Posted by: SoccerGirl | September 17, 2008

Labor Free Labor Day Visit

We took advantage of the 3 day weekend to head up to the mountains for a surprisingly manual labor free weekend in Ashe County! We decided to leave on Saturday morning to avoid all the traffic as we learned last year when we also headed to the mountains for Labor Day (I’m beginning to find a trend here…). Since we still have no place to actually stay on our property we again investigated local accommodations and found a wonderful place to stay called On the Windfall.

View from the stone patio of our cabin

View from the stone patio of our cabin

We actually found out about this place through one of the builders we interviewed, he and his wife own the property and he built 2 of the cabins, including the one where we stayed, which was also designed by the same person who designed the house we hope to build on our property. We knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity to stay in a house designed by our designer and built by one of our potential builders.

As always we began our visit with a swing by the property. My dad was a bit concerned about the road since the remnants of Hurricane Fay made their way through the NC mountains the previous week and dumped about 4 inches of rain in the area over the course of 2 days. Happily the road was perfectly intact, as was our new & improved water bar, although we did notice areas where we needed to build an additional water bar, but that was saved for another trip. It was cool to also notice many deer tracks in the fresh red clay by the road along with a what may have been fox tracks (too bad I didn’t have a field guide with me to identify them). We then made our way to our cabin, stopping in Jefferson for a few groceries, then driving to the Western side of the county just outside the town of Lansing, about 40 minutes from our property.

Mom and I enjoying our labor free weekend!

Mom and I enjoying our labor free weekend!

We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out around the house before heading back into town for church, then back to the cabin to make dinner. We also made plans to go tubing the next day since the weather was supposed to be very nice. I had researched a couple of places prior to the trip and in consulting the GPS both were about equally distant from our cabin. We decided on Riverside Canoes since they had no set times for trips and we didn’t want to have to leave too early to get there. It had been a long time since I’d been tubing, and mom and dad had never been before. The adventure began as soon as we left the cabin. It took us a little longer to get there than we thought since our GPS turned out to not be the most reliable source of directions, but we made it there eventually. They took us in a van down river from their location and we were left to float our way back. Getting in the water initially was a little daunting because it was somewhat cold, but once we got out into the sunshine it wasn’t bad. We all got in our tubes and were off up the New River (it flows North for those who don’t know) floating with the current. The trip was fun although since it is a pretty shallow river there were a few times we had to get up and walk and you had to watch out so that you didn’t hit your butt on the rocks!

We returned to the cabin and headed down to a cookout with our hosts for the weekend. They had built a smoker next to the pond on the property and we sat around the pond all afternoon. Many of their neighbors as well as a couple staying in the other cabin came too and we had a great time. We did have to contend with some surprise rain showers, but fortunately there was a tarp set up to provide shelter and we did get to see a rainbow. One of the couples that came to the cookout own some other rental cabins in Ashe County and also run an organic farm called Zydeco Moon, we may end up staying there on our next visit! We returned to the cabin full of lots of locally grown food and tired from our busy day.

The pond (if you look closely you can see the rainbow)

The pond (if you look closely you can see the rainbow)

Monday morning arrived to be cloudy, foggy, and gray. We had planned to hike up to the top of the property where our cabin was located, but given the weather we decided there wasn’t much point since all we would be able to see was the fog. Reluctantly we packed up and headed for home. It seemed like we had just gotten there and all wished we didn’t have to go back to work on Tuesday. We definitely want to plan a return visit, hopefully sometime soon!

View of our cabin as we left Monday

View of our cabin as we left Monday



  1. Ooh, that’s a cute cabin that y’all stayed in. It reminds me of Hansel and Gretel. Is that what your cabin is going to look like?!

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