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“Wind Rider was wonderful”

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Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins
Niskayuna, NY
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48 reviews
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“Wind Rider was wonderful”
Reviewed 19 May 2010

We spent 2 nights in Wind Rider while visiting the Great Smokies. The cabin is decorated beautifully. Linda has thought of everything to make you feel at home. We cooked breakfast and dinner at the cabin and found everything we needed in the way of cookware and dinnerware. The beds were comfortable.

As there were only two of us, the layout was great for us. We only needed to use two of the three bedrooms. I do agree with past postings that the bed in the downstairs open area would be a little awkward for a group.

The location is perfect to drive into the Great Smoky Mountains. Also a very nice visitor center right in Townsend.

The highlight of Wind Rider is the view from the deck and the bedrooms. Sitting on the deck in the morning and evening was so peaceful. The beauty of the mountains, and singing of the birds. It just does not get any better than that.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Byrnes Mill, MO
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Reviewed 9 May 2010

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.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Pell Lake, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

We stayed in the Cherokee Breeze cabin with four kids (age 13, 17, 20 and 23- we are in our late 40s) during July 2009 as we drove to the East coast from Wisconsin. We wanted to avoid an overnight in noisy Gatlinburg and this was a wonderful alternative. The cabin is very nicely furnished and seems to be appointed with everything you would need for a longer stay. The beds were very comfortable, which was important to us after a 12 hour drive. The master bedroom has a whirlpool for two and lace sheets on the bed - just another surprising touch when you pull back the quilt in this log cabin. There are two other sleeping areas upstairs where the kids slept. You will want to note that upstairs the bedrooms are not separated by a wall to the ceiling - they are more like loft areas with 8-foot high walls and a twenty foot vaulted ceiling. This was perfectly fine for our kids sleeping arrangements, though. We were thrilled with the attention to care that the owners have obviously paid to the decoration of this cabin. Everything was absolutely beautiful.

We pulled in late at night and had a bit of trouble finding the place. We initially drove right past the place. Then we had a little trouble with the hill. The collection of cabins sit on a ridge in the mountains and one of our cars couldn't make it up the hill. Apparently, this happens fairly often because when the owner of the cabins heard about our problem, he just threw his shoes on, got into his pickup truck and pushed our little Hyundai right up the hill. We were very relieved that half of our party wouldn't have to walk up that hill!

There is an outdoor hot tub that would easily accommodate six or eight people on the back porch. It is situated under a tin roof, generating a lovely patter with raindrops. Both the back and front porch have beautiful views of the mountains. We were so sorry to have to leave the next morning but we will never forget our stay at the Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins. A terrific choice.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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cah2c
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

We stayed in Wind Ryder for a weekend getaway. There was a total of 4 couples and two babies. The website says there are five bedrooms, but like the other reviewer said, this is misleading. There are only three private bedrooms. The other two beds are in public spaces- one in the living room and one upstairs in the landing area of the stairs. Also, there is only one shower. Needless to say, it was a little awkward for us due to the lack of privacy. Wish I had read the other person's review on this site before booking the place.

That being said, the cabin was really nice, the views spectacular, and the hot tub nice also. Just wouldn't take more than three couples!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Glen Carbon IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2008

Husband and I stayed at "Moonshine Ridge" for 3 nights June 28. This cabin is a lovely rustic cabin very nicely decorated for a 100 year old feel to it. The price was right too. It had a covered front porch with big wooden rockers and a covered screened in back porch with a big smoker grill and hot tub. The view out the back was very beautiful. Lots of trees for seclusion. The drive to the cabin was easy. There was a loft bedroom upstairs with a queen bed and jacuzzi and a small bedroom downstairs with a full bed. There are no doors to the bedrooms, so its best for a couple. It is a small cabin, but it was just right for a cozy rustic feel, not a luxury cabin. It was clean and had beautiful hardwood floors. It was made by the owner with the wood cleared from the site, very talented carpenter! We drove to the 3 other cabins to see what they were like and they were very nice too. I would like to try one of them in the future. It rained 2 of the evenings we were there and had a rainbow out the back above the mountain. It was something to see! If we stay in Townsend again, I would definately stay at Blue Smoke. We didn't want to leave this peaceful, backwoods cabin! Thank you, Roy and Linda Brady for your hospitality.

  • Liked — View and seclusion
  • Disliked — had to leave
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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nottm
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 28 May 2008

we live in England and have stayed at blue smoke mountains several times and we are visiting twice this year Ernest Linda and their family are wonderful hosts the cabins are clean well equiped and the fews are fantastic we would recomened it to anyone and we look forward to our trips twice a year we are always made to feel very welcome. We stay for a week at a time we love it

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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IN
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Reviewed 20 October 2007

Ernest and Linda are wonderful hosts at this secluded and beautiful mountain retreat. Our family consists of three young boys 5 and under
who absolutely love the mountain views and the cabins. We have stayed
with the Brady's several times and have always had an absolutely fantastic time. We have walked the property several times with the boys and have had some great talks with Ernest and Linda. What a great place to get away from the Gatlinburg tourist trap and actually
enjoy the peace and serenity found in the Great Smoky Mountains

  • Liked — Serenity
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins
Address: 1233 Carrs Creek Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3137
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
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Ranked #10 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Townsend
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Number of rooms: 3
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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 
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