville, NC) several years ago, but I only stayed here once. As I recall at the time, I was feeling very burned out and wanted to get away for a few days. I talked the owners into letting me bring Cocoa! They have a strict “no dogs” policy! But maybe it helped that Cocoa was trained and was a Delta Society dog. Who knows; my pleading back then worked though I doubt that it would work again today.

I never forgot the story about how this place got its start. The farm has been owned by Boyd family for over 100 years. The original silos are still on the property, and their website says it  “continues to be a working farm,” though I did not see any cows! (Smile)

The family locates historic log cabins in the Smoky Mountains that are beyond use and moves them to Boyd Mountain, which is of all things a Christmas tree farm! It’s a magical place in the very C. S. Lewis sense. I mean waking up in the middle of a Christmas farm is sort of like waking up in Narnia!

The cabins are charming, and they really are restored structures that were built in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The one we stayed in had four bedrooms and three baths, a kitchen, and a living room with a stacked stone fireplace. All have been expanded, so you have lots of room.

We woke up to the above view but by the evening snow was falling. No one was driving back from Cherokee via Soco Road! It was iced over.  And as always in the winter, the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed! . . . . I just had to add that.

This was our view the following morning as we all woke up and went outside. Well, I was the first up—just had to make coffee and see the sun come up over the mountains. This area (western North Carolina) takes my breath away.

Our little cabin that had plenty of room for four people.

Amazing place to take a morning walk to the top of a snowy hill! Grateful that we had a couple of days in snow, especially in the middle of this super warm winter.