RESEARCH SHOWS BREATHING DEEPLY can slow your heart rate, stabilize blood pressure and even lower stress. It’s so simple, yet so hard to remember during the rush of everyday life. You don’t have to tell your body to breathe, but you do have to control it to reap the best rewards.
Sometimes, you need to escape simply to Breathe Inn.
Featured on HGTV’s Log Cabin Living, this hillside haven in Blue Ridge is the perfect place to do just that. The three-level showcase cabin, with its open floor plan, three bedrooms, finished basement, and a loft, is certainly a good place to catch your breathbut the cabin’s wow factor is its breathtaking view, a picture-perfect panorama that transforms with the seasons. In the fall, feast your eyes on a parade of colors through the Aska Mountain Range, and beyond that, Springer Mountain, where the Appalachian Trail begins. Come winter, the farthest peaks are often capped in snow, and in spring and summer, spy the green pastures of surrounding meadows and farmland. A wraparound porch offers a glimpse from all angles, but the best view is visible through the cabin’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows, so you never have to miss a sight.
Built in 2015, Breathe Inn marries modern elegance with mountain charm, with rough-sawn barn-wood cathedral ceilings, standing deadwood walls, Asian walnut distressed floors and all the convenience of a well-appointed vacation home, including double ovens, smart TVs (with the SEC network so you don’t miss your favorite games!) Sirius radio and high-speed internet. An indoor gas fireplace lets you set the mood with the flip of a switch, but step outside onto the spectacular screened-in porch to cozy up by a real wood-burning fireplace, or roast S’mores at a flat fire pit area carved into the hillside.
If you plan to cook here, a well-stocked kitchen ensures everything you need, including stainless steel appliances and even a crockpot, an electric griddle and a blender. Enjoy your meals from a stunning copper dining table that seats eight, or al fresco at a second dining table on a screened-in side porch.
The cabin comfortably sleeps nine, with three private bedrooms including a primary bedroom on the main floor, as well as a loft that’s just perfect for the kids, with a full bed, craft table, Wii and gaming chairs.
Speaking of games, the finished basement is a great place for some friendly competition. Here you’ll find a billiards table with a separate ping pong topper, wet bar and wine fridge, a second gas fireplace, a selection of board games and a hot tub on the covered terrace level porch.
You certainly won’t get bored with everything you’ll find at Breathe Inn, but if you’re looking to explore Blue Ridge, its location in the Aska Adventure Area plants you smack dab in the middle of some of the area’s best hiking and recreation. You’re also just six miles from Lake Blue Ridge, as well as the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant.
Yes, you can rest assured that your visit to Breathe Inn will let you leave your worries behind—all you have to do is breathe.
LOCATION: Aska Adventure Area, Blue Ridge
SLEEPS: 9, two kings, two queens, and a full
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Yes
FIREPLACE: Yes, wood and gas
SPECIAL AMENITIES: Hot tub, game room, loft, smart TVs, Old Toccoa Farm golf privileges at member discounted rates
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Aska Trails, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, Lake Blue Ridge
MINIMUM STAY: 3 nights
AVERAGE NIGHTLY RATE: $250 – $426, depending on the season
HOW TO BOOK: escapetoblueridge.com