Grandfathers Gem Getaway

Location: Foscoe View: Forest View
3 Beds 2 Baths Sleeps 8 Yes

Nestled in the rhododendron yet an easy walk over to the outdoor pool, Grandfathers Gem Getaway offers comfortable accommodations in the heart of the High Country.  Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck or sit at the outdoor table among the rhododendron. The wood stove is perfect for winter evenings or open the windows to enjoy a cool mountain breeze in summer.  Grandfathers Gem Getaway is the perfect escape - comfortable, affordable and centrally located. 

Perfectly situated between Boone and Banner Elk, the Watauga River welcomes you as you enter the peaceful enclave of Mill Ridge. Drive past the ponds, kids play area, outdoor pool and tennis courts as you head to the home.  The level paved roads with little traffic are popular for those who bring their bikes, and you can even walk down to the river and cast a line.  There is also a wide path to the bottom of the property, thoughtfully cleared by the homeowner, which brings you out just down from the outdoor pool.  For those who like to explore, the trailhead is just up the street to explore the old ski slope, now a natural area visited by deer and turkey.

Upon entering the cabin, you are greeted with the warmth of the new oak hardwood floors. Pair that with comfortable furnishings, cozy throws and rustic touches throughout, and you realize you are welcome here.  Sports and movie fans will enjoy the large flat screen television in the living room, visible as well from the dining area and even the kitchen.

The first of three bedrooms is located off the kitchen, with log queen bed and large flat screen television. There is also a full bath with shower/tub combo, and the full-size washer and dryer.  Upstairs, the second bedroom offers another queen and the third bedroom is perfect for the kids with two twins and their own tv.  The second full bath is just between these two bedrooms, also with shower/tub combo.

Step out onto the deck when you are ready to enjoy the large hot tub, a great place to soak away your stress, or soothe your muscles after a day on the nearby slopes or trails.  There is also a firepit perfect for fall evenings and roasting s’mores.

The location of Grandfathers Gem Getaway puts you only ten minutes from Boone or Banner Elk, and just a few minutes more into Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock or onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.  No matter if for family or a group of adults traveling together, Grandfathers Gem Getaway is an affordable and accommodating choice for your next High Country getaway!

While the roads to Mill Ridge are paved and relatively very flat, AWD/4WD is recommended to navigate the area in times of snow or ice.
Pets welcome for an additional fee of $25/night each; max of 4 mature, trained dogs.
Guests returning to this home may receive a discount of 10%, not to be combined with other discounts to the rent.

Firewood may be added by reaching out to us more than a week in advance. You get two wrapped bundles and a firestarter for $25/night.
Room Beds Baths Room Features Comments
Bedroom 1 Queen Full Bath
Tub / Shower Combo
Main Level
Bedroom 2 Queen Full Bath
Tub / Shower Combo
Upper Level
Bedroom 3 Two Twins Shared Bath Upper Level
Den Queen Sleeper Sofa

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Club Privileges
  • Drip coffee maker
  • Fire Pit
  • Fishing on Property
  • Gas Grill
  • Hot Tub
  • Large Dogs OK
  • Mountain View
  • Pet Friendly
  • River/Creek/Pond
  • Walk to Water
  • Washer / Dryer


  • Close to Alpine Wilderness Coaster
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