Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers only!

House - Private room · Elhuff Ct, Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719, United States
Your host, Soolah
29 Reviews
Response rate: 80%
Response time: a few days or more

The Space

***BEFORE YOU BOOK THROUGH THIS LISTING: This option is ONLY for those who are hiking the Appalachian trail as a "through hiker" which means for those hiking long distances on the trail near our home...:) For those who are looking for a space to stay please see the other listings for our regular guests!! Thanks so much and hope to see you soon!***

Artistic, cottage-style home in the Maryland mountains provides a quiet getaway for the avid hiker or Civil War history buff. A perfect B&B for the guest who embraces old world country style relaxation! Beautiful and inviting paintings and murals are featured throughout, a small, organic garden is nestled in the backyard, and household pets and outdoor chickens grace this home, too.

You’ll stay in a cozy bedroom, and wake up to a home-cooked, delicious, home cooked breakfast. Breakfast can be served from 7:00 am - 10:00 am. Just let us know when and if you have any specific food preferences or allergies ahead of time. The Blue Moon bedroom has a large queen sized bed as well as a futon like chair that pulls out bed if you have a child that is visiting as well. We also have a cot as well as a Queen sized air mattress if needed.

It’s only a five-minute drive to the beautiful Appalachian Trail or 20 minutes to Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park. Civil War historical sites are also close. Visit Gettysburg (20 min), Antietam (30 min), and Harper's Ferry (45 min). Ski Liberty is about 15 minutes from the location for those who enjoy golfing, snow boarding, snow tubing or skiing.

For AT Hikers:
3.4 miles from the Devils' Racecourse Shelter
About 4 - 5 miles from 491 AT marker
1.3 miles from Buena Vista Road AT marker
1.4 miles from Pen Mar Park AT line
4 miles from SR 16 Buchanan Trail

We live right behind the Cascade Post Office and there are several little place that you can get some items in the town and then not too far down the mountain is Rouzerville, PA with lots of stores (Wal-mart, grocery stores, etc) and then on the other side is Smithsburg (with at least a grocery store and some restaurants). We also know of some other springs where you can access water if needed. We would be happy to shuttle you to and from places when available at $2 per mile so just let us know!

Fresh linens, towels, and standard toiletries are included. Bathroom and living space are shared. Smoking outdoors only please. If the kitchen is needed please let us know. All dishes must be cleaned promptly after each meal. All food must be removed upon check out. We unfortunately cannot host dogs or pets as we have several animals within or around the home so we hope you understand!

We hope you will enjoy your stay with us in the beautiful mountains of Maryland!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $175 /week
Monthly Price: $500 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Hello there travelers,

    This is my first time I used airbnb, hence my first review here, and I am not a reviewer, nor a yelper or anything like that, I always think I am too busy for that and I am. Nonetheless, since I plan to use this service regularly, and I will appreciate reading honest reviews from other users, and also because my stay with Soolah has exceeded my expectations (because I really was expecting to feel at home in someone else's home) well, I am writing this review.

    First not only did she let me rent the room with the hiker fee, although I came for some hiking it was not long distance hiking, but she found that to qualify .') - I also emailed her like 20 times with questions (repeat, first time renting a non-hotel room) and she was incredibly responsive and helpful. I am so blessed to have found such great people on my first experience with airbnb. And thanks airbnb because now I am going to travel more often, even short distances (I live in CA). She even cleared a space for me in the fridge, let me do one load of laundry and let me walk her dog in the morning - hence my 'feel at home' comment.

    The stay is actually 9 days 8 nights, I am out most of the day but I come 'home' to sleep in the lovely room, cozy, with a heater and lovely cats, nothing fancy, which I love, I love simple living and big hearts, and I found it here.

    Well, I think that is enough for a first review, thank you so much to Soolah and family, including four legged extended family .') when I return to this side of the country, I will come here.

    All the best,

    April 2014
  • This adorable cottage in the country is a lovely place to stay, not only because the accommodations are just right, but especially because Soolah is a wonderful hostess. Even the animals are warm and friendly. I personally love being awakened by a rooster after a good night's sleep, and the homemade breakfast that Soolah feeds you is delicious.

