Category Archives: Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals

The Crackle of a Fire

ImageIn the Mountains of NC there are just some things that are so simple, but so enjoyable. One of those things is the crackle of an open fire, whether that fire is sitting beneath the hearth warming the faces of a family, or dancing to the beat of a campfire jam session under the stars. The fire that I am talking about is fueled by harvested wood, not from a propane tank sitting outside, there is a huge difference between these two types of fires. the difference is not necessarily the quality of heat that they provide, but the unmatched ambiance that is created from a wood fueled fire.

In the Appalachian mountains today there are not as many homes solely heated by an open wood fire anymore, most homes have an alternate source of heat to accompany their fireplace. However, there is still something about sitting back, relaxing, starring at dancing flames while enjoying the company of those around you that needs to experienced by all. You may not understand why you would want to lite a fire in the home you are going to have to sleep in later, most people try to avoid such situations, and if you are not comfortable with controlling a fire then make sure there is someone there who is.

Marshmallows turning golden brown, hands being warmed, stories being told, hot chocolate and coffee simmering, and smiles being shared are just some of the great things that come along with the crackle of a fire. We hope that you will get to experience this simple gift at some point, and really have time to take in the amazing ambiance that is created when you combine oxygen, fuel, and heat!

We will see you in the mountains soon!

Holidays in a Cabin?

Every year more and more families decide that singling out one person in the family to host the holiday get together is not fair, and that is why many families are choosing to rent a luxury cabin in the mountains to have their holiday gathering at. This idea relieves any one person from having to clean up their house and prepare for the in-laws and that great aunt that you can never please, and no one has to deep clean the house after everyone leaves. This can take a lot of the stress away from the traditional get-together and allows for everyone to have an equally good time without all the worrying.

Renting a cabin for the annual holiday gathering in a central location also eases the burden of one side of the family having to travel extremely far, if you meet in the middle all attendees can have about the same driving time which also goes back to lessening the stress that comes along with the holidays.

 

Many families are on the fence about this idea and may feel that it takes away part of the warm and cozy feeling of being at someones house. However, if you really dwell on the idea for a moment it is not the house we are in that makes our holiday gatherings warm and cozy, it is the people that we are with! Having a beautiful, warm, rustic cabin to get together in dose not hurt though, and that is where Yellow Rose Realty can help you out, check out their selection of 60+ cabins available for rent during the upcoming holidays, and think about lessening the stress this holiday season!

Get Your Tickets for the Polar Express!

Looking for some holiday fun while visiting your Bryson City or Cherokee vacation cabin rental? Then, Put on your favorite pajamas and hop aboard the Polar Express! Book your tickets for the Polar Express at the same time you book you cabin for a hassle free experience….just call us at 800-528-0760.

The Polar Express train excursion is inspired by Chris Van Allburg’s classic holiday story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole and learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Enjoy music from the motion picture soundtrack as you sip hot cocoa and listen to a reading of “The Polar Express”. The train winds through the countryside on the way to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting. Santa will hop aboard the train for the journey back to the depot. As guests sing along to Christmas carols, Santa will visit with each child and present them with a special silver sleigh bell.

This years schedule:

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Over 48,000 passengers rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2012 and we hope to see you this year! The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleThings to do in the Smokies, Things to do in Bryson City, Holidays in Bryson Cityigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 8th and operates through December 29th

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets. Without train excursion admission is $9 for Adults and $5 for Children.

**THE POLAR EXPRESS is not afraid of a little winter weather!  No snow, rain, or gloom of night will keep the THE POLAR EXPRESS away!  Of course, we want all of our guests to remain safe on their travels. Rest assured THE POLAR EXPRESS will operate.  In the event that the North Carolina Highway Patrol or Department of Motor Vehicles deems travel unsafe on Interstate 40 or Highway 74 resulting in a closure, please call your reservations staff at 1-800-872-4681 for further details and instructions.

We encourage guests to plan ahead and stay apprised of the latest weather developments. YOU MAY RESCHEDULE your trip AS LATE AS 48 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE with a $6.00 fee per ticket. If a cancellation occurs 48 hours before your scheduled departure a fee of $14.00 per adult ticket and $7.00 per child ticket will be applied.  Once you are WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOUR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE, the tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.

