Our story

How it all began - why the Smoky Mountains?

If you have found this site, you probably searched far and wide for your Smoky Mountains vacation getaway. Rest assured that you will be dealing directly with us, the owners! We do not give up our responsibilities to some "property management" company; we are not a mega rental corporation with hundreds of listings and remote staff who answers the phones but knows little about the properties they advertise. We know the area, we know our cabins, we love staying in them, and, admittedly, a little proud of them too.   



A family friend purchased a cabin in the area in 2009 and invited us to visit, which was the first time we had heard of the Smoky Mountains. We always dreamed of living in the mountains, and we were impressed by our initial encounter with the Smokies. We began to explore foreclosed properties in the area with the intention of purchasing and renovating since it was the only way we could afford to buy. The "resorts" with their identical cabin styles and architecture did not appeal to us. Furthermore, we always envisioned a classic cabin nestled in nature and surrounded by woods, rather than being hemmed in by numerous other cabins on all sides. Hence, we sought out a location that provided some seclusion.


Blue Mountain Lodge - our first cabin!


The property that we later named "Blue Mountain Lodge" was a bank-owned foreclosure that we initially saw when it was run down and unoccupied for a couple of years. The cabin had been stripped of everything, from lights to doors to kitchen and bathroom sinks. It lacked running water, heat, and AC. The exterior was dirty and dingy as well. 



We dedicated 1.5 years of hard work and perseverance to restoring the cabin and adding numerous improvements. Eventually, we succeeded in restoring the cabin and began renting it out to vacationers, which proved to be a success soon after. As we prepare for retirement, we have sold Blue Mountain Lodge and shifted our focus to managing  Appalachian Escape and Ridge View Lodge



Our next adventure: Appalachian Escape Cabin 

Two years later, we bought an unfinished build - a "shell" of a cabin that was sitting in the woods for 10 years, that would later become "Appalachian Escape". We fell in love with the quiet property      the cabin was sitting on, and the peaceful and homey feeling it exuded. Buying the cabin was a huge risk because I was unemployed at the time, but simply could not pass up once-in-a-lifetime   opportunity. There was no yard or driveway, and the lot was overgrown, but the "shell" was solidly built from hemlock Appalachian style traditional flat hewn logs. Chinking (the light stripes you see between the logs) was missing in places on the outside, and the inside was completely unfinished.

Completing this cabin was an even bigger construction project than that of Blue Mountain Lodge, and we also had to manage it from 700 miles away. On the positive side, buying a "blank canvas" gave us the opportunity to add custom features and finishes that we (and now our guests) love to have. Another 1.5 years later, we have a new favorite - both ours and our guests. 
 Here is our newest addition >>>