My boyfriend and I bought a groupon to come here for the weekend all the way from DC. We usually stay in nice quality B&B's, so it was not what we expected when we got here, but we were pleasantly surprised! It is perfect for the minimalists in this world. If you want to get away from all the things that don't matter in this world and have an intimate vacation with your friends/family/significant other and the wilderness, it is great. All we really cared about was that it was warm, which there was plenty of heat, that there was a comfortable bed with nice sheets...the bed was awesome, and it was beautiful. The view outside the window was so pretty. It is right on the river and you can walk outside and sit on the rocks or the sand.
We stayed in the Rocky Cove, which is the most secluded of the cottages. We made sure to bring our own breakfast foods and stuff for sandwiches and of course drinks since it is far away from everything. The kitchen was small and the pans were very old, but we had everything we needed and it made us feel like we were out in the woods! The oven and stove worked great with gas heating and luckily there was a small coffee pot too. They also have a nice grill on the patio so we were able to use that. There is no TV, which was such a great change. We spent a lot of time talking, playing cards and other games. Bring some old fashioned entertainment!
The first day we drove out to some wineries, got dinner in Lenoire at a steakhouse, then went to the Wal-Mart for food for the next day. The next day we spent the whole time up in the mountains. There are so many hiking trails near by and many lookout points that are within miles. You're right in the National Forest so it is beautiful. We hiked the Harper's Creek trail and got lost trying to find the waterfall, but apparently it is beautiful! We're beginner hiker though... After that we had the couples massage at the cottage. It was very relaxing and we loved that we got to use the bathrobes for the rest of the weekend. Afterwards the owners brought our appetizers and wine in a gorgeous wine bucket. It was all so good, we were very impressed. Later we used the grill and made burgers. We drove the Charlotte the next day and spent some time in the city, but were so ready to come back to nature. Overall, great vacation and we had awesome weather.
The staff was very sweet and accommodating! My boyfriend actually proposed after the couples massage by placing his own wine bottle with a homemade "will you marry me?" label in the wine bucket. I of course said yes!! When we went to check out I asked if we could buy the ice bucket from them because it played a part in a life changing event. He said that we made his day and to keep it as a gift. We were astonished by his kindness and his true happiness for us.
We couldn't of asked for a better rustic intimate getaway. If you're a true city girl/guy and expect luxury, it is it. If you love to camp, but want a comfy, welcoming place to stay, this is perfect for you. If you love nature in general, this is perfect as it offered everything and more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort is an enchanting and captivating 100 year old hotel that has been recently renovated to offer a quaint home feeling with a modern twist. The grounds and hotel offer a distinguished charm unlike anywhere else. We are a premiere historic property on the Wilson Creek gorge and offer our unique resort to suit any event you are planning, whether it's a memorable wedding ceremony or a business retreat. Our magnificent Rock Pavilion is surrounded by lush gardens and a flowing river that begs you to relax, deep in the fresh mountain air, and experience serenity. We hope you'll join us soon for the trip of a lifetime at the Brown Mountain Beach Resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brown Mountain Beach Hotel Lenoir