Use our Physical Address 45 Mitchell St. Bryson City NC 28713 to find an alternate route  if 441 Smoky Mountains National Park road is closed.

                     -The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

So get ready to come to Bryson City this Christmas season and enjoy the thrill of reliving one of your child’s favorite movies. See you soon!

Did Someone Say Giveaway?

ImageSouthern Charm Traditional Wear And Yellow Rose Realty Have Teamed Up To Have The Perfect “Southern Charm Vacation Giveaway”!!! One lucky person will WIN a 3 day/2 night Stay In A Beautiful Cabin In The Smokies From Yellow Rose Realty, Plus 2 FREE TICKETS to see Lynyrd Skynyrd at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on Oct. 11th, And A TON OF NEW GEAR FROM SOUTHERN CHARM!!! This Is The Ultimate Giveaway So ENTER NOW TO WIN!!!

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Back to School Special

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We want to make sure that you are able to get to the mountains before school starts back and you are not able to get away as easy. That is why we are offering our guests 15% OFF any available cabin booking in August! Be sure to give us a call and get you last minute trip to the mountains booked at a great rate!

Right now is a great time to be here, the sun is out and the air is warm. Swimming, rafting, hiking, tubing, paddleboarding, and many other activities are in their prime right now, so get here while the water feels refreshing and before the air gets cool so you can enjoy all the outdoor water activities that western NC has to offer.

See You Soon! Call us at 800-528-0760 to book your cabin today!

Deals For You, When You Stay In Our Cabins!

Yellow Rose Realty only selects the best outfitter partners to create value-packed vacation packages for you during your mountain vacation. From getting pampered at a spa and touring a mansion to rolling down a raging whitewater river you can be sure that there is something for everyone in the family. There are different companies that offer the same things as the expert partners we have listed below, but if you choose to book with them you will miss out on the special rate that we can get for our guests. If you are interested in booking any one of these adventures while you are staying with us at Yellow Rose Realty then just mention it when  you are booking your cabin and we will help you get set up!

Save when you book a Yellow Rose vacation rental and one of these adventure activities:

BILTMORE HOUSE TOURS – America’s Largest Home is an breathtaking experience for the entire family.
Expert Partner: Biltmore Estate

  •  Buy a 2 day pass for the price of 1! Tour America’s Largest Home and experience a grand piece of American history.
  • Yellow Rose is thrilled to offer vacation packages including tickets to magnificent Biltmore Estate. America’s Largest Home is only an hour drive from the Great Smoky Mountains. The 250 room mansion has 65 fireplaces, an indoor bowling alley and swimming pool and an awe-inspiring grand spiral staircase. Situated on over 8000 acres, Biltmore Estates has flush formal gardens and its own winery. Advance purchase Vacation Package tickets include tours of the house, gardens and winery and allow visitors to by-pass long lines at ticket counters. Plus it is a 2 day pass

CANOPY TOUR – Sky-bridges & tree-top zip-lines offer a unique view of the Nantahala Forest.
Expert Partner: Wildwater LTD

  •  A soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.
  • Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. It takes limited energy to participate and is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding. Each participant is provided with state of the art equipment including helmets, full body harnesses, trolley, gloves, tether safety lines, and 2 canopy rangers per group. This Brand New three-hour experience gives you over 1/2 mile of air time with – 3 Sky Bridges and 5 transfer bridges – 11 zip line sections alternating between slope side, trees, & elevated platforms – A flight into our Eagles Perch, Slingshot, & Elevated Overlook stations – Over 20 scenic and unspoiled acres of flying area all within the heavily wooded and scenic setting.Age/Weight range: 10 years and 70 lbs to 250 lbs. All flyers will need to arrive wearing collared shirts, longer shorts or cropped pants and require closed toed shoes. All flyers must be in reasonably good physical condition. Flyers must be able to raise their arms over head to self regulate speed and braking.

