Sleepy Bear Lodge

Blowing Rock NC // Sleeps 14 // Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest at the foot of Grandfather Mountain 🌲✨🐻

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Timeline Photos 08/25/2021

This freestanding fireplace is one of our favorite features of this home. It was built by the original settlers of the land back in the 1800s. We love how the ivy and moss grow around it so that it seamlessly blends into the surroundings. It's the perfect backdrop for family time around the firepit.

This is also our kid's favorite spot for fairy gardens so if you're lucky, you might find a few magical doors + creatures on the rocks. 🧚🌲πŸͺ΅

This freestanding fireplace is one of our favorite features of this home. It was built by the original settlers of the land back in the 1800s. We love how the ivy and moss grow around it so that it seamlessly blends into the surroundings. It's the perfect backdrop for family time around the firepit.

This is also our kid's favorite spot for fairy gardens so if you're lucky, you might find a few magical doors + creatures on the rocks. 🧚🌲πŸͺ΅

Timeline Photos 08/25/2021

Might not be the MOST exciting post but I want you to know that we have you covered. We always leave supplies to get you started during your stay at Sleepy Bear Lodge. It's hard enough planning + packing all of the food, clothes, and things you might need during your visit... rest easy knowing we have you covered for at least the first day or so! 🧺🐻🧼

Might not be the MOST exciting post but I want you to know that we have you covered. We always leave supplies to get you started during your stay at Sleepy Bear Lodge. It's hard enough planning + packing all of the food, clothes, and things you might need during your visit... rest easy knowing we have you covered for at least the first day or so! 🧺🐻🧼

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 08/24/2021

It's Transformation Tuesday... so swipe left! This house went through the biggest transformation in (probably) decades last winter. This bathroom was BRIGHT yellow with gold trim everywhere, cherub-themed decor, and crystal sconces. It was basically begging for an update!

We decided to keep it simple with a nice clean white, @sherwinwilliams Alabaster, black trim where possible and simple accents to tie it all together! This is the first-floor full bathroom off of the foyer. Oftentimes, less is more. πŸ›πŸͺ΄πŸ»

Timeline Photos 08/24/2021

We have bears all over @sleepybearlodge! Some are in plain sight and others are harder to find. One of our first guests wrote that they had a "Bear Hunt" where the kids ran around and counted how many bears there were at the house! I won't give away the answer... you'll have to count for yourself when you visit!

This beautiful bear is from one of our most favorite shops in Blowing Rock, @cabinfever_br! Handmade by a local artist which makes it that much better. You must visit Cabin Fever during your stay and then grab a cup of coffee at @camp_coffee_roasters. 🐻

We have bears all over @sleepybearlodge! Some are in plain sight and others are harder to find. One of our first guests wrote that they had a "Bear Hunt" where the kids ran around and counted how many bears there were at the house! I won't give away the answer... you'll have to count for yourself when you visit!

This beautiful bear is from one of our most favorite shops in Blowing Rock, @cabinfever_br! Handmade by a local artist which makes it that much better. You must visit Cabin Fever during your stay and then grab a cup of coffee at @camp_coffee_roasters. 🐻

Timeline Photos 08/23/2021

We love hearing from our guests and we couldn't agree more with this review! @sleepybearlodge is the perfect place to relax BUT we strongly encourage everyone to get out and explore the high country! The outdoor adventures are endless and Sleepy Bear Lodge is right in the middle of it all. 🐻πŸ₯ΎπŸš΅β€β™‚

We love hearing from our guests and we couldn't agree more with this review! @sleepybearlodge is the perfect place to relax BUT we strongly encourage everyone to get out and explore the high country! The outdoor adventures are endless and Sleepy Bear Lodge is right in the middle of it all. 🐻πŸ₯ΎπŸš΅β€β™‚

08/21/2021

One of our favorite spots to enjoy is Grandfather Vineyard & Winery] in Banner Elk! Only about 25 minutes from @sleepybearlodge, it’s the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine, a shady Adirondack chair or picnic table, and relax while the kids play in the Watauga River. Check them out Grandfather Vineyard & Winery] and plan your visit during your stay! πŸ·πŸ‡πŸ»

One of our favorite spots to enjoy is Grandfather Vineyard & Winery] in Banner Elk! Only about 25 minutes from @sleepybearlodge, it’s the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine, a shady Adirondack chair or picnic table, and relax while the kids play in the Watauga River. Check them out Grandfather Vineyard & Winery] and plan your visit during your stay! πŸ·πŸ‡πŸ»

Timeline Photos 08/20/2021

This AMAZING crew of guests left us the best message on the @ring camera right before they checked out. There was dancing, waving, smiling and they said "WE LOVE SLEEPY BEAR LODGE!"

Basically, it was the best thing ever. This is what it's all about. Sometimes I wish we had a smaller place that was easier to manage but then I think of the big families, friend squads and everything in between. I love how this place brings people together! πŸ€©πŸ‘‹πŸ»

This AMAZING crew of guests left us the best message on the @ring camera right before they checked out. There was dancing, waving, smiling and they said "WE LOVE SLEEPY BEAR LODGE!"

