Apples, Alpacas & Otters
Apples, Alpacas & Otters • “We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love of this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” ~ Richard Louv, “Last Child in the Woods”
Disconnect to reconnect, spend four days and three nights creating memorable moments with those who matter most, your family, your children. Head out to explore Apple Hill Farm, The Orchard at Altapass, Grandfather Mountain Wildlife Habitat, & The Blue Ridge Parkway. See detailed descriptions on these attractions below.
Designed for couples and family groups of up to 6 persons, this one price all inclusive special package offer includes: lodging for your group of 2-6 in Uncle Earl’s Haven or Mam’s Refuge; one lunch and one dinner for your group at our restaurant Over Yonder, includes all non-alcoholic beverages for these meals; tickets and admissions fees to Apple Hill Farm, The Orchard at Altapass, and Grandfather Mountain Wildlife Habitat, and includes all occupancy, sales, meal, county, and state taxes. Uncle Earl’s Haven & Mam’s Refuge are new and luxurious all wood two story log cabin homes built in 2011, with over 1200 square feet, plus an outdoor deck overlooking the woods. They are each small homes about the size of a Swiss chalet. And… are also included in this package both of the books below; Last Child in the Woods, & The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv which we will mail to your home within five days of your reservation confirmation. See package pricing below, and availability, conditions, terms at the bottom of this page. • Request more information or reserve now by clicking here.
For Check-Ins on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays
Includes all occupancy, sales, meal, county, and state taxes.
For Two Persons • $1,134
For Three Persons • $1,301
For Four Persons • $1,468
For Five Persons • $1,635
For Six Persons • $1,802
For Check-Ins Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday or Saturdays
Includes all occupancy, sales, meal, county, and state taxes.
For Two Persons • $1,284
For Three Persons • $1,451
For Four Persons • $1,618
For Five Persons • $1,785
For Six Persons • $1,952
See availability & terms at the bottom of this page.
MORE ABOUT THE MAST FARM INN • The Mast Farm Inn, a Historic Hotels of America® boutique hotel, and a Select Registry® Inn, is situated in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Valle Crucis is pronounced Valley-Crew-Sis and in Latin means Valley Of The Cross, so named for the rivers and streams which cross our valley. We are on the Watauga River in a beautiful mountain valley a little under a mile long, by about a quarter mile wide, surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers and streams, and our population is eight hundred. Our location, history, geography, climate, and authentically friendly people, all contribute to making it quite simply a treasure… a natural sanctuary & haven of peaceful calm. It is a great place to live, and a great place to spend a few precious days.
That is partially true. First and foremost, we speak of altogether mighty nifty twigs. And while you have the impression you stepped back in time, and are in the middle of rural nowhere, in fact some of the most vital, diverse and attractive small mountain villages in the United States are within 10 miles, as is the Blue Ridge Parkway, the second most visited National Park in America. This is a place to enjoy numerous activities and adventures, to get back to nature and the great outdoors, to broaden your horizons and knowledge, to build, rebuild or strengthen relationships, to be carefree, to challenge yourself by trying something new, a place where couples and families come to create memories, to develop and enhance perspective.
Apple Hill Farm • Apple Hill Farm started in 2002 with 2 pregnant female alpacas and one young male alpaca. We are now home alpacas, angora goats, llamas, horses, donkeys, ponies, chickens, dogs, cats and Mr. Pickles the mini pig! We are still a working alpaca farm, but we have opened our gates to the public and are now focusing on agritourism as our main focus. Our passion is creating an environment where our guests can develop a new and deeper connection with animals and the beautiful mountain we call home. Every animal on the farm and every crop in the garden is grown and maintained with a specific purpose. Everyone has an important role at Apple Hill Farm – you included! We offer walking tours of the farm year round for individuals, families, and groups.
MORE ABOUT APPLE HILL FARM • Agricultural Tourism bridges the relationship between the consumer and the farm community by bringing tourism to the farm. We live in a time where we can walk into a grocery store and buy meat, produce and already prepared food items without needing to know anything about where the food came from. But we also live in a time where more and more people desire to learn about the process of how the food is grown and how the animals are raised. At Apple Hill Farm, our primary focus is raising our animals and enabling our guests to connect with them. We have a lot of stories to tell about the animals, their personalities and the funny things that happen on a farm. How we run the farm, the fencing systems, and the care and feeding of the animals are interesting topics that not only bring awareness back to the land but become lessons for life. • WebSite | FaceBook| Twitter | Google+ | InstaGram | Location | More Information
The Orchard at Altapass • Perched on the crest of the Blue Ridge atop the Eastern Continental Divide, the Orchard occupies a unique spot in both America’s landscape and history. Geography has been a key to the Orchard’s story on both counts. Occupying a commanding location above two important watersheds – the North Toe River, which eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Fork of the Catwaba, which finds its way to the Atlantic – the Orchard has been a vital travel route since our continent’s earliest settlers began exploring these mountains. Buffalo and elk traversed here, followed by the Cherokee Indians and eventually European settlers.