FLY FISHING – Learn to fly fish!
Expert Partner: Endless River Adventures

  •  Fly Fishing trips and Instruction: Find the rhythm of the cast in the green streams of the Smokies
  • Western North Carolina boasts some of the best trout and small-mouth bass fishing in the Southeast. We offer fly fishing instruction and fly fishing trips with professional guide service. All necessary fishing equipment, instruction, transportation and lunch.

HORSEBACK RIDING – Horseback Riding through the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Expert Partner: Smokemont Riding Stables

  •  Horseback Riding: Enjoy the Great Smokies on horseback with these guided tours.
  • Smokemont Ridging Stables is located within the Great Smoky Mountaints National Park. Beautiful natural trails with wooded forests, mountain streams and waterfalls. Authorized concessioner of the National Park Service. *experienced guides *ages 5 & up
    *1 hour ride features crossing the Oconoluftee River
    *2.5 hour ride features cascading waterfalls
    *4 hour ride features waterfalls and river views
    *Wagon rides for any age

JEEP ADVENTURE – Explore Smokies from a custom Jeep
Expert Partner: Wildwater Rafting

  •  Jeep Adventure Waterfall Tour: Unique touring jeep carries you to breathtaking waterfalls
  • This 2-hour tour takes you on a personal exploration up the mountain to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Nantahala area. We will be traveling in a Jeep® Wrangler converted vehicle, with an extended rear to accommodate 5 passengers and a clear plexiglass canopy over the roof. We recommend adventurers bring: jacket, hat, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, and wear comfortable shoes for walking and weather appropriate clothing. Wildwater will provide a rain poncho, water and snack. We also carry insect repellent, a first aid kit and a small cooler along with interpretive books with maps and plant ID pictures. Trip minimum: 2 people, Trip maximum: 6 people. Minimum Weight: 40 lbs. Advanced reservations are required.

JETBOAT ADVENTURES – Jetboat rides and hike & ride tours for the whole family!
Expert Partner: Smoky Mountain Jetboats

  •  Hike & Jetboat Ride: The Fortney Creek Hike & Ride combines the beauty of a 4-mile hike (which begins with a tunnel) with the thrill of a Jetboat ride across Lake Fontana. The hike features towering poplars, majestic oaks, and abundant rhododendron. There are periodic stops to rest, have snacks and learn about the park and its incredible diversity of plants and animals. Once at the lake, there is time for a swim and lunch, before boarding the Jetboat to race across Fontana Lake. Great for families! Reservations at least 24 hours before are required. Starting time is 10:00 am. All day adventure!
  •  Jetboat Adventure: A Jetboat ride is like nothing you have experienced! These boats are extremely maneuverable and can spin within their own length. Excitement awaits the whole family as you speed and spin across Fontana Lake with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as your backdrop. Trip Time 1 hr, on the water 35-40 minutes.
  •  Extreme Hike & Ride: (Adults Only) The Extreme Jetboat Combo begins with a 12-mile hike descending 5000 feet from 6643’ Clingman’s Dome (the 2nd highest peak in the East) to Fontana Lake. The hike descends through all the ecosystems and the five forest types – spruce-fir, northern hardwood, pine-oak, hemlock, and cove hardwood. At the lake, take a swim, then board the JetBoat for a thrilling ride across Lake Fontana. Lunch, snacks, water, the Jetboat ride and all transportation is included. All day extreme adventure!

KAYAKING PACKAGE – Great for families! (Ages 8+)
Expert Partner: Endless River Adventures

  •  Private Whitewater Kayak Instruction: Private instruction is the quintessential method if you wish to excel in this great sport. There is a focus- with the instructor wanting exactly what you want: for you to learn and to improve. They are able to adapt teaching techniques to accommodate your learning style and make sure you get the most out of your time. Progressive techniques are used to improve your rolling, playing used as a mechanism to gain more boat control, and river running used as the basis to improving your overall skills. We are proud of our group of instructors. They are committed to working with you you in your quest to become a better boater! Private Instruction is for a Group of One to Four For you individually, or your group of up to four, the day is yours to learn as much as you can.
  •  Scenic Kayak Lake Tours: Join us in touring kayaks to explore the seldom-visited areas of Cheoah and Caulderwood Lakes.Comfortably outfitted in Wilderness System kayaks, any and all experience levels will enjoy this trip. Both scenic and informative, this will be a highlight of your visit to western North Carolina.
  •  Kids & Family Kayak Instruction: Does the whole family want to learn together? Take instruction as a family and share the experience of learning a new sport that everyone can enjoy! Private instruction is available 7-days a week and is the perfect arrangement for the family paddling together.

