We stayed at Sky Island Retreat for the month of April 2013 in the Sportsman cabin and will have 'forever memories' to rave about. We're a family of 5, with hubby and I and our three children, ages 10, 9 and 7. The cabin adjacent to ours had a couple of young guys (early twenties?) staying and all was okay being neighbors. Our cabin was plenty big enough with all the creature comforts (including wifi!) we needed, and the owners were more than accommodating when we needed assistance. We never ran out of hot water, but certainly timed it well knowing it's a mountain retreat so you need to think wisely. The drive to Asheville was super quick, but not needed often, because Old Fort had everything we needed (Frisbee's is grocery store that is well stocked!), and Black Mountain and Marion are nearby with bigger stores.
The nearby attractions are also phenomenal. Our fave walk was Cawtawba Falls.
Sky Island Retreat itself has fantastic walks to enjoy, and the kids loved the chickens and their protective rooster wandering around, the mini-golf, the pond, horseshoes and more.
There's lots of cabins there so even though we were in the family style cabin I'm sure there's plenty of accommodation for romantic getaways as well.
If you like nature, you'll love the location. I hiked the country roads with my children every evening and spotted woodchucks, possums, and a variety of birds........and the bats in the evening are spectacular. (you are very near Bat Cave!). as are the wild geese migrating through the valley nearby.
We are planning to head back for July 4th celebrations. You can guarantee this is a lovely fun place to spend holidays.
The family who run the place are fantastic as well. If things go wobbly for any reason just let them know and they quickly sort things.
Two Thumbs Up and Five Stars for Sky Island!