    October 2013
  • This is my second stay with Soolah. Her and Wheeler are so knowledgeable of the local area, and made us feel at home immediately! It's central to many interests in the area - Gettysburg, Sharpsburg, and all the hiking anyone could possibly want. We look forward to staying there again really soon!

    September 2013
  • This was our first time using Airbnb and I'm glad our first stay was with Shoolah. If all of your hosts are this accommodating, we will definitely use Airbnb again and stay with Shoolah again if we pass this way. Her and Wheeler are great hosts and the breakfast was amazing! Thanks Shoolah and Wheeler, we walked in as strangers and left as friends. Frank & Pam Vierling

    August 2013
  • We had a great time. Soolha is a great hostess, We really enjoyed ourselves and the cat Ash.

    July 2013
  • Our little family loved staying with Soolah and Wheeler and their friendly animals. We enjoyed watching fireflies as the sun set and the beds were soft and comfy. We slept great. Soolah made the best breakfast ever. Delicious scrambled eggs fresh from her hens with pickeled lemons. Their home was a short drive to Gettysburgh National Monument. A great stay in a truly unique cottage.

    June 2013
  • The cottage was warm & welcoming with equal qualities in our hosts! It was the perfect place to land at the beginning of our cross country road trip. The bed felt like floating on a cloud, the pancake breakfast was delish & the new friendships we made with Soolah & Wheeler are inspiring us on our journey. Thanks again!

    June 2013
  • This review concerns my three day stay at Soolah and Wheeler's cottage in a small town in extreme Northern Maryland during June, 2013. I thank you in advance for taking the time to read my review in its entirety, and I hope that the detials that I provide help you to decide where to stay in the area.

    Their cottage is colorful with hand painted floor drawings by Soolah who also painted lots of colors on the large grandfather clock that sits on the floor in the living room very close to the two guest bedrooms. (The hosts will gladly show you how to disconnect the chimes that strike every 15 minutes if you think that would help you sleep better.) There are only three places to sit in the small living room; two on the sofa ( the hosts usually sit there and spend a lot of time working on their computers ) and an arm chair (the dog usually sits there); however there is a large table with multiple chairs in a workroom near the kitchen and back door. Most of the windows in this modest cottage do not open and the only bathroom has no window. The metal fins on the bathroom's electric baseboard heater were packed with very visible old pet fur during the three days I was there. I was not given a key to the house and once when I returned at about 6:30 p.m. I had to wait a while till Wheeler returned to let me in. The hosts often leave the house doors open for ventilation when they are home and the dog and cats run in and out. The chicken coop is near the kitchen and one can hear the rooster crow at all hours of the day and night. Since both hosts are educated (she said she is a public school teacher and he said he is a nurse) I was rather surprised that neither showed concern when I told them how I witnessed a neighbor's dogs run into their (Soolah's and Wheeler's) large vegetable garden and urinate on the food growing there. (About 50 feet or more of their front yard is un-fenced that faces the street and several of their neighbors.) Where dogs mark their territory with urine, they also tend to defecate there and one of the major ways that animal parasites are spread to people is via animal feces that are left where food for humans is growing.

    You probably will have an enjoyable stay at their modest home as long as you do not expect too much and you may want to make the choice not to eat any of the home grown vegetables.

    June 2013
    Response from Soolah:

    In response to this review I must state ahead of time that I believe the tone of this review is in response to our not leaving any review for this guest. I chose not to for several reasons and chose to handle it in the spirit of, "If you don't have anything nice to say..." fashion. With any review there is an option to send a recommendation/suggestions for improvement privately even. But again overall I chose differently mainly out of just a sense of being kind. Sometimes I am nice to a fault and it is not easy to reply to this review without now revealing some of what we felt during this person's stay. I will still do my best to be kind as I feel this is the best way to go.

    Upon first reading this it was very strange to us that this visitor's claims did not match what he was saying upon departure of how he would have loved to stay longer and would again in the future. He even went on to say that he would tell his family about our place as well and suggest it for a place to stay. But we are certainly comforted to know that the reviewer has changed his mind. Honestly, we felt very uncomfortable with this guest in our home. A lack of understanding personal space and boundaries was hard to manage, especially during conversations, but we definitely did our best in the situation to keep things positive and up beat during his visit.

