As in any outdoor setting, there are things to look out for. While wildflowers and great blue herons call this valley home, so do poison ivy and an occasional snake. We’ve never seen a poisonous snake here, though they are known to be around. You’re more likely to see a black snake, a beneficial snake that keeps rodents in control.

The rocks at the river are very slippery, and we encourage people to not wade in the river. The pond is yours to enjoy, but obviously there is no lifeguard. Children should not be around the river or pond without supervision. The pond is four feet deep at the dock, and about 2 feet deep at the waterfall end.

Nuts and Bolts

The Lodge was built to support groups seeking a certain kind of experience. We have tried very hard to make it a special and memorable place. We think of the Lodge as an extension of our home. Please keep this in mind as you enjoy the Lodge, and help us with the following:

  • Please take your shoes off when you enter the basement or the main hall. There are shoe racks, with slippers, inside the front doors and the south door in the basement.
  • We ask that people refrain from drinking alcohol while at the Lodge.
  • Each guest bed supplied with sheets, pillowcase, blanket and towel set.
  • Extra bedding and towels can be found in the balcony closet upstairs and first floor utility closet. Cleaning supplies can be found in the entryway closet. Extra toilet paper and Kleenex are in the entryway storage bench. Light bulbs in the entry credenza.  Extra trash bags are under the buffet counter in the kitchen.
  • Bathrooms showers have organic soap, shampoo and conditioner supplied in wall dispenser. Hair dryers are located in each bathroom.
  • There are labeled waste cans in the general kitchen. Aluminum and steel cans, glass, and corrugated cardboard can be recycled; please put them all in the cans and we’ll sort it out later.
  • Enjoy the sound system. You may plug in your iphone or ipod directly to the sound system.
  • The electrical panel box is on the wall in the basement storage room (behind the small sink area.)
  • The main hall ceiling fans are controlled by a remote that is kept with the sound equipment. The upstairs switch (second from the left switch at the top of the steps) must be on in order for the remote to work. Please do not let children use the remote.  Do not reverse the fan motor while it is turning, or damage may occur.
  • The entryway phone (828) 658-9865 line has an answering machine in the entryway; this is the number to give out to people who may need to call you. Please place any long distance calls collect or with a credit card. The light will blink if any messages. The machine automatically erases messages that have been listened to, so please either push the “Save” button or ensure that any played messages are delivered.
  • The Lodge office number is 645-0505, which rings in the office at our farmhouse up the hill.
  • As you are preparing to leave, please strip your bed, placing your sheets and towels in your pillowcase. Leave them in lodge entryway, near the front door. Please also pick up the main hall, kitchen, and other common areas, and run the dishwasher.

Lastly, please relax and enjoy this place we call home. We feel grateful every day to wake up here, and hope that you will, too.