Basically, it was the best thing ever. This is what it's all about. Sometimes I wish we had a smaller place that was easier to manage but then I think of the big families, friend squads and everything in between. I love how this place brings people together! πŸ€©πŸ‘‹πŸ»

Timeline Photos 08/19/2021

Check out our custom @thewovenloft doormat! I never thought I would love a doormat so much but this one takes the cake. Best of all, it's a small business in Charlotte NC, only two hours from @sleepybearlodge! Thank you a million times over for this amazing addition to our place. I believe it's the small touches like this one that make this place special. πŸšͺ✨🐻

Check out our custom @thewovenloft doormat! I never thought I would love a doormat so much but this one takes the cake. Best of all, it's a small business in Charlotte NC, only two hours from @sleepybearlodge! Thank you a million times over for this amazing addition to our place. I believe it's the small touches like this one that make this place special. πŸšͺ✨🐻

Timeline Photos 08/18/2021

HI! I'm back. Thanks for hanging around while we soaked up as much time together as a family before our kids start school in person this year. Family time is #1, and some things had to take a backseat. πŸ™ƒ

Now that we are back in the swing of things and have a few more stays under our belt (it's been a busy summer!) I wanted to get back on the IG train and share some amazing reviews, sneak peeks, and fun behind the scenes at @sleepybearlodge. Stay tuned for #allthethings, and thanks for being the best community!

HI! I'm back. Thanks for hanging around while we soaked up as much time together as a family before our kids start school in person this year. Family time is #1, and some things had to take a backseat. πŸ™ƒ

Now that we are back in the swing of things and have a few more stays under our belt (it's been a busy summer!) I wanted to get back on the IG train and share some amazing reviews, sneak peeks, and fun behind the scenes at @sleepybearlodge. Stay tuned for #allthethings, and thanks for being the best community!

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 05/27/2021

As part of this month's @thehostcollaborative challenge, we were asked to share a favorite guest. Admittedly, we have only had the pleasure of hosting three groups to this point but we will never forget @sofbenitez_ and her husband Ryan's stay at Sleepy Bear. These two were the first inquiry we ever received, only a few hours after going "live" on @airbnb, and Chad and I looked at each other with so much excitement that night over the fact that someone actually wanted to make a reservation with us. No reviews, no super host status... we were shocked. After a few messages back and forth, we learned that they were in a tough spot with their wedding plans and wanted to see if they could have their microwedding on the property. We were just beside ourselves with the chance to help this couple out so we went for it! I'm so glad we said "yes" and played a small part in making it happen for them and their family. We worked closely with Caitlin at @honeythymeevents along with their vendors and also reached out to our POA to make sure it would be ok with the other houses in the neighborhood all of whom loved the idea. To be honest, I don't think I slept a wink the night before and just prayed that they had everything they needed.

Soon the photos started coming through on IG and I was blown away. The way they used the space, the lighting, the intimacy of the event, all of it was so incredible. We learned a lot and are going back and forth on our plans for offering this space as a venue. Lots of pros and cons so we will see! At the end of the day, it was an absolute dream to host a wedding at @sleepybearlodge and play a small part in Sofia + Ryan's story. We are so grateful to these two for being our first ever inquiry, and reservation, and wedding! 🀍😍🐻

πŸ“Έ: @thetinsleyco

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 05/25/2021

Some might say that it's just a bathroom but it's a major accomplishment for us. We completely overhauled this half bath from head to toe and it was NOT easy. Check out the "before" picture and please note the wallpaper and crystal sconces... I know this bathroom brought great joy to whoever decorated it but it just wasn't going to work for us! Nothing several coats of paint and new fixtures can't fix. πŸ‘€πŸͺ΄πŸ’‘

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 05/18/2021

Winter ➑ Summer

We are pretty pumped about our first summer season at Sleep Bear Lodge! We were lucky enough to receive the photos from when the home was listed last year and they're spectacular. It looks like the trees will create the most beautiful deep forest vibe and after working with an arborist and the National Forest Service last winter, we will still be able to see Grandfather Mountain from the back deck. I just can't wait to watch the kids catch fireflies and explore the beauty of this place! πŸ»πŸ’«πŸŒ²

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 04/29/2021

This chair was a major splurge but it's the perfect addition for this space. It brings the cozy, whimsy and function all together in the family room and it is one of my favorite spots in the house. Totally worth it.

I hope our guests find time to climb in and relax during their visit. βœ¨πŸ›‹πŸ€©

04/23/2021

The first review is in! It was such an incredible honor to host our first guests for their spring break mountain adventure last week!

I was super anxious the entire time and took extra care to make sure they had everything they could have possibly needed. It is a very special opportunity to be part of another family's memories through hosting a short term rental. I think we are on to something! 🐻⭐πŸ₯°

The first review is in! It was such an incredible honor to host our first guests for their spring break mountain adventure last week!

I was super anxious the entire time and took extra care to make sure they had everything they could have possibly needed. It is a very special opportunity to be part of another family's memories through hosting a short term rental. I think we are on to something! 🐻⭐πŸ₯°

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! We are so grateful for our access to spots like this in the Pisgah wilderness. We have been given this incredible opportunity through @sleepybearlodge to teach our kids a set of outdoor ethics so they understand the importance of being good stewards of this land. We strongly encourage our guests to do the same and help protect these trails, forests and wilderness! πŸŒŽπŸ”πŸŒ²

04/15/2021

Books are a big part of @sleepybearlodge + this includes cookbooks. I brought some of my favorites up to keep in the kitchen and share with our guests just in case they need some kitchen inspiration.

Not only are these full of incredible recipes for any guest but they're also incredibly dreamy to just thumb through. As the daughter of a chef, I'm always in the market for a new cookbook... any recommendations? πŸ§‘β€πŸ³πŸ»πŸ“š

Books are a big part of @sleepybearlodge + this includes cookbooks. I brought some of my favorites up to keep in the kitchen and share with our guests just in case they need some kitchen inspiration.

Not only are these full of incredible recipes for any guest but they're also incredibly dreamy to just thumb through. As the daughter of a chef, I'm always in the market for a new cookbook... any recommendations? πŸ§‘β€πŸ³πŸ»πŸ“š

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 04/13/2021

I love this bay window in the Family Room... it has come a long way since we bought the home. Swipe to see the β€œbefore” photo of this very spot. Lots of reds and yellows and well, just a lot. Our goal was to make it as cozy + inviting as humanely possible and I think we are on to something! 🐻πŸͺŸβ€οΈ

04/10/2021

Happy Friday Sleepy Bears! Up here getting the house ready for our FIRST EVER guests and I took the Parkway this time. I’m so glad I did - this section is my favorite and I had the viaduct all to myself! Highly recommend. πŸ’™πŸ»β›°

Happy Friday Sleepy Bears! Up here getting the house ready for our FIRST EVER guests and I took the Parkway this time. I’m so glad I did - this section is my favorite and I had the viaduct all to myself! Highly recommend. πŸ’™πŸ»β›°

04/08/2021

Our patio is finally finished + just in time for this gorgeous weather! The table set from @llbean was backordered and delayed a few times but it was well worth the wait. The perfect spot for everything from coffee to wine! The view this time of year is also pretty great. πŸ€©πŸ½β›°

Our patio is finally finished + just in time for this gorgeous weather! The table set from @llbean was backordered and delayed a few times but it was well worth the wait. The perfect spot for everything from coffee to wine! The view this time of year is also pretty great. πŸ€©πŸ½β›°

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 04/01/2021

It’s before + after time! Chad and I hustled for three months to get this place where we wanted it to be. I had a vision and we made it happen with the kids, my family and even our sweet pup. Thankfully the home did not need any major renovations so we focused on a major glow up!

This is the office and the spiral stairs that lead to the loft. Started out with dark red walls and old bulky furniture! Sleepy Bear has come a long way!

More transformations in our stories - I’ll add them and save so you can take a peek! 🀩❀️🐻

03/23/2021

I finally finished the Home Tour on our website! Curious about Sleepy Bear Lodge? It's a unique home so I did my best to put it together in a way that makes sense. Click around and let me know what you think!

https://www.sleepybearlodgenc.com/hometour

I finally finished the Home Tour on our website! Curious about Sleepy Bear Lodge? It's a unique home so I did my best to put it together in a way that makes sense. Click around and let me know what you think!

https://www.sleepybearlodgenc.com/hometour

The National Park Service Reveals Its Most Popular Sites of 2020 03/19/2021

The National Park Service Reveals Its Most Popular Sites of 2020

Travel + Leisure just posted about the National Park Service most popular sites of 2020... guess who snagged #1!? Yep! The Blue Ridge Parkway! https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-park-service-most-popular-sites-2020-blue-ridge-parkway

The National Park Service Reveals Its Most Popular Sites of 2020 The National Park Service (NPS) recently released the 2020 visitation statistics from its 400-plus sites, with Blue Ridge Parkway as the most popular spot.

Photos from Sleepy Bear Lodge's post 03/19/2021

I came up last weekend hoping for signs of spring and I am happy to report, we found several flowers beds ready to give us a show over the next few months. My guess is these will be orange (not the daffodils) but we will find out!

Makes sense that day lilies would be here waiting to surprise us. ❀️🌊 Spring at @sleepybearlodge will be beautiful! πŸ„πŸ»πŸŒΈ
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03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are feeling pretty lucky to have this place in our lives. πŸ€πŸŒˆπŸ„

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are feeling pretty lucky to have this place in our lives. πŸ€πŸŒˆπŸ„

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