The Complete Guide to Buying, Building and Renting A Log Home

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Log Cabin Rental Special Offer in Bryson City, NC

Great cabin special in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, via Groupon!

Mountain Vista Log Cabins Deal of the Day | Groupon Asheville
What You Get:
Accommodations for four (Check the Fine Print & Details tabs for available cabins)
$255 for a three-night stay
$340 for a four-night stay

Choose from 10 cabins
Great Smokies views
Nearby trout fishing
Private outdoor hot tub

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky Log Home Show

Welcome to Johnson's Log Home & Timber Frame Show and The Rustic Living Expo

Louisville, KY- October 15-17, 2010

Wherever you are in your home journey—fact-gathering as you search for land, selecting the manufacturer and dealer to build your dream, the builder or architect or you're living in your home and always on the lookout for just the right furniture and accessories—we’re confident you’ll find what you need at our weekend shows and seminars.

*Meet leading log and timber frame home manufacturers and dealers.
*Expand your knowledge about the homebuilding process.
*Attend seminars and demonstrations focused on your needs and interests.
*Meet the financial experts, home designers, and skilled artisans who will make your home vision complete.

Dates/Show Hours:
Friday, 2:00-8:00 (Registration opens at 1:30)
Saturday, 10:00-6:00 (Registration opens at 9:30)
Sunday, 10:00-4:00 (Registration opens at 9:30)

Read more: Louisville, Kentucky Log Home Show Information - Johnson's Log Home and Timber Frame Shows

Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 Blog Cabin Sweepstakes

DIY Network's crew of home improvement experts built the cabin you helped design. One lucky winner is going to call it home. You may enter once a day through OCTOBER 1, 2010.

For official rules and to enter, click here.

Log Cabin Shells with Land

New Custom Built Log Cabin Shells Located in the Western North Carolina Mountains
Priced from $89,900 to $144,900.

View Local Area Video Here

To receive a complete list of Log Cabin Shells and Finished Log Homes not listed here call Ken 828-429-4004 or visit website to see photos and details.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina Raffles Off a Log Cabin in the Smoky Mountains, Tickets Just $100 Each

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina Raffles Off a Log Cabin in the Smoky Mountains, Tickets Just $100 Each

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina announced today that the organization is raffling off a Log Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of Bryson City, North Carolina. The holder of the winning raffle ticket will take possession of this beautiful Smoky Mountain Cabin, a fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Log Cabin with custom hardwood floors, granite countertops, hot tub, pool table and a rocked fireplace. Proceeds from the 1st annual Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina in its continued effort to recruit, screen, train and support caring adults who want to make a difference in the life of a child.
A limited number of raffle tickets will be available for purchase from July 16, 2010 through the October 7, 2010 deadline on our specially created event website at The Grand Prize Drawing will take place on October 14, 2010 and will be open to the public. The Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle will also include bonus drawings throughout the three-month event. Designed to incentivize early ticket purchases these bonus drawings include a one-week stay at a cabin provided by Hidden Creek Cabins, a Whitewater Rafting trip for 4 down the legendary Nantahala River provided by Paddle Inn Rafting and a $1,000 cash prize drawing.
"The Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle was created as an innovative way to raise significant funds for children and mentors," says Robin Myer, Executive Director. "We are thrilled to present this Smoky Mountain Log Cabin as the Grand Prize of our raffle. It's a beautiful cabin in the mountains overlooking one of the country's most spectacular views. Raffle participants can give back while also having the exciting chance to win a beautiful custom log cabin in the Smoky Mountains."
"Some kids wait more than 9 months to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister stated J. Clarkson, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. "It takes time to recruit, screen, and train a caring adult to be a "Big" and the funds raised from this raffle will allow us to dedicate more staff to that effort and still give professional support to the mentoring relationships already in place. In the end, this means more children will have the opportunity to experience the difference that a Big Brother or Big Sister can make."
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina please visit their website at and for more details on the "Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle" please visit
Press Contacts
Mary Anne Baker (239) 898-1662 J. Clarkson (828) 253-1470

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finding Log Home Rental Special Offers

Finding values for your next vacation is a priority for many travelers. Log home vacation rentals are no exception. Here are a few tips for finding special offers and values for your next log home rental vacation:

  1. Last Minute Travel - Log home rental managers and owners experience last minute vacancies and are eager to fill them, especially during their high season.
  2. Off Season Travel - Choosing vacation dates outside of the high season is nearly a sure bet for a value opportunity.
  3. Just ask. The lodging industry has experienced a downturn during this recession and many owners and managers are very eager to get your business. Once you have selected a desireable log home rental, simply call or email the owner/manager and ask them what kind of special offers are available or what their lowest available rate is. 
  4. Log Home Gallery listings provide special offers (where offered) on each listing so check back often for specials from your favorite locations.
  5. Newsletter Sign Ups - Many log cabin and log home rental websites offer a page with their special offers so look for a newsletter sign-up, or bookmark the specials page and check back often as deals are likely to be posted as managers and owners try to fill last minute vacancies and/or cancellations.
  6. A simple browser search for terms like "log home rental specials" or "log cabin special rates" are sure to return some valuable links. Remember to include your desired location in your search term to help narrow down your search engine results to include relevant information.
Here are a few resources for log homes and log cabins for rent with special offers:

Hidden Creek Cabin Rentals in Bryson City, NC
Bear Camp Cabin Rentals in Pigeon Forge, TN

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Buying a Log Home Out of State

A common sentiment we hear at Log Home Gallery is from buyers searching for a second home away from their home state. Finding the right builder or the right real estate agent, along with the best price, and with so much inventory to choose from, where should you start?

A logical first step for many is the Internet. Over 80% of buyers start their search on the Information Superhighway. But with so many websites and so much inventory, how can you know a good opportunity when you see one? Most buyers have a general area in mind for their second home, which is a good start. Try these tips:

Regional websites can really help narrow down your search. By learning more about the flavor of the area, it is very likely you will stumble onto some ideal leads and contacts. For example, Florida halfbacks specializes in helping Florida residents find log homes and cabins for sale throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountain areas. Another resource would be to search for the Chamber of Commerce, Visitor's Center, or Tourist Development Bureau in your desired area. Peruse these sites and look for real estate agents who are involved in their community; they will pop up regularly on these local community sites. Or visit ActiveRain, a website for interacting with real estate agents. Search for an agent in your community and read their blogs to find out how well they know your desired neighborhood.

Often times builders will offer a discovery weekend for potential buyers to get a feel of the land, the homes, and the community. For example, the Headwaters at Banner Elk offers a two night Discovery Package for just $199 per night plus tax for stays Sunday through Wednesday OR $229 per night plus tax for stays Thursday through Saturday in a luxurious three bedroom, three bath villa.

If snagging a good deal is your primary goal, visit RealtyTrac; a website that highlights foreclosure property. It is a bit of a challenge to really get to the information you need, but combining information from RealtyTrac along with finding an ideal real estate agent is likely to get you in your new log home so you can relax, enjoy, and decorate!

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Mary Anne Baker is a the founder of INNsights Internet Marketing and Social Media Management, Western North Carolina's Choice for Hospitality, Destination, Real Estate, and Tourism internet marketing and social media. Mary Anne specializes in social media, internet marketing, reputation management, online business listings, and photography. She also teaches small businesses how to market their business online.

Mary Anne is also a photographer, specializing in outdoor landscapes, adventure travel, and real estate photography in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain area. See Mountain Photo Gallery for examples of her work.

Mary Anne is also a Super Host with Airbnb, with her vintage-inspired cottage guest house in the Smoky Mountains