The SpaceSUNBEAM'S WOODLAND RETREAT was created in April 2015-- after the sale of Sunbeam's Spacious Silence, which was home-away-from-home for many airbnb'ers and other vacationers over the past couple of years. She is a "little sister" to the big house, sleeping 6 instead of 10, and here the views are winter views, through the trees and branches. (REVIEWS PRIOR TO MAY 2015 are for Sunbeam's Spacious Silence.) SUNBEAM'S WOODLAND RETREAT will appeal to nature lovers, those seeking retreat, writers/artists, and families wishing for time to find each other in the loving silence of nature.... which, after all, is not really so very quiet once one becomes still enough to listen. There is the sound of the creek, the cry of the pileated woodpecker, the hoot of the Great Horned owl and Screech owl at dusk or dawn.
Welcome to retreat! Meditate beside the creek, commune with the sounds of nature, enjoy the fresh woodsy air, read that novel on the deck in the shade of hemlock trees, then ..... check out the great food at THE LOCAL. On your way to Lake Lure, pick apples at THE OLD CLARK FARM ... And remember, although it feels as though you are deep in the woods, you are actually only 20 minutes to the heart of vibrant, fun, fascinating downtown Asheville, NC.
By booking here, you help support the local economy as well as the environment. We call upon local, small businesses for all our updates and maintenance, choosing those businesses that feature environmentally sustainable, nontoxic products and practices.
All on the main floor: A master suite (1 king bed) with its own private bath and sliding glass doors that lead out to a small pond and the creek; an open living area with gas log fireplace, kitchen and dining room. There is a spacious wrap-around porch. Additionally, there are two bedrooms for the children and/or additional guests, one with a queen bed and a comfy roll-a-way twin bed, and one with a pull-out sofa bed with extra foam padding. A pack-n-play is stored on site, as well as an extra roll-a-way.
Woods and elevation create a cooler environment for the summer season, although some days may be warm even here. Multiple screened doors and windows and a central ceiling fan bring the shady forest air into the house. A stand-alone air conditioner is available in case of an unusually warm day. THIS CABIN DOES NOT HAVE CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. If you like it icy-cold in the summertime, this will not be your spot.
The central heat and propane fireplace make it plenty warm and cozy for winter.
A television with Blu Ray DVD player and a small collection of DVDs is available for your use. We have Charter Internet and Television at this location.
There is a gently sloping driveway with plenty of parking space next to the house.
This house is nestled in a real woods, which, in Western North Carolina, means occasional bears, slippery rocks in the creek, a possible snake, the potential for getting lost, etc. Use caution in the woods and respect its natural residents. Interaction with GuestsWe will interact as much or as little as our Guests would like. We are available by phone, and can come over to assist, in case of any questions or problems that come up during your stay. The NeighborhoodWhile in the Fairview neighborhood/vicinity, visit the Hickery Nut Gap Farm Store, Trout Lily, The Local Joint, Lake Lure...and Chimney Rock... then zip into Asheville for more farm-to-table food. Sit outside Rhubarb and watch the street musicians. Ride LaZoom Comedy Tour bus. Try the Zip Line or a hot air balloon ride. Music and theater options abound. The cabin itself is located on a quiet wooded mountainside, on a road that dead-ends at the top of the mountain. The predominant sound is the sound of the creek. Occasionally neighbors will have parties with music and fireworks, usually 4th of July or other holiday weekends, but this is a very rare occurrence. Getting AroundAsheville is 20 minutes from the cabin, a scenic drive past farms and woods and rural neighborhoods.
Top 5 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.
The Best Places to Catch a Scenic Sunset
It's no question that some of the world's oldest mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color.
In an online poll, fans of Asheville, N.C. nominated their favorite places to watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are their responses, in descending order of popularity:
Max Patch in Fall
5. MAX PATCH
This grassy bald is definitely a favorite, with true 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains and an intersection with the Appalachian Trail. For a sunset to remember, get there early and bring a picnic and a blanket—and your camera to capture the colors of the sunset reflected on layers of majestic mountains. Here are directions to Max Patch.
4. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Craggy Gardens Picnic
America's Favorite Drive—as well as several of the stops along the way—is also a popular choice for some pre-dusk views. Hop on near Asheville and drive south to catch several scenic vistas. Or choose an overlook to snuggle up next to someone special and watch the stars come out. Learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Biltmore Sunset in Fall
The 8,000 acres of George Vanderbilt's historic estate offer numerous scenic options, from the meadow behind America's Largest Home, to the lagoon with views of the back of the house and a good chance of a deer sighting. Or choose a window-side table at the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and drink in the beauty of the landscape while you sip some estate-grown wine. Check out our Biltmore ticket travel packages.
Sunset Over Asheville Skyline
Many readers made a very good point—almost anywhere in the Asheville area is a good place to see the sunset! Because we are surrounded by some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River (including the highest), views are bountiful all over town. Whether you're dining in a restaurant, checking in to a B&B, browsing the eclectic shops or even just standing in a parking lot, don't forget to stop and take in the view. Go ahead, start planning your next visit.
Sunset Terrace at OGPI
1. The OMNI GROVE PARK INN
The most popular spot to watch the sunset, according to the fans, is undoubtedly the Omni Grove Park Inn. The aptly named Sunset Terrace is famous for its dazzling views of downtown and the mountains, as well as for its chop house cuisine. Already have dinner plans? Grab a cocktail and a table in the new seating area just below the main terrace, or order up some duck fat fries and a local craft brew and lounge on a fireside sofa at EDISON restaurant. Make a reservation for your next sunset evening. Other Things to NoteThis house is nestled in a real woods, which, in Western North Carolina, means occasional bears, slippery rocks in the rushing creek, a possible snake, the potential for getting lost, etc. Use caution in the woods and respect its natural residents.