MORE ABOUT THE ORCHARD AT ALTAPASS • The arrival of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1930s was yet another key chapter in the Orchard’s history dictated by geography. The route following the ancient buffalo trails promised a tourism boom, but it also split the Orchard in half, sparking a bitter court fight that eventually reached the NC Supreme Court. The road builders won the battle and the Orchard lost its momentum as an agricultural enterprise. Local residents despaired as its prosperity and jobs waned. Many feared the land’s spectacular views would fall prey to real estate developers, but the current owners forestalled that by purchasing the property in the 1990s. They sold the upper half of the acreage to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and on the lower half established a nonprofit Appalachian cultural and history center – while maintaining the operation of the apple orchard – that is dedicated to keeping this unique history alive. • WebSite | FaceBook| Twitter | InstaGram | Pinterest | Location | More Information
Grandfather Mountain Wildlife Habitat • Take a walk on Grandfather Mountain, and you’re likely to spot squirrels, songbirds and other forest animals. But what about the more elusive wildlife? It only takes a visit to our seven environmental habitats to see cougars, white-tailed deer, black bears, bald eagles and river otters. Observing these animals up close in their native settings, it’s easy to imagine what it would be like to come face-to-face in the wild.
MORE ABOUT GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE HABITAT • Environmental habitats are large enclosures that allow visitors to see animals in natural settings. Unlike the exhibits found in city zoos that bring in plants and boulders to recreate an appropriate setting, these enclosures were built around the animals’ actual native habitat. Viewing areas give visitors an up-close perspective of the animals as they live in the wild. Separated from the animals by moats or elevated above the habitats on large retaining walls, these viewing areas allow you to stand only a few feet away from animals you probably wouldn’t see in your everyday life. A special aquarium-like viewing area allows you to enjoy watching the playful otters above or below the water. • WebSite | FaceBook | Twitter | Google+ | InstaGram | Pinterest |Location | More Information
The Blue Ridge Parkway • The Shull’s Mill entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is located 15 minutes from The Inn. A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive, as well as numerous hiking trails, revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.
MORE ABOUT THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY • The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most visited National Park unit and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, and interpretive signage. • WebSite | FaceBook| Twitter | Google+ | InstaGram | Pinterest | Location | More Information
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” ~ RICHARD LOUV
In his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He coined the term nature-deficit disorder; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns in over eighty cities, states, and provinces throughout North America. In The Nature Principle, Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults.
MORE ABOUT RICHARD LOUV • Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. His books have been translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the international movement to connect people and communities to the natural world. With artist Robert Bateman, he serves as honorary co-chair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance. His most recent book, “The Nature Principle,” is a 2012 Nautilus Award Gold Winner. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write. • WebSite | FaceBook | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | More Information
Characteristics, Features, Benefits, & Advantages • Designed for couples and family groups of up to 6 persons, this one price all inclusive special package offer includes: lodging for your group of 2-6 in Uncle Earl’s Haven or Mam’s Refuge; one lunch and one dinner for your group at our restaurant Over Yonder; tickets and admissions fees to Apple Hill Farm, The Orchard at Altapass, and Grandfather Mountain Wildlife Habitat, both books, and Includes all sales, occupancy, meal, county, and state taxes.
Includes • Lodging & country gourmet breakfast each morning, all tickets, food and beverage as described above.
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CONDITIONS & TERMS
• Minimum Stay ~ 3 nights
• Maximum Stay ~ 3 nights
• Maximum Occupancy ~ Limited to 6 person maximum. Children over 2 are considered an extra person.
• Days of The Week Available ~ Any 3 consecutive nights, except for within 5 days of a national holiday
• Days of The Week Not Available ~ Within five days of a national holiday.
• Months Available ~ May, June, July, August, September, October, In July and October only available For Check-Ins on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays
• Months Not Available ~ January, February, March, April, November, December
• May Be Reserved No Earlier Than ~ 16 weeks prior to scheduled date of arrival
• Must Be Reserved No Later Than ~ 3 weeks prior to scheduled date of arrival
• Deposit required ~ The standard deposit
• Cancelation Policy ~ Full refund minus a $35 processing fee if cancelled 31 days or more prior to scheduled arrival, 50% refund if cancelled between 31-15 days prior to scheduled arrival, Billed completely without refund if cancelled 14 days or less prior to scheduled date of arrival
• To benefit you must request this special when reserving, this rate cannot be applied to reservations already made
• Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, special offers, packages, promotions, gift certificates or packages
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The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn & restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. The Mast Farm Inn is a Historic Hotels of America hotel, a Select Registry Inn, and is on The National Register of Historic Places.