RAFTING PACKAGES – Great for families(Ages 7+)
Expert Partner: Endless River Adventures

  •  Fully Guided Trips: Eight miles of constant waves and swift, clear currents make the Nantahala River a delight for all ages and groups interested in an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting. The trip takes over 3 hours and contains numerous class I and II rapids, with a class III at the end. On our rafting trips, there is a lead guide, a sweep guide, and typically a guide in every third raft. Since the Nantahala River is a dam-controlled river, one can expect good water flows at all times of the year. Minimum Weight: 60 lbs. or 7yrs. old Intensity Level: Mild to moderate. No previous whitewater experience needed. Trip Length: Approximately 3 1/2 hours (2 hours on the river)
  •  Inflatable Ducky Trip: A ducky or inflatable kayak is a one or two person inflatable raft. Duckys are a great choice for experienced river rafters who are looking for a more high-performance trip down the river. We offer both guided ducky trips and ducky rentals. And wet suits are complimentary for all our ducky guests. There is a minimum weight limit for children of sixty (60) pounds or seven (7) years old. The river is an eight mile Class II-III river that flows through the Nantahala Gorge.
  •  Raft Rental: The Nantahala is not a one-time affair! For more experienced river runners you may opt for a self-guided raft trip–where we provide all the equipment, trip orientation and shuttles and you guide yourselves down the river.Expert Partner: Wildwater Rafting
  •  Guaranteed Guide in your raft.

SPA PACKAGE – In cabin services or visit the local spa
Expert Partner: Avanti Spa Services

  •  Hot Stone Massage:Tension, muscle aches and stiffness float away as your body sinks into total relaxation. Special massage techniques are joined by a surprisingly enjoyable element- the heat and weight of warmed basalt stones- for added effectiveness.
  •  Swedish Massage: It’s amazing how light pressure, smooth strokes and easy movements can revive a wonderful sense of well-being. Ideal for getting your circulation going and keeping tried muscles humming. This massage helps reduce emotional and physical stress.
  •  Ultimate Foot Massage:  Here is the ideal antidote for a day of hiking, or any other day that leaves tired tootsies longing to be lavished with extra TLC. This luxuriating treatment includes relaxing mask, calming cream and massage.
  •  Face Massage: Renew and rejuvenate with our specialty: an anti-aging face massage that delivers instant and visible results. From massage contouring to detoxification, every step of this six-step treatment is designed to firm and lift your appearance, as well as your spirits.
  •  Body Treatments: This shoulder-to-toe treatment smooths, soothes, and slenderizes. Following exfoliation, a state-of-the-art firming machine is applied to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Nourishing steam and masks refine skin texture. Topped off with a moisturizing body cream, your skin emerges soft, supple, and noticeably toned.
  •  All-Season’s Aromatic Scrubs: Citrus-mint, chocolate-rose, lemongrass-lavender, apricot chamomile and eight other delectable duos are among our flavor-of-the-month scrubs. There’s no question about it. You’ll want to visit often to savor each smoothing, skin-quenching combination. Treatment includes exfoliating scrub, massage and cream moisturizer.

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD PACKAGE – Take you family and friends out for and amazing paddleboarding adventure. Perfect for the whole family!
Expert Partner: Bryson City Outdoors

  •  Come see what all the fuss is about and have a great time exercising and stand up paddleboarding on Fontana’s finger lake. Just minutes away from Bryson City, NC.
  • Bryson City Outdoors is a Stand Up Paddleboard(SUP) rental company located in Bryson City. Owned and managed by people who love the outdoors and love their community. Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports today. It fun, healthy, and can help improve the overall quality of a persons life. Strengthen your core, improve your balance and get to know a part of nature you may be unfamiliar with.

