My family of four (myself, my wife and two daughters ages 13 and 8) had been searching for a vacation spot near the Smoky's to do a multi-family vacation with a fishing buddy of mine and his wife and two boys (ages 4 and 7). From our previous trip to GSMNP, we knew that we wanted to stay in the Townsend, TN area again and unlike the last trip being directly next to a trout stream was not a pre-requisite, as this was to be a family vacation.
We chose the Wind Rider cabin as our choice and quickly sent the deposit (they do not accept credit card payments, and will accept checks or cash as of our stay...just FYI). The hill, which other reviewers have commented on, to get to the cabins is STEEP but that just means that you are up in elevation and will have a great view and in our four nights of staying there we did not have any trouble making it up or down the hill to get to our cabin.
As others have stated, the website for Wind Rider is a bit misleading, as this is really only a three bedroom cabin with an additional bed located in the main floor living area, and another located in the main area upstairs just outside of the two bedrooms. There is a bathroom with tub/shower on the main floor, however the upstairs bathroom only features a large jetted tub with no shower head. For two families vacationing together, these things didn't make a huge difference, but had we found these reviews prior to our trip I believe I would have booked elsewhere, as the cabin really was not big enough to provide both families some personal space without intruding on the main living floor.
The cabin itself is very nice on the inside and was very clean. We have learned in staying in cabin rentals that it is always wise to travel with your own cooking utensils if you plan to use the cabin to cook in. The kitchen, was furnished with more cooking utensils and pots / pans then most that we had stayed in, but there was a severe lack of drinking glasses (a total of 6 total, not including coffee cups) and there was not a spatula to use, so we purchased one and left it for the next renter.
The cabin also has a washer / dryer, which came in extremely handy as there did not appear to be enough towels for all 8 of us staying. But in Blue Smoke Cabins defense, we never called for more and Linda (the owner) was extremely helpful and nice.
The view from the deck is amazing, and the hot on the deck really is nice. However, the carpenter bees that swarm around the cabin are plentiful and really take away from being able to sit out on the deck and enjoy the weather and view. If the porch had been screened in this would not have been an issue, and it wasn't an issue on our last day when the weather turned cooler. But something should be done about them, as they were everywhere.
All that being said, would we stay in Wind Rider again? Absolutely. But not with 8 people. It would have been the perfect size for my family of four, and who knows, we might be back when we get the urge to go back to the Smoky'ss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins are located on a private mountain 3.4 miles from Townsend and 5 miles from the gates of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park . Each cabin is secluded with mountain views , hot tub and jacuzzies. We are family owned and operated. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins Hotel Townsend