    We did a lot for this guest as well. We cooked him a great breakfast each day at an astounding rate for an overnight stay. He had fresh linens, towels
    and a lovely clean room. He had sitting space in his room as well to relax in after his day. We created space in the refrigerator for his food, allowed use
    of the cooking utensils and even cleaned up several of his dishes daily as well as threw out very rotten food and vegetables he left in the refrigerator after he left. As this guest stayed over his allotted time for checking out, he ended up seeing how our day begins in a flurry to clean and prepare for our next guests that were coming in after him.

    It seems he felt he had a lack of attention from us in regard to us being on our computers. We were home in the evenings when he got back to the house. We listened and had conversation with him about his day. Most people we meet are pretty independent and easy going. They ask about what we do and get that when I am not subbing in the fall & winter or hula hoop activities during the day in the spring, summer & fall, that I am keeping my business going by answering a ton of emails, scheduling gigs, writing contracts, prepping for festivals, kids summer camps and more. Wheeler is now an RN in a busy ER near by and does leather craftmanship on the side working on orders from his customer. We are very creative people. We cannot always constantly entertain even when our guests are here, though we love to do so and I believe manage that well. We are grateful to have had so many great folks that understood our renaissance like, busy life style.

    Our animals are part of our description on airbnb as well as aspects of our home. You can see them in the photos. Roosters crow, dogs bark sometimes,
    cats shed, and even in the best houses dust collects in tough to get nooks and cranniess. Our garden is flourishing and if domesticated animals even got into the garden in the manner he claimed it would not be where it is today. We took what he said into consideration, looked at the garden and but didn't see anything in there but plants and weeds at times seem to be our only issue. Our organic garden is very abundant and we are both in it daily. Again another part of our lives you can see in the photos. We have eaten so much wonderful food from it since his visit and it's been a wonderful food source. No parasites or any of what was mentioned above and typically we share the chicken eggs for our breakfasts not the veggies from the garden. Our home is a work in progress and we are constantly making new improvements. Windows do open, several are open now, even in the room he stayed in, and we love the mountain air at night. It gets so lovely and cool up here compared to the surrounding area. We have beautiful spring peepers in the Spring. Amazing Firefly displays in the summer! A spectrum of colorful leaves in the fall and wonderful cozy, snowy days in the winter sitting beside the wood stove.

    As a closing thought there have been so many amazing guests who have stayed in our home and we have really enjoyed their visiting with us as you can see from the many reviews for our profile. You can check them out and decide for yourself if this is the right place for you to stay. We've made lots of wonderful friends through Airbnb and are grateful for those connections. If you choose to stay with us, then we look forward to hosting you all in the future!

    Soolah & Wheeler

    June 2013
  • We loved it here! Not just the cottage, but the overall experience was tremendous. Wonderful people...wonderful pets...great experience. The breakfast was great too.

    May 2013
  • Soolah and Wheeler's place was adorable and a welcome relief after being on the road for 8 hours. The price is excellent, especially since it included breakfast. I wish I could have met Soolah, but Wheeler was very nice, too. So was their dog Max. The bed was a little uncomfortable, but it was better than sleeping in the car. They were also nice about letting me arrive late.

    May 2013
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We live in beautiful Cascade, Maryland but grew up in New Jersey. I am a hoop dancer and performer and really enjoy sharing the love of hoolah hooping with the public. I enjoy gardening as well and spending time at my home fixing it up and making it an interesting space. I tend to "explore" instead of hike and am available at times to show you around the area to some pretty cool places where I live. I enjoy Old World rustic style living and try to live as simply yet ecologically friendly making my "footprint" small in this world. I have great neighbors who are helpful and close by and I appreciate the friendships I have made in my life. Wheeler is an RN as well as an avid motorcyclist and loves to create leather artwork and Steam Punk costume pieces. We enjoy a Renaissance-like outlook on life and love to be creative. We both look forward to creating more!
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