Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most beautiful scenic routes is your own private mountain getaway. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Blue Ridge mountains while relaxing in the 6 person hot tub on the deck (open year-round).
Tucked away in your own hollow of 10 acres, there is cleared land for badminton, volleyball, croquet, barbecue and hiking. And in the winter months, hot tubbing and riding a tube or sled down a hill in the snow. Of course there is nearby skiing (Banner Elk).
Fine dining is less than 1 mile away. The Biltmore House, America's premier castle is 40 minutes away in Asheville, NC. Linville Caverns are 30 minutes away via the Parkway. 2 hour drive from Charlotte and 40 minutes from Boone. Golfing and hiking easily accessible.
We call our mountain getaway in Little Switzerland the 'Rieke Retreat'. It has been in the family since 1970. It used to be an old homestead for the 'McKinney family' starting in the 1920's.
Starting Dec. 1st, we decorate the entire house with Christmas decorations including a Christmas tree with lights in the main room. Outside there is a live Blue Spruce Christmas tree below the deck which is strung with little white lights. You just plug in the outdoor extension cord, and the tree lights up. It can be seen from all over. Wreaths, bows, and lots of special effects for Christmas are yours and stay until mid-February. All you have to do is pray for snow and put another log on the fire.
What is 'LSD'? 'LSD' means Little Switzerland Downtown. It is only nine-tenths of a mile from our house. In the non-winter months, the New Book Exchange is the highlight. Here you can relax on a sofa in front of a big fireplace, sip coffee or wine and get lost in the book of your choice (I forgot the classical music in the background). Hungry? Go next door to the Little Switzerland Café and have the best Trout BLT in the world followed by apple pie and ice cream! Need a bottle of wine and some cheese for later on? Go through the doors to the Little Switzerland General store and they have quite a selection. You have entered another world. And you are not dreaming.
In the non-winter months, Grassy Creek Golf course is a public course only 10 minutes away in Spruce Pine. Mount Mitchell Golf Course is about 20 minutes away and is under the largest mountain East of the Mississippi River - Mt. Mitchell. It is well-established and famous for its layout and views.
In the winter months (Dec., Jan., Feb., March) there is great North Carolina skiing only 40 minutes away. Main resorts are Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain and others near Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. Many people stay at our house to rest and hot tub after a long day day of skiing nearby. Keep in mind we are at 3500 elevation and it snows often. (Our driveway is not steep, don't worry).
Other Activities: Gem Mining
In the summer, the best organized whitewater rafting which is closest to the Rieke Retreat is the Nolichucky River about 45 minutes from the house in Erwin, Tennessee. Little Switzerland is the perfect place to train for bicycling. You can start at the Little Switzerland entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and try to 'Assault on Mt. Mitchell' which is about 33 miles.
$75.00 Required Maid fee. Maids come in at end of stay. $50 refundable deposit is returned within 3 weeks of your departure by mail, e check, or bank to bank funds.
There must be at least one person of min. age 21 who stays at the property.
• Refunds are not made if you cancel less than 4 weeks prior to your confirmed arrival.
• Refund exceptions are: water or electricity not working more than 6 hours during your stay.
• No refunds for snow/ice. You should check weather before arrival and determine if you need to apply chains to your tires which should allow you to arrive in any conditions. If we determine travel to Rieke Retreat is unsafe the date of your arrival, we will let you know and give you full refund.
• All cancellations require a $50.00 cancellation fee (plus VRBO service fees) to cover administrative overhead.
Refund of $25/day if hot tub is not working.
Checkin is after 4pm. Checkout is noon.
Upon booking, ask for the seasonal 16 pages of documents to be emailed to you for full instructions. Varies by season.
Great place to unwind. Spent the week with my beautiful wife of 18 years for our anniversary. Very romantic
If you’re looking for a quaint house on a mountain this is it. It does need to be heated with a wood fireplace and there are many pages of instructions but it is all necessary and worth it. This house makes you feel what it’s like to live on a mountain side. The view is amazing! Make sure you follow Peter’s directions to get there as your GPS will make you turn too soon. We can not wait to come back and enjoy this lovely home again!
We loved this place! We stayed with two young kiddos so there were a few things that challenged us, but that was our problem. :) The view is incredible. I would go back just for that. Sunset and sunrise were perfection. Peter was also helpful when the key to get it in wasn't where it was supposed to be. He helped us get in a different way and it didn't take long! We will hopefully be back!
My husband and I were looking for a quiet, cozy weekend getaway and this was perfect. Hot tub with a view, we spent a lot of time in it, and super close to the parkway. We will be back. :)
Our first experience with VRBO, and we can’t wait to come back. The photos for this listing do not do this property justice! We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway. We loved the view, the hot tub, toasting marshmallows in a cracking fire at the fire pit, and the serenity of the rustling mountain breezes. We found everything ready for our stay, and quickly decided on making all our meals here so we could enjoy every moment of the spectacular view from the deck. This is a place we can’t wait to rent again, and we want to stay longer than a weekend!
This mountain cabin was PERFECT for our visit! The views from the deck were amazing! We enjoyed the hot tub on the deck after a long day of riding too. Very secluded and quiet. We will be back!
Thank you for sharing your home. We say home because it was cozy, warm and welcoming. What a relaxing stay.
Beautiful home and the land it sits on is gorgeous. The views are breathtaking. We loved the woodstove which kept us very cozy and warm. The home is decorated very nicely with a cabin, mountain flair that fits perfectly with the outdoor setting. Our favorite part was the Hot Tub. Very relaxing and by far one of the most gorgeous views of the mountains we have seen.
We were thoroughly impressed by the property and location. It is definitely secluded. The view of the valley, and several ridge lines are a great way to wake up. We took a trip to Mt Mitchell, about 40 miles or so away. We took a trip to the Grassy Creek Falls, about 5 minutes (to the parking spot at least) from the cabin. We are planning to return in the fall/winter if we get a chance. Thanks for the perfect getaway.