I didn't want to leave! Linda and Tom were extraordinarily good hosts, and made my stay comfortable and pleasant. I went up to the tiny cabin for an art/rejuvenating retreat for myself, and found this to be the perfect place. The tiny cabin looks rustic and possibly primitive from the outside, but is clean, has a comfy bed, electricity, hot and cold running water, and for chilly nights, a very good heating system. The only improvement for a longer-term stay on a budget would be a microwave or hot plate to make hot food, but I did well with the electric kettle to have hot oatmeal and hot tea and such. Perfect for short-term stays. When I wanted a hot meal, the town center is only a mile and has some good places to eat. I particularly enjoyed the Blind Squirrel for a fresh brew from their brewery, a Beet burger, and tots. Yes, there are plenty of vegetarian and other options in town if you have a special diet or lifestyle. Appalachian Java has some spicy chai that's quite good, too. The town center is charming, with restaurants, shops, galleries, a tiny movie theatre, a health food store, a central park with a great view, and a fun quilt mural walk. Everything is in walking distance. If you need the grocery store, there is an Ingles nearby (driving distance) with lots of organic and healthy options. The town people I encountered were all laid-back and friendly.
My hosts gave me suggestions for things to do in and around the area, which turned out to be good discoveries for me on days I didn't want to stay in the cabin. The cabin's porch is where I spent much of my time, writing, painting, and simply staring at the lush forest and listening to the stream. Their house is adjacent to the cabin, and only forest on the other side. Despite being able to walk into town, one can feel blissfully in the middle of nowhere due to the insulation provided by the forest. There is walking, as mentioned, and there is also opportunity to hike in the mountainside on their property. Their cat was an excellent friend. I pet him a lot, and he purred a lot. I also saw deer, wild turkeys, fireflies, a humming bird, and really soaked in the nature. It is therapeutic! Breakfast is provided, and Linda thoughtfully selects organic items. It was so good to meet Linda and Tom, who are both creators, and we connected through art and good conversation when the opportunity arose. I've had good hosts before, but these two feel more like long lost friends. I recommend staying here whether you are traveling alone or with someone. If you love the sweet, clean mountain air and a fresh perspective, this is the place for you. I will certainly be back.