TRAIN AND JEEP EXPLORATION – Follow a train ride with Jeep exploration in the Nantahala Gorge.
Expert Partner: Wildwater Rafting

  •  Rails and Trails: Ran /Jeep Tour – Take a 2 hour/22 mile scenic rail excursion from Bryson City into the Nantahala Gorge. A customized Jeep meets you and continues the exploration for a 2 hour trip up the mountain, past waterfalls and lakes, to ridges and valley. Rendezvous back with the rafters at Wildwater’s Rafting Center for lunch.

TRAIN AND RAFTING PACKAGE – Ride the Train, Raft the River – all in one day-trip!
Expert Partner: Wildwater Rafting

  •  Raft & Rail: See the Smokies from a new angle! *2hour/22 mile scenic rail excursion from Bryson City Depot into the Nantahala River Gorge. *3 hour/8 mile Follow-A-Guide family whitewater rafting trip down the scenic Nantahala River *Picnic lunch at Wildwater’s private pavilion includes sandwich, hot soup, fruit, desert and beverage *One price includes hot showers & modern changing facilities, lunch plus all transportation *All paddlers must be 60 pounds or 7 years old

Favorite Cabin Amenities

When it comes to picking out a cabin that is going to help make you vacation the best it possibly can be what are the things that are required to do so? There are many different cabins that offer many different things, from comforts of home to endless home entertainment options. Below is a list of things that many of our cabins have and are usually the things people ask about when booking a cabin with us. Do you think these items make or break a cabin stay?

1. A View:

The mountains of North Carolina are know for the gorgeous views and View-from-Hottub-2everyone that stays in a rental cabin expects to get an amazing view, no matter what cabin they rent. However, what you have to understand about amazing views is that they usually come from the top of mountains which requires navigating a steep, narrow, winding road that leads to the cabin. These kinds of roads are normal for locals that live and work around them, but when you get someone who was expecting a quality paved road with guardrails then you get some surprised people. Cabins with views are also located further away from town and the activities that town has to offer, so it is hard to have both town access and great views. Even with all of the crazy driving that you might have to do the cabins that boast having these amazing views are amazing and provide guests with a unique since of tranquility and relaxation that you will not get in a hotel.

2. A Hot Tub

One of the most popular requests we get is if the cabin has a hot tub or not. Now days you will not find many cabins that do not have a hot tub, it is almost required if you want to be a rental option for most guests. Do hot tubs make a vacation more enjoyable though? They are a great place for the family to hang out after a day outside and relax and talk, or they can be a great item to keep the teenagers out of the house for a little peace and quiet, and the addition of a hot tub offering does not change the rental price all that much so if I were renting a cabin on the mountains I think hot tub would be one of the things on my list of wanted amenities. How about you?

Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 10.47.13 AM3. Game Room/Pool Table/Man Cave

Many people think of a basement filled with a card table, pool table, foosball table, ping pong table, darts, and an endless supply of board games. Rooms like this can keep the family and especially the kids entertained for hours on end and can be essential for a big group renting a cabin. I personally do not find this a requirement for a cabin I was going to rent, however, I do love to play pool and that table would get used. Some house even have a wet bar that they offer to guests that are over the age of 21. This is a great amenity for those groups that are more adult couples or friends that are looking to entertain rather than families on vacation together. When it comes to the game room what do you think cabins should offer guests, and should all cabins have some sort of games available for renters?

4. Close to town

Vacationers to the mountains vary in their opinions about being out in the secluded beauty of nature or being close to all of the restaurants an activities that the nearby town has to offer. Many renters want the best of both worlds, and luckily for them most of our Yellow Rose Realty cabins can accommodate that request. For me I would like to be as far away for the hustle and bustle as I could and have the most perfect view encompassed by only the sounds of nature, but that is just me. The great thing about renting a cabin is that you get to find what works for you group or family and it does not matter what I would do.

These are a few of the things that come in to play when it comes to booking a vacation rental in the mountains. If there are things that you think are required that I missed please post them in a comment below. We would love to hear from you about what makes your vacation rental experience the most enjoyable when it come to the offered amenities.

To check out all of our cabins and what they offer visit us at: http://www.yellowroserealty.com/rentals.php

See you in the mountains soon!