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I'm a happily married mom of great kids and I love living in the mountains! I'm an avid knitter, beginning hiker and your gracious host! Come and stay with us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Nantahala Forest of North Carolina!
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Our stay at Dogwood Ridge was such a treat. It felt like a home away from home--the kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms were fully stocked. We arrived to a welcoming home complete with background music and some thoughtful and tasty goodies. Stephanie went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable--she even showed our toddlers how to feed the chickens. The neighbors invited us down to the fire pit and on a hay ride. It was a wonderful, quiet escape and all four generations that joined us on our Thanksgiving getaway adored the Guest House and the environment. We also ate a cozy little joint called Frogtown, which had amazing fried shrimp (who knew?!) and very friendly and child-accommodating staff so I recommend stopping by there during your stay. I'm positive we will be visiting Stephanie's Guest House again!
Our trip was FANTASTIC!! Everything was just as described and even more! The upstairs of the house was so cosy. The second bedroom had what seemed like queen size beds so our 12-year old girls were totally spoiled with room. Every time we opened a drawer or cabinet or closet we were shocked to find EVERYTHING we could have wanted or needed. There have been so many places where we are always looking for a spatchula when the pots and pans were there. Stephanie truly is a gracious and great hostess. We locked ourselves out of the house, her girls and husband were there in minutes to rescue us! My girls were outside playing in the yard and her girls came out to entertain them while I got the car ready. (By the way Stephanie, so cute, sweet, & well mannered!! True Southern Belles...) Great 1st trip to the Smokey Mountains and we are already planning another trip in the summer. Thank you, Stephanie for everything and hope to see you again then.
Our vacation at The Guest House was wonderful. The accommodations were just as described. The house was clean and neat and beautifully decorated. The location was perfect; private with a fantastic view. Stephanie went above and beyond by providing extras such as a breakfast casserole, macaroons, wine and a stocked kitchen. We also appreciated the beautifully landscaped terraced garden and fire place. The location in Franklin was convenient for us to drive to Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Dillsboro, and Dillard. Our vacation was perfect.
The house was perfect. Everything was just as it was listed and Stephanie went out of her way to make us welcome. The breakfast casserole was great and the macaroons were to die for!
This was our first time using Airbnb and we could not have had a better experience. We had a wonderful time at Dogwood Ridge!
I was so impressed with Stephanie's attention to detail. As soon as we entered the house, we felt at home. There was a candle burning, a wonderful welcome note, bottles of wine and a breakfast casserole waiting for us. My children were so incredibly happy with the games and crayons - they played Life for the first time and we all fell in love with the game (I've since bought one to continue the fun at home)!
We had a great time hanging out around the house, enjoying meals on the balcony, and just being together. We were amazed at how private things were for us, despite the fact that Stephanie and her family are just next door.
At one point, I texted Stephanie to ask about using the fire pit for s'mores. The next thing I knew, there was wood there ready for us to use! When we tried to build a fire the next day, it had rained, but the landowner and neighbor, Sue, went out of her way to provide us dry wood.
All in all, it was an amazing experience. We relaxed and had a great time sharing, laughing and strengthening our bonds as a family. We will definitely try to make it back!
Great place, unbelievably comfortable! :) Stephanie was also a really nice host, definitely recommend staying at the Guest House!
Stephanie was a great host. The posting for the Guest House at Dogwood Ridge was very accurate. The only surprises were nice surprises and we had a great time.
Our stay at "The Guest House at Dogwood Ridge" was amazing. Having such an awesome host and beautiful surrounding made the perfect Winter Getaway!! I really enjoyed Stephanie's welcoming details of her coconut macaroons, notes, fresh tulips, wine and not to forget the delicious Sausage casserole. Our stay was so cozy, comfortable and welcoming. A must do re-visit! I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Franklin or close to any of the ski resorts of the Smokey Mountains. There's no reason to stay at a hotel when your stay would be 100 times better at Stephanie's. Thank you Stephanie for everything and we wish you much success!!
First the property is much better than pictured. Second, once our arrival (around 11pm) the lights were switched on, candles lighten up, music played in the background.. everything that made our first impression incredible. We met Stephanie the day after, she is always available when necessary even though the house was furnished with everything that we needed (towels, board games, tips about the neighborhood). We had an amazing stay at the lodge and we definitely recommended Stephanie as a host !
We concluded our vacation stay at the Guest House at Dogwood Ridge and it was one of the best family vacation weeks we have ever had.
Stephanie was an amazing host and the property is better than pictured. We arrived with soft music playing, some bottles of wine awaiting, and a delicious breakfast casserole (which we didn't save 'til morning...we ate it the same night we arrived.)
The house is more than adequately furnished and had everything we needed.
In addition, it had a gas grill which we used three times. And a pit fire complete with kindling and wood was already setup for burning when we arrived. (We did not get to use the fire because of (email hidden) is still waiting for you!)
We needed a place where we could make day trips to the Highlands/Cashier area so we could see the sites and do some hiking. The property is about 40 minutes from Highlands but we didn't mind it a bit because the ride is so beautiful.
We loved it and we will be back.
Stephanie & Armando were wonderful guests. They complied with all the rules & guidelines, left the space in great shape, and were very pleasant to chat with. I hope they return !
Stephanie and her husband Armando were awesome guests and we are happy to have them back any time! They are super nice to talk to and very neat and gracious guests.
Stephanie is absolutely the best friend I've ever had! She is my wife, my companion and my dearest friend for these last eighteen years. If I think about going anywhere I think of her. I love her and am so proud to be her husband and the father of her children. Together we've been through the toughest of times and I've always had the comfort of her loyal friendship and virtuous character. As it says in Proverbs 31:25-26 Strength and honor are her clothing... She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness. - Armando Sainz