How it all began - why the Smoky Mountains?

In 2009 a family friend bought a cabin in the area, and invited us to come along for a visit. Until then, I barely heard about the Smoky Mountains. We always loved the mountains, and seeing the Smokies for the first time made quite an impression.

Blue Mountain Lodge - then and now

We started coming to the area to look at foreclosed properties, with the idea to buy and renovate, because that was the only way we could afford to buy. We did not like the "resorts" with cookie cutter cabin styles and architecture. Besides, we have always imagined a quintessential cabin to be set in the woods and nature, not surrounded by dozens of other cabins on all sides. So we were looking for a place that offered some privacy. 
 
When we first saw the property that we'd later name " Blue Mountain Lodge", it was a  bank-owned foreclosure, sitting unoccupied for couple of years, with everything stripped - from lights to doors to kitchen (and bath) sinks. It had no running water, no heat, no AC. It took us 1.5 years of proverbial "blood, sweat and tears" to finally not only restore the cabin, but also add many improvements. Once we completed the restoration and started to rent the cabin to vacaitoners, it became a sucess very soon.
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We plan to  eventually retire and move to Sevier County permanenly and live in one of our cabins. For now we make our cabins available to rent to our guests. We hope that our guests will appreciate our cabins and make wonderful memories in the Smokies for years to come.   
Winter 2010 when Blue Mountain Lodge was almost complete

Our next adventure: Appalachian Escape Cabin 

Two years later, we bought an unfinsihed build - a "shell" of a cabin that was sitting in the woods for 10 years, that would later become " Appalachian Escape". We fell in love with a quiet property the cabin was sitting on, and a peaceful and homey feeling it exuded. Buying the cabin was a huge risk because I was unemployed at the time, but simply could not pass up once-in-a-life-time opportunity. There was no yard or driveway, the lot was overgrown, but the "shell" was solidly built from hemlock Appalachian style traditional flat hewn logs . Chinking (the light stripes you see between the logs) was missing in places on the outside, and the inside was completely unfinished. Completing this cabin was even bigger construction project than that of Blue Mountain Lodge, and we also had to manage it from 700 miles away. On the positive side, buying a "blank canvas" gave us the opportunity to add custom features and finishes that we (and now our guests) love to have. Another 1.5 years later, and we have a new favorite - both ours and our guests.  
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  8. Appalachian Escape before and After living and kitchen

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I came to the Smoky mountians with a friend in 2009 for the first time during winter snowfall. It was so pretty! Living in Florida, we missed having seasons. Todd and I (Victoria) came together several more times, and we knew - Smoky Mountains was the place! We bought our cabin in 2010. For now, we are living and working in Tampa FL,  and looking forward to making Sevier county our permanent home one day. 
Photo taken day after Christmas 2010 when Blue Mountain Lodge was almost complete.

We love DIY projects, and we have restored or made many furniture and decor pieces you will see in our cabin. 

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