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The Lodge at Antler Ridge, White House, TN

June 22, 2016 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

Wendy and Ron Bargatze first became guests of ours over 10 years ago and we became fast friends. Last year, about the time we sold the Baird House property, they decided to transform their beautiful , tastefully decorated log home into a bed and breakfast. Wendy & Ron have opened The Lodge at Antler Ridge in White  House, Tn which is about 18 miles north of Nashville. Deede & I spent 2 nights in the Watauga Room ( large & cozy ) this week…what a comfortable, relaxing lodge located in a wonderful quiet rural location. The Bargatze’s are terrific hosts and are “naturals” when it comes to genuine hospitality. Wendy was a school teacher for many years and Ron was a coach at Vanderbilt and Belmont…. they both have a wealth of local history and can keep you as busy or as relaxed as you want to be. Their lodge is only a few minutes drive from the interstate. We woke up each morning to the smell of coffee and breakfast being readied. Wendy served the most delicious quiche I have ever tasted, so good that I asked her to serve it again at our second breakfast. They also served fresh fruit, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls and had granola & yogurt available along with juice. There are porches to enjoy, a firepit adjacent to the surrounding woods, a large book selection and a sitting area upstairs where the guestrooms are located. They do have WI-FI with a strong signal. I highly recommend you staying here if you plan a trip to the Nashville, TN area. Their website is and their phone number is (615) 334-1193.

2015 Blood,Sweat and Gears Race bed and breakfast

January 5, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

At 7:30 am Saturday June 27 thousands of bicyclists will pedal away from Valle Crucis on a 100 mile race ( the Blood,Sweat and Gears ), some of the ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, up to Snake Mountain and back to  Valle Crucis. For many years riders have stayed at the Baird House, a Valle Crucis North Carolina bed and breakfast near Boone NC, conveniently located 2 miles from the origin of the race. We serve a large hot breakfast at 6 a.m. to the participants to fuel them for their strenuous day, most of whom ride to the starting gate at the Valle Crucis Elementary school from this Boone area bed and breakfast. Sponsored by Watauga Red Cross.Showers are available. The Baird House B & B is 1.5 miles from the starting point. At this writing we still have some room availability. 1-800-297-1342.

Watauga River Fishing and a Watauga River Bed and Breakfast

January 5, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

Watauga River Anglers is located several miles south of Boone on Hwy 105 near the traffic light of Broadstone Road ( where one would turn going to Valle Crucis ). Owner Steve Michel offers flyfishing guide trips on the Watauga River,South Holston,Watauga Tailrace,the New River,North Toe River, the Nolichucky and on private property streams. He offers instruction in casting techniques, he is superbly knowledgable of the current conditions & what the fish are biting and has a pontoon fishing boat for trips to Watauga Lake. Watauga River Anglers has a full retail shop where flyfishing supplies & licenses can be purchased.  All guides are certified with the American Red Cross in adult CPR/AED and first aid. Every guest that we have sent here has returned saying great things about Steve, his staff and the services he provides.  Call Steve for info and rates at 828-963-5463. Stay at the Baird House B&B or at Riverdream Vacation Rental

Watauga River Anglers

Watauga River Anglers

Watauga River Vacation Home, 5 Bedrooms,3 Baths,Hot tub,Sleeps 10

January 2, 2015 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

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Brought to you by the same family that runs the historic Baird House B&B is in, comes this beautiful riverfront home in peaceful Valle Crucis!
The main level of the home has a great room with a vaulted ceiling. A warm and welcoming atmosphere is promoted from the rich black leather furnishings and a gas log fireplace with a 50” HDTV mounted above it. The fully stocked kitchen has granite counters and everything you would need to create tasty snacks and meals for the entire group, and the hand-painted red dining table is the perfect place to enjoy all your gourmet creations.
One master suite is to the left of the great room, with a King bed and TV and a private bathroom with a shower. There is another bedroom next to it, with a set of Twin bunk beds. To the right of the great room is a bathroom and two bedrooms, each with a Queen bed. A tree theme runs through the décor of each room, manifested in a unique way in each bedroom.
Downstairs is another family room, with a leather sectional sofa arranged around a bookshelf with an HDTV and an air hockey table behind it. There is a second master suite on this floor, with a King bed and private bathroom, as well as a laundry room.
Outside on the lower level patio, the large hot tub waits for you. The main level deck, stretching across the entire front of the home and overlooking the river, has a swing as well as a set of chairs and table. A large gently sloping yard leads from the home down to the Watauga River across the street. Enjoy smores and hot dog roasts in the firepit by the river.
Enjoy over 175 feet of private frontage on the Watauga River, one of the oldest rivers in the country and known throughout the region for its wonderful fly fishing. It’s shallow and gentle enough so young children can splash and play, and after a heavy rain you can take a leisurely 2-hour tube trip down from an access point close to the Mast General Store.
The home is conveniently located in the peaceful and picturesque community of Valle Crucis, next door to the historic Baird House Bed & Breakfast and just 5 minutes away form the Original Mast General Store and the Valle Crucis Community Park. Boone and all it has to offer is only about 10 minutes away, and the towns of Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, both home to great skiing, shopping, and dining are only about 20 minutes away. Come experience your own Riverdream today! Call Deede  & Tom at 828.297.4055

The Lillie Mae bathroom

February 13, 2012 by Tom · Leave a Comment 

The Lillie Mae roomThe Lillie Mae roomIn the description of the Lillie Mae room we say the bathroom is private but separate from the room. To help one understand exactly what this means here are 2 photos…one shows the privacy screen set up.

The Very Best Blackberry Pound Cake Recipe

May 1, 2011 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

No words can describe how terrifically delicious this cake is…

6 TBSP blackberry juice…1PKG white cake mix…1/2 cup milk…1/4 cup of water…3/4 cup of oil…1-3 OZ blackberry jello…4 eggs at room temperature.

Combine all ingreds. except eggs then add eggs one at a time. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Blackbery glaze: 6 TBS. blackberry juice…1 cup of powdered sugar…1/2 cup of softened butter. Mix all ingreds. in oven proof bowl then place in pre-heated oven at 300 degrees for 2 minutes. Spread over cake.

A Valle Crucis bed and breakfast video tour

May 10, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Video tour of the Baird House, near Boone, NC bed and breakfast

Lots of “freebies” to enjoy near a Boone bed and breakfast

May 7, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

After a brutal winter of ice storms, frigid winds & 3 continuous
months of snow covered ground we welcomed Spring with open arms. The
snowy wet season resulted in a lush green season & cool evenings
around the firepit. Deede is readying her garden, preparing to plant
some vegetables and herbs.

Before telling you about some of the FREE events & activities in the
area here’s a reminder that we offer bed and breakfast gift certificates. These make
great presents for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays,anniversaries,
weddings, for pastors & their wives, employee appreciation, to some-
one for their help or friendship. We can customize a certificate for
you to provide a night or 2 during weekdays or weekends or it can be
based on a dollar amount. Feel free to call us to discuss what you
have in mind.1-800-297-1342.


Beginning  on Friday’s in  May  “Music in the Valle” begins.
Local musicians & bands perform FREE CONCERTS in the Valle Crucis
Park behind the Mast Store Annex starting at 6pm. Bring your own
chairs ( or you may use ours ) or a blanket and food if you like.
Some guests stop by the grocery store for cheese,breads,chips,
crackers wine or other adult beverages then go to the park to listen
to some good music prior to checking in.

Also, every Friday @ 5pm starting in June , at the Jones House in
downtown Boone, the FREE “Concert on the Lawn” series begins. Bring
a chair or a blanket. Visit for more
info. Bring food & drink if you like or have your evening meal at
one of the many restaurants on King Street.

On Monday nights in Blowing Rock begins the FREE “Monday Night Concert Series” held at the gazebo in Broyhill Park off of Clark Street. Visit for
more info. The Baird House is a Blowing Rock area bed and breakfast.

Always exciting is” Art in the Park” located in Blowing Rock.This is
a juried art & craft show featuring 100 artists starting in May
through October & held on Saturdays from 10 am ’til 5pm. Admission
is FREE & the shuttle service is FREE from the Tanger Outlet to
Blowing Rock. Visit for more info.

Be sure to see the most recent Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report
at The Baird House is a Blue Ridge Parkway bed and breakfast.

If you are on Facebook please become a fan of the Baird House at our
FB page ( you know how to do it :) .

Finally, please visit our Visitor Information/ blog at where we recently posted a video about our ride down
the Virginia Creeper bike trail. Also, see photos & a brief write-up
of a recent tour of Raffaldini Winery at exit 267 at Hwy 421 near
the Hwy 421/I-77 interchange. That is a great place/way to spend 1-2
hours on your way here or home.

Stay tuned for video of us riding the new zipline at Seven Devils.

A Sunday afternoon at Raffaldini Winery & Vineyard

May 3, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

Overlooking 43 acres of vineyards

Overlooking 43 acres of vineyards

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At Villa Raffaldini, Ronda, NC

At Villa Raffaldini, Ronda, NC

Our great friends, Lisa & Keith Carter, join us at Raffaldini for a tour of the vineyards and wine tasting which is located off Hwy 421 at Exit 267 between Winston-Salem and Wilkesboro, NC ( approx. 30 minutes from Winston and an hour and 15 minutes from the Baird House bed and breakfast) .The Raffaldini family dates back to the year 1348 in the town of Mantua, located in the Northern Province of Lombardy, Italy. The family made a decision to share centuries-old winemaking experience with the New World. After a long and exhaustive search for land that would reflect this experience, Raffaldini Vineyards was established in the Swan Creek area of the Yadkin Valley. There are 43 acres of beautifully maintained vineyards and property. Wine tastings are $5 per person ( you keep your glass); cheeses, breads, crackers, olives, tomatoes can be purchased in their store and there is an upstairs room with great views with tables & chairs to enjoy your wine and food. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. Our wine choices were the Fiori and Oneotria. A very nice way to spend 1-2 hours.Montepulciano grapes.

Click below for video of an early Spring ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail

May 3, 2010 by Gary · Leave a Comment 

An early Spring ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail
In late March we drove to Damascus, VA ( a 50 minute drive from the Baird House bed and breakfast into Tenn. then into Virginia, pretty close for a Boone bed and breakfast ), rented bikes & helmets from Adventure Damascus & took a van shuttle up to White Top Mountain to bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail. The trail is a former railroad line from White Top to Abingdon, VA.The ride down the mountain ( there is little pedaling because of the downward grade of the trail), which is 17 miles from White Top back to Damascus, took us 3 hours but we took our time. One can finish it quicker but why hurry? The trail goes down the mountain, through pastures, by huge rock formations, across the Appalachian Trail and across rivers & streams via restored train trestles. Take a picnic lunch & drinks in a backpack then stop along the way for lunch. Clean restrooms are located along the trail and a cafe or 2. We were really hungry after our ride so we ate at Quincy’s restaurant wh/ is right next door to our bike rental place. Burgers & pizza were our choices which were really good.
Riding the Creeper is a highly recommended activity, is reasonably priced & a great way to spend a day. A noontime departure gives one plenty of time to enjoy the ride.

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