Behind the Nantahala Outdoor Center, about 5 minutes along a back country mountain road sets the large 1 bedroom log cabin getaway, Almost Heaven. The roads to the cabin are well maintained and generally easily driven by most vehicles. The area around the cabin is minimally developed and retains a peaceful natural setting. White water rafting and excellent restaurants are just a short drive back down to the Nantahala Rafting center. Mountain biking at the famous Tsali recreation center is around 15 minutes away. Bryson City and the Smoky Mountain National Park are a scenic 25 minute highway drive away. The Cherokee Indian Reservation entrance to the national park is another 10 to 15 minutes past Bryson City.
Around the last bend of a gravel mountain road sets a cabin who's classic architecture surrounded by a natural environment creates a restful calming atmosphere that is called Almost Heaven. The parking area is wide and flat, allowing plenty of space to easily turn around when your ready to head out to explore the area. The gravel of the parking area continues around to the front of the cabin. A few steps up to the wide front porch. Here rocking chairs invite you to set awhile and watch the clouds drift across the sky and the birds play in the trees. Past the front porch is a low picket fence. The gate in the fence opens to a small side yard surrounded by the fence and graveled. In the center of the fenced in gravel side yard is a stone fire pit; where a relaxing evening's conversation seems to flow effortlessly when warmed by the glow of a fire. A few steps up from the yard is the side deck. On the deck is an out door hot tub, open to the fresh mountain forest air and calming scenic natural views. The warm massaging waters of the hot tub are the perfect place to shed the stress of your life and leave them mountains away. From the side deck around to the back of the cabin, is a covered dining area with gas grill.
If you can ignore the temptation of the rocking chairs and fresh mountain air on the front porch to enter the front door, you will step into a home that is as welcoming and calming as the natural environment outside the cabin. The first room you step into is the living room. The living room has a spacious interior with natural wood tone walls, cathedral ceiling and lots of windows to fill the room with light colored by the mountain forest surrounding the cabin. Leather sofas offer a comfortable spot to enjoy the warmth of the gas log fireplace or to catch the days weather forecast on the flat screen tv. Past the living room to the back half of the cabin is a full size kitchen with all cooking and dining utensils supplied. To the right of kitchen is the dining room. Here natural wood surfaces combine with a wide view of the natural forest to create a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a romantic diner. The sliding door in the dining room allows access to the side deck and hot tub. To the left side of the kitchen are two doors. The door on the right is the entry level bath. The other room is a game room with a foosball and air hockey tables.
To the left of the front door, stairs rise to the loft above the living room. The loft is a fun hangout. The full size billiard table is a popular evening activity. A door to the left of the top of the stairs opens to the master bedroom. Warm natural wood walls and log style queen size bed with fresh clean linens combine to create a restful atmosphere that no hotel room could ever match. The master bath has a shower large enough for two.