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... 8221; that bypasses two of the stream crossings on Gragg Prong, so we could keep our feet dry heading back. On the last stream crossing, we were able to rock-hop across. Margo just waded across in the water, but Willie, the rescue hunting dog, didn’t want to get his feet wet, so he actually rock-hopped across following where Sandy had stepped. I had never seen a dog rock-hop before and ...
Sunday morning, we were determined to go back and get the waterfalls on Gragg Prong, but today we would be heading in from the other side. We drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway and spotted a turkey in the road. We stopped briefly for a picture then got off the parkway at Roseboro Road to head into the Wilson Creek area. This gravel road eventually becomes FR 981 and leads to a parking area for Lost Cove Trail (#262). There were quite ...
Saturday morning, we headed back to Wilson Creek for more waterfalls. We headed into the area on FR 464 for about four miles to FR 464A and parked at the top of this road. We probably could have driven this road, but decided to just hike down since the RAV4 is not 4WD. The road heads down into the gorge along Little Lost Cove Creek, fording the creek about a half-mile from the start and ends at a primitive campsite. ...
... adventures from trains, planes and automobiles! We plan on saying hi to the Pope, peer into the crater of an active volcano, sunbathe on the beaches of the Ionian Sea, marvel at the ruins of Pompeii, and eats lots of seafood and pizza. I may even have a glass of wine or two!
Hope you enjoy our adventures!
... a few times to see some nice cascades on the creek above the falls. A few would almost qualify as waterfalls, though I'm sure that they're not named. It was getting late by now and we were both getting hungry, so we headed to Banner Elk and Sandy bought dinner for my birthday at Puerto Nuevo, a very good Mexican restaurant. Then we headed back to camp and built a fire before retiring for the ...
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This B&B is significantly over rated at this time. It may be the new management. The rates one pays for lodging come close to a rip off, especially with sparse amenities. Magazines outdated, someone stopped their subscription in Jan 2006. Service was pleasant but it was obvious they are working on bare minimum personell, with little experience. This is not what we would have expected based on past ratings from friends and publications. The inn sits less than 20 feet from the highway, therefore, a quiet moment in one of the rocking chairs is just that as traffic is pretty steady. The staff become distracted as the dinner crowd starts around 7:00pm. If you are a guest and don't have reservations you may want to get dinner in Banner Elk before arriving. Even if you do have reservation, eat early. The wait staff are pleasant and want to please but the kitchen gets so backed up that getting your main course will take an hour to an hour and a half. The website of Mast Farm Inn is some what misleading. We were expecting a quiet pastoral setting but found everything to be very close. If you decide to stay I would recommend a room in the Grainery across the road (much less road noise). A trip to Mast General Store is a must however Valle Crusis is just a short drive from Boone, Banner Elk even Blowing Rock where they have figured it out regarding service in B&Bs. The new management needs to get their act together.
My wife and I arrived late afternoon and were immediately greeted by all of the owners. They let us pick our room and even upgraded us to a cabin in the woods. (Raspberry Hill) The cabin was very niceand CLEAN we will stay there again. The food at the Inn was Excellant, we had two brekfasts and dinner one night. The staff was always friendly and would go out of their way. This is the third B & B in the area we have stayed in. The Mast Inn would be our 1st choice.KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
My wife and I were extremely disappointed with our stay at the Mast Farm Inn. The photos on the website have either been cropped or extremely carefully angled so as not to show the busy road fifteen feet in front of the inn. All the cabins are closely crowded around the main house, not interspersed throughout the countryside as the photos imply. The inn is now under new management, and unfortunately the staff is simply not up to par. Not accomodating and uninformed at best, simply indifferent at worst. In the evenings the house is overrun with non-lodging visitors of the restaurant. Unfortunately, our room looked out over the road on one side and the outdoor dining area on the other, so we had to keep all the drapes pulled. We typically stay in upscale hotels and B&Bs; we would rate the Mast Farm Inn as well below average in this category. On a positive note, the food was above average.
The Mast Farm Inn has a lot of personality and charm. There was a funny moment when we pulled into the parking lot and saw the "cabins." Their outsides are made of very old wood, look very weathered and frankly appear to be shacks. Since we were with my -n-laws, for whom a 4-star hotel is roughing it, I was glad they had selected the inn, not me!! But some very nice people actually invited us into one of the cottages and it was absolutely lovely on the inside - I would stay there in a heartbeat. It would be pretty funny to take a picture of the outside and tell everyone that's where you stayed.
Accommodatins were not at all comfortable. Food was average. Certainly not worth the $300 per night we paid.
We just stayed at the Mast Farm Inn. The hostess was wonderful, the room delightful, and the food at the restaurant was better than any other meal on our vacation. We recommend it highly.
Love The Mast Farm Inn
Such a peaceful place to stay. The dinner was delicious, every attention to detail was evident in each room, the inn keepers were delightful ---and sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch---I can think of no other place I would rather be.
My wife and I just recently stayed in Cousin Sarah's Room at the Mast Farm Inn. Being that we both had graduated from College at ASU in Boone, we were kinda familiar with the area. We stayed there for our one year wedding anniversary. It was so neat, and very quaint. The buildings are very old, but restorations have been successful and the facilities are in great shape. It was so relaxing up there. One of the things we didn't like was the fact that there was no choice for breakfast. We got what we were served. And most of the time it was this very gourmet-style food where we didn't really know what we were eating by the description. The dinner menu is limited as well, and very high priced. None of the rooms are equipped with a TV which would have been nice for the evenings when alot of things have closed and there isn't much to do at the inn itself. No phones are provided either in the rooms (which doesn't bother me). If you need to use the phone, the innkeepers will allow you to use the one behind the checkin desk. Otherwise, we had a nice, relaxing stay. The prices were kinda high ($225 per night) since we went in October. Requirement is that you have to stay a minimum 3 nights during the month of October. That kinda stunk, but we had a gift certificate that covered some of the cost. If you are looking for a place where you want to enjoy gourmet food by a professional chef, rest, not have much to do or any interruptions, this is the place for you. One more thing, the rooms only lock from the inside. If you leave during the day, your room will remain unlocked so take anything that may have some value with you while you are out (or just leave them at home altogether).
Wonderful little inn!
Mast Farm Inn, is a wonderful place with a wonderful staff! We were made to feel like we were welcomed into their home. It was a great place and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in the Boone area.