In 2012, Boone was selected by U.S. News as one of the top ten places to retire in the country – and for good reasons too. Tucked away in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina’s Boone is an idyllic small town that is both affordable and slow, a world away from the hustle and bustle of America’s cities and suburban towns. Other than relaxing in the alpine air, this highland town gives opportunities for exploration too, with its many hiking and equestrian trails amidst its evergreen forests and panoramic mountain views.
Immerse yourself in the sylvan magic of Boone with these five HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals, all of them cabins, for the most authentic experience of this town.
Staying near downtown Boone doesn’t mean you’ll have to forsake its rural forest charm! Take this cabin, for example. Though it’s only a five-minute drive from the town’s center of activity, it has all the aura of a woodland gem. Don’t believe us? Take a look!
In the glow of the radiant mountain sun, this cabin looks like it’s been pulled out of a painting.
As you ascend the stairs to this home, take a moment or two to inhale the crisp mountain air as you rest upon this wooden swing bench.
Come out onto the deck in the mornings for breathtaking views like this!
Alternatively, enjoy the sunrise from the comfort of this hot tub, a great way to warm up in the chilly mountain air!
If you’re feeling sleepy, this cabin comes with three bedrooms for your utmost comfort. For couples, the Stonewood bedroom comes with floral sheets atop a queen-sized bed, while the Cottage bedroom provides a toasty atmosphere within its multi-cushioned, woodland-hued walls.
If you’re traveling with the family, let your kids sleep with the soft toys of the last bedroom’s bunk beds.
Peaceful Cabin In Boone and the Blue Ridge Mountains for the family!
Address: Hidden Valley Circle, Boone, NC 28607, USA
Price: from 175 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Looking for a more isolated stay where you can truly immerse in the natural beauty of Boone’s landscapes? Settle in this loft residence, a multi-story home overlooking the area’s verdant evergreen forests.
Enter a home of wood, carpet, and stone, made for all seasons. Lounge with the family on the vinyl sofas, or curl up by the fireplace with some hot chocolate in the winter months.
Need a more intimate space to snuggle up? Escape to the loft above the living room and watch a movie on the small, vintage television.
Of course, what’s a home in the mountains without the scenery?
Jump into the ‘air chairs’ of the covered porch and look out to the rolling forests of Boone and beyond.
Seek a sylvan slumber in the home’s three bedrooms, from the queen-sized bed of the master suite to the twin singles of the guest bedroom.
What A View!
Address: High Peak Drive, Boone, NC 28607, USA
Price: from 166 USD
Number of Guests: 6
If you’re searching for something a little more extravagant, why not try this HomeAway lodge? Tucked away in the forests of Boone, this lodge sits right on the banks of the pristine Watauga River, bringing woodland wonder and aquatic encounters right to your doorstep.
Bring your family along for the trip – your kids are going to want to see and live in this fairytale abode. With slanted, shingled roofs and walls of stone and wood, this lodge looks like something out of a picture book!
Drop your bags in the master bedroom, a king-sized accommodation of bronze and golden hues. If you’re here with a bigger family, worry not, as this home comes with three other bedrooms for up to nine people, including one for the kids.
With a bunk bed, toy chest, and flat-screen television, your kids will never be bored in this room of their own!
Enjoy the riverine landscapes with some breakfast in this nook.
Or, roast marshmallows and meat on a spit with this riverside fire pit. Kick back on Adirondack chairs as you engage in some bird-watching, or simply admire all that nature has to offer:
Too lazy for a day out or too tired to travel far? Take a slow stroll upstream or wade in the invigorating waters of the river.
After the day’s activities, unwind in this travertine-lined bathroom in the vacation rental. Pamper yourself with a bubble bath in the tub, or soothe your sore muscles on the bench of the glass shower.
Rivers Edge Lodge - Luxury Mountain Home Located Directly on Pristine River
Address: East Rivers Edge, Boone, NC 28607, USA
Price: from 321 USD
Number of Guests: 9
If you’re hoping to bring your equine friends along to traverse the area’s equestrian trails, book a stay in this ‘barnaminium’. Located in Ferguson, a community 45 minutes outside of Boone, this 16-acre (6.5-hectare) property provides spacious, secluded accommodation for everyone, even the horses!
Enter the heart of rolling pastures, thriving trees, and elusive wildlife as you pull up to this barn. Bunk with your family or friends on the upper floor, above a stable for up to four horses.
As you ascend to your quarters, take time to step out to the deck for a gaze at the scenery, obscured by fog in the mornings, but clear as day by, well, day!
In the attic, a cozy living space opens up to two queen-sized bedrooms for up to four guests.
After a long day of adventures and activities, chill in the countryside vibe as you catch up with some local news, or retreat to bed beneath the impressive cypress sidings of the barn.
If you’ve got a few more equine friends along for the trip, don’t worry about space – two more stall barns and an extra pasture are available for extra horses!
Things to note: If you’re bringing along a horse, a nightly boarding fee of 20 USD will be charged. Bring required shavings, hay, and feed. A negative Coggins test for all horses and a current health certificate for out-of-state horses are required to be shown at the Leatherwood Stables Office (closes at 5 pm).
Rollin' N the Hay (barnaminium) with or without your 'neigh' buddies! Great view
Address: Flag Branch Rd, Ferguson, NC 28624
Price: from 150 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Off to Boone for a honeymoon? Head to this cabin for a hidden, romantic stay in the woods, made more heavenly with a placid creek in your HomeAway backyard.
Built into the sloped banks of a creek, this home sits among an atmosphere of lush tranquility. Soak up this verdant view from the comfort of the backyard, or take a hike down into the woods.
Get intimate in the mellow surroundings of this king-sized bedroom after a fruitful day out.
And wake up next to your other half with this serene view, right outside your window!
Soak up the scenery from the spacious luxury bath, or freshen up in the forest sun with the rain shower.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, unwind in this hot tub, a fixture with an elevated outlook of your elysian surroundings.
Creekside Cabin - Tranquil Elegance, Secluded & Romantic
Address: Elk Ridge Rd, Ferguson, NC 28624, USA
Price: from 229 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Breathtaking, beautiful Boone
As cliched as it might sound to use such words in describing this town, perhaps no others can so aptly illustrate the unblemished viridescence of Boone, a rarity in a world ravaged by urbanization and climate change. Do away with the monotony and woes of your everyday life, and escape to the forest to find yourself again. Book a stay in one of these gorgeous HomeAway vaction